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What’s Trending – Probiotic Growth

What’s Trending – Probiotics Market Growth in Coming Years👨🏼‍⚕️💊

With the rising growth and awareness surrounding digestive issues (such as SIBO and IBS), the market for nutritional supplements is also on the rise. Probiotics provide numerous health benefits, particularly for the digestive tract. Products including yogurt, fermented foods, kimchi, kefir, kombucha, and sauerkraut naturally contain probiotics. There’s a rapid increase in demand for these products as the probiotic market is expected to continually grow. This rising production scale poses growth for companies in the food and beverage industry including Nestle and PharmaCare Laboratories. Companies are launching products such as probiotic juice and chocolate bars. Probiotics can balance gut microflora, treat diarrhea, improve mental health, reduce allergies, and prevent digestive disorders.

Sourced from: The Guardian

Gut Health

“All disease begins in the gut.” -Hippocrates

The health of your gastrointestinal system is extremely important to your overall well-being. Largely responsible for the critical functions of the body’s digestive and immune systems, beneficial bacteria in your digestive system have the capability of affecting your body’s vitamin and mineral absorbency, hormone regulation, digestion, vitamin production, immune response, and the ability to eliminate toxins, not to mention your overall mental health.

Digestion, mood, health, and even the way people think is being linked to their “second brain”, also known as their gut, more and more every day. The Enteric Nervous System (ENS) is what scientists are calling the 100 million or so nerve cells that line our gastrointestinal tracts. The main role of the ENS is to control digestion, and in doing so it also communicates back and forth with the brain as to the overall health of the body’s gut and immune system.

The connection between gut health and mood has been known for some time, as individuals suffering from bowel-disorders such as Celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, or leaky gut are more likely than others to also suffer from autoimmune diseases and mental issues such as depression and anxiety. Symptoms related to poor gut health can be as obvious like headaches, fatigue, joint pain, and immune system weakness.

Most often, dysbiosis is the result of too many bad “bugs” including bacteria, yeast, and sometimes parasites, and not enough good ones. This imbalance causes damage to the mucosal layer of your GI tract; the normally smooth intact mucosal layer becomes permeable, allowing food proteins to enter into the blood stream. This consequently activates your immune system, causing inflammation, food sensitivities, and a myriad of symptoms both in the GI system and throughout the whole body.

Sourced from: Nava Center

Safe Halloween Tips

Halloween Safety Tips From The Canadian Red Cross

With October 31st right around the corner, we are excited to share these helpful tips from The Canadian Red Cross! It’s important to be mindful while preparing our children and families for a safe and enjoyable night of trick-or-treating.

  • Costumes should be light-colored and flame resistant, with reflective strips so that children are easily seen at night. (And remember to attach reflective tape to skateboards, bikes, and even brooms, too!)
  • Costumes should be short enough to avoid from tripping.
  • Remind children to stay away from open fires, fireworks, and candles. (Costumes can be extremely flammable.)
  • Use face paint rather than masks or things that will cover their eyes.
  • Remind children to walk, slither, and sneak on the sidewalk – not on the street.
  • Explain to children to stick to one side of the street for trick-or-treating, and then cross over with an adult (at a safe cross-walk) to trick-or-treat on the other. This will prevent running across the street numerous times.
  • Remind children to always look both ways before crossing the street to check for cars, trucks, and low-flying brooms!
  • Make sure to bring a flashlight, to see better and to be better seen.
  • Plan a trick-or-treating route and share it with family and friends ahead of time.
  • Trick or Treaters should travel in groups of at least 4 or 5. Groups with small children should always have an adult accompany them.
  • Visit homes that have their porch lights on.
  • Make sure children know to accept treats only at the front door; they must not get into vehicles, or enter the homes of strangers.
  • Avoid eating any candy until your group has arrived safely at home, and an adult can check through it in brighter lighting. Candy with opened packaging should be thrown out. And a reminder that small, hard pieces can be a choking hazard to young children.
  • If there are Block Parents on your street, make sure your children know where they are located.
  • Set agreed-to boundaries with your Trick or Treating group. Explain the importance to your children of staying within these boundaries and being home on time.

Sourced from: http://www.redcross.ca/training-and-certification/first-aid-tips-and-resources/first-aid-tips/halloween-safety