5 Things That You Should Know About Probiotics

It’s true, probiotics are great for you and should be included in your diet. Make sure to take probiotics daily, in one way or another, if you don’t already!

body1.Probiotics are found within your body

Probiotics are the “good” bacteria of the body.  Your body naturally contains good and bad bacteria. Both bacterias are introduced to your body in different ways.

2.You need the good to fight the bad

Bad bacteria can affect you through food consumption, different toxins in our daily life and even stress. With all these factors, it is important to maintain the good bacteria levels within your system.

3.There are two kinds of probiotics

Lactobacillus: Maybe the most popular, this probiotic is found in yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and pickles.

Bifidobacterium:   This probiotic is found in some dairy products. Gouda cheese is a good source of probiotics along with Cheddar and Swiss cheese.

4.If you are taking antibiotic, take a probioticgreek-yogurt

If you are sick enough to need an antibiotic, make sure to consume probiotics before, during and after your antibiotic dosage. Antibiotics are sometimes necessary to kill an infection or sickness. However, antibiotics attack all bacteria, good or bad. This is why you have to add in good bacteria to keep your system balanced.

5.Probiotics keep your immunity system strong

Taking a probiotic is beneficial, even if you’re in good health. Balance the good and bad bacteria to keep you feeling well and prevent sickness or infection. Probiotics have also been known to help increase your mood and aid in skin health.

Red_Wine_GlassDon’t forget about prebiotics

Prebiotics are a nondigestible food ingredient that promotes the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the intestines. This means when you consume probiotics and they enter into the intestines, they will have something to “eat” when they get there and will continue to grow. Win win.

Red wine, oatmeal, pistachios and bananas are all excellent sources of prebiotics!

 

Consume foods with probiotics. Good bacteria is essential to vitaminsfeeling healthy and balancing out your system. Getting vitamins and nutrition, including probiotics, through food is the best way to round out a healthy diet and life. Probiotics are also available as supplements.

 

Challege Yourself With These 5 Activities For A Healthier Week

It’s almost Sunday night and with Monday looming around the corner, we are all readying ourselves for the coming week. What does your work week look like? Do you have your workouts planned? Or at least scheduled? Do you have any birthdays or social gatherings? And this is all just the start! With laundry, cooking, cleaning, getting ready for the day and the stuff of life, it’s already shaping up to be busy.

Choose one activity each day during the work week and by the time the weekend rolls around you will see how easy it was to make it a healthier week.

images1. Drink 8 glasses of water

Heck, shoot for 10!  Your body is made up of over 60% water, making hydration essential. It’s been said that once you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Combat dehydration with a cup each hour or so and reap the benefits of crisp clean agua.

2. Get in an extra workout

Stay active to stay healthy. Try to work out every other day or 3-4 days a week for maximum benefits. For this challenge, workout one extra day this week or choose a day to get in two workouts! A 30 minute walk or yoga session will easily fit into your week if you make it a priority.

3. Eat a green vegetable at each meal

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Broccoli for breakfast? Why not! Green beans are great too. Green vegetables are packed with nutrients, help maintain a healthy weight and fill you up without extra calories. Ants on a log (celery with peanut/almond butter and raisins) are a good start to fitting in some extra roughage.

4. Have a glass of red wine

Red wine is full of antioxidants! These powerful vitamins fight infections and protect you against cancer-causing free radicals. A 5 oz glass of red wine is practically a guilt-free indulgence!

images5. Stretch, do yoga or meditate

In all reality, you should do this daily. Make time to do some twists and turns before rolling out of bed or sit on the the floor for some stretching while watching a show. Yoga, stretching and meditation feel great and are great for you.

Take this challenge and make it happen. Push yourself to eat better, move more and make each week healthier than the week before.

Antioxidants for Anti-Aging

Antioxidants boost healthy skin with their wrinkle fighting power. They also combat dull skin and discoloration. For your best look, incorporate these antioxidant filled foods and drinks into your diet.

Blueberries Blueberries-In-Pack

Blueberries are full of Vitamin C which is vital in the production of collagen and elastin. Firm up your skin with these delicious berries.

Red_Wine_GlassRed Wine

The antioxidant resveratrol is found in red wine. Resveratrol helps fight fine lines and wrinkles. 5 oz of red wine is a daily indulgence that is practically guilt-free!

Green Tea

Whether flavored or original, green tea is said to be one of the best antioxidant drinks there is. Green tea is packed with antioxidants called polyphenols that fight against free radicals (molecules that destroy healthy skin tissue.) 2-3 cups of green tea each day gives you 240 to 320 milligrams of polyphenols and will maximize your health benefits.

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This morning brew is full of antioxidants too. Drinking coffee increases blood circulation thus promoting healthy skin. Lotions or scrubs with coffee have benefits too such as protecting your skin against UV carcinogens (harsh rays from the sun) and qualities that repair skin tissue.

Along with beta carotene, Vitamins C and A are of the most powerful antioxidants. Fruits and vegetables are your ticket to getting these much needed vitamins into your system. Be sure to look for produce in purple, blue, red, yellow and orange hues to maximize the antioxidants you consume.

These are just a few choice favorites packed with antioxidant power. Dark chocolate, fresh thyme and avocados also work to combat wrinkles and smooth your skin. Consume all of these and more to promote and enhance the effects of antioxidants for anti-aging.