CAT | Probiotic Supplements
It seems like everyone is talking about probiotics these days, using words like cultures and strains and Bifido—but what do you REALLY need to know when choosing a probiotic? Is there a difference from one supplement to the next? Do certain formulas target specific needs? And why can you find some on the shelf and some in the refrigerated section at your local market?
Watch this eye-opening video to find out!
The 6 Rules of Probiotics
The 6 Rules of Probiotics explains how to choose a probiotic based on a handful of simple guidelines that are surprisingly easy to remember—including the total amount of good bacteria per capsule, also called the culture count. In addition, you will learn all about the bacteria in your gut (most of which are good guys and help with things like vitamin production and supporting your immune system) as well as what can happen when your digestive system is out of balance. Be sure to check it out!
For the first time in history, experts tell us the next generation of U.S. children will not live longer than their parents, in part because of the nationwide prevalence of obesity. Two-thirds of American adults and a third of our children and adolescents are overweight or obese, contributing to a rise in heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes—but recently more than a dozen major food companies took a step in the right direction.
As part of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, 16 food and beverage manufacturers including Campbell Soup Co., Kraft Foods Inc., Nestlé USA, Coca-Cola and Pepsi pledged to remove 1.5 trillion calories from the market by 2015, and in fact they’ve already cut 6.4 trillion calories (mainly from sugary beverages, cereals and snacks).
The reduction in calories works out to about 80 fewer calories per person every day, according to Shu Wen Ng, an assistant professor of nutrition with the University of North Carolina and one of the researchers involved with analyzing the companies’ efforts. But, she and other experts point out that healthy weight management goes beyond just counting calories, and that more focus should be placed on evaluating the quality of those calories.
Because studies have shown a balanced gut (meaning the right amount of good bacteria vs. harmful bacteria) supports weight loss and long-term weight management, it is important to eat foods that promote that balance. Here are three simple ways to get started!
- Eat more healthy fats, especially those high in Omega-3
- Eat “living foods” every day to help increase your good gut bacteria (fermented foods, non-starchy vegetables and low-sugar fruits)
- Eat plenty of protein at every meal and snack