Upgrade your Health this Winter/Spring

 

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Are you ready to upgrade your health this winter? Take advantage of this special offer and download my FREE eBook offering you a wealth of information, tips and resources to get started on your path to wellness. A summary of great topics covered in the eBook are outlined below!

Gym Bag Makeover
Vitamin D: The Sunshine Vitamin
Staying Physically Active this Winter
Exercise Recovery
Active Lifestyle and Injury Prevention
Healthy Nutrition During the Winter Months
Eat the Rainbow
10 Tips for Boosting Your Energy

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What are fermented foods and why should we eat them?

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Simply this, fermented foods are foods that have been through a process of lactofermentation in which natural bacteria convert sugars into other compounds such as alcohol to produce energy to fuel their metabolism. Bacteria and yeasts which undergo lactic acid fermentation and ethanol fermentation are used in the fermentation of foods.

Introducing fermented or cultured foods into your diet can provide you with a wide range of important nutriets, such as Vitamin K2 which can prevent heart disease. With an estimated 80% of your immune system located in your gut, probiotics aid in the development and operation of the immune system in your digestive tract, and aid in the production of antibodies. The good bacteria in fermented foods serve as potent detoxifiers aiding in the removal of toxins and heavy metals from your body. Including a variety of fermented and cultured foods in your diet will provide you the much needed beneficial bacteria, more than you could ever get from a supplement.

In the following quote, Dr. Natasha McBride states that “Once you heal and seal your gut lining, and once you make your digestive system healthy and working properly again, you’ll be surprised how many various symptoms in your body originated from your digestive system. Most [symptoms] start disappearing, because the health and the disease are usually born inside your digestive system. That’s where they originate from.”

You can find a host of resources in your local organic markets, superfood stores and classes from local experts online. Check it out, your gut will thank you!

 

What is important when looking for a probiotic supplement?

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First, it should be stable and have a reasonable shelf life. This means the bacteria should be in a dry, suspended state, or if live and active, they should be refrigerated.

Second, the bacteria must be able to survive the stomach acid so that it can get to the less acidic intestines to grow and provide you with its symbiotic benefits. This means it must be in a form that doesn’t allow the release of the bacteria until after it has passed through the stomach. This usually means it must be in a capsule.

Third, it should contain a blend of healthy bacteria that are typically found in a healthy gut. One single species does not represent the diversity required for optimal function.

When you think about the number of bacteria, (estimated to be 10 times the number of cells in the body, or around 10 trillion organisms), you begin to see that getting a healthy, consistent dose over time is critical to having an influence on your gut. A healthy person should get at least 5 billion bacteria delivered live to the intestines, preferably daily, such as those found in PB Assist+.

PB Assist+ Primary Benefits:
Primary Benefits
• Promotes a positive balance and proliferation of beneficial bacteria*
• Maintains healthy intestinal microflora balance*
• Supports healthy functioning of the digestive and immune systems*
• Supports the health of the GI tract, particularly the intestines and colon*
• Helps support optimal metabolism and absorption of food*
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

What are probiotics?

probioticsWhat are probiotics?

Your digestive system is full of bacteria. Good bacteria help your immune system, provide digestive support, and benefit your overall health.

The word probiotic means “for life.” A product with probiotics must provide live, active cultures. Probiotics are beneficial to the health of your digestive system and will be able to replicate and thrive in your gut. We know that there is a great diversity of bacteria that grows and lives together; this complexity is an important contributor to the health effects of the bacteria.

Research studies identified dozens of different genera of bacteria in the gut, with presumably hundreds of species. The variety seems to be important to overall health. However, there must be a balance, so that one particular species doesn’t take over and cause problems.

Not all bacteria is bad

Sometimes your intestines aren’t working as well as you’d like or you know something is wrong. It is normal to have some bad bacteria; however, it’s important to have the correct balance between the good bacteria and the bad bacteria to maintain healthy digestive functions. Using quality probiotic products can help you and your entire family maintain proper digestive health.

Finding the best source

You can maintain healthy bacteria through basic dietary habits, such as consuming yogurt or other fermented foods. These foods contain a lot of healthy bacteria, but research has found that only a small percentage survives the harsh acid in the stomach, allowing relatively small numbers of bacteria to make it to the gut. Furthermore, if you don’t continue to consume probiotics, their protective effect diminishes over time. It is recommended to take a probiotic supplement to receive the full benefits.
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4 Winter Superfoods with Health Boosting Benefits

4 Winter Superfoods with Health Boosting Benefits

Ceylon cinnamon (cinnamomum verum) is true cinnamon, and it comes from the inner bark of a Sri Lankan evergreen tree. This differs from the cinnamon powder commonly found in your supermarket, which is in fact not cinnamon at all, but Cassia.
Ceylon cinnamon benefits, are numerous, here are just a few:
1) Lowers blood sugar levels
2) Lowers cholesterol
3) Supports healthy blood clotting
4) Fights bacteria and fungus
5) Improves brain activity, attention and memory
6) Improves digestion
7) reduces chronic inflammation

[Note: If using Cassia powder, use in small doses. Cassia contains coumarin, a compound that has been linked to liver damage]

Winter Squash
Carotenoids found in winter squash include alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Pectin-containing cell wall polysaccharides found in winter squash are important anti-inflammatory nutrients provided by this food, as are its cucurbitacins (triterpene molecules). Winter squash is an excellent source of immune-supportive vitamin A (in its “previtamin” carotenoid forms) and free radical-scavenging vitamin C. It is also a very good source of vitamin C, dietary fiber, vitamin B6, manganese and copper as well as a good source of potassium, vitamin B2, folate, vitamin K, pantothenic acid, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium and niacin.

Clementines
Clementines are rich in variety of vital nutrients including minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorous. Consumption of citrus fruits such as clementines provides essential vitamins such as vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and folate to the body. Clementines are a good source of healthful bioactive components such as limonoids and flavones glycosylates. In addition to this, it offers very few calories and also adds fiber content to the diet.
Health benefits include:
1) Strong bones and muscles
2) Digestive Health
3) Cardiovascular health
4) Cancer fighting

Salmon
Salmon is an excellent source of vitamin B12, vitamin D and selenium. It is a good source of niacin, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, phosphorus and vitamin B6. It is also a good source of choline, pantothenic acid, biotin and potassium.
Health benefits include:
1) Healthy skin and hair
2) Helps maintain insulin levels
3) Improves memory and efficiency of brain functions
4) Reduces risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases
5) Helps prevent macular degeneration and loss of vision

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