Good for Your Belly!

by Dave on June 25, 2009

First seen in Coastal Sussex Weekly, June 4, 2009:

by Andy Meddick

Shhh. There’s a quiet rush of popularity building at the Good For You Market in Lewes. It’s a new probiotic fruit drink by the folks at GoodBelly.

That’s right, GoodBelly – a probiotic fruit drink packed full of probiotics and essential nutrients.

GoodBelly contains 20 billion live and active probiotic cultures per serving, which have been clinically tested to support digestive and immune health.

GoodBelly products are fabulously free of dairy (it’s not yogurt, it’s a fruit drink!), wheat-free, soy-free, and entirely Vegan, too. GoodBelly contains NO GMOs, preservatives or artificial flavors or colors. GoodBelly has just been certified Organic as well, so you can feel good about that too!

Up to 40% of Americans suffer from some form of digestive upset like abdominal pain, gas, bloating and diarrhea. We’ve heard time and time again that after drinking GoodBelly regularly; customers experience not only a boost in digestive health but generally feel better overall. The GoodBelly guys say there are several reasons for this!

Our digestive health and overall immune systems are inextricably linked. Approximately 70% of the body’s immune system is located in the digestive tract, making it the region of the body with the greatest impact on overall immune health(1). Let’s examine some key features of the gastrointestinal tract to see why.

GALT.  The lining of the GI tract is home to a local immune system, called GALT.  Standing for ‘Gut-Associated Lymphoid Tissue,’ GALT is the largest lymphatic system in the body, and serves to filter toxins and fight disease(2). When the GALT is compromised, the body’s overall immune system becomes compromised as well, becoming vulnerable to digestive problems such as gas, diarrhea, and nausea.

BACTERIA.  Dwelling in our digestive systems at any given time are approximately 100 trillion bacteria1. Bacteria are vital to our existence, but most of us have grown up associating it with disease, lack of cleanliness, and the like. While antibiotics and anti-bacterial cleansers of all sorts do serve to kill bacteria, they are also killing the good bacteria our bodies need for immune strength. This is where probiotics come into play. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria.  Approximately 300-500 strains of good bacteria inhabit the digestive system, Lactobacilli and bifida being arguably the most critical of them all(3). By boosting counts of probiotics in the body, we are creating an environment that overrides harmful bacteria with the good, improving the health of the digestive tract, and as a result, strengthening the whole immune system. Alas, the belly feels better and so does the entire body!

GoodBelly have chosen to use Lactobacillus plantarum 299v (Lp299v) and Bifidobacterium lactis (B. lactis) as the probiotics in their products. This is because both probiotics have been through extensive clinical trials, and offer support in digestive health as well as general immune health. Please research these probiotics, and seek out information from your Doctor. You will be amazed by what you find.

Here are some ideas for eating GoodBelly:

* Chilled watermelon soup with a sprig of mint from the garden.
* Mango or mixed-berry smoothies with GoodBelly & a splash of SoDelicious Coconut Milk.
* How about pouring GoodBelly over your fruit salad?

Why do we love GoodBelly at G4U Market? It is the only probiotic fruit drink that is fortified with vital minerals and 100% of 9 essential vitamins. Add tangy organic fruits like blueberries, açai and rosehips, and you’ve got a powerhouse of good health and nutrition at your fingertips. It tastes great; we love the single serve shots, which make it easy to grab one on the way out of the door in the morning. They have much higher concentrations of probiotics than products sold as supplements. Each shot is measured to give us a good serving of probiotics, vitamins, and minerals. Priced at one quarter of the price of supplements, they’re a steal, and that’s Good For You, and Good For Us All.

Be good to your belly and quit ya belly aching!

Andy Meddick is the owner of the Good For You! Natural Market on Rt. 9 west of Lewes. He can be reached at goodforu@comcast.net.

Sources

This article was sourced from the GoodBelly Newsletter.

1. Lipski, Elizabeth (2005).  Digestive Wellness.  New York: McGraw Hill Companies, p.27; p.37.
2. Pick, Marcelle (2006).  Lymphatic System and Women’s Health.  Retrieved April 25, 2009, from http://www.womentowomen.com/detoxification/lymphaticsystem.aspx.
3. Food & Fitness Advisor (2006). The promise of probiotics: studies find a daily dose of friendly bacteria could improve your digestive health.  Retrieved April 25, 2009, from http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-31226720_ITM.

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