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How to Read the Nutrition Label

How to Read the Nutrition Label

Tuning into your body will empower you to take control of your weight. This requires awareness. Learning to be aware is vital to losing extra weight and keeping it off for good. It is necessary to learn about the foods we put into our bodies. […]

Teaching Middle School Students About Nutrition with Omelette Recipe

Teaching Middle School Students About Nutrition with Omelette Recipe

This lesson is for middle school Family and Consumer Science students; it can be adapted for students in Life Skills classes, after-school programs, and summer school activities. Prior to presenting the lesson, review your knowledge of nutritional information and check that all ingredients and kitchen […]

Sweet Easy Breakfast Alternatives to Sugary Kids’ Cereal

Sweet Easy Breakfast Alternatives to Sugary Kids’ Cereal

School mornings are hectic enough without having to worry about cooking breakfast to keep your child healthy. A quick bowl of cereal or a granola bar is usually the most feasible option for busy moms, dad and kids. However, sugary kids cereals can be harmful […]

Homemade Vegetable Stock

Homemade Vegetable Stock

It is a typical scene. You are chopping vegetables while you are preparing dinner. You have scraps from the onion, carrots, celery, and potatoes everywhere. You may or may not wonder what to do with the scraps. You may instinctively throw the scraps into the […]

Perfect Sauteed Kale Recipe

Perfect Sauteed Kale Recipe

Kale is one of the most nutritious greens around. It is not only a wonderful, leafy green high in fiber, but it is also said to detoxify ones system. Kale also has a great deal of Vitamin A, which helps maintain healthy eyesight and vision, […]

Low-Carbohydrate Diet vs Low-Fat Diet: Which is Best?

Low-Carbohydrate Diet vs Low-Fat Diet: Which is Best?

A research study published in Annals of Internal Medicine takes straight on the debate over the efficiency and safety of a low-carbohydrate diet compared to a more conventional low-fat, low-calorie diet. Other studies evaluating the effectiveness of each diet had found that low-carbohydrate diets resulted […]

Nutritious Recipes for Homemade Vegetable Juices

Nutritious Recipes for Homemade Vegetable Juices

I’ve searched the shelves of grocery stores and found the only juice that is not loaded with excess sugar in the form of high fructose corn syrup is V8 100% Vegetable Juice and V8 Fusion, a fruit and vegetable juice mix. V8 Fusion comes in […]

Quiche and Slaw Recipes

Quiche and Slaw Recipes

Quiche and slaw are both delicious. They can function as main meals (depending on the recipe), tasty sides, or even mouth-watering appetizers. Better yet, they’re super easy to make. Here are a couple recipes I came up with while experimenting. Enjoy! Crustless Sausage & Tomato […]

Probiotics: The Friendly (and Healthy) Bacteria

Probiotics: The Friendly (and Healthy) Bacteria

Favorable bacteria. It’s an intriguing idea that begs for further research into the world of probiotics (all this after a recent encounter with a yogurt cup). The yogurt brand not only beckoned with it’s ‘new and improved’ flag, but exclaimed ‘now with probiotics!’. Although it […]

Asparagus: Delicious and Nutritious

Asparagus: Delicious and Nutritious

Asparagus is one of those vegetables that people either love or hate. However if you’ve only tasted it out of a can or freezer bag, try again. It has a wild, grassy, yet delicate flavor that marries well with entrees or just as its own […]


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Probiotics: The Friendly (and Healthy) Bacteria

Probiotics: The Friendly (and Healthy) Bacteria

Favorable bacteria. It’s an intriguing idea that begs for further research into the world of probiotics (all this after a recent encounter with a yogurt cup). The yogurt brand not only beckoned with it’s ‘new and improved’ flag, but exclaimed ‘now with probiotics!’. Although it sounded like some nutritional development akin to the ‘now with ginseng/guarana/energy-enhancements’ on today’s sports drinks and smoothie bars, a little background information proved worthy of review.

Bacteria, it turns out, naturally live in your stomach and intestines to keep you healthy and functioning. Probiotics are the microorganisms that bounce around in your intestinal micro flora, warding off destructive bacteria in your immune system. Probiotics play a key role in decreasing inflammation, which in turn can enhance your health. This can brings significant improvement for those who suffer from heartburn, indigestion, and other stomach problems involving digestion. Probiotics are a group of yeasts that ferment in foods; going by such names as Bifidobacterium, Lactobacilus, and Streptococcus, these bacteria clans may prove to be vital additions to your daily menu.

natural gut bacteria

Probiotics can improve your declining diet, and increase the efficiency of your digestive system with a daily dose. According to BellyBytes.com, picking the yogurt that states ‘with active yogurt cultures’ somewhere on the packaging makes it a strong case for your probiotic-intervention plan. Along with yogurt, probiotics can be present in other dairy foods including cheese and milk. Today’s health food stores also offer up supplements, powders, liquid capsules, and tablets of the bacteria but these can be difficult for the body to assimilate easily; as always, a steady diet full of nourishing and diverse food is your best bet, but small doses of dairy can help. Replenishing harmful bacteria that can cause infections, probiotics are a natural resource for healthy digestion and optimal internal function.

Your guts mean more to your body than you realize; optimal gut and digestive function is necessary for the absorption of key nutrients, removing toxins, and maintaining healthy cholesterol levels. Without the right balance, your body can’t produce some essential amino acids including cysteine and glutamine; both of these promote healthy immune function and are also involved with cell repair and growth. Maintaining a healthy metabolism can help you eat better in the long-run; just add a cup of probiotic-infused yogurt to your daily menu lineup and you’re one step closer to optimal health!