Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church

Health Corner

Health Corner 2017-2018

  • Anti–Inflammatory Diet

    Eat food that will not cause inflammation in your body.

    Check this website for specific information about the Mediterranean diet.

    We are all on our own journey to have a health-filled life.

    Here are some healthy eating ideas you and your family to try.


    Anti–Inflammatory Diet {healthier food choices}

    This type of eating is based on the idea that the food you choose can reduce or not add to inflammation in your body. This can help prevent or minimize health conditions including heart disease, cancer, neurodegenerative and autoimmune diseases.


    So what is Anti-Inflammatory diet?

    • Lose the bad fat this includes trans-fat and partially hydrogenated fat.
    • Gain the good fats – the omega-3 fats found in fish oils, coconut oil, and olive oil. Try to eat avocados, walnuts, almonds, chia seeds, and flax seeds.
    • Eat small meals
    • Have some protein and healthy fat at every meal.
    • Avoid charred, overcooked and over processed foods.

    ** If you cannot pronounce an ingredient should you eat it?

  • The difference between probiotics and prebiotics

    What is the difference between probiotics and prebiotics?

    Probiotics are the microbes that live in your gut and prebiotics are the food they eat.

    Prebiotics are very important for the health of your microbiome (your gut).


    Prebiotics are a type of non-digestible fiber that helps your good bacteria. They are found in foods like: asparagus; Jerusalem artichokes; jicama; bananas; oatmeal; legumes; and the skin of apples, onions, and garlic. Prebiotics pass through the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract, when they reach the colon they are the nutrient source for the beneficial bacteria that live in your gut.


    Probiotics are found in fermented foods like sauerkraut, kombucha, kimchi, cultured yogurt, raw cheese, goat’s milk, sheep’s milk, apple cider vinegar, salted gherkin pickles, brine-cured olives, tempeh, and miso.

    Prebiotics and probiotics enhance our gut health. Working together they help to battle inflammation and help in lowering overall disease risk.

    Increase your intake of prebiotics.

    Prebiotics are linked to benefits, including:

    • lower risk for cardiovascular disease
    • healthier cholesterol levels
    • better gut health
    • improved digestion
    • lower stress response
    • better hormonal balance
    • higher immune function
    • lower risk for obesity and weight gain
    • lower inflammation and autoimmune reactions


Previous Health Corner Pages

Health Corner – 2016

Health Corner – 2015

Health Corner – 2014