Are you a high-performance athlete?

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It's no secret what digestive problems elite, high performance athletes experience such as bloating, nausea, vomiting, cramps, diarrhea, ulcers, leaky gut, and many more. These issues are due to changes in blood flow because the increased demand from muscles and the heart, which in turn reduces the blood in the intestines. Less blood in your gut means that the permeability of the intestine is affected and this can increase an athlete's susceptibility to infectious. Exercise can restrain the body's immune response and large quantities of protein can cause gastrointestinal distress. Experts say that gastrointestinal distress can often be improved by...

What are Probiotics?

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Probiotics are live microbial organisms that are naturally present in the digestive tract. Probiotics are beneficial and are referred to as "friendly" bacteria. Some of the ways probiotics promote health include suppressing the growth of potentially harmful bacteria, improving immune function, and enhancing the protective barrier of the digestive tract. A number of medical, diet, and lifestyle factors are believed to disturb the balance in the colon. This imbalance is called dysbiosis. Factors include: Oral antibiotic therapy Infant formula feeding Ingestion of environmental toxins Due to stress, the Standard American Diet (full of processed foods and sugar), lifestyle choices and...

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