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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May 20 2018

Focus on Fiber for a Healthy Gut.

Focus on fiber for a healthy gut.
Make sure you are eating plenty of fiber to keep your gut healthy and ward off disease.

Do you eat plenty of fiber at each meal? Does breakfast consist of donuts or oatmeal? Does lunch consist of a burger and fries or do you opt for the salad? And how about dinner?  Is there always a side of cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and Brussel sprouts?

Most Americans do not eat enough fiber each day. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, on average we are only consuming about 10-15 grams a day, whereas we should be eating 20 to 35grams or more a day.(1,2)*   

Where does fiber come from? Fiber is the part of vegetables, fruits and whole grains that our bodies don’t absorb and digest. Instead, it passes through the digestive tract mostly intact, and does not break down like other foods we consume.  This intact fiber creates bulk which helps move stool, microbes and other waste through the digestive tract, gently scraping the walls, helping to remove carcinogens and other unwanted microbes as it goes.1*

There are two kinds of fiber. The first is soluble fiber, which dissolves with water and creates a gel like substance which helps to lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels. Insoluble fiber on the other hand doesn’t dissolve, and absorbs water which adds bulk to the digestive tract, helping to move things through quickly. Foods high in insoluble fiber include artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, bran, nuts, sprouts and carrots. Soluble fiber foods include legumes, apples, citrus fruits, oats and peas. (1,2)*

People who eat diets low in fiber, often suffer from constipation, irregularity, and sluggishness. More than that, when we eat diets insufficient in fiber, it raises our risk of developing serious digestive issues such as colon cancer, diverticulitis, irritable bowel syndrome and more. But when we eat lots of fiber, it helps keep things cleaned out as the fiber moves stool through your digestive tract and cleans the colon. Along with this, eating plenty of healthy fiber can reduce the incidence of heart disease, by lowering cholesterol, blood pressure, inflammation and glucose levels not to mention help with weight loss, by making us feel full and ultimately wanting to eat less. (1,2)

High fiber diets are also essential for a healthy gut in that bacteria feed off of it. The friendly bacteria found in Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ are encapsulated in their own prebiotic of humic and fulvic acid. But fiber also acts as a probiotic, so as your bacteria multiply, if they have the proper food source, they will continue to thrive. Diets low in fiber and high in sugar feed unfriendly bacteria. If you feel run down, are getting canker sores, and are feeling tired, all signs of Candida overgrowth, try increasing your Body Biotics™ intake and adjusting your diet to more high fiber foods and see your energy levels rise.*

In order to get the proper amount of fiber, add fruits and vegetables at every meal. A whole foods diet, high in fruits and vegetables will make sure you get plenty of fiber each day. But on those days where you catch yourself eating a donut and coffee on the run, try to eat a cup of berries or a handful of nuts too. Choose a salad as your side instead of French fries at lunch. And always pile your plate high with veggies at night.

Taking your Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ regularly along with eating a high fiber diet will help ensure a healthy gut which as we know means a healthy body and immune system.*

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/fiber/art-20043983
  2. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/how-to-get-more-fibre-into-your-diet/

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May 06 2018

Technology and stress are a bad combination for teenagers today.*

Published by under Immune System,Stress

Technology and stress are a bad combination for teenagers today.*
Teens and adolescents are growing up in a toxic environment that is fueling high rates of anxiety and depression.1*

If there ever was a time to stop and pay attention to what’s going on with your kids, now is the time. While adolescents today have a reputation for being more fragile and less resilient, and not as “tough” as when their parents were kids, studies show something much darker is simmering beneath the surface. Anxiety and depression has been on the rise since 2012, and this trend transcends all demographics, and communities. Whether college bound or not, rich or poor, rural or suburban, kids are affected. Financial stress in the family can intensify these issues, and girls are at more risk than boys.1*

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, about 3 million teens aged 12-17 during 2015 had at least one major depressive episode during the previous year. Two million reported that their depression impaired them and their ability to function in their daily lives. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 6.3 million teens, 30% of girls and 20% of boys had an anxiety disorder. These numbers are most likely low since many don’t seek help for depression and anxiety. A 2015 Report from Child Mind Institute found only 20% of young people with a diagnosable anxiety disorder sought treatments.1*

Why is this generation of kids so stressed, depressed and prone to anxiety? Researchers are determining several contributing factors. For one, standardized testing and No Child Left Behind has been a part of the last decade, creating a new type of pressure in the classroom for both teachers and kids. These kids are also the post 9/11 generation. They have only known a world with terrorism and school shootings. And, the most insidious factor in their lives, is that they hit puberty at the time when technology and social media were transforming society.1*

“If you want to create an environment to churn out really angsty people, we’ve done it,” says Janis Whitlock, director of the Cornell Research Program on Self Injury and Recovery. She thinks the main factor stressing our kids, even above school stress and today’s helicopter parenting, is this “…cauldron of stimulus they can’t get away from, don’t want to get away from or don’t know how to get away from…”1*

Everything is documented on social media, news is always present in the media, and things stay online for hours and days.  Every bad thing that happens in the world is broadcast over and over, and social media sites can be playgrounds for snarky attacks and bullying. Kids can’t get away from it. There are apps for kids that “cut” and sites for kids contemplating suicide. There is anything and everything available for them to find inside their phones. And most kids are glued to their phones constantly. Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter…kids can’t escape their problems when they leave school. They always see what others are doing that they weren’t included in and kids can be downright mean.1*

And this stress and angst is starting young. School pressure, technology and bullying is affecting elementary kids as young as the 5th grade, according to Palm Beach School Counselor Assistant Co-President Ellen Chance. “…Kids don’t want to come to school because they feel outcast and targeted…”1*

“…It’s hard for many adults to understand how much of teenagers’ emotional life is lived within the small screens on their phones, but a CNN special report in 2015 conducted with researchers at the University of California, Davis, and the University of Texas at Dallas examined the social-media use of more than 200 13-year-olds. Their analysis found that “there is no firm line between their real and online worlds,” according to the researchers…”1*

Other things affecting teenager’s stress levels are the amount of sleep and exercise they get, and also the amount of screen time they spend each day. Teenagers spend an average of 7 ½ hours on some type of media every day. Teens aren’t sleeping enough, an average of 7.4 hours per school night, whereas 9-10 hours is what is recommended according to The Center for Disease Control. Teens are also exercising less than one time per week if at all, even though exercise is a proven way to help reduce stress levels.2*

“…The negative health effects of lack of sleep and too much screen time for teens could be significant. Teens who don’t get enough sleep are four times as likely as well-rested teens to develop major depressive disorders, according to a recent University of Texas study, while teens who are already depressed are more likely to lose sleep. Teens who spend a lot of time on the Internet are also as likely to exhibit depressive symptoms and suicidal thoughts as teens who misuse drugs and skip school, according to a recent Swedish study…”2*

From a health perspective, chronic stress can really take a toll on the body. It makes us more susceptible to viral illnesses such as catching a cold or the flu, and puts us at a greater risk for other diseases and infections as it wreaks havoc on our immune system and overall health. It is essential that we set our kids up for healthy lifestyle choices and behaviors. We don’t want to see our teens have health issues down the road. *

We can help ourselves and our kids by taking steps unplug. Adults need to put down their phones and look and listen to their kids. Spend quality, interactive time together. Keep a regular bed time and wake up time. Exercise at least 4-5 times per week and daily if possible. Eat right. Limit alcohol. B Complex vitamins are an excellent source for stress reduction. Body Biotics™ Liquid B 6-9-12 drops are an easy and excellent way to get these extra B vitamins. They are in a tasty berry flavor so you can give them to your kids as well. And since stress takes a major toll on the gut and  immune system, give your kids a regular dose of friendly bacteria, found in Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™.*

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. http://time.com/4547322/american-teens-anxious-depressed-overwhelmed/
  2. .http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/11/american-teens-are-even-m_n_4768204.html
  3. http://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-you/mental-health/8-nutrients-to-help-beat-anxiety

 

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Apr 22 2018

Is an oil free diet healthy for you?

Published by under Organic

Is an oil-free diet healthy for you?
Differing theories about nutrition abound, but another alternative approach provides food for thought.*

There are many people who swear by eating a diet which is completely vegan and free of all fats and oils. Even nuts and avocados. As with every new diet trend that comes to the forefront, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons based on what is best for your health.

So is a no oil, no fat diet good for you? What are the benefits? Is it healthy to have no oil? And why in the world would anyone want to do this? Afterall, we’ve been taught olive oil, among others, are good for us! According to Dr. Esselstyn, a cardiologist and author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, “…the epidemic of so-called “healthy fats” is contributing to heart disease…” Lauren Bernick, of wellelephant.com, who follows his program, dropped her cholesterol 110 points and lost 20 pounds, without medication by following this oil free, vegan way of eating. You can read her story on her website.(1,2)* 

Healthy oils come from olives, avocados, walnuts and corn plus other nuts. They are extracted from whole foods, making them a concentrated source of calories. With over 4,000 calories per pound, olive oil is a very calorie dense food. Therefore, adding olive oil to any food or meal dramatically increases its calorie density. If you are trying to lose weight, this is an important fact. (3,4)*

Researchers are finding out that just because monounsaturated fats, those found in olive oil, may be better for us than saturated fats, it doesn’t mean they are good for us, rather a lesser of two evils. Findings show that too much of even the good fats can lead to diseased arteries. Scientists have found through studies involving monkeys, who react similarly to humans, that a diet rich in monounsaturated fats can lead to extensive atherosclerotic plaque in coronary arteries. And while a monounsaturated fat diet can result in lower LDLs and higher HDLs, than a saturated fat rich diet, damage to the arteries is the same. Bottom line is that these studies are showing that it doesn’t matter if you’re consuming saturated or monounsaturated fats. If you’re eating too much of them, they can be equally damaging when it comes to blood lipid levels and heart disease. For people with high cholesterol and heart disease, or a family history of these conditions, this is noteworthy. (3,4)*

There are studies which show that after a fat rich meal, the increased fat in the blood can cause inflammation and injure arteries, thus promoting heart disease. After a meal high in olive oil, the ability of people’s arteries to dilate is significantly impaired. Impaired  endothelial function in the short term, usually contributes to clogged arteries in the long run. (3,4)*

Additional research in animals and humans such as the Stanford Coronary Risk Intervention Project, have demonstrated that diets very low in total fat and cholesterol can not only prevent atherosclerosis but actually shrink plaque and reverse atherosclerosis.3*

So what about the Mediterranean diet? “…In the 1950s Ancel Keys and fellow scientists observed that people living in the Mediterranean, especially on the isle of Crete, were lean and heart disease-free. And true, their diet consisted of olive oil, but it also had an abundance of fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices, coarse whole-grain breads, beans, and fish. And they walked about nine miles daily, often behind an ox and plow. But much has changed on Crete – and throughout the Mediterranean – since then. Today, the people of Crete still eat a lot of olive oil, but their intake of whole, natural foods has gone way down, as has their physical activity. The island’s new staples are meat, cheese, TV, and the Internet. Today, more than 60% of Crete’s adult population – and an alarming 50% of its children – are overweight…”3*

 According to the FDA, “Limited and not conclusive scientific evidence suggests that eating about 2 tablespoons (23 grams) of olive oil daily may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease due to the monounsaturated fat in olive oil. To achieve this possible benefit, olive oil is to replace a similar amount of saturated fat and not increase the total number of calories you eat in a day.”  The key here is to replace, not add!3*

 

The American Heart Association recommends aiming for a dietary pattern that achieves 5% to 6% of calories from saturated fat. For example, if you need about 2,000 calories a day, no more than 120 of them should come from saturated fat. That’s only about 2 tablespoons of olive oil per day.5*

It is argued that many of the most valuable nutrients found in olives, nuts and avocados such as the omega 3 fatty acids, phytosterols, polyphenols and Vitamin E are not only present in these oils, but they are more concentrated than if you were to eat a whole avocado or olive or eating whole foods. But a mere tablespoon of olive oil delivers a hefty 120 calories for a mere 30mg of polyphenols/plant sterols. But you can get the same amount of polyphenols/plant sterols with only 11 calories from green leafy lettuce. And while these oils can offer Omega 3 fatty acids, we don’t need that much according to The National Academy of Sciences. They say that women only need 1/4 of a teaspoon while men only need 1/3 of a teaspoon of them daily.(3,4)*

Other dieticians advocate for oil, that it helps us absorb more nutrients from the foods we eat, especially vegetables. Fats stimulate the release of gastrointestinal hormones which slow the absorption of carbohydrates in our meal which leads to steadier blood sugar levels, and helps us feel full. Combining veggies with healthy fats are a winning combination for weight control according to many. If roasting vegetables in olive oil and drizzling a little on a salad makes vegetables more palatable, than its better to eat more vegetables than not. 5*

So the bottom line is that most of us are going to eat oil in our diets…it is hard to avoid. But with this research it may open our eyes to choosing oils wisely, and not loading them on thinking they are “good” for us, because they came from an olive or avocado. If you have a history or family history of high cholesterol or heart disease, limiting your monounsaturated fats as well as saturated fats may make a big difference.  For many, just avoiding processed junk foods, processed meats, salad dressings, fried foods and sugary desserts such as cake and cookies, is a starting point. All signs point back to a whole foods, primarily plant based diet, chocked full of organic vegetables, fruits, nuts and legumes. And of course, everything in moderation is a good mantra. *

“…The people on earth with the longest life expectancy and the least heart disease do not eat diets rich in olive oil or any other fat. They do eat a diet rich in whole, natural foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and beans…”3*

Keeping our gut healthy is our primary goal. Do the best you can given your personal circumstances. Eating this way will keep your gut healthy and these good foods serve as food for your good bacteria. Continue to supplement with Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ to ensure you are getting the friendly bacteria you may be missing. *

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

 

www.bodybiotics.com

 

 

Resources:

  1. https://www.wellelephant.com/
  2. http://www.dresselstyn.com/site/
  3. https://www.pritikin.com/your-health/healthy-living/eating-right/1103-whats-wrong-with-olive-oil.html
  4. https://nutriciously.com/is-oil-good-for-you/
  5. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/should-you-eliminate-oil-from-your-diet/

 

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Apr 08 2018

Some of the Dangers of some Prescription Drugs

Steer clear of the slippery slope.
Beware of how prescription drug side effects can lead to more prescription drugs.

You’ve heard of the book, “If you give a mouse a cookie,” well I’d like to write a book called “When you give a person a pill,” It is the same premise of a chain reaction, of one thing leading to another… then another.  By the end of the story, you can’t recall how it all began; you just know that things have snowballed out of control. *

What am I referring to? Prescription drugs. They have side effects that lead to us taking more pills to counteract the side effects. The scary part is that sometimes we don’t even realize the reason we are feeling bad is because of a drug we’ve been prescribed to make us feel better, and then we try to treat these new symptoms, or just accept these side effects as the ‘new normal.’*

Most drugs, whether they are over the counter or require a prescription, will come with a long list of possible side effects, due to their chemical structure. Many of these side effects may only affect a percentage of those taking them, but many affect everyone. Even common allergy medicines can make you drowsy or jittery. They are chemicals that affect the body. For example Benadryl, a well known allergy medicine, works by blocking the chemical acetylcholine. While this eases allergy symptoms, common side effects are drowsiness and dry mouth. The chemical reaction inside the body leads to good and bad results. (1,2)*

Our philosophy and mission at Body Biotics™ and the benefits of taking Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ is to keep the gut healthy, to address health at the core, keep the immune system strong and enjoy whole body health. If we can keep our weight in check, our immune system strong, and address both our physical and mental health at the very core, we can prevent, or at least prolong the need to take prescription drugs. There are many cases in which genetics or illness may require prescription drugs, but if we really focus on staying healthy and eating right, we can possibly steer clear of this tumultuous path. *

An example of this is with high blood pressure or high cholesterol. While it can be genetic, and in some cases, is basically determined at birth due to the condition being passed down from the parents, you may find that you need to address it with medications as you don’t want to end up having a stroke or heart attack.  But if it is the result of lifestyle, diet and lack of exercise, wouldn’t you rather address these habits first, and avoid having to take prescriptions that are going to have side effects that can lead to this slippery slope of which I speak?*

 A common medication for high blood pressure is ACE inhibitors, also known as Angiotensin-converting enzymes.  With these meds come such possible side effects as a nagging dry cough, among others. The cough alone can drive a person crazy because it is persistent and can keep you up at night. So, for some, (especially if you didn’t pay attention to the side effects of the drug detailed on the packaging) the next step is to try cough medicines, allergy medicines, sleep aides…anything to address this cough and help with sleep. This one medication can lead a person to take four more medicines just to address this single side effect. Additionally, it can lead to headaches, dizziness, fatigue and loss of sex drive. Well, if you don’t feel good from fatigue or headache, you aren’t going to want to exercise. And if you’ve lost your sex drive, it’s going to affect your relationship.  Next comes weight gain as you are too tired to exercise. It can affect your mood because you are tired and cranky, which can affect your general day to day happiness and well being. These things, combined with lack of exercise and energy, results in higher blood pressure. Do you get where I am going with this? (1,2)*

The bottom line is to try and keep your core health at its best so that you can avoid prescription drugs as much as possible. *

Secondly, if you do find you are prescribed something, explore natural alternatives first. Are there supplements you can take? Dietary changes you can make? Should you increase your intake of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ to address your gut health, and therefore lead to better overall health? Healing naturally from within can do wonders. Ask your health care provider if there are alternatives available. If you don’t feel he or she is working with you, get a second opinion. Sometimes, in the busy health care world, it is easier to throw medications at a problem, rather than address the problem at its core.*

Lastly, in some cases, a prescribed medication may truly make a meaningful difference. If the only way you can get your blood pressure under control is with a prescribed medication, than it is better to lower it than live with such a dangerous condition that could lead to a stroke in the long run.  But work with your doctor to understand the side effects and if you are suffering from an uncomfortable side effect that is requiring you to take something else to treat it, see if there is a better medication for you affect you in this way.*

We live in a world of pharmaceuticals with big, big money behind this industry. Doctors are encouraged to prescribe meds and are certainly willing. But beware of putting a band aid on a condition that can be treated with diet, exercise and good gut health. Because treating symptoms without treating the core is going to lead to a domino effect that many never recover from. *

Be smart when it comes to your health.

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

1.        https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/in-depth/ace-inhibitors/art-20047480?pg=2

2.        https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/drug-side-effects-explained#1

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