Having the opportunity to dress up like a superhero or celebrity and munch on sweet treats makes Halloween a favourite holiday for many children and families. It’s no surprise that Halloween can quickly become a very unhealthy holiday filled with excess, however there are many little decisions we can make to ensure this Halloween stays healthy and hearty for you and your family. Take a look at some of our tips below…
With any seasonal changes come the inevitable coughing, sneezing and colds. However, before it gets to this point, there are certain foods we can eat to minimize these cold effects. Take a look at our list of Foods that Fight the Common Cold and stop your cold before it’s even started. Continue reading
Bacteria is bad right? We use antibiotics and hand sanitizer to banish bacteria from our lives and live in sanitary environments in the hopes of staving off illness. But we are just beginning to understand the seminal role that healthy bacteria play in our lives. You see, bacteria is responsible for the proper digestion of our food, for improving our immune systems and, new studies show, even our happiness and mental health. Continue reading
So you’ve probably heard of probiotics; those diminutive little bacterium that live in your tummy and keep you healthy, happy and sane. Well, in order to keep your little belly bugs alive, you have to feed them the good stuff and that’s where prebiotics come in. Prebiotics are insoluble dietary fibers that provides a food source for probiotics and promote healthy intestinal flora.
Prebiotics are unaffected by heat and can’t be digested; this means you can cook foods containing prebiotics without affecting them.
Prebiotics come in two different kinds of fructooligosaccharides (oligofructose and inulin) which help to nourish the probiotic bacteria in your body. This in turn improves digestion, promotes immune systems, increases metabolism and boosts your body’s ability to absorb nutrients.
An increase in your metabolic rate will mean you burn more calories every day and that you have more energy. An effective metabolism means an improved ability to absorb nutrients which makes for a happier, healthier you.
The Human Microbiome Project conducted a study recently which found that the body is made up of more microbes than human cells. That’s right; your body is seething with bacteria, but before you call the germ police, bacteria come in both good and bad varieties and good bacteria (probiotics) are vital to the healthy functioning of our bodies.
Probiotics aid in the absorption of nutrients from our food and play a crucial role in the manufacturing of hormones. Bacteria are essential for the efficient processing of food and the extraction of vitamins. They produce anti-inflammatories and even control your mood. These diminutive beasties are really essential to keeping you healthy and happy.
Probiotics occur naturally in a wide variety of foods. Unfortunately, our propensity for processed foods and the widespread use of anti-bacterial products has led to a deficiency of probiotics in the modern diet. Always choose organic products which have pre and probiotic content. Healthy snacks like those from Shasha Co. contain pre and probiotics that are resistant to heat so they retain their good bacteria through the baking process.