Monday, October 26, 2015

Getting to the “Bottom” of USANA Probiotics

I’m here to give you the “straight poop” on your “gut reaction” about having “tummy control” with USANA Probiotics.

Okay, let’s get all the jokes, puns and giggling out of the way about our digestive system.

Why? Our digestive system is nothing to be taken lightly and probiotics play a serious part in our digestive health and immune system. 

So what are probiotics? Probiotics are live microorganisms that live in your digestive system, mainly in your gut. These microorganisms are “good” bacteria that live in your gut and most come from two groups:

Lactobacillus, the most common probiotic, which is found in yogurt and other fermented foods.

Bifidobacterium can also be found in some diary foods. 

The word probiotic comes from the Greek word pro, meaning "promoting" and biotic, meaning "life."

Interesting facts
There are 10 times more probiotics than cells in your body.

That 80% of your immune cells live in your gut. In the past, the appendix was thought to be of no use to our body. Scientists have discovered that the function of the appendix is to promote and store probiotics created by the gut.

There are approximately 3-4 pounds of bacteria in your intestines. Their objective is to produce vitamins, protect you from infections and help your metabolism work more efficiently. The stomach does break down the food we eat but has very little to do with the digestive process.

Instead, the small intestine which is about 22 feet long, is where 90% of the digestion takes place. Its main function is to digest and absorb nutrients into the bloodstream so the nutrients can be distributed through out the body.

USANA Probiotic is a food supplement designed to help replenish good bacteria in the gut to restore a healthy balance, which is essential to keeping our digestive process working properly and maintaining strong immune function.

Prebiotics nourish the good bacteria to help fight off any bad bacteria and should be used together with probiotics.

  • Vegetables: chicory, garlic, onion, leek, shallots, spring onion, asparagus, beetroot, fennel bulb, green peas, snow peas, sweetcorn, savoy cabbage
  • Legumes: chickpeas, lentils, red kidney beans, baked beans, soybeans
  • Fruit: apples, nectarines, white peaches, persimmon, watermelon, grapefruit, pomegranate.  
  • Dried fruit: dates, figs 
  • Bread/cereals/snacks: barley, rye bread, rye crackers, pasta, gnocchi, couscous, wheat bran, wheat bread, oats
  • Nuts and seeds: cashews, pistachio nuts

If you are watching your intake of diary products, grains and sugars then USANA Probiotic as a supplement may be the way to go.

I recommend USANA Probiotic because it contains the two groups of bacteria listed above and it has a dairy- and sugar-free delivery system.

To your creatively healthy life!

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