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Probiotics are the superhero of the gut world! With the increased focus on their benefits Probiotics have become one of the biggest trends today

MyPro GutWhy? A probiotic deficiency may very well be a root cause of digestive, physical or even mental health illness. Probiotics aka “friendly bacteria” have become an easy and effective way for us to look after our digestion, boost our immunity and maintain and promote overall wellbeing hence probiotic supplementation can yield massive benefits to many individuals.

The vast range of products available on the market today can cause confusion if the consumer does not know what they are looking for. Not all probiotics are created equal and not all probiotics do the same thing.

Launching three new products Irish company Pharmed introduce the MyPro range delivering the next generation of probiotic interventions, one specifically for new babies, one for people with iron deficiency or for improved iron uptake such as women of childbearing age, pregnant women, children and adolescents, people with gluten intolerance and gastrointestinal diseases, vegetarians, athletes, elderly people and those using medications containing aspirin. The final product being launched resulting from years of clinical research is a high strength formulation of varied probiotic strains clinically proven to reach the gut alive and assist in promoting a healthy microbiome and digestive system for all the family.

Probiotic Myths:

The Billions Myth: Quality (strength) is much more important than quantity
The Cure all Myth: Different probiotics do different things
The Antibiotics Myth: Certain strains can reach the gut alive during the use of antibiotics
The Numbers Myth: Single strains are more specific
The Food Myth: Certain strains have specific health benefits not found in fermented foods
The Fridge Myth: The storage method does not indicate superior quality

• 1 in 3 women need more iron in their diet
• Other groups at risk of iron deficiency include Vegetarians, Athletes, elderly people, people with gluten intolerance, People with gastrointestinal diseases, Women of child bearing age, etc.
• 50% of pregnant women are estimated to be anaemia globally (World Health Organisation )
• A probiotic deficiency may be a root of some mental health illnesses
• Up to 80% of women taking global iron supplements experience adverse effects
• 95% of the iron in a traditional iron supplement is not absorbed

MyPro Iro-Sorb is specifically targeted at people who are Iron deficient. It offers a natural way to increase Iron absorption through dietary intake. Its patented strain of probiotic, LP299V is clinically proven to facilitate this mechanism of natural absorption.
Iro-Sorb also contains added Vitamin C which further enhances Iron absorption as well as containing a folic acid booster. It is suitable for teenagers, men & women to take before, during and after pregnancy and due to its low Iron content (15% RDA) significantly reduces the possibility of side effects.

MyPro Gut 2MyPro Iro-Sorb RRP €19.95 – Available in pharmacies nationwide and at www.mypro-biotics.com

“Probiotics are live micro-organisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host” World Health Organisation

1. MyPro Colicare – clinically documented to improve the early childhood symptoms of infant colic and to promote a healthy digestive system for your baby
2. MyPro Forte – a food supplement resulting from years of clinical research surrounding probiotics. The high strength formulation of its varied probiotic strains are clinically proven to reach the gut alive and assist in promoting a healthy microbiome and digestive system for all the family.

MyPro Colicare RRP €18.95, MyPro Forte RRP €16.95

Available in pharmacies nationwide and at www.mypro-biotics.com

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  1. GET MOVING AND STRETCH

 

No better way to get your digestive system going than to get your body moving. So make sure to at least get a walk in every day. Stretching is also a great way to help move things along and both can help to stimulate your small intestine and get things moving in your colon!

SIMPLE STRETCH: Lie on the ground and stretch your arms up and legs as long as they can go. Then hug your knees into your stomach and start a cycling motion with your legs just like you would when you are trying to help a baby ease tummy troubles and wind. Yoga is also fantastic for getting a full body stretch combined with breathing as its helps you to tune into your bodies needs.

 

  1. DRINK MORE WATER!

 

I start every day with lemon water as it helps to kick start your digestion but it’s also important to keep sufficiently hydrated throughout the day, which an awful lot of us don’t do. Dehydration is actually one of the main causes of chronic constipation because water helps food to move through your intestines and if your body doesn’t have enough water your stools will be hard and difficult to pass. Check your urine to see if you are dehydrated. The lighter in colour the better!!

 

  1. EAT MORE FIBER

 

Fiber is something most of us don’t get enough of and its important as it keeps our gut healthy, digestive system running smoothly and it can actually help to control hunger as it keeps us feeling fuller for longer. Eat more fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds like chia and flax, brown rice, wholemeal bread, quinoa and oats.

 

  1. INCREASE YOUR GOOD GUT BACTERIA WITH PROBIOTICS

 

Probiotics are live bacteria or yeast that are great and essential for a healthy gut and digestive system. This is actually one of the most researched areas in medicine at the moment and what we are starting to realize is that the gut and the good bacteria that live there are far more important to our overall health than we realized with some people referring to our gut flora as “The Forgotten Organ”. Most of us are in what’s called dysbiosis in our gut and that’s when we have more bad than good bacteria in our gut, which is caused from things like poor diet, lifestyle and antibiotic use. So to help rebalance the bacteria try and eat less sugar, processed foods and reduce your alcohol intake. Increase foods like unsweetened live natural yogurt, sauerkraut, miso, kombucha, kefir and kimchi. I also take The Terranova Probiotics €26.79 BUY HERE which contain a blend of “friendly” bacteria that are normal inhabitants within the intestinal tract.

 

  1. DE STRESS

 

I know instantly when I’m getting stressed as I get knots in my tummy! Ever heard the term “gut wrenching”? Well that’s literally what stress does to your gut. Too much stress is bad full stop so try to eat mindfully, not in front of the TV, in a rush or in front of your computer and chew your food well. These little tips will help you to digest your food easier and better!

 

  1. PEPPERMINT ANYONE?

 

Nothing like a nice peppermint tea after a meal to help ease digestive issues like bloating, gas, cramps or IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) due to the peppermints anti-spasmodic and analgesic properties. I also use a little peppermint essential oil under my tongue from Doterra too (you need to make sure they good quality oils and also oils you can ingest) (To buy oils email Caroline@honestabouthealth.com))

So here’s to a happy tummy,

Shine Bright,

Ali xx

FROM TRAVEL SICKNESS TO ANXIETY TO SWOLLEN ANKLES I’VE GOT YOU COVERED!!

Travel Sickness

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If you are going to travel, don’t’ forget to include some basic essentials: long journeys are generally not enjoyable; however, for those that experience the symptoms of travel sickness they can be even more unpleasant. To help relieve these symptoms, remember to pack Nelsons Travella. (€5.99) It contains a unique combination of seven homeopathic remedies, each specifically chosen to help bring soothing relief for the unpleasant symptoms associated with travel sickness.

 

Planning a boat trip?

Sea-Band_Adult-€9.95

Sea-Band (€9.95) is the natural way to relieve motion sickness (GREAT FOR MORNING SICKNESS DURING PREGNANCY TOO). Sea-band operates by applying pressure on the Nei Kuan acupressure point on each wrist.
They are also suitable for children and help with motion sickness in the car, boat and are great for kids Find out more here Sea-Band

 

Holiday Anxiety and Fear of Flying

Rescue-Remedy_Spray2-20ml-€12.50

Feeling anxious or overwhelmed are common symptoms of holiday travellers, especially for those who fear flying. The thought of sitting trapped in a plane for even a couple of hours can be a terrifying prospect.

Rescue Remedy (€12.50) taken on the day of the flight can be very helpful in dealing with feelings of anxiety and panic. A few sprays or drops can be taken as often as required during the flight until the person feels calmer and in control. It is also safe to take alongside other medications.

 

Swollen ankles and tired legs

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If your dream holiday is either to explore a city or simply relax don’t forget to nurture your legs. Swollen ankles can be an unwelcomed side effect of flying, especially on long flights. After a long day sightseeing you may also experience tired and aching legs.

Apply A.Vogel Venagel (€16.75) made from Horse Chestnut as it will cool your legs and help to reduce the swelling and sense of fatigue. Drink plenty of water and try to put your feet up at least once a day.

 

Sun care from head to toe

Parasol-Suncare-factor20-100ml€21.50-200ml€38.99

Irish skin is not generally accustomed to sunshine, so protecting your sensitive skin from the harmful effects of the sun’s rays is very important. I have just returned from Spain and I used Parasol (€38.99) for the first time.

I found it great and it is also an Irish brand. It has an innovative broad spectrum with a photostable filtering system. One application per day protects you from harmful UVA and UVB rays, while still letting the sun rays through to give you a lasting tan. Parasol is non-staining, waterproof resistant and includes a wide range of sun factor screens, making it ideal for the entire family.

Optima-Aloe-Pura_Aloe-Vera-Gel-100ml-€4.45After a long day outdoors, you can apply Optima Aloe Pura Vera Gel,(€4.45) a cooling and soothing 100% organic gel which helps to moisture and restore dry and damaged skin.

Smile your way through summer with Optima Aloe Dent Lip Balm,(€3.83) a natural lip balm with UVA and UVB protection. The Tea Tree oil and lysine based formula provides rich and soothing protection for dry & cracked lips from sun exposure. It also helps to prevent the dreaded cold sores I get. Taking Lysine tablets every day when you are away will also help!

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Your hair may also need some special attention. Naturtint 3-in-1 Restructuring spray (€9.99) is essential for anyone who colours their hair as the three active ingredients are designed to rebuild & repair, strengthen & protect and maintain hair colour. Spray onto dry ends throughout the day, to keep your hair hydrated and glossy (free from parabens, silicone and SLS).

 

First aid kit

Higher-Nature_Citricidal-45ml-€13.52

Whether going camping or travelling to less developed destinations,Higher Nature Citricidal (€13.52) with grapefruit seed extract is a natural disinfectant and antiseptic for external and internal use.

It has the ability to support the digestive system and taken every day while on holiday, it may help prevent any unwanted bacteria from taking hold, avoiding traveller’s tummy problems. A few drops can cleanse utensils and wash fruit & vegetable safely. It is also a powerful ally for all pregnant women, allowing to prepare a healthy and fresh meal, such as salad during summer time.

Probiotic Complex terranovaBecoming ill with a tummy bug or infection can really ruin a holiday so be prepared and don’t forget to pack a good probiotic. I absolutely love Terranova’s products for so many reasons. The owner of the company Stephen Terrass is such an inspiration. There are no binders or fillers used in any his products. I took these on my holidays and for a week after I returned home!!

Above all have fun. As well as letting the sunshine in, let your inner sunshine glow. Be happy, be healthy and be you xxx