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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Jul 23 2017

Hydrate to stay healthy

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Hydrate to stay healthy
With summer in full swing, don’t forget to bring along the water.

Are you enjoying your summer? I sure hope so. In most parts of the country we look forward to it all year long. If you are in an area where the thermometer is reaching 90 and above, you may  be struggling with the heat, feeling that fall can’t get here soon enough. Regardless of where you reside, it is important to remember to bring along water wherever you go and stay properly hydrated. It is essential for keeping our organs and skin healthy, lubricated and functioning properly.*

With our bodies being 60% water by weight, staying hydrated is imperative. I had a friend tell me a terrifying story about how he got “turned around” during a photo shoot in the desert and did not bring any water with him. He experienced all the classic symptoms of dehydration and had he not gotten to water when he did, he would not be with us today. Dehydration is not something to take lightly. Being dehydrated can lead to serious consequences and can be life threatening in extreme conditions. Especially when temperatures are soaring, water is the key to keeping our body temperature regulated, blood pressure regulated, joints lubricated and ensure proper digestion and elimination. It is how we flush toxins from our system. If you don’t drink water, it is very difficult to lose weight. Increase your intake and you can lose weight much more quickly. We lose water through sweating, evaporation and elimination.  With increased temperatures and activity, we lose it faster.*

Some people are more prone to getting dehydrated than others. Infants and children, because they can’t always communicate their needs, are at risk. They are also the group that tends to experience diarrhea and vomiting more often. Older adults are also more prone, because the body’s fluid reserve becomes smaller, our thirst sense becomes less acute and our ability to conserve water is reduced. These problems are compounded by chronic illnesses such as diabetes and dementia, and by the use of certain medications. Older adults can also have problems getting up to get their own glass of water. Those with a chronic illness, such as uncontrolled or untreated diabetes, are also at risk.  Lastly, those who work or exercise outside are at greater risk due to excessive perspiration. All of these groups need to take extra precautions to ensure they get enough water. 1*

Dehydration occurs when you are losing more water than you are taking in over an extended period of time. Signs to be aware of are extreme thirst, muscle cramping, extreme fatigue as well as light headedness, dizziness and cognitive impairment.  Just as our bodies are made up of mostly water, so are our brains. One study showed that adolescents who exercised for 90 minutes to a state of dehydration experienced significant shrinking of brain tissue. Think of your brain as a sponge, which is allowed to dry out. With the brain being made up of 73% water, a dehydrated brain can lead to problems with short term memory, attention and visual motor tracking. In addition to affecting your brain, if you are dehydrated you will feel dry mouth, lack of appetite, and constipation. If  you realize you haven’t urinated all day, or should your urine be a dark umber color, you know you are not getting enough water! If you are properly hydrated, your urine will be a pale color. (1,2)*

Sometimes it is hard to remember to drink enough water in a day and to know exactly how much we need. The rule of thumb is still eight, eight ounce glasses a day. Another measurement is to take your body weight, divide it in half and that is how many ounces you need. So for a 150 pound person, 75 ounces of water is how much is recommended for you. *

Here are a few fun tips for making sure you get enough water this summer:

Measure it out

Measure out 64 ounces of water in the morning in a big jug or pitcher. When its all gone, you know you’ve drinken your water for the day!*  

Find that perfect reusable water bottle.

Carry along a BPA-free water bottle or insulated cup…there are many fun and colorful choices that fit right in the cup holder of your car. Having your own cup or bottle can help you track how much you are drinking each day. PLEASE avoid plastic water bottles. They are harmful for the environment, and many contain chemicals that we don’t want to put in our bodies.*

Every hour, on the hour.

You can set up a “watering schedule” if that helps. Every hour, go get a glass of water. This may be easier if you are at a desk most of the day or home, but when you are on the run, it can be easy to forget. Put a timer on your phone that pings you every hour as a reminder. *  

Make infused waters.

Add lemon, cucumber or strawberries to your water for something different. They taste good and break up the monotony of regular H2O.

Have a glass of water before meal time.

This helps you stay full, and often curbs the hungry tummy. Oftentimes, we think we are hungry when we are really just thirsty. Before reaching for a snack, try a glass of water first. Your hunger pangs may just go away. *  

Avoid sodas and juices  While these are liquid, they add too many chemicals and sugars to your body. Water is the key, so you mine as well stick with the pure stuff. *

Start the day off right.

First thing in the morning is a great time to get your initial water intake which will set you up for the day. Every morning, poor yourself a full glass of water, and take your Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™. This will ensure you get your probiotics and your water, both of which are the best way to start your day. Also keep in mind, your body has gone all night without any water so the morning is a perfect time to hydrate. If cold water feels like too much of a shocker to the system, do room temperature water and add some lemon. Your body will sing and you’ll feel your skin glowing! *

Some of your water can come from foods!

Twenty to thirty percent of your water intake can come from foods. Whole fruits and vegetables contain water, so consider the following foods which contain 90% or more water!

Cucumbers, celery, watermelon, tomatoes, radishes, bell peppers (all colors), cauliflower, broccoli, strawberries, spinach and grapefruit! *

Put the lime in the coconut.

Coconut water is a great option. Extracted from the inside of young, green coconuts, it is full of minerals, such as potassium, magnesium, sodium and calcium. It can replenish lost fluids and electrolytes after exercise and during hot summer temperatures. *

Soaked chia seeds. For generations, Chia seeds sustained the Aztec and Mayan people with their hydrating nutrient power.  These hydrophilic little seeds are able to soak up to 12 times their weight in water.  When people eat water soaked chia seeds, they will slowly release that water during the digestion process. Additionally, they are a great source of Omega-3s and other nutrients. 1*

Lastly, continue to take your Body Biotics™ Bio-Identifcal SBO Probiotics Consortia™. I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again! Taking probiotics and keeping your gut healthy is good for your whole body. It also helps to keep you hydrated. Friendly bacteria help us absorb nutrients and electrolytes from food and drinks (which makes for more efficient hydration), and keep our microbiome strong, which staves off harmful microbes that lead to intestinal issues, which can result in dehydration. Recently, probiotics have been shown to hydrate the  skin, too! “…”Over 100 volunteers with wrinkles and dry skin took a probiotic or placebo for 12 weeks. In addition to increased skin elasticity and wrinkle reduction, at the end of the trial the probiotic group had increased water content in both the face and the hands “…“3.

So don’t forget the water this summer. Eat a diet rich in hydrating fruits and vegetables and continue to stay with your Body Biotics™. *

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dehydration/symptoms-causes/dxc-20261072
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20336685
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26428734

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Jul 16 2017

Eat fat. Don’t eat fat. What are we supposed to do?

Published by under General

Eat fat. Don’t eat fat. What are we supposed to do?
The days of low fat diets are gone as researchers discover the real truth about fat in our diet.

There was a time when many a fad diet told us to avoid all fat at all costs! Low fat foods were touted as healthier, thought they were loaded with sugar. Wrong! The result was a fatter population, as we banned the good as well as the bad fats from our bodies, and unwittingly increased our sugar intake. More recent research has found that fat is good for us, as long as we are getting  the right kind. Fat provides our bodies with energy,  helps us to absorb some vitamins and minerals and is needed in building strong cell membranes, the vital exterior of each cell, and the sheaths surrounding nerves. It is essential for blood clotting, muscle movement, and inflammation. For long-term health, some fats are better than others. Good fats include monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Bad ones include industrial-made trans fats and saturated fats fall somewhere in between.1*

“…All fats have a similar chemical structure: a chain of carbon atoms bonded to hydrogen atoms. What makes one fat different from another is the length and shape of the carbon chain and the number of hydrogen atoms connected to the carbon atoms. Seemingly slight differences in structure translate into crucial differences in form and function…”1*

So which fats should we be consuming?

Let’s start with the fats you need to avoid.

Trans fat

This is the worst type of dietary fat. A mainly man-made fat, it is a byproduct of hydrogenation, which is a process that turns healthy oils into solids and keeps them from becoming rancid. This happens when        “… vegetable oil is heated in the presence of hydrogen and a heavy-metal catalyst such as palladium, hydrogen atoms are added to the carbon chain. This turns oils into solids. It also makes healthy vegetable oils more like not-so-healthy saturated fats…” When scanning food labels, avoid partially hydrogenated oils, which is this manufactured ingredient. 1*

At the beginning of the  20th century, you’d see trans fats  in solid margarines and vegetable shortening for the most part, but as food manufacturers devised new ways to use partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, it started showing up in many items on the grocery store shelves. It was also used in cooking French fries from our favorite fast food restaurants. Only until the last decade did this change and fast food restaurants switched to healthier oils. Because these fats have no known health benefits, it is thankfully fading fast from the food supply. 1*

Trans fat is dangerous for our health because it creates inflammation in the body, which is linked to heart disease, stroke and other chroinic conditions. It contributes to insulin resistance which increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It increases the harmful LDL cholesterol in the blood stream and reduces the beneficial HDL cholesterol.  “…Research from the Harvard School of Public Health and elsewhere indicates that trans fats can harm health in even small amounts: for every 2% of calories from trans fat consumed daily, the risk of heart disease rises by 23%…”1*

Saturated fats

These fats are common in the American diet. Solid at room temperature, these fats include bacon grease, fats from red meat, whole milk and other whole milk dairy foos like cheese, and are found in many commercially prepared baked goods and foods. Recent studies suggest that coconut oil falls into this category, though more research is in order. The word “saturated”  refers to how many  “…hydrogen atoms surround each carbon atom. The chain of carbon atoms holds as many hydrogen atoms as possible — it’s saturated with hydrogens…”(1,2)*

Is saturated fat bad for you? A diet rich in saturated fats can drive up total cholesterol, and tip the balance toward more harmful LDL cholesterol, which prompts blockages to form in arteries in the heart and elsewhere in the body. For that reason, most nutrition experts recommend limiting saturated fat to under 10% of calories a day.1*

There have been some recent reports that have clouded the link between saturated fat and heart disease. “…One meta-analysis of 21 studies said that there was not enough evidence to conclude that saturated fat increases the risk of heart disease, but that replacing saturated fat with polyunsaturated fat may indeed reduce risk of heart disease…”1*

Good fats

There are two broad categories of beneficial fats. They are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Eating these fats in place of saturated fats or highly refined carbohydrates has been shown to reduce harmful LDL cholesterol, as well as lower triglycerides. These healthy fats are liquid at room temperature and are found in nuts, seeds, vegetables and fish. They are different from saturated fats because they have “…fewer hydrogen atoms bonded to their carbon chains…” Keep in mind that thought these fats are healthy, they are high in calorie, so don’t go overboard, just because they are healthy if you are trying to watch your weight.1*   

Monounsaturated fats

These fats are found primarily in olive oil, avocado and peanut oil, as well as most nuts. They have a “single carbon-to-carbon double bond. The result is that it has two fewer hydrogen atoms than a saturated fat and a bend at the double bond…” In the 1960s, the Seven Countries Study conducted a study in which they set out to determine why  people living in Greece and other parts of the Mediterranean region had such a low rate of heart disease compared to other countries, even though their diet was high in fat. They concluded that it was due to the fact that the primary fat in their diet was olive oil, which contains mainly monounsaturated fat, as opposed to saturated animal fat so common in other countries. It was at this time that the “Mediterranean diet,” became so popular. 1*

Polyunsaturated fats. 

Lastly, there is polyunsaturated fats. Liquid cooking oil to include corn oil, safflower oil and sunflower oil are examples of this type of fat. These are considered “essential” fats, meaning the body can’t make these fats but yet they are required for normal body functions. They build cell membranes and the covering of nerves, as well as aid in blood clotting, inflammation and muscle movement. “…A polyunsaturated fat has two or more double bonds in its carbon chain. There are two main types of polyunsaturated fats: omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids. The numbers refer to the distance between the beginning of the carbon chain and the first double bond. Both types offer health benefits…” Fatty fish like salmon, sardines and mackerel, along with walnuts, flaxseeds canola oil and unhydrogenated soybean oil are all good sources of omega-3 fatty acids. 1*

“…Omega-3 fatty acids may help prevent and even treat heart disease and stroke. In addition to reducing blood pressure, raising HDL, and lowering triglycerides, polyunsaturated fats may help prevent lethal heart rhythms from arising. Evidence also suggests they may help reduce the need for corticosteroid medications in people with rheumatoid arthritis. Studies linking omega-3s to a wide range of other health improvements, including reducing risk of dementia, are inconclusive, and some of them have major flaws, according to a systematic review of the evidence by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality…” Vegetable oils such as safflower, sunflower, walnut, corn and soybean oils are all excellent sources for Omega-6 fatty acids, which have are thought to also protect against heart disease. 1*

So what’s the bottom line? Replace saturated and trans fats in your diet as much as you can with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. It is shown to reduce  harmful LDL cholesterol, as well as lower triglycerides. Research in the 1960s, which was backed by the sugar industry, shaped our way of thinking for decades to come. As we ate less fat and more sugar, the 80s and 90s saw a terrible obesity epidemic. Today we know that sugar is really the culprit. Avoiding sugar and any foods that turn to sugar in the body, and eating the right fats, will keep your gut healthy and your immune system strong. Keeping up with your daily Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ is also the key to a healthy body.(1,3)*

Until next week, healthiest wishes!

Kelli

 

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-truth-about-fats-bad-and-good
  2. https://www.statnews.com/2017/06/20/coconut-oil-reputation-healthy/
  3. http://www.cnbc.com/2016/10/07/sugar-vs-fat-debate-gets-new-life-after-study-casts-doubt-on-consensus.html

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Jul 09 2017

Having a dog can improve your health

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Having a dog can improve your health.
In addition to being your best friend, owning a dog  provides surprising health benefits.*

Dogs make excellent companions. They are called man’s best friend because they provide unconditional love, are always happy to see us, and if treated right, become loving and loyal members of the family. But they are more than cute and cuddly. Having a dog around can actually be good for your health and well being. A dog good for you health? Read on to learn some surprising  health benefits of dog ownership.*

Lower your stress

There are many studies showing how having a dog can actually reduce stress levels. Petting a dog calms us, playing and watching a dog can reduce daily stress. Stress hormones are lower for dog owners. And the stress reduction of owning a dog, outweighs the stressors that might come with it. Having a well trained dog will be even less stressful, so make sure your dog is trained! (1,2)*

You’ll exercise more.

Having a dog gives us a reason to get up in the morning and get moving. If we will take their lead, it gives us a great excuse to walk (or jog) around the neighborhood. Dogs love to walk! Let your dog be your guide and take him every morning and evening or more if you are so inclined. A well trained dog is  a joy to walk. So make sure to take the steps to learn how to properly train your animal. It can be a lot of work while they are a puppy, but a huge pay off once the puppy years are over. You’ll thank your dog for getting you moving. (1,2)*

Your pets get you outside

Because we generally go outside to walk or play with our dogs, we get the benefits of being out in the fresh air and sunshine. It is healthy to get outside a little bit every day, and our pups help us do this whether we go to the park with them, play at the beach or lake, or just stroll a trail. We all need to get outside to get fresh air, exposure to soil, grass and trees, get some natural Vitamin D from the sun. Exposure to natural sunlight is also important for developing eyes to avoid myopia. So grab the leash, the dog, the kids and get out into the sunlight for a bit! (Remember, prolonged exposure to sun requires some good broad spectrum sunscreen).(1,2)*

 Dogs are a great ice breaker.

You might find that having a dog actually improves your social life. They can be a great ice breaker (especially puppies). So take them to the park, walk around an outside mall, take them to the beach, and watch how people respond. A trip to Home Depot can become a social outing when you have a dog.(1,2)*

Your dog may let you know when you are sick.

 Your dog may let you know that you are sick before you do! Due to their incredible sense of smell, dogs have been used for cancer detection. Dog owners have reported that their dog detected something was wrong before the person knew, by licking sniffing and nudging areas that turned out to be cancer. Dogs are also great about alerting someone if you are in trouble. An elderly woman that I know fell and her dog, who was inside her apartment with her, kept barking until her neighbor came to see what was wrong. When she came in, the dog ran straight to its owner and the woman was rushed to the hospital. Pretty sweet benefit of having a canine companion.(1,2)*

Your children will have less allergies.

Many studies show that children who are raised in households with animals have less allergies to pets. It can also help them to have an increased immunity to pet allergies throughout their lives. Children raised around dogs are less likely to be fearful of them as well.(1,2)*

 A happy heart is a healthy heart.

The simple act of petting a dog lowers a person’s heart rate, studies show.  Dog owners are more likely to survive a heart attack and male dog owners tend to have reduced rates of heart disease.(1,2)*

 Dog owners have lower rates of depression.

Caring for a dog helps people relieve their symptoms of depression and help people to feel more positive. Dog owners with clinical depression demonstrate lower rates of depression than those who don’t have a dog.(1,2)*

 Dogs are wonderful companions to the elderly

For an elderly person, having a dog can mean less lonlieness and a constant companion. We all need someone to love and this connection helps elderly to feel less lonely. There have been studies showing that Alzheimer’s patients have fewer outbursts when there is a dog at home, and caregivers report that elderly patents seem less stressed.(1,2)*

 You’re less likely to get sick overall.

Studies show that dog owners, on average are sick less often than non-dog owners. They also have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels.  Additionally, dogs expose us to a lot of germs which help build our immunity to disease.(1,2)*

 You have a live security system.  

Dogs protect their owners and their territory. An intruder is going to think twice before going through a door or window with a barking dog on the other side. Small dogs are a great alarm to let you know someone is approaching your home or car. With this increased security, it allows us to relax more and sleep better at night, knowing our canine friend is on guard.(1,2)*

If you have a loving canine in your home, kudos to you! If you’re thinking of getting one, as you see, there are many benefits. Pet shelters are all over and teeming with dogs needing homes. The altruistic act of adopting a homeless dog is sure to benefit your health as well.(1,2)*

 Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/10-surprising-benefits-having-dog-you-didnt-know-about.html
  2. http://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/features/6-ways-pets-improve-your-health#1
  3. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/Owning-a-Pet-May-Protect-You-from-Heart-Disease_UCM_453586_Article.jsp#.WVqHmCBlChA

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Jul 02 2017

Probiotics for your Pets? You bet!

Published by under probiotic supplements

Probiotics for your Pets? You bet!
From getting your dogs outside to giving them Body BioticsTM, expose them to friendly bacteria for better gut health.


Isn’t it a joy? The warmer weather and longer days! Whether you have to get up at 5am to beat the heat, or are lucky enough to live where the temperatures are mild all day, summer is a lovely time for being outdoors and enjoying good health. But its not only a good time for humans to enjoy the great outdoors, it is also a great time for pets to get a little more outdoor time, whether its playing in the yard or being taken for a walk. It’s good for us and them, as a good walk boosts serotonin levels, oxygenates the blood supply and gets the day off to a great start.

No one appreciates a good walk more than our furry friends. Dogs love to go on walks! And cats do too! I have a neighbor who walks her dog every morning and evening and her cat follows along too. They get exposed to a variety of sights, sounds and smells, and have a chance to expend excess energy which if not released can lead to negative behavior. Just like children who don’t get to release physical energy, dogs will also find them selves “getting into trouble” by chewing on things, tearing things up and being wild indoors if not allowed to get out. But oh so importantly, dogs need to be exposed to the soil born organisms which they can’t be exposed to when holed up inside all day.

Dogs (and cats) have microbiomes just as humans. Sometimes it is easy to forget and neglect the gut health of our pets.  Just like humans, animals’ gut health ties into the immune system and digestive health. Just as it is essential for  humans to keep their microbiome in balance, it is also just as important for our pets.

So what do you need to pay attention to in order to support your animal’s digestive health? Here are a few tips that should help keep their digestive health on the right tract and make them the healthiest that they can be.

Outdoor play
Even if it means getting up early to beat the heat, it is our responsibility as pet owners to give our pets the exercise they need and exposure to the friendly critters found in the great outdoors. Not everyone lives in an environment with plenty of parks, woods or grassy fields, but getting them outside for a good romp in the woods is so good for them. Just as children who are exposed to a multitude of bacteria tend to be healthier with less allergies, the same goes for pets. Parks, fields, the beach…you get the picture. You owe it to your pet to get them outside!

Use antibiotics only when necessary.
Pets get antibiotics almost as much as humans. Pets get exposed quite often for a variety of ailments and this can lead to diarrhea and a break down of the balance of friendly bacteria in their digestive system. Just as when we take antibiotics, it wipes out our good as well as bad bacteria, so is the case for dogs and cats. Replacing this bacteria with probiotics is important.

Pets can be exposed to a wide variety of parasites
Because pets tend to eat things humans would not, such as trash and other animals feces, they can be exposed to harmful bacteria and parasites. If your animals digestive tract is healthy and their immune system is strong, their exposure to these things may not be as detrimental to their health. Keep an eye on their bowel movements and if you notice unhealthy changes, a call or visit to the veterinarian may be in order.

Do I have to use a probiotic designed solely for pets?
The answer is no. You can give your pets Body BioticsTM Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics ConsortiaTM as it contains the bacteria they need for a healthy digestive system. The advantage of taking Body BioticsTM over an animal grade probiotic is that products developed for animals do not go through the same rigorous standards as those for humans. “…For human-grade probiotics, which are used for foods and supplements, this process is even more complex and stringent because all of the equipment and processes must be extremely clean and be of higher quality…”1

How do I administer probiotics to my pets?
It can be very easy to give your pets daily probiotics. Dogs can take them by mixing it into their wet food, or add to water and shoot it in their mouths with a syringe. You can also break open a capsule and stir it into some chicken broth. Find out what works best for your dog.

What about prebiotics?
Because Body BioticsTM  has both probiotics and prebiotics in the formula, you know they are getting both.

How much should I give them?
Due to the nature of a dog’s digestive tract, you can start them off with a full capsule daily. If your pet is ill and needs a more therapeutic dose, just as with humans, slowly increase the dosage and keep an eye on how they are tolerating the increase. Scale back or increase as needed.

Pay attention to their diet.
Diet is important for dogs. Finding a food that has the first ingredient as meat and not a by product is important. There are a lot of animal foods that are made with some bad ingredients that if you knew what they were, you would not give your pet. Avoid corn, fillers and preservatives. Fresh, raw meat diets for dogs are preferred by some owners, but the debate is out for others due to dangerous bacteria such as salmonella. Give your dog the healthiest food you can afford. And make sure they have fresh water available at all times.

Watch their weight.
Too many people kill their dogs with kindness…literally. They think giving table scraps and people food is being kind to their pets, when in actuality, it is the opposite. It’s comparable to when we eat processed junk food. It can lead to weight gain (not to mention leads to bad habits of “begging”.) An overweight dog is an unhealthy dog. Just as with humans, it is harder on their cardiovascular system, their joints and their overall health. So stick to a regularly scheduled meal time of twice a day, and don’t feed them too much and feed them the right foods for their species. If you are uncertain, check with your veterinarian or a good local pet store. They tend to carry a more healthful variety of foods and can be a valuable resource for nutritional advice for your pets.

Reward system
A pet trainer told me…”don’t give your dog anything for free”. In other words, they need to work for everything you give them. A simple sit before feeding them or giving them a treat shows them that you are in charge, not them. It shows them that you are their resource for food, putting you in control, not them. When you do give your dog a treat, make sure it is a healthy treat. Many of the treats found in the grocery store are equivalent to giving your child candy. Once again, find a high meat source treat for your dogs. It is healthier for their gut.

Avoid these foods
There are some common people foods that should never be given to your dog. These foods include avocados, alcohol, chocolate, raisins, caffeine, baking soda and powder, chives, seeds, corn cobs, fruit pits, grapes, garlic, rhubarb leaves, tomatoes, macadamia nuts and walnuts, yeast dough, milk and milk-based products, mushrooms, nutmeg (and other spices), onions, and xylitol (found in many candies and gums).2

Pumpkin is good for them
Feed your dog a couple of tablespoons of pumpkin a day to keep their tummies feeling good and their digestive tract healthy. A quality, plain canned pumpkin (not sweetened) is a good prebiotic for them as well. 2

So take care of your dog’s gut health just as you would your own. They are part of the family after all. Dogs aren’t called man’s best friend for no reason! So treat your best friend right. Next week we will look at how having a dog is actually good for your health.

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. https://www.fidobiotics.com/blogs/news/probiotics-are-human-probiotics-good-for-dogs-is-there-a-difference-between-human-grade-probiotics-vs-dog-grade-probiotics
  2. http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/probiotics-vs-prebiotics-does-your-dog-need-both/
  3. https://www.cesarsway.com/dog-care/nutrition/dog-nutrition-a-to-z

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Jun 25 2017

Artificial sweeteners are not so sweet after all

Published by under Food Additives,Stress

Artificial sweeteners are not so sweet after all.
Diet drinks and artificial sweeteners can wreak havoc on your microbiome as well as your waistline.

Summer time is here, which means less clothes and more skin. Put up the jeans and coats and pull out the shorts, tank tops and swimsuits! In an effort to look good in summer attire, many people resort to diet soda, thinking they are getting a cold refreshing drink without the calories. In fact, a study published in 2016 in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition  and Dietetics shows that almost 50% of adults and 25% of children in the United States alone consume artificial sweeteners on a daily basis, with diet drinks being the majority of their intake. But research shows that diet drinks don’t help you lose weight. In fact, they have the OPPOSITE effect! 1*

What? It says diet on the label! Why wouldn’t we believe that to be true? Sadly, research is telling us otherwise. “…”Many health-conscious individuals like to consume low-calorie sweeteners as an alternative to sugar. However, there is increasing scientific evidence that these sweeteners promote metabolic dysfunction,” said Sabyasachi Sen, M.D., an Associate Professor of Medicine and Endocrinology at George Washington University in Washington, D.C…”2*

Sen and his colleagues conducted a study involving sucralose, a common sweetener found in many low calorie drinks and foods. They looked at its effects on stem cells…cells that could change into mature muscle, fat, bone cells or cartilage. Scientists put sucralose-saturated cells in petri dishes along with fat promoting substances, and then examined them after 12 days. “…The cells — which held the amount of artificial sweetener equal to about four cans of soda — showed an increase in fat production from these genes…” (2,3)*

Through another study, they took samples of abdominal fat from both normal weight and obese individuals who consumed low calorie sweeteners. Researchers found evidence of increased glucose in abdomen fat cells and an “over expression of known fat-producing genes”, especially in those who were obese They also demonstrated an increase in sweet taste receptors in fat tissue This over expression of sweet taste receptors in abdominal fat may play a rol   e in allowing glucose to enter cells, from which the body absorbs it into the bloodstream.(2,3)*

If this doesn’t raise enough concern to avoid artificial sweeteners, there are other studies as well. A 2014 study from the journal Nature, showed artificial sweeteners were found to alter gut bacteria in both people and mice. This increased their risk of glucose intolerance, a condition often preceding diabetes. Other studies have linked regular diet soda drinkers to type 2 diabetes, and a higher risk of metabolic syndrome including heart attack and stroke. While other factors may come into play to cause these conditions according to the studies, there are too many indicators pointing to ill health affects and artificial sweeteners, enough to consider avoiding them all together.1*

Artificial sweeteners are just that…artificial, fake, chemical. The bottom line is steer clear of overindulging in sugar and its fake alternative. Both are bad for the microbiome and only feed the unwanted bacteria. And don’t be fooled by gimmicks…there is a new coke product that has been released in Japan. It is called Coke Plus.  “…According to Coca-Cola, one Coke Plus a day—which is currently available only in Japan—can help “suppress fat absorption” and “moderate the levels of triglycerides in the blood.”  I’ll leave you with that for a good chuckle, but my recommendation is stick to real, whole foods, and fiber from vegetables and fruits. Feed your gut the foods that foster healthy bacteria growth, not unhealthy. Stay committed to your daily regimen of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ to ensure a healthy balance of good to bad bacteria.4*

Healthiest Wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

 

Resources:

  1. http://www.consumerreports.org/soda/mounting-evidence-against-diet-sodas/
  2. https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/tes-lsp040117.php
  3. http://www.healthline.com/health-news/sweeteners-encourage-fat-production
  4. http://time.com/4758424/coca-cola-plus-coke-fiber/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+time%2Ftopstories+%28TIME%3A+Top+Stories%29

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