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Feeling good starts with your diet

July 15, 2009
Times Leader
WITH?WARMER weather upon us, it’s time for outdoor activities, family barbecues and summer clothes. It’s the season where you want to feel good enough to have fun while maintaining a healthy and balanced digestive system.
Disruptive digestive issues like bloating or upsets can impact all aspects of daily life, and a balanced digestive system can easily be obtained with natural solutions like the foods and supplements you choose. Summer is a great time to develop better habits or makeover your digestive system by taking advantage of all things in nature, including fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs.
“I tell my celebrity clients that in order to look and feel their best, they need to start from within - specifically with their digestive health. As a nutritionist, I work to address the root cause of digestive issues and recommend choosing foods directly from nature, and maintaining an inner balance of healthy gastrointestinal bacteria through probiotics,” says celebrity nutritionist Ashley Koff, R.D. 
Here are some tips from Koff to keep you in tip-top shape this summer:
∫ Choose foods as they are found in nature and spice things up: Our bodies know best what to do with food in its natural form. Put fresh summer fruits on your plate. Herbs and spices are great flavor enhancers for a wide variety of foods, so go natural this season with a varied, tasty diet.
∫ Achieve a natural inner balance: It’s important to have a good balance of beneficial bacteria (”probiotics”) and unfriendly (”bad”) bacteria. Every day, millions endure uncomfortable episodic digestive upsets such as constipation, diarrhea, urgency, gas and bloating. A daily probiotic supplement, such as Procter & Gamble’s Align, will provide you with beneficial bacteria that aid digestion and help build an ongoing natural defense against a full spectrum of episodic digestive imbalances and upsets. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. According to Procter & Gamble, this product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Align, the number one gastroenterologist recommended probiotic supplement according to a 2008 Wolters Kluwer survey, is now available on store shelves nationally and is the only supplement containing the natural probiotic strain, Bifantis (Bifidobacterium infantis 35624). Bifantis is clinically proven to help promote the balance of healthy bacteria in the digestive system and help build and maintain an ongoing natural defense against five signs of episodic digestive imbalance. 
∫ UNDERwhelm the digestive system: How do we calm irritability? Take a few things off your plate — literally. When we eat and drink less at one time, we present less to the digestive system. 
∫ How sweet it feel good: Keep this in mind the next time you go for a treat. Sugars, dried fruit, sweeteners, and juice are treats that may not be friendly to an irritated digestive system. 
For more advice on keeping your stomach in tune and information on probiotics, visit 
Interestingly, a recent survey found that 75 percent of women were interested in getting a digestive health “makeover” with health experts, as a way to strengthen gastrointestinal health while avoiding digestive symptoms impacting their daily lives. With this in mind, Koff and Procter & Gamble have teamed to launch the “Align My Digestive Makeover Contest.”
Consumers can visit to share how they’ve taken control over their digestive upsets, while entering to win a trip to the 36th Annual People’s Choice Awards and After Party. Entries must be received by July 31 and the contest’s rules are available on the site; no purchase is necessary. The grand prize winner also will receive free nutritional tips and digestive makeover advice from Koff.
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