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Great health begins in the gut!

Great Health begins in the GutYour colon is the main way that your body eliminates waste and toxins, so it’s critical to have it in good working order. If toxins in your stool are not eliminated (at least daily) they can be re-absorbed back into your system. Many different factors such as stress, diet, environmental chemicals, and especially antibiotics, can negatively affect your digestive system.

There are over 100 trillion good bacteria in our bodies and they all play a role in our overall health. When the good bacteria in your colon are destroyed and the colon gets out of balance, it can cause uncomfortable symptoms such as bloating, gas, fatigue, headaches, yeast infections, diarrhea, constipation and more. Antibiotics (though sometimes necessary) kill bacteria and they are unable to discriminate between the good bacteria and the bad.

Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP and co-founder of the Women to Women Clinic in Yarmouth, Maine, recommends eating plenty of plant-based foods and taking a good probiotic. Probiotics can help with digestion, aid with nutrient absorption, produce certain key vitamins, strengthen the immune system, prevent disease, and much more.

Shaklee has a very effective probiotic and prebiotic called Optiflora. My clients who purchase Optiflora report that they have fewer yeast infections, less gas and bloating and experience more regularity. Check out this great product and please feel free to contact me if you have specific questions about probiotics or general colon health.

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