Don’t Compromise your Immune System

In the age of processed foods, hormone injections and airborne toxins, it is easy to explain why our internal systems are not running as efficiently as they once did. 

TDon't Compromise your Immune Systemhe external factors we face daily lend to weakened immune systems, slower metabolisms and interrupted digestive systems. To combat these factors, natural health products and herbal remedies have become essentials in our daily nutrition. Probiotics are just one example of a natural remedy that has become an important component in helping your internal systems run efficiently against harmful, external factors.

Over the last decade, probiotics have gaining popularity for many reasons. First and foremost, probiotics have been found to play an important role in producing healthy bacteria known as gut microflora in the digestive tract. This microflora provides protection against various diseases.

Three Important Strains of Probiotics:

  • L acidophilus
  • L casei
  • Enterococcus faecium
  • Bifidobacterium bifidum

Most of the 400 to 500 strains of probiotics are unculturable by conventional methods. These bacteria are critical to the development of a healthy immune system and are crucial in the digestion of certain foods to release vitamins and nutrients such as vitamin K and short-chain fatty acids.

According to Mini-Reviews in Medical Chemistry:

“Even the best surviving and adhering probiotic strains usually do not colonise the intestinal mucosa for long periods, and are eliminated after a few days when the host stops ingesting them.”

The inability of these bacteria to colonise for extended periods is due to a number of factors, making probiotic supplementation important to intestinal your health. The International Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology states that probiotics help to develop gut microflora that cannot produce itself due to unnatural factors that humans and farm animals now live under. Antibiotics (yes the ones prescribed to you by the doctor) also affect body’s inability to produce healthy immune-boosting bacterias in the intestinal tract.

Now let’s take one step back. Is your body even capable of supporting healthy bacteria with probiotics? If not, synbiotics become essential in ensuring your body can effectively colonise gut microflora produced by the probiotics. Synboitics by definition are “preparations that combine probiotics and a prebiotic to boost numbers of benefitical bacteria and improve colonisation in the gut.”

Prebiotics, one of the most recent additions to natural remedies, have been developed in this instance to help feed the microflora, helping to prolong its lifespan in the intestinal tract. By nature, prebiotics are complex carbohydrates, such as inulin, fructooligiosaccharides and galactooligosaccharides. Their role is to provide nutrients to the healthy bacteria, in turn helping them colonise.

Stacking your nutrition with a pre and probiotic is, therefore, one of your best defences in your fight against toxins, pollutants, and processed and sterile foods.

Allmax Nutrition recognizes the importance in synergy within the body and the relationship between training hard and supplementing your diet with the most effective nutrients available. The new Vitafemme Complete Multivitamin Pack for women includes both prebiotics and probiotics, together with a full spectrum of enzymes to help support your immune and digestive systems. It is currently the only multivitamin pack to do so.

The included probiotic contains 5 million CFU Lactobacillus sporongenes. While the included prebiotic is complete with 300 mg of FOS, inulin derived from Chicory Root, as well as NutraFlora.

This immune support system is also teamed up with an anti-aging complex, EFA stack, femme joint support and a whole spectrum of vitamins and minerals to keep you moving, inside and out. All these perks are available in convenient daily packages (21-day supply), making Vitafemme the ideal multivitamin for any women that wants her body to function as efficiently as she does.

Valeria Fazio

Valeria Fazio holds a B.A. Honors degree in history from Carleton University and a diploma in professional writing from Algonquin College. She has been competing in amateur fitness and figure competitions for three years, and has recently qualified for the 2011 Ontario Provincial Figure Championships. As a certified personal trainer and nutritional coach, Valeria helps others in her free time to achieve their fitness goals.

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