KEEP SUMMER SOUND WITH THESE SUPPLEMENTS
Natural Solutions|Summer 2020
After many weeks of staying at home, the effects of stress, inactivity, and indulging in comfort foods may be taking a toll on your health.
SHERRY TORKOS, B.SC.PHM., R.PH.

Perhaps you’ve noticed that your digestive system seems off or you are feeling down or having a hard time getting a good night’s sleep. All of these factors can impact your immune system, including your physical and emotional wellbeing. However, don’t dismay, there are some important lifestyle strategies you can take including good supplementation that can get your health back on track.

DISSECT DIGESTIVE DISTRESS

Gas, bloating, diarrhea or constipation are all obvious signs of digestive distress. However, you may not realize that bad breath, headaches, allergies, brain fog and weight gain can also signal that something is out of whack with your digestive tract.

A healthy digestive system relies on a balance of beneficial bacteria, known as probiotics, which make up the microbiome. These beneficial bacteria play a vital role in the health of our digestive system as well as our immune system: they aid digestion; support the absorption of nutrients from food; quell inflammation; and also help ward off harmful bacteria and other microorganisms.

Dysbiosis is the term used to describe an imbalance in the beneficial bacteria that make up our microbiome. Stress, alcohol, smoking, a high intake of sugar, in addition to taking antibiotics or antacids can disrupt both the balance and the diversity of the bacteria that make up the microbiome.

To get your gut back on track, focus on eating a diverse range of colorful fruits and vegetables along with cold-water fish. Studies suggest that eating a diverse diet can improve your gut flora in just days. Try to add more prebiotic and probiotic foods to your diet including prebiotics: apples, bananas, oats, asparagus, nuts and seeds and probiotics: yogurt, kefir, tempeh and miso.

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