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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:

    • 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:

        • 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 9, 2019

          5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

          5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

          Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

          Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

          Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

          1. Get Rationally Optimistic

          Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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          This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

          In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

          The result: no more mental stress.

          2. Unplug

          Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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          How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

          It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

          Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

          3. Easy on the Caffeine

          Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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          Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

          4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

          That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

          How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

          • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
          • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
          • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

          While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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          5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

          This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

          The result: mental stress will be gone!

          So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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