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A healthy start to the new year
We are going for a gentle approach to getting healthier this year. So far there has been more exercise and more getting outdoors than I usually manage in the winter. I’ve tried to fit in something physical most days: a walk, some housework, a yoga class. It’s easier of course on a day the sun is shining than on a gloomy, grey, wet day.
I’m trying to make some other changes too connected to food: a few less puddings, more fruit and vegetables, portion control. I find that a bit harder though so I’ve been looking for ways to get healthier that feel more achievable.
The upshot could be reduced immunity, making you more susceptible to the winter bugs you might otherwise be able to fight off. However, you can improve your microflora with probiotics, which are friendly strains of gut bacteria. You can boost your level of probiotics with yogurt or drinks, fermented foods such as kimchi or sauerkraut, and fermented milk drinks, like kefir. You could also take a high quality probiotic supplement, like ProVen Probiotics Adult Acidophilus and Bifidus – 25 billion. The richer and more diverse the microflora in your gut, the healthier and more resilient to illness you will be – so it’s in your best interests to take action to keep your bacteria in fighting form.”