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Wellness

Filtering by Tag: healthy living

Debunking the Microbiome, Probiotics, and Probiotics

Lisa Eberly

In case you haven’t heard, your gut microbiome is SUPER important. You have 10 times more cells from microorganisms like bacteria and fungi in and on your body than there are human cells. FREAKY, RIGHT? You’re actually more bacteria than you are human. 

Any way, I find that I am explaining why these bacteria are so important and how to make your bacteria “healthier” with pre and probiotics quite a bit. Still, it’s difficult to understand how and why tiny bacteria inside your digestive tract help you fight disease and live a long and healthy life. 

This video is absolutely amazing, and beautifully describes how it all works. If you want to learn how bacteria in your body works and how pre and probiotics can help you, watch!



A Spot of Tea

Lisa Eberly

I am a total tea addict. I usually have 3-4 cups a day. Luckily, tea is incredible for you and here’s why:

→ Tea helps fight free radicals. Tea is high in oxygen radical absorbance capacity, which is a fancy way of saying that it helps destroy free radicals (which can damage DNA) in the body. This protects against a ton of different cancers, neurodegenerative disorders (like Alzheimers), and other chronic diseases.

→ The antioxidants in tea also help to give it an extra cancer-fighting boost.

→ Tea keeps weight in check. In one research study, participants who regularly consumed hot tea had lower waist circumference and lower BMI than non-consuming participants.

→ Green tea has been found to improve bone mineral density and strength.

→ Polyphenols in green tea may help maintain the parts of the brain that regulate learning and memory.

→ Tea can boost exercise endurance. Scientists have found that the catechins (antioxidants) in green tea extract increase the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel, which improves muscle endurance.

→ Tea contains fluoride and tannins, which keep dental plaque at bay. So, tea keeps your teeth and gums healthy and beautiful.

→ Drinking tea may help your body’s immune system fight off infection. When 21 volunteers drank either five cups of tea or coffee each day for four weeks, researchers saw higher immune system activity in the blood of the tea drinkers.

The downside of tea? It stains your teeth worse than coffee!

Prevention & how to get everyone in on it

Lisa Eberly

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If you’re reading a health blog, you totally get it. You already know that prevention is key and that good nutrition and fitness are essential to a long and healthy life. But, I’m sure you’re getting realllllly frustrated trying to explain that to, well, pretty much everyone you know.

I certainly am.

So how do you get Uncle Bob or boyfriend or grandma to get on board with a healthy lifestyle? You tell ‘em this.

Sure, you can try to cure a disease. You can try to fix a problem after its already happened. But that’s really, if you think about it, pretty dumb. Especially considering how easy it is to stop the problem in the first place.

Think of disease as a cliff. There’s this big scary cliff with a hmm…let’s say a 10 million foot drop. As soon as we are born we are slowly walking toward the edge of the cliff. Until we fall off. At the bottom of the drop, there’s treatment. There’s an ambulance that can take you to a hospital. There’s pills and surgeries and all that jazz to try to help your body, but let’s be real, you’ve already fallen 10 million feet. Oh, and you never know how close you are to the edge of the cliff. Until you fall.

I bet you’re thinking: what kind of idiot population has such a dangerous cliff in their neighborhood?! Better yet, what kind of idiot population hasn’t done anything to stop people from falling off the cliff?!?! Prevention is simple. Prevention is a fence around the edge of the cliff that says ‘BEWARE: 10 MILLION FOOT DROP.’ Prevention is a net ready to catch you 2 feet off the edge of the cliff, so you can just prop yourself back up. Prevention is a brick wall closing off the cliff. A healthy diet and regular exercise are that net or that brick wall.

Prevention isn’t something that just happens. You can’t prevent chronic diseases and death just by saying you prevent them, or by waiting for prevention to happen. Sitting on your butt waiting for something to happen is the opposite of prevention, and trust me, you’re going to pay for that in the long run. You know, when you’re lying at the bottom of the drop thinking ‘ugh…someone should really put a fence up there.’ You know, that is, if you survive to the bottom of the drop.

Prevention is being proactive. It is making a healthy life happen for yourself, not waiting for it. It is not making excuses or saying you’ll start when you’re older. Prevention is BUILDING that brick wall. It’s PAINTING that fence. It’s SECURING that safety net.

So, I know you’re all doing those things because you’re all smart and proactive. Share this with someone you know who could use this kick in the tush to get up and make the healthy, long life everyone wants happen today. 

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