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Probiotics Alone Aren’t Good Enough, You Still Need Prebiotics

Probiotics Alone Aren’t Good Enough, You Still Need Prebiotics

The whirlwind of health terminology being tossed around these days can throw many into a lot of confusion and misinformation. One such health trend causing lots of confusion is the role of probiotics and probiotics. Lots of folks have heard of probiotics, yet may not have heard of their necessary counterparts: prebiotics. They sound so alike yet they have unique roles in the system of health. Probiotics are bacterias and yeast that are beneficial for the system. On the other hand, prebiotics are foods high in dietary fiber with a never-ending stream of health benefits that are needed to feed this bacteria.

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    Prebiotics are essentially fiber that is nondigestible.  Common prebiotic foods are garlic, artichokes, dandelion greens as well as onions . They pass through the gastrointestinal tract and remain undigested. When they reach the colon, they are fermented by  the anaerobic bacteria within the large intestine.

    Maintaining prebiotics intake will contribute to:

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    • Better health
    • Lower Stress
    • Hormonal Balance
    • Stronger immune system
    • Low Obese risk
    • Low inflammation
    • Better digestion
    • Healthier levels of cholesterol

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      Fermented foods like sauerkraut and kombucha are popular probiotic foods.  Yet prebiotics in the form of whole foods are necessary for absorbing nutrients and overall digestive health. Probiotics pass through the stomach unbroken by digestive enzymes or gastric acids  and bring forth positive changes in the digestive system and organs. Prebiotics are essential fuel for the beneficial bacteria of probiotics. and serve to lower disease risks .

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        Digestive problems can be resolved with combining both prebiotics and probiotics by lowering risks of:

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        • Diarrhea
        • Intestinal infections and Crohn’s disease ,
        • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
        • Bowel disease
        • Candida virus
        • Leaky gut and ulcerative colitis

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          Last Updated on December 2, 2018

          How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

          How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

          Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

          The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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          The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

          Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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          Review Your Past Flow

          Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

          Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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          Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

          Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

          Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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          Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

          Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

          We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

          Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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