Oct 07 2018

Keep your gut healthy your whole body depends on it

Keep your gut healthy…your whole body depends on it.
New research supports the gut’s affect on both the skin and mental health in what is called the gut-brain-skin axis.  

We know the gut is complex. The health of the gut is systemic, affecting all other parts of the body, including the brain and the skin. Scientists are continually working to understand this gut-brain-skin connection. While the gut, also referred to as the Second Brain, can affect mental health conditions to include anxiety and depression, there is also the Gut-Brain-Skin axis which researchers are finding may be the underlying cause behind anxiety/depression/stress and skin problems such as severe acne, psoriasis and Atopic Dermitis. “…Many human and animal studies suggest that the intestinal microbiome’s influence extends beyond the gut, and in fact contributes to the function, and dysfunction, of distant organ systems…” Through the gut-skin-brain axis, researchers are studying and identifying just how this interconnection works and how the health of our gut positively and negatively affects the skin and brain.(1,2)*

The skin performs its functions effectively when it is in a state of homeostasis. Homeostasis  is “…the ability or tendency to maintain internal stability in an organism to compensate for environmental changes…” Covered in millions of bacteria, the skin is our protective shield against invading pathogens. It regulates our body temperature and helps our bodies retain water. It constantly renews itself as the epidermal turns over. It is essential for the health of our skin and our bodies that our skin maintains this state of “renewing”. (1,2)*

Research is showing “cumulative evidence” that there is an intimate connection between the gut and skin. Studies are linking gastrointestinal health to skin homeostatis and allostasis. “…The microbiome’s influence on the host immune system is vast, and the relationship is intricately regulated to both enable immune tolerance of dietary and environmental antigens and provide protection against potential pathogens…” (1,2)*

Researchers are finding that rebalancing microbiota in the gut can be a “therapeutic treatment” for both mental health and skin conditions. Of late, certain gut microbiota have been individually studied to see if they facilitate specific anti inflammatory responses. In fact, the positive effects of gut bacteria on skin health and appearance have been documented in several studies on both humans and rodents. (1,2)*

In one study, mice who received L.Reuteri supplementation experienced a thickening of the dermal layer and other enhancements that caused the mice to have shiner and thicker fur. In another study, rodents received Lactobacillus Brevis supplements which resulted in “…decreased cutaneous arterial sympathetic nerve tone and increased cutaneous blood flow…” possibly due to an increase in the release of serotonin. A significant decrease in water loss in the transdermal level was also noted. (1,2)*

This effect was reproduced in human clinical research. Other, multiple side effects related to probiotic supplementation was also noted as it related to the skin. (1,2)*

Studies have also demonstrated that gut bacteria can positively impact the rate at which injured skin heals. Mice experienced accelerated healing to wounds after being fed Lactobacillus reuteri. Examination of wounds under a microscope throughout the healing process revealed the usual stages of wound healing in mice both treated and not treated by probiotics, but the time required for complete healing was markedly reduced in the treated group. The gut microbiome has also been shown to support improve the restoration of skin after ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure. (1,2)*

The complex connection between acne and gut dysfunction may also be mediated by the brain. Supporting this theory is the frequent association of anxiety and depression and GI distress with acne. The gut-brain-skin axis hypothesis was initially examined many decades ago and has been revalidated by recent advances in microbiome research and our understanding of its effect on health and disease.  “…These psychological stressors are hypothesized to cause the intestinal flora to either produce different neurotransmitters – serotonin, norepinephrine and acetylcholine – or trigger nearby enteroendocrine cells to release neuropeptides. These neurotransmitters not only increase intestinal permeability, leading to both intestinal and systemic inflammation, but also directly access the circulation through the compromised intestinal barrier resulting in systemic effects …” (1,2)*

This connection may originate with gut dysbiosis which then leads to psychological and skin disorders. “…A 2005 study showed that individuals with acne and mental health symptoms such as depression had low concentrations of Lactobacillus and bifidobacteria in their gastrointestinal tract and also had increased intestinal permeability…”  Another factor can be the affect an unhealthy gut has on the absorption of nutrients, including those that affect one’s psychological state. This, along with “…systemic oxidative stress, have been implicated in the pathophysiology of acne vulgaris…” (1,2,3)*

We know that gut health is at the center of everything in our bodies. Keeping our microbiome balanced and  healthy is key to long term, good health. We look forward to further advances in the area of the gut-skin-brain axis to further help those affected by troubling skin conditions. Specific strains found in Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ are key in this research taking place which only solidifies what we have known for so long…that daily use of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ is effective and its efficacy extends to the entire immune system and body, including the brain and skin. (1,2)*

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6048199/
  2. https://www.naturalmedicinejournal.com/journal/2018-08/gut-skin-axis-and-mechanisms-communication
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3038963/

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Sep 23 2018

When it comes to clearing acne, think Probiotics

Published by under probiotic supplements

When it comes to clearing acne, think Probiotics.*

The health of your gut will be reflected in the health of your skin. *

Acne is a real nuisance. If you don’t have it, you probably don’t give it a second thought. But if you are one who suffers from it, it is constantly on your mind. Every time you look in the mirror, it is the first thing you see. It makes you self conscious, can affect self esteem and can be downright painful.

Acne affects people of all ages. It can be especially alarming when you have never had it before and it shows up in your 20s, 30s or 40s, with no apparent cause. Late life acne affects many adults, more women than men, and is on the rise, according to dermatologists. It is believed that high processed diets and more stressful lifestyles are underlying causes for the spike in cases. It can be difficult to pinpoint why it appears and varies from person to person.

Acne occurs when the hair follicles, which are connected to oil glands that secrete the oily substance called  sebum, get clogged with excess sebum and dead skin cells. This build up creates a soft plug which creates an environment for bacterial growth. This plug  becomes infected and inflamed. Puberty is a major time for acne to occur, as the changing hormones can cause an increase in sebum production. Changes in birth control and hormones can have the same affect.1*

For years, treatments have involved a variety of topical treatments that contain retinoids and benzoyl peroxide, combined with topical antibiotics. For more severe cases, oral antibiotics or a drug called Accutane are used. Accutane comes with many side effects and can be hard on your liver. And we know antibiotics have a wide range of side effects, especially when used for a prolonged period of time. The most commonly prescribed tetracycline and erythromycin are broad spectrum antibiotics which wipe out good and bad bacteria, creating an unbalanced, unhealthy gut and weakened immune system. (1,2)*

While antibiotic use may help clear up some cases of acne, it leaves behind an imbalance in the microbiome. This can cause damage to the intestinal lining, a disruption that can allow miniscule particles that are normally digested to leak into your bloodstream, which triggers the immune system and can cause inflammation throughout the body. Among this inflammation is skin inflammation and redness such as acne. If the skin’s microbiome is further aggravated by harsh cleansers and other abrasive skin care products, it can further add to breakouts. (1,2)*

While antibiotics may help clear up some cases of acne, they make the underlying cause worse if it s an unhealthy gut. But by supplementing our diet with probiotics and eating diets high in fiber and foods which feed the good bacteria, we can help clear up skin conditions, or minimize their severity. According to Whitney Bowe, MD, FAAD and board certified dermatologist and clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York., “…Oral probiotics – sold as daily supplements containing Lactobacilli and/or Bifidobacterium or in yogurts containing live cultures – could influence skin conditions such as acne and rosacea by affecting what is known as the “gut-brain-skin axis.” Both these strains are in Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™.

According to the gut-brain-axis theory, stress alone or in combination with processed comfort foods that lack fiber can slow digestion. This in turn changes the balance of bacteria that live in the gut to more unhealthy bacteria. Eventually, the gut lining becomes leaky and toxins are released into the bloodstream causing inflammation throughout the body. “…People who are predisposed to acne or rosacea can experience flares as a result of this shift in gut bacteria and subsequent inflammation…”, according to Bowe.(4,5)*

This gut-skin connection isn’t a new idea. “… In 1961, a case report found that of 300 acne patients given a probiotic, 80% had clinical improvement. But the notion captured a lot more attention lately. Recent studies conducted in Russian and Italy found that probiotics help acne patients heal better and faster…” (3,4)*

Another probiotic strain that provides benefits for those suffering from acne is lactobacillus rhamnosus SP1, (also found in Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™.) “…In a double-blinded, placebo-controlled study, 20 adult subjects who had acne consumed either LSP1 at 3×109 CFU/day (75 mg/day) in a liquid formula for 12 weeks, while the control group consumed a liquid without the probiotics. The researchers took skin biopsies prior to the treatment and at the end of the 12 weeks to look for insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) and forkhead box protein O1 (FOXO1) gene expression. There was a 32 percent reduction in acne in the treated group, and they also had a 65 percent increase in the IGF1 and FOXO1. The placebo group experienced no changes…”(L. Rhamnosus is found in Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™. 5*

“All of this research is in the early stages, but there is mounting evidence to suggest that oral probiotics and dietary modifications will absolutely play a major role in the future of acne therapy,” said Bowe. “I believe it will ultimately be a combination approach that is most successful.” (1,2)*

Other lifestyle factors that can help your good bacteria flourish include lowering your stress levels, getting good, regular sleep, exercising, and taking time to relax, meditate and restore. Of course if you are plagued by acne, seek advice from your health care practitioner. Everyone is different and the triggers and treatment for one person may be different from the next. But a healthy gut is one thing we can all benefit from, and it will reflect in your skin. (1,2)*

Healthiest Wishes,

Kelliwww.bodybiotics.com

Resources:

  1. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/acne/basics/treatment/con-20020580
  2. http://dermnetnz.org/treatments/tetracycline.html
  3. https://www.womenshealthmag.com/beauty/a21751455/probiotics-for-acne-skin/
  4. https://www.healthline.com/health-news/are-probiotics-answer-to-acne#5
  5. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-gut-skin-axis-the-importance-of-gut-health-for_us_5983db63e4b00833d1de2703

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Sep 09 2018

Vitamin D Deficiency linked to Metabolic Syndrome

Published by under General

Vitamin D deficiency linked to metabolic syndrome.*
Adding Vitamin D to your body can act as a defense against microbiome disruption and metabolic syndrome, research shows.1*

Metabolic syndrome affects nearly one quarter of the world’s adult population and this is why health professionals are concerned and scientists and researchers are working to discover underlying causes and contributing factors that go beyond diet and physical activity.1*

The term metabolic syndrome, comes from a group of risk factors that result in the development of heart disease and diabetes. Characteristic symptoms include excess weight around the waistline, and at least two of the following three conditions: high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar levels.  Sufferers of metabolic syndrome also usually have excessive fat in the liver. Metabolic syndrome is dangerous for one’s health, as the combination of these symptoms put us on a spiraling path of chronic health issues.1*

Researcher Professor Stephen Pandol, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in the United States collaborated with Yuanan-Ping Hans and his research group at Sichuan University in China to look at the connection between Vitamin D deficiency and metabolic syndrome in mice. Their theory was that while a diet high in fat and a sedentary lifestyle were definite risk factors for diabetes and heart disease, they suspected that there was an additional missing piece and found it. “…The main cause of metabolic syndrome appears to be a diet high in fat or carbohydrate. However, observational studies have also linked metabolic syndrome to vitamin D deficiency, which affects 30-60% of the world’s population…”1*

These researchers were able to conclude that “…Vitamin D deficiency is necessary for this syndrome to progress in mice with underlying disturbances in gut bacteria…”1*

Additionally, “…they have shown that a high fat diet affects the balance between good and bad bacteria in the gut. This induces modest fatty liver and slightly raises blood sugar levels in mice. Remarkably, an insufficient supply of vitamin D aggravates the imbalance in gut flora, contributing to full-scale fatty liver and metabolic syndrome…”1*

According to the study, Vitamin D deficiency decreases the production of antimicrobial molecules called defensins, which are essential to maintaining a healthy gut. When synthetic defensins were administered orally, it brought the gut bacteria back in balance, decreased blood sugar levels and improved fattly liver. With Vitamin D supplementation, metabolic syndrome improved in the mice. 1*

Hans, remains optimistic that the results of this study can be confirmed in humans. “…”We are planning a clinical study to confirm the link of vitamin D deficiency with gut bacteria disruptions and its association with metabolic syndrome.”…”1*

So why are so many people deficient in Vitamin D?

  • In our efforts to avoid the aging effects from sun exposure, people are avoiding the sun more than before with sunscreen, protective clothing, tinted glass and staying indoors. While too much sun exposure is not good as it can lead to skin cancer and premature aging, we need approximately 15 to 20 minutes of direct sun exposure with at least 40% of our skin exposed daily to get Vitamin D from the sun.  “…It’s the UV (ultraviolet) light in sunlight that causes your skin to make vitamin D…”(2,3)*
  • Those in northern most climates, during the winter, tend to get less sun exposure.2*
  • Darker skinned people tend to be more Vitamin D deficient as the high levels of melatonin keep the body from absorbing Vitamin D from the sun.2*
  • For African Americans living in Northern regions, it can be especially hard to get Vitamin D through sun exposure. 2*
  • Keeping vitamin D levels high is important so if you can’t get it through sun exposure, than we must get it through diet or supplementation.1*

There are other reasons we need vitamin D in our diet:

  • It helps with calcium absorption and healthy bone growth. 2*
  • Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to various cancers, including breast, colon, prostate.2*
  • Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to weight gain and even depression.2*
  • Vitamin D helps regulate the neuromuscular system as well as the immune system.2*
  • It plays a major part in the life cycle of human cells. 2*
  • It blocks the release of parathyroid hormone which reabsorbs bone tissue, causing bones to get thin and brittle.3*

Continue to keep your gut healthy and steer clear of the dangerous path of metabolic syndrome by eating  a proper diet, exercising regularly and taking Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ daily. And be sure you are getting enough Vitamin D.

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161221125439.htm
  2. https://www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/features/the-truth-about-vitamin-d-why-you-need-vitamin-d
  3. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/15050-vitamin-d–vitamin-d-deficiency-

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Aug 26 2018

If you need another reason to exercise – just listen to your gut.

Published by under probiotic supplements

Need another reason to exercise? Listen to your gut.
Research shows that our microbiome responds positively to daily exercise.

During my last blog, we explored the dangers of being too sedentary and how sitting for prolonged periods of time can have devastating effects on your health. Researchers have found that when we sit too much throughout the day, it increases our risk of certain diseases to include diabetes, coronary problems, and circulatory problems, affects our backs, and changes our microbiome. It can be just as bad as smoking, according to Dr. James Levine who wrote the book Get Up! Why Your Chair Is Killing You and What You Can Do About It!1*

According to recent research, exercise may also change the composition and the activity of the microbes in our gut. By doing regular, daily exercise, we could improve our metabolism, diversity of gut flora and health over time, as long as we remain consistent, according to this study. 2*

This study looks at how exercising can alter the landscape of our microbiome in a positive way, just as lack of exercise, obesity and illness can affect it in a negative way. As our microbiome is responsible for so many things throughout our bodies such as mood, inflammation, immune response and weight control, it shows exercise directly impacts these responses in a positive way.2*

This research was published last November in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, by Jeffrey Woods, a professor of kinesiology and community health at the University of Illinois along with his doctoral student Jacob Allen (now a postdoctoral researcher at Ohio State University) along with other researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.who tracked the microbiome of people who they had start on “an unfamiliar exercise routine”. 2*

It was a follow up to an earlier animal study by the same scientists who had compared lab mice who were encouraged to run while others sat around for the majority of their adult lives. “…Gut material from the mice was then transplanted into animals that had been bred to be germ-free, so that their guts would easily incorporate these new tribes of bacteria. After the animals’ microbiomes were established, the scientists exposed the mice to a substance that can cause tissue irritation and inflammation in the colon. The scientists found that the animals with gut bugs from the runners were better able to resist and heal tissue damage and tamp down inflammation than those whose microbes had come from sedentary mice…” 2*

The follow up to the exercise was to see if exercise would also affect the functioning of microbes in humans. The study involved thirty two men and women who did not exercise, with about half being obese and the other half of normal weight. 2*

“…The scientists took blood and fecal samples and tested everyone’s aerobic fitness. Then they had the men and women begin supervised workouts, during which their efforts increased over time from about 30 minutes of easy walking or cycling to about an hour of vigorous jogging or pedaling three times per week…” The volunteers did not change their normal diets.2*

After six weeks, more samples were collected and tested. The volunteers were then asked to stop all exercise. After six weeks, they were once again tested.

This second analysis showed that the volunteers’ gut bugs had changed, with some types of microbes increasing in numbers while others decreased. The researchers also found that some of the microbes genes were working harder, while others had gone silent. These changes were not the same in each person, but rather, everyone’s gut responded in its own way to exercise. 2*

But there were similarities as well. Most notably, there was a widespread increase in certain microbes that help produce short-chain fatty acids, a key component in reducing inflammation in the gut and the rest of the body  as well as work to fight insulin resistance, which as we know is a precursor to diabetes. They also help to bolster our metabolisms. 2*

“…Most of the volunteers had larger concentrations of these short-chain fatty acids in their intestines after exercise, along with the microbes that produce them.  These increases were greatest, though, among the volunteers who had begun the experiment lean compared to those who were obese, the scientists found…”2*

After six weeks of not exercising, almost all of the changes in people’s guts dissipated. Basically, their microbiomes reverted to their state at the beginning of the study. The overall results show that even if we exercise for just a few weeks, we can alter the microbiome in a positive way.  2*

Dr. Woods theorizes that “these changes could contribute to some of the broader health benefits of exercise, such as its ability to reduce inflammation throughout the body. But more studies need to be done to prove this,” he says. 2*

Additionally, Dr. Woods hopes to hopes that with additional research it can be explained why the obese volunteers showed smaller gains in their fatty-acid producing microbes than the leaner men and women. And, perhaps determine whether and how people’s microbiomes might continue to change if they exercise for longer than six weeks. 2*

 

With a healthy, organic diet, and the consistent use of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ and daily exercise, we positively impact the gut microbiome. When we stop eating a healthful diet, stop taking Body Biotics™ daily and stop exercising, the landscape of our microbiome changes for the worse. Stay on our positive health regiment for long term, good health and a strong immune system.*

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. https://www.businessinsider.com/why-sitting-sedentary-lifestyle-is-so-bad-for-you-2018-5#many-studies-have-shown-that-exercise-alone-cant-compensate-for-the-harms-of-sitting-3
  2. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/03/well/move/exercise-microbiome-health-weight-gut-bacteria.html

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Aug 12 2018

Your Health – Standing vs Sitting

Published by under General,Personal Care

Stand up for your health
Research shows that sitting for prolonged periods can take years off your life.   

You’ve probably heard it before. But it is one of the most important things you can do for your health. That is to… get up and move! And now there are multiple studies telling us why we should not sit for prolonged periods of time and how a sedentary lifestyle has devastating effects on our health.(1,2)*

In the United States, people working in offices, on average can sit for 13 to 15 hours a day and less than 20% of jobs require moderate activity. According to research by people such as Dr. James Levine who wrote the book Get Up! Why Your Chair Is Killing You and What You Can Do About It, long hours of sitting is  one of the number one life shorteners. It leads to chronic diseases such as obesity, Type 2 diabetes, cancer and affects our bone density, posture, and leads to back pain and  inflexibility.(1,2,3)*

Dr. James Levine, who coined the phrase ‘Sitting is the new smoking,’ is the co-director of the Mayo Clinic and the Arizona State University Obesity Initiative. He has dug deep into this topic of prolonged sitting. According to him the human body is meant to move. Rest is intended to break up activity, not the other way around. “…This very unnatural posture is not only bad for your back, your wrists, your arms, and your metabolism, but it actually switches off the cellular mechanisms that act as the fundamental fueling systems of the body…” By just carrying our body weight around, we activate these molecular effects. When we sit all day, these cellular mechanisms shut down. But within 90 seconds of standing, the muscular and cellular systems that process blood sugar, triglycerides, and cholesterol—which are mediated by insulin—are activated.  (2,3,)*

Researchers associated with the American College of Sports Medicine have said that sedentary behavior is harmful in and of itself, and that while it’s important to meet physical activity guidelines, doing so is not enough to eliminate the harms of sitting for long periods of time. Even if you work out 7 hours a week — far more than the suggested 2-3 hours — you can’t reverse the effects of sitting 7 hours at a time. 3*

Sitting too much also increases our risk of being disabled later in life as well according to researchers at Northwestern University. People 60 years old and above increase their risk of becoming physically disabled by 50% for every hour spent sitting each day, no matter how much exercise they get. Today, over 56 million Americans have some kind of disability with close to half of people 65 and older having a disability. This can include “…difficulty doing basic self-care tasks and difficulty leaving the home alone…” According to Dorothy Dunlop a public health and medicine researchers who led the study, these disabilities “…”threaten people’s independence, and also accounts for a large chunk of health care dollars. Every $1 in $4 spent on medical care is related to disability problems.”…”4*

So what to do? An Australian study found that mini-breaks of just one minute long every hour throughout the day, can actually make a difference. Stand up, dance around a bit, wiggle, walk back and forth, and march in place. Doing these simple movements can help lower blood sugar, triglycerides, cholesterol and waist size. According to one researcher, “…”If there’s a fountain of youth, it is probably physical activity.”1*

According to the Annals of Internal Medicine, the best thing to do to offset the negative effects of sitting all day, is to get up and move every 30 minutes or so. In addition, meet the exercise guidelines of working out for at least 30-45 minutes daily, weight lifting, and stretching. But if you sit all day,  just remember to take breaks.3*

Daily prolonged sitting can lead to:

Higher risk of diabetes: yes, sitting causes you to burn fewer calories, but that isn’t the reason for an increased risk of diabetes. The sitting part seems to change the way your body reacts to insulin, the hormone that helps your body burn sugar and carbs for energy. (1,5)*

Sitting increases your risk of getting Deep Vein Thrombosis Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a clot that forms in your leg, often because you sit still for too long. It becomes serious when it breaks fee and lodges in your lung. If you notice swelling and pain in your legs, seek medical treatment immediately. But this is another reason not to sit too long. 5*

Weight gain Sitting too much can cause you to be overweight and obese. Exercise daily, but also, cut down on screen time. Spend more time moving around, walking to the store or the park or gardening. If you’re in an office, make more runs to the water fountain, coffee stand or just walk around the building, and stand while talking on the phone. (1,5)*

Leads to back trouble Sitting puts a lot of stress on your back muscles, neck and spine. It also causes the hip flexors to shorten, which puts strain on the lower back. If you slouch while sitting, that is even worse. If you have to sit for long periods, try an ergonomic chair, or look for a standing station for your computer. And don’t forget to get up and move around for 10 minutes every hour. (1,5)* 

Varicose Veins Prolonged periods of sitting can cause blood to pool in your legs, putting added pressure on your veins. When veins start to swell, twist or bulge, you may see spider veins, or bundles of broken blood vessels. There are treatment options available, but avoiding long periods of sitting is your prevention strategy. 5*

Affects bone density and leads to osteoporosis As we age, if we become inactive, we are more likely to develop osteoporosis and our bones become less dense, which can lead to breaks should we fall. No one wants a broken bone. This is another reason to stay active. 5*

Your Cancer Risk Goes Up Sitting too much also makes us more likely to get certain types of cancer, including colon, endometrial, or lung cancer, and breast cancer in older women. Even if you are super active, if you sit too much, your cancer risks increase. (1,5)*

So to summarize…If you find that you fall into this pattern of prolonged sitting, counter your sitting by getting up every hour for at least 10 minutes to stretch, walk, dance, wiggle…whatever you need to do to get moving. Do weight bearing exercises. Do some push ups, carry hand weights, and do some jumping jacks…these all work. Practice some yoga. Not only does yoga help keep you limber, but many positions are weight bearing.

Move every day as much as you can. If you get a phone call, walk around while you talk. Need to call your mother or a friend? Chat while outside walking. Stand instead of sitting while you are working or eating. But the point is, just don’t’ sit for too long. It is just not good for your body to be in this sedentary position for hours on end. At Body Biotics™ our focus is on whole body health. Exercise affects the gut microbiome positively so when you combine a healthy diet, exercise and Body Biotics™ Bio Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™, you are positioned for good health for the long run.6*

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

 

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. https://www.businessinsider.com/why-sitting-sedentary-lifestyle-is-so-bad-for-you-2018-5#many-studies-have-shown-that-exercise-alone-cant-compensate-for-the-harms-of-sitting-3
  2. https://www.npr.org/2011/04/25/135575490/sitting-all-day-worse-for-you-than-you-might-think
  3. https://www.kqed.org/news/10365072/the-myth-and-reality-behind-sitting-is-the-new-smoking
  4. https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2014/02/19/279460759/sit-more-and-youre-more-likely-to-be-disabled-after-age-60
  5. https://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/ss/slideshow-sitting-health
  6. https://www.healthline.com/health-news/exercise-improves-your-gut-bacteria#5

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Jul 29 2018

Maintaining a healthy balance in all things

Find your beautiful balance.
Maintaining a healthy balance in all things, including the gut, will result in a healthy mind and body. 

There is beauty in balance. Whether it is our mood, our schedules, our rituals or our health, when all is in balance, life is good. Do you have a good work-play balance? How about a balance between social time and alone time? A definition of balance is “…a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions…” It is the same with the gut. When it’s in balance, we are healthy, our mental health is good and our weight is in check. But when it is out of balance, we get sick, we gain weight, it affects our mental state and it affects all the digestive processes of our body.(1,2,3)*

With 80% of our immune system residing in our gut, it is no wonder that when it is unhealthy, so are we. What does it mean to have an unhealthy gut? It means the microbes are out of balance. Instead of 80% good bacteria to approximately 20% bad, the balance has tipped and we have more bad to good and the microbes are less diverse. Individuals with a  less diverse microbiome  are prone to health issues such as gut dysbiosis, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, obesity and even cancer, not to mention mental health issues. The United States has the highest rate of obesity in North America, with 36.2% of the US population having a mass body mass index of over 30.0. That is nearly 78 million adults and 13 million children. As a result, we have to ask ourselves, “Why are we so out of balance?”(1,2,3)*

Keeping your gut healthy can be difficult in today’s world of processed, fast foods and diets high in sugar brought to us by a food industry that is focused on the bottom dollar rather than our good health. Advertising campaigns target children at a young age. Our meat and dairy are raised with hormones and antibiotics. Stress levels are high as people struggle to make ends meet, social media drives us, and we don’t sleep enough. And, we have a billion dollar pharmaceutical industry ready and waiting to prescribe anything and everything for every little ailment that arises.*

It begins at birth. Babies born by C-section then fed baby formula instead of breast milk are positioned for problems down the road. A healthy life begins with the microbial bath experienced during a vaginal birth then followed by breast milk that is full of the healthy bacteria from the mother’s microbiome.  Without a healthy gut, children also are prone to suffer from obesity, increased allergies, autoimmune disorders, anxiety and depression. (1,2,3)*

Antibiotic therapies are often prescribed whether we need it or not. Many of us have received antibiotics from an early age, for everything from ear infections to the common cold, which wipes out the good bacteria as well as the bad. Luckily, many doctors are shifting their focus regarding antibiotic use as superbugs are a threat.*

Another contributing factor is that we get our produce from farms where pesticides are used to kill every little thing and our soils are depleted of their nutrients. Where am I going with all this?*

While things can get out of balance, it is up to you to change it. You have the power to get your own microbiome in balance and to keep it there.  You can tell when your body is not healthy. If your mood is off, you are getting canker sores in your mouth, you are gaining weight, feeling tired and run down or your thinking is foggy, something is not right, and it is time to get things back in check! The good news is…it only takes a few simple steps!*

Every time you eat, you have the opportunity to change the population of our microbiome, starting with your next meal.  Our gut bacteria change approximately every 20 minutes, so we can achieve a healthy gut, fairly quickly.  While numerous variables can affect the health of your gut, including exercise, sleep, and stress, the number one contributor is diet.1*

Remember the 4 Rs! Remove, Replace, Reinoculate and Repair. (3,4)*

The most important thing to do when cleaning up your gut and getting things back in balance is to Remove processed foods and toxins from your diet. This is the key first step in creating a healthy microbiome.  Clean out the pantry and the refrigerator and remove anything that is processed, high in sugar and non organic. This may be hard, but it is the first step. (3,4)*

Once you do this, Replace those bad foods with a variety of clean, organic ones. Fresh fruits and vegetables, organic, grass fed meats, and nuts and legumes. Your health care provider may suggest you also add digestive enzymes or other supplements to help with digestion. (3,4)*

The next step is to reinoculate your gut with good bacteria. That is where Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ plays an essential role. If you are not already on the product, start taking it right away, slowly, with just one capsule a day. Slowly build up to as many as six to eight capsules a day in severe cases, depending on the condition of your gut. You don’t want to start with 6 all at once, as the side effects can be uncomfortable if you take too many with an unhealthy gut. As the good bacteria eat away at the bad, gases and toxins are released and need to be eliminated from the body. You don’t want to have this happen all at once! Once your gut is back in balance, you can resume a maintenance dose of 2-4 capsules a day. (3,4)*

As you continue to eat right, and maintain a healthy dosage of probiotics, you will find that your gut will repair and get back in balance. Additionally, add lots of water, which is excellent for flushing the toxins; sleep, which is essential whole body repair and health maintenance. Exercise regularly to sweat out toxins. Before you know it, your microbiome and your body will be back in balance and you will find you feel better.(3,4)*

Only WE have the control over what happens to our bodies and what goes into our bodies. Choose wisely!

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. https://ted.us1.list-anage.com/track/click?u=07487d1456302a286cf9c4ccc&id=d5ae1b294d&e=b6bb4e3cf1
  2. https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/29-most-obese-countries-in-the-world.html
  3. https://www.planetnaturopath.com/functional-pathology-testing/the-4-rs-of-gut-healing/
  4. https://chopra.com/articles/heal-your-gut-with-the-4r-program

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Jul 15 2018

It’s time to say no to a plastic world.

Published by under General,Personal Care

It’s time to say “no” to a plastic world.
The negative impact of plastic water bottles on our planet and our health is outweighing their convenience.

We are at the peak of summer. Temperatures are rising and we need to stay hydrated. It is essential for our health. Dehydration can lead to many health conditions, even death if we let it go too far. With our bodies being made up of more than 60% water, it is essential we drink lots of it each day. On average, an adult male needs 3 liters of water a day while an adult female needs 2.2 liters. Staying hydrated has never been easier with plastic water bottles everywhere. They are at the grocery store, the gas station, and in vending machines. Everywhere we go, someone offers us a bottle of water. It’s great on the one hand, as we are doing good for our bodies to hydrate them. On the flipside, we are harming the planet beyond belief and we are actually harming our bodies, according to a new study.(1,2,3)*

 Everyone is using plastic water bottles. In fact, planet wide, we are going through them at the rate of one million bottles per minute. In the US, we are going through them at a rate of more than 3 million every hour. And not everyone recycles. In some cities and states, (perhaps yours), recycling programs are not offered. For every six bottle people buy, only one is recycled. Water bottles do not biodegrade, but rather photodegrade, which means it takes at least up to 1,000 years for every single bottle to decomposes, leaking toxic pollutants into our valuable soil and water as they do. Plastic bottles are thrown into landfills, end up in our oceans and water ways and are killing our wild life and harming our ecosystems. “…At least 8 million tons of mishandled plastic waste washes into the world’s oceans, rivers and lakes each year..” 

When the plastic pieces get thrashed about in the seas, they break down into smaller and smaller pieces, which ultimately get consumed by sea life and other wild life. And, much of it has accumulated in the “plastic ocean.” This term is given to the billions of pounds of plastics which can be found in a swirling convergence which makes up approximately 40 percent of the ocean’s surface.  “…Plastic is so durable that the EPA reports “every bit of plastic ever made still exists.”…”   (2,3,4,5)**

The energy and resources it takes to make plastic water bottles is equally mind boggling. It takes 17 million barrels of oil each year to produce water bottles, and almost 2,000 times the energy to manufacture  a bottle of water than it does to produce tap water. And it is estimated that it takes three times the amount of water to make a water bottle than it does to fill it. 5*

But beyond the trash and pollution factor, the use of natural resources, and the fact that we are ruining our oceans and killing our wildlife, there is a more personal concern for humans to consider before twisting the top off that water bottle. In a recent study commissioned by the non-profit, journalistic outlet Orb Media,”… researchers at State University of New York at Fredonia tested water from 259 bottles produced by 11 different companies and purchased in nine countries…” The researchers found an average of 325 plastic particles per liter of water. Out of the 259 bottles, only 17 were plastic free. In one bottle of Nestle Pure Life, the concentrations of plastics were as high as 10,000 pieces per liter of water. The most common type of plastic found was polypropylene, which is the plastic used to make bottle caps. (2,3)*

 This research has spurred the WHO to launch a review into the health risks of plastics in drinking water. They are finding that in many cases, when we drink water out of plastic bottles, we are consuming plastic fibers at a rate double to that found in tap water. While the effects of microplastics building up in a human’s body is not known, it is known to harm animals like fish, as seen in alterations in both behavior and hormones.  Earlier studies have found microplastics in tap water, beer, sea salt and fish, and  researchers are working to determine whether microplastics can be harmful. “…”What we do know is that some of these particles are big enough that, once ingested, they are probably excreted but along the way they can release chemicals that cause known human health impacts. Some of these particles are so incredibly small that they can actually make their way across the gastro-intestinal tract, across the lining and be carried throughout the body, and we don’t know the implications of what that means on our various organs and tissues.”…” The priority is to understand how much microplastic we ingest and what happens to it inside the body. It may be possible that tiny particles can pass through he lining of the gut, which begs the question…where does it end up?7*

According to one researcher, “…”The particles could stay within an immune cell in the gut lining, or be passed into our lymphatic system ending up in the lymph nodes, or there is a small potential for them to enter the blood stream and possibly accumulate in the liver. These are foreign hard particles which our body will obviously want to get rid of but it can’t because plastic is not degradable so that will cause harm to the local tissue. But at the moment we don’t know.”…”7*

So are you willing to do your part to cut down on the use of plastic, especially plastic water bottles? So much of it is retraining ourselves into new habits. Ask your local community to install more water fountains, or water refilling stations. Carry a reusable water bottle with you wherever you go. If you do use a plastic water bottle, reuse it and recycle it. Don’t throw it in the trash. If you see a plastic water bottle on the street, at the park or at the beach, pick it up, take it home and recycle it. It is easy to ignore this problem as it is “out of sight, out of mind”. But it is catching up with us quickly.*

Our gut health is tied into this problem as well, as the toxins and foreign particles which end up in our bodies can affect our cells and immune system. Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ works to detoxify our systems and carry toxins through our digestive tract. It is not as easy to stay healthy in this day and age in which toxins, GMOs, plastics, and pesticides are present in our food and water while we are unaware. Stay proactive with your own health and your own habits.*  

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. https://water.usgs.gov/edu/propertyyou.html
  2. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/03/you-re-probably-drinking-microplastics-with-your-bottled-water
  3. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/mar/15/microplastics-found-in-more-than-90-of-bottled-water-study-says
  4. https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/ocean_plastics/
  5. http://waterbottles.healthyhumanlife.com/plastic-water-bottle-pollution-plastic-bottles-end/
  6. https://www.banthebottle.net/bottled-water-facts/
  7. https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43389031

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Jul 01 2018

Where are your fruits and vegetables coming from?

Published by under Organic

Where are your fruits and vegetables coming from?
Produce imported from all over the world is at higher rates than ever before.

Summer is here with its abundance of delicious fruits and vegetables. If you are lucky enough to live in an area where crops grow in abundance, you can pick up local fruits and veggies everywhere that are freshly picked from the vine. This is such a great time of year to eat in a healthy way because everything tastes so good. Peaches, nectarines, cherries, grapes, berries, watermelon, artichokes, corn….it is all in season!

According to the USDA’s 2012 agricultural census data, “…California produces the nation’s largest assortment and volume of fruits and vegetables on nearly 4.4 million acres. They lead production in broccoli, artichokes, kiwis, plums, celery, garlic, cauliflower, spinach, carrots, lettuce, raspberries, and strawberries. Of its 100 million acre land mass, 1.2 million are used to grow vegetables. Other major vegetable producing-states are (in order) Idaho, Washington, Wisconsin, Florida, and Minnesota with between 370,000 and 230,000 acres…” (1,2,3)

Fruits and vegetables in most states are in season for a short period of time. In some  states where climates are mild and there is large areas of fertile, arable land, such as California, Florida, Arizona and Texas, seasons may last a little longer.(1,2)*

Steadily, over the years, it has become that we can get out of season fruits and vegetables at the grocery store during months where you know these fruits and vegetables are not in season. That is because produce imports have steadily increased for decades and  “…more than half of the fresh fruit and almost a third of the fresh vegetables Americans buy now come from other countries…”(1,2)*

US consumers are no longer experiencing the restrictions of the seasons as in the past. When the summer season ends here, it starts somewhere else. In the winter, our blueberries come from South America. Back in the 1970s, the US exported produce, but today our nation is a net importer. From 1999 to 2014, the volume of US fruit and vegetable imports increased from 35% to 50%.1*

The growth in imported produce, mainly from Canada and Latin America is a result of a steady flow of changes that has taken place over the last 40 years.  Better roads, containerized and refrigerated shipping and upgrades in storage technology have all made it possible. Horticulturists have also been hard at work developing varieties and different growing methods that have adapted berries to warmer climates. This has enabled blueberries and blackberries to be grown in central Mexico.(1,2)*

American incomes have also grown along with their appetite for fresh produce year round. Back in the day, when the winter months came, people ate canned and frozen vegetables, and fresh produce was something to look forward to in the summer. “…From 2010-2012 fresh fruit accounted for 52% of Americans’ per capita consumption, up from 42% in 1970-1972; while processed fruit (canned, juice, frozen, and dried) fell steadily from a peak of 171.3 lbs. per person in 1977 to 113.7 lbs. per person in 2012. Within the processed category, canned and juice consumption has declined the most from 1970 to 2012. Growth in the frozen fruit category was attributed primarily to the popularity of frozen berries…”1*

There are other factors as well that have led to an increase in produce imports. International trade and regulatory hurdles at home have shifted production to other countries, mainly Mexico. Foreign growers have taken advantage of of lower labor costs as well. 2*

The United States Department of Agriculture over the past two decades has issued approximately 100 new rules which have allowed additional crops into the US. These are crops that previously were not allowed due to the risk of them introducing invasive pests and diseases. Through new “systems approaches” that manage those risks such as orchard inspections, sprays and bagging of fruits, produce such as peppers from Peru, are now allowed in.2*

Here are some interesting statistics:

  • From 1998 to 2012, spring produce imports have more than tripled and fall imports increased 4.5 fold.2*
  • Over 90% of imported fruits and vegetables come from Mexico, Central America and South America.2*
  • “…According to a recent Agriculture Department report, fresh produce imports will rise 45 percent from 2016 to 2027, implying that a decade from now, three-quarters of our fruits and almost half of our vegetables will be imported…”2*
  • With more than 80% of our fish being imported, it looks like produce may be heading in the same direction.

So the question is, what are the pros and cons of imported produce?

Pros:

-We have fresh produce available to us year round and a plant based diet still leads the way in the healthiest way to eat and is best for our planet. (1,2)*

-Fruit and vegetables grown in the right climate overseas can use fewer resources for farming as opposed to growing out of season produce in heated greenhouses domestically. (1,2)*

-Imported produce can sometimes be fresher and more flavorful than domestic produce. Gala apples from New Zealand can be crunchier than the same variety coming from American orchards which were picked the previous fall. (1,2)*

-Much of the imported produce costs less than that grown domestically. Additionally, competition from imports keeps domestic prices down. (1,2)*

Cons:

-We may suffer quality. Imported produce may be picked less ripe, with more durable varieties being selected at the expense of flavor. (1,2)*

 -In many fruits, acidity drops with time and “off flavors” can develop. An example is cherries that are weeks old may still look great but lack flavor. (1,2)*

-Domestic asparagus which is grown mainly in California, Michigan and Washington is usually plumper and juicier with more flavor than that imported from Mexico and Peru which can be rubbery and fibrous. (1,2)*

-Some nutritional value is lost over time, especially with Vitamin C. (1,2)*

-Imported produce may not follow the same federal standards for pesticide residues.  “…Of some concern is a 2015 report from the Food and Drug Administration that found that 9.4 percent of imported fruit samples violated federal standards for pesticide residues, compared with 2.2 percent of domestic samples. (For vegetables, the figures were 9.7 percent for imported and 3.8 percent for domestic.) But that’s probably not enough to justify avoiding imported produce…” There have been reports of fraud from countries like Costa Rica and China which has raised concerns as to whether produce labeled organic is as reliably free of pesticide residue as our domestic equivalents…” (1,2)*

-Because imported produce travels farther, do they cause greater carbon emissions and pollution? (1,2)*

I still encourage you to look for the words ‘Organic’, ‘farm to table’, ‘locally grown’. These are the buzz words today at many restaurants, farmers markets and grocers. We can see why. We want to know where our foods are coming from and if we know they are being grown locally, we have a little bit more control over knowing how they are being grown. Farmers Markets are a great way to know you are buying local. While having access to fresh fruits and vegetables year round seemingly outweighs the fact that they are imported from around the world, it helps explain why quality and tasted are often lacking. You can influence things by choosing where you shop, where you eat and reading labels.

Eating fresh produce is important to good gut health. Taking Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ daily, combined with a non-processed, whole foods, primarily plant based diet, will help your gut stay healthy and populated with the friendly bacteria it needs to aid in proper digestion and the development and maintenance of a healthy immune system. Enjoy the bounty of fresh, local produce available to you right now. In off seasons, buyer beware!

Healthiest wishes,

 

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. https://www.dirt-to-dinner.com/where-do-our-fruits-and-vegetables-come-from/
  2. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/13/dining/fruit-vegetables-imports.html
  3. https://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2012/
  4. http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/usda/current/VegeSumm/VegeSumm-02-04-2016.pdf
  5. http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/food-availability-(per-capita)-data-system/.aspx

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Jun 17 2018

Study – Cut down on meat, cut down on emissions

Published by under Damngerous Chemicals

Cut down on meat, cut down on emissions.
Decreasing the demand for meat may be the answer to environmental issues caused by meat production in our country.

Happy Fathers Day to the many wonderful fathers out there!  Fathers play such an important role in the upbringing of healthy, responsible children. Dads teach us things that only a man can. They take us to the ball field, cut the grass, fixing the broken car and teach us right from wrong and to stretch our limits. Thank you for your important role in raising your children and leading your family. We hope you enjoy your day!

There is another role men often assume and that is of “grill master”.  And here comes the segue to health. Many men love grilling steaks, and other meats and have this skill honed to perfection. But while  the steaks and meat coming off the grill may be delicious, we are finding more and more that we should be enjoying them in limited amounts. Meat, especially red meat, is doing us more harm than good, not only to our bodies but also our environment. So while I’m not trying to rain on anyone’s parade, I thought this might be a good day to bring awareness to this problem that some scientists worry could have devastating effects on our planet.

The Environmental Working Group and the US Department of Agriculture have combined forces to explore both the impact that meat has on our diets and the environment at the same time. They are not advocating that people give up meat entirely, but they venture to suggest that by even giving it up one day a week, it could have monumental positive impact not just on our health but on the environment.  Approximately 40% of the world’s land surface is used to raise food to keep the world’s population of 7 billion people fed. About 30% of the world’s ice free surface is used to raise food such as grains, fruits and vegetables to feed the livestock that we eventually eat. “There may be no other single human activity that has a bigger impact on the planet than the raising of livestock….”, according to this study.1,2)*

The EWG released the Meat Eater’s Guide to Climate Change + Health, which is a comprehensive breakdown of both the health effects and the environmental footprint of our food choices. It puts into real life terms how our food choices affect the environment. You can compare your food choices with their impact on the world in terms you can understand, such as a driving the car analogy. For example “…if a family of four people skips steak one day a week [for a year], it’s like taking your car off the road for almost three months…”For the full report, see reference 3 below.(1,2)*

The EWG’s findings provided other revealing statistics. Did you know that beef produces twice the emissions of pork and four times the emissions as chicken? It also produces 13 times the emissions of  vegetable protein such as tofu, lentils and beans. And, lamb is the worst choice of all with 50% higher emissions than beef!(1,3)*

Food waste is a huge problem in our country as well, and with Americans throwing away approximately  20% of the meat we produce, we are creating a lot of carbon emissions for nothing.

 The USDA also released  findings pertaining to emissions as they relate to milk and cheese. They conducted a study of a single commercial dairy in Idaho that houses 10,000 milk cows. “…The facility is home to 20 open-lot pens, two milking parlors, a hospital barn, a maternity barn, a manure solid separator, a 25-acre wastewater storage pond, and a 25-acre compost yard..” Over a year’s span, investigators monitored carbon dioxide, methane, ammonia, and nitrous oxide emissions. This one dairy gave off “…3,575 pounds of ammonia, 33,092 pounds of methane, and 409 pounds of nitrous oxide per day…”  This is a concern, because this is just one day.  Multiply this by 365 days in a year and tens of thousands of dairy farms in the U.S., and we are looking at a lot of emissions!1*

The end game is that meat production is costing us, not only with the negative effects it has on our health if we eat too much, especially red meat, but on our planet. In addition to the emissions, there are the pesticides, fertilizers, fuel and water needed to produce the feed for the livestock.1*

I know this is not what many people want to hear, but sadly, it is something that if we don’t address, it could be our most destructive practice to the planet. As we discussed in our last blog, many people are not willing to give up meat entirely. But, if everyone would cut down on the amount they eat, and waste, we can make a dent in this problem. Additionally, choose producers who are using sustainable methods, and raising their cattle using means that are more environmentally friendly, such as grass fed and organic. As long as the demand remains high for meat, many producers have to resort to  a more efficient means of production, which is not good for the planet or our health. Consider being a “flexitarian” and only eat meat occasionally. It will have an impact for the better on our planet, your health and the animals who often sustain pretty nasty conditions. And as leaders of the family, fathers take the lead!(1,2,3)*

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. http://science.time.com/2011/07/26/how-meat-and-dairy-are-hiking-your-carbon-footprint/
  2. http://science.time.com/2013/12/16/the-triple-whopper-environmental-impact-of-global-meat-production/
  3. https://www.ewg.org/meateatersguide/

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Jun 03 2018

Is being a vegetarian or vegan perceived to be too difficult?

Published by under General

Is being a vegetarian or vegan too difficult?
Try being a Flexitarian.

With July 4th just around the corner, a lot of hot dogs and hamburgers will be the grill across this proud nation of ours. But considering the impact too much meat has on both our health and the environmental may drive us all to consider throwing some organic corn or veggie burgers on the grill instead.

We’ve talked about the importance of plant based diets before. The friendly gut bacteria feed off of fibrous diets full of healthy vegetables and fruits. There are a lot of other good reasons to go vegetarian or vegan. It is better for our overall health. It is better for the animals and it is better for our planet. But saying, “I’ll never eat meat”, dissuades a lot of people from going vegetarian or vegan and then turns them off of the idea all together. Well fear no more, the phrase “Flexitarian” has been coined to describe a vegetarian who “gets a little on the side” so to speak. And people like this idea. 1*

Flexitarians are vegetarians whose diet is mostly vegetarian, but with some flexibility to eat meat, fish and poultry.  There are also other variations of vegetarianism for comparison. Pesco-vegetarians are vegetarians who eat fish and seafood. Ovo-lacto vegetarians eat eggs and milk products, but not meat, fish or poultry. Vegans eat only plant based foods, excluding anything with an animal origin.  

For example “…A Flexitarian is defined as one whose normally meatless diet occasionally includes meat or fish…”  The term was first coined in 1998 to describe people who mostly but don’t always eat vegetarian foods.  Instead of committing to a plant based diet full time, their focus is to eat mainly whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, legumes, grains and dairy. It may be that they eat meat only once a week, or consume just a little each day. For those who have grown up eating meat at every meal, and meat and potatoes every night, this is the “lite” version of vegetarianism.  It puts people in a different mindset. Instead of being vegetarian and feeling as if you are “cheating” when you eat meat, it puts people in the space where they can eat meat sometimes, but aim for mostly vegetarian meals. The benefit of this term will help people lean more towards vegetarianism and hopefully reduce their meat intake which can have profound effects on both their health and the environment.(1,2)*

Benefits of going Flexitarian?

Health benefits:

Studies have shown that the health benefits associated with being Flexitarian include lower blood pressure, better metabolic health and a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. (1,2,3)*

Better for the planet.

 “… In a paper published in Siencec, researchers have analyzed the environmental impacts caused by our food production and consumption. Overall, they estimated a vegan world would produce 49 per cent less food-based greenhouse gas emissions, 50 per cent less acidification on land, 49 per cent less eutrophication, and would use 19 per cent less water to meet our food-energy demands…” (1,2,4)*

Save money while eating better:

 It will help with your overall grocery bill because meat is expensive, especially if you are buying organic, grass fed beef and fresh fish. Factory farmed meats are fed grain to fatten them up and they are given  antibiotics for  weight gain and to avoid illness, which is causing them to carry resistant strains  of bacteria and viruses. Farmed fish is also fed grain and is full of chemicals and dyes. So if you buy less meat, you can focus on buying the good stuff when you do.  By allowing a small amount of quality animal products into your diet, you are getting protein, and vitamins that only come from meat and dairy. Protein is important for improving muscle mass, bone strength and stabilizing blood sugar levels.  Wild caught fish is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids which help protect your heart and prevent cancer, not to mention keep the brain healthy.

Better fit for families

If meals sometimes have meat, and sometimes don’t no one feels they are being forced into a certain way of eating or being deprived. In the UK, Paul McCartney and his family started a campaign called Meatless Monday, encouraging people to slowly cut meat out of their diets. .

Keep in mind when eating less meat, that you need to supplement your diet with Vitamin B12, because animal foods are the best sources of this vitamin. Body Biotics™ Liquid B 6-9-12 drops are an excellent, tasty supplement to help with maintaining your B-vitamin intake.

Moderation is still the mantra. Stay focused on vegetables, fruits, and a mainly plant based diet, but this flexible way of eating allows you some leeway to add a little meat now and then.

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. https://theconversation.com/love-meat-too-much-to-be-vegetarian-go-flexitarian-73741
  2. https://draxe.com/flexitarian/
  3. http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2018-06-01/would-you-go-vegan-to-save-the-planet-study-says-its-best-option/9816168?section=science

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