How to Beat the Belly Blues

Learn how probiotics could influence your digestive health!

How to Beat the Belly Blues

Do you suffer from bloating or other digestive issues? It could be that your gut bacteria are out of whack. That’s right – there are microorganisms living in your intestines that aid in the digestive process! Learn more about digestive health and how you can help tame some of your tummy troubles.

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The Digestive Process

Digestion is a complex process involving many steps starting in your mouth. Your teeth break food down into small pieces and enzymes in your saliva help to start digesting some of the sugars in your food. Food then moves to your stomach, which churns the food and breaks it into even smaller pieces. From there, it heads to the small intestine where enzymes and special chemicals help to break down the food into its molecular components so that they can be absorbed into the blood stream. What’s left over hits the large intestine, which absorbs most of the water left over in the food.

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No matter what your skin tone is, unless you live in a cave with no sunlight, daily protection with either sunscreen, sunblock or protective clothing can not only protect you from developing sunburns (ouch!) but can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, particularly the deadliest type called melanoma. In addition, for those of you wanting to keep your youthful looks, daily sunscreen has been shown to reduce the development of wrinkles. A great teacher once told me that the best way to not have wrinkles is not to get them in the first place (think of how much money you can save on useless creams that claim to diminish wrinkles).

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