Essentials of Healthy Living

Vol XII April 2009 | The Village Green Apothecary E-Newsletter

How “Friendly” Bacteria Can Restore Your Digestive Health

Don’t ignore your “gut feelings.”

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.

What Are "Probiotics"?

Your body contains a delicate balance of billions of bacteria, both healthy and potentially harmful microorganisms. This balance can become disrupted by antibiotics, stress, traveling, or eating a poor diet. Daily supplementation of beneficial bacteria (probiotics) helps to protect you against harmful bacteria, promotes healthy digestive and immune function, and helps aid in the synthesis of B vitamins and Vitamin K.

Probiotics such as Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria help maintain a healthy bacterial balance by producing lactic acid, hydrogen peroxide, and acetic acid. These compounds increase the acidity of the intestines, which inhibits the reproduction of harmful bacteria. Probiotics also produce substances that can kill microorganisms.

Therefore, as long as your supply of “good” bacteria is adequate, the “bad” guys are crowded out and kept in check. But if your system is imbalanced, you may feel a variety of digestive symptoms.

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To Our Valued Customers:

We are here to support you.

During these challenging times, it is more important than ever to support your mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing. At Village Green, it is our passion to provide you with individual guidance, knowledge and products to help you feel your best.

We can help you in many ways…

  • Strategies for dealing with added stress
  • Answers to pressing questions about your health and nutrition
  • Great products and prices up to 30% off

Let us help you develop your own individualized plan for healthy living, no matter what health challenges you face.

We want to support you in any way we can — let us be your partner in good health. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

Recipes for Healthy Digestion

photoCardamom Chai

Spiced digestive tea

  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp orange peel
  • 1/2 tsp coriander seed
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp black 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

  • 1 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

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

photo Pathway SUPREMA DOPHILUS New, improved formula for general daily use
Now 30% off

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.


photo NEW! Pathway 35 BILLION PROBIOTIC For more acute cases (antibiotic use, stress, poor diet, travel, or major digestive upset)
Now 30% off

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

photo Pathway DIGASE A blend of pure plant enzymes
Now 30% off

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.


photo 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.


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The information in this newsletter is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice. Consult your physician if you have any question regarding a medical condition.

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.

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