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Natural Living Series – Source of Disease

Focus: The Source of Disease

When looking for ways to begin achieving optimal health, we believe the number one thing you need is a really good probiotic! Let’s explain why…

 

If you have ever been to a naturopathic doctor, they will tell you that almost all disease can be traced back to our gut.  It is absolutely fascinating when you start looking into exactly what is going on in your body, in your digestive system to truly understand and believe this statement.

Adding a probiotic is like sending in the Calvary! Our intestines and colon are filled with so many types of bacteria that it’s impossible to know about them all (there is over 400 different species of bacteria) but we do know about how bad things can become when we don’t keep that army populated!  The goal is to keep more good than bad bacteria living in us (gut flora balance).  Our “good” bacteria can de destroyed by things like antibiotics, stress, alcohol/drugs and poor diet.  Two of the most common types of  bacteria that you can find in a probiotic are Acidophilus & Bifidus.  Acidophilus has the job of keeping things clear for these little hairs called Microvilli that are along the wall of the small intestine, and are assist in moving the food along.  Acidophilus bacteria is our number one defence of disease in the gastrointestinal tract, as well as the vagina.  Bifidus has the job of re-populating the friendly bacteria, lowers the PH level (an acidic environment is necessary in this area otherwise it would be a breeding ground for bad bacteria).  Bifidus will also prevent gas & bloating.

Now let’s get into which probiotic to choose.

Most people think they need to look at the total number of bacteria it shows on the bottle (for example: 10 billion active cells), but while that is important and something to consider, really we need to look at what the different strains of bacteria are included in the probiotic.  Now remember I mentioned there are over 400 different species of bacteria, but we are going to want to look for the most important known strains and what we personally are in need of:

  • Lactobacillus acidophilus – these guys colonize on the walls of the small intestine, support nutrient absorption and help digest dairy if that’s part of your diet.
  • Bifidobacterium longumScavengers of toxins! Mostly found in adults digestive tract and have been said to reduce the risk of colon cancer.
  • Bifidobacterium bifidum – As we age this one is important for breaking down complex carbs, fat & protein but their most important job is protecting us from germs.
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus – known as the travellers best friend because they help with the dreaded diarrhea that can otherwise ruin a trip!  Also shown beneficial to women with urinary tract infections.
  • Lactobacillus fermentum – Promotes healthy levels of bacteria in the gut, can help with lowering cholesterol and another good one for women in minting a healthy vaginal flora.

Another important thing to look at when you are selecting a probiotic is the expiry date.  Remember these are live cultures you are ingesting and you want to be sure they stay that way!  Some of those live bacteria won’t make the journey past your stomach acid but you can help by taking the probiotic with a meal.  Food will temporally reduce the acidity level of your stomach giving better odds for survival.  Also making sure you are ingesting a good amount of bacteria (called CFU’s or Colony Forming Unit) starting at 10 million and then you can increase as needed.

We really like the probiotic options available from Natural Factors, but another favourite that is fairly new on the market is Wholy Biosa 10+ Artisan Probiotic Drink from Innotech NutritionThis triple fermented probiotic drink offers up 10 Billion bioactive cultures, and has a ph of 3.5 so it can survive stomach acid.

Another great habit to get into is adding in probiotic type foods like; cultured vegetables (think sauerkraut & kimchi), yogurt, kombucha (easy to make or a great Canadian brand we like is Tonica), kefir drinks and more!

So to sum up, our intestines have the huge job of not only assisting in breaking down the food but also absorbing the vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and fats.  Probiotic’s (our army) work at keeping the spaces clear to allow all those good things to pass through into our blood stream, which then carries off to our organs, tissues, brain, etc. Getting the picture here now?

In my next post, I am going to talk about dirty colon’s and how we can safely clean them out.

 

Mother’s Day Makeover’s

What a lovely time we had hosting our Mother/Daughter makeover contest on Friday, May 9th.

The contest winners were treated to mini manicure’s with Pure Anada’s gorgeous new summer polishes, as well as a complete makeup application from talented makeup artist Kristen von Riesen. Kristen is amazing at creating a fresh, natural look that enhances your features using of course, natural mineral makeup from Pure Anada!

I must also mention incase some of you didn’t know, (I’m personally super proud of this!) Pure Anada cosmetics are made in Morden Manitoba!  The makeup is created using organic botanicals, and food-grade minerals that won’t irritate your skin like some conventional products, but most importantly, I love the fact that I don’t have to compromise my health because I want to wear makeup! You can read more about Pure Anada’s story here on their website, as well as check out the array of colour choices and options.  All Pure Anada products are proudly offered at Generation Green.

Now, back to our winners! Here are some of the photo’s I have compiled into a collage of the ladies.  I also say that it was lovely to meet them and witness the special bond they share.

Special thanks to my niece Stefanie for doing the manicure’s, Kristen of course for the makeup applications, Candace Grenier the creator of Pure Anada for the amazing contribution to our gift bags, as well as our other gift bag contributors; The Forks Market, Inn at The Forks & Ever Bamboo.

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Winners of our Mothers Day Contest are….

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Colleen Rose & Mother ***

My Mom’s birthday is May 2nd the day this contest closes, so firstly what a nice surprise that would be to win on her birthday. My Mom is awesome.
My Mom is the anchor that keeps our family grounded. Her creativity and giving spirit always inspired me growing up and helped shape the woman I am today. She fostered in me a spirit of volunteerism and to taught me to share my gifts with others and to see and appreciate the beauty in nature.
My Mom is always there’s to listen and really taught me to see the good in others and that everyone has something to contribute. The most important thing she taught me is that the most important things in life are not things but the relationships you build and nurture.
My Mom always puts others first and to pamper her would be a special treat that I would love to share with her. My Mom really is my heart.

Pam Pullen & Daughter Stephanie ***

In my daughter’s eyes I can see the reflection of who I am. Stephanie is caring, kind, funny, hard working, sensitive, smart and a great Mom.
We talk all the time and still cry when we see those M&M’s candy commercials. I have so many happy memories when she was growing up. The outside water fights that ended in the house, the great April fools jokes, taping of the sprayer on the kitchen sink. the surprise raw egg or plastic spiders drop from the ice maker. My surprise breakfast in bed of banana and jam sandwich. Every time I make French toast I remember the first time mixing the eggs and lifting the fork saying it looks like snot. We still have a little snicker.
She has such a big heart, raising two orphan squirrels she found, and rehabilitated them back into the wildlife.
We camp together and she is the official leach and tick remover, still to date.
Now she’s grown and raising a family of her own. I see she is teaching my grand kids with the same values we taught her. To love life, laugh lots and be yourself. Enjoy everyday. I was so blessed to be at the birth of her children. My grand kids.
She started off nestled under my heart, and she will always be there.
When I’m gone she’ll know how happy she makes me and I’ll always be in my daughters eyes.

Michelle H & Mother ***

My mom is the best for many reasons:

– she’s a single parent who is very loving and caring; always going that extra mile to help my brother, sister and I out with various aspects of our lives (everything from helping type up school projects on a typewriter back in elementary school, to encouraging me to achieve my goal of becoming a Biologist)

– even though our budget was tight, she promised and eventually took me to Disneyland – surprising me when I was 18 years old with a suitcase at my bedroom door (meeting Mickey Mouse with her was truly priceless)

– although she’s an accountant, she raised tropical fish as a hobby with me growing up (I went on to complete my degree in Biology). We bred freshwater fish and even had 14 aquariums in our basement – all because I wanted to save the baby fish that were being born

– she’s a great role model and always taught me to be polite, work hard and give back to the community. She also taught me the importance of helping others in need and having a positive attitude in life. She even helped me nurse some baby birds back to health – ones that were injured were often brought by neighbours to our house, as I was known as the ‘neighbourhood bird whisperer’.

Thanks so much for this opportunity to win. We really appreciate it!

 

Congratulations to you all! We will send you the details by email but you have all won a professional, toxic-free makeover with Kristen from Pure Anada Cosmetics, Mini Manicures with Pure Anada’s new line of  Nail Polishes, Gift Bags with green goodies from Generation Green, Pure Anada, Gift certificates from The Forks Market & more!  We can’t wait to pamper you & help you celebrate the wonderful bond of mother & daughter.