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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Keep Your Digestive System In Balance

Balance is the key. Did you know that eating a healthy, balanced diet could also mean fewer digestive discomforts (e.g., bloating, constipation, indigestion). And keeping your life in balance by managing stress and maintaining mental well-being can help reduce the cause of certain digestive symptoms (e.g., emotional eating, eating on the run). While a balance of nutrients aids digestive function and comfort in many ways, so does a balance of good intestinal bacteria known as microflora.

The digestive-immune connection. Over 70% of the body's immune cells are in the digestive tract, which is also home to hundreds of bacterial strainsboth good and bad. One of the main functions of the digestive tract is to rid the body of harmful bacteria and maintain a favorable ratio of health-promoting microflora. But diets high in sugars and low in fiber can foster harmful bacteria growth, and antibiotics can remove good bacteria right along with the bad. If an imbalance occurs in favor of bad bacteria growth, uncomfortable digestive symptoms or ill health could result.

Targeted probiotics for digestive and immune health. Fortunately, daily supplementation with beneficial "probiotic" bacteria complements healthy eating, regular exercise, and managing stress to support balanced levels of good gastrointestinal (GI) bacteria to support digestive and immune health. Two widely studied probiotics that target digestive and immune health are Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium. In particular, the strain L. acidophilus NCFM® is backed by more than 200 published studies and has many beneficial properties, including the ability to survive in the GI tract. Used with the well-studied B. lactis Bi-07 strain, this combination provides well-rounded, targeted support for a daily health maintenance program.

Make an appointment today to learn more about targeted probiotics for digestive and immune health for your entire family.

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