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How & When to Take Your Probiotic

One of the questions we get frequently around here is, “Does it matter how and when I take my probiotic?” With food. An hour before a meal. At night. In the morning. The labels are all over the place…

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Does It Really Matter When?

If you’re reading this you’re probably already an avid lover-of-good-bacteria and a loyal probiotic-taker. We’ve got a lot in common.

One of the questions we get frequently around here is, “Does it matter how and when I take my probiotic?”

Some of you are thinking, “Well duh, just do what the probiotic supplement label tells you to do.”

Unfortunately, when comparing probiotic supplement labels you’ll find that there isn’t necessarily rhyme or reason to when or how you should take your probiotic.

With food?

An hour before a meal?

At night?

In the morning?

The labels are all over the place.

Probiotics are Sensitive Microorganisms

If you’re taking a probiotic already, then well done you. You’re actively populating your gut with healthy bacteria that will confer an array of health benefits.

But bacteria are sensitive microorganisms–they’re easily affected by things like temperature, stomach acid, and food sources.

It’s the condition of your gut that can easily make bad bacteria wreak havoc or good bacteria thrive.

So, the short answer is: yes – it does matter when and how you take your probiotic.

But there’s a longer answer behind it, too.

Whatever the label may tell you – below are some tips to make your probiotics wrk smarter, not harder.

 

Timing is (Almost) Everything

Though there isn’t an exact science to when you take your probiotic, it’s better to do so with a meal or no more than 30 minutes before a meal.

When you eat, stomach acid and bile secrete to break down the food. Stomach acid is often too harsh for the delicate bacteria cultures to survive on their own, but adding some food into the mix will allow the cultures to make it to the intestines without as much acid exposure.

A common misconception is that first thing in the morning is the best time to take probiotics.

But remember: As living organisms, probiotics need food, water, and warmth to thrive.

So unless you’ve been midnight snacking again – your empty stomach might not be the most welcoming environment for those little probiotics first thing in the morning.

Five little steps how you can save the planet

2017 had its ups and downs when it comes to world politics and the environment. But stop blaming others and take action.

Here are 5 tips of things you can do in 2018 that will help the planet and even save you money without too much effort.

1. Transport

Rethink travel to work, school, friends, shopping, etc. Walk or bicycle whenever possible, take the train or bus instead of the car or motorcycle, switch to electric or hybrid when possible. Reduce the CO2 footprint and maybe get some free exercise. Spend the next holiday discovering your surroundings and cut down on travel by plane.

2. Electricity

Change the lightbulbs at home to LEDs, connect to a smart hub that automatically adjusts lights based on who’s home, time of day and needs. Install a smarter climate control system (e.g. Nest) to reduce unnecessary heating and cooling. Purchase energy efficient appliances at slightly higher cost will save a lot of money long term. Insulate windows and seal all other air leaks.

3. Plastic

Don’t just recycle. Take action to refuse, reduce and reuse in accordance with the Plastic Pollution Coalition principles. Say no to straws, plastic bags, plastic bottles (see #4), packaging and other plastics. Try the 30 day single use plastic pledge.

4. Water

Give up bottled water if you haven’t already. Drink tap water or get a biodegradable water filter such as TAPP 2 for fresh clean water. Install a water saving shower device. Take shorter showers, don’t leave water running while brushing teeth and don’t use the toilet as a waste basket. Water the garden and plants early morning or late at night. More great tips from Eden.

5. Food

Roughly 50% of all food is thrown away in the US. Only buy food that will be consumed. Buy local produce, seasonal when possible and products with less packaging. Cut down on meat consumption to once per week (or less). Use the USDA Foodkeeper app to avoid throwing away food too early.

And four bonus tips in case the first five were too easy:

  • Recycle — Missing recycling on the list? Yes, recycle paper, plastics, batteries, electronics and compostable waste (depending on local fascilities) but first refuse and reduce.
  • Support a non-profit — Pick a favourite organization to support in the effort to save the planet whether it’s GreenpeacePlastic Pollution CoalitionSurfriderOceana or someone else.
  • Share and influence friends — Changing and improving the world is hard. Start a bit more local with family and friends. Convince them to start with a couple of these points. Take baby steps if needed.
  • Remind yourself — Make a top list for yourself with the things you want to change in your life to live more sustainability and put it in a visible space at home as a reminder.

That’s it.

Enjoy 2019 and good luck!

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New Organic trends in 2019: Moringa

Abstract

Moringa oleifera, native to India, grows in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world. It is commonly known as ‘drumstick tree’ or ‘horseradish tree’. Moringa can withstand both severe drought and mild frost conditions and hence widely cultivated across the world. With its high nutritive values, every part of the tree is suitable for either nutritional or commercial purposes. The leaves are rich in minerals, vitamins and other essential phytochemicals. Extracts from the leaves are used to treat malnutrition, augment breast milk in lactating mothers. It is used as potential antioxidant, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic and antimicrobial agentM. oleifera seed, a natural coagulant is extensively used in water treatment. The scientific effort of this research provides insights on the use of moringa as a cure for diabetes and cancer and fortification of moringa in commercial products. This review explores the use of moringa across disciplines for its medicinal value and deals with cultivation, nutrition, commercial and prominent pharmacological properties of this “Miracle Tree”.

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2. Plantation and soil conditions

M. oleifera can be grown in any tropical and subtropical regions of the world with a temperature around 25–35 °C. It requires sandy or loamy soil with a slightly acidic to slightly alkaline pH and a net rainfall of 250–3000 mm [4]. The direct seeding method is followed as it has high germination rates. Since moringa seeds are expected to germinate within 5–12 days after seeding and can be implanted at a depth of 2 cm in the soil. Moringa can also be propagated using containers. The saplings are placed in plastic bags containing sandy or loamy soil. After it grows to about 30 cm, it can be transplanted. However, utmost care has to be taken while transplanting as the tap roots are tender and tend to get affected. The tree can also be cultivated from cuttings with 1 m length and 4–5 cm in diameter, but these plants may not have a good deep root system. Such plants tend to be sensitive to drought and winds. For commercial purposes large scale intensive and semi-intensive plantation of moringa may be followed. In commercial cultivation, spacing is important as it helps in plant management and harvest. M. oleifera differs in nutrient composition at different locations [5]. The tree grown in India has slightly different nutritional components than a tree grown in Nigeria. Asante et al. [6] studied the nutritional differences in the leaves from two ecological locations semi-deciduous and Savannah regions. It showed that the latter was less nutritious than the former and attributed this to high temperatures at the Savannah regions. At higher temperature, proteins and enzymes get denatured and this could be the cause for the difference in nutrient content.

Soil is an important factor that defines nutrient content and strength of the plant. Dania et al. [7] showed that fertilizers when applied solely or in combination with others resulted in different nutrient compositions on plant parts. NPK fertilizer, poultry manure and organic base fertilizer was provided to study the effect on the nutrient content and found that poultry manure gave the best results than phosphorous, potassium, sodium and manganese. Likewise the stem girth and vegetative growth of moringa increased on application of poultry manure. The overall nutrient attributes of the plant remains same albeit nutrient variability. This makes moringa viable as a potential nutraceutical anywhere in the world.

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