Pump Up Digestive Health!

by on April 29th, 2010 at 7:00 am

Boost the body’s good bacteria & immune functioning

Did you know that digestive health is one of the most important parts of proper immune functioning? This is because during digestion, nutrients (vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates and fats) are absorbed and enter the bloodstream through the small intestine—a process that helps to maintain health and replenish the immune system.

Balanced bacteria

The body naturally has a healthy limit of bacteria, and sustaining a normal level of probiotic bacteria is essential to help protect the body from disease. Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and Streptococcus thermophilus are all considered healthy bacteria, and good sources include yogurt, cheese, buttermilk, and cultured milk.

If you’re looking to up your intake, check the expiration date on cultured products. Fresher products contain more live cultures. Probiotic supplements are also available, but sources from food are best.

Also note that unhealthy foods can weaken the immune system. Avoid foods high in sugar, highly processed and refined foods, foods high in hydrogenated oils and fried foods.

Cut your risk of contracting food borne illness

Studies have shown that E. coli bacteria have little chance of surviving and populating within an environment that has the proper amount of healthy bacteria, so that’s just one more reason to maintain a healthy diet and digestive balance!

If you’ve been sick and treated with antibiotics for E. coli or other illness, be sure to help restore balance in your system with probiotic-rich foods or supplements, since antibiotics are known to deplete the good bacteria from the body.

Natural remedies for added immune support

Viscum album is a commonly used by natural health experts to enhance the immune-stimulating properties of other ingredients, and it encourages repair of damaged cells.

Echinacea purpurea is also known for its antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties, and it is an excellent immune system tonic that boosts the body’s immunity by stimulating the production of immune cells.

Do you have a great immune boosting food, recipe or remedy, tell us what it is!!!

Digestion Tonicis a homeopathic remedy relieves digestive discomfort, including diarrhea, constipation, flatulence and abdominal pain.

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