We've gotten many e-mails lately asking us Donna Gates' age. Donna turned 60 in 2006 but she is often mistaken for a 40-year old! While she once was unhappy with the appearance of her complexion, she credits conquering her systemic yeast infection with the Body Ecology system of health and healing -- including probiotic-rich fermented foods and drinks -- for her youthful glow and appearance.
Is your medicine cabinet chock full of creams and lotions that claim to defy aging? Do you wish you could turn back the clock to when you had fewer wrinkles, your hair was shinier and your nails healthier?
Most people would be happy to pass for five (or ten!) years younger than the age on their driver's license. The cosmetics and personal care products industries know this and are full of products promising to be the fountain of youth in a cream or concealer.
But did you know that your body already holds the key to youthful energy and appearance? It's your inner ecosystem, teaming with healthy microflora (good bacteria and yeast, also known as probiotics) that reside in your intestines, keeping you healthy, strong...and yes, youthful.
Unfortunately, most people today have damaged inner ecosystems from environmental toxins, processed foods, drugs and a stressful lifestyle. We don't notice this as much when we're younger because we tend to bounce back faster. However, as we age, we start to notice issues in our health, skin, weight or muscle tone that make us wish we could turn back the clock.
At Body Ecology, we know it's not about the number of years you've spent on Earth that determines your age, it's about maintaining energy and youthful vitality for many decades. And you can go a long way to building youthful vitality inside AND out when you re-establish a thriving inner ecosystem.
Adding healthy bacteria, or probiotics, into your diet is key. Probiotic literally means "for life," and probiotics like lactobacillus, plantarum and bifidis help immune cells fight disease, prevent diarrhea and constipation, protect the mucous lining of the intestine, assist digestion and provide nutrients for building blood. They also manufacture B vitamins and vitamin K right down inside your intestines where they are immediately absorbed. They are the most efficient way to obtain vitamin B-12.
If you are serious about looking and feeling your best, then it is time to add beneficial probiotics to your diet. Fermented foods and beverages are the perfect way to obtain the probiotics your body needs.
(We recommend foods and beverages as probiotic sources because they are more potent than supplements, which lose potency after time on the shelf. Once inside your body, probiotic supplements don't always survive the acidic environment of your stomach unless they are taken along with fermented foods and liquids.)
Consider adding these fermented foods and beverages to a diet of nutritious, whole foods. You'll be looking (and feeling) better in no time.
Dong Quai has long been revered in Chinese Medicine for regulating women's hormones and promoting fertility and prostate heath for men. Try probiotic-rich Dong Quai today!
As you incorporate fermented foods and drinks into your diet, keep in mind that probiotics are not the only piece of the beauty puzzle. Be sure to drink plenty of water, eat whole foods, sleep well, and exercise daily.
Instead of putting creams and lotions on your face, it's so much more effective to eat a delicious menu plan that includes high-quality proteins, vitamins, minerals, virgin, organic oils and fats along with those wonderful probiotic foods. You'll save money and have a whole team of healthy microflora at work to keep you healthy and young!
If you thought that Body Ecology was only about your inner ecosystem, you now know that the same principles that keep you healthy inside also help you look younger on the outside.
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