Beautiful bacteria

Do you suffer from any of the following: fatigue, headaches, irritability, yeast or urinary tract infections, skin problems, constipation, digestive issues, anxiety, or frequent colds?

Many common health problems arise from a bacterial imbalance in the digestive tract, which is home to over 400 bacterial species. These little guys help you synthesize vitamins and nutrients, filter toxins and power your immune system. When their numbers are in decline, you are definitely going to feel “off.”

Beneficial bacteria — which we receive at birth — is often killed off by antibiotics and other strong medications. Poor diet and emotional stress can exacerbate the issue. Some people experience the above symptoms, but more severe situations can arise: Crohn’s disease, IBS and even colon cancer.

To keep your system healthy, make sure you eat plenty of yogurt. Make sure it is high quality with only natural ingredients and a good dose of live probiotics. You can also get probiotics in pill and liquid form (do your research to make sure you are getting the kind that will stay alive all the way to your digestive tract; otherwise they can be killed by stomach acid and will do you no good). I get a bottle of liquid acidophilus from Whole Foods and add it to my smoothies. The taste of a good yogurt, full of live cultures, is delicious: creamy and tangy. For those who are lactose intolerant, try goat’s milk yogurt or kefir. You can always add wild honey to sweeten it up (also delicious with fruit and Grape Nuts).

You can also get live strains of bacteria from fermented foods and raw soy sauce. If you get enough of these yummy little organisms, you will improve your mood and energy level, prevent illness, and actually look better. Eating lots of yogurt will keep your complexion looking pretty. Learn more here.

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