Feb 19 2017

Small easy steps towards better health

Take small steps towards better health.
Getting on track for a healthier lifestyle might be easier when taken one step at a time.  

I was talking to a client recently about health issues, improving gut health and getting started on a path towards healthier living. She was feeling overwhelmed at the thought of completely changing her diet and at the many pounds she had to lose. It made me realize…it is easier said than done! When someone is faced with many pounds to lose, a lifetime of poor dietary habits to change and mounting health issues, it can feel pretty discouraging and daunting. Her response….”I don’t even know where to start!”

Of course, we start with the gut. That is a given in my book. But completely changing behaviors overnight may not be realistic. If you have a soda, alcohol, cigarette or sugar habit, we all know, these are very hard addictions to beat. Perhaps you just have a poor diet and sedentary lifestyle. That is also hard to beat. It requires a lot of educating of one ’s self, and sometimes requires starting small.*

Our conversation made me take a good look at our societal habits as a whole. It is so easy to be an armchair quarterback and say, “Do this, don’t do that! Eat this, but not that,” but saying is one thing and doing is another. So I made a deal with my client and we came up with a game plan to start with just 10 things she could change that might make a difference towards better health. After she masters those ten things, than she can pick ten more. Here are the ideas that we came up with and I encourage you to do the same. Perhaps these ten aren’t changes you need to make, but if you can make your own list, what would they be?

Here are the ten small changes we came up to start towards better health:

  1. Take Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ daily. Of course, this is where I would have anyone start, if they are not already on these friendly critters. This will help begin the process of cleansing out the years of putrefaction and restoring the balance of the microbiome.
  2. Start each morning with one big glass of lemon water. (Take the Body Biotics™ with this). This helps to rehydrate after a long night’s sleep and alkalize the system.
  3. Make the first meal of the day a very healthy one. Whether you make a veggie, egg white omelet, or a whole grain cereal with fresh fruit and almond milk, start your day off right. When we eat donuts first thing in the morning, our bodies tend to crave more junk food throughout the day. When we start our day healthy, we have a tendency to eat healthier.
  4. Cut out all fried food and fatty, greasy meats. Fried food and greasy meats are hard on the digestive system and the microbiome as a whole. The body has to work very hard to process these foods and they are full of fat and calories which are just not good for us. Replace with a vegetarian dish or a low fat meat such as chicken or fish.
  5. Cook meals at home as opposed to eating out. This simple step gives you control over what you are putting in your body. You can purchase organic ingredients, and decide exactly what goes into your meal and what doesn’t.
  6. Walk for 30 minutes each day, instead of doing Facebook! (Build up to an hour over time). Exercise is so important for building muscle, burning calories and lubricating the joints.
  7. Replace the afternoon soda with a cup of green tea. Green tea is full of antioxidants while soda is full of Candida loving sugar and empty calories.
  8. Replace processed peanut butter with all natural peanut butter or almond butter. No one needs the hydrogenated oils or preservatives found in processed peanut butters. There are plenty of natural brands available that have only peanuts and salt in their recipe. Many stores allow you to grind your own nut butters…even better!
  9. Snack on fresh vegetable sticks instead of potato chips. Save on calories and provide the good fiber needed to feed the friendly bacteria in your gut.
  10. Cut alcohol intake by half. Alcohol is full of sugar and calories. It is very hard on the microbiome when abused, so start with cutting alcohol intake in half, then cut it in half again to get to where you only indulge on occasion. (If alcohol addiction is an issue, seek professional help or find a meeting near you to receive the support needed).
  11. Drink 8 glasses of water a day. Water hydrates the muscles, flushes toxins and provides a channel for fat to leave the body.*

Just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, conquering a healthy lifestyle won’t take place overnight. Just as poor health can creep up on us over a period of years, so it is with getting back to optimal health. The important message here is that sometimes we need to just take things one step at a time, one day at a time. Make small changes, but stick with them. Once you master your ten things…create ten more!

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

 

www.bodybiotics.com

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Feb 12 2017

Finding Foods that Help Heal the Gut

Finding foods that help heal the gut.
Focus on these foods to heal your gut after experiencing Candida overgrowth.

As we wrap up our series on Candida Albicans, let’s look at the foods that you want to be sure to include in your diet in order to help heal your gut and your body after Candida overgrowth and the detox period that comes with eliminating it. Because diet is such an important factor in limiting Candida overgrowth as well as healing your gut, you need to focus on the foods and lifestyle that will allow you to get and stay healthy. As we have discussed, Candida loves sugar, processed foods, and alcohol — any foods that turn to sugar in the body. Avoiding these while getting rid of Candida overgrowth is important. Limiting them going forward to avoid a reoccurence of Candida overgrowth is key. Additionally, here are some foods you can be sure to include in your diet to help your gut heal.*

Coconut oil
Various varieties and forms of Coconut oil are available in many grocery stores today and that is a good thing because it is an excellent source of a fatty acid called caprylic acid. This antifungal interferes with Candida growth by poking holes in the yeast cell walls, causing them to die. Keeping coconut oil in your diet will help prevent candida from over multiplying again. Suggestion: Cook with coconut oil instead of vegetable oil.1*

Garlic
Garlic may not be great for your breath, but it is great for your health and killing candida, as it is one of the most powerful natural antifungals around. When eaten raw. Garlic contains allicin, a sulphur-containing compound with natural antifungal properties specific to Candida. So load up…and enjoy the healing benefits of this amazing food. Suggestion: add to homemade pestos, hummus and salad dressings.1*

Apple cider vinegar
While other vinegars are not recommended while combating Candida, apple cider vinegar is a good choice. While research is somewhat limited in regards to apple cider vinegar, it appears to contain enzymes that help break down Candida. Suggestion: Use in a salad dressing.1*

Cruciferous vegetables
Cruciferous vegetables, such as Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, arugula, and radishes, have a property called isothiocyanates which are sulphur- and nitrogen-containing compounds that attack Candida. Additionally, their high fiber content make them an excellent prebiotic, the food source for probiotics. Suggestion: Eat raw! 1*

Ginger
While ginger may not be the most powerful antifungal of the group, it provides liver support during the detoxifying process as you combat Candida overgrowth. It contains ginerols and shogaols which are the anti-inflammaotry and antifungal components of the ginger root. Suggestions: Use in fresh vegetable juice and in stir fry dishes.

Olive oil
Olive oil contains polyphenols, which are antioxidants that can help your body fight Candida. You could also find polyphenols in flax, avocado, and primrose oils. Suggestions: Replace vegetable oil with these healthier oils.1*

Cloves
Eugenol, which is naturally found in cloves, is an essential oil which is very effective as an antifungal when ingested. Clove oil is also effective when applied topically for toe and fingernail fungal infections.1*

Cinnamon
Cinnamon is a wonderful anti-inflammatory with antifungal properties. Just as caprylic acid found in Coconut Oil appears to damage yeast cells, causing them to die off, Cinnamon appears to be equally beneficial treating Candida. If you suspect you have a stomach or intestinal ulcer, cinnamon is not recommended. Suggestions: sprinkle on top of smoothies.1*

Wild salmon
Wild salmon provides a powerful punch of omega-3 fatty acids with each serving. It is also great for fighting fungal infections. Be sure to get wild salmon as opposed to farmed salmon that contain dyes and is fed on gmo grains in many cases.1*

Lemon juice
Lemon juice is a great equalizer for the body and its essential oil may contain mild antifungal properties. It is an excellent detoxifier for the liver as well. Since detoxing from Candida can be hard on the liver, drinking plenty of lemon water can be especially good for you during the detox and healing periods. 1*

Aloe
With Aloe’s gentle healing properties, this is another good choice to add to your diet. It also contains antioxidants,  as it contains polyphenols, which inhibit candida growth and promote healing. Body Biotics Aloe Pure™ capsules help with detoxing and cleansing the digestive tract. You’ll want to follow the directions on the bottle and not take more that prescribed. Aloe can help with constipation and work as a gentle cleanse which is helpful while detoxing from candida overgrowth, but taking too much will be counterproductive.2*

 

As mentioned last week, it is important to repopulate the gut with friendly bacteria, so you will want to continue to take your Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probitoics Consortia™ daily to keep Candida at bay.

 

We will continue to explore this topic as new research surfaces and topics of interest arise. I hope it has been helpful to learn more about Candida, what it is, causes of candida overgrowth, health issues related to this condition, how to get rid of it, and how to heal your gut and keep it healthy going forward. 

 

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

 

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-11005/10-foods-to-fight-candida.html
  2. https://authoritynutrition.com/8-proven-health-benefits-of-aloe-vera/

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Feb 05 2017

Candida is more dangerous than you think

Published by under Colon Cleanse

Candida is more dangerous than you think.
When allowed to grow out of control, Candida leads to multiple and dangerous health conditions.

Last week we laid out a regimen for crowding out Candida and taking back one’s health. If candidiasis is a condition you think you might be suffering from, I hope you took the advice to heart and really got serious about taking the necessary steps to clean up your gut. Candida Albicans, when allowed to overrun your microbiome, can break down the delicate membrane walls of the digestive tract and actually penetrate into the bloodstream. If left unchecked, this can become quite dangerous as Candida is toxic to our systems. As the body’s organs are all interdependent, when one becomes unhealthy, others can follow. As we know, addressing our health at the core, and ensuring the gut is healthy, sets us up for long term health. It is unfortunate that so many of today’s doctors don’t follow this. As we go from one doctor to another with our myriad symptoms, they continue to prescribe medications that often mask our symptoms instead of addressing the true problems. Without ever addressing the core problem of an unhealthy gut, one’s health issues can spiral out of control, and it’s a shame to know that a few simple steps, (though for so many can be difficult to follow), might have made the difference. .

“…When Candida breaches the intestinal barrier and enters the bloodstream it releases toxic byproducts—including acetaldehyde—into your body. Acetaldehyde is a well-known carcinogen and is responsible for “hangover” symptoms such as nausea, headache, fatigue, and liver damage—definitely not something you want floating around in your body in large quantities…”(1,2)*

Candida overgrowth and leaky gut are bedfellows.  “…A leaky gut creates the perfect environment for Candida to multiply, pass through the intestinal lining, and enter the bloodstream along with the undigested food particles..” At the same time, if Candida is allowed to colonize the gut, it can damage the intestinal lining, therefore leading to leaky gut syndrome. Once to this point, the body becomes compromised as the Candida toxins, food particles and other bad bacteria enter the blood stream. Your body, because it doesn’t recognize these particles, creates antibodies to fight them off, leading to autoimmune disorders to include Rheumatoid arthritis, chronic inflammation, liver damage and the snowball effect of other metabolic conditions. This is why Candida overgrowth should not be taken lightly. (1,2)* .

When the toxins released from Candida overgrowth enter the bloodstream, they must now be filtered by the liver. Too many toxins can stress the liver, making it difficult for it to function properly. Its role of maintaining blood sugar levels, regulating hormones and storing nutrients, is compromised. This explains why many of the symptoms of Candida overgrowth to include brain fog, fatigue and mental health disorders are similar to an overworked liver. Part of many Candida cleanses include liver support supplements and detoxification support.(1,2)*

Another byproduct of Candida overgrowth and leaky gut syndrome is chronic inflammation. When foreign particles and toxins enter the blood stream, the body releases antigens to fight them off. When left unchecked, this continuous release of antibodies causes the body to be in a constant state of “battle” and inflammation. Inflammation is our bodies’ defense mechanism to buffer and heal (as with a bone break for example). But if the inflammation doesn’t go away, this is when chronic inflammation occurs, resulting in joint aches and pains, arthritis, skin rashes, brain fog and can eventually lead to autoimmune disease.(1,2)*

You can see how Candida overgrowth is a nasty health problem to overcome. The terrible part is that the worse it gets, the harder it is to stave off sugar cravings which feed this yeast. Last week we laid out a plan for you to start the clean up necessary to balance the gut and starve out Candida, which included cutting off Candida’s food source, repopulating the gut with good bacteria by taking a therapeutic dose of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™, and finally healing the gut. Stay strong and follow the course! Next week, we will look at healing the gut and the foods which help with this step. These are foods that are particularly beneficial when cleaning up the gut and healing it as you detoxify your microbiome of this damaging condition.

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

Resources:

 

  1. http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-8376/10-signs-you-have-candida-overgrowth-what-to-do-about-it.html
  2. http://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com/gluten-candida-leaky-gut-syndrome-and-autoimmune-diseases

 

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Jan 29 2017

Crowd out Candida in three steps.

Published by under Womens Health

Crowd out Candida in three steps.
If you’ve been battling Candida overgrowth, isn’t it time you feel good again?  

Over the last few weeks, we have talked about Candida overgrowth and how this yeast can harm the microbiome and lead to many serious health issues.

We’ve talked about what candidiasis is, what causes Candida Albicans to multiply and how to determine if you have it. Next week, we will look at some of the more serious health issues brought about by Candida overgrowth. But before we do that, let’s look at what you can do to get rid of it and bring your gut back in balance. If you suspect that you suffer from Candida overgrowth, you want to get busy getting this aggressive yeast under control.

Did you review the list of symptoms last week? Did you perform the “spit test”? If after doing these two self tests you think you may have Candida overgrowth, you’ll want to take immediate steps to clean up your gut. So, if you have determined that you have this condition, what can you do?

There are basically three steps you need to take to successfully treat Candida.

  1. Stop the yeast from growing.
  2. Re-populate the gut with friendly bacteria
  3. Heal the gut so that Candida is no longer entering your bloodstream.1*

Step one: Stop the yeast overgrowth. The best way to do this is to cut off the Candida’s food supply. Candida loves sugar, carbohydrates, and anything else that turns to sugar in the system. Additionally, eliminate inflammatory foods to include gluten, dairy, soy and corn…essentially those foods that lead to food sensitivities. Also, cut out any gastric irritants such as alcohol, drugs and caffeine.(1,2,3)*

Limit your diet to fresh vegetables and proteins. A vegetable juice detox is a great way to kick start your regimen. After a week or so, you can add, but limit yourself to one cup of complex carbohydrates daily (beans, grains, bread, fruit, pasta and potatoes). If you stick to this strict diet, you will keep the Candida from multiplying and eventually, without its food source, it will die. To keep it from returning, you’ll to need maintain this healthier lifestyle.(1,2)*

Step Two: Repopulate the microbiome with friendly bacteria. The second important part of getting rid of Candida is to increase the friendly bacteria population in the gut. Start by increasing Body Biotics™ Bio Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ to a therapeutic dose of 6 to 8 capsules per day for several months. Once you feel that the Candida is under control, cut back to 4 to 6 per day, and then eventually back to a maintenance dose of 2 to 4 daily. Additionally, your health care practitioner can prescribe an antifungal medicine and you can purchase supplements of caprylic acid from your local apothecary or health food store. Derived from coconut oil, caprylic acid essentially “pokes holes” in the wall of the yeast cell causing it to die.  Avoid using herbs such as oregano oil as it kills good bacteria as well as bad.1*

Third Step: Healing the gut. This step is important for repairing the intestinal lining and reducing inflammation in the body. With severe cases of Candida, the yeast starts to leak into the bloodstream. This is when it leads to many dangerous health conditions, which we will cover next week. There are foods you can eat to help promote healing, such as coconut oil, garlic, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, cruciferous vegetables, fresh ginger, lemon, cinnamon, and cloves. In a couple of weeks, we will look at specifically why these foods help fight Candida and heal the gut. Additionally, during this step, you can take Body Biotics Aloe Pure™ to calm and help cleanse the intestinal tract. There are also supplements your naturopath can recommend. According to Dr. Amy Meyers, renowned leader in Functional medicine, “…Providing the nutrients necessary to help the gut repair itself is essential. One of my favorite supplements is L-glutamine, an amino acid that helps to rejuvenate the gut wall lining. Other key nutrients include zinc, omega-3 fish oils, vitamin A, C, E as well as herbs such as slippery elm and aloe Vera…”(1,2,3)*

If you believe you are suffering from an overgrowth of Candida, take it very seriously and follow these steps to starve out the Candida, repopulate the gut with friendly bacteria and then lastly, get on a diet full of healing foods to reduce inflammation and repair the lining of the digestive tract.*

Next week, we are going to discuss the various health issues that can result when Candida goes unchecked.

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

 

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-8376/10-signs-you-have-candida-overgrowth-what-to-do-about-it.html
  2. http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-11005/10-foods-to-fight-candida.html
  3. http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-6172/How-to-Heal-Your-Gut-and-Heal-Y

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Jan 22 2017

Don’t delay if you suffering from Candida overgrowth

Published by under Womens Health

Are you suffering from Candida overgrowth?
Don’t ignore the warning signs of this serious condition.

Last week we talked about Candida Albicans, what it is and different factors that cause this yeast to multiply in the gut. This week, let’s look at the signs and symptoms to determine if you are suffering from this condition, which affects not only the gut, but can lead to vaginal yeast infections, nail fungus, skin infections and urinary tract infections. If left untreated, much more serious autoimmune conditions can result. Once Candida takes hold in the intestinal tract, it can be extremely difficult to get rid of it. *

Candida Albicans is a yeast microorganism which lives in all of our intestinal tracts along with many other microorganisms. In a normal, healthy gut, the percentage of friendly bacteria to unfriendly bacteria is approximately 80% friendly to 20% unfriendly. The bacteria to Candida ratio is about 10 to 1. In a healthy gut, Candida Albicans help us with digestion and nutrient absorption. (1,2)*

Introduce a round of antibiotics, oral contraceptives, a poor diet with lots of sugar, alcohol and processed foods, and the delicate balance of the microbiome can be compromised. If the percentage of friendly to unfriendly bacteria in our guts changes enough, it can leave us susceptible to myriad health issues. To make matters worse, a vicious cycle begins. As the unfriendly microorganisms feed off of sugar and empty carbohydrates, we experience increased cravings for these unhealthy foods and if we indulge,  lead to more overgrowth.. Yes, that’s right….we truly are what we eat. A healthy gut does not have these strong sugar cravings.(1,2)*

According to the National Candida Center, “…Candida overgrowth was rare before World War II. The introduction of the mass use of antibiotics paralleled the rise in yeast infections. Initially a prescription for antibiotics directly preceded almost all yeast infections. In other words, during the 1950’s a yeast infection usually followed a course of antibiotics by a few weeks…” Because antibiotics wipe out both good and bad bacteria, it leaves the gut susceptible to the unfriendly taking over1*

With a weakened gut, comes a weakened immune system, leaving us vulnerable to other unwanted microorganisms and bacteria which ultimately can cause us to get sick. When our guts have an overgrowth of Candida Albicans, it shows up as vaginal yeast infections, nail fungus, UTI’s and more. The problem is that once these conditions appear, the Candida has already grown out of control and a larger problem of dysbiosis (dysfunction of the microbiome) exists, which can slowly spread to other parts of the body. Once you get to this stage, Candida can leak into the blood stream, leading to autoimmune disorders to include rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis, scleroderma, to name a few. Candidiasis can sneak up on you and make you extremely ill, and with many varied and often unrelated symptoms, it can be confusing and hard to diagnose.  “…Candida yeast not only steals nutrients from the food that you eat, it then poisons the tissues with waste material containing over 75 known toxins. (1,2,3)*

 Candidiasis is not a condition to be taken lightly, so let’s look at some signals indicating this may be a condition you have. Have you been experiencing any of the following (for more than a month)?  If you have, this is a sign you may have Candida overgrowth.(1,2,)*

  • Strong sugar cravings
  • Digestive problems to include bloating, diarrhea or constipation.
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Severe seasonal allergies and ears that are itchy
  • Brain fog, difficulty concentrating, lack of focus
  • Vaginal yeast infections
  • Toe fungus or athlete’s foot
  • Eczema, psoriasis and other skin issues
  • Mood swings, irritability and depression
  • Canker sores
  • ADHD, ADD or Poor impulse control. (1,2,3)*

You can also take the spit test. Though this sounds somewhat unscientific, it can be a good determinant that you have yeast overgrowth. Simply spit in a glass of standing water. Check it after about 15 minutes. If you see strings of the saliva going down  through the water to the bottom of the glass, or a cloudy glob of saliva at the bottom of the glass, this is another indication of Candida Albicans. If after this test and answering yes to several of the above, it may be time to talk with your health care practitioner about conducting a blood, stool or urine test to help you know for sure. 1*

Blood test

With a blood test, you can check your levels for IgG, IgA, and IgM Candida anti-bodies. If your levels are high, it can indicate Candida  overgrowth. The problem with this test, is that sometimes these can be negative when a stool or urine test shows positive. From what I have read, this is not the most reliable test.3* 
Stool test
Seemingly the most accurate, a comprehensive stool test checks for Candida in the colon or  lower intestine. 3*

Urine Organix Dysbiosis Test 
The urine test detects D-Arabinitol, a waste product of Candida yeast overgrowth. This test can determine if Candida is present in the upper gut or small intestines. 3*

Now you know the symptoms and warning signs along with some tests you can take to determine if you may be suffering from Candida overgrowth. Next week we will look at how to get rid of this stubborn yeast. This is where Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ plays such a crucial role. We know feeding our guts friendly bacteria is key to staying healthy, and in the case of Candida overgrowth, it is more important than ever.

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

 

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. http://www.nationalcandidacenter.com/What-is-Candida-Yeast-Infection-s/1817.htm
  2. http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-8376/10-signs-you-have-candida-overgrowth-what-to-do-about-it.html
  3. http://www.worldhealth.net/forum/thread/100468/10-signs-you-have-candida-overgrowth-w/?page=1

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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

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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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