Category Archives for "Disease Prevention"

Medications Side Effects on Your Nutrition

Did you know that most OTC and prescription drugs deplete, or disable your body from absorbing, essential nutrients? In this way, they are doing you more harm than good. For example, aspirin inhibits the body’s ability to absorb vitamin C, and can reduce the levels of iron and folic acid, causing anemia, and a compromised immune system.

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How Probiotics Enable Healthy Digestion and Immune System

Probiotics are preparations of live micro-organisms (usually including lactobacilli, bifidobacteria, streptococci, and some yeasts such as Saccharomyces, and moulds) which are believed to be beneficial to health by restoring microbial balance in the intestine. Probiotics are the “friendly” bacteria that benefit the colon and therefore the immune system. They are produced for human consumption most often in dairy products containing two types of microbes, lactobacilli and bifidobacteria. More recently, probiotic dietary supplements are becoming popular as a way to balance and promote a healthy disgestive system.

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How Inflammation Becomes a Chronic Disease Precursor

Inflammation is central to the body’s ability to defend, maintain and repair itself. Its symptoms appear as redness, heat, swelling and pain, announcing a part of the body that is inflamed. Heat and redness are signs of blood rushing to the injured area. Swelling is from changes in the small blood vessels that allow plasma to seep into the tissues. Pain results from the release of compounds used by the immune system to draw defensive support to the injured area.

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