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A HEALTHY GUT PROTECTS AGAINST FLU

 

Pippettes Raw Apple Cider VinegarThe microbiome is the complex community of bacteria and other microbes that live in the intestines, and its composition can affect every aspect of health, from asthma and irritable bowel syndrome to anxiety and depression. Studies have discovered that having a healthy microbiome is essential to support a strong immune system and keep us healthy. It can be helped by consuming probiotics and prebiotics. Probiotics include yogurt, sauerkraut, kefir and miso. Prebiotics include raw apple cider vinegar, raw garlic, leeks, chicory, Jerusalem artichoke and bananas.

Liz Connor, {i} 18th November 2017.

 

EAT WALNUTS FOR A HEALTHY GUT

Researchers at the Louisiana State University have found that not only are walnuts rich in omega-3 fatty acids, alpha-linoleic acids and fibre, but they also have a positive influence on the gut microbiome. The nuts have been found to increase the diversity of bacteria in the gut and raise the levels of beneficial bacteria such as Lactobacillus.

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Courtesy WDDTY, November 2017.

 

CHOCOLATE KEEPS YOU MENTALLY SHARP

A new study of chocolate at the University of L’Aquila in Italy has found many beneficial effects of eating chocolate, especially dark chocolate. Chocolate contains flavonols, which improve blood flow in the brain, especially to the hippocampus, and have neuroprotective effects. These help us with problem solving, memory and general cognition skills, which are kept sharp when we eat chocolate or drink cocoa.

FRONT NUTR. 2017;4:19  Courtesy WDDTY, October 2017.

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