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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Mar 25 2018

Age old theory of finishing antibiotics is questioned in new report

Published by under Antibiotics

Age old theory of finishing antibiotics is questioned in new reports.
In a quest to mitigate antibiotic resistant superbugs, researchers explore a road less traveled.

As long as I can remember, when prescribed antibiotics, the directions have been to finish the prescription, even though your symptoms of illness have passed.  With the worldwide concern of antibiotic resistant superbugs looming in the minds of health professional everywhere, a group of experts are thinking outside the box. Martin Llewelyn, a professor of infection diseases at Brighton and Sussex medical school and his colleagues,  are questioning this theory, and are now telling patients that once they are feeling better, stopping antibiotic treatment may be wiser than finishing the course. (1,2)* ,

The school of thought that has been deeply planted in the minds of doctors and the public for years has been that if we don’t complete our entire prescription of antibiotics when prescribed, we won’t completely kill the offending bacteria, and as a result, it will come back stronger and more resilient…thus leading to the creation of superbugs that are antibiotic resistant. (1,2)*

In an analysis in the British Medical Journal, Llewelyn and his colleagues say,  “…the idea that stopping antibiotic treatment early encourages antibiotic resistance is not supported by evidence, while taking antibiotics for longer than necessary increases the risk of resistance…” (1,2)*

They acknowledge that there are those diseases in which resistance will develop if the antibiotics are not taken long enough, as in the case of tuberculosis. But, the bacteria that usually cause illness are found everywhere and on everybody, such as E coli and Staphylococcus aureus, and we get ill only when those bugs get into the bloodstream or our guts. In these cases, they state that “…the longer such bacteria are exposed to antibiotics, the more likely it is that resistance will develop…” (1,2)*

According to these experts, there has not been sufficient research into the “ideal length of a course of antibiotics, which also varies from one individual to the next, depending in part on what antibiotics they have taken in the past…” (1,2)*

They feel that outside of the hospital setting where patients can’t be tested regularly to know when antibiotic treatment is ok to stop, the health marker would be simply when the patient feels better. Note that this contradicts the platform of the World Health Organization. (1,2)*

Other infectious disease experts chimed in to support this theory, including Peter Openshaw, president of the British Society for Immunology. “…“I have always thought it to be illogical to say that stopping antibiotic treatment early promotes the emergence of drug-resistant organisms…”(1,2)*

 Another, Alison Holmes, who is an infectious disease professor at Imperial College London, said  that Professor Harold Lamber, a great British authority, made this same conclusion back in 1999 in an article entitled “Don’t keep taking the tablets”. “…“It remains astonishing that apart from some specific infections and conditions, we still do not know more about the optimum duration of courses or indeed doses in many conditions, yet this dogma has been pervasive and persistent.”…” (1,2)*

Holmes adds that “This brief but authoritative review supports the idea that antibiotics may be used more sparingly, pointing out that the evidence for a long duration of therapy is, at best, tenuous. Far from being irresponsible, shortening the duration of a course of antibiotics might make antibiotic resistance less likely.” (1,2)*

Jodi Lindsay, a professor of microbial pathogenesis at St George’s, University of London, called it “sensible advice,” and said “…“The evidence for ‘completing the course’ is poor, and the length of the course of antibiotics has been estimated based on a fear of under-treating rather than any studies. The evidence for shorter courses of antibiotics being equal to longer courses, in terms of cure or outcome, is generally good, although more studies would help and there are a few exceptions when longer courses are better – for example, TB.”…” (1,2)*

Of course there is a concern that the way we have been taught in the past is the right way. Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs shared her concerns. “…“Recommended courses of antibiotics are not random. They are tailored to individual conditions and in many cases, courses are quite short – for urinary tract infections, for example, three days is often enough to cure the infection.”…” ,And in literature in support of Antibiotic Awareness Week 2016, the World Health Organization  “…advised patients to “always complete the full prescription, even if you feel better, because stopping treatment early promotes the growth of drug-resistant bacteria..” (1,2)*

There is concern that this new information will just confuse people. There is the possibility that even though people feel better, their infection is not completely gone and could return. But it does seem that cases can be looked at individually. In fact, in contradiction to previous advice, “…current public information materials from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Public Health England have replaced “complete the course” with messages advocating taking antibiotics “exactly as prescribed.”…”

The consensus seems to be that more research is needed to fully advise the public on this new unveiling. As for now, if you are prescribed antibiotics for a bacterial infection, follow the advice of a trusted health care professional as to how long you should take them. (1,2)*

Regardless of the duration, antibiotics do wipe out your good bacteria along with the bad. A shorter duration may not make much of a difference, but perhaps some. Once you complete antibiotics treatment, always increase your intake of Body Biotics™ SBO Bio-Identical Probiotics Consortia™ to help replenish the good bacteria you lost. Antibiotics can cause diarrhea and stomach upset, as well, and probiotics help minimize this.*

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

          1.   https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jul/26/rule-patients-must-finish-antibiotics-course-wrong-study-says

  2.   http://www.bmj.com/content/358/bmj.j3418

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Mar 11 2018

Why is the pH of infant poop changing?

Why is the pH of infant poop changing?
A strong microbiome is important for the long term health of babies and that’s why a change in pH in baby poop has researchers concerned.

 

You can tell a lot about a person from the look of their poop. I know this isn’t a popular subject at most cocktail parties, but in the world of probiotics it is common place and downright fascinating. It can tell us if someone is eating enough, getting enough fiber, getting enough water and if you look really close through a microscope, it reveals a world of bacteria that can tell us the health of the microbes residing there. *

The same goes for baby poop and a recent study has revealed some interesting news about infant feces of babies born of late. This research may hold the key as to why there has been an increase in allergies and asthma in children in recent decades. This study, headed by Bethany Henrick of the University of Nebraska and Evolve BioSystems Inc. and published in the American Society for Microbiology journal mSphere, “…connects this rise in pH to a generational loss of Bifidobacterium, a critical gut bacteria during infancy, and an accompanying increase in a number of harmful bacteria…”(1,2,3)* 

In this recent report, they stated that “…“A review of 14 clinical studies published between 1926 and 2017, representing more than 312 healthy breastfed infants, demonstrated a change in fecal pH from 5.0 to 6.5,”  This change has accelerated since 1980.1*

In their study, they found that pH levels can be an easy way to measure the amount of beneficial bacteria in an infant’s digestive system. Their focus was especially targeted at a group of bacteria called Bifidobacterium. These bacteria break down milk and produce acids that show up in the baby’s waste. One species in particular of Bifidobacteria, called B. infantis, can indicate if  a baby has a healthy gut. “…The loss of Bifidobacterium and the profound change in the gut environment, as measured by fecal pH, present a compelling explanation for the increased incidence of allergic and autoimmune diseases observed in resource-rich nations…”1*

 “There is clear evidence that the infant gut microbiome has important long-term health implications, and perturbations of the microbiome composition may lead to chronic inflammation and immune-mediated diseases,” the researchers reported…”1*

Additionally, “The loss of Bifidobacterium and the profound change in the gut environment, as measured by fecal pH, present a compelling explanation for the increased incidence of allergic and autoimmune diseases observed in resource-rich nations.” It seems the medical community has overlooked this steady increase in the fecal pH of infants over the last several generations, one that seems to demonstrate there has been a major disruption in the gut of our infants. Researchers are concluding that this could be the reason for the increase in allergies and autoimmune disorders so common among today’s children. 1*

There are several factors that can affect the health of a baby’s microbiome:

The health of the mother

It is important the mother is taking care of herself before, during and after pregnancy. The health of her own gut will get passed on to her baby. Starting on Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ well ahead of pregnancy, (at least 6 months), will help establish a healthy gut and strong immune system. Eating organic, nutrient rich foods, drinking lots of water and exercise, are equally important. Getting pregnant when you are strong and healthy will help ensure a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby.

Birth canal vs. C-Section

Babies, when born vaginally, are bathed in the microbes of their mother. This “microbial bath” sets the baby up for a  strong immune system that will benefit them for life. .”… Infants receive their first microbial inoculation at the time of delivery. These inoculated bacteria reflect the microbiota (gut flora) of the mother’s vagina and gastrointestinal tract…” (4,5)*

While C-section rates in the US have been declining since 2007, one-third of births, or 1.2 million babies, were still delivered by C-section in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While C-sections can be lifesaving measure during many births, the optimal delivery method for establishing a healthy gut is through vaginal delivery.  C-section babies are more likely to end up with such medical conditions as asthma, eczema, type 1 diabetes, celiac disease and obesity later down the road. (4,5)*

Use of antibiotics by mother and baby.

When antibiotics are administered to the mother or baby at the time of birth, this wipes out the good bacteria that the baby needs to build a lifelong healthy immune system. While antibiotics can be life saving, they should only be taken when absolutely necessary. New research is suggesting that not all antibiotics must be taken for the full duration, which goes against everything we have learned in the past. Overtaking them is just as harmful as not taking enough. This is good news in that we want to take as few antibiotics as possible. (This will be for another blog.) 1*

Remember, your baby’s health is dependent on your health and the choices you make during pregnancy, delivery, breastfeeding and diet. Set your baby up for success by making the right choices. Take Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ before, during and after pregnancy. This current research tells us it is more important than ever.

Note: Don’t start on Body Biotics™ during pregnancy because you don’t want  to detox while pregnant. Start them at least 6 months prior to getting pregnant for best results. *

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources: 

  1. https://www.today.com/health/what-baby-poop-reveals-about-gut-microbiome-allergies-t124635
  2. https://draxe.com/ph-balance/
  3. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/new-study-shows-significant-changes-to-infant-fecal-ph-over-last-100-years-300609750.html
  4. http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a1025252/probiotics-and-prebiotics-in-pregnancy#ixzz47t9Ixty9
  5. http://bodybiotics.com/newspage/july_lspnews_2010.pdf

 

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Feb 25 2018

Processed foods…are they all bad?

Published by under Food Additives,GMO's

Processed foods…are they all bad?
Understanding the difference between highly processed vs. minimally processed food can make a difference in your health.  

 In a perfect world, we would only eat the freshest of foods straight from the land. In reality, most of us don’t have the luxury or time for that kind of lifestyle. Processed foods are convenient, fast and a temptation when we are hungry. But knowing the difference between highly processed and minimally processed foods can make a huge difference in our diets.

The term “processed foods” applies to “…any food that has been altered from its natural state in some way, for safety or convenience…” Food processing techniques can range from freezing and canning to baking, pasteurizing and drying. There are so many processed foods we have merely come to accept this type of food as normal. Common processed foods include crackers, breakfast cereals, yogurt, cheese, canned and frozen vegetables, bread, noodles and pasta, cookies, cake mixes, ready to eat meals, along with processed meats such as bacon and lunch meats. The list goes on.1*

It’s important to not only distinguish between minimally processed vs. heavily processed foods, but also mechanical processing vs. chemical processing. An example of mechanical processing is ground beef. It is simply beef that has been ground up, and doesn’t take away the nutritional value. Butter is cream that has been separated from the milk. These are single ingredient foods that have not had chemicals added and therefore are acceptable as it is still the real food. Even though a food has been ground up, jarred, or frozen, it can still be the real deal. If chemicals, sugar and other multiple ingredients have been added to improve taste, texture, appearance or shelf life of a food, it is a chemically processed food. (1,2)*

So how do you know if a food is minimally processed or highly processed? If the ingredients are few and words you recognize (as healthy), that food is minimally processed and a safer bet. An indicator that a food is highly processed is when the label’s ingredient list is long, full of words you don’t understand, contains high fructose corn syrup and the words ‘artificial’ anywhere. So with this in mind, foods that are chemically processed and include primarily refined ingredients and artificial ingredients are what we mean when we refer to as processed foods. These are the ones to avoid. (1,2)*

 So why are processed foods so bad for us when they taste so darn good?

Consider the following:

Processed foods and beverages are the biggest sources for added sugar and high fructose corn syrup.

Sugar has been named as the culprit in many of the worst health diseases to include Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, obesity and cancer. When consumed in excess, it has extremely adverse effects on metabolism. It contains empty calories and fast energy that has devastating effects on metabolism, as well as leads to insulin resistance, increased bad cholesterol, high triglycerides, and fat accumulation in both the liver and abdominal cavity. (1,2)*

  1. Food manufacturers put massive resources into making their foods “rewarding” to the brain,

Have you ever tried to eat just one Dorito? There is a reason behind this. Food companies are banking on the fact that you “can’t eat just one”. In fact they spend millions on making their foods “rewarding to the brain”, to the point that it affects our thoughts and behaviors, which causes us to overeat these deadly foods.  “…We have complicated mechanisms in our bodies and brains that are supposed to regulate energy balance (how much we eat and how much we burn) which, until very recently in evolutionary history, worked to keep us at a healthy weight. There is quite a lot of evidence that the reward value of foods can bypass the innate defense mechanism and make us start eating much more than we need, so much that it starts to compromise our health. This is also known as the “food reward hypothesis of obesity.”…”2*

Junk food is addicting.

This  “hyper rewarding” nature of processed foods can have serious consequences for certain individuals, as they can literally become addicted and lose control over their consumption. The intense dopamine release that occurs in the brain when they eat these foods can make it hard to stop eating them, a finding that is supported by many studies. Sugar and other highly “rewarding” junk foods activate the same areas in the brain as cocaine and heroin. 2*

 Steer clear of ingredients you don’t recognize.

If you look at the ingredients label for a processed, packaged food, chances are that you won’t have a clue what some of the ingredients are and that is because they aren’t real foods, they are chemicals, added for all sorts of reasons. Why would we want to put that in our bodies?2*

Beware of preservatives, coloring and texturants.

Preservatives are chemicals that prevent food from rotting. Chemical coloring is used to give the food its desired color. Texturants are chemicals that give a food a particular texture and artificial flavor mimics real  flavor but in a cheaper, chemical way. Manufacturers are not required to disclose exactly what the combination of chemicals is creating this flavor, so if you see “artificial flavor” on an ingredients list, it could mean that there are 10 or more additional chemicals that are blended in to give a specific flavor…”2*

 Processed foods are often high in refined carbohydrates.

Refined or  “simple” carbohydrates are quickly broken down in the digestive tract which leads to rapid spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels. Eating a lot of refined carbs, just like sugar, is associated with many negative health effects and chronic diseases. If you eat carbs, get them from single ingredient foods, such as brown rice, or other grains, not processed junk foods.(1,2)* Where are the essential nutrients?.

Many processed foods contain synthetic vitamins and minerals to compensate for what was lost during processing, but do not think this is a good replacement for the nutrients found in whole foods. Real foods, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes and fresh meat contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes and thousands of other trace nutrients you just don’t get in processed foods.(1,2)*

We need high fiber in our diets and processed foods don’t have it.

Fiber, especially insoluble fiber, has so many benefits, including acting as a probiotic for the good bacteria in our guts. It helps us to feel more satisfied with fewer calories and can slow the absorption of carbohydrates. The fiber that is found naturally in foods is often lost during processing, or is intentionally removed. Therefore, most processed foods are very low in fiber. Beware of labels claiming “contains whole grains” on processed foods. These are most likely so pulverized that they don’t provide the same benefits as real whole grains.2*

Processed foods are often high in unhealthy fats, including trans fats or processed vegetable oils.

Processed foods usually contain cheap fats, refined seed and vegetable oils (like soybean oil) that are often hydrogenated, turning them into trans fats. Trans fats are among the unhealthiest things you can put in your body. Most people eat too much vegetable oil and it is also unhealthy due to its high amounts of omega-6 fatty acids, which drive oxidation and inflammation in the body, and can lead to increased risk of heart disease. The best way to avoid vegetable oils and trans fats is to avoid processed foods. Eat real fats like coconut oil and olive oil instead.(1,2)*

Whenever possible, eat the real foods that were put on this planet to nourish our bodies instead of processed foods. Don’t fall victim to marketing and advertising on the part of food manufacturers who would like to fool us into eating foods that are harming our health. Buying fresh ingredients and cooking ourselves is the best way to feed your body. Adding Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ in conjunction with a healthy diet will help you to maintain a healthy gut and keep your immune system strong 2*

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health-beauty/article/2097670/are-all-processed-foods-bad-you-not-necessarily-say-hong
  2. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318630.php

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Feb 11 2018

When do you ramp up on Probiotics

Published by under probiotic supplements

When should you increase your intake of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™?
Knowing when it’s time to increase your probiotic intake can fortify your immune system against infection and illness.*

Probiotics are such an important part of our daily lives. They keep our digestive tract – our microbiome – populated with the friendly bacteria we need to keep our immune systems strong and our bodies healthy. With 80% of our immune system residing and originating in the gut, our whole body health is dependent on the friendly vs. unfriendly ratio of bacteria living there.*

When our bodies are compromised in any way, whether it is due to this intense flu season or other times when we may be more susceptible to illness, it is essential to not only continue on Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™, but go from a maintenance dose to a therapeutic dose.  A maintenance dose can vary from person to person, but generally this is when you have been on the product for awhile, your diet is healthy with lots of organic fruits and vegetables, and you consume very little sugar. A maintenance dose can be 1-2 Body Biotics™ capsules in the morning and the same in the evening.*

But if your gut health is off track, or you are susceptible to illness, this is when you need a therapeutic dose. We recommend a therapeutic dose when there is healing to be done in the gut, presence of an overgrowth of Candida, feelings of catching a cold, flu season, skin conditions such include eczema, leaky gut, IBS…these are among the many conditions in which increasing your dose is appropriate.*  

Another one of these times is before and after surgery. While types and severity of surgeries vary, they all require you to take antibiotics to avoid infection. This is one of those times when taking antibiotics is a must. A bacterial infection as a result of surgery can be life threatening. In fact, according to John Hopkins University, “…Even with many precautions and protocols to prevent infection in place, any surgery that causes a break in the skin can lead to an infection. Doctors call these infections surgical site infections (SSIs) because they occur on the part of the body where the surgery took place. If you have surgery, the chances of developing an SSI are about 1% to 3%…”1*

While there are various risk factors that make people more or less prone to getting an SSI, such as length of surgery, age, and current health status, one of the major risk factors is a weakened immune system. So by eating right, taking probiotics, not smoking, taking vitamins (there are specific vitamins designed especially for pre and post surgery that don’t thin the blood), a person can go into a planned surgery at their healthiest.(1,2,3)*

But what about post surgery? Probiotics play a huge role in post surgery. By keeping the immune system strong, our bodies will heal faster. But there is another important reason to be on a therapeutic dose of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™. Anesthesia slows the body down, and it also causes hormones to be released that impact our mood. Many patients following surgery will experience depression for a few days or longer. By keeping the gut replenished with friendly bacteria, this can help as 90% of our serotonin is created there. Keeping serotonin levels up will help with mood and depression. Also, this slowing down of the body’s systems can lead to constipation. Combined with pain medication, this can be a real problem. Constipation is extremely uncomfortable and can be painful. Straining to have a bowel movement after surgery can be bad for your incisions. So upping your dose of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ to three capsules in the morning and three at night will help with this. You can throw in a couple before lunch for extra measure at least to get you through that first week. Now keep in mind, if you have not been on the product for awhile or are new to it, I do not recommend just starting out with this therapeutic dose. You do need to build up to it, so start on one to two capsules a day and slowly build up to a therapeutic dose before surgery. Then, when your surgery arrives, you will be prepared to increase your dose. You don’t want to be detoxing at the same time as surgery! (2,4)*

Lastly, pay close attention to your diet after surgery. Consuming lots of fiber helps keep things moving in your digestive tract, as well as a healthy dose of non-soluble fiber will provide healthy food for your friendly bacteria. Even though Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ contains both probiotics and probiotics, a constant supply of probiotics through the foods we eat will continue the healthy cycle of replenishing your good bacteria.3*

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 Resources:

  1. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/surgical_care/surgical_site_infections_134,144
  2. https://academic.oup.com/bjaed/article/4/5/144/2910
  3. http://www.caltech.edu/news/microbes-help-produce-serotonin-gut-46495
  4. nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMc5198246/
  5. vitamedica.com/wellness-blog/10-best-healing-foods-to-eat-after-surgery

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Jan 28 2018

Probiotics and your immune system during flu season

Published by under probiotic supplements

Probiotics, your immune system and flu season.
Taking probiotics helps boost your digestive health and your immune system which are powerful weapons against colds and flu.

What a flu season! Chances are that you, or someone you know has had the flu or been affected by it in some way. Schools have closed in an effort to quarantine sick students and disinfect classrooms. Hospitals are on high alert with staff wearing surgical masks to prevent them from catching it from patients. According to hospital officials at Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith, Arkansas, 60% of all recent emergency room cases have been flu related and they have set up a separate clinic just for flu sufferers.1*

Did you know?

Influenza and pneumonia are responsible for more than 57,000 US deaths annually.

Every year, approximately 5 to 20 percent of the US population comes down with the flu.

Flu related complications result in more than 200,000 hospitalizations. (2,3,4)*

Most of those hospitalized for flu infections are older adults. In a 2017 article from the Journal Frontiers of Immunology, influenza is described as “…a leading cause of catastrophic disability in older adults…” Unfortunately, for older folks, these infections, which occur mostly during the winter, can be life-threatening, with at least 90% of the flu-related deaths each year involving those over the age of 65. The older population is more susceptible as the flu virus can increase a person’s risk of developing secondary bacterial infections along with worsening preexisting medical conditions. Lengthy hospital stays also come with additional health risks. And while conventional medicine recommends older adults get the flu vaccine, it may not be as effective as people age. “…A very recent study found that the vaccine’s effectiveness decreases as the degree of frailty (as measured by the Frailty Index) increases. And while the vaccine works in 70%-90% of young adults, that number drops to 17%-53% in older adults…”.4*

So what can we do to safeguard ourselves during cold and flu season? Aside from completely isolating ourselves in order to not be exposed to others with the virus, is there anything we can do? And more importantly, does taking probiotics help? Yes! We know a healthy gut boosts our immune system and recent research confirms this. (2,4)*

First, there is a research from Dr. Sarah Brewer, GP, Medical Director of Healthspan and the author of Eat Well Stay Well. She found that probiotics, in combination with vitamins and minerals works best to help prevent cold and flu. “… “Probiotic bacteria have a natural immune boosting action, while micronutrients such as vitamin E, iron and selenium are needed to boost the production of antibodies and other infection-fighting chemicals. One study found that taking probiotics plus multivitamins and minerals significantly reduced the duration of common cold and ‘flu episodes by almost two days, compared with a similar group taking multivitamins and minerals alone. The researchers felt this was most likely through an effect on the activity of T-lymphocytes – the cells that regulate immune responses.”…” In a second study, she found that taking supplements which contained both probiotics and vitamins and minerals for at least three months during flu season, reduced the severity and incidence of common colds.2*

Another group of researchers determined that there are specific strains of probiotic bacteria that have been shown to stimulate the body’s production of IgA (immunoglobulin A), which protects the delicate mucous membranes, and ultimately helps prevent the virus replication cycle. These bacteria, which include L. plantarum, L. rhamnosus, B. lactis  and B. subtilis were found to  “…significantly reduce the risk of getting upper respiratory tract infections, including colds and flus…” And for those who did get sick, they helped to reduce the severity and duration of the illness. All of these strains are found in Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™.4*

While most people treat colds and flu with medications designed to alleviate their symptoms, they don’t activate the body’s own immune response to fend off invading bacteria or viruses. This is where probiotics come in. Probiotics provide defense against the common cold and flu by activating the body’s own immune response.4*

The immune system makes proteins called antibodies that fight bacteria, viruses, and toxins. Scientists have shown that probiotic bacteria boost IgA, production which enhances immunity and blocks the virus replication cycle. Secretory IgA is found in mucous membranes and works as the body’s first line of defense within mucous membranes that line the nose and upper respiratory tract. When IgA levels are healthy, they can prevent cold and flu viruses from entering the body through the nasal mucous and respiratory tract…”4*

Researchers tested this probiotic blend on fighting infection brought on by cold and flu viruses in several placebo-controlled, human clinical trials. Two hundred and fifty volunteers were randomly selected to receive a placebo or the probiotics. Over a 90 day period, subjects reported each day on “…all diseases affecting their respiratory system, including cough, colds, bronchitis, or pneumonia, and how long they lasted. They also described their symptoms and the severity of the symptoms…”4*

They determined that taking the probiotic resulted in:

  • “…35%reduction in the number of colds (20 episodes vs. 31 episodes)
  • 22%reduction in cold duration (7 days vs. 6 days)
  • 39%reduction in cough duration (5 days vs. 7.3 days)
  • 25%reduction in the number of days of acute upper respiratory infections (6 days vs. 6.1 days)
  • 48%decrease in the number of flu episodes.
  • 55% decrease in the number of days with flu symptoms
  • 16cases of flu in the placebo group, compared to just 3 in the probiotic group…”4*

 One strain was identified by scientists for its intense immune stimulating effects among older adults who are at risk for respiratory infections, and that is B. Subtilis. Researchers have found that Bacillus Subtilis “…generates potent probiotics effects, including the production of antimicrobials, stimulation of the immune system, and overall enhancement of gut microflora…” B. Subtilis is unique in that it has a natural protective capsule that resists the stomach’s harsh acidic environment and allows it to make its way into the lower digestive tract, where it can stimulate intestinal mucosal secretions as well as in the respiratory tract. This is a special bacteria indeed!4*

 I hope you are doing as I have done this flu season and increased your intake of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ to a therapeutic dose instead of a maintenance dose. It will help safeguard you as I’ve outlined here against this nasty flu season. Take good care of yourselves!

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

 

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. https://www.usnews.com/new/best-states/arkansas/articles/2018-01-11/for-smith-hospital-sets-up-flu-clinic-to-ease-er-crowding
  2. https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/761946/cold-flu-treatment-probiotics
  3. https://nccih.nih.gov/health/tips/flucold.htm
  4. http://www.lifeextension.com/Magazine/2018/2/Probiotics-Fight-Dangerous-Winter-Flu/Page-01

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Jan 14 2018

The Biggest Health Concerning us in 2018

We know the problem. Now what to do about it?
While we know obesity is our nation’s biggest looming health concern, beating it is a whole other matter.

During our last blog, we talked about the biggest health concern facing us in 2018 and that is obesity. With a growing number of Americans being obese, it is raising the cost of health care nationwide, as so many health issues are related to this problem. Health care professionals and facilities along with the price of pharmaceuticals that we take to treat obesity related diseases, including cardiovascular disease and Type 2 Diabetes, are hitting our wallets to the tune of trillions of dollars. “…Currently, Americans pay $3.4 trillion a year for medical care (and, unfortunately, don’t get impressive results)…”1*

We beat ourselves up about it constantly, wondering, “Why is it so hard to lose weight?” Well before you get too down on yourself, let’s look at how our society has really set us up for this epidemic and why best laid diet plans often result in failure. Perhaps by looking at the root causes of the issue, we can be more aware and avoid falling victim to the many traps that surround us constantly. In fact, if you look at it from a more general perspective, losing weight is a challenge for most because it is easier, faster and cheaper to access high sugar, high fat processed foods than it is to access good, healthy home cooking that is fresh, organic, low calorie, and high in protein. Additionally, the unhealthier our guts become, the more we crave the foods that we should not be eating. Bad bacteria love junk food and sugar. Good bacteria love high fiber diets. And lastly, this is how so many of us have been taught to eat. It is tough to break cycles that have been put in place. Not everyone has been raised in an environment where home cooked meals are part of the ritual.*

“Fast food”, “quick bite”, “drive thru”, “to go”, “on the run”, “quick and easy”, “meal deal”…these are all familiar phrases that bombard us throughout our days and describe the food that we can grab quickly and on the go, when we are hungry.  It is rare that we find convenient access to food that is described as “fresh and organic”, “raw food”, or “plant based.”  I was at the airport recently and there was a food station that touted “plant-based, organic food”. The menu consisted of green juices and salads. It is so encouraging to see this trend and that people are trying! *

Warding off obesity takes forethought, commitment and education.  Cooking takes time. In most families, both parents work, or the home is run by a single parent. With this we give up the long lost gift of a home cooked meal waiting at the table along with the perfect house of the “Leave it to Beaver,” era.  With progress comes change, and unfortunately, progress has led to faster food, processed foods, and unhealthier soils in which our food is grown. But take heart, though we know obesity is a major health concern for the New Year, there are things you can proactively do to address your diet and that of your family. 3*

  1. Start your day off with healthy foods. This is important because the first taste you get in the morning could very well set the tone for your entire day. If you eat a donut for breakfast, the rest of the day is going to consist of fighting off cravings for more sweets. So, after your morning dose of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™, followed by unsweetened tea or coffee, scramble some eggs with fresh vegetables. Load it up and make it as big as you like with lots of spinach, broccoli, onion, tomato, red pepper, mushrooms, what ever you like. Or do a healthful bowl of whole oats with fresh fruit, nuts and almond milk. By starting your day off right, you will be more likely to succeed throughout the day. *
  2. Recognize Candida and the cravings it causes. If you have an unhealthy gut with candida overgrowth, you will crave sugar all the time. When you are craving sugar, it is hard to not eat it. But it you can recognize what is happening, perhaps you can avoid falling victim to the cycle of cravings, eating and more cravings by being prepared with healthy snacks in your refrigerator. Put together a beautiful, gourmet tray of fresh veggies and lite ranch dip and have it handy. Snack on protein, like turkey meat or hard boiled eggs. And don’t forget about healthy fats to include avocado. All of these are excellent replacements for sugar. Whenever you start craving sugar, tell yourself no! And with a big smile on your face, stuff as many veggies in your mouth as you want, knowing you are doing the right thing. It may be difficult, even painful for about 21 days. That is how long it takes to beat your sugar cravings. But once you get past that mark, you will notice the cravings subside and eventually, sugar won’t even sound good anymore!*
  3. Avoid Drive Thru Fast Food. When you are hungry, you are going to grab what’s easy, so make healthy foods readily available for you at home. Pre-preparing salads, soups and casseroles gives you an option over the quick fix at the local drive through.*
  4. Take that daily 10 minute (or more) walk. Exercise is so important for our long term health. It helps us to ward off obesity, keeps our hearts healthy and keeps our joints lubricated. If you can take an hour walk, do it. Or hit the gym. Whatever you need to do to get moving. If you live in an area of the country with frigid temperatures, find a mall that you can walk around. Just move! *
  5. Drink lots of water. Water helps our bodies to filter out the toxins that build up. When you are taking Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ daily, your body is constantly eliminating bad bacteria which need to be flushed from our systems and water is the conduit that will do it. Additionally, when we lose weight, some of that energy is flushed with our urine. So drink plenty of water. 3*

 

Welcome to 2018. Together let’s change our country’s biggest health concern and get and stay fit and healthy together.

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. https://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/23/heres-how-much-the-average-american-spends-on-health-care.html
  2. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/12/22/the-days-of-stay-at-home-moms-are-long-gone-data-show/?utm_term=.473458f45900
  3. https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2014/12/16/371210831/when-you-burn-off-that-fat-where-does-it-go

 

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Dec 31 2017

What is the biggest health danger for 2018?

Published by under Alcohol,probiotic supplements

What is the biggest health danger for 2018?
Obesity tops the list of the most dangerous things for our health in the New Year.  

Happy New Year! We hope your holidays were filled with joy, happiness, and the “presence” of family and friends. Tomorrow starts the New Year and it is filled with promise, the not-yet-discovered and infinite possibilities. There is so much to look forward to and every day is to be enjoyed. So let’s make a commitment or “resolution” to be our healthiest selves so we can really enjoy this New Year as healthy whole people.  

The biggest health concern looming over us this New Year is something that while within our own control is one of the hardest things to get a handle on…and that is obesity. The Director of the USA’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared obesity to be “…the nation’s number one health problem…” Statistics show that 65% of US adults are overweight or obese, and in Louisiana, Mississippi, and West Virginia, 25% of adults are obese. People living in our country are dying from diseases like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes that are caused by obesity and other bad lifestyle choices such as smoking, drinking and too little exercise. Our nation’s leading causes of death are the result of unhealthy lifestyle choices and obesity.1*

One of the major reasons for weight gain is changes in your microbiome. When our gut is overpopulated with unfriendly bacteria, it can result in many negative health issues, among these being obese. Other health problems can also result from an unhealthy gut such as allergies, autoimmune disorders such as eczema and rheumatoid arthritis, mental health disorders to include depression, as well as cancer, heart disease and more as we mentioned earlier. Every day, researchers are discovering more and more connections between chronic illness and an unhealthy microbiome. 2*

Remember, we have trillions of bacteria that include 500 species which make up our microbiome. The gut is essential for digesting food, extracting nutrients, regulating hormones, eliminating toxins, and producing healing compounds. When our guts are healthy, we experience optimal digestion, absorption, and assimilation of nutrients. Our guts contain a diverse mix of bacteria and the bacteria must have a healthy balance in order for us to stay healthy.2*

If we have too many unfriendly bacteria, (such as Candida albicans and parasites for example) and not enough of the good bacteria, it can lead to serious damage to your overall health as we crave the bad foods that feed the bad bacteria.2*

So, remember to do the following to ensure you are growing a healthy microbiome.

  • Stick to whole foods. Cut out processed, refined, high sugar foods and carbs. Increase your intake of fiber that good bacteria love.*
  • Cut your plate into an imaginary pie with five slices. Make 4 of those fruits and vegetables.*
  • Eat the good fats…eliminate the bad. Good fats like Omega 3 fats and monounsaturated fats, (such as extra-virgin olive oil) help with decreasing inflammation and giving healthy gut bugs a chance to flourish. “…Obesity has been linked to changes in our gut ecosystem, resulting from an intake of inflammatory Omega 6s and not enough anti-inflammatory Omega 3s. Bad bugs produce toxins called lipopolysacchardies (LPS)  that trigger inflammation, insulin resistance or pre-diabetes and therefore, promote weight gain…”2*
  • Supplement with Body Biotics™ Bio-identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ to replenish the friendly bacteria that has been lost through antibiotic use and diet.*
  • Remove inflammatory fats from your diet.  Some studies demonstrate that high-fat diets can adversely affect your gut flora and promote inflammation and weight gain, so choose wisely.2*
  • Add fiber-rich foods such as nuts and seeds to your diet.*
  • Add fermented foods such as sauerkraut, miso, kimchi and tempeh which contain good amounts of probiotics to your diet so your healthy gut bugs can be fruitful and multiply.*
  • Watch your calorie intake. Exercise. It is about calories in and calories out.*

 

Let’s stay healthy together this new year! Here are wishes for a happy 2018 for each and every one of you!

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

 

  1. https://www.worldhealth.net/news/obesity_number_one_health_problem_in_us_1/
  2. http://drhyman.com/blog/2016/02/18/how-to-fix-your-gut-bacteria-and-lose-weight/

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Dec 17 2017

Cancel Holiday Travels to Family if not feeling well

Published by under General,probiotic supplements

‘Tis the season for giving, but some things are not meant to be passed along
This holiday, if you are not feeling well, be kind and stay home!

 All it takes is one bad case of the flu or a nasty cold to ruin your holiday. And boy, it seems everyone is sick! How does it happen so fast and why can’t people stay home and not keep giving this gift that keeps on giving us aches and pains!

We have become a society of workaholics and pressure cookers. Go, go, go, all the time and it can be very unhealthy. Of
telling ourselves to slow down this time of the year seems preposterous, but it might be the one thing that saves your holiday season. So what are you doing to stay healthy this holiday season?

First of all, I’ll say it 1000 times…keep your gut healthy. Taking Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ daily is your first line of defense to ward off illness. During this crazy time of year, up your dose to ensure you stay healthy. Keeping your gut
in turn keeps your immune system healthy, which in turn helps protect you against those that are coughing and sneezing around you.

Speaking of those who are coughing and sneezing around you…avoid those who are sick. If they are at work, send them home. Plan another time to get together with an ill friend, or simply move away from them to another part of the room if someone is sick near you. I was at a party recently and the woman standing directly behind me was coughing straight at the back of my head. Aghast, I simply got up and excused myself to the powder room. I’m not letting her inconsiderate coughing ruin my holiday! If your kids are sick, keep them home from school. It is just not worth spreading these things around. If you are sick, nurse yourself back to health in the privacy of your home and just don’t share it!

Wash your hands! Be very conscious of washing your hands regularly. If you shake hands, use door knobs, public transportation or a , (you never know where germs may be lurking). Wash often, and wash for at least 30 seconds.

Know if it’s the flu or just a cold. Flu activity peaks between December and February, so be aware. Whether you choose to get the flu shot or not is up to you, but if you do get the flu and catch it within 24 hours, you can shorten it dramatically with …but it is a prescription and you need to make that fast trip to your doctor. So listen to your body and make that determination early on.2*

“…Short sleep equals a short life”according to sleep expert Matthew Walker, who released a new book called “Why We Sleep: Unlocking The Power of Sleep and Dreams. According to Walker, we need at least eight hours of sleep each night to ward off serious illnesses. Those who get less than 6 hours of sleep each night are at a markedly higher risk of developing serious health issues later in life to include cancer, diabetes, obesity and heart disease. In the near term, lack of sleep means you are setting yourself up for catching whatever bug is going around. According to Walker, we need to rethink how we, as a society, look at sleep…it is not being lazy, it is being smart and healthy. We will explore Walker’s research more in a future blog early in the new year. 3*

Stress less. You sometimes have to accept that you can’t do it all…dovf overload yourself and take time to really enjoy the sights, the lights and the sounds of the season. Stress wears you down and takes the fun out of Christmas.

Know when it’s time to see the doctor…don’t develop pneumonia or worse. Many things can be cured with some chicken soup and lots of rest. But if you develop a high fever and deep chest congestion, or a sinus infection that won’t go away, you best seek the help of a professional. Some things do require antibiotics, but take them only if absolutely necessary.

Don’t share drinks or food…even if others are healthy, they may be carrying something that could make you sick later!

Eat right and exercise regularly. Get some fresh air. Food is the healthiest medicine for our body if you choose the right ones. So choose carefully! Eat those foods that healthy bacteria love, like high fiber vegetables and fruits.

Celebrate the holidays in a healthy manner…don’t over indulge in alcohol or load your body with sugar. Both these things create an environment for disease. So enjoy, but with moderation!

This time of year, it is important to remind ourselves of these things as we get busy and can get off our health track. I hope you find this helpful, and inspiring to stay healthy this holiday season,

With warmest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. https://www.uwhealth.org/flu/10-ways-to-stay-healthy-during-cold-and-flu-season/10371
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/disease.htm
  3. https://www.cbsnews.com/videos/how-lack-of-sleep-affects-health-and-tips-for-a-good-nights-rest/

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Dec 03 2017

Your Presence the Most Meaningful Present this Year

Published by under General

Make your best present this holiday your presence.
This Christmas season, put your energy into connecting with others, especially those you love. 

In today’s world of cell phones, social media and multimedia devices, our ability to connect on a personal level  is slowly diminishing. Children born after 1995 have been especially affected by this technology. Research shows  they are more likely to experience mental health issues than those born before 1995.  As time goes on, the negative effects of this technology are weighing heavily on parents and others as we wonder what kind of damage we have done to our kids. Constant bombardment of negative news, the fear of missing out (FOMO), and cyberbullying, are all extremely negative side effects of modern technology, especially for young people. Time playing outside, talking, playing board games, and just connecting seems to be an old fashioned way of life. Many, however, are longing for the days of old, and wanting to minimize screen time not only for their children but for themselves. What better time to do this than the holidays? 1*

Time is fleeting. Just ask a parent whose child has left for college or ask a person whose parents are aging or deceased. Anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one knows this. It teaches us we must enjoy the moments we have before they slip away. So, during the holidays, instead of focusing on the presents to put under the tree, put a little more time into how you can increase your presence in the lives of others, especially those you love. Put down your ipad or your smart phone, and let’s get busy living this holiday season on an interpersonal level. In case you need a few suggestions as to how to reconnect with humans, and reminders of what time spent together looks like without a hand held device, here are a few pointers.  

  • Get off your phone
  • Look people in the eye
  • Instead of watching TV, play cards or a board game.
  • Ask other’s about their ideas, hopes and dreams
  • Volunteer at a local charity
  • Bake something yummy for your neighbors
  • Surprise someone that isn’t expecting it
  • Help the needy
  • Put up some Christmas lights, even if it’s just a few
  • Wrap your presents as pretty as you can
  • Smile, be merry, exude joy and love
  • Give yourself the gift of forgiving yourself once and for all.
  • Give yourself the gift of forgiving others once and for all.
  • Let it go, let it snow.
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff.
  • Believe…in God, in Santa, in something positive. Having faith is good for your soul.
  • Be organized so as to eliminate stress.
  • Be considerate of others
  • Celebrate every moment as if it were your last..

While this may sound cliché, it is all about getting back to the basics, and not letting social media, news media, or other people’s ideas control our minds or our moods. Don’t let originality slip away. This holiday, ask everyone to put up their phones during family time. Play football, play cards, go on a nature walk, decorate cookies, ask questions, play charades, show you care and enjoy this most wonderful time of the year. Instead of worrying about things, just be. It is the best thing you can do for your health, and for the health of your family. All of us at Body Biotics™ wish you a very happy holiday season!

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. http://theconversation.com/with-teen-mental-health-deteriorating-over-five-years-theres-a-likely-culprit-86996

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