We all need healthy probiotics right now. To help keep your immune system working at its best, it’s important to keep up with good eating habits and a healthy lifestyle. And part of good eating is incorporating probiotics – also known as “good” bacteria – into your diet.
According to the World Health Organization, probiotics are “live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host.” These benefits include improving bodily functions such as immune function, regularity, digestion and detoxification.
Our bodies have their own natural defense mechanisms that protect us from invading “bad” bacteria and viruses. This is the immune system. About 70 percent of our immune system is in the digestive tract. This is the first line of defense against invading bacteria.
Get more probiotics in your diet
There are several delicious fermented products, such as smoothies, yogurts and cultured dairy drinks that contain good bacteria. These can easily be incorporated into your daily diet. Not only are they a source of probiotics, they are also great calcium-rich snacks.
Years ago I was having health issues and my doctor recommended that I eat yogurt once a day. At the time I didn’t care of yogurt, but as I grew to like it and ate it more often I noticed that my health problems disappeared. Now I enjoy organic plain Greek yogurt every weekday in my breakfast smoothie. Give my Peanut Butter Banana Almond Heart-Healthy Smoothie a try! You won’t even know you’re being healthy 😉
Don’t only take them when you’re sick
It’s best to help keep your immune system strong all year round. Certain probiotics may help strengthen the body’s natural defenses while providing a regular source of “friendly” bacteria. Though benefits vary depending on the type and amount of probiotic bacteria you eat, experts agree that daily consumption of probiotics is the most beneficial.
Tips for keeping your immune system strong
First, eat a healthful diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables. These contain plant compounds called phytonutrients that may play a role in boosting immunity.
Eat foods like fish that are rich in omega-3 fats and vitamin E-rich foods like nuts, avocados and vegetable oils. Also enjoy foods rich in zinc (seafood and lean red meat) and vitamin C (oranges, grapefruit, kiwifruit, bell peppers).
As I mentioned earlier, a daily source of certain probiotics in the form of a cultured dairy product may also help strengthen your body’s natural defenses.
In addition, exercise regularly, maintain a healthy weight and get plenty of sleep.
And when you can’t eat as healthy as you like, you can get your probiotics through supplements. There are many products out there. AdvoCare has an excellent one called, ProBiotic Restore Ultra. I used it when I did the 24-day Challenge and I felt great throughout!
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