Jan 15 2017

Beware of Candida overgrowth effecting your health

The real reason behind your post holiday blahs might be lurking in your gut.
Beware of Candida overgrowth and the effects it can have on your health.    

They came (the holidays). You saw (the desserts). You conquered. (The dessert table).

Now that it’s all over, you may be feeling some side effects of an overindulgent holiday that most likely included a more than normal alcohol and sugar intake, along with an unusual amount of stress.  Ask yourself, “Do you feel sluggish and lethargic?” “Have you been a little run down?” “Are you craving sugar?” If you answered yes to these questions, you may be suffering from an overgrowth of Candida, a yeast that resides in our digestive tracts but can grow out of control in an unhealthy microbiome.  

“…Candida albicans is a dimorphic fungus that grows both as yeast and filamentous cells and one of the few species of the Candida genus that cause the infection candidiasis in humans…”1*

In a healthy gut, Candida helps with nutrient absorption and digestion.  But when disturbances occur to the microbiome, Candida albicans can grow aggressively. Too much sugar and carbohydrates, antibiotics, oral contraceptives, excessive alcohol use, and even stress can disturb the healthy balance of  microbiota in the gut paving the way for a Candida take over. When this happens, Candidiasis occurs, affecting different parts of the body, including the skin, the mouth (Oral Thrush) vagina (vaginal yeast infections), the urinary tract, the esophagus, and the nails (toe nail fungus). (2,3,4,5)*

As Candida crowd out the friendly bacteria, it ultimately weakens the immune system, affects digestion and, in severe cases, can damage the intestinal wall and penetrate into the bloodstream releasing toxins into the entire body. These toxins can affect your body’s organs and tissues, resulting in serious health problems. “…Anyone suffering from an overabundance of Candida has a damaged intestinal wall that allows proteins, sugars, Candida, bacteria, and other microbes to escape the intestines and enter the bloodstream. This leads to allergies, a weakened and damaged immune system, ADHD, a myriad of autoimmune ailments and diseases, localized infections, systemic infections, and so much more…”(2,4)*

Candidiasis is a condition not to be taken lightly.  “…Candida albicans produces 180 chemical toxins that can be absorbed through the intestines into the blood, and that’s when the intestinal walls are in good health. Once the intestinal walls become more permeable, imagine what those toxins do to the immune system when Candida migrates throughout the body producing toxic substances that incite the immune system’s inflammatory response…” 4*

Many health care practitioners are not familiar with or don’t recognize Candida overgrowth and send patients home undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, with prescriptions that just mask the problem. Doctors who do recognize the problem and understand that disease almost always originates in the gut, will address the microbiome first and foremost, as it is very difficult to battle disease when the gut is unhealthy. There is so much research now that shows there is a direct connection between sugar consumption and disease. Sugar has a direct impact on the natural balance of the gut flora, and increases Candida. Health practitioners are finding that diets full of refined sugars, along with antibiotics and gluten, created a perfect storm for Candida to take over the gut and even infiltrate the whole body. 4*

 With the New Year comes a new you and a fresh start on healing from within. If you are experiencing symptoms that you think may be Candidiasis, it is important to start now on a regimen that will prevent the yeast from growing and to ensure the growth of friendly bacteria. A great place to start is by continuing, resuming or starting on a consistent regimen of BODY BIOTICS™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™. Combatting unfriendly bacteria with friendly is the best place to begin.*

Next week we will cover what symptoms to look for to identify if you have Candidiasis and the steps you can take to get rid of it.

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

 

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candida_(fungus)
  2. https://www.thecandidadiet.com/what-is-candida-albicans/
  3. https://draxe.com/candida-diet/
  4. http://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com/gluten-candida-leaky-gut-syndrome-and-autoimmune-diseases
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candidiasis

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Jan 08 2017

How healthy is your gut?

How healthy is your gut?
The New Year is a good time to evaluate the health of your gut and make adjustments as needed.

 

We hope you enjoyed the holidays and brought the New Year in with a bang. With all the cajoling and celebrating, chances are you consumed more sugar, drank more alcohol, slept less and had more stress than normal. All these things can affect the integrity of the gut and promote the growth of unhealthy bacteria. Well, if there’s ever been a good time to make some corrections to our habits and diet, it is with the start of a beautiful and healthful new year.*

So how do you know if your gut is compromised? What signs should you be aware of?

You are getting sick more often.

A sure sign that your gut is out of whack is a weakened immune system. Are you catching colds? Feeling run down? If this describes you, it is time to increase your intake of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™. With 80% of the immune system originating in the gut, if your gut is compromised, so is your immune system. (1,2)*

Canker sores

Are you getting canker sores in your mouth? Canker sores are a symptom of candida overgrowth and a side effect of a weakened immune system. As soon as these pop up, it is time to cut back on the sugar, alcohol and late nights and give your body a healthy break. Rest up, drink lots of water and first and foremost, cut out sugar…bad bacteria’s favorite food. Additionally, increase your intake of Body Biotics™ to ensure you get your bacteria back in balance.*

Constipation

Having trouble  going? If things aren’t moving easily, it’s time to listen to your body and  increase your intake of Body Biotics™ and get your gut healthy. Bowel movements are an important part of our daily health, and if you aren’t going every day, or a couple times a day, this is a signal that changes need to be made in your diet and lifestyle. You also  need plenty of both soluble and insoluble fiber, an excellent prebiotic which feeds the good bacteria in your digestive tract. Lastly, drink lots of water to keep things moving and get moving yourself with daily exercise.*

Diarrhea

If you are experiencing the opposite end of the spectrum, and have diarrhea, (including after taking antibiotics), this could be your body’s way of telling you that you need more friendly bacteria. Always increase your Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ after taking antibiotics, as antibiotics radically upset the balance of the delicate microbiome. If symptoms persist for more than a few days, it may be a sign of something greater, and medical attention may be necessary.1*

You crave sugar.

If you are craving sugar every day, it can be a sign that you have an imbalance of good to bad bacteria in your microbiome and that you may have candida overgrowth. Unfriendly bacteria including candida albicans, feed off of sugar, and the more populated your gut is with unfriendly bacteria, the more likely you will have sugar cravings. If you are satiated with good healthy foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, that is a sign of a healthy gut.1*

Your joints are aching.

There have been many recent studies looking at the the causes of inflammation and how an unbalanced microbiome is an underlying cause. Rheumatoid arthritis is commonly associated with autoimmune diseases to include celiac disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Leaky Gut Syndrome.  Because the immune system is so closely tied to the gut, it supports this theory that the microbiome affects systems outside the gut as demonstrated through recent findings showing that  those with RA have an unbalanced microbiome..2*

You are depressed and anxious.

There is a strong gut brain connection. If you have altered gut flora, it can directly affect your mood and feelings of well being. Referred to as the “Second Brain,” the gut can heavily influence the way we feel mentally as 90% of our body’s serotonin is created in the gut, which in turn sends signals to the brain.3*

Next week we will look a little bit closer at how candida overgrowth can affect the way we feel, and the serious health affects brought on by this insidious unfriendly bacteria, as well as the ways you can combat it.1*

Here’s to a wonderfully happy and healthy new year!  

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. http://www.livestrong.com/slideshow/1011662-7-signs-gut-out-whack/#slide=1-9
  2. http://www.prevention.com/health/5-signs-your-gut-is-out-of-whack/slide/3
  3. https://www.caltech.edu/news/microbes-help-produce-serotonin-gut-46495

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Jan 01 2017

Ring in the New Year with some promises to yourself

Published by under General

Ring in the New Year with some promises to yourself.
The start of a new year is the perfect time to make a few personal changes.

Goodbye 2016, hello 2017. I hope this last year has been a good one for you . I also hope that 2017 is even better! With the ringing in of the New Year, it’s time to get busy with some new commitments, choices and ideas for positive change in our lives. Even if your life is right where you want it to be, there is always room for a little improvement….even if it is just detoxing from the holidays.

There is a whimsical quote swirling around on social media which reads, “…It just isn’t Christmas unless you push your body to the brink of alcoholism and diabetes…” Though this quote is meant to be funny, if taken literally, is quite dangerous! For so many, overindulgence is a common behavior over the holidays. Hopefully, we are all mindful of moderation and what that means, but with holiday parties, lots of time spent with friends and family and New Year’s Eve following so close after Christmas, it is pretty easy to turn the holidays into one big food and drink overindulgence. Being tempted and giving in to our temptations is especially easy, as we think…”It’s the holidays! I’ll get back on track after the New Year. ”1*

The good news is that the New Year is upon us and with it comes promise of change, a fresh start and a new chapter in each of our lives. Just the symbolism of a new year is often enough to kick start people’s desire to change bad habits and modify behavior. But the problem is that once the year gets going, people get off course, get lazy or just forgetful…so here are a few tips to keep those New Year’s resolutions going.

Write it down!

Take a quiet moment and write down what you really want to change or accomplish in your life. By writing it down, you are more likely to stick to your resolutions. Establish a specific notebook as your ‘resolution journal’ and keep it close. Refer to it each morning or evening, and even keep notes and track your progress. This is a great way to put your goals on track for success!

Take it one month at a time.

Goals are more manageable when you take them in small increments. Whether it is one day at a time, one week at a time or one month at a time, you’ll find these smaller time frames easier to accomplish than a whole year at a time.

Be specific.

Instead of creating a resolution such as, “I want to get healthy,” be more specific and describe how you want to accomplish this. For example, state goals such as “exercise 30 minutes per day” or “stop eating sugar” or “become a vegan”.

Reward yourself!

At the end of each week or month when you have accomplished your goal, reward yourself with something. Maybe it’s a massage, a new item of clothing or dinner out. Life is to be celebrated and if it’s all work and no play, you may want to give up on your goals.

Visualize success

Take a few minutes each day to imagine yourself accomplishing your goals. When we see ourselves as successful, we become successful. If we continually imagine ourselves failing, we will. Keep your self-talk positive and uplifting!

At Body Biotics, we truly appreciate you sharing your journey to greater health with us.  In the New Year, we will continue to provide you with the same commitment to excellence in our products and customer service to help you in that journey…that is one of our resolutions that we keep at the top of our list each year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Kelli

 

Resources:

 www.someecards.com

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Dec 25 2016

Merry Christmas from Body Biotics

Published by under General

This holiday season’s top five gifts…
These gifts were selected by our staff as the season’s best to give and receive.

Christmas is here! Is it everything you dreamed it would be? I surely hope so.  Whether you are celebrating Christmas, or Hanukah, or just enjoying the closeness of family and friends, I hope December 25th is the perfect day for you and your loved ones. Whether you started the day off with opening presents or just opening your eyes to a new  and beautiful day, my Christmas wish for you is happiness and peace. At Body Biotics™, we did a survey of the top Christmas gifts this year, and we found five in particular to be the best value and the most enjoyable, you know those gifts that really do last all year long and keep giving throughout the year.

Are you ready? Here they are!

The gift of health. You’ve got it! At the top of our list is good health. And because that is the reason behind our commitment to you, we cherish it most of all. If you have good health, you truly do have the greatest gift of all.

The gift of family. Whether it is your blood relatives or the the family you have chosen, a good group of people that you can share good times with is a true gift. Perhaps this next year is a good time to include more people to your family circle. You can never have too many good people in your life.

The gift of love. Love is such a gift. Whether it is with your soul mate, your children, your pets or your friends, opening your heart to the exchange of love is so good for us. While it makes us vulnerable, it is so rewarding. So always open yourself to love.

The gift of kindness. Having a bad day? Try being kind to another and see the joy it brings them and yourself.  Kindness goes a long way. Practice it daily and reap the rewards of knowing you are doing your part to make the world a better place.

The gift of understanding.  When you listen to others and truly hear their point of view, it warms their hearts. Just as when we have something to say, we want others to hear us and understand our point of view, we must do the same  for others. Rather than trying to get those you care about to always see it your way, just listen and try to understand where they are coming from.

We wish you the Merriest of Christmas and the happiest of holidays. You are a true gift in our lives and we appreciate all of you. May your days be bright and your nights silent and peaceful.

With the wish of good health, family, love, kindness and understanding,

Kelli

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Dec 18 2016

Cranberries…the Merriest Berry of them all.

Published by under Antioxidants

Cranberries…the merriest berry of them all.
Bring on the health benefits of the holiday’s most popular berry.

 

It’s red, it’s rosy and its plump. I’m not talking about Santa Claus, but instead the tart and delightful cranberry. With a harvest season going from October to December, cranberries take center stage this time of year, in breads, sauces, salads, desserts and more. While you may think of cranberries as just a colorful sauce at the Thanksgiving or Christmas table, it has surprising health benefits. And, these extend far beyond treating UTIs, as they are commonly known for helping.

Cranberries, with a mere 46 calories per cup, have high levels of phenolic flavonoid phytochemicals called pro-anthocyanidins (PACs). PACs are extremely beneficial in reducing certain bacteria’s ability to adhere to the urinary tract walls. This helps to fight urinary tract infections and prevent infections from reoccurring.(1,2)*

But there is more to this power packed fruit than just helping with UTIs. Studies show that eating cranberries has potential health benefits for anti-aging, inflammation, bacterial infections, neurological diseases and cancer. On the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity or ORAC (measurement of antioxidant strength of food items,) cranberries receive one of the highest scores among edible berries.1*

Additionally, studies have found the following:

  • “…Antioxidant compounds such as oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPC’s), anthocyanidin flavonoids, cyanidin, peonidin and quercetin in cranberries may offer protection against cardiovascular disease by counteracting against cholesterol plaque formation in the heart and blood vessels. Further, these compounds help the human body lower LDL cholesterol levels and increase HDL-good cholesterol levels in the blood.
  • Research studies suggest that drinking cranberry juice can protect against gram-negative bacterial infections such as E.coli in the urinary system by inhibiting bacterial-attachment to the bladder and urethral mucosa.
  • Consumption of cranberries turns urine acidic. Together with inhibition of bacterial adhesion actions (proteusbacterial-infections), cranberry juice can help prevent the formation of alkaline (calcium-ammonium- phosphate) stones inside the urinary tract.
  • Cranberries prevent plaque formation on the tooth enamel by interfering with the ability of another gram-negative bacterium, Streptococcus mutans to stick to tooth surface. It thus, helps prevent development of cavities…”2*
According to the National Nutrient Data Base, 100 grams of cranberries provide the following:  

 

Principle Nutrient Value Percentage of RDA
Energy 46 Kcal 2.3%
Carbohydrates 12.2 g 9%
Protein 0.4 g 1%
Total Fat 0.13 g <1%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Dietary Fiber 4.6 g 12%
Vitamins    
Folates 1 µg <1%
Niacin 0.101 mg 1%
Pantothenic acid 0.295 mg 6%
Pyridoxine 0.057 mg 4%
Riboflavin 0.020 mg 2%
Thiamin 0.012 mg 1%
Vitamin A 60 IU 2%
Vitamin C 13.3 mg 22%
Vitamin E 1.20 mg 8%
Vitamin K 5.1 µg 4%
Electrolytes    
Sodium 2 mg 0%
Potassium 85 mg 2%
Minerals    
Calcium 8 mg 1%
Copper 0.061 mg 7%
Iron 0.25 mg 3%
Magnesium 6 mg 1.5%
Manganese 0.360 mg 16%
Phosphorus 13 mg 2%
Selenium 0.1 µg 0%
Zinc 0.10 mg 1%
Phyto-nutrients    
Carotene-ß 36 µg
Crypto-xanthin-ß 0 µg
Lutein-zeaxanthin 91 µg

3*

So eat up and enjoy those cranberries. Try to avoid recipes that call for too much sugar to balance their tartness. Try eating them raw…they are really quite delicious! An additional benefit is that the fiber found in cranberries is a healthy prebiotic for the good bacteria in the gut. Remember, we are what we eat…and our microbiota are what they eat. If you are loading up on sugars and processed foods, that is only going to benefit the unfriendly bacteria. But when you eat healthy vegetables and fruits such as cranberries that feed the good bacteria, your microflora will flourish. And, despite the busy days and nights this time of year, don’t forget to take your Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ daily to stay at the top of your holiday game!  Enjoy the season!

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

 

Resources:

  1. http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/cranberries.html
  2. https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=nutritional+value+of+cranberries
  3. https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/2191?manu=&fgcd=&ds=Standard%20Reference

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Dec 11 2016

Take Ten Minutes for Yourself

Published by under Immune System,Personal Care

Take Ten

With the holiday season in full swing, don’t forget to take a few minutes for yourself to improve your health and well being.

 

Everyone is busy…and we seem to get busier by the day. Especially this time of year with the holidays upon us, it is easy to forget to take a little time each day for ourselves.  We often get up and immediately start running to get it all done, whether we are rushing to work,  rushing to get the kids off to school, doing laundry or going to an appointment. Our “to do” lists need their own personal assistants! Just as we think one list is done, we are starting another. . The challenge is to take the time to do what is good for our health. That’s why I encourage you all to Take Ten!

I’ve put together a list of things, that when done for just ten minutes, can make a positive impact on your health and well being.

Walking

Did you know that just  ten minutes of walking every day can help your cardiovascular system by oxygenating your blood, getting your circulation moving and increasing your heart rate. Researchers found that just  72 minutes per week, that is just 10 minutes per day, can help increase  peak oxygen consumption by as much as 4.2 percent compared to those who do nothing at all.1*   

Stretch

As we get older, taking time to stretch is extremely important for staying supple and flexible. Making this a priority can really make a difference in how you feel each day.  So before or after that ten minute walk, spend another ten minutes stretching. An old yoga teacher of mine used to say, “You’re only as young as your spine is supple.” *

Meditation:

Another thing we can do for just ten minutes each day is to meditate. The American Journal of Psychiatry published a study which determined that meditation-based programs can be hugely effective in treating people with clinical levels of anxiety. Of those observed, 90% experienced significant reductions in anxiety and depression. Additionally, it helps with reducing stress and insomnia. According to a former Buddhist monk, “…all it takes is 10 mindful minutes a day, no incense or uncomfortable positions needed.” 2*

Ten minutes of shut eye!

You’ve heard it called a power nap and there is a good reason for this. A short, ten minute nap can take away the afternoon drowsies and according to studies, it is just the perfect amount of time. “The 10-minute nap produced immediate improvements in all outcome measures (including sleep latency, subjective sleepiness, fatigue, vigor, and cognitive performance), with some of these benefits maintained for as long as 155 minutes…” While a five minute nap doesn’t seem to make much of an impact, and a 30 minute nap can lead to sleep inertia which results in feelings of grogginess, the 10 minute nap is just right. 3*

Give thanks

Take ten minutes every day to write thank you cards to those who have done something kind for you, or do something kind for another person. Give thanks to God or the Universe for all that you have. It will make you feel better throughout the day. As we discussed in a recent blog, grateful people are happier and healthier.

Get organized and plan your day.

Taking ten minutes to create your ‘to do’ list over a nice cup of coffee or tea, can really help get your day off right, stay on task and not forget things. Take just ten minutes to jot down any ideas you have or all those things swimming in your head. People who write things down are more likely to get things done. And when we write down our goals, we are more likely to achieve them.*

If you think you don’t have time to do these simple things for yourself, start measuring how much time you spend on social media, worrying or some other type of other negative or non productive behavior.
Replace that time with these positive behaviors and see what kind of difference you see. Even if you were to do all five things on this list, that is a mere hour out of your day. It is well worth it to be healthier.

And make sure to take the 30 seconds it takes every day to take your Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ . This simple step will help to make sure you are doing one of the best things for keeping your immune system strong during this crazy, yet wonderful time of year. *

So enjoy this very special holiday season, but remember to Take Ten!

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

 

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Healthday/story?id=4507130&page=1
  2. http://www.mydomaine.com/health-benefits-of-ten-minute-meditation

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Dec 04 2016

Choose Wisely During this Season of Giving

Published by under General

‘Tis the season for giving to charity, but choose wisely.
Before spreading holiday cheer, research the charities to which you wish to donate your money.  

There are so many charities asking for donations these days, it can be daunting to know which one should be the recipient of your generosity. We are solicited constantly, whether it be the friendly telemarketer interrupting your dinner or nap, or while checking out at the grocery store. Who doesn’t want to help neglected children, the homeless, unwanted pets or our veterans?  Whether you have the ability to donate a little or a lot, you want to make sure your money is really going towards those who need it. There are a lot of scams out there, and you want to make sure you don’t become a victim to one.  

It’s sad that people take advantage of the givers, but they do. Especially the elderly. It is a shame that while you are trying to do “the right thing” and give to help those who are less fortunate than yourself, there could be a crook on the other end, taking advantage of you. This year, the Federal Trade Commission, along with law enforcement from every state across the country found four cancer charities negligent for defrauding consumers of more than $187 million.  According to Consumer Reports, “…Instead of helping cancer patients, the heads of the Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services, Children’s Cancer Fund of America, and the Breast Cancer Society allegedly funneled donations into luxury cruises, college tuition for family members and friends, gym memberships, sporting event and concert tickets, and even dating website memberships…”1*

The other sad fact is that many charities, while not fraudulent, spend more money on fundraising costs and administrative fees than on the actual programs designed to benefit the charity’s recipients who really need the money. Many charities have similar sounding names, so they can be easily confused. While you may think you are donating to one, you may be donating to something else. Lastly, there are so many charities focused on one cause. For example, there are over 45,000 organizations in the United States that address Veteran issues alone, so how do you know which one is best? 2*

Luckily, there is help out there. Several watch dog organizations are available who have done the research and have given ratings to the different charities. You can look up the charity of your choice to see how it ranks in fiscal responsibility, transparency, and what portion of donations go directly towards their programs. Consumer Reports revealed some of these groups and they include:

Charitynavigator.org  This organization reviews over 8,000 organizations of all size, and allows you to see how they rate by metro area. Their easy-to-navigate lists allow you to see which are rated highest and lowest.3*

Charitywatch.org  This group evaluates more than 600 charities and gives its best ratings to approximately one third of those researched.4* .

BBB Wise Giving Alliance (Give.org) To get a good rating from this alliance, organizations must spend at least 65 percent of their donations on charitable program activities. Additionally, fundraising costs can’t exceed 35 percent.5*

So if you are approached by a charity, via telephone or email, how do you know if you are being scammed? If you experience any of the following, think twice or four times before donating:  

  • They thank you for your previous pledge, when you never made one.
  • The caller is very pushy and won’t take no for an answer.
  • The caller or email asks for donations to be wired.
  • The caller can’t provide any real proof of their charity…ask for their federal id number. They must have one to act as a nonprofit and ensure your donation is tax deductible.
  • They can’t tell you exactly how the donations will be used. 1*

Be especially leery of requests coming via email. There is so much junk mail out there, and if you didn’t ask to receive this information, steer clear. Even if they have a legitimate or familiar looking logo, it doesn’t mean they are legitimate. Beware of heart wrenching photos like those of neglected animals or children. Before you act, refer to the websites listed above to make sure.1*

Yes, it is the time for giving. And there are so many in need. Sometimes the people that need it most are very close to you…in your community or your neighborhood. So start there, and then move outward with your giving. Don’t forget to give your time, your love and your ears to the ones you love. Giving starts at home.

Good luck!

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. http://www.consumerreports.org/charitable-donations/best-and-worst-charities-for-your-donations/
  2. http://www.give.org/news-updates/news/2016/11/wise-giving-wednesday-45000-veterans-organizations/
  3. http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=2203
  4. https://www.charitywatch.org/charities
  5. http://www.give.org/

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Nov 27 2016

Think before you drink this holiday season

Published by under Alcohol

Think before you drink this holiday season.
Drinking too much alcohol is detrimental to your gut health, so it’s better to act in moderation.*

The holidays are right around the corner! This is the time of year where people love to celebrate and with that comes a tendency to overindulge and forget about their diets for awhile. We eat more, drink more, stress more and sleep less. Holiday parties and family get-togethers often cause us to drink more alcohol than normal, and heavy alcohol intake can alter gut health, disrupting the balance of friendly to unfriendly bacteria. Excessive alcohol consumption can weaken the immune system, not to mention leave you feeling bloated, hung over, and emotionally depressed, (as the brain’s gaba receptors are also negatively affected). 1*

What is moderation when it comes to alcohol?

According to the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, moderate alcohol consumption is “…up to 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men…” The NIAAA defines binge or heavy drinking to be “…a pattern of drinking that brings blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels to 0.08 g/dL. This typically occurs after 4 drinks for women and 5 drinks for men—in about 2 hours…” The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) conducts an annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) and defines binge drinking to be when a person drinks 5 or more alcoholic drinks during the same occasion on at least one day within a 30 day period…”2*

What are the repercussions on our gut?

Research shows that when we abuse alcohol, it can affect the gut microbiota, disrupting the equilibrium of the microbiome. Not only does it affect this delicate balance, but chronic overuse, can alter the gut to the point that is leads to gut permeability, or leaky gut syndrome, a topic we have covered in the past. When gut bacteria and food particles “leak” to other parts of the body, it can lead to a series of negative health issues including inflammation and autoimmune diseases. This can be detrimental to the liver and other parts of the body. “…Abusing alcohol can increase the permeability of the gut to macromolecules, which facilitates the “translocation” of toxins from the gut, into the bloodstream. This increases the liver’s exposure to toxins, increasing its risk of injury…” 3*

Alcohol can also interfere with the communication pathways of the brain. It affects behavior, mood and coordination, and can affect brain cell development. Alcohol abuse has been associated with Alzheimer’s Disease and other memory issues. It also can damage the heart, lead to fatty liver and cirrhosis of the liver, is hard on the pancreas and wreaks havoc on the entire immune system. Have you ever noticed if you drink too much over a few days that sometimes you will end up “coming down with something”. If your microbiome is disrupted, it affects your immune system, which can make you more susceptible to illness. 3*

On the bright side, many studies show that moderate alcohol consumption may positively impact health when done right. Among these benefits are lowered risk for heart disease and death due to heart disease, as well as the risk of ischemic stroke, which occurs when the brain’s arteries narrow or become blocked, reducing blood flow. It is also thought to decrease the risk of diabetes.(3,4)*

In one study, researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel observed 224 individuals with well-controlled Type-2 diabetes and with a low risk for alcohol abuse. For two years, they drank five ounces of either mineral water, dry white wine or dry red wine, while following a Mediterranean diet, with no calorie restrictions. The results showed that the red wine drinkers “…had significantly increased their levels of good HDL cholesterol and had a more beneficial cholesterol ratio compared to the group that drank water. They were also the only group to experience a significant drop in components of metabolic syndrome…”5*

So as you enter this holiday season, listen to your body. Drink and eat in moderation. If you do find you drink a little too much, make sure to increase your intake of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ to help replenish the friendly bacteria lost, and help to restore the delicate balance of the microbiome. The delicate equilibrium of the gut is to be respected and cared for, so think before you overdo it!*

Healthiest wishes!

Kelli

 

Resources:

  1. https://healdove.com/mental-health/Emotional-Hangovers-Understanding-the-Feelings-of-Depression-that-Sometimes-Follow-a-Night-of-Heavy-Drinking
  2. http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/AlcoholFacts&Stats/AlcoholFacts&Stats.pdf
  3. https://healdove.com/mental-health/Emotional-Hangovers-Understanding-the-Feelings-of-Depression-that-Sometimes-Follow-a-Night-of-Heavy-Drinking
  4. http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/how-alcohol-affects-the-gut-microbiome/
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12828956
  6. http://time.com/4070762/red-wine-resveratrol-diabetes/

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Nov 20 2016

We have so much to be thankful for this Holiday season!

Published by under General

We have so much to be thankful for this Holiday season!
Focus on the many things you are thankful for and you’ll find it makes you happier and healthier.

What are you thankful for? We have so much to be grateful  for all year long, but sometimes, it takes a special holiday like Thanksgiving to remind us. Why do we find it so easy to complain? Why do we look at the negative? Why, in a wonderful 12 hour day, do we hold on to the 5 minute negative exchange we had at work or ill words with a loved one?

Being thankful takes practice sometimes. And research shows it is very good for our health. “…When we think about what we appreciate, the parasympathetic or calming part of the nervous system is triggered and that can have protective benefits on the body, including decreasing cortisol levels and perhaps increasing oxytocin – the bonding hormone involved in relationships that make us feel so good…”1*

But it goes beyond just feeling good. “…”Clinical trials indicate that the practice of gratitude can have dramatic and lasting effects in a person’s life,” says Robert A. Emmons, professor of psychology at UC Davis. “It can lower blood pressure, improve immune function and facilitate more efficient sleep.”…”1*

Another study that came out of the University of California San Diego’s School of Medicine found that grateful people actually have healthier hearts, with  less inflammation and healthier heart rhythms. Another study discovered that gratitude is an immune system booster. University of Utah and Kentucky researchers observed stressed-out law students and found that those who viewed themselves as optimistic had a higher number of disease-fighting cells in their bodies.1*

Being grateful can also be good for your waistline. “…People who keep a gratitude journal have a reduced dietary fat intake – as much as 25 percent lower. Stress hormones like cortisol are 23 percent lower in grateful people. And having a daily gratitude practice could actually reduce the effects of aging to the brain…”1*

Ralph Waldo Hemerson  said, “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”2*

So make a list of the things that make you feel grateful and thankful. Keep it with you all year long and update it daily. Keep a gratitude journal. Say thank you to the people who help you every day whether it is the server at your local coffee shop or the bagger at the grocery store. People want to feel appreciated and you will inspire them to pass the kindness on to others. Tell the people you love how grateful you are for them. Tell yourself thank you…look at the good you do for your body, others, and the planet. In case you are needing some ideas…. 

Be thankful for your body.

Be thankful for your friends and family.

Be thankful for your freedom.

Be thankful the election is over.

Be thankful for sunshine,

Be thankful for rain.

I am so very thankful and grateful to all of you, our loyal customers and friends. I hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving and may the joy of being thankful boost your health and immune system all year long.

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

 

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. http://www.today.com/health/be-thankful-science-says-gratitude-good-your-health-t58256
  2. http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/14132-cultivate-the-habit-of-being-grateful-for-every-good-thing

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Nov 13 2016

Just How Dangerous is Resistance to Antibiotics

Published by under Antibiotics

One of the world’s most serious health threats is an increased resistance to antibiotics.
More than 700,000 people die each year as a result of drug resistant infections.

The threat of antibiotic resistant superbugs is such a concern that in September of this year, all 193 UN member states met to discuss this mounting threat.  Together, they made an agreement “…to combat the proliferation of drug resistant infections, estimated to kill more than 700,000 people each year…”1*

During their first general assembly meeting on drug-resistant bacteria, and only the fourth high level meeting of the general assembly to address a health issue, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said “…antimicrobial resistance is a “ fundamental threat” to global health and safety…”  Prior to the convening of the meeting, all 193 member states came together in a signed declaration “…to combat the proliferation of antibiotic resistance…” In this declaration,  the global response to superbugs follows a similar path  to that for combating climate change.  It requires that in two years, UN agencies and other groups will provide feed back and updates to the UN secretary general on this fight against superbugs.(1,2)* 

“If we fail to address this problem quickly and comprehensively, antimicrobial resistance will make providing high-quality, universal healthcare coverage more difficult, if not impossible,” said Ban. “It will undermine sustainable food production. And it will put the sustainable development goals in jeopardy.”1*

Scientists have long warned about patients developing resistance to antibiotic drugs. Alexander Fleming, who created penicillin in 1928, the first antibiotic, cautioned that by patients “under dosing”, one exposes their microbes to non-lethal quantities, which could result in them becoming resistant.1*

It is important for general awareness on many fronts to take place. Consumers, medical professionals, the pharmaceutical industry, the meat and dairy industry and governments all must come together to fight against this global epidemic.  People need to rely less on antibiotics and more on alternatives, including probiotics to boost their immune systems and treat their illnesses and infecitons. Antibiotics should only be taken when absolutely necessary. When they are taken, they need to be consumed according to the directions and finished entirely. 1*

If people, governments and the health care community don’t come together on this vital front, many common diseases could become untreatable. This is already happening in many areas of the world, especially in poorer regions of the world where clean water and crowded hospitals where infections can spread more easily. In many of these areas antibiotics can be purchased easily, yet in some cases they only buy a half a dose, which can lead to antibiotic resistance. Directions are not followed, and the results are dangerous, especially for the most vulnerable of society.(1,2)*

According to Margaret Chan, the director general for the World Health Organization,  “…The emergence of bacterial resistance is outpacing the world’s capacity for antibiotic discovery…” Only two new classes of antibiotics have come on the market in the past 50 years. Gram negative bacteria…those which lead to infections like pneumonia, meningitis and surgical site or wound infections in the health care setting are the types of things that have become more resistant to antibiotics. “…With few replacement products in the pipeline, the world is heading to a post-antibiotic era in which common infections, especially those caused by gram-negative bacteria, will once again kill….”(1,2)*

The good news is that the UN came together before this issue is completely out of control as was the case when they convened on the other health issues of HIV/AIDS and Ebola. But, people are still dying by the hundreds of thousands. But it will get much worse if this is not addressed.  This is why we continually remind our customers of the dangers of over using antibiotics and the importance of taking BODY BIOTICS™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ daily to boost the immune system and repopulate the gut after antibiotic therapy, regardless of when that was. If you took antibiotics as a child, you still need to repopulate your microbiome. Diet , exercise and stress all can lower our immune system and our ability to fight off disease and illness.   This is a serious world  health crisis that we have before us. Do your part by not taking antibiotics unless it is absolutely necessary. Avoid any meat or meat by products which used antibitiocs during the raising process. All of these things are leading to this crisis. Be careful out there!

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

 

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/sep/20/un-declaration-antibiotic-drug-resistance
  2. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/may/24/what-we-must-do-to-avert-antibiotic-catastrophe

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