FERMENTED FOODS, such as yogurt,
kombucha and miso, have become
increasingly popular for their probiotics.
Probiotics—tiny, single-celled organisms—have a surprising list of health
benefits. Did you know that these naturally occurring organisms are essentially
strains of bacteria? Although the word
often has a negative connotation, not all
bacteria are harmful. In fact, probiotics
are quite the opposite.
Probiotics include bacteria that come
from the human microbiome (the collection of microorganisms that live inside
us in a symbiotic relationship) or from
food, and can support overall wellness
by balancing the gastrointestinal micro-biota and contributing to its functions.
Although probiotics are naturally
found in our bodies, a variety of external
factors, including diet, could throw
things out of balance. To maintain a
healthy balance of “good” intestinal
bacteria, it can be beneficial to eat
foods that are rich in supportive microorganisms. Additionally, you can take
There are several different probiotic
strains, each with its own unique benefits, such as providing digestive balance
or supporting healthy immune function.
Consult your doctor to determine which
is right for you. With a variety of probiotic supplements on the market, finding
the product that meets your personal
health needs is as easy as visiting the
Costco pharmacy during your
next visit, or go to
probiotics” for a complete selection.
ARE YOU ready to change the clocks
and fall back on November ;? It may
surprise you, but it is actually possible
for a time change to trigger sleep problems. The effects of daylight saving time
go beyond that single lost or gained
hour. The time change forces the body’s
sleep-wake rhythms to adjust to a different ;;-hour cycle, and the shift of an
hour is more than enough to throw your
body’s cycle out of sync, setting you up
for multiple nights of troubled sleep.
Here are nine tips for managing the
adjustment back to standard time.
Gradually move your bedtime later.
Ahead of the time change, push back
your bedtime in ;;-minute increments.
Avoid caffeine and other stimulants.
Reducing your caffeine consumption
leading up to the time change will help
you adjust your bedtime at night. Avoid
alcohol as well. It’s not helping your
sleep—in fact, it’s doing the opposite.
Get out and exercise. Exercise provides a great boost to sleep and helps
reinforce sleep-wake cycles. Exercising
daily leading up to the time change can
make you feel more ready for bedtime
and help you sleep more soundly.
Enjoy some morning rays. On the
Sunday after the clocks have turned, make
sure you get some exposure to morning
light. Light exposure early in the day can
support the body’s adjustment to its new
Keep your energy up without a sugar
crash by skipping sweets. Instead, plan
ahead so you have healthy energy-boosting
snacks (nuts or vegetables) at the ready.
Take time to relax. Stress or excitement can make it difficult to wind down at
the end of your day. Put the technology
aside for some “you time,” whether it’s
reading or taking a calming sho wer, before
you climb into bed.
Stick to your routine. Nightly rituals,
such as laying out your pajamas or getting
your clothes ready for the following day,
can help you mentally prepare for bedtime. Make sure to reserve time for this.
Hide the clock. Whether you look at the
time before you fall asleep or wake in the
night and see it, it could cause you to
become more fully awake—making it
harder to get back to sleep.
Talk to your doctor about melatonin.
When it’s dark outside, melatonin, a
natural hormone made by the body, is
released into the blood, initiating sleep.
Ask about a melatonin supplement.
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