Start Taking This One Thing Now To Avoid The Flu This Winter

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Just how important is probiotics? Researchers in one study found that in a trial done with 3- to 5-year-olds who were given either a single strain of probiotics or a combination of probiotics twice a day, that when compared to the placebo group, these children had 53 percent fewer fevers and 73 percent fewer coughs; 62 percent fewer runny noses; and 84 percent less need for antibiotics.

Your immune system is a highly complex structure which defends your body from daily attacks, including different types of bacteria and viruses.

In another study, recently published in the British Journal of Nutrition, it was discovered that probiotics, especially the bifidobacterium bifidum strain, were very effective when it came to fighting off cold and flu viruses. This study was a double blind, placebo controlled study which looked at the effects of probiotic supplements and highly stressed out students.  Psychological stress is one of the leading factors when it comes to inhibiting the immune system. This study found that students who were given B. bifidum probiotics had fewer sick days among the 581 subjects over the six-week study period.

Diet and lifestyle are two of the major components for keeping your immune system in top working order. Stress plays a huge part in our overall health, and not managing it properly is a sure way to leave yourself more susceptible to the cold or the flu.

In many cultures, foods and drinks that are rich in probiotics are frequently served. Foods and drinks such as sauerkraut, kefir, and lassi are served on a regular basis. Now, if you tend to eat a diet rich in fermented foods that have not been pasteurized (meaning they are homemade), then you most likely have a very healthy digestive system and don’t need to worry about the upcoming flu season.

However, for everyone else, chances are excellent that your gut bacteria, and therefore your immune system, is not in the best working order.

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