It's cold and flu season again and one important way to stay well is by keeping your digestive tract healthy. It's a huge chemical factory that helps you digest your food, produces vitamins, helps regulate hormones, excrete toxins and produce healing compounds.
There are five hundred species and 3 pounds of bacteria in your gut. Too many of the wrong ones like parasites, yeasts or bad bacteria, or not enough of the good ones like lactobacillus or bifidobacteria can lead to serious damage to your health. In fact, the NIH reports that about 70 million Americans are affected by diseases of the gut.
What are the major gut-wreckers?
To heal your inner tube of life you simply need to:
Researchers say probiotics have been known to enhance the immune system and, therefore, may represent a significant therapeutic advancement for treating viral respiratory tract infections like the cold or flu. Taking a supplement is an easy way to start improving your digestive health and there's no better time than fall to begin!
Some additional reading on digestive health during flu season:
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