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Why You Should Incorporate Probiotics in Your Diet Starting Today

Probiotics have started to gain more and more traction in peoples conscience as there are now multiple ways to ingest them! Many people know them for their digestive purpose but there are actually multiple benefits that will enhance your well-being. Take a look below at all the good stuff they have to offer and just imagine how great you’d feel if you incorporated more of those live cultures in your diet!

Aids digestion:

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© Wavebreakmedia

A healthy digestive system and probiotics go hand in hand. Because probiotics are friendly bacteria, they promote good digestion by balancing the pH of the intestinal tract, creating a less desirable environment for pathogenic bacteria. Stress and lack of sleep can disrupt the ratio of good to bad bacteria in the intestines, making probiotics necessary to prevent overall health and digestive problems.

Keeps the immune system strong:

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3quarks

Similar to vitamins A, C, and E, probiotics are known to help maintain a strong immune system. Because there has been an increase in autoimmune and allergic diseases, our modern immune system isn’t being challenged by pathogenic organisms, thus introducing friendly bacteria can be helpful. Although research is minimal, probiotics might even help to prevent upper respiratory tract infections like the common cold.

Reduces inflammation:

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© dimdimich

A study by The Arthritis Foundation found that the bacteria in probiotics (formally known as Bifidobacterium infantis) could reduce arthritis systems. Probiotics can also add in the relief of intestinal inflammation often caused by IBS.


 

Original Source:

http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Should-You-Take-Probiotics-31056908

5 Foods That Cause Inflammation and What To Replace Them With

These days our grocery stores are packed with foods that will make you the complete opposite of Happy Healthy and Wealthy – depressed, unhealthy and leave you with zero motivation! Our bodies were designed to gain energy from sources directly from the earth and natural resources… not from processed packaged food that is the direct cause of inflammation in the body that leads to those negative effects. Below are 5 foods to avoid and what to replace them with so you can be inspired, Happy and Healthy!

1. Processed Sugar

Swap out processed sugars for raw honey, organic maple syrup, liquid stevia or fruit.

2. Sodium

Swap out table salt for sea salt or pink Himalayan salt. By eliminating processed and packaged foods, you will significantly eliminate the amount of daily sodium intake.

3. Wheat Flour

Swap out wheat for almond flour or coconut flour. While these two flours do come in a bag (unless you make them on your own with a food processor), they are minimally processed are a great substitute for baking many foods that typically contain wheat.

4. Certain Oils

Swap out highly processed oils such as vegetable oil, canola oil, safflower oil, partially hydrogenated oil (just to mention a few) for high-quality omega-6 and omega-3 oils. The best source for oils are from extra-virgin coconut oil, extra-virgin olive oil, hemp seeds, chia seeds, avocados or avocado oils.

5. Alcohol

Swap out alcohol for water, bubbly water, Kombucha drinks (without added sugar), tea or cold pressed juices. Alcohol tops the list of most inflammatory and toxic foods, and with a pause from the holidays, it seems like a reasonable time to take a break in order to regain and experience the most optimal and vibrant health.

Related Article: How She Gave Up The Food That Slowly Kills


 

Original Source:

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-16860/the-top-6-inflammatory-foods-how-to-detox-from-them.html