Cassandra Hill, M.A., Wellness Coach & Holistic Health Practitioner
Can food actually work like medicine? Yes, our bodies are designed to heal when given proper nutrition. Today you will discover the benefits of probiotics and immune-boosting foods.
There is so much talk about probiotics in the health arena. What exactly is a probiotic? Probiotics are the good bacteria that helps balance your system. The digestive system is made up of trillions of bacteria so ensuring that the good bacteria outnumbers the bad bacteria will play a vital role in your health.
Probiotics at Work
Probiotics create their own form of antibiotics which can be effective in managing upper-respiratory infections, reducing UTI’s, or combating allergies or eczema. When probiotics develop their antibiotics, it spurs production of cytokines (chemical messengers) which communicate with the immune system throughout your body.
Since probiotics improve digestion, they can help decrease heartburn, cramps, nausea, and other digestive ailments. Increasing your probiotic intake will also help in trimming your waistline. Probiotics encourage fat burning over fat storage. When looking for these powerful bacteria check the label for Lactobacillus on yogurt products.
There is even preliminary research showing that some strains of probiotics help with depression, fight cancer, and improve vascular health. There is plenty of food that can act as a probiotic pickles, bananas, artichokes, and oats to name a few. When considering supplements be sure that the label reads live and active cultures and has colony forming units of at least 3 billion or more.
Being proactive about your health will help you avoid many health issues. Increasing the number of fruits and vegetables in your diet will drastically improve your health. The average adult needs about 9-13 servings of fruits & veggies daily for maximum performance. If you are not eating enough of fruits & veggies, consider a supplement. When looking for a supplement make sure you are getting just the vegetables & fruits without refined sugar or fillers. Additionally, your supplement should be NSF certified.
Other foods that will boost your immune system include mushrooms, ginger, and Brazil nuts. While adding these delicious foods to your diet it would be a great time to eliminate or cut back the following foods:
- Processed foods
There are many decisions you will make in life. When making a choice to take care of yourself you are making a choice that you will never regret. By implementing these simple changes into your regimen, you will be surprised with the results. Your body can do great things when it is feed properly. Are you healing or destroying your body?