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Supplemental probiotics have many benefits, not least of which they strengthen your immune system and can harden your body’s defenses against a pandemic illness like the coronavirus. Being as there are hundreds of beneficial bacteria, getting the right product can be difficult. This article will provide recommendations for choosing the best probiotic to meet your needs.   You Need Bacteria That Are Alive  The most important issue when choosing a probiotic is whether the bacteria are alive when you take them. Unfortunately, many manufacturers don’t invest in the technology to ensure that probiotic bacteria will

Photo: @blue_sky via Twenty20 Probiotic supplements provide healthy bacteria that have a beneficial effect on the human body. The gastrointestinal (GI) tract is a finely balanced environment where as many as 500 different strains of bacteria compete for space and nutrients. Instead of being passive inhabitants, these microflora interact with their human host in an intricate manner, regulating digestion, elimination, neurological function, and metabolism. They also have an anti-inflammatory effect, boosting immune function and enhancing the elimination of harmful compounds from the body. The natural balance of microflora can be disrupted

According to biochemists who are experts on zinc, supplementing with this mineral may be one of the most important things you can do for overall wellness. Getting adequate zinc can help cure a number of the most severe health problems due to how it affects immune function (1, 2). Zinc improves immune cell activity and scavenges free radicals as an antioxidant, helping to eradicate inflammation. It also reduces viral replication and supports physical barriers that protect the body from pathogens. While achieving baseline zinc levels is necessary for health, high

Did you know that 80 percent of your immune system resides in your gut? Yep! the gastrointestinal tract contains 80 percent of all antibody-producing immune cells. Plus, the tiny bacteria that line the GI tract are a vital part of the body’s immune defense system in their own right. Beneficial bacteria protect the body from invading pathogens by releasing antibacterial substances and increasing levels of Natural Killer immune cells (1). They also help protect against inflammatory diseases such as cancer.  Recent studies have tested the effect of bolstering the

When it comes to losing body fat, the gold standard is to combine exercise and nutrition. The goal is to eat in a way that allows you to train hard, preserve muscle mass, and achieve an energy deficit. Several different exercise/diet combinations have proven effective but very low carb diets are generally avoided due to the fear that exercise performance will be compromised. Glucose is the body’s preferred energy source for high-intensity exercise and the theory goes that a keto diet that deprives the body of glucose in the

It’s time to hit the gym for a workout. Your brain tells you you’re ready to burn through some killer sets. But once you start training, your body isn’t complying: You feel weak and unable to complete all your reps. What gives? Many people neglect some element of nutrition and find themselves incorrectly fueled for training. This article will cover how to eat for peak performance so that you can get the most out of your efforts. The Goals of Pre-Workout Nutrition There are three main priorities when it comes

There are many benefits of the keto diet but one area where it really shines is in how it improves your metabolism.  By shifting the body from a state of glycolysis (where it runs on blood glucose) to ketosis (where it runs on fat), you can transform how your body uses energy. This pays off in several ways: It is easier to lose body fat and keep it off long-term. It improves insulin sensitivity and makes it possible to overcome diabetes. It lowers inflammation, giving you an anti-aging effect

Magnesium is essential for life playing a major role in the metabolism of glucose and nervous system function. It acts as an electrolyte and is intimately related to the function of vitamin D and calcium in the body, regulating bone and muscle function. Along with affecting over 300 enzymatic reactions in the human body, magnesium may be useful for overcoming cardiovascular disease, hypertension, migraines, insomnia, anxiety, depression, ADHD, asthma, migraine headaches, kidney stones, and several other issues.  Magnesium deficiencies are common due to low dietary intake of fruits and vegetables