Healthy Gut for a Happy Holiday Season – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 465
InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH
Keeping your gut healthy during the holiday season is key to making sure that your holidays are a success. We know that we’re often exposed to many different foods that we may not usually eat and maybe it’s prepared by people we don’t know. It’s important that we make sure we’re doing everything in our power to keep our gut nice and healthy during the holidays.†
How common are foodborne illnesses?
When it comes to foodborne illnesses during the holidays, that’s when we see an exponential shift in terms of how many Americans actually get ill because of different foods. We know that, throughout the entire year, foodborne illnesses affect about 50 million people, so it’s a very common issue that arises. When we look at the holidays, we can see that this really spikes.†
We have to think about the different reasons as to why this happens. We have to look at who is making the food. Are they handling the food hygienically? Were they storing them properly? Were they reheating them properly? This is important because bacteria thrives in these types of environments, so we want to make sure that our gut is ready just in case we’re exposed to something that is not exactly friendly.†
Maintaining the integrity of your gut
When it comes to making sure that our gut is prepared in the event we are exposed to things such as salmonella or staph infections, there is a triple nutrient defense that I always recommend. This would include laying down good, healthy bacteria with Probiotic HxⓇ. This is a multi-strain probiotic that also contains prebiotic, which primes the gut for the introduction of the good, healthy bacteria.†
Then we look at the Nucleotide Complex, which offers nucleic acids that make up our DNA and RNA. When we think about our GI tract or gut cells, those have a rapid rate of division and turnover, so we want to make sure that we’re having healthy turnover and not have unfriendly cells continuously replicating. Having the Nucleotide Complex is certainly an immune-boosting nutrient to have on board during the holidays, not only in the event that we are exposed to a foodborne pathogen, but also for our immune defenses in general.†
We also want to include Grape Seed Extract. Grape Seed Extract has been shown to have these really powerful antibacterial properties to it. Research has shown that it has this ability to help fend off some of the gross things that we may be exposed to during the holiday season.†
All of these things matter to your health because you want to be able to make it through the holidays. You want to be able to have an enjoyable time and get together with friends, family and coworkers, but you also want to make sure that you can do this in a way that isn’t opening your system up for a potential gastritis or other gut issue.†
In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH discusses gut health and foodborne illnesses. She explains different ways that food can become contaminated and provides suggestions for nutrients that can help you keep your gut safe this holiday season.†
- The steps to take to help prevent foodborne illness
- How nucleotides and probiotic bacteria help fight bugs
- Research on Grape Seed Extract
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