Jun 16 2019

Build a beautiful garden and reap the rewards

Published by under Organic

Build a beautiful garden and reap the rewards.
Planting a summer garden brings a bounty of fresh produce that you can enjoy all summer long.  

A century ago, gardens were in every back yard with fresh produce on every dinner table. But things are different today. It has become a lost art to many with busy work schedules, the ease of dropping into a grocery store and fast food restaurants on every corner. We don’t have to grow our own food because it is so easily accessible. We are incredibly lucky for this reason.

But the more we learn about the overuse of pesticides, the over farming of land which is depleting our soils, and the fact that we often don’t know which country is the origin of that day’s produce shopping, it may be time to reconsider going back to the days of planting  our own gardens. There is nothing more rewarding than stepping outside to appreciate your own herb and vegetable garden, or fruit trees that you planted and tended to yourself. From breaking ground and tilling your own soil, to planting the seeds, watering, trimming, weeding and plucking. At harvest time, the joy of picking those fresh veggies and herbs and bringing them into the kitchen to be included in your meals is something that is lost on most people today.

Having a garden is not always easy, but when you get the hang of it, it can really become a pleasurable hobby and way of life. Sustainable living is something we all might want to explore. And it doesn’t take that much room…just a small plot of land that gets plenty of sunlight and water. There are a lot of creative ideas for gardens in small spaces. One trip to Pinterest can spark your creative juices.

Consider the many benefits of having a garden:

  • It encourages you to be outside doing physical activity in the sunshine.
  • It gives you the chance to get your hands dirty, making contact with the rich soil, exposing us to the natural soil born bacteria that we lack in our daily diets. Connecting with the earth is good for the soul. It takes you back to the days of making mud pies and makes you reconnect with your younger self.
  • It gives you the satisfaction that you grew something yourself and your efforts brought something so beautiful.
  • It saves you money.
  • It provides a wonderful education for your children about how to be self sustaining and that, yes, food does come from the ground, not out of a box.
  • It promotes healthy eating within the family.
  • It tastes so much better to have home grown fruits and vegetables.
  • You decide what goes into your soil
  • You can grow your vegetables without pesticides or fungicides.

Not sure where to start? Do what I did and head to your local nursery and ask lots of questions. There you can get not only the advice you need but the soil, tools and materials to create a space that can flourish, Grab some mosquito netting to ward off any pests and deters any animals that might want to dig up your seeds or your plants.  The nursery staff can also help you figure out when to plant each vegetable.    

So what if growing your own garden is not your thing? How can you still get the same fresh local produce? Hit the farmers markets! They are everywhere and getting bigger and better each year. According to the USDA Farmers Market Directory, “….The number of farmers markets in the United States has grown rapidly in recent years, from just under 2,000 in 1994 to more than 8,600 markets currently registered…”.Support your local farmers and you will know the areas and farms from which your produce was grown. Grocery stores have produce from all over, which is good and bad. But sometimes we are buying  produce and even fish and meats from other countries without knowing it. At the Farmer’s Market you can chat with local farms and find out about their farming practices.1

Support farm to table restaurants. They work with local farmers to bring fresh local produce into their restaurants.

Since it is Father’s Day, there is a segue here…after all, we reap what we sow. And so do fathers. Father’s plant their own gardens so to speak, and watch their little sprouts grow into amazing human beings. If it weren’t for our fathers, we wouldn’t be here. A father gives care, a nurturing environment and the resources needed  to grow a family. They provide the support and strong foundation for his children to build upon and from which to launch into the world. He weeds out the bad behaviors and ideas, and guides his children to grow upward. A father gets out what he puts into his family. Take time today to tell your father ‘thank you’ for giving you the environment, nourishment, love, and hard work that it took to raise you. If not for our fathers, we would not be the people we are today. If you are a father…thank you! If you have a father, thank him.

In honor of Father’s Day, go plant a garden and watch how the care you put into it makes it grow. You’ll find it is not always easy, but it is so worth the effort.

From all of us at Body Biotics, Int’l., Corp, enjoy your day Dads!

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli  

www.bodybiotics.com

Resources:

https://farmersmarketcoalition.org/education/qanda/

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    Jun 02 2019

    What do you really know about Glyphosate

    Published by under Damngerous Chemicals

    Now here is something to whine about.
    Glyphosate is everywhere…yes even in wine and beer.

    Glyphosate, You’ve heard of it. Or you haven’t. But you’ve probably consumed some of it in the past week. Maybe even today.*

    Glyphosate is the active ingredient in RoundUp, Monsanto’s (now Bayer’s), ever popular herbicide. It is the “…most used agricultural chemical in history…” While glyphosate is used in over 700 herbicides, RoundUp is the most widely used and recognizable brand name. RoundUp was introduced in 1974, with more than 1.8 million tons having been applied to agricultural fields in the US so far and with 2/3 of that amount being applied in the last 10 years. (1,2)*

    Scientist Anthony Samsel, PhD dug up the patents showing glyphosate is a biocide and antibiotic. According to Samsel, “…chronic low dose oral exposure to glyphosate causes a disruption of the balance of gut microbes, leading to an over representation of pathogens, a chronic inflammatory state in the gut and impaired gut barrier…” A study in poultry found the chemical destroys beneficial gut bacteria and promotes the spread of pathogenic bacteria. (1,2,3)*

    His research also revealed Monsanto knew in 1981 that glyphosate caused adenomas and carcinomas in rats.3*

    Other research shows glyphosate may have the following effects:

    • May disrupt the endocrine system, affecting reproduction and the development of the fetus.
    • Stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells
    • Induce neurotoxicity and oxidative damage in the brain
    • Affect the balance of sex hormones(1,2)*

    Also in RoundUp are many inactive compounds that when isolated are not harmful, but amplify glyphosate’s effects. They can contribute to an ingredient’s toxicity in a synergistic manner. “…a 2012 study revealed that inert ingredients such as solvents, preservatives, surfactants and other added substances are anything but “inactive…” They “…contribute to a product’s toxicity in a synergistic manner. Even if they’re non toxic in isolation…”(1,2)*

    So what about the wine?

    There was a small sample test done by the advocacy group Moms Across America. (And who doesn’t love wine more than moms?) In this sample study, 10 wine samples were sent to be tested for glyphosate. All ten tested positive…even the organic ones, even though they tested lower. The highest levels was 18.74 parts per billion (ppb) which was an unnamed 2013 cabernet, and the lowest was a 2013 Syrah that came in at 0.659 ppb. The alarming part about this is that glyphosate is not sprayed onto grape vines, as it would kill the vine. Instead it is used to spray the ground on either side of the grape vines, and it is most likely absorbed through the roots and bark of the vines where it is translocated into the leaves and grapes. The organic wines most likely became contaminated by the glyphosate drifting over into the organic and biodynamic vineyards from conventional vineyards nearby. (1,2)*

    Additionally, glyphosate remains in the soil for more than 20 years, so it could also be due to an organic vineyard growing on what was once a conventional farm. (1,2)*

    The Munich Environmental Institute also found glyphosate in 14 best selling German beers. All beers tested had levels above the 0.1 microgram limit allowed in drinking water. Although no test have been done on American Beer, it is most likely to show the same results. This was a huge blow to the German beer industry as they pride themselves on having only the purest beer. (1,2)*

    Lab tests commissioned by Moms Across America and Sustainable Pulse revealed that glyphosate is showing up everywhere, in blood and urine samples, breast milk and drinking water. (1,2)*

    Now keep in mind, Round up became the most popular weed killer for a reason. It works! People don’t want weeds in their yards, and farmers want to see their agricultural crops thrive. It has become a highly successful agricultural tool. Ignoring weeds could affect food production, and with it we have higher yields needed to feed a growing planet population. Farmers see economic gains and there has been a decrease in other toxic herbicides.  The EPA has set tolerance levels at 200 to 400,000 ppb…the amount found in wine was 51ppb. According to a beer spokesman and reported in USA today, “…It’s such a small amount that an adult would have to drink more than 140 glasses of wine or beer daily before causing a real problem…” (1,2)*

    According to regulatory agencies around the world, the Accepted Daily Intake for glyphosate is “…based on animal studies, human epidemiological evidence and knowledge of how glyphosate is metabolized. As a general rule, a hundred fold safety factor is built into the ADI based on the maximum amount that causes no observed adverse effect in animals. The consensus is that an ADI of around 0.5 mg intake per kg body weight is supported by the available data. In other words, a 70 kg person can take in 35 mg glyphosate a day without the chemical causing any problem. In the wines tested, the maximum amount detected was 18 ppb, or 0.018 mg per Liter. This means that to approach the ADI someone would have to consume 35/0.018 or 1944 Liters…”4*

    The long term affects of ingesting glyphosate in humans is not known, as tests are only done on animals. Only time will tell. Avoiding pesticides in our foods is the safest pathway. But how can we avoid it? Follow these practices:

    • Eat organic
    • Invest in a good water infiltration system for your home
    • Take Probiotics. The lactic acid bacteria helps break down the pesticides in your body and helps you to detox
    • Include fermented foods for the same reason.
    • Eating organic means avoiding genetically engineered seeds which means glyphosate being used less in the environment. (1,2)*

    While ingesting glyphosate seems unavoidable, regardless of how hard we try to eat a clean diet, you can do your part to help keep your body free of this chemical by taking Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consorita™ regularly to continue to break down and detox from the unwanted chemicals in our system. Staying informed and staying on top of your health is your best defense.  

    Healthiest wishes,

    Kelli

    www.bodybiotics.com

     

    Resources:

    1. http://winewaterwatch.org/2018/02/roundups-toxic-chemical-glyphosate-found-in-100-of-california-wines-tested/
    2. https://www.forbes.com/sites/jennysplitter/2019/02/28/no-panic-glyphosate-beer/#36cb7acb49be
    3. http://www.tonu.org/2018/04/12/glyphosate-papers-of-samsel-seneff/
    4. https://www.mcgill.ca/oss/article/you-asked/should-we-worry-about-glyphosate-residues-wine

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      May 19 2019

      Why are nuts and seeds so good for us?  

      Published by under General

      Why are nuts and seeds so good for us?
      These simple whole foods are your key to long term health.*

      Last time we talked about different types of fiber and the importance of getting plenty of whole grains, nuts and seeds in our diets. These whole foods provide excellent fiber, as well as bountiful other nutrients, fat and protein. Based on recent research, eating too few whole grains, nuts and seeds is an underlying reason, according to researchers, for millions of people developing such chronic diseases as type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and cancers. Surprisingly, studies conducted on nuts, have revealed they don’t really affect weight gain or weight loss. But they have found that people who do eat nuts live longer than those who don’t, by helping to reduce such risk factors as metabolic syndrome, high cholesterol and high blood sugar. (1,2,3)*

      So why are they so good for us? Let’s look at the different types of nuts and seeds available out there and their nutritional value.(1,2)*

      For example, one serving of almonds, which is approximately 28 grams/1 ounce (or a small handful) contains 3.5 grams of fiber, 37% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin E, and 19% of the recommended daily allowance of magnesium. Many studies suggest an almond rich diet can reduce bad or LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol and oxidized LDL cholesterol which are particularly harmful to heart health. In addition, eating a serving of almonds with a meal may help lower the rise in blood sugar by as much as 30% as well as reduce inflammation in people with type 2 diabetes.  Almonds also positively affect the gut microbiome by supporting the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, including bifidobacteria and lactobacillus.3*

      Hazelnuts are also high in fiber with 3.5 grams per 28 grams per serving and 37% of Vitamin E and 20% magnesium They were found, according to one study, to reduce total cholesterol, bad LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Eating hazelnuts  also lowered markers of inflammation and improved blood vessel function. 3*

      Pistachios are also high in fiber, with 3 grams per 28 gram serving. They also have Vitamin E and magnesium, and 6 grams of protein. Like almonds, they can help to improve cholesterol levels.3*

      Peanuts while not a tree nut, but a legume, are also high in fiber and have 21% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin E and  11% of Magnesium. 3*

      Pecans have 2.5 grams of fiber per serving and have shown to lower bad LDL cholesterol in people with normal cholesterol levels. They contain polyphenols, compounds that act as antioxidants. 3*

      Walnuts have 2 grams of fiber per serving and are high in omega-3 fatty acids and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) This helps reduce total cholesterol and bad LDL cholesterol which increases good HDL cholesterol levels. Diets high in walnuts seem to improve a number of heart disease risk factors which may be due to their high content of ALA. A study of college students found that eating walnuts has beneficial effects on the brain as it seemed to improve their inferential reasoning.3*

      Brazil nuts, originate from the Amazon and are very high in selenium. Just one serving provides 100% of the amount of selenium needed. Brazil nuts have a great antioxidant affect. They decrease cholesterol levels, and improve blood vessel function and reduce oxidative stress along with inflammation. 3*

      Macadamia nuts have 2.5 grams of fiber and are very high in monounsaturated fat, making them an excellent part of a heart healthy diet. 3*

      Cashews, while they contain less fiber per serving (only 1 gram), contain other important nutrients and studies indicate they improve blood lipid levels and reduce blood pressure.3*

      Seeds are another excellent source of fiber. They also contain healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and many important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.4*

      Adding seeds to your diet can also help reduce cholesterol levels, blood pressure and blood sugar. Here are some nutritional facts about seeds:  .

      Flaxseeds: These are also known as linseeds. They are a great source of fiber and omega-3 fats, particularly alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).The omega-3 fats are contained within the fibrous outer shell of the seed, so grinding flax seeds helps to get the full benefit of the omega-3s. Flax seeds are high in fiber with 7.8 grams of fiber and 5.2 grams of protein. They pack 6.5 grams of omega -3 fats and 1.7 grams of omega 6 fatty acids. Additionally, they are high in manganese, thiamine (vitamin b1 and magnesium. Flaxseeds also contain polyphenols, which are beneficial antioxidants for the body. Getting plenty of flaxseeds in your diet helps reduce cholesterol and other heart disease risk factors to include high blood pressure and help regulate blood sugar levels. One study showed eating flaxseeds may “…reduce markers of tumor growth in women with breast cancer and may also reduce cancer risk…” 4*

      Chia seeds, are similar to flaxseeds because they are also good sources of fiber and omega-3 fats, along with a number of other nutrients. One serving, contains 10.6 grams of fiber, 4.4 grams of protein along with high levels of thiamine, magnesium and manganese. Like flaxseeds, chia seeds also contain a number of important antioxidant polyphenols.4*

      Hemp seeds are one of the few plants that are complete protein sources, meaning they contain all the essential amino acids that your body can’t make. One serving provides a whopping 8 grams of protein.  One study found that taking hem seed oil supplements for 20 weeks helped people with eczema experienced less dry skin and itchiness. 4*

      Sesame seeds are commonly eaten in Asia. One serving contains 3.3 grams of fiber, 5 grams of protein and 6 grams of Omega-6 fats, along with high levels of copper, manganese and magnesium. They contain a lot of lignans, with one in particular called sesamin. Studies have shown that sesamin gets converted by the gut bacteria into another type of lignin called enterolactone, which can act like the sex hormone estrogen. Low levels of  lignans in the body have been associated with  heart disease and breast cancer.  “…One study found that postmenopausal women who ate 50 grams of sesame seed powder daily for five weeks had significantly lower blood cholesterol and improved sex hormone status…”4*

      Sesame seeds may also help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, which can worsen symptoms of many disorders, including arthritis.4*

      Pumpkin seeds are one of the most popular seeds and are an excellent source of omega-6 fats, monounsaturated fats and phosphorus. One serving contains 1.7 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein. They are a good source of phytosterols, which help lower blood cholesterol, reduce breast cancer, and even reduce the risk of getting bladder stones in children by reducing levels of calcium in the urine. Other studies have shown pumpkin seed oil to improve symptoms of prostate and urinary disorders.4*

      Sunflower seeds contain 2.4 grams of fiber, 5.8 grams of protein along with a good amount of monounsaturated fat, Omega-6 fats, Vitamin E, Manganese and Magnesium. They are associated with reduced inflammation in middle-aged to older people, reducing the risk of heart disease.4*

      Don’t be fooled thinking that nut milks are a substitute for eating the actual nut or seed. While they are a good alternative to dairy, they are NOT a substitute for eating whole nuts and seeds! Many contain a very small amount of the actual nut or seed, and rather a lot of water.*

      Here are a few tips for fitting in more fiber, nuts and seeds into your diet.

      For breakfast choose a high-fiber breakfast cereal, something that contains 5 or more grams of fiber per serving.  Choose whole oats or steel cut oats and add nuts and seeds along with some banana. Choose whole grain, seeded bread for your toast. Add nuts and fruit to your pancakes. Top fresh fruit with some yogurt and nuts. Add seeds to your smoothies. Mash up some avocado and put it on Ezekiel toast and top that with pistachios. *

      For lunch, top your salads with nuts and seeds, or even add sesame seeds to your sandwiches. One of my favorite salads is spinach, walnuts, mandarin oranges and avocado with citrus vinaigrette. Avocado, tomato, sprouts and sunflower seeds on a sandwich are delicious.*

      For dinner, use brown rice or wild rice as opposed to white rice, and use your blender to make a nut sauce to top off your vegetables. There are great recipes on the internet. Use tahini on steamed vegetables or as a spread. Make a lentil soup or other vegetable soup and sprinkle with  nuts. Once you start adding nuts and seeds to all your meals, you will get hooked.*  

      Snacks: Fresh fruits, raw vegetables, a hand full of seeds or nuts are an excellent, high energy snack. Try grabbing those before a high calorie, low nutritional value cookie or chips. It’s a great way to get your healthy dose of nuts and seeds, and will help you manage your weight and get your seed and nut intake also.*

       

      Also, drink plenty of water. Fiber works best when it absorbs water! And be sure to continue with your daily intake of Body Biotics™ Bio-identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™. Keeping the gut healthy, will only help with the nutritional absorption of all these healthy foods.*

       

      Healthiest wishes,

       

      Kelli

      www.bodybiotics.com

       

       

      Resources:

      1. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190403193702.htm
      2. http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/grains-why.html
      3. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/9-healthy-nuts
      4. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/6-healthiest-seeds#section1

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        May 05 2019

        Add years to your life by adding fiber to your diet

        Published by under Colon Cleanse,Drinking Water

        Add years to your life by adding fiber to your diet. *
        Fiber does more than keep you regular but can extend your life. *

        During a previous blog in April, I shared a research study by the Global Burden of Disease, which was published in The Lancet, which tracked trends of the consumption of major foods and nutrients across 195 countries from the years 1990 to 2017. The results of the study showed that “…one in five deaths globally — equivalent to 11 million deaths” — were associated with poor diet, which contributes to a range of chronic diseases. The researchers quantified the impact that eating a poor diet can have on diseases such as heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes, the non-communicable diseases which lead to death.(1,2)*

        According to this study, there were more deaths in 2017 as a result of consuming too little of the good foods such as nuts and seeds, whole grains, vegetables and fruits, as opposed to eating too much of the bad foods such as transfats, processed and red meat and sugary drinks.(1,2)*

        So in other words, we need to place a priority on ensuring certain foods are included in our diets as well as making sure certain foods are excluded. 1*

        The primary foods that were being left out of people’s daily diets and that the research reported is at the core of millions of otherwise easily avoided premature deaths around the world, is whole grains, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables…basically, dietary fibers. This week, let’s look at why these foods are so important.1*

        For starters, consuming foods rich in fiber, to include whole grains, nuts and seeds provides excellent prebiotics for the healthy bacteria residing in our microbiome. The more good bacteria have to feast on, the more they will diversify and multiply. This results in plenty of digestive health benefits to include regular bowel movements, less constipation and an overall healthy immune system. Committing to a regular regimen of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ ensures we are getting the friendly critters otherwise missed as a result of the depleted soils in which commercial produce is grown due to modern day agricultural practices.*

        But dietary fiber in the form of whole grains, nuts and seeds does more than maintain a healthy gut. It helps us to manage our weight, reduces our risk of coronary heart disease as well as lowers our risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and cancer. High-fiber foods help us to feel full with fewer calories and our bodies utilize the calories more quickly than meats, or processed foods.  (1,2)*

        Eat a high-fiber diet for great health benefits:

        • Lower cholesterol levels.Studies also have shown that high-fiber foods such as oats, flaxseed, beans and oat bran can help lower cholesterol levels in the blood by lowering low-density lipoprotein or bad cholesterol levels.  Other benefits include reducing blood pressure and inflammation.(3,4,5)*
        • Fiber, especially soluble fiber has shown to slow the absorption of sugar High fiber diets improve blood sugar levels in diabetics. Eating a diet high in dietary fiber helps reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.5*
        • Normal bowel movements.“…Dietary fiber increases the weight and size of your stool and softens it. A bulky stool is easier to pass, decreasing your chance of constipation. If you have loose, watery stools, fiber may help to solidify the stool because it absorbs water and adds bulk to stool…”(3,4,5)*
        • Maintain or improve bowel health.Your risk of developing pesky hemorrhoids and diverticulitis (small pouches in your colon) can be minimized by eating a high fiber diet.. Studies have found high-fiber diets will likely lower the risk of colorectal cancer. 5*
        • Achieve a healthy weight Eating diets high in dietary fiber help keep weight down because high-fiber foods tend to be more filling than low-fiber foods, leaving us satisfied sooner and longer. High-fiber foods tend to take longer to eat (think brussel sprouts vs. cookie) and tend to be more “energy dense,” which means they have fewer calories for the same volume of food.5*
        • Helps you live longer.As in the study mentioned above, increasing your dietary fiber intake — especially whole grains, nuts and seeds — is associated with a reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, all cancers and developing type 2 diabetes.5*

        There are two types of dietary fiber…Soluble, which dissolves in water, and insoluble, which doesn’t dissolve.

        • For example…soluble fiber is found in oats, peas, beans, apples, citrus fruits, carrots, barley and syllium. It dissolves in water to form a “ gel-like’ material. It can help lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels.
        • Insoluble fiber is the fiber that promotes the movement of food through the digestive system and increases the bulkiness of the stool, which is good for those who get easily constipated. Examples of insoluble fiber are nuts, wheat bran, beans and such vegetables as broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, green beans and artichokes. 5*

        According to the Institute of Medicine, the recommended daily intake of dietary fiber for men and women is as follows:

        Men aged 50 and under: 38 grams per day

        Men aged 51 and over: 30 grams per day

        Women aged 50 and under: 25rams per day

        Women aged 51 and over: 21 grams per day5*

        During our next blog we will look at how to add more fiber to your diet, and specific health benefits of different types of nuts and seeds. We’ll also look at a couple of ideas for recipes to make fiber not only a healthy addition but a tasty addition to your daily meals.  

        Healthiest wishes,

        Kelli

         

        Resources:

        1. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190403193702.htm
        2. https://www.thelancet.com/
        3. http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/grains-why.html
        4. https://www.healthyeating.org/Healthy-Eating/All-Star-Foods/Grains
        5. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/fiber/art-20043983

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          Apr 21 2019

          Super Bugs Resist Treatments

          Published by under antibacterials,Antibiotics

          Fungi resistant to treatment cause new concern in the fight against super bugs.1*
          Nearly 600 cases have been discovered in the US and officials worry this number is going to rise. 1*

          Antibiotic resistant bacteria remain a growing concern for health care providers worldwide. And now a new bacteria– a fungus– has been making headlines for its mysterious origin as well as its drug resistance. “…This germ, a fungus called Candida auris, preys on people with weakened immune systems, and it is quietly spreading across the globe. Over the last five years, it has hit a neonatal unit in Venezuela, swept through a hospital in Spain, forced a prestigious British medical center to shut down its intensive care unit, and taken root in India, Pakistan and South Africa…”1*

          According to the CDC, “…Candida auris is an emerging fungus that presents a serious global health threat. CDC is concerned about C. auris for three main reasons:

          1. It is often multidrug-resistant, meaning that it is resistant to multiple antifungal drugs commonly used to treat Candida infections.
          2. It is difficult to identify with standard laboratory methods, and it can be misidentified in labs without specific technology. Misidentification may lead to inappropriate management.
          3. It has caused outbreaks in healthcare settings. For this reason, it is important to quickly identify C. auris in a hospitalized patient so that healthcare facilities can take special precautions to stop its spread…”2*

          For years, the overuse of antibiotics has been reducing the effectiveness of antibiotics that have been saving lives. “…But lately, there has been an explosion of resistant fungi as well, adding a new and frightening dimension to a phenomenon that is undermining a pillar of modern medicine…”

          The CDC is working to limit the spread of the drug resistant C. auris. And investigators are working to determine its origin.  CDC investigators have a theory that it started in Asia and spread from there. “…But when the agency compared the entire genome of auris samples from India and Pakistan, Venezuela, South Africa and Japan, it found that its origin was not a single place, and there was not a single auris strain…”1*

          In the US, there have been 587 cases of people contracting C. auris, with the majority in New York, Illinois and New Jersey, according to the CDC.  Most cases have been in nursing homes.(1,4)*

          “…The earliest known case in the United States involved a woman who arrived at a New York Hospital on May 6, 2013, seeking care for respiratory failure. She was 61 and from the United Arab Emirates, and she died a week later, after testing positive for the fungus. At the time, the hospital hadn’t thought much of it, but three years later, it sent the case to the CDC after reading the agency’s June 2016 advisory…”  1*

          There have been outbreaks in hospitals in England, Spain, and other places, but health officials are not disclosing outbreaks because they don’t want to cause panic, and scare patients regarding a situation over which they have little control and of which they are unclear of the risks. The CDC has an agreement with states that they can’t disclose the hospital name or location in outbreaks. Patient advocates are furious, feeling patients should know the risks of entering a health care facility, especially when deciding on a hospital for a non emergency, such as elective surgery. 1*

          “…”Why the heck are we reading about an outbreak almost a year and a half later –and not have it front-page news the day after it happens?” said Dr. Kevin Kavanagh, a physician in Kentucky and board chairman of Health Watch USA, a nonprofit patient advocacy group. “You wouldn’t tolerate this at a restaurant with a food poisoning outbreak.”…”1*

          Health officials counter that revealing information about a situation they can do nothing about, when the risks are unclear, just frightens the public.1*

          World health leaders have pleaded against the overuse of antimicrobials to combat bacteria and fungi, yet they are still rampantly prescribed by health care professionals worldwide. “…Antibiotics and antifungals are both essential to combat infections in people, but antibiotics are also used widely to prevent disease in farm animals and antifungals are also applied to prevent agricultural plants from rotting. Some scientists cite evidence that rampant use of fungicides on crops is contributing to the surge in drug-resistant fungi infecting humans…” 1*

          Azoles are a fungicide used to combat fungus in the soil and “…have created an environment so hostile that the fungi are evolving, with resistant strains surviving…” As antibiotics are used in farm animal production, azoles are used on crops, such as potatoes, beans, wheat, tomatoes and onions. ”… C. Auris actually has existed for thousands of years, hidden in the world’s crevices, a not particularly aggressive bug. But as azoles began destroying more prevalent fungi, an opportunity arrived for C. auris to enter the breach, a germ that had the ability to readily resist fungicides not suitable for a world in which fungi less able to resist are under attack…”1*

          Superbugs don’t necessarily kill everyone, but are most dangerous to those whose immune systems are compromised, such as newborns, older people, diabetics, smokers and those with autoimmune disorders taking steroids that suppress the body’s defenses. But there is concern among researchers. “…Scientists say that unless more effective new medicines are developed and unnecessary use of antimicrobial drugs is sharply curbed, risk will spread to healthier populations…” A study conducted by the British Government concluded that unless something is done about this mounting problem, the number of people expected to die worldwide from infections resistant to drugs in 2050 could be 10 million people…2 million more than are expected to die from cancer. 1*

          Christina Cuomo, a senior group leader of the Fungal Genomics Group at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University sang a less threatening tune ,”…I think that something just for the general public to be aware of is that people are not at risk. This group of [affected] patients already have medical issues, such as people who are hospitalized. The CDC reported very well on this and they’re the primary group within the United States that has been tracking and monitoring it. They’ve been very open on their website about reporting cases around the United States. But it is still pretty rare in the United States. I think it’s just getting a lot of attention right now and I think all of us have to have our eyes on it because we’re concerned about it increasing. So we’re trying to be proactive in responding to it…”3*

          Health care institutions are working hard to control the spread of the infection and also that “…the germ is not a health threat to the general public. The people at the greatest risk are those who have compromised immune systems, typically through illness and age, and who are in hospitals and nursing homes where many infections are carried and transmitted…”4*

          Given this information, it reinforces the need to keep your own immune system is at its best. Eating organic produce, meats and dairy in order to avoid hidden pesticides and fungicides can only further protect you. Stay healthy so as to avoid hospitals. Keep your gut healthy and your immune system fortified with Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™. Knowing that scientists and health care professionals around the globe are working very hard to find new solutions also provides comfort. Forewarned is forearmed, so stay the course with your own healthy lifestyle.

          Healthiest wishes,

          Kelli

          www.bodybiotics.com

           

          Resources:

          1. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/06/health/drug-resistant-candida-auris.html
          2. https://www.cdc.gov/fungal/candida-auris/index.html
          3. https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/qa–what-to-know-about-the-drug-resistant-fungus–candida-auris-65752
          4. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/17/health/candida-auris-fungus-chicago.html

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            Apr 07 2019

            Poor Diets can be a Killer

            Published by under Personal Care

            Poor diets are a killer.*
            It’s not what we eat but what we don’t eat that’s killing us, study suggests.1*

            A new study by the Global Burden of Disease, and published in The Lancet, looks at diet and its impact on disease and death from a totally different perspective than what’s been done in the past. Rather than approaching health trends from the perspective of what foods we should not eat, they looked at the foods we should eat and how the lack of them in people’s diets worldwide are affecting chronic disease and death rates. 1*

             

            The study tracked trends of the consumption of major foods and nutrients across 195 countries from the years 1990 to 2017. The study estimates that “…one in five deaths globally — equivalent to 11 million deaths” — were associated with poor diet, which contributes to a range of chronic diseases. They then quantified the impact that eating a poor diet can have on diseases such as heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes, the non-communicable diseases which lead to death. 1*

             

            According to this study, more deaths in 2017 were the result of consuming too little of foods such as nuts and seeds, whole grains, vegetables and fruits, rather than eating too much transfats, processed and red meat and sugary drinks.  According to the study’s author Dr. Christopher Murray, Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, “…”This study affirms what many have thought for several years — that poor diet is responsible for more deaths than any other risk factor in the world.” …”1*

             

            This type of study, due to its complexity across nations, has not been possible to conduct in the past. “…Previously, population level assessment of the health effects of suboptimal diet has not been possible because of the complexities of characterizing dietary consumption across different nations. The new study combines and analyzes data from epidemiological studies — in the absence of long-term randomized trials which are not always feasible in nutrition — to identify associations between dietary factors and non-communicable diseases…”1*

             

            The study looked at 15 dietary elements. These were diets which were low in vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts and seeds, whole grains, fiber, milk, calcium, seafood omega-3 fatty acids and  polyunsaturated fats. It also looked at diets high in red meat, processed meat, sugar-sweetened beverages, trans fatty acids, and sodium. The authors noted that there were variances in available data for each dietary factor which did add to statistical uncertainty of these estimates. Overall, the data on how people ate most dietary factors was available for  most of the countries surveyed (95%), while data for the sodium estimates was only available for about one quarter of the countries. 1*

             

            As a result of their analysis, they estimate that approximately 11 million people died from diseases that were the result of poor diets. The breakdown is as follows: 1*

             

            • Cardiovascular disease: 10 million
            • Cancer deaths: 913,000
            • Type 2 diabetes: 339,0001*

             

            According to the authors, consumption of  the 15 dietary elements was below required levels for nearly all regions of the world. No region ate the recommended amount of all of the 15 dietary factors and not one dietary factor was eaten in the right amount by all 21 regions of the world. Some regions did meet some of the dietary requirements. Central Asia met the requirements for vegetables. Seafood omega 3 fatty acids intake was met in high income Asia Pacific. Legumes were eaten in the recommended amount in the Caribbean, tropical Latin America, South Asia, Western Sub-Saharan Africa and eastern Sub-Saharan Africa. 1*

             

             “…Regionally, high sodium intake (above 3g per day) was the leading dietary risk for death and disease in China, Japan, and Thailand. Low intake of whole grains (below 125g per day) was the leading dietary risk factor for death and disease in the USA, India, Brazil, Pakistan, Nigeria, Russia, Egypt, Germany, Iran, and Turkey. In Bangladesh, low intake of fruits (below 250g per day) was the leading dietary risk, and, in Mexico, low intake of nuts and seeds (below 21g per day) ranked first. High consumption of red meat (above 23g per day), processed meat (above 2g per day), trans fat (above 0.5% total daily energy), and sugar-sweetened beverages (above 3g per day) were towards the bottom in ranking of dietary risks for death and disease for highly populated countries…”1*

             

            But on average the world only ate 12% of the recommended amount of nuts and seeds, yet drank around 10 times the recommended amount of sugar sweetened beverages. The largest short comings were seen for nuts and seeds, whole grains and milk. The greatest excesses were seen for sugar sweetened beverages, processed meats and sodium. The authors noted that sodium, sugar, and fat have been the focus of policy debates over the past twenty years. Yet their assessment suggests the leading dietary risk factors are too much sodium, or low intake of healthy foods, such as whole grains, fruit, nuts and seeds, and vegetables.1*

             

            “…Regional variations were also evident with some countries having more deaths due to the lack of these dietary elements than others. The countries with the lowest rates of dietary deaths were Israel (89 deaths per 100,000 people), France, Spain, Japan, and Andorra. The UK ranked 23rd (127 deaths per 100,000) above Ireland (24th) and Sweden (25th), and the United States ranked 43rd (171 deaths per 100,000) after Rwanda and Nigeria (41st and 42nd), China ranked 140th (350 deaths per 100,000 people), and India 118th (310 deaths per 100,000 people). The countries with the highest rates of diet-related deaths were Uzbekistan (892 deaths per 100,000 people), Afghanistan, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, and Vanuatu…” 1*

             

            The magnitude of diet-related disease highlights that many existing campaigns have not been effective and the authors call for new food system interventions to “…rebalance diets around the world, while being sensitive to the environmental effect of the global food system…” The authors hope this study will result in more comprehensive interventions to ‘…promote the production, distribution, and consumption of healthy foods across all nations…’ 1*

             

            While the study utilizes the best available data, the authors recognize there are limitations and gaps in “…nationally representative individual-level data for intake of key foods and nutrients around the world…” Making the connection between dietary factors and death and disease from an epidemiological standpoint is mostly from observational studies. There is more solid evidence when it comes to linking other major risk factors (such as tobacco and high blood pressure) to ill health. 1*

             

            In addition, the authors only looked at food and nutrient intake and did not evaluate whether people were over- or underweight. Lastly, some deaths could have been attributed to multiple dietary factors, which may have resulted in an overestimation of the burden of diseases attributable to diet. 1*

             

            Professor Nita G Forouhi, Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, UK, says: “Limitations notwithstanding, the current GBD findings provide evidence to shift the focus, as the authors argue, from an emphasis on dietary restriction to promoting healthy food components in a global context. This evidence largely endorses a case for moving from nutrient-based to food based guidelines…” 1*

             

            This falls in line of what we know about eating a balanced diet high in those foods that feed the healthy bacteria in our microbiome and not the bad. Including Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ is another key element. I hope you enjoyed this interesting look at diet and food in our world.

            Healthiest wishes,

            Kelli

             

            www.bodybiotics.com

            Resources:

            1. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190403193702.htm
            2. https://www.thelancet.com/

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              Mar 24 2019

              When is it best to Buy Organic

              Published by under General

              When is it best to buy organic?
              Find out which of your favorite vegetables and fruits are the “cleanest” and the “dirtiest,” according to the EWG’s Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce.1*

              Every year, the Environmental Working Group releases its Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce, which analyzes US. Department of Agriculture test data, and lists the produce with the most and least pesticide residue. According to their findings, nearly 70 percent of the produce sold in the United States comes with pesticide reside. 1* 

              As part of this study, they released the ‘Dirty Dozen’ list and the ‘Clean Fifteen’. These reveal the produce with the most and least pesticide residue, which helps guide us when produce shopping to decide which we really should buy organic, and which others might be alright to go with conventional growing methods. “…The Environmental Working Group’s ranking is based on an analysis of test data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA personnel test fruits and vegetables for pesticide residues regularly, making sure to replicate how shoppers would consume the product. For instance, if consumers regularly wash and peel a fruit before eating it, the USDA testers will do that before examining the product for pesticides…” (1,2)*

              This year’s list surprised many because Kale, which had not been tested in over a decade, ranked number 3 on the Dirty Dozen list. The last time the USDA included kale in its testing was 2008 and during that time, the leafy green ranked No. 8 on the EWG’s Dirty Dozen list. The USDA changes the batch of fruits and vegetables it tests based on consumers’ eating habits. Kale has grown in popularity over the past few years showing up in restaurants and recipes along with other leafy greens including spinach (which came in number two on the Dirty Dozen.)  “…Multiple samples of kale showed the presence of 18 pesticides including Dacthal, or DCPA. “…This pesticide, which is banned in Europe and was classified by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency as a possible carcinogen, was found on nearly 60% of the kale samples tested…”(1,2)*

              Growing practices may explain why the produce listed as the dirty dozen have more pesticide contamination. Produce which is grown in soil in which weed killer is directly applied, can make certain fruits and vegetables more susceptible. Dacthal, the potentially carcinogenic pesticide, is typically applied directly to soil as a weed-killer where it can then be absorbed through the roots and into the plant itself. These growing practices may explain the pesticide contamination that’s endemic to much of the “Dirty Dozen” fruits and vegetables, including Kale. Overexposure to pesticides is a concern, for its possible connections to cancer, fertility and neurological problems. (1,2)*

              Here is the 2019 Dirty Dozen:

              1. Strawberries
              2. Spinach
              3. Kale
              4. Nectarines
              5. Applies
              6. Grapes
              7. Peaches
              8. Cherries
              9. Pears
              10. Tomatoes
              11. Celery
              12. Potatoes(1,2)*

               

              According to the advocacy group, of the more than 90 percent of strawberries, apples, cherries, spinach, nectarines and kale sampled, they tested positive for residues of two or more pesticides. (1,2)*

              So when you are deciding which items you want to buy organic, choose from this list first. The Clean Fifteen lists the fruits and vegetables that contain, according to this study, the lowest levels of pesticides. These contain the lowest levels of pesticides when grown by conventional methods. Some of these have thick skins which we remove before eating, which provide a barrier to pesticides being applied directly to the crop. Less than 30% of these fruits and vegetables tested have pesticide contamination, based on the USDA’s testing.  (1,2)*

              The Clean 15 are:

              1. Avocados
              2. Sweet corn
              3. Pineapple
              4. Frozen sweet peas
              5. Red Onion
              6. Papaya
              7. Eggplant
              8. Asparagus
              9. Kiwi
              10. Cabbage
              11. Cauliflower
              12. Cantaloupe
              13. Broccoli
              14. Mushrooms
              15. Honeydew Melon(1,2)*

               

              The EWG advises people to eat organic produce and many folks are heeding this advice. In 2018, 7% of fruit and 11% of vegetables sold in the United Sates was organic, according to the consumer data company Nielsen. It also revealed that 15 percent of frozen fruit and 5% of frozen veggies that were sold were organic. But  most advocate, we need to eat fruits and vegetables, whether you have access to organic choices or not. According to the CDC, only 1 in 10 adults in the US eat enough fruits and vegetables and oftentimes, organic choices are not that much more expensive. Organic kale was 5% more expensive than its conventionally-grown version in January, according to the Associated Press, citing USDA data. This is where the Shoppers Guide to Pesticide in Produce guidelines come in handy. (1,2)*

              A farming trade group in California that represents both organic and conventional farmers took issue with the Environmental findings. According to the spokeswoman for the Watsonville, California based Alliance for Food and Farming, Teresa Thorne, the EWG has been reporting on this for more than two decades and “it’s time to move away from it.” (1,2)*

              She called the amount of pesticide residue on conventionally-grown and organic produce “so low” and cited scientific research that EWG’s suggestion that people instead eat more organic produce didn’t decrease their risk. “…AFF noted that an analysis conducted by toxicologists with the University of California’s Personal Chemical Exposure Program found an adult woman could eat 18,615 servings of kale in a day and a child could consume 7,446 servings and not suffer any health effects…”.(1,2)*

              The more we can feed our body healthy organic fruits and vegetables the better, but we don’t always have that luxury. Do the best you can. Follow this guide. Wash your produce well. Continue to practice other healthy eating habits and avoid processed junk food, sugar, excessive alcohol, smoking and other unhealthy habits. Drink clean water, exercise and keep your gut healthy and your immune system strong by continuing with your Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ daily. We can only stay informed and stay true to our healthiest practices.*

              Healthiest wishes,

              Kelli

              www.bodybiotics.com

               

              Resources:

              1. https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/03/20/pesticides-food-report-strawberries-spinach-kale-have-most/3178844002/
              2. https://www.marketwatch.com/story/kale-joins-list-of-dirty-dozen-fruits-and-vegetables-most-likely-to-contain-pesticides-2019-03-20

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                Mar 10 2019

                Probiotics show promise in the prevention and treatment of UTIs

                Probiotics show promise in the prevention and treatment of UTIs.*
                A healthy microbiome goes a long way in UTI prevention.*

                What are UTIs?

                If you have ever had a Urinary Tract Infection, (UTIs), I don’t need to explain what it is. They are not something easily forgotten. But for those of you lucky enough not to know what they are, they are bacterial infections that affect the urinary tract causing inflammation and a lot of discomfort. They cause painful urination, the constant urge to urinate with little relief, abnormal colored urine, and a possibly foul or strong smell. If left untreated, symptoms can lead to lower back pain, puss or blood in the urine, fever, chills, nausea and vomiting, and even brain confusion particularly in the elderly. Bacterial infections of the bladder or ureters are commonly known as cystitis. Other specific UTIs include urethritis (inflammation of the urethra) and pyelonephritis (inflammation of the pelvis and parenchyma of the kidney) and can be more serious. 1*

                What causes UTIs?

                UTIs are most common in women, but men can get them also. Most UTI pathogens  come from the colon, which is the end of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract), but they can also be caused by pathogens from the vagina. They travel along the continuous mucosal pathway in the urinary tract, to the bladder and then along the ureters to the kidneys. Lactobacillus organisms which are prominent in the vagina of healthy women are known to prevent these pathogens from entering the urinary tract.  “…Most UTIs (more than 80%) are caused by a single bacterial species, the Gram-negative bacteria Escherichia coli (E. coli)…”  E. coli bacteria strains are resident flora of the intestine  known to live harmoniously in small numbers within the GI tract. But, when the environment is conducive for these organisms to overgrow, they can become “opportunistic pathogens”. By adhering to the mucosa lining of the urethra opening, the bladder and  kidney, the bacteria multiply and colonize, leading to infection.1*

                Who is at risk? If you have the following, you may be at risk:  

                • Have had UTIs in the past
                • Had a UTI before the age of 15
                • Have a mother with a history of UTIs
                • Have frequent sexual intercourse or changing sexual partners
                • Don’t empty the bladder or wait too long to urinate. This can cause the bladder muscle to weaken and lead to incontinence and obstruction of urine flow.
                • Use contraceptives (oral contraceptive pill, condoms, diaphragm or spermicides).
                • Are pregnant or post menopausal (the reduction in estrogen levels affects the vaginal flora by reducing the numbers of lactobacilli.
                • Been on recurrent doses of antibiotics, corticosteroids or immunosuppressants
                • Catheterization, especially in elderly patients

                Are they dangerous?

                UTIs are not dangerous if dealt with appropriately. But if left untreated, they are extremely dangerous as they can lead to an acute or chronic kidney infection (called pyelonephritis) which can lead to permanent kidney damage. In pregnant women, they can result in delivering low birth weight or premature infants. When the infection works its way up to the kidneys, it can also result in sepsis, which is a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection. Men can experience urethral narrowing from recurrent urethritis.(1,2,3)*

                What is the treatment?

                For years, the treatment of uncomplicated UTIs involves a short term course of antibiotics, (preferably based on the bacteria present as seen in the patient’s urinalysis). Antibiotics are very effective, but there is growing concern that their frequent use is leading to antibiotic resistance. In many cases, if not treated fully, UTIs can reoccur, especially in older people. As we know, repeated antibiotic use can also damage the beneficial bacteria , causing unhealthy bacteria to overgrow, resulting in GI problems, Candida overgrowth, and other issues related to an unhealthy microbiome.1*

                Repeated infections (more than three in one year) are known as recurrent UTIs (RUTIs). The treatment for a RUTI involves health advice and long term low dose antibiotics to prevent bacteria colonizing in the urinary tract. Unless changes are made and the factors that predispose one to them are removed, UTIs can reoccur. 1*

                It’s been discovered that blocking bacteria from adhering to the mucosa lining is key in the management and prevention of UTIs. The good news is probiotic interventions in managing UTIs is showing great promise in this area and is  supported by clinical evidence for a number of specific strains. .  “…A. Lactobacillus plantarum and Lactobacillus rhamnosus were shown in vitro to inhibit the adherence of E. coli to the GI tract wall by inducing the production of mucin (a sticky substance coating the epithelial cells known to inhibit the adhesion of pathogens…” An in vitro study at Reading University also showed  the anti-bacterial benefits of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus plantarum in inhibiting E. coli growth. (1,,3,4,5)*

                A “randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial”  showed taking Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus reuteri together orally was able to recover vaginal counts of Lactobacillus species following infection and antibiotic treatment by 96% compared to 53% in controls. The connection between the loss of  Lactobacillus, which is the normal genital microbiota,  and an increased incidence of UTIs, suggests that replenishing this bacteria is essential in keeping bacteria from adhering to the mucosa lining. “…Lactobacilli keep vaginal pH low and acidic, which prevents UTI-causing E. coli from spreading from your digestive tract to your vagina and urethra….” (1,,3,4,5,7)*

                Drinking Cranberry juice, which has been an age old remedy as well, works similarly in that it has anti-adhesion properties. 1*

                To prevent UTIs:

                • Keep your microbiome healthy and strong with a daily dose of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™
                • Wash before and after intercourse and urinate immediately after to eliminate any unfriendly bacteria being introduced.
                • Drink 3 liters of water a day during an acute attack and 2-3 liters thereafter (to help flush the bacteria from the bladder)
                • Keep the genital area clean and wipe from front to back
                • Don’t retain urine for long periods of time
                • Wear cotton underwear
                • Avoid tight fitting pants and shower right after work outs
                • Avoid perfumed soaps and vaginal deodorants(2,3)*

                 

                 

                Bacteria are found all over our body. Keeping the friendly to unfriendly ratio in check will determine your immediate and long term health.

                Healthiest wishes,

                Kelli

                www.bodybiotics.com

                 

                References:

                1. https://www.bio-kult.com/userfiles/file/natalie_lamb_uti_article_lowres_mar12.pdf
                2. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/urinary-tract-infection/symptoms-causes/syc-20353447
                3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21901556
                4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21498386
                5. https://www.womenshealthcaresolutions.com/assets/pdf/Augmentation_of_Antimicrobial_Metronidazole_Therapy_of_Bacterial_Vaginosis_with_Oral_Probiotic.pdf
                6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16389539
                7. https://www.shape.com/lifestyle/mind-and-body/how-to-prevent-urinary-tract-infections

                 

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                  Feb 24 2019

                  Are you suffering from seasonal allergies?

                  Published by under Allergies

                   Are you suffering from seasonal allergies? It may not just be what is in the air.
                  There is a reason some people are more prone to allergies than others.

                  It is that time of year. The cold is starting to taper off and the warmer temperatures are hitting “some” parts of the country. If it hasn’t happened in your area just yet, it is coming!

                  Along with warmer temperatures comes an abundance of tree and plant pollen just waiting to attack your immune system.

                  We experience seasonal allergies when our immune system recognizes otherwise harmless pollens as harmful. As those who are prone to seasonal allergies come into contact with pollens, the white blood cells note these natural substances as invaders, triggering the development of Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies matched to the offending pollens. Once this sensitization has occurred, these IgE antibodies are now on alert, initiating what is known as a TH2 inflammatory response every time you are exposed to pollen. Antibodies bind to mast cells, which then release their arsenal of histamines in addition to triggering a host of other proteins that are the body’s best effort to rid us of the pollen intruders. The result is inflamed sinuses, itchy and watery eyes, scratchy throat and in some cases flu-like symptoms and fatigue.(1,2)*

                  But why is it that some people really suffer and others hardly notice a thing?

                  Allergies are indicative of an imbalanced immune response.  With 80% of our immune function residing within the gut, if our guts are compromised we will be more prone to allergies. That is why we must pay close attention to the health of our microbiome all year long., so that we are on the defensive whether it be cold and flu season or allergy season.(1,2)*

                  So, back to the question of why it affects some people more than others? Let’s start at the beginning. The beginning of  life that is. The determination of a strong immune system can start at birth. Children who are born via vaginal childbirth are exposed to the microbes of their mother in a way that babies born via Cesarean section are not. This ‘microbial bath’ sets them up for a more diverse microbiome as they get older, which means a stronger immune system, and therefore fewer allergies. Breastfeeding also gives babies the microbes that are abundant in mother’s milk. The skin to skin contact during breast feeding also exposes them to the bacteria present on the mother’s skin. These two things combined result in an excellent start for a strong immune system. (1,2,3)*

                  Next is the environment in which we grow up. Children who are exposed to environmental allergies from a young age tend to be less allergic later in life. Having pets in the home and a little dust can benefit kids as they are building their immune system. Playing outside…(yes outside, not inside staring at a TV or computer screen!) can benefit kids as they are exposed to the world around them. Even a little dirt in the mouth can turn out to be a good thing with its wonderland of bacteria. The Hygiene hypothesis–the idea of keeping the environment so sterile in the effort to keep people from getting sick– actually back fires on us. We need exposure to a variety of bacteria, pathogens and allergens to build a strong defense against allergies and illness as adults. “…Normal interaction with a healthy bacterial community is known to have a beneficial impact on immunity…”(1,2,3)*

                  Since seasonal allergies are a result of the immune system reacting to external factors, and if the immune system is already functioning in a compromised state due to an unbalanced gut, it can cause us to experience more extreme seasonal allergies. It occurred to me that allergy season always comes after the holidays which is a time when we often wear our bodies down with sugar, alcohol and stress. That is then is followed by very cold weather when people tend to get cold and flu. If antibiotics were taken, then that further compromises the gut. And then introduce the pollen. Whenever we wear our immune systems down, we are set up to be more sensitive to seasonal allergies and illness in general.(1,2,3)*

                  Because the immune system’s interaction with bacteria appears to be central to nurturing appropriate immune response in seasonal allergy, it is only natural that taking care of the microbiome should  be part of our daily allergy defensive.”… It is in the gut that immune-microbe interaction is at its strongest…” This is where Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ come in. Probiotics significantly improve the health of the gut, and a healthy gut leads to a strong immune system. A fortified immune system will battle those allergies and minimize the histamine response associated with it.*

                  A 2015 review found that “…amongst 23 studies, probiotics significantly improved quality of life while every human trial in the review noted improvement in a least one marker, including allergic symptoms themselves. This positive trend towards benefit was echoed in a 2016 trial. What’s interesting here is that despite the researchers noting the significant variations in the method of current studies (which can create variance in results) the trend was still towards the positive, meaning the link between probiotics and allergy is extremely promising!…”4*

                  In addition to taking probiotics, eating a healthy diet with high fiber plant foods to feed beneficial gut bacteria is essential. Eating local honey and bee pollen can also be beneficial. *

                  I hope you are entering this allergy season with a strong and healthy microbiome and a fortified immune system.

                  Healthiest wishes,

                  Kelli

                   

                  Resources:

                  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4443817/
                  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27115907
                  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4918254/
                  4. https://www.biokplus.com/blog/en_CA/gut-health/surprising-fact-there-link-between-gut-microbiome-and-seasonal-allergies

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                    Feb 10 2019

                    Don’t let Sleep Apnea ruin your rest and your health.

                    Published by under General

                    Don’t let Sleep Apnea ruin your rest and your health.
                    Understanding the symptoms and dangers of Obstructive Sleep Apnea just might save your life. *

                    There is nothing like a good night’s sleep. We take it for granted when sleep comes easy. But if you have trouble sleeping, the effects throughout the day can be devastating. And if you have trouble getting sound sleep night after night, as in the case of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), the effects are more far reaching, affecting your long term health and well being.1*

                    Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a “…medical sleep disorder in which a person has pauses in breathing or shallow breathing during sleep…” It is caused by the upper respiratory airways being blocked either when the throat muscles collapse, or by the tongue falling back into the airway. It can also be caused by enlarged tonsils or adenoids which can interfere with air flow. 1*

                    The degrees of Obstructive Sleep Apnea are broken down into three stages…mild, moderate and severe. During mild OSA, the person experiences between 5 to14 episodes of interruption in breathing in an hour, while during moderate OSA, breathing is interrupted between 15 and 30 times. During severe OSA, breathing is interrupted 30 or more times in one hour! 1*

                    When a person’s airway becomes cutoff, “…the brain has to wake itself to signal the respiratory system to kick back into gear…” Breathing resumes with usually a loud snort, gasp, or body jerk, causing the person to wake from sleep, disrupting slumber. When awoken multiple times through the course of the night, it results in low oxygen levels in the blood because the air way blockages prevent air from getting into the lungs. This low oxygen also affects both heart and brain function. The result is a feeling of being unrested, foggy and exhausted.(1,2)*

                    When breathing is paused during sleep, blood oxygen levels drop significantly. When this happens, the brain “…partially wakes from sleep to send signals to the nervous system to constrict the blood vessels (tighten up) in order to increase the flow of oxygen to your heart and brain. When your blood pressure increases at night to keep oxygen flowing to your heart and brain, it causes high blood pressure during sleep. Most people’s blood pressure drops ten to twenty percent during sleep, but many patients with sleep apnea show an increase in blood pressure of ten to twenty percent….”1*

                    Over time, this increased blood pressure that takes place while sleeping begins to cross over into periods of wakefulness. Many people with sleep apnea end up with higher blood pressure due to the extra respiratory effort needed to get oxygen while sleeping. As we know, high blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke and heart attack.1*

                    Studies have shown a strong link between sleep apnea and cardiovascular problems, as well as Type 2 diabetes and obesity.  “…Up to two-thirds of the people who have sleep apnea are overweight.  Obesity, or too much body fat, is often associated with snoring, sleep apnea, and sleep disturbance. Obesity increases the risk of sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, arthritis, and stroke…” (1,2)*

                    According to a study by the National Sleep Foundation, men with severe OSA are 58% more likely to develop congestive heart failure than men without sleep apnea. Men between the ages of 40-70 “…with an apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) of 30 or higher were 68% more likely to develop coronary heart disease than those with lower AHIs…”1*

                    People with poor sleep habits are at greater risk for becoming overweight or obese and developing Type 2 diabetes, according to several studies. Chronic sleep deprivation may lead to insulin resistance, which can result in high blood sugar and diabetes.2*

                    “…Some studies show that chronic sleep deprivation can affect hormones that control appetite. For example, recent findings link inadequate sleep with lower levels of the hormone leptin, which helps control the metabolism of carbohydrates. Low levels of leptin have been shown to increase the body’s craving for carbohydrates regardless of the amount of calories consumed…”2*

                    Lastly, sleep apnea takes its toll on the brain. The lack of oxygen supplied to the brain can result in mood disorders, poor concentration, difficulty with memory and decision-making, depression, and stress. Research from the UCLA School of Nursing and  published online in the Journal of Sleep Research, showed that people with sleep apnea “…show significant changes in the levels of two important brain chemicals, which could be a reason that many have symptoms that impact their day-to-day lives….3*

                    Treatments like continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, which is the most common and considered the most successful sleep apnea treatment so far, have been extremely successful in treating this condition. When patients at risk for heart disease and who had sleep apnea were treated with CPAP machines, their nighttime and daytime blood pressure was significantly reduced and their risk of developing heart disease decreased dramatically.1*

                    Treating underlying conditions of heart disease, such as sleep apnea, can greatly reduce the chances of developing more serious health problems down the road. Just as treating the gut can prevent disease and boost the immune system, treating sleep apnea is a preventative measure for many health conditions as well. All of these conditions tie together and when they go untreated lead to metabolic syndrome which is a vicious cycle that is hard to brake.1*

                    Pay attention to your body! Take preventative measures for your health, including taking Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ daily. By addressing your core health and the basics, such as diet, exercise, sleep and hydration, you are laying the groundwork for long term good health.*

                    Healthiest wishes,

                    Kelli

                    Resources:

                    1. https://www.alaskasleep.com/blog/sleep-apnea-heart-disease-risks-untreated-sleep-apnea
                    2. https://www.webmd.com/diabetes/type-2-diabetes-guide/type-2-diabetes-sleep#3
                    3. http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/sleep-apnea-takes-a-toll-on-brain-function

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