'Tis the season for sharing...germs

(NC) - The hustle and bustle of the Holiday celebrations will soon be upon us. The office parties are already in full swing and store front windows are all decked out in holiday glitz. Your Christmas lights and decorations are up and all that is left is to do is entertain family and friends.

This time of year can be wonderful, but it also brings a certain amount of stress. The last minute shopping, family visits, kids running around the house, and over-crowded shopping centres is exhausting just to think about.

All of that added stress can also affect your immune system. Hugs and handshakes represent golden opportunities for viruses, parasites, and bacteria to join in the spirit of holiday sharing. You wonder how you will ever make it through the season without catching something.

And then you may ask yourself: Can probiotics really boost my immune system? The answer is yes.

According to Dietitian and nutritionist, Annie Jolicoeur, many clinical studies have demonstrated the benefits of probiotics in terms of preventing and treating the common cold, the flu, and gastroenteritis. "Taking probiotics reduces the severity and duration of symptoms like fever, coughing, runny nose, and even diarrhea. Therefore, it is recommended that all members of the family take probiotics every day," she explained.

Jolicoeur recommends Probaclac as the ideal solution since it provides probiotic complexes that are designed specifically for every age group: children up to the age of 15, adults (can be taken from the age of 15), and older adults (age 50 and up).

Maintaining a healthy intestinal flora helps to protect against the penetration of bacteria, parasites, and viruses, Jolicoeur advised. "Did you know that the intestinal mucous membrane acts as the "cornerstone" of your overall health? Two-thirds of the immune-defence cells in your body are found there. Therefore, your immune system is enhanced when you take probiotics."

Here's a tip: she recommends you start taking probiotics at least 2 weeks before the holiday season begins, so that your body will be well prepared to ward off the oncoming germ attacks.
More information on the benefits of probiotics is available at probaclac.ca.

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