May 20 2018

Focus on Fiber for a Healthy Gut.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

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

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May 06 2018

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

Published by under Immune System,Stress

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

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

 

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Apr 22 2018

Is an oil free diet healthy for you?

Published by under Organic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

 

www.bodybiotics.com

 

 

Resources:

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

 

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Apr 08 2018

Some of the Dangers of some Prescription Drugs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Be smart when it comes to your health.

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

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

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

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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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