Vol XII April 2009 | The Village Green Apothecary E-Newsletter
How “Friendly” Bacteria Can Restore Your Digestive Health
Bloating. Excess gas. Occasional constipation. Are you ignoring your body’s signals that something isn’t quite right?
Please, don’t ignore your “gut feelings.” Maybe it’s time you tried a probiotic formula — a source for the “good” bacteria that can restore your digestive health and even boost your overall immune system.
Many people are turning to probiotics these days for a variety of reasons. They may want to replenish their intestinal bacteria following a course of antibiotics (which may wipe out the good bacteria as well as the bad). Or they’re hoping for relief from troublesome digestive symptoms. Many people with dairy sensitivities take probiotics to aid in the digestion of lactose, minimize digestive discomforts and reap more nutritional value from their diet.
The fact is, your body’s levels of friendly bacteria typically decline with time, so as you get older, you're more likely to encounter some of these issues.
If you’ve been thinking about trying a probiotic supplement, now’s the time. Maybe you’ve tried yogurt, but it just didn’t do the trick. Chances are you need a bigger boost, the kind that comes from a well-formulated probiotic product with a serious quantity of carefully chosen bacterial strains.
Look below for some probiotics that provide great digestive support.
Recipes for Healthy Digestion
Spiced digestive tea
Pour water into a saucepan and add cardamon, ginger, cinnamon, orange peel, coriander and pepper. Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and steep for another 15 minutes, then add 1 tsp black tea and steep for 3 more minutes. Strain tea and add milk and honey to taste.
Toasted Wheat Germ Muffins
Great for breakfast and high in fiber
Preheat oven to 375° F. Combine the wheat germ, yogurt, and water and let stand 1 hour. Mix in egg and 2 tbsp oil. Mix in the flour, baking powder, and sea salt. Grease 12 muffin cups with a vegetable oil spray and fill 2/3 full. Bake 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Our Probiotic Product Recommendations
Pathway SUPREMA DOPHILUS — New, improved formula for general daily use
Pathway SUPREMA DOPHILUS contains 5 billion probiotic bacteria per dose. This complete formula contains an advanced combination of eight species of beneficial bacteria, bioenhanced and acid-resistant to survive stomach acid without the need for enteric coating. SUPREMA DOPHILUS is shelf stable, so it does not need refrigeration.
NEW! Pathway 35 BILLION PROBIOTIC — For more acute cases (antibiotic use, stress, poor diet, travel, or major digestive upset)
Pathway 35 BILLION PROBIOTIC features 8 strains of beneficial bacteria stabilized by a patented system that provides shelf stability at normal room temperatures. In addition, the bacteria are designed to survive stomach acid secretions during digestion, therefore eliminating the need for enteric coating.
For Additional Digestive Support
Pathway DIGASE — A blend of pure plant enzymes
Pathway DIGASE helps to stimulate the body's ability to secrete more digestive enzymes needed for protein, fat and carbohydrate digestion. It contains fennel and peppermint to soothe an upset stomach, and it can provide quick relief for those who experience gas and bloating.
Pathway DIGEST-EASE — An herbal liquid digestive tonic
Pathway DIGEST-EASE helps to stimulate the body's ability to secrete more digestive enzymes needed for protein, fat and carbohydrate digestion. It contains fennel and peppermint to soothe an upset stomach, and it can provide quick relief for those who experience gas and bloating.
Individualized Nutrition, Pharmacy, and Healthy Living
5415 W. Cedar Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814
Village Green Apothecary is an integrated (whole-health) pharmacy and healthy-living store based in Bethesda, MD. For over 40 years, we have been providing people with individualized nutrition and healthy living resources, as well as traditional pharmacy products and specially compounded prescriptions.
We have 45 trained professionals including Pharmacists, Nutritionists, and a Clinical Herbalist, who offer customized products and personalized health plans to ensure your health and well-being. At Village Green, you can get the kind of person-to-person help and attention that mass-market pharmacies have long ago forgotten. People come to us because they know we can help, and thousands more order from us by mail or online.