Over the past two decades, we have seen an increase in the incidence of epidemics and pandemics such as SARS in Asia, Ebola in West Africa, seasonal flu, and the COVID-19 pandemic. This has driven a heightened awareness of the need for products that can help protect and shield ourselves and our families from infection.
Although we can treat infections with pharmaceutical drugs, it is becoming clear that prevention can often be better than cure. This is most clearly illustrated by the COVID19 pandemic, where successful recovery is a painstaking process and can leave the patient with a number of other COVID19 related issues post-recovery.
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Fatty acids are one type of fat that is good for you that deserves more discussion. Fatty acids come in two varieties - long chain and short chain. Long chain fatty acids (LCFA), like omega 3 fatty acids found in fish and certain plant seeds, reduce LDL cholesterol and raise HDL, but they can’t pass easily into cells. In contrast, short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), like acetate, propionate, and butyrate, are small enough to be used by our cells as an energy source and can provide up to 10% of our daily energy requirement.
If you think probiotics are good for keeping you regular you’d be absolutely correct. However, recent scientific research has shown that the bacteria in your gut plays an important role in your overall health, and regularity is just a byproduct of how well your gut is working.
For decades, health providers and nutritionists have preached about the health benefits of fiber, but why is it good for us? The usual answer is that it keeps us regular and cleaned out. Is that all there is? What if I’m already regular? There has to be more to it!
Our digestive system is home to at least 500 different bacterial strains. Under ideal conditions, our microbiome should consist of 85% “good,” or beneficial, bacteria. When the majority of our microbiome is made of the “good” bacteria, the remaining 15%, which can be pathogenic bacterial strains and yeasts, are easily kept under control by competitive suppression.
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