Digestive Balance & Immunityby Eric Robert Santiago on 03/15/13
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Digestive balance and immunity
Balance is the key. Did you know that eating a healthy or "balanced" diet could also mean fewer digestive discomforts (e.g., bloating, constipation, indigestion). And keeping a "life balance" by managing stress and maintaining mental well-being helps 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 intestinal bacteria or microflora.
The immune connection. Over 70% of the body's immune cells are in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which is also home to hundreds of bacterial strains—both good and bad. One of the GI system's main functions 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. Daily supplementation with beneficial ("probiotic") bacteria complements healthy eating, regular exercise, and managing stress to support digestive and overall health. Probiotics can also be used strategically to help respond to "acute" instances of digestive distress related to inflammation and the immune response, such as travel-associated diarrhea or discomforts associated with irritable bowel syndrome.
Which probiotic is right for you? Different probiotic strains have unique benefits. So it's important to take a beneficial combination of probiotic strains for your needs in a product that has been thoroughly tested.