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The Spirit Of The Journey.

DSCF2378There are many and various things that fill and feed the spirit of we humans. We may find it in our local church, mosque or temple. We may find it close to home or far away from our roots. Or it may be that we discover it in different ways through many different avenues.

We love to travel. We have been many beautiful places, some simply out in the forests of British Columbia, close to home, others far, far away. We went to Egypt a few years back. It filled us with wonder and amazement. Each temple was sacred and profound for different reasons. We have been all over North America and into the Caribbean and have felt profound connection with our spirit in each of those places in different ways.

This is a quote from Rev. Dave Brown. He captures the essence, I think, of travelling to distant places and how we can be more than simply a tourist. We can become a part of that place, if only for a moment in time. Click the link for the rest of his wonderful article.

“Yet, the spirituality of travel is about more than going to sacred places. It is about the way we travel, the way we present to the places where we travel, being more than a sightseer but someone who engages and interacts with the places they visit. Traveling with openness in our heart, mind and soul we may find ourselves nourished and engaged in ways expected and in ways that may surprise us.

Read more here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2013/09/19/3212277/traveling-can-be-a-spiritually.html#storylink=cpy

How To Find The Best Probiotic Supplement For You

Digestion conceptProbiotics have made the news and judging from recent research, there is good reason. Studies are now showing the importance of having a healthy balance of good and bad bacteria in your digestive tract. Your overall health, physically, emotionally and mentally depends on it.

But how do you choose between all the new brands that are popping up everywhere? How many billions of good bacteria should you look for? How many different strains should be listed on the label? Does it really matter where they are manufactured?

You want to be sure your probiotic supplement is not manufactured in China. Many corporations have taken their business overseas and the quality is, oftentimes, doubtful. You want to be sure your probiotic is created with the best ingredients available under strict quality guidelines.

Experts recommend at least 5 billion CFU (colony forming units) as a minimum but 10 billion per day or more is preferable. It may take a few days or a few weeks for these amazing little bugs to colonize and restore balance to your gut. Once you notice a positive difference in how your feel, how regular you become and how the bathroom smells when you are done, you will know that those friendly bacteria have done their work.

When looking for a probiotic, how do you decide which one to choose? Some have 20 strains, some have 1 strain and there seems to be a huge range in between.

Think of it this way. If you are building a house, do you want your framer to do the electrical? Or would you like your plumber to also do your tile work or build your kitchen cabinets?

No. Each contractor has an area they specialize in. It is the same with probiotic supplements. There are different strains and they have different jobs in different areas of the digestive tract. It is recommended to look for a probiotic with at least 5 strains that number in the billions for each one.

L. Acidolphilus works to adjust the PH level in your body, destroying pathogenic microbes.
L. Casei promotes the growth of L. Acidophilus and helps with protection against pathogens
Bacillcus Subtillus activates the human defence systems, fighting off viruses, yeast overgrowth and pathogens
L. Plantarum protects against yeast overgrowth from antibiotics, both prescribed and from the meat we eat.

Other probiotic strains to look for are L. Rhamnosus and B. Breve

How Important Are Probiotics To Your Unborn Baby?

Unborn baby in pregnant belly

Have you considered adding probiotics to your maternity supplement routine? Why would they be important?

Here are 5 reasons to begin today:

1. Your overall wellbeing is important not only to you but to your baby, as well. If you are in your best physical health your pregnancy will be much more enjoyable. You will experience less stress, which, new studies show, can transfer to your growing baby. A well balanced bacterial environment throughout the body can reduce inflammation, increase brain function and fatigue and support your hormones during pregnancy.

2. Digestive issues are a common complaint during pregnancy. We can suffer from gas, bloating, constipation, heartburn and cramping. Not much fun when you should be at your happiest. Probiotics are known to help combat all of these and make being pregnant just that much more enjoyable.

3. Emotional upheaval is one of the many issues pregnant women have. The hormones are going every which direction and some days you don’t know whether you are Jekyll or Hyde. If you begin taking probiotics today, this will go a long way in regulating your hormones on a day to day basis, even if you are not pregnant. And while mood swings are very common during pregnancy, you will at least know that you have done everything you can do to prevent them from being over the top.

4. infections are uncomfortable at the best of times. If you suffer from chronic yeast infections or any type of urogenital infections, this is a common sign that your digestive system has been overrun by bad yeasts and bacteria. If this is the case, taking probiotics becomes very important for you. Probiotics contain billions of friendly bacteria. As they colonize in your gut, they begin to eliminate the bad bugs, (leaving some, as they do have their uses), re-establishing a healthy, supportive environment that will help you keep those infections at bay.

5. Most importantly is that your bacterial balance can have an effect on your child’s health all through its life. Although new research is showing that the baby may contract some bacteria in utero, it mostly relies on your bacteria to begin colonizing on its skin and within the intestinal tract. If the bacteria in your birth canal, where baby picks up the micro-organisms, is overgrown with unfriendly bacteria and yeasts, it can have an effect on your baby’s health. There may be problems with eczema, allergies, infections, ability to assimilate nutrients, weakened immune system functioning and many other issues.

So start your probiotic supplement today and make your pregnancy one of joy, happiness wonderful health.