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Pro-what?? Probiotics!

Probiotics are foods that nourish the harmless bacteria that live in your gut. 

Just as antibiotics kill bacteria, probiotics enhance their growth.


Bacteria and other microbes might be very influential regarding good health.

The human body contains 10 times more microbial cells than human cells.

About 2 to 6 pounds of these microbes live in the intestines, where they help

digest food, synthesize vitamins, and enhance the immune system. This gut

ecosystem changes according to diet, use of antibiotics, heatstroke, and other

factors (some known, some unknown). For example, the gut bacteria of obese

children can differ from that of lean kids, just as the gut bacteria of gastric

bypass clients can change after surgery. (Maybe this is one reason why bypass

patients lose weight faster than predicted?)


Microbes might play also play a role in Alzheimer's disease, hyperactivity in

kids, and heart disease, so take good care of your gut! This means enjoying

fiber-rich fruits, vegetables, and whole grains (microbes like to eat fiber) as

well as cultured foods (yogurt, kefir) and fermented foods (miso, Kimchi, tempeh,

blue cheese). Probiotic supplements might also be helpful.


For female athletes with PMS, taking probiotics for the seven days before the

start of the menstrual period might reduce PMS symptoms, as well as the risk

of diarrhea (a common problem at the time of the menstrual period). Give it a try?



For more information on how to eat well to stay healthy:

Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook

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When a dietitian volunteers to bring dessert to a dinner party, what does she bring? Here’s what I offered … and folks loved it! Peach & Gingersnap Sundaes are not only yummy, but also enjoyably “light” after a hearty meal and deliciously different. Give ‘em a try?


This is just one of 70 recipes from my Sports Nutrition Guidebook --and is also available on my app, Nancy Clark’s Recipes for Athletes


Peach & Gingersnap “Sundaes”:

Delightfully different and yummy-good, this is a welcomed snack for kids as well as an easy dessert for company dinner.

You can prepare the yogurt and gingersnaps ahead of time, and then add the warm peaches at the last minute.

The recipe can be easily adapted using different fruits and flavors of yogurt.

You can also easily cut the recipe and make a single serving just for yourself.


1 tablespoon margarine or butter

1 15-ounce can diced peaches, or 2 cups fresh or frozen peaches, diced

2 tablespoons brown sugar

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

12 gingersnap cookies

4 6-ounce containers vanilla or peach yogurt, lowfat or fatfree


1. Melt butter or margarine in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the diced peaches, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cook, stirring occassionally, for 2 to 5 minutes, or until the peaches are hot. Remove from heat.


2. Meanwhile, place the gingersnaps in a sturdy plastic bag; seal the bag. Crush the cookies to course crumbs with a mallet or rolling pin.


3. To serve, spon the yogurt into the bottom of 4 dessert dishes. Sprinkle with gingersnap crumbs, dividing evenly. Top with the warm peaches, and enjoy.


Yield: 4 servings

Nutrition Information:

Total calories: 1,100

Calories per serving: 275

Carbohydrate 47 g

Protein  8 g

Fat  6      g

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Nancy Clark RD CSSD

Nancy Clark RD CSSD

Member since: Jul 8, 2007

Hi! I specialize in nutrition for exercise, and help active people figure out how to manage food, weight, exercise, energy and enjoyment of eating. Let me know if you have any questions!

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