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I help people get healthy, and more importantly, stay that way so they're not miserable and just slowly dying for the last 20 years of their lives, which IS the "norm" today.
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I'm super excited to be leaving on vacation for 2 weeks in a couple of days! This is going to be a much-needed break from what has become a very stressful pharmacy job. So looking forward to the relaxation of camping and spending hot, summer days on the lake, tubing and wake-boarding and jet skiing. Woohoo!
Okay, so here's the conclusion of my article on bowel health. This is the last article about bowels, I promise (at least for awhile anyway). I know it's not a sexy topic, but it's so important. Besides, as a pharmacist, I'm used to talking about all kinds of weird and obnoxious things, so it doesn't even phase me...
Get Healthy With Bacteria.
Remember how your gut was responsible for more than just digesting food, absorbing nutrients and eliminating waste? How it's also important for many other things, including your immunity and even your happiness? As you'll learn today, an unhealthy gut is linked to MANY common health conditions.
Did you know that you have more bacteria in your gut than cells in your body? Yep.
"Good" bacteria are actually very important to proper bowel function- in fact, they're mostly responsible for the digestive process. They break down the food and they also keep your bowel walls clean so you're able to absorb the nutrients. They also help make B & K vitamins and, very importantly, they suppress bad bacteria.
"Bad" bacteria cause all sorts of problems:
- actual infection of the bowel
- damage of the bowel walls
- inflammation of the bowel
- decreased absorption of nutrients
- flatulence and bad breath
The damaged gut walls and subsequent inflammation cause what's known as "leaky gut syndrome". This allows large molecules like whole proteins to get absorbed directly into your bloodstream. Without going into the boring details of how, this basically screws up your immune system and leads to it attacking your own body. That's how you end up with autoimmune diseases like asthma, eczema, allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, etc.
So THAT'S how your unhealthy gut is the root of many common health problems.
What should you do to stop this chronic inflammation?
First, stop eating so much refined sugar and processed food. "Bad" bacteria thrive on that stuff. (Now you know why unhealthy guts are so common- the major part of our modern diet is sugar and processed food).
Definitely eat more prebiotics (like I mentioned in the last article).
"Good" bacteria thrive on insoluble fiber, like that in whole grains and most fruits and veggies.
The best thing you can do is...
You need to put as much "good" bacteria in your gut as possible.
It's especially important during and after taking antibiotics, while you're sick, if you're under a lot of stress, while you're travelling or if you have a weakened immune system.
The best dietary source of probiotics is yogurt and kefir. Be sure to choose a yogurt that still has active culture in it (it'll say on the container)- many brands have pasteurized and processed the good bacteria out. Plain yogurt is best, because flavoured yogurt usually has a lot of added sugar. But who ever eats plain yogurt? And have you ever heard of kefir before I mentioned it? And what if you can't tolerate dairy?
That means that for most people, taking a probiotic supplement is
As usual, you need to choose your probiotic carefully, since most products don't even survive the stomach acid. Therefore no bacteria actually makes it to your bowels where you want it. I recommend Usana Probiotic since it's been independently tested and proven effective.
Taking a probiotic for 1 month, 3 or 4 times per year and eating prebiotics regularly should be enough to keep your bowels healthy. If you have bowel issues, I would recommend taking the probiotic continuously. Try it and see how it improves your overall health.
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Good Health to You,
Kristy Russ, BScPharm
Pharmacist and Health Consultant
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