As I was walking through my local grocery store yesterday, I saw a fully stocked Christmas section complete with lights, garland, ornaments, wrapping paper, cookie cutters, wreaths and Christmas-themed paper plates, napkins and cups.
Wow. And it isn't even Halloween yet!
But that made me realize that the holidays ARE, in fact, fast approaching.
Starting right around this time of year and continuing on through January 1st, it's natural to begin feeling overwhelmed and more stressed than usual.
And unfortunately that means that you are more susceptible to every virus going around and to getting infections you'd never get any other time of year.
Here's why that happens:
When your nervous system picks up signs of emotional or mental distress, it signals for the release of stress hormones and special chemical messengers called neurotransmitters.
These neurotransmitters speed to different areas of your body and cause various chemical/physical reactions.
That's why your heart rate increases when you're frightened or your stomach gets rumbly when you're anxious.
These stress hormones can also contribute to headaches, high blood pressure and digestive disorders (like IBS).
So of course, they also affect your gut, where 80% of your immune system is.
For example, strains of the harmful bacteria E. coli grow faster in an environment that contains the stress hormones epinephrine (adrenaline) or norepinephrine (noradrenaline).
In addition, some scientists believe that when we're stressed, our nervous system "talks" to our gut microbes, telling certain (harmful) ones to multiply and other (beneficial) ones to limit their growth.
Having a greater concentration of harmful bacteria in your intestines makes you more susceptible to bacterial infections and viruses of all types.
This happens for two reasons:
1- You now don't have enough beneficial bacteria to fight off the dangerous pathogens you ingest.
2- The harmful bacteria have eaten away at your gut wall and made it porous, so dangerous toxins can now seep out and travel all through your body, making you ill (also known as leaky gut).
Plus, having more harmful bacteria in the gut also affects your immune system's regulatory T cells. That means your immune system will be less effective, leading to increased inflammation (and pain) all over your body.
And heaven help you if you do get sick and take antibiotics. While they will certainly help kill your infection, they'll also cause the bacterial balance in your gut to get even further out of whack...
...which means that you're likely to get sick AGAIN very soon.
Balance that flora NOW or risk sickness
While it's essential to keep your gut flora balanced all year long, it's especially true this time of year with all the added stressors in your days, the colder weather and the sick people you will be coming in contact with.
Luckily, it's very easy to do with these 2 steps:
1) Supplement with a high-quality probiotic
Like Super Shield multi-strain probiotic formula.
Super Shield contains 13 pharmaceutical-grade strains of the world's most potent, effective beneficial bacteria found in the human digestive system.
These good guys line the walls of your intestines like an army, ready to fight off dangerous invaders. They compete with the harmful bacteria for "territory" on your gut wall, crowding the bad guys and starving them.
They also help strengthen the gut wall, so toxins are less likely to leak out and cause illness. Super Shield also helps make your digestion more efficient...which can mean less gas, bloating, heartburn and other tummy troubles.
2) Support your healthy microbes with food
Nothing destroys beneficial gut bacteria faster than a diet loaded with processed or fast food, refined carbs and acid-creating meals.
Harmful bacteria chow down with glee on foods like these and multiply like rabbits -- eventually crowding out the good guys and leaving you FAR more susceptible to illness.
In the Great Taste No Pain system, I explain exactly what happens inside the body of those with the typical modern diet, show you how to structure delicious meals that help nourish the friendly microbes in your gut, and even give you 112 of my most prized recipes.
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And here's even better news: Once you begin to enjoy the taste of real foods, you'll likely lose your taste for the fast, processed junk and refined carbs -- they just won't appeal to you as much anymore.
Get a jump start on staying healthy now through the stress-filled holidays and all year round.
With Super Shield and Great Taste No Pain you're well on your way to a strong intestinal flora balance and a feeling-good YOU!
To your health,
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