Friday, October 30, 2009

Digestive Health & a Robust Immune System

Did you know that your digestive tract is home to trillions of bacteria? In fact, there may be more bacterial cells in our bodies than human cells. Bacteria are critical to our digestive processes and primary immune defences.

It is essential that we maintain a healthy balance of just the right bacteria to keep our digestive process moving along smoothly. Any number of factors can reduce the balance of beneficial bacteria in the gut to negatively impact digestive health, including stress, illness, antibiotics and/or medicines, poor diet, low water consumption, lack of rest, and harmful environmental conditions.

A healthy population of bacteria in your gut can help you optimise your nutrient status and defend against nutritional insufficiencies or any related diseases that can develop as a result of ongoing deficiencies. The bacteria in your gut can also provide significant benefits in the maintenance of a strong immune system. Beneficial bacteria interact with, and stimulate the immune system to help strengthen our natural defenses. Not only are the friendly bacteria vital to the proper development of the immune system, recent research also suggests that the right strains of bacteria help sustain healthy immune function by promoting healthy bacterial growth and preventing the introduction of harmful bacteria strains that can cause disease.

Take Charge of Your Digestive Health with Probiotic Plus

Because good digestion is central to good health, USANA created Probiotic Plus to help replenish the beneficial bacteria in your gut and re-establish proper balance and aid digestive and immune function. The World Health Organisation has defined a true Probiotic as "Live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host". So what sets USANA's Probiotic Plus above other probiotics?

The most important difference that makes USANA's Probiotic Plus so much better than other products on the market is the quality of the bacteria used.

There are several factors that establish the quality of a probiotic product: first, does the product deliver bacteria that are still active and viable? Second are there enough bacteria to be effective and impart a real benefit? Third what are the strains of bacteria being added? Will they survive the harsh, acidic environment of the stomach and make it to the intestinal tract alive, and once there will they grow and establish a healthy balance? And finally are the strains clinically proven to provide a health benefit.

With USANA's Probiotic Plus you can trust that the probiotic you are using has been proven effective. Everyone can benefit from using Probiotic Plus, it's a great way to maintain digestive health while traveling and for those with less than ideal eating habits. So, protect your health and bring balance to your belly with USANA's Probiotic.

Health Basics
  • Promotes healthy digestion*

  • Promotes sound immune function*

  • Promotes bowel regularity

Probiotic Plus Difference

  • Contains two strains of specific probiotic bacteria, clinically proven to survive the harsh acidic environment of the stomach.

  • Delivery system ensures that the bacteria will be stable at room temperature for over a year.

USANA Difference

  • Effective
  • Safe
  • Science-based
  • Pharmaceutical Quality

USANA scientists have come up with a better way to regulate your digestive system: Probiotic Plus is a blend of patented probiotic bacteria that is clinically proven to promote healthy digestion and sound immune function.

Probiotics Promote Balance

Your gut is host to both beneficial and potentially harmful bacteria. When balanced properly, these bacteria, also known as microflora, aid healthy digestion. Stress, illness, antibiotics and/or medicines, poor diet and hydration, lack of rest, and harmful environmental conditions, however, may endanger the fine balance of the intestinal flora. This imbalance can result in the reduction of beneficial bacteria in the gut, which can lead to digestive concerns that may not only be physically uncomfortable but also possibly harmful to your health.

Plus Immune Function

More immune cells are concentrated in the gut than in any other region of the body. Not only are friendly bacteria vital to the proper development of the immune system, recent research also suggests that probiotics help sustain healthy immune function by promoting healthy bacterial growth and preventing the introduction of harmal bacteria strains.*

Why Probiotic Plus?

The beneficial effects of one strain of probiotics do not necessarily hold true for others, or even for different varieties of the same species or strain. Sufficient quantity of high-quality bacteria strains must survive stomach enzymes and enter the intestinal tract alive to be effective. Verified to supply 12 billion Colony Forming Units (CFU) of viable bacteria - a level shown to be effective in clinical studies - USANA's Probiotic Plus contains Bifidobacterium, BB-12 and Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, LGG, the strains best documented to survive transit through the harsh, acidic environment of the stomach to colonise the intestines.

Probiotic Plus employs an advanced delivery system that guarantees the product will remain effective for at least 18 months when stored at room temperature. Refrigeration may prolong shelf life even further. The best part is, Probiotic Plus is packaged in convenient stick packs. You can simply add a stick pack to your favourite Nutrimeal, Fibergy, or any meal the spice of life sends your way. No more forcing down yogurt day after day.

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Note: Source from USANA Health Sciences

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Yoga Posture: The Camel (Ustrasana)

Ustra means a camel.

This position, known as the Asana of Firmness or the Sitting Wheel, strengthens the thighs while improving the flexibility of the back.

Camel pose increases lung capacity and improves blood circulation to all the organs of the body. People with drooping shoulders and hunched backs will benefit by this asana. The whole spine is stretched back and is toned. The backward bends brings great steadiness to the body, as well as giving an excellent backward bend to the spine and back muscles. This pose helps increase circulation to the head region.


Those who have undergone any recent operation at the chest or abdomen, people with hernia problems, severe hypertension and low back must be cautious.

This is the advance stage of The Camel pose, known as The Full Diamond.

The pose tones up the entire spinal region as the blood is made to circulate well round the spinal column. Since the pelvic region is stretched, the genital organs keep healthy. The diaphragm is lifted up and this massages the heart gently and helps to strengthen it. The chest expands fully.

Note: Please perform the yoga under the guide of a certified yoga teacher especially for beginner. You are at your own risk and responsible if you perform on your own. Whatever provided here is just act as an information.

Source from Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
                      Yoga Mind & Body by Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre
                     Integrated Approach of Yoga Therapy for Positive Health by
                     Dr R Nagarathna & Dr H R Nagendra

Monday, October 12, 2009

Keys To Stress Management

  • Exercise regularly, including a practice of yoga.

  • Set aside a relaxation time every day.

  • Use a positive technique, such as meditation, a breathing exercise, or positive affirmations and visualizations.

  • Be aware of your body. Notice if tension is building up anywhere and take steps to relieve it.

  • Notice how your emotions affect your actions and other people.

  • Find a healthy outlet for your emotions.

  • Have fun with others who are positive-minded.

  • Change what you can change in your life, and have patience with the rest.

  • No matter how busy you are, make sure you find time to relax and have fun.

Note: Source from K.I.S.S Guide to Yoga