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The pros of your health.
November 1, 2013

Over the years we have seen so many issues come to light and become a new health fad. Probiotics are one of those issues. In recent years we have seen a great increase of products on the shelves for this very topic.

Probiotics (from pro and biota which means “for life”) are bacteria that aid in maintaining a healthy and natural balance of microflora (microscopic vegetable organisms of a specific region) in the intestines. Most humans have about 400 different bacteria’s in the digestive tract and they help to fight harmful bacteria and promote growth of the healthy bacteria. They also aid in digestion and nutrient absorption.

Two of the largest and best-known groups of probiotics are lactobacillus acidophilus and yeast. The first is the lactic acid bacteria and found in yogurt, which is a live culture, and of course, we all know what yeast is, but in biological terms, it is “(Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Plants) any of various single-celled ascomycetous fungi of the genus Saccharomyces and related genera, which reproduce by budding and are able to ferment sugars: a rich source of vitamins of the B complex”.

Probiotics need fuel to live (like in yogurt) and that is prebiotics, which are nondigestible carbohydrates. When these two are combined, a symbiotic is formed and that means that both probiotics and the food they need to survive are present. Prebiotics are found in foods like whole grains, honey, bananas, artichokes, and onions.

Many people use probiotics when they are taking antibiotics, which kill both harmful and beneficial bacteria when they are fighting an illness. If the antibiotics kill too much of the good bacteria, it can lead to stomach issues. Too little of the good bacteria can also cause urinary tract infections and vaginal yeast infections. Most people take probiotic supplements when they have diarrhea, gas, bloating, etc., however only certain strains of bacteria or yeast have been shown to aid stomach or intestinal problems.

Studies are being conducted to see if probiotics can aid in colon cancer, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and skin infections. Research is also being done on how probiotic supplements affect young children and the elderly.

If you think you may want to begin using probiotics, make sure to consult your doctor and inform him/her any other supplements or drugs that you are taking. Probiotics are regulated as a food and not a drug, and that means that they do not undergo the stringent testing and approval process

It is important to keep your health in check, and here at Nana’s, we care about your health, which is why we put only the best ingredients in our products and they do not contain cholesterol, dairy, eggs, or refined sugars.

And from now until November 12th, take 25% off of No Gluten Ginger Cookies & Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Just simply use the promo code "4health" when you order from the Nana's Cookie Company website.

Here's to your HEALTH!

References: www.WebMD.com, Dorland's Medical Dictionary for Health Consumers, Collins-English Dictionary, www.mayoclinic.com, http://www.health.harvard.edu

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