Do you love the aromatic, spicy flavor of ginger? I have to admit that I didn’t used to love it, but it has grown on me and now I love it! Did you know that ginger’s amazing flavor comes along with a host of health benefits?
Do you ever feel really sluggish after a big meal, especially after Thanksgiving dinner? There is a solution that’s both healthy and enjoyable – take a walk! Taking a walk speeds up digestion faster than alcohol or coffee, multiple studies have found. The walk helps burn calories and helps moderate blood sugar. It doesn’t have to be a long walk, either! Just a 15-20 minute walk gives you all the benefits!
Are you an expert at reading nutrition labels? If you deal with managing health conditions like me, it has become very important to understand what is in your food. First, I always read the ingredient list to make sure it contains nothing that triggers my Crohn’s Disease. Second, I check out the nutrition label. Here are tips on how to read it.
1. Serving Size
Do you have or know someone who has Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD)? Have you wondered if probiotics could help?
What are the benefits of probiotics?
Probiotics is the name that has been given to “friendly” bacteria that live in your intestines. Studies have shown that people with IBD often have unbalanced “flora” (bacteria) in their gut. Having healthy bacteria in your gut may help with immune modulation and reduce inflammation. Both of these are concerns for those suffering with IBD, such as Ulcerative Colitis (UC) and Crohn’s Disease (CD). While studies have been mixed as to how beneficial probiotics are for IBD, there seems to be a little more evidence that it may help UC. However, more studies are being done and need to be done on the subject. According to one well-regarded theory, the cause of IBD results from an unbalanced microbiome in the gut. This theory implies that the use of probiotics may help rebalance the gut flora in a positive way, causing it to shift from creating inflammation to anti-inflammatory.
Which probiotics help with IBD?
I am a Duke Integrative Medicine trained Health Coach located in Charlotte, NC. I hold a B.S. and M.A. in Wellness Management. I have a passion for health and for helping others achieve the healthy life they desire.