Aging is a fact. Looking your age is not. This is what the intent and the first in this series of articles that is meant to help those of you who want information and support.
From my twenty something year old self’s sun tan experiences decades ago: ‘fry, fry and fry’ a bit longer in the sun with or without sun tan oil. I was not into baking with a reflective metal screen but I saw plenty of women who did what they could to get that tan. Oh, the invincibility of youth!
Fast forward 10-15 years and women (and more and more men) are paying a lot more attention to looking good and staving lines and wrinkles as long as they can. Aren’t we all?
So what happens to our skin and what can we expect in the years to come? If these installments read like a primer on nutrition, physiology and sun skin protection, they are. You can stop reading here if this is of no interest to you. For those continuing, there are some not-so-fun facts but I would be remiss in not laying some ground work.
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are called “good" microorganisms because they benefit the body, specifically the digestive system. There are billions of bacteria living in the intestinal tract often referred as microflora that work to keep healthy intestinal balance by replenishing and maintaining beneficial, intestinal bacterial strains which in turn promotes healthy gastrointestinal function.
Why do I need probiotics?
The body does not need the addition of food and supplements that contain probiotics to be healthy. However, food and supplements that contain probiotics assist the "good" bacteria already present in your gut. Probiotics can help keep you healthy by:
decreasing the number of "bad" bacteria in your gut that can cause infections or inflammation
replacing "good" bacteria lost after taking antibiotics
restoring the gut's "good" bacterial balance which then helps to keep your body functioning properly
Yogurt only contains probiotics if the label specifies that it contains “active, live cultures.” Any type of heat pasteurization or sterilization kills the bacteria, rendering it useless. Today’s Dietitian notes that organic varieties of yogurt are usually best because they're typically not heat-treated after fermentation. Even if your yogurt contains active cultures, be aware that various brands of yogurt contain different strains of bacteria. Researchers aren’t sure how these wide-ranging strains affect people – some strains may be more effective than others, or certain strains may be more helpful for certain people.
Because the amount of probiotics in a serving of yogurt varies from brand to brand and batch to batch, it can be difficult to estimate the amount of probiotics a serving provides. In one study of a yogurt brand, which features a trademarked bacteria known as Bifidus regularis, participants consumed 2 units – the equivalent of 8 o...