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Probiotics: Pump up your immune system

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The winter is relentless this year and harsh weather makes for runny noses, colds and the flu. No need to panic; help for your immune system is closer than you may think.

Antibiotics are necessary because they kill bacterial infections, such as strep throat and urinary tract infections. The problem with this treatment is that it kills both the bad bacteria AND the good bacteria. Coupled with the antibiotics present in conventional meat, our bodies are overloaded with the stuff. The real issue with antibiotics arises when the good bacteria is killed off, but is not replaced at the levels that it's lost.

Fortunately, there are many ways to arm yourself against getting sick. Probiotics are friendly (good) bacteria. Examples of probiotic foods are yogurt and all fermented food (such as kefir, kimchi and sauerkraut); the last three examples are delicious alternatives to yogurt.  Cultured milk, known as kefir, provides an added bonus of B-vitamins as well as friendly bacteria.
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Following the above steps will help you get (and hopefully) stay on the road to prevent or reduce being sick this flu season. Good luck everyone.

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