Nov 19 2017

Is your gut ready for Thanksgiving?

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Is your gut ready for Thanksgiving?
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, a quick health assessment will tell you if you’re ready for the holidays.

It doesn’t seem possible that Thanksgiving is here again! But it is and let’s do it right. We have worked all year on equipping with you with health, diet and lifestyle tips along with sharing new research and reports to keep you up to date on the latest information regarding getting and keeping your gut healthy. It is a changing world that we live in. Not every change is good, we know that. But there is so much information at our fingertips that there really is no excuse for not being the healthiest you can be.

We all have our limitations, issues and obstacles. We have our obsessions, addictions and weaknesses.  And there is only one person that is in control of any and all of it and that’s ”me, myself and I”. And when the “me” doesn’t do the right thing, sometimes the “I” will remind us to do the right thing. And when all three say “to heck with it”, we then have to forgive ourselves. We are only human after all!

I wanted to talk about this as the holidays approach, because this is the time of year that we get off course sometimes when it comes to our health. There is added stress. We spend more money, we eat  more sweets and go to more parties where we drink more alcohol. I know many of you are fully committed to staying on course no matter what, and I applaud, you, but I would say the majority of people “cheat” a little.

So when you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner and stuff yourself like a Thanksgiving turkey, know you don’t do this all the time. And you can do it in a healthy manner. Stick to the protein, veggies, cranberries (low sugar if possible) and only have little bits of the potatoes, sweets and breads. Keep your alcohol intake to a moderate level and you might just skate through the holidays without too much suffering.   

But do a quick health assessment to make sure you are primed and ready for game day. Are you sticking to your regular intake of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™? Are you taking time to exercise in some form or fashion daily? Are you eating a mostly organic diet high in vegetables and fruits? Are you drinking lots of water every day? Going into the holidays with a healthy gut and body will safeguard you against that added stress, and if you do binge a bit on sugar, it won’t cause the bad bacteria to overtake your microbiome, since it is not a regular thing.

So enjoy your Thanksgiving feast, as there is so much good to be found at the Thanksgiving table.

Turkey

  • High in protein and low in fat…just skip the skin.
  • Great source of iron, potassium, zinc and phosphorus.
  • Contains both vitamin B6 and niacin which is essential for energy production.
  • Could help lower cholesterol levels when consumed regularly
  • Has a low glycemic Index and helps keep insulin levels stable.
  • Contains the amino acid tryptophan, which produces serotonin and a key component in building a strong immune system.
  • Good source of selenium, which boost the immune system and is essential for thyroid hormone metabolism and acts as an antioxidant.1*

Cranberries

  • Full of nutrients and antioxidants.
  • Low in calories
  • Help lower risk of urinary tract infection and helps prevent certain types of cancer, improved immune function and decreased blood pressure. 2*

Sweet potatoes

  • An excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene).
  • Good source of vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6. Additionally, Excellent source of potassium, dietary fiber, niacin, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and phosphorus.3*

Green beans

  • High in fiber
  • Great source of Vitamins A, C, K and B6, as well as folic acid.
  • Good source of calcium, silicon, iron, manganese, potassium and copper. 4*

Love and companionship of Family and friends

We are social creatures and the bonds created by having friends and family around are good for the soul and therefore good for our health.

Being grateful

There is something about grateful people that makes you want to be around them. They complain less, tend to see the positive side of things and appreciate what they have. In return, life is good to them…grateful people tend to live longer.

Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving from all of us at Body Biotics™. We are so very grateful for you!

Kelli

 

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/nutrition/nutrition-tips/the-health-benefits-of-turkey/news-story/a46ea3ecdbe41a64518e35eb27492387
  2. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/269142.php
  3. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=64
  4. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/green-beans.html#Health_Benefits_of_Green_Beans

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Nov 05 2017

The Opioid Addiction Epidemic in Our Country

Published by under Personal Care

CVS Pharmacy takes steps to address  the opioid addiction epidemic in our country.
While opioid addiction continues and overdoses kill our citizens, some companies are taking matters into their own hands.

Did you know?

  • Drug overdoses are the number one cause of death in Americans under the age of 50*
  • Overdoses killed more people last year than car accidents or guns*
  • In 2015, 1 out of 5 deaths in the US were drug related*
  • Over 2 million Americans have problems with Opioids*
  • In 2015, 97 million people used prescription pain killers. Of those, 12 million did so without a doctor’s direction*
  • Between 2006 and 2014, the most widely prescribed opioid was hydrocodone (Vicodin)*
  • In 2014, 7.8 billion hydrocodone pills were distributed nationwide*(1,2,3,4)*

According to a recent survey from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, one in 3 Americans, or 91.8 million Americans use opioids. In 2015 alone, there were over 15,000 opioid related deaths according to the CDC. It is universally agreed that something needs to be done about our country’s opioid epidemic, but with big money to be made by drug manufacturers and distributors, finding the answer has been trickier then imagined. One company is doing their part to help with this drug epidemic in our country and that is CVS pharmacy.1*

CVS, which was the first large retail pharmacy to stop selling cigarettes in 2014, is now the first pharmacy to limit opioid prescriptions to a 7-day supply, and restricting how many pain pills patients are allowed, depending on their condition. CVS said its program will include “limiting to seven days the supply of opioids dispensed for certain acute prescriptions for patients who are new to therapy; limiting the daily dosage of opioids dispensed based on the strength of the opioid; and requiring the use of immediate-release formulations of opioids before extended-release opioids are dispensed.”Additionally, the pharmacists will counsel patients on addiction, how to store medications to keep them out of the hands of others and proper disposal. These changes will take place in February 2018.(1,2)*

“…Opioids are drugs formulated to replicate the pain reducing properties of opium. They include both legal painkillers like morphine, oxycodone, or hydrocodone prescribed by doctors for acute or chronic pain, as well as illegal drugs like heroin or illicitly made fentanyl. The word “opioid” is derived from the word opium…3*

Opium is a narcotic obtained from a kind of poppy which has been used by humans for thousands of years. From opium comes a host of other drugs with similar properties such as morphine and  heroin, which was legal in the U.S. and actually used as a cough suppressant, until it was banned in the 1920s.  Next there came such prescription pain medications as Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin. Opium as well as these derivatives are collectively known as opiates.4*

There are also compounds which act similarly to opiates but are synthetic . Hydrocodone and oxycodone are semi-synthetic opioids, manufactured in labs with natural and synthetic ingredients. Others are methadone and fentanyl. Fentanyl was developed as a powerful anesthetic for surgery and is also given to alleviate severe pain associated with terminal illnesses such as cancer. One hundred times more powerful than morphine, it is deadly in small doses. This drug has been a leading factor in the high number of overdose deaths in the past few years. (3,4)*,

Opioids are a “vital component of modern medicine.”. They have improved life quality for many patients including those with cancer and acute pain. But the problem is these highly addictive opioid receptors not only regulate pain, but also activate the reward system in the human body making them debilitating addictive. Sadly, these drugs have been over prescribed, According to the CDC, the number of pain pills such as oxycontin and vicodin prescribed went from 13 days in 2006 to 18 days in 2015. For wisdom teeth, child birth and surgery, 18 days is excessive. Even 13 days is too much, especially when pain can be managed by other, non-addicting means. 1*

Let’s look at some history to understand why our country is experiencing this explosive epidemic, one that the president is calling a national emergency.

It began in the 1980s when some very influential journal articles came out which eased fears among the medical community about prescribing opioids for chronic pain, saying they were not as addictive as previously thought.(3,4)*

The pharmaceutical industry took notice and in the mid 1990s aggressively (and fraudulently) started marketing  such drugs to include oxycontin.

“…Purdue Pharma took out ads for OxyContin in medical journals across the nation in 2000. Seven years later, the company and three of its executives would be charged with misbranding its drug and downplaying the possibility of addiction. Three executives pleaded guilty, and the company settled with the U.S. government for $635 million…”3*

Manufacturers of these drugs were selling (in addition to legitimate pharmacies and distributors), massive amounts to distributors who were then selling to illicit “pain management” centers or Pill Mills which then flooded communities with prescription opiods.4*.

People slowly became addicted after a decade of use, whether they had been prescribed these pills or they had been taking them recreationally. At this same time, heroin prices dropped and suppliers spread out to smaller communities and rural areas where people were willing and ready to take the next step to a better high.4*

In 2014, fentanyl entered the drug supply in large amounts. This synthetic derivative is manufactured in China mostly and also Mexico. It is very strong in small doses, and often people don’t know how much they are getting, leading to overdose. While overdose from prescription opioids has leveled off since 2011, heroin and fentanyl deaths continue to rise, but this crisis “has its roots in the over prescribing of opioids.”4*

In the states where the drug crisis is particularly severe such as Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, fentanyl is involved in more than 50% of the overdose fatalities.4*

According to medical and drug addiction experts, finding a solution to the opioid epidemic requires controlling prescription opioid distribution yet at the same time, maintaining access for patients with legitimate medical needs. The fear is that a sudden removal of opioids access for those who need it to function, would lead those people to illicit sources such as heroin or counterfeit pills.4*

 “While heroin and fentanyl are the primary killers now, experts agree that the epidemic will not stop without halting the flow of prescription opioids that got people hooked in the first place.”4*

This is where CVS is taking this step to make sure patients, their pharmacists and their doctors are sticking to recommended dosages established by the CDC and other prevention organizations. Perhaps other companies will follow and put the people of this country first ahead of big business, money and greed. If you or anyone you know has become addicted to opioids, contact a treatment facility near you. Don’t play around. Take action. Your life is meant to be lived in a healthy, happy and balanced manner.2*

Stay healthy and stay aware,

Kelli

 

Resources:

  1. https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/americas-heroin-epidemic/cvs-limit-opioid-prescriptions-7-day-supply-n803486
  2. https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2017/09/21/cvs-health-increases-restrictions-on-opioids/#3a2893bd720b
  3. http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/18/health/opioid-crisis-fast-facts/index.html
  4. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/08/03/upshot/opioid-drug-overdose-epidemic.html
  5. http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/12/health/opioid-addiction-history/
  6. http://www.businessinsider.com/60-minutes-opioid-whistleblower-2017-10

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Oct 22 2017

What exactly is happening to our honey bees

Published by under Damngerous Chemicals

What’s happening to our honey bees?
Pesticides are threatening the survival of this important player in our ecosystem.

Honeybees are one of nature’s most valuable working insects. Their ability to take nectar from flowers and turn it into honey as well as their role as pollinators is short of a miracle. They extract nectar from flowers, store it in their tiny stomachs and then transport it back to their hive. In the hive, it is passed from bee to bee until the moisture is reduced and what remains is honey. The nectar can also be stored in the honeycomb cells before the bees do their work which kick starts the evaporation process. After the bees create the honey, they store it in the honeycomb cells and cap it with beeswax from which the adult bees and newborns will feed.

Honey is a pure and natural sweetener enjoyed by people around the world. And the pollination process is essential for the reproduction of flowers and fruits. But unfortunately, humans have found a way to interrupt this beautiful and natural process by introducing and overusing pesticides in our environment.  Researchers have found that a large percentage of honey is contaminated with neonicotinoid pesticides. This pesticide is harmful to the bees and has ramifications for humans too. 1*

Ten years ago, US beekeepers reported that thousands of their hives were suddenly absent of bees. And  it was not just the United States that was losing their honey bees…beekeepers all over the world were having the same problem. This caused a global concern about a condition which became known as colony collapse disorder or CCD. Additionally, it was reported that we were losing many populations of wild bees. Without wild bees pollinating our plants, it can result in tragic consequences not just for the bees, but for humans as bees pollinate approximately one-third of the plants that we eat.  This invaluable service these pollinators provide is valued at $168 billion per year worldwide.(1,2)*

Neonicotinoids became popular in the 1990s to target crop destroying insects. They work by attacking the central nervous system of the insects without having the same effect on humans.  They are widely used in Canada, the US and around the world. They are applied as a coating to the seeds of such widely grown crops such as corn, canola and soybeans. (Residues have also been found in the pollen of wildflowers growing near these crops and in nearby streams). Working systemically, these pesticides move throughout the growing plant, making them toxic to the targeted insects. The problem is that they end up in the pollen of these plants, which is then captured by our pollinators, who are also affected by these chemicals.  Studies have shown it affects their survival by hurting their ability to reproduce, forage and fight off pathogens. (2,3,4,5)*

In the October issue of Science, researchers did a study in which they were able to look at 198 samples of honey from around the world — the first study done on such a global level. The findings shed light on how  widely honeybees are exposed to these pesticides.  Three of the four honey samples tested contained “…measurable levels of at least one of five common neonicotinoids,..” Traces of the pesticide were even found in honey from remote islands with little agriculture. 3*

…We assessed the global exposure of pollinators to neonicotinoids by analyzing 198 honey samples from across the world. We found at least one of five tested compounds (acetamiprid, clothianidin, imidacloprid, thiacloprid, and thiamethoxam) in 75% of all samples, 45% of samples contained two or more of these compounds, and 10% contained four or five. Our results confirm the exposure of bees to neonicotinoids in their food throughout the world…”3*

While the compounds found were at levels considered “safe for human consumption” it demonstrates how honey bees and their habitats are being affected.  With global pollination on the decline, there are great concerns for biodiversity and our ecosystem on the whole. Neonicotinoids have been identified as a key factor responsible for this decline. While pesticides are a major contributor to pollinator decline, there are other factors affecting our bee populations as well such as habitat loss, parasite infections, other insects and disappearing wildflowers that bees rely on for food.3*

Most concerns about bees have centered on the European honeybee,  which people have spread around the world as a crop pollinator. “…But native pollinators can be exposed to neonicotinoids, too, and are often more vulnerable to the pesticides’ effects. Bumblebees and sweat bees tend to live in smaller hives than honeybees, so just a few foragers can more quickly spread contamination to the whole colony…”3*

In an experiment at Royal Holloway University of London, scientists set up a laboratory experiment with bumblebee queens in which the queens were given a syrup containing traces of a neonicotinoid pesticide called thiamethoxam, in amounts replicating which bees might be exposed to living near fields of neonic-treated canola. The results showed Bumblebee queens exposed to the pesticide were 26 percent less likely to lay eggs, compared to queens that weren’t exposed to the pesticide. These findings were published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution.2*

“Without the queen laying eggs, there is no colony,” says Nigel Raine, one of the scientists who conducted the experiment. The fear is that the decline in reproduction  will eventually lead to the species’ demise.

The European Union imposed a temporary moratorium on use of neonicotinoid pesticides on many crops in 2013, and is now considering proposals to make that moratorium permanent. Of course pesticide companies and some farmers are fighting those restrictions. Their argument is that “…the moratorium has led to lower yields of canola and an increase in spraying of other pesticides to fight insects that previously were controlled by neonicotinoid coatings on seeds…”2*

Various countries, including the United States, are exploring ways to protect our honeybees, and also the use of this pesticide. As with all things, “exploring” takes time, and big money gets in the way. Hopefully, it won’t be too late to protect these precious creatures.

 

Until next time,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-08/colony-collapse-ten-years-after-crisis-what-is-happening-to-bees/8507408
  2. http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/08/14/542895824/popular-pesticides-keep-bumblebees-from-laying-eggs
  3. http://science.sciencemag.org/content/358/6359/1091
  4. https://www.sciencenews.org/article/much-worlds-honey-now-contains-pesticides-harm-bees
  5. https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/much-of-the-worlds-honey-laced-with-pesticides-study-finds/article36500549/

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Oct 08 2017

Harvey leaves behind a health danger that lasts long after the water recedes

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Harvey leaves behind a health danger that lasts long after the water recedes.
Mold caused by wet and humid conditions inside buildings pose a threat to public health.

Hurricane Harvey was one of the wettest weather events in US History. It brought over 50 inches of rain to Texas, and we all saw what that water did to homes, businesses and streets. Now that the flood waters have receded, what’s left behind are soaked drywall, rugs, furniture and more. It is not easy to clean up water damage, and one of the scary culprits that can grow from this moist, warm environment is mold. 1*

Molds are a fungus with an unknown estimated number of species. Estimates range from tens of thousands to three hundred thousand species. They can be found both in and outdoors and thrive in warm, damp, humid conditions. They reproduce and spread by making spores, which can survive harsh environments, including dry conditions that don’t support normal mold growth. They digest that which they are growing on, be it carpet, wood, paper or food. In cases of excessive water, as in the homes affected by Harvey, this is the prime place for mold spores to grow…especially if the water problem is not cleaned up and soaked materials cleared away. In areas with continuous moisture, as in an area with a slow, constant drip, mold will multiply like crazy. The best way to control indoor mold growth is to control the moisture. (2,3)*

Some of the common indoor molds according to the CDC are: Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria, Aspergillus 3*

So what is the difference between mold and mildew?  “Molds include all species of microscopic fungi that grow in the form of multicellular filaments, called hyphae.  Molds can thrive on any organic matter, including clothing, leather, paper, and the ceilings, walls and floors of homes with moisture management problems. Mildew often lives on shower walls, windowsills, and other places where moisture levels are high. There are many species of molds. In unaired places, such as basements, they can produce a strong musty odor.” 3*

The reason it is so important to control mold growth is that it can be very dangerous to your health. People living in homes with toxic mold can get extremely sick. (Remember the story of Suzanne Somers?) She and her husband became very ill after leasing a black mold infested house. She ended up writing a book called about her experience.5*

As stated by the EPA,  “…Molds have the potential to cause health problems. Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions) and irritants. Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash…”2*

The health problems that can arise from toxic mold exposure can vary from person to person so not all cases look the same. Depending on one’s current health, and the type of fungus, toxins produced by the fungus and length of exposure, it will affect people in varying ways and degrees. Most commonly, the symptoms are:

  • Headaches
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Anxiety
  • Visual disturbances,
  • Depression
  • Memory loss,
  • Immune disturbances
  • Fatigue
  • GI problems
  • Respiratory problems
  • Shortness of breath3*

In extreme cases, it can lead to  liver damage, bleeding from lungs and vascular fragility resulting in hemorrhage.3*

If you suspect you have been exposed to environmental mold, the best first step is to seek out the advice and care of a health care professional with a strong background in environmental medicine. Beware of the most commonly used conventional treatments for mold-related symptoms such as steroids, antibiotics and anti-fungal drugs. These can actually make the situation worse. *

Here are some actions you can take immediately if you suspect you have mold toxicity.:

1.Avoid ALL SUGARS! (and other mold-loving foods). Just as with candida and other bad bacteria, mold loves sugar and anything that turns to sugar in the body. This includes grains, refined white flour and processed foods. Additionally, eliminate milk and most fruit as fungi thrive on diets high in fructose, sucrose and lactose. Also, leave out alcohol, peanuts, cottonseed oil, corn. *

  1. Secondly, and most importantly, take of Body Biotics Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia. And please don’t wait until you have a health issue. Prevention is truly what it is all about. Having a healthy gut and digestive tract will be your best prevention and defensive mechanism against mold and its dangerous toxins. When your microbiome is teeming with good bacteria, your immune system is strong, and it is less likely that mold will penetrate your system. *

The “good” bacteria help keep the “bad” bacteria (and other organisms like mold and yeast) in check. Earlier, I mentioned that antibiotics can make matters worse when you have mold toxicity and this is why. They kill off the good bacteria leaving you more susceptible to a fungal infection. When the gut is healthy and populated with good microflora, it makes it harder for mold and its toxins to penetrate the intestinal lining and enter the blood stream. *

In extreme cases, a toxic gut will result in your immune system firing back to try to overcome what has entered the blood stream, leading to systemic inflammation. Once mold toxins get into your blood stream, every system in your body goes into overdrive fighting that which it does not recognize.*

  1. Use pancreatic enzymes, taken on an empty stomach. This works because enzymes eat debris, such as mold which acts as a food source for the enzymes. Normally, you would take enzymes in conjunction with a meal to help digest the food. But without food present, they will digest the mold instead. This will take time as they hunt down the hidden mold in your digestive tract.*
  2. Additionally, you can try extract of artichoke leaf which was found to be toxic to many types of fungi, including both molds. Your health care practitioner may suggest other herbal remedies, as well as colonics.*

The best way to avoid getting mold toxicity is to pay attention to your environment and if you notice black mold growing anywhere, have it checked out. Use a solution of bleach water to clean suspected areas. Remove all moisture from the area and any items that have mold on them. Don’t directly touch the mold. Use gloves. And if need be, call a professional. If your home has mold, it is a bad day all the way around as most insurance companies will not cover it. So avoid, avoid, avoid and keep things dry and clean.*

Good luck, and healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. http://www.startribune.com/half-decent-holiday-weekend-weather-harvey-was-a-storm-like-no-other/442241903/
  2. https://www.epa.gov/mold/mold-and-health
  3. https://iaq.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/sections/202370458-Mold-and-Moisture
  4. https://www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm
  5. http://www.newsmax.com/Newsmax-Tv/Suzanne-Somers-Threes-Company-house-mold/2015/04/17/id/639298/

 

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Oct 01 2017

Can natural disasters bring out the best in us?

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Can natural disasters bring out the best in us?
While the recent hurricanes wreaked havoc on the land,  a spirit of solidarity and goodness rose from the destruction

The recent hurricanes in Houston, Florida and surrounding areas were destructive on so many levels. The high winds and flooding damaged property and left many areas a wasteland which will take years to clean up. So many people were affected on so many levels. If you are in one of these affected areas, know that all of us at Body Biotics, Int’l., Corp. were praying for your safety and are hopeful for your return to some kind of  “normal” as soon as possible.

As absolutely horrid as it was, out of the destruction came some amazing stories of humanity, selflessness, love and solidarity. What is it about the human spirit that when acts of God come crashing down upon us, we all give our best and are grateful despite being up to our waist in water? We all want to help those in need and suffering, yet under normal times, we can be a country so divided. Is this God’s way of telling us to cut it out and get along because in one fowl swoop we can be squashed like a bunch of bugs? It certainly gets our attention and makes us think. Perhaps we aren’t as divided as we thought. The beautiful part is we do it willingly. We help others not because we have to but because we want to. It makes us feel good to know we are helping others and perhaps saving a life! In the book A Paradise Built in Hell, Author Rebecca Solnit hits the nail on the head when she describes how people become altruistic during times of disaster. “…”The great majority of people are calm, resourceful, altruistic, or even beyond altruistic, as they risk themselves for others. We improvise the conditions of survival beautifully.”…”1*

Disasters have a way of pulling us away from our own lives’ drama and the trivial stressors that can feel overwhelming on a day to day basis. When real tragedy hits, we get the feeling of “the small stuff doesn’t matter and it’s really all small stuff.” It enables us to put our lives into perspective and understand what really matters…each other and the beauty of each being. It connects us down to our metaphysical fiber. According to Solnit, “… “In some ways, people behave better than in ordinary life and in some disasters people find out about the meaningful role of deep social connections and see their absence in everyday life.”..”1*

This altruism is an innate part of human nature that is a gift we all have waiting for us, deep inside ourselves. Volunteering can make our hearts swell and our spirits rise. Feeling depressed? Read a story to a child in need or help them with their homework or play with them. Hold a baby in the hospital. Bring food to an elderly or sick neighbor. Or just buy the guy behind you in line at your favorite coffee house is morning cup of joe…”just because.” These are all acts of altruism that boost your serotonin and oxytocin levels

The Dalai Lama said”…“The root of happiness is altruism – the wish to be of service to others.”…” And Martin Luther King Jr. said,”… “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”…”2*

Whether we want to call it selflessness, humanity, kindness, self-sacrifice, goodwill, benevolence, empathy or grace, the act of giving of ourselves to help others results in an indescribable feeling. These acts that we witnessed were most likely immediate reactions from people who felt called to help. They didn’t deliberate or think about it…they just said yes and did.

And just when you thought your altruism was all for the good of others, we come to find out that it is actually good for us too! These acts of kindness can do wonders for our health.

A UnitedHealth Group national survey of 3,351 adults discovered that those that volunteered overwhelmingly felt better both mentally and physically after their volunteer experiences. Their results found that…3*

“…-76% of people who volunteered in the last twelve months said that volunteering made them feel healthier.

-94% of people who volunteered in the last twelve months said that volunteering improved their mood

-78% of participants said that volunteering lowered their stress levels.

-96% reported that volunteering enriched their sense of purpose

-80% felt that they had better control over their health

-1/4 of participants reported that their volunteer work helped them to manage a chronic illness by keeping them active and taking their minds off their own problems

– Volunteers have better personal scores than non-volunteers on nine well-established measures of emotional wellbeing including personal independence, capacity of rich interpersonal relations and satisfaction with life

-Volunteering also improved their mood and self-esteem…”3*

And if all these good feelings weren’t enough, another study out of the University of Exeter Medical School in the south of England analyzed data from 40 published studies and found evidence that volunteers had a lower risk of death than those (of similar age and health levels) who did not volunteer, by as much as 20 percent. Volunteers also had lower levels of depression and increased life satisfaction and well being. The lead researchers did say that more testing on this subject is necessary in order to determine if biological, cultural and social factors play a role in one’s willingness to volunteer in the first place.3*

So despite all that is negative with the aftermath of these hurricanes, we can at least celebrate the decency of so many people and know that humankind is not all the bad we see on the news. People showed their best side. Perhaps we can extend this into our everyday lives and not get bogged down by the small stuff. Life is precious.

Take care of yourselves and each other!

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

 

www.bodybiotics.com

 

References:

  1. http://healthland.time.com/2012/10/31/how-disasters-bring-out-our-kindness/
  2. https://www.google.com/search?q=altruism+quotes
  3. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/hilary-young/benefits-of-volunteering_b_4151540.html

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Sep 10 2017

Microfibers lurking in our food chain

Published by under General

Microfibers lurking in our food chain are a new public health concern.*
From garment to washing machine to the environment, microfibers are finding their way to your gut.

Every time we wash our clothes, microscopic fibers drain out into the sewage and storm drains that ultimately end up in the environment. While environmentalists and health experts have been focusing on microbeads, plastic bags and bottles, “…the most abundant form of material in the ocean has been overlooked…”, according to Dr. Mark Browne, an ecologist at the University of New South Wales. Dr. Browne’s study on microfibers came out in 2011, stating that microfibers constitute more than 85% of the plastic pollution found in our oceans. Now, six years after his landmark study, he fears we are no closer to a solution.1*

Microfibers, as the name implies, are microscopic fibers less than one millimeter in size, and can easily move through sewage treatment plants. The majority of these fibers seem to come from acrylic, nylon, and polyester fabrics. Unlike natural fibers, such as cotton or wool, synthetic fibers do not biodegrade, and tend to bind with molecules of harmful chemical pollutants found in wastewater, such as pesticides or flame retardants. Scientists are starting to find that this is the new public concern. (1,2)*

A single polyester garment produces up to 1,900 fibers in a single washing and up to 100 microfibers per liter of wastewater. The worst garments to shed these microfibers are fleeces, which has resulted in the environmentally conscious company Patagonia, a huge producer of fleece garments, to conduct their own studies to see about reducing environmental pollution.4*

“…At Patagonia, we start with the knowledge that everything we produce comes at a cost to the environment. We then work continuously to lower the environmental and social costs of our products at every phase of their life cycle—from improving our manufacturing processes at every level of the supply chain to increasing our use of recycled and natural materials to encouraging reuse, repair and recycling among our customers…”4*

Microplastic pollution from any source, whether it be microfibers from laundry, microbeads from personal care products such as soaps and shampoos, or pre-production plastic resin pellets also referred to as “nurdles” or plastic particles from the breakdown of larger plastic objects are all a problem in our oceans. They mix with zooplankton, the lowest level of the food chain, and then are consumed by fish, which are consumed by other fish, which make their way to the food we eat.. “…Studies have shown health problems among plankton and other small organisms that eat microfibers, which then make their way up the food chain. Researchers have found high numbers of fibers inside fish and shellfish sold at markets…” There has been medical evidence which shows that these tiny particles of plastic transfer to the tissues of humans. Because of the size of the particles, they then cause inflammation and fibrosis,” Dr Browne said…” More research is needed to know the long term effects of synthetic fibers on humans. (1,2,3)*

While it is mainly known which fabrics create the most microfiber, it is not known which fabrics shed the least. This makes it difficult for the fashion industry to know which changes are needed to result in the least impact on the environment. According to textile designer in sustainable fashion Clara Vuletich, most brands are focusing on their “toxic impact during the production phase” of creating textiles and not after the garment is in the hands of the consumer. The most microfibers are shed when the consumer is washing their clothes. Higher quality garments shed less in the wash than low-quality synthetic products. This demonstrates the importance of manufacturers creating higher quality products and consumers being willing to invest in garments which are built to last. (Hand washing your clothes also reduces the shedding of microfibers.)(1,3)*

This problem can also be addressed with washing machine manufacturers. Investment in research is needed to explore how to filter microfibers before they get to the drain. “There is no clear way forward,” according to Tim Silverwood, an environmentalist and co-founder of Take 3, a not for profit established to raise aware improve education about ocean pollution. While researchers, environmentalists, clothing manufacturers and washing machine makers all explore the options, there is one thing for certain. We need to protect our guts and what goes into them. So incorporate this information into your daily living. The chain of events that lead to microfibers entering our bodies is a long, complex one, but unhealthy for us all the same. Keeping your microbiome and your body as clean as possible is the key and also the trick in this day and age. Just as Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ was created to help us return the healthy organisms we have lost through modern diets to our microbiome, think that way in your everyday choices. A healthy gut is a healthy immune system is a healthy body and mind.1*

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources

  1. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-21/scientists-warn-of-growing-cost-of-inaction-on-microfibres/8540606
  2. https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2017/jun/29/microfibers-plastic-pollution-apparel-oceans
  3. https://myplasticfreelife.com/2017/03/is-your-laundry-polluting-the-ocean-with-microfibers/
  4. https://www.patagonia.com/blog/2017/02/an-update-on-microfiber-pollution/

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Aug 27 2017

Avoid this sweetener at all costs

Avoid this sweetener at all costs
Sugar is really bad for you, but high fructose corn syrup is even worse.

High fructose corn syrup…now those are dirty words. High fructose corn syrup appeared basically unannounced in the 1950s and slowly became a common sweetener found in soft drinks, candies and other foods. It started to show up in almost everything at the grocery store, from cereals, to protein bars, jams, ketchup and pickles. Oftentimes, one can be hard pressed to find an item that contains real sugar. High fructose corn syrup has been identified as a prime contributor to this country’s obesity epidemic and for years has been underestimated for its role in our country’s declining health. Fortunately, since the turn of the millennium, people are educating themselves even more on the massive presence of high fructose corn syrup in our food supply and are turning to healthier options.(1,2)*

The United States, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, is the world leader in per capita sugar and sweeteners consumption. According to the American Heart Association, the recommended limit for daily added sugars is 29 lbs a year for men and 20.1 pound per year for women. That seems like a lot, doesn’t it? But according to the USDA, our per capita consumption is 128.1 pounds. Between 13 and 25 percent of Americans are estimated to eat diets containing 25 percent or more of calories from added sugars. We are addicted to it, and that is not good for our gut bacteria, our waistlines or our metabolic health. It’s easy to think, ‘I am not eating that much sugar!’ But it is snuck into so many foods that we don’t even realize how much we are truly consuming. Some breakfast cereals have so much sugar, they should be called breakfast candy. If you are in the practice of reading labels, you will know just how much this is true. While high fructose corn syrup should certainly be avoided, so should conventional sugar in these types of quantities.1*

So what is the difference between sugar and high fructose corn syrup? For starters, “…Both sugar and HFCS begin out in the field: sugar as sugarcane or the sugar beet, and HFCS as corn. To make HFCS, caustic soda is used to shuck the corn kernel from its starch. The result is the corn syrup you might have used to make pecan pie. Then enzymes are introduced to convert the syrup’s sugars to super-sweet fructose. Unlike sugar, you’ll never see HFCS on the supermarket shelves. It’s only available to food processors…”3*

Not to mention that high fructose corn syrup is made from corn, which when grown for these purposes is most certainly genetically modified. So not only are you getting high levels of glucose in your system, you are getting it from a GMO crop…both are bad for the gut bacteria. Sugar is also a primary GMO crop. If you are going to consume sugar, look for pure cane sugar or other more natural forms. *

For decades, we have been wrongly targeting dietary fat and cholesterol as the major reasons for obesity and heart disease in our country. In a previous blog we talked about the misleading Harvard research from the 1960s that falsely said fats were the culprit — not sugar — in the development of heart disease. More and more, medical researchers are compiling data building their case to show that high sugar consumption is what’s really behind these health issues. Despite so much misinformation over the past decades preaching the contrary, this is the most up to date research and perhaps we are finally on the right track. That Harvard research had after all been subsidized by the sugar industry. But, we all know, it is sometimes hard to know who to believe. (If you believe in Mother Nature, and eat what she has provided, you are doing the best thing for your body.)1*

According to researchers from the University of Utah, High Fructose Corn Syrup is more toxic than table sugar. The research, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation and published in the March 2015 Journal of Nutrition,  is among the first to differentiate between the effects of the fructose-glucose mixture found in corn syrup and sucrose, or table sugar. The study involved female mice mainly and showed to shorten their lives and reduce their reproductive rates. (1,2)*

The study consisted of female mice being fed a diet in which 25 percent of the calories came from added fructose and glucose carbohydrates known as monosaccharides that are found in corn syrup and another group in which 25 percent of their calories came from sucrose. These female mice given the fructose and glucose carbohydrates died at a rate 1.87 times higher than female mice on a diet in which 25 percent of their calories came from sucrose. Additionally,  these mice produced 26.4 percent fewer offspring than those mice on the diet containing added table sugar.2*

There was no difference in the male mice given either high-fructose or sucrose diets in regards to both lifespan or reproduction for unknown reasons, but it is thought that it could be because both forms of sugar are harmful for male mice. The study illuminates the potential harm to women especially, as they could face adverse health effects tied to consuming too much corn syrup.2*

More bad news about high fructose corn syrup came from a study published in 2009 in the scientific journal Environmental Health, in which Mercury was detected in nearly half of tested samples of commercial high fructose corn syrup.  The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) did a separate study in which mercury was detected in nearly 1/3 of 55 popular brand- name food and beverage products in which high fructose corn syrup was the first or second highest labeled ingredient. Products included those made by “…Quaker, Hershey’s, Kraft and Smucker’s…”  Mercury is released when caustic soda is produced, during the separation of the cornstarch from the kernel. It is a dangerous for the kidneys, liver, brain and other internal organs, especially at high levels and especially for children, the authors warned.(3,4)*

The good news is that according to the research firm Beverage Marketing Corp., in 2016 bottled water sales outpaced soda sales in the US for the first time. (Though plastic bottle usage needs to stop and everyone needs to go to reusable bottles). Even though many soda manufacturers are switching back to real sugar, soda sales are down by nearly a quarter since 2006. Energy drinks, like Gatorade have replaced soda drinks for a lot of people, especially young males. While some moves have been made at the government level to direct anti sugar efforts, like applying a local soda tax, people are steering away from sugar more and more because they are realizing just how bad it is for overall health.1*

Sugar, in all its forms, is the favorite food for disease and the bad bacteria residing in the microbiome. By eating a low sugar, whole food, organic diet, we are taking care of our bodies from the inside out. If we go heavy on junk and processed foods and sweets, we are setting ourselves up for disaster. Disaster in the form of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, a weakened immune system, fatigue and all the other unfavorable symptoms that come with Candida overgrowth and illness. Read labels! So many food products have sugar that you get it when you are not even trying. For example, Campbell’s tomato soup has 11 grams of sugar, and it is hidden in pasta sauces, salsas, salad dressings and so much more.1*

You will know when you are eating too much sugar and not taking care of your gut. You might feel sluggish, get canker sores, and catch a cold, amongst other things. Don’t wait to get sick. Cut back on the sugar, focus on healthful foods, take your Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ daily and get plenty of sleep and exercise. You have one body. Don’t put garbage in it manufactured by some multi-million dollar food company who cares about bottom lines not your health. You are the only one who can do it!*

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-08-10/sugar-is-finally-more-popular-than-corn-syrup-again
  2. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-health-cornsyrup-idUSKBN0KF03820150106?feedType=RSS&feedName=healthNews
  3. http://www.healthline.com/health/high-fructose-corn-syrup-or-sugar#overview1
  4. https://www.iatp.org/documents/much-high-fructose-corn-syrup-contam

 

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Aug 13 2017

New clues to the causes of Dementia

Published by under Dementia

New clues to the causes of Dementia
Several new studies identify factors that increase our risk of getting dementia as we age, now include gut health.*

In 2015, approximately 47 million people were thought to be living with dementia, with approximately $818 billion being spent worldwide on their care. By the year 2050, this number is expected to triple, with the greatest populations in low to middle income countries such as India, Brazil, China and Indonesia.1*

“…Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases…”2*

So what is the root cause of dementia? There is new research that provides clues to this debilitating condition that affects us as we get older. Researchers are suggesting that there are certain precursors to dementia, and by addressing them early in life, we might open the door to new ways and opportunities for preventing and treating this tragic disease.3*

“…Because our gut bacteria have a major impact on how we feel through the interaction between the immune system, the intestinal mucosa and our diet, the composition of the gut microbiota is of great interest to research on diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Exactly how our gut microbiota composition is composed depends on which bacteria we receive at birth, our genes and our diet…”according to a recent study out of Lund University in Sweden, which examines this avenue and is focusing its research on gut health and how it may accelerate the development of Alzheimer’s disease.3*

In this study, researchers looked at both healthy and diseased mice and found that mice suffering from Alzheimer’s disease had a different composition of gut bacteria when compared to their healthy counterparts. Additionally, they looked at mice that lacked bacteria to observe and test the relationship between intestinal bacteria and the disease. Those without bacteria had  “…significantly smaller amounts of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain. Beta-amyloid plaques are the lumps that form at the nerve fibers in cases of Alzheimer’s disease…” To substantiate their findings, they then transferred intestinal bacteria from diseased mice to germ-free mice, and discovered that indeed the mice developed more beta-amyloid plaques in the brain compared to if they had received bacteria from healthy mice.3*

 “…”Our study is unique as it shows a direct causal link between gut bacteria and Alzheimer’s disease. It was striking that the mice which completely lacked bacteria developed much less plaque in the brain,” says researcher Frida Fåk Hållenius, at the Food for Health Science Centre…”3*

The research is a result of an international collaboration between Associate Professor Frida Fåk Hållenius and doctoral student Nittaya Marungruang, both at the Food for Health Science Centre in Lund, and a research group at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland. This collaboration has now expanded to include researchers from both Germany and Belgium. 3*

Researchers find this breakthrough promising, as they can now begin researching ways for prevention and delaying the onset, rather than solely focusing on symptom-relieving antiretroviral drugs. They will continue to study the role of bacteria in the development of Alzheimer’s disease, and test “…entirely new types of preventive and therapeutic strategies based on the modulation of the gut microbiota through diet and new types of probiotics…”3*

Other studies have also surfaced of late, suggesting additional contributors to dementia. One of these, out of the University of California, San Francisco and the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division out of Oakland, has found that those living in certain states called the “stroke belt” which are the states that have higher mortality rates as a result of a stroke, are more likely to develop dementia than others. These states include Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, South Carolina, West Virginia, and one state not in the south, Alaska. They found that at age 65, “…the risk of developing dementia in the next 20 years was 30 percent for people born in these states, compared to 21 percent for those born elsewhere…” Previous research had linked “vascular risk factors” such as obesity, diabetes, smoking, high cholesterol and elevated blood pressure, to a greater risk of both dementia and stroke.4*

The primary factors tie back to diet and lifestyle, which goes back to the first study mentioned which examined gut health. There are similar risk factors between stroke and dementia, and early prevention is key, especially if you reside or come from one of these high risk states, researchers say. Diet, exercise, low salt diets are all important habits to adopt.

Another study, from the Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention and Care, focuses on hearing loss as a contributor to dementia, along with obesity. “…More than 1 in 3 cases of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can be traced to factors such as inadequate education, obesity, hearing loss and smoking that simply don’t need to be…” The commission found that “the failure to complete more than eight years of school is childhood’s most potent risk factor…” for dementia and in midlife, “…one of the most powerful – and fixable drivers of dementia risk is hearing loss. In fact, as much as 9 percent of lifetime risk for dementia lies with hearing loss during midlife…”4*

Diet, exercise and good GUT HEALTH are all vital factors in our efforts to stay healthy, minimize obesity, maintain good cardiovascular health, minimize risk of stroke. According to these studies, it is also the important factor in lowering our risk of developing dementia. As we know, everything ties back to the microbiome, and keeping it healthy. Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ is an important ingredient in maintaining and improving gut health.

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

References:

  1. Austin American Statesman, Dementia Report, Report Illuminates dementia’s causes. July 21, 2017
  2. alz.org/alzheimers_disease_what_is_alzheimers.asp
  3. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170210085532.htm
  4. Santa Barbara News Press, August 7, 2017

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Aug 06 2017

Need Faster Regulations on Dangerous Chemicals

Published by under Damngerous Chemicals

It took California twenty five years to regulate this cancer causing chemical.
Drinking water tests show 1-2-3 TCP levels much higher than considered safe in California’s Central Valley.

Twenty five years. That’s how long it has been since California water authorities first determined that 1,2,3 TCP causes cancer. With no federal regulation for this chemical, it’s been up to the state to test, determine and create regulations regarding this pesticide. On July 18, 2017, after years of debate, the State Water Resources Control Board approved a standard for this chemical in its drinking water at .007 parts per million, which is a level supported by both pesticide reform and clean water advocates. The state will  require that water systems test all of their wells for 1-2-3 TCP every month beginning January, 2018. (1,2)*

“…1-2-3 TCP, also known as 1,2,3-TRICHLOROPROPANE; 96-18-4; Trichlorohydrin; Allyl trichloride; Propane, 1-2-3-trichloro-; Glycerol trichlorohydrin is a synthetic, colorless to light yellow liquid that is soluble in polar organic solvents and only slightly soluble in water. 1-2-3-Trichloropropane is used as both a chemical intermediate and cross-linking agent in the production of polymers. 1-2-3-Trichloropropane is flammable and, when heated to decomposition, emits toxic fumes of hydrogen chloride. Exposure of humans to 1-2-3-trichloropropanevapor causes irritation of the eyes and throat. It is reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen. (NCI05)…”2*

In the 1970’s the Pineapple Research Institute in Honolulu started conducting experiments to control a microscopic worm called a nematode which lives in the soil and attacks the roots of plants. They tested hazardous waste from a chemical production process at Shell that they thought may kill the worms. Shell saw an opportunity to take this hazardous waste, which was used as a cleaning and degreasing solvent from their chemical plants, put it in barrels and sell it to farmers to kill this little worm. 1*

But the real worms were Shell, followed by Dow Chemical. They sold this hazardous waste from their chemical plants to farmers as a fumigant, which could be injected into the soil even though, according to a Dow scientist, it didn’t kill the nematodes at all. In a 1974 Dow memo some of the fumigant components are described as “garbage”. Still, it continued to find its way into the agricultural fields of California’s central valley for years. According to Robins, the attorney hired to represent the more than 30 communities whose water supplies are affected, neither Dow Chemical nor Shell ever listed 1,2,3-TCP on their product labels, even though it was one of several ingredients.  “…“Some of the most startling information is how clearly the companies understood from a scientific perspective the amount of garbage they were putting into these products,” says Robins, “and knowingly having farmers essentially dispose of their hazardous waste for them on farm fields throughout our state.”…”(1,2,3)*

In 1992, 1,2,3-TCP was put on California’s list of known cancer causing chemicals pursuant to the state’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, also known as Proposition 65. For years, the Division of Drinking Water has received input about the need for a drinking water standard for 1,2,3-TCP from local community groups, those with affected water systems as well as environmental justice groups expressing concerns. “…The State Water Board set the development of an MCL for 1,2,3-TCP as one of its highest priorities. On February 21, 2017, the State Water Board submitted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for a 1,2,3-TCP drinking water standard and associated regulations…”(1,2,3)* 

After years and years, on July 18, 2017 the State Water Board finally adopted the proposed 1,2,3-TCP regulations. It stated that “…1,2,3-TCP causes cancer in laboratory animals (US EPA, 2009) and is reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen (NTP, 2014), and probably carcinogenic to humans, based on sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in experimental animals (IARC, 1995)…” The proposed regulations are “…to adopt a primary drinking water standard of 0.000005 milligrams per liter for 1,2,3-TCP in drinking water, consistent with and meeting the requirements of Health and Safety Code section 116365, and supporting regulations, including setting a Detection Limit for purposes of Reporting and identifying the Best Available Technology…”3*

The State Water Resources Control Board determined that 1,2,3-TCP has been identified in approximately one hundred public water systems across California. Though these are primarily in the Central Valley, it was also found in Santa Cruz, Monterey, Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Diego counties. (To see a map of affected areas, refer to Reference 4).To add insult to injury, many Californians aren’t aware if this chemical is in their water, because without federal EPA or state regulation, public utilities haven’t had to test for it, filter it out, or advise their customers if it’s in the water. However, “…The Fresno City Council has authorized a study to find out how to remove 12,3-TCP from the city’s water supply…” (1,4)*

“…There have not been any studies on this chemical’s effects on humans, but animal studies showed multiple tumors in multiple sites in mice and rats. “There is absolutely no question that 1-2-3 TCP is a genotoxic carcinogen,” says Robert Howd, a toxicologist who led the scientific review for OEHHA.  “The data are very clear,” Howd says. “Virtually nobody is disputing that. There’s just no controversy about this being a DNA reactive carcinogen.” Howd’s team set the public health goal at .7 parts per trillion (.0007 parts per billion)1*

In some of the cases, Shell and Dow have paid money to clean up affected groundwater, but out of the more than 3 dozen cases filed against these companies, they don’t admit any wrongdoing. Some of the rural communities affected who suing Dow and Shell only have a few hundred households, comprised mainly of farm workers. In one community, the town’s two drinking water wells which serve only 467 household, tested at 7 parts per trillion. That is ten times the public health goal! Because these communities are small and comprised of mainly farm workers, the costly process of installing expensive carbon filtration systems needed to keep the carcinogen out of people’s tap water, would raise water rates too high for the median income. That is why they are suing Dow and Shell to pay for the cleanup.  

If you should live in one of the affected areas, there are under sink filters that take out Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). But because there’s no government standard for 1-2-3 TCP, there is no guarantee it will remove it because it’s not rated for that.1*

This is one more example of how we have to utterly proactive and vigilant about what we put in our bodies, and how we can never assume that because something is legal or available to us that it is safe. Of course we can’t live in constant fear, but those affected by this water crisis feel betrayed, as we all do when we find that the regulations, government bodies, companies or the people in place to protect us don’t do their job. What to do? Filter your water, eat and drink organic as much as possible, and keep your gut healthy. It is your greatest protection.

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. https://ww2.kqed.org/science/2017/07/21/theres-a-cancer-causing-chemical-in-my-drinking-water-but-california-isnt-regulating-it/
  2. https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/1_2_3-trichloropropane#section=Top
  3. http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/drinking_water/certlic/drinkingwater/123TCP.shtml
  4. http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/drinking_water/certlic/drinkingwater/documents/123-tcp/123tcp_map_5ppt.pdf

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Jul 30 2017

Simple Straightforward Keys to living a longer life

Published by under General

Keys to living a longer life.
These simple actions can help you to live a longer and healthier life.

When you get up in the morning, there are several things you can do before getting out of your pajamas that can help you live a longer life, research has determined. And they are simple, and some quite enjoyable! We forget to take care of ourselves at times, immediately rushing out the door to jump in a car to be stuck in rush hour traffic. Or immediately rush into our day with children, without taking a few moments for ourselves.  Others plop down in front of the TV. or go straight to the computer to catch up on facebook or email. Read over the following, simple ideas. I think you’ll find they are not only doable, but you are probably doing most of them already. The others, with a little effort, can be added to your day to add years to your life!

Drink water

We talked last week about how staying hydrated is so very important for your overall health. Start your day off right by getting a full glass of water. It will set you up for success for the day!

Take your probiotics

With your full glass of water, start your day with your Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™.

Enjoy your morning coffee Recent research has shown that drinking both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee can extend your life. People who drank coffee as opposed to those who didn’t tended to have a lower risk of dying during the study period than those who drank less coffee, or no coffee.  Different studies have pointed to other components that might fight heart disease and cancer, such as antioxidants. Other compounds may also lower inflammation, which is a culprit in many chronic conditions, especially those linked to aging.3*

Stretch

“You’re only as young as your spine is supple.” This is what my favorite yoga teacher used to tell me. She was 65 with the body, mind and spirit of a much younger person. She was definitely on to something. Stretching keeps your muscles loose, and helps to avoid injuries. *

Exercise

We all know one of the most important keys to a healthy life is to exercise daily! Even if it’s just walking every day, you’ve got to keep moving! Stanford University researchers tracked runners and non-runners for 21 years. They found that runners didn’t just get less heart disease, they also had fewer cancers, infections and neurologic diseases — and yes, they lived longer. Study author Eliza Chakravarty was quoted in Time saying, “Aerobic exercise keeps the immune system young.”

How much exercise is enough to make a difference? Opinions vary but if you don’t like to run, “…even 20 minutes a day of any activity that leaves you breathless can boost your health…” she says.

Even a moderate jog can add between five and six years to your life, according to a 2012 analysis of data from a Copenhagen City Heart study.2*

Floss

Studies have shown that flossing is another one of those things that are extremely important for you to do daily. “…People with gum diseases such as gingivitis are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary heart disease as those without gum conditions…” This is because flossing keeps unfriendly bacteria to be released into the bloodstream. How exactly it leads to cardiovascular disease is uncertain, but it is thought that the bacteria triggers or speeds up the thickening of the arteries. It could even cause blood clots to develop in severe cases. To help protect your heart, dentists and doctors recommend flossing your teeth daily, as well as get regular checkups to treat gum conditions.  “…Longevity expert Dr Roger Henderson says, “Flossing every day means not only could you still have a full set of teeth as a centenarian, but your dental hygiene may have helped you to get to such an age…”‘1*

Drink your morning coffee

There’s a strong case for the health benefits of coffee. Studies have recently shown that regular java drinkers have a lower risk of diabetes, fewer strokes and heart problems and lower rates of certain cancers. All of that may help explain why coffee drinkers also tend to live longer than people who don’t drink the brew.3*

Give thanks

Being thankful can help you live longer and a more joyful life. It helps us to be more resilient and enables us to bounce back from setbacks more quickly. It also lowers stress levels, a major cause of heart attacks and other chronic conditions. It helps us to be more optimistic, which has been linked to increased immunity boosting cells. Grateful people also tend to take better care of themselves and take part in healthier activities and behaviors, as opposed to those who are constantly nursing their woes. “…Grateful people take better care of themselves and engage in more protective health behaviors like regular exercise, a healthy diet, regular physical examinations…”4*

Add some nuts to your healthy breakfast

Eating nuts could help you live longer, according to a study in BioMed Central of 7,000 people ages 55 to 90. The study found that nut eaters had a 39 percent lower risk of early death from cancer or cardiovascular disease, and walnut eaters in particular had a 45 percent lower risk of early death from cancer or cardiovascular disease than non-nut eaters.2*

Give up smoking

This is a no brainer. Though quitting smoking can be one of the hardest things a person can do, it is worth it to quit. That is if you care about living longer. ”…The amount of life expectancy lost for each pack of cigarettes smoked is 28 minutes, and the years of life expectancy a typical smoker loses is 25 years…”5*

Keep working into your late 60s

A recent survey has just discovered that people who work past their retirement age are healthier – and richer – than those who gave up their jobs. Of the men who were subjects of Harvard’s famed Longevity Project, those who made it into old, old age had successful, satisfying careers and continued to work — at least on a part-time basis — into their 70s. (1,2)*

Eat super greens

“…Eating a balanced diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, is essential for maintaining a healthy body well into your old age. But there are some foods that have more longevity properties than others.

Among these are super greens, such as broccoli, and green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach and Brussels sprouts. These vegetables are some of the biggest weapons in the dietary fight against cancer, according to many nutritionists, due to their being high in a particular nutrient called isothiocyanate. “…This nutrient stimulates our bodies to break down potentially cancer causing chemicals and eliminate them….” 1*

“…Broccoli is also rich in a plant nutrient called sulphoraphane. In laboratory tests, this nutrient produced enzymes which could ‘snatch’ the cancer-causing agents out of cells before they multiplied and caused cancer, particularly in the breasts and ovaries…”1*

Diets rich in green and purple vegetables are also good for the heart. “…One study found those who ate plants from the mustard family — broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage — tended to have a reduced risk of total and cardiovascular disease mortality…” If you find it difficult t eat your green vegetables, don’t forget about Body Biotics™ Life’s Green Essentials™. Just two scoops each day is equivalent to two large green leafy salads in terms of the vitamin, mineral and phytonutrient content.(1,2)*

Be aware of what you can’t smell
Older people need to be careful about their diminished olfaction. In a NIH study, those who couldn’t smell or distinguish odors were four times more likely to die within five years than those with normal olfactory function. The findings were the first to indicate the importance of olfaction in mortality risk for older adults.2*

Love to laugh 
In a 2012 study published in the journal Aging, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Yeshiva University researchers identified that out of 243 centenarians, the one thing they had in common was that they all laughed a lot. Laughing relieves stress, helps you to stay happy and raises serotonin levels. 2*

Drink tea the traditional way.
If you like tea, you are in luck. Green and black teas contain a concentration of a substance called catechins, which protects the heart by relaxing blood vessels. A Japanese study looked at more than 40,500 men and women, who consumed green tea and showed they had a lower risk of dying from heart disease. Similar results were found in studies involving black tea.2*

Be a giver, not a taker.

Generous people give of themselves by doing favors, paying compliments, and going out of their way to help others. And in return, they receive a longer life, according to researchers from the University of Buffalo. “… Our conclusion is that helping others reduced mortality specifically by buffering the association between stress and mortality,” study researcher Michael J. Poulin, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychology at the University at Buffalo, told PsychCentral…”2*

Don’t be a couch potato. According to research from The University of Queensland, Australia, every hour of TV you watch after age 25 cuts your lifespan by about 22 minutes. They also found that people who sat for an average six hours a day died nearly five years sooner than people who were more active. 2*

Early to bed

Make sure you are getting at least 7 hours of restful sleep a night. New research is showing that there is a link between faster onset of dementia and Alzheimers for those who don’t sleep long enough, or don’t get quality sleep due to snoring or sleep apnea. If you think you have sleep apnea, get it checked out. Ask your doctor about participating in a sleep study. Addressing this problem will do wonders for your health, your mood and your longevity.6*

I hope these tips are helpful.

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

 

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-163744/Why-broccoli-dental-floss-prolong-life.html
  2. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/03/things-you-can-do-to-live-to-100_n_7127796.html
  3. http://time.com/4849985/coffee-caffeine-live-longer/
  4. http://www.lifehack.org/343591/why-grateful-people-live-longer-and-lead-happier-life
  5. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/9703.php
  6. http://www.businessinsider.com/bad-sleep-increased-alzheimers-dementia-risk-2017-7

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