Better Homes and Bodies

The Garden Within

The Garden Within

It’s essential that families maintain a healthy gut! Eat legumes, beans and fruit which contain lots of fiber and can promote the growth of healthy Bifidobacteria. And for breastfeeding moms, know that some of the bacteria that first begins to grow inside babies’ intestines are also Bifidobacteria, which digest the healthy sugars in breast milk that are important for your babies growth. Children that are breastfed for at least six months have a more beneficial Bifidobacteria than those who are bottle-fed.

Keep it fresh

Keep it fresh

Having fresh herbs and spices in your kitchen is helpful when creating your meals. Maybe bring some Basil, Rosemary, Sage, Peppermint… and other spices into your kitchen. The health benefits are amazing. Plus, you can pluck them when needed. No more wilted refrigerated herbs.

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Summer Sniffles

Summer Sniffles

Even during the summer season, cold symptoms can arise. These can be caused by the enterovirus that brings sneezing, scratchy throat and runny noses into our homes. Less common enteroviruses can cause symptoms like conjunctivitis (aka pinkeye), which causes swelling of the outer layer of the eye and eyelid. Summer colds caused by enteroviruses can clear up without treatment in a few days or week. But do call your doctor if you present with a rash or high fever.

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Fermented Foods

Fermented Foods

Want to introduce micro-organisms into your gut? Hook up with fermented foods like kimchi and yogurt; both can help maintain a healthy digestive system and have beneficial effects on blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and the brain. Choose lower-sodium versions of fermented foods, and keep moderation in mind. More is not better.

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