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Gut Instincts - Take Care of the Gut and the Gut Will Take Care of You

New Leaf Market E-newsletter January 2, 2012

By Nathaniel Hansberry Jr., Assistant Wellness Manager

The more I learn about wellness and nutrition the more I find that the key to health and vibrant living is a healthy digestive system. Beyond the obvious implications of better nutrient absorption and utilization, there is another reason to take good care of the gut (in eastern medicine it is known as the seat of health) and this reason is that most of the immune system resides there. With the inception of a brand new product made by our friends over at Country Life comes an apparent focus on just this area.

The product, Immune Prep, contains two key ingredients that have been shown to bolster the body's innate immune system—the layer of the immune system that consists of monocytes and Natural Killer Cells or NKC, both of which have been clinically shown to provide preventive measures against illness. The first ingredient is a derivative of a highly beneficial strain of probiotic called Lactobacillus Rhamnosus Lysate. The name may seem daunting, but the thing to remember is that it is all-natural and great at getting rid of those pernicious little “bugs” that may lead to illness.

The second ingredient is the patented ACTIValoe, an ingredient recently studied for its ability to improve production and efficacy of NKC, and the production of monocytes in general. There are a few things to note about this active aloe, which is also sold by itself in liquid form by Country Life: it is one of the most potent aloe products on the market, and it is only the inner fillet of the aloe plant. What does this mean? No laxative effect, that's what! ACTIValoe provides alkalinity for the body, increases antioxidant activity, as well as digestive and immune support, all without the detox that can occur with a whole leaf aloe supplement. Though it is good to detox every now and again, you don't want to do one everyday because, along with the bad stuff you may be eliminating, good things are also being lost. Country Life Immune Prep is formulated for everyday use, which is great, because when it comes to fighting off illness the best offense in many cases is a good defense.

So remember, take care of your body through a good diet, proper exercise and protecting your friend, the gut.

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