Fall is one of my favorite times of year. The leaves change. The air gets a bit crisp. And of course, football returns to Sunday afternoon! But as a part-time high school swim coach, I also know that fall can be a real challenge to your immune system.
Every week it seems a new batch of kids is absent from practice... kids that are in excellent physical shape, swimming upwards of 3.5 miles every day. So I know they’re taking care of themselves as far as exercise and fitness are concerned. But I wonder if they’re feeding their body the right fuel—nutritionally speaking—to keep themselves healthy during the fall season (and year-round for that matter).
Probiotics for Immune Health?
You probably know about probiotics by now. We’ve talked about them here on the Swanson Health Blog on several occasions. They are the billions of “friendly” gut bacteria that call your digestive tract home.
Probiotics help keep the intestinal tract strong for optimal assimilation of food by assisting your body's enzymes like protease, amylase and lipase to break down your foods. They also promote colon health. Basically, they help keep the digestive system running smoothly. (Source: 7 Basic Supplements for Good Health)
Digestive and GI (gastrointestinal) health is directly linked to overall health because of this relationship to breaking down and utilizing food. Your GI system is responsible for properly processing everything that comes into your body, utilizing the good while ushering out the bad.
A breakdown in this natural process can lead to a chain reaction that impacts your overall health. It is important that you take care of your GI system so your body continues to extract vital nutrients from the food you eat while also eliminating any potential unhealthy substances from your body before they have a chance to cause any problems.
Win a Probiotic 4-Pack (For a Healthy, Happy Fall)
There are hundreds of probiotics to choose from (take a look if you don’t believe me), so picking the right one can seem like a challenge. Well good news... today you may not have to pick... you can win this 4-pack of probiotic supplements from Nature’s Way and Enzyamtic Therapy. Let’s take a quick look at these awesome products...
Nature’s Way Primadophilus® Optima
This new line of probiotics from Nature’s Way features an advanced formula that utilizes strains of probiotic bacteria that are more aligned with human GI tracts... meaning they will adapt to your body better than other strains, providing more support for digestive health and, in turn, immune health. Plus, every capsule is specially coated to ensure optimal survival in stomach acid and proper release into the intestine. Included in the giveaway pack are: Primadophilus Optima High Potency, Primadophilus Optima Max Potency and Primadophilus Optima Max Potency.
Enzymatic Therapy Pearls IC Intensive Care Probiotics
This unique formula utilizes “True Delivery Technology” that guarantees active cultures survive stomach acids, arrive in your intestines and thrive to provide exceptional support for digestive health and immune health. Unlike many probiotic products, Pearls Intensive Care Probiotics require no refrigeration. Plus, as the name suggests, these pearls are small and easy to swallow.