Aug 21 2016

Healthy Steps to Ready your Kids for School

Published by under antibacterials,Antibiotics

Are you getting your kids ready for back to school?
Take steps to ensure a smooth and healthy transition from the slow days of summer to the busy days of school.

It is always hard to say goodbye to summer. Long, lazy, warm summer days are such a gift and a wonderful time to slow the clock down and take a break. But, for students across the country, it is time to get ready to go back to school. As a parent, there are things you could be thinking about ahead of time to make the transition easier for your children and yourself…things to make sure the school year starts off right, with as little stress and anguish as possible, and with a solid foundation for a healthy year.*

Reset your internal time clock. If you and your kids have been sleeping late, start two weeks ahead of time easing into an earlier wake up schedule. It will help everyone avoid being over tired which can exacerbate the emotions that come with starting a new school year. When you are well rested, you can handle stress, worry and a new schedule much better. Additionally, sleep is a key element in keeping the immune system strong which will reduce your child’s chances of getting sick the first week of school. *

Organize menus now. Think ahead as to what you need for that first week of school, not only for you but also for your kids. This includes menu planning for breakfast, lunches and snacks. Think of foods that are healthy that can be prepared ahead of time and even frozen so that your children go to school with the foods that will keep their guts healthy and not succumb to more readily available processed and sugary foods that are high in fat, sodium and other chemicals that harm the microbiome and feed the unfriendly bacteria. School lunches are notoriously unhealthy and kids will grab the foods that are available. So instead of making junk food available, have lots of healthy options be the first thing they see when opening the refrigerator or pantry. If your child is eating healthy, their chances of staying healthy during the school year will be better. Buy a special water bottle so that your child can bring water with them to school to stay hydrated.*

Avoid antibiotics. Being around a school full of kids can expose your child to illness and they may end up sick. If they do, turn to rest and fluids first before immediately assuming they need antibiotics. Unless your child has a serious bacterial infection, an extended sinus infection, bacterial pneumonia or strep throat, it is a better to wait it out. It is so easy to want to find a quick fix, especially when school and missed classes is involved. In the long run, a natural approach to getting over a cold or flu is best, and antibiotics won’t help these illnesses anyway.1*

Avoid overuse of hand sanitizers. Remind your kids to wash their hands, and avoid overusing hand sanitizers.  Research shows that overusing hand sanitizers, which wipes out all bacteria, including the good ones, is not doing us any good and adding to the development of superbugs. Encourage your child to wash his or her hands after using the restroom, before eating and periodically throughout the day with soap and water and avoid hand sanitizers especially when soap is an option.2*

Exercise. Only half of boys and one third of girls meet the exercise standard of one hour per day, and this can become even more difficult once school starts. Make sure your kids are playing outside when they get home not only to relieve stress, but also for their cardiovascular and physical health.1*

Listen to your children. Along with the start of school comes a new gamut of personalities. A bully on the playground or in the halls is a real and troubling issue for many school age kids and social media only exacerbates the problem and feelings of being left out. “…According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, close to half of all children will experience school bullying at some point while they are at primary or secondary school. At least 10 percent of children are bullied regularly…”  Personality conflicts with teachers can also stress out a child. It is important to listen to your child when they talk and help them navigate these types of emotional stressors that can wear on their immune system, cause stomach upset and loss of sleep. 3*

Watch for depression. Many kids have anxiety and depression. Childhood depression can sometimes be hard to diagnose so pay attention to indicators and signs of depression and anxiety, and seek appropriate counseling or medical attention. It is not something to push aside. “…Children under stress, who experience loss, or who have attentional, learning, conduct or anxiety disorders are at a higher risk for depression. Depression also tends to run in families…”4*

All of these things tie back to one important thing and that is a healthy gut. Keeping your child eating the right foods, getting plenty of sleep, drinking plenty of water, and avoiding stress all will help keep their gut healthy. A child’s healthy gut will help with their mental state — as 90% of serotonin is created in the gut– and will keep their immune system strong, to avoid getting sick. Just as we know the importance of a healthy microbiome for us as adults, it’s just as important for our kids and teenagers. Their lives get very crazy and they don’t make their health a priority. Setting this foundation for them will help ensure they have a healthy start to their school year and throughout the year as well. Put your children on the same regimen of Body Biotics™  Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ as yourself. If they don’t like to swallow capsules, give them our tasty, berry flavored Body Biotics™ Children’s Chewables™. But it is imperative that children get the probiotics they need. Good luck this school year!5*

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

References:

  1. http://www.today.com/health
  2. http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/30/health/fda-hand-sanitizers/
  3. http://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Facts_for_Families/FFF-Guide/The-Depressed-Child-004.aspx
  4. http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/child-bullying.html
  5. https://www.caltech.edu/news/microbes-help-produce-serotonin-gut-46495

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Aug 14 2016

Clear Connection to Obesity and Gut Flora

Published by under probiotic supplements

Researchers connect obesity to social behavior in mice…could it be the same for humans?
Scientists discover an important possible link to social behavior and it is tied to the gut.

 

Researcher Mauro Costa-Mattioli of Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston, recently published research in Cell, that suggest in mice, a “…clear relationship does exist between gut flora, obesity and social behavior…”1*

 Along with colleague Shelly Buffington, Dr. Costa-Mattioli conducted a series of experiments over an eight week period in which they fed 100 female mice a normal diet or a high fat diet. They then impregnated the mice and examined the behavior and gut flora of the babies. They observed how they interacted with other mice and inanimate objects. They also studied their feces to see what bacteria populated it.1* 

“…One of the less-known problems of obesity is that obese mothers are 50% more likely than those of normal weight to give birth to children who go on to develop autism. This correlation is perplexing, but some suspect it is connected to differences between the gut bacteria of the overweight and those who are not. ..”1*

Researchers found that the offspring of the “obese” mice had problems with social interaction. They interacted with other mice for only 22 seconds during a 10 minute period, compared with two minutes of social interaction for the offspring of the normal weight mice. Additionally, when given the choice of interacting with an empty cup or another mouse, 55% of the obese mice offspring, chose the cup. This is in comparison to ALL the mice of the normal weight offspring choosing other mice.1*

“…As expected, the gut bacteria of the obese mothers and their offspring were quite different from, and less diverse than, those of other mice…” The researchers questioned whether restoring their micro biomes to a “normal” balance of bacteria  would improve their social behavior. So during the next step of their experiment, they took advantage of the mice’s tendency to eat each other’s feces and put the offspring of the obese mothers in a cage with the normal weight mothers, in an effort to balance their gut flora. Miraculously, their social interactions developed normally.1*

The next step was to examine the bacteria present in the mice whose mothers were obese compared to the normal weight mothers. One bacteria in particular seemed to be lacking in the guts of the obese mice, Lactobacillus reuteri. Normal weight mice had nine times more of this bacteria than the obese mice. This same strain was shown in the past to promote the release of oxytocin, the hormone that plays an important role in controlling mammalian social behavior.  So, Dr. Costa-Mattioli and Dr. Buffington added L. reuteri to both types of mouse’s drinking water , and also had a control group which drank plain filtered water or water that had been heated to kill off the L. reuteri. Their conclusion?1*

“…Among the offspring of obese mothers, those given the live bacteria developed normally while the control mice developed social problems.  This suggested L. reuteri does indeed promote the release of oxytocin in the developing brain, which then helps mice to develop normal social behavior. To reinforce their case, the investigators dissected the brains of the animals involved in the last experiment and counted up the number of oxytocin producing cells therein. As they suspected offspring of obese mothers that were in the control arms of the experiment had 29% fewer such cells than did offspring of normal mothers. Those given L. reuteri in their water, by contrast, had only 13% fewer. That apparently was enough to abolish detectable behavioural differences…”1*

As to whether doctors and scientists will reach the same conclusion in humans is unknown but it is something they will most certainly be exploring. “…If examining the gut floras of autistic children and their mothers (whether or not those mothers are obese) even hinted at something homologous happening in human beings, then dosing infants who might be at risk with L. reuteri could be a sensible idea…”1*

The vast world of the microbiome continues to be an exploding area of research for scientists and doctors as they continue to tap into the vital importance of maintaining a healthy balance of bacteria. At Body Biotics™ we will continue to follow this type of in-depth research taking place that explores how our microbes shape our health and those of our children. Our BODY BIOTICS™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™, which was developed more than 30 years ago, was built on this knowledge that the gut is at the core of all our health and a strong immune system, and still offers the same health benefits in this original formula that it has for all these years. It is exciting to see all the new research that continues to surface about the microbiome and see what keys to our health it uncovers.*

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. The Economist, Microbes and Autism, Gut Feelings, June 18th-24th, 2016
  2. http://www.cell.com/cell/abstract/S0092-8674(16)30730
  3. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/02/160201104030.htm

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Aug 07 2016

Healthy Benefits from Fresh Summer Fruits

Published by under probiotic supplements

Summer’s fresh fruits bring a bounty of health benefits.
Among summer’s fruits that bring supreme nutritional benefits is… watermelon!

It’s the best time of year for fruits and vegetables as crops ripen and are in abundance at the grocery store and farmers markets. Cherries, peaches, apricots, strawberries, plums and watermelon are just a few. Organic fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.. One, in particular—watermelon —  provides an especially high value, despite prior beliefs that is only water and sugar, with “…impressive concentrations of phenolic antioxidants, flavonoids, lycopene, and vitamin C…”1*

In the past, watermelon had a bit of a bad rap as it was thought to be just water and sugar. But researchers are discovering it is much more than that. Watermelon has become a focus of recent research because next to tomatoes, it has one of the highest levels of lycopene. Lycopene, a carotenoid phytonutrient, is important for cardiovascular health and possibly even for bone health. Other important sources for lycopene are pink grapefruit and guava. 2*

Researchers have also found that the lycopene content of watermelon remains stable when refrigerated for a period of time. Watermelon cut into two-inch cubes and stored at 36°F (2°C) for over 48 hours had virtually no deterioration in lycopene content. (1,2)*

Another attribute of watermelon that interests scientists is that it contains citrulline. “…Citrulline is an amino acid that is commonly converted by our kidneys and other organ systems into arginine (another amino acid). The flesh of a watermelon contains about 250 millligrams of citrulline per cup. When our body absorbs this citrulline, one of the steps it can take is conversion of citrulline into arginine. Particularly if a person’s body is not making enough arginine, higher levels of arginine can help improve blood flow and other aspects of our cardiovascular health. There’s also some preliminary evidence from animal studies that greater conversion of citrulline into arginine may help prevent excess accumulation of fat in fat cells due to blocked activity of an enzyme called tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase, or TNAP…”2*

Watermelon is also a great source for both Vitamin C and other antioxidants which help prevent the formation of free radicals, so important in cancer prevention. It is also a good source of beta carotene which is great for our skin and hair! “…Watermelon also contains thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, choline, lycopene and betaine…”(1,2*)

In order to get the maximum nutritional benefits from watermelon, it needs to be eaten when it is fully ripened, as its  biggest increase in lycopene content and beta carotene occurs when the flesh of the watermelon goes from white-pink to pink. As it continues to ripen, and the color changes from pink to red, these nutrients become even more concentrated. Like lycopene and beta-carotene, total phenolic antioxidants in a watermelon also increase consistently during ripening, all the way up until the appearance of fully red flesh. The bottom line: eating a fully ripe watermelon can really pay off in terms of nutrient benefits. 2*

Lastly, and certainly not least, watermelon is an excellent source for both soluble and insoluble fiber, which feeds the friendly microbes in our gut. Just as BODY BIOTICS™ Bio Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ contains both probiotics and prebiotics, it is so important to consume both good microbes and the food they eat. Watermelon is not a super concentrated source of fiber, but it is usually consumed in large amounts, so for a low amount of calories, it can be a good source. It is also great for hydration due to its high water content, which additionally helps with digestion.(1,2)*

In one cup of watermelon, there is only 46 calories, and the following:

Vitamin C 16%

Pantothenic acid 7%

Copper 7%

Vitamin A 5%

Potassium 5%

Biotin 5%

Magnesium 4%

Vitamin B6 4%

Vitamin B1 4%2*

 

So indulge in this delicious fruit and all the gifts of nature we are given this time of year. If you can grow it yourself, pick it fresh from the vine or a tree, even better. Happy summer!

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

 

www.bodybiotics.com

 

 

Resources:

  1. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/266886.php
  2. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=31

 

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Jul 31 2016

Sunshine is Good but Not too much

Published by under Personal Care

Summer’s hot topic: sunscreen
How important is it to pick the right brand and how, when and where you should use it.

It is that time of year to enjoy the great outdoors and the warm, sunny days of summer. Many of us seek out the sun at the beach, lake, pool or park. We all need a little sun for healthy Vitamin D levels, eyes and skin. Yet too much of the sun can lead to skin damage, premature aging and skin cancer if we don’t protect ourselves. So the question is, how do we best protect ourselves and which sunscreen products are safest?*

Almost all dermatologists recommend using sunscreen, but not all sunscreens are created equal. The purpose of sunscreen is to block both the UVA and UVB rays of the sun, both of which are absorbed by the skin. These rays affect our skin differently, and this difference is important to understand.*

UVB rays are strongest between the hours of about 10am and 4pm. When the skin is overexposed to these rays, it will burn, letting us know we’ve had enough. But constant burns will lead to damage of the upper layers, which results in age spots and a thicker and more leathery appearance to the skin. *

UVA rays are present whenever the sun is up. These more dangerous rays go deeper, harming connective tissues, blood vessels and can cause the skin to be less elastic and more wrinkled. They harm cells called keratinocytes which are involved in most skin cancers. The tricky part about UVA rays is they don’t cause sunburn, so it is hard to know how much you are getting. (1,2)*

An important way to protect our skin is with a broad spectrum sunscreen. A study from Queensland, Australia, home to the world’s highest rates of melanoma, found that people who used sunscreen every day were 49% less likely to develop melanoma after 15 years than those who used it occasionally or never. Those who used it daily had nearly 75% less invasive melanoma.1*

Most Americans use sunscreen. In fact, 80% of us used it last year, and spent over $400 million on it during 2015. Though this is our primary source of sun protection, it is curious that melanoma rates have soared. “..This year, more than 76,000 Americans will be diagnosed with the disease-up from 22,000 in 1985 and more than 10,000 will die from it. Millions more will develop non fatal, but potentially disfiguring basal cell and squamous cell cancers…”*

So why, if we are using more sunscreen, are our cancer rates going up? “…The primary problem, according to researchers is that “many sunscreens sold in the US don’t actually block UVA, the sun’s most damaging rays. When the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) tested 1400 sunscreen products in 2016, it found that more than 750 of them did not provide adequate UVA protection. Worse, some had no UVA filtering ingredients at all…1*

“…In theory, sunscreens labeled “broad spectrum” should filter both UVA and UVB rays, but in the US, that term isn’t a guarantee…”1*

The second part of this is that when we block the UVB rays, it fools us into thinking we can say out longer. Sunscreen with UVB protection prevents our skin from burning, which is really a warning sign that we are getting too much sun. As a result, we stay out longer, being exposed to the dangerous UVA rays that don’t show their effects until later.(1,2)*

Another factor to consider when using sunscreens are that many contain dangerous toxins such as oxybenzone, a hormone disruptor, which was found in the blood of 96% of adults and children in a CDC sample of 2500 Americans who use sunscreen. The EWG annual review of more than 1400 sunscreens found toxic chemicals in both conventional and “natural formulations. “Mineral sunscreens are the first choice of the two groups EWG and Silent Spring, Institute, a group which investigates environmental links to cancer.  Most natural sunscreens use minerals such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide to physically block rays rather than chemically filter them. 1*

So what is the best way to protect yourself if you want to enjoy the sun?

  • Take cover. Be outside, but stay in the shade or under an umbrella.
  • Chose broad spectrum sunscreens which offer both UVA and UVB protection. Products containing zinc oxide, provide stronger UVA protection than most other ingredients do.
  • Take care to avoid sunscreens containing the following toxic chemicals:

-Oxybenzone and octinoxate, which can mimic the effects of sex hormones.

-Phthalates, parabens and bisphenol A, which may act as endocrine disruptors, mimicking sex hormones and interfering with natural levels.

-Retinyl palmitate, a type of Vitamin A that is used because it conditions skin, but may speed the growth of  skin tumors when exposed to the sun.  According to the EWG, this is a serious concern, because many sunscreens contain it. Prevention magazine released a list of eight mineral-based sunscreens that contain no toxic chemicals and meet the EWG’s safety and efficacy standards. These include: All Terrain, Babo Botanicals, Badger Sunscreen Cream, Elemental Herbs, Kabana Organic Skincare, Raw Elements and Sunegrity Skincare. (For more specific details refer to Reference 1 below).

  • Dress for the occasion: Protective clothing, such as hats, long sleeves, and long pants. Some fabrics are specifically designed for UV protection. Eyes can get sunburned too so choose sunglasses that provide 99-100% UV protection.

 

  • Don’t be fooled by numbers: People tend to think the higher number gives them longer protection, leading to fewer applications. It is best to stick with an SPF of 30, and just apply more frequently. To properly apply your sunscreen, put it on at least 20 minutes before heading outside to give it time to be absorbed into the skin. Reapply every 2 hours, and more often if you have been swimming or sweating. (1,2)*

Remember, some sun is good for you! Our bodies need it. The sun today is different than years ago, as the ozone layer is thinner, so the exposure is stronger. But we need Vitamin D that we can only get in its best form from the sun. But you only need about 4-5 minutes of direct sun during peak hours of the day during summer to get the Vitamin D you need. Remember that you are being exposed to UVA rays whenever the sun is out, so use caution to avoid too much UVA exposure. 2*

Most importantly, enjoy the summer days. A line from one of my favorite Don Henley songs is, “…there’s just so many summers, and so many springs…” So, armed with this information, and a little common sense, enjoy your summer! It only comes around once a year and we only get so many in our lifetimes.3*

Be happy and stay healthy,

 

Kelli 

 

www.bodybiotics.com

 

 

Resources:

  1. Prevention Magazine, July, 2016 issue, The Sunscreen Deception
  2. http://paleoleap.com/paleo-guide-to-sunbathing/
  3. The Last Worthless Evening, Don Henley

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Jul 24 2016

Constant Struggle to Resist Foods High in Sugar

Published by under Organic,probiotic supplements

Why is sugar so hard to resist?
Avoiding that hot fudge sundae might take more than will power.

Unhealthy dietary patterns are common for so many people  and contribute to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and metabolic syndrome.  Despite the fact that we know we should not eat certain foods, our  cravings tell us otherwise. For some of us, more than others, there is  – those we just know are not good for us. Even though we know the negative effects of these foods on our waistline, health and even survival, it is extremely difficult to change.  Our failure to break these habits is often followed with feelings of guilt and shame for lacking self-control.*  

Research is starting to show us more and more that maybe it isn’t that simple. It is not just a matter of lacking self control or discipline, but there is an underlying cause for these intense cravings and need to satisfy them. It is all about the gut and the population of microbes living there. Though they are residents of our bodies, they outnumber our human bacteria by 100 to 1. You’d think our own  bacteria would always have our best interest in mind, but if the balance of unfriendly to friendly is out of whack, the unfriendly bacteria living inside us, work against us in their effort to survive. (1,2)*

According to an article published in Bioessays, the “…evolutionary conflict between host and microbes in the gut leads microbes to divergent interests over host eating behavior. Gut microbes may manipulate host eating behavior in ways that promote their fitness at the expense of host fitness…” In other words, despite our best efforts to eat right and avoid sugar, fat and other processed foods, our gut microbes might have something else in mind, leading us to reach for that hot fudge sundae or piece of cake. And even though our brains are telling us to pick the salad, the “second brain” with the vagas nerve leading from the gut to the brain, wins out and rational thinking is lost. 1*

In an effort to survive, the bad microbes will cause us to crave sugar and junk foods, which is their food of choice, and helps them to proliferate. They generate cravings in our bodies, that result in us eating foods that suppress their competitors. These cravings can be pretty hard to resist, as they cause the host –us– to feel dysphoria or lows in our mood until we feed them what they want. We feel rewarded temporarily because our cravings cease and our mood is elevated…until the cravings start again. This is how the cycle continues. It is important to recognize this cycle and make a conscious effort to end it. “…They (the bacteria) may change the expression of taste receptors, making certain foods taste better; they may release hunger-inducing hormones; or they may manipulate the vagus nerve (which connects the stomach to the brain) to control their hosts’ eating behavior…”(1,2)*

Having a diverse microbiome is important. Overuse of antibiotics, poor diet and exposure to over processed foods can result in a diminished diversity of microbes. “…Fitness interests of gut microbes are also often not aligned, because members of the microbiota compete with one another over habitat and nutrients. This means that highly diverse populations of gut microbes may be more likely to expend energy and resources in competition, compared to a less diverse microbial population. A less diverse microbial population is likely to have species within it that have large population sizes and more resources available for host manipulation. Moreover, the larger a particular microbial population is, the more power it would have to manipulate the host through higher levels of factor production or other strategies…” Populating the gut by adding probiotics, such as BODY BIOTICS™ BIO-IDENTICAL SBO PROBIOTICS CONSORTIA™ is key to increasing the number of friendly microbes in your digestive tract.(1,2)*

So, what can you do to take control of the microbial population of your gut?

  • Take BODY BIOTICS™ BIO-IDENTICAL SBO PROBIOTICS CONSORTIA™ daily. Increasing your friendly bacteria will starve out the bad.
  • Eat organic. Organic fruits and vegetables gives you better access to soil born organisms like those in BODY BIOTICS™ BIO IDENTICAL SBO PROBIOTICS CONSORTIA™.
  • Eat fiber. Fiber works as a prebiotic and is food for good bacteria.
  • Avoid antibiotics. Whenever possible, avoid taking antibiotics which wipe out the good bacteria along with the bad.
  • Avoid pesticides and others chemicals that are toxic to your system.
  • Avoid sugar and artificial sweeteners. Sugars of all kind are food for bad bacteria.*

I hope this helps you understand why we crave certain foods and with this knowledge, make it easier for you to listen to your body and know when it is tricking you into feeding the unfriendly bacteria. Make a concerted effort to feed your body the food that will benefit the friendly microbes, which will starve out the bad. As your balance of friendly bacteria takes over, you should find that your cravings for sugar and other unhealthy foods, diminishes.*

Until next week, healthiest wishes!

Kelli

 

 

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/bies.201400071/full
  2. http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/08/your-gut-bacteria-want-you-to-eat-a-cupcake/378702/

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Jul 17 2016

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & poor gut composition

Published by under probiotic supplements

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome linked to poor gut composition.1*
New research shows a connection between an unhealthy microbiome and the perplexing condition known as Chronic Fatigue Sydrome.1*

 

Do you experience chronic fatigue, joint and/or muscle pain, frequent headaches and extreme exhaustion after exerting yourself? Do you have sore throat and sleep that leaves you still tired? Is it a mystery to you as to why you feel this way and even after several visits with your health care practitioner, you still can’t figure it out? If you are nodding your head yes, you may have Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). CFS is not well understood and doesn’t have a commonly accepted therapy. It is characterized by “debilitating fatigue” and other associated symptoms which can last up to six months. People suffering from CFS often feel  defeated and depressed  as CFS keeps them from easily participating in life’s daily activities due to the extreme and lasting fatigue. And because there are no tests to confirm the diagnosis. it has long been thought to be a psychological condition rather than a physical ailment.(1,2,3)*

But research published last month in the publication Microbiome is shedding new light on CFS and even ending the theory that it is a psychological condition, but rather physical, with findings centered around the health and composition of the gut. This connection was first made, because many people suffering from CFS also report that they experience extreme gastrointestinal issues. 2*

The study involved researchers examining 48 people with CFS compared with 39 healthy individuals. They analyzed the quantity and diversity of bacterial species found in each participant’s stool, and looked in the blood for inflammation markers. What they discovered was that the stool samples taken from those with CFS had a lower diversity of bacterial species than those of the healthy control group. This coincides with typical finding in individuals with inflammatory bowel disease and other gastrointestinal disorders to include dysbiosis.  They also found that those with CFS had higher levels of lipopolysaccharides in the blood. These inflammatory molecules may indicate that bacteria had moved from the gut into the bloodstream where various symptoms of disease can develop. (1,2,3)*

“…”It is documented that gut microbiota plays a key role with respect to pathological intestinal conditions to include Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and type 2 diabetes. Additionally, people suffering from CFS seem to have immune dysfunction and immune activation, with many of the symptoms reported being characteristic of inflammatory diseases…”  (2,3,4)*

Though this new study does not mean an easy and accurate CFS diagnosis every time, but it does provide a new avenue for identifying Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in patients. “…Using these criteria, the researchers were able to accurately identify more than 83 percent of CFS cases based on the diversity of their gut bacteria and lipopolysaccharides in their blood…”1*

It also offers new clues as to why people have these symptoms. One day, researchers hope to develop a diagnostic test for the condition. According to the lead author of the study, Maureen R. Hanson, professor of molecular biology at Cornell, the importance of the finding is that it offers answers as to why people have CFS symptoms, showing there is a  “…biological difference between people with CFS and healthy people.”…” The long-lasting idea that it’s a psychological illness should be abandoned.”…”(1,2)*

The importance of gut health continues to surface with such studies. Many chronic conditions can be avoided, identified and treated holistically by ensuring we address the composition of our microbiome. Instead of continually masking our health problems with a medicine chest full of various prescription drugs that only put a band aid on what is truly happening rather than healing from within, can be taxing, dangerous and expensive. Start with addressing your health from the core. Eat organic, whole foods, while avoiding processed junk foods and sugars. Continue to stay on a healthy regimen of BODY BIOTICS™ BIO IDENTICAL SBO PROBIOTICS CONSORTIA™. Exercise regularly and get plenty of sleep. Take care of your gut first, and hopefully, we can avoid so many of these inflammatory conditions that occur due to an unhealthy balance of bacteria in the microbiome.*

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli 

 

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/07/07/gut-bacteria-are-different-in-people-with-chronic-fatigue-syndrome/
  2. https://microbiomejournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40168-016-0171-4
  3. http://www.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev.med.49.1.1
  4. http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v490/n7418/full/nature11450.html

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Jul 10 2016

There may be a cure for the summertime blues after all.

There may be a cure for the summertime blues after all.
Keeping a healthy gut boosts mood and mental state, even in the dog days of summer.

We’ve heard the song, “there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues.” Of course this song was about a young man “…workin’ all summer just to try to earn a dollar…”, but the blues are a real thing for many people, and the summer can be a time for some people to get depressed. Returning to work after a vacation, long days of unending high temperatures, kids home from school, and days that are light, longer, can actually make people feel blue. So what can be done for such a state of mind?1*

For starters, make sure your gut is healthy. You may wonder how having a healthy gut can help your mood, but with 90% of our serotonin production taking place in this vital organ, it is imperative to keep our guts healthy. The gut, often referred to as “The Second Brain,” has received this label in part because “…about 90 percent of the fibers in the primary visceral nerve, the vagus (the connector cable,) carry information from the gut to the brain and not the other way around…” If our gut isn’t functioning the way it should, it can be a key determinant to our feelings of sadness or depression. The massive network of neurons lining our gut is so extensive According to Psychology Today, “… studies are under way to determine which gut flora do what for our mental health and turn those findings into treatments. The possibility that distinct patterns of gut flora have an influence on aspects of our emotional processing is intriguing…” (2,3)*

Aside from ensuring your microbiome is healthy,  here are a few other ideas for chasing away the summertime blues:

Get pleasure from healthy foods: What better time of year to eat right than summer, when summer fruits and vegetables abound!  Take advantage of the availability of your favorite fruits and veggies and try new recipes to boost your vitamins, minerals and antioxidants intake. This is not only a great way to get healthy, but also to lose weight by substituting fresh produce for chips and cookies! Visit local farmers markets to get it from the source. Depending on where you are located, there could be several to choose from.*

Exercise: Warmer weather means there is no excuse not to get outside, (unless if you are in Arizona or other desert states in recent weeks). Swim, walk, enjoy the great outdoors and all that nature has to offer. Exercise boosts your mood, your serotonin levels and makes you look and feel better. Start every day with exercise to feel better!*

Rise and shine: With longer days, take advantage of the mornings and get your day started early. Take a walk, have a leisurely cup of coffee or tea before the day gets going, meditate and enjoy the cool hours of the day.*

Sunshine on your shoulders: Get some sun to get the benefits of Vitamin D and a sun kissed look on your cheeks and shoulders. Too much sun can lead to sunburn, which is extremely painful and can lead to sun damage, so only be in the direct sun for a short period of time before you slather on the sunscreen or head for an umbrella. Just being in the day light and fresh air under a tree with a good book is good for your eyes, your skin and your entire system.*

Get in the water: Enjoy the benefits of swimming and weightlessness by jumping in a lake, pool or swimming in the ocean. Being in water calms us and centers us, as we came from water growing in the placenta. Plus, it will keep you cool and keep you moving. Not to mention it is fun so it will make you feel good and chase away your worries for awhile.*

These are just a few ideas for keeping yourself happy and free of the blues during the hot days of summer. The main way to keep your mood elevated and avoid depression is to watch your diet, eat right and keep your gut healthy. The gut drives so much of our bodies to include our moods and our immune system. Treat it right, and it will treat you right. Staying on a healthy regiment of BODY BIOTICS™ BIO-IDENTICAL SBO PROBIOTICS CONSORTIA™ is important for  your daily intake of friendly bacteria to keep your “Second Brain” working right. Please note, that if you have severe depression, and not just “the blues”, it is important to seek the advice of a mental health professional as depression is a serious, debilitating illness that should not be taken lightly. If you think you may have clinical depression or another serious mood disorder, please seek the help you need. We all deserve to enjoy the summer!*

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

 

www.bodybiotics.com

 

 

Resources:

  1. Summertime Blues by Eddie Cochran
  2. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/gut-second-brain/
  3. http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/201110/your-backup-brain

 

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Jul 03 2016

Make every day Independence Day

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Make every day Independence Day.
Stay healthy to enjoy an independent lifestyle throughout the years.   

As we celebrate the 4th of July, or Independence Day, we have a lot to be thankful for as a nation. Just look through a high school history book to be reminded of what our forefathers went through to win us our independence and how we are better off for it. As a country, we continually and collectively are bound by our insistence to maintain this independence, and defend the constitution and the unalienable rights, freedom and security granted to us as a nation so long ago.

Independence extends beyond our national freedom. It is an essential human need and we yearn for it from an early stage. Once babies begin to walk, they are seeking their own direction, learning to do things on their own and slowly growing to the point where they will walk out the door and be on their own as young adults. Independence brings feelings of self worth, accomplishment, satisfaction, freedom, quality of life and success. After all, as parents, our greatest gift we can give our children is the ability to take care of themselves and be independent.

It is important to be independent in a relationship. When you co-exist with a partner, it is beautiful to share your lives together. But successful relationships are built largely on the individual independence of each partner. It brings quality back to the relationship, interest and wholeness.

As an older adult, the condition of our health can determine how independent or dependent on others we are. When we are young, it is hard to imagine we’ll ever be old, but ask any older person and they’ll tell you “…it feels like yesterday…” So the key to staying independent all your life, or as long as possible, is to take good care of ourselves every step of the way.

So I ask you, are you taking the necessary steps now, at every age, to be your healthiest you? Health is cumulative. If you eat junk food all your life, never exercise, don’t take care of your microbiome, drink too much alcohol and smoke, your body will show the signs much earlier than if you take care of your body like the temple that it is. Long term health diseases such as diabetes, heart conditions, arthritis, cancer and kidney disease usually show up sooner in bodies whose owners have not been taking care of them. And once these diseases show up, your independence will soon be lost and you will wish you had taken care sooner.*

What can you do now to make sure you stay independent as long as possible?

Regular check ups—stay on top of your health by taking preventative measures including seeing your health care practitioner once a year for a wellness check.

Maintain a healthy weight – don’t allow yourself to get outside of your healthy weight range for your height. It can be very hard to lose pounds once you put them on, so try to avoid weight gain in the first place. 

Eat right – stick to a whole foods, organic diet whenever possible. Real foods are what your body recognizes and metabolizes.

Keep your gut healthy – Eat organic fruits and vegetables, grow your own garden, and keep to a healthy regimen of BODY BIOTICS™ BIO-IDENTICAL SBO PROBIOTICS CONSORTIA™. Keeping your gut healthy is key to a strong immune system, which fights off myriad diseases and illnesses. Many things on this list contribute to the overall health of your gut.

Exercise— Just like the ad campaign says, “…Just Do it!…” Even if you don’t feel like it! Not only does exercise keep your weight down, it keeps your organs oxygenated, your muscles and bones strong and your joints lubricated.

Keep your mind challenged—go out and meet new people, do the crossword, take a class. But keep your mind active!

Slow down and eliminate stress – Your immune system takes a beating when you are stressed, so tell yourself it is ok to take things a little slower and get to things as you can get to them.

Avoid falls – when we slow down, we take more caution as to not fall. This is especially important as you age, because falls are the number one cause of injury and death in people 65 and older.1*

Avoid getting scammed – this can add stress and put your financial independence at risk.

Be prepared – Consider long term health care insurance should you get to a point where you can no longer live independently. Long term health care can be very costly so many people look at this option to insure you are taken care of and won’t have to deplete your savings, or put the burden on your children.*

I hope you have a happy and healthy 4th of July, and may every day be Independence Day for you.

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. http://www.midnightsuncare.com/blog/5-keys-to-helping-seniors-remain-independent/

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Jun 26 2016

Scientist focuses on immune system, for cancer treatment

Published by under probiotic supplements

Scientist focuses on immune system, not tumor, for cancer treatment.1*
Find out how Immunologist Jim Allison, Ph.D. “tweaked” T cells to find successful cancer treatment.1*

 

At Body Biotics™, we are constantly focused on the importance of building a strong immune system. With 80% of our immune systems originating in the gut, our work is dedicated to educating our customers on this key element to good health and providing you with a product that builds the microbiome to be healthy and thriving. With a healthy balance of friendly bacteria, (80% friendly to 20% unfriendly) we know that we can better fight off  pathogens that come our way. That is why the work of  Jim Allison, Ph.D., is so interesting and exciting. His research and discovery for treating melanoma, focuses on the immune system to fight off cancer.  1*

Immunologist and Chair of Immunology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Jim Allison, Ph.D., invented a revolutionary approach for  treating melanoma. So important was his discovery, that he was recognized with the nation’s highest honor for clinical medical research, being named the 2015 winner of the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award from the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation.  The Lasker awards recognize major achievements around the globe in the areas of basic science, clinical research and public service.1*

Allison’s long search for a new kind of treatment — one that has since become a lifesaver for some cancer patients — began when Allison was running a lab at the University of California, Berkeley back in the early 1990s. He was fascinated by the subset of white blood cells called T cells, which are powerful cells of the immune system. These cells travel around the body and can “protect us against just about anything,” according to Allison. His revolutionary treatment for melanoma was centered on his research, which determined that if the immune system was “tweaked just right”, it could fight off cancer better than the usual treatments.1*

T cells don’t recognize cancer cells in a way that eliminates the disease, but they do recognize them. Allison, who had been studying T cells for years, found that by “…tinkering with one key molecule on the outside of these cells, he could enhance their response to cancer, enough to eradicate the illness…”1 (To read more about T-Cells, go to Reference 3.)(1,2,3)*

Along with one of his grad students, Allison ran an experiment testing these “tweaked” T cells on cancerous tumors in mice, with astounding results. The T cells seemed to shrink the tumors and kill the cancer. He repeated the experiment with the same results. The next step was to try it on humans. Thinking drug companies would jump at the chance to create a human version of the treatment, he was surprised to find the biotech companies were not interested, as their focus was fixed on targeting tumors directly and Allison’s treatment was targeting the immune system…not the tumor. “…”We weren’t trying to kill the cancer cells. We were letting the T cells kill the cancer cells.”…”1*

“It’s a new modality for treating cancer,” Dr. Samuel Broder, a former director of the National Cancer Institute, says now of Allison’s pioneering research. “It used to be there were three basic treatment options for cancer — surgery, radiation and chemotherapy — or some combination of those three. It’s fair to say there’s now a fourth option.” (1,2)*

The biotech company Medarex eventually developed technology that could replicate Allison’s therapy in a version for humans. It took ten years for Allison’s idea to be ready to test on people. It was done in a clinical trial at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. The drug, now called ipilimumab, or Ippy for short  is now sold under the brand name Yervoy by Bristo-Myers Squibb, which bought Medarex in 2009.(1,2)*

Allison warns that “…each case is different, and using a patient’s own cells to destroy tumors won’t work in every patient or in every type of cancer…” Nevertheless, the approach offers promise to some people that other therapies can’t, and has transformed the way doctors think about cancer treatment.1*

“…”It might be too early to say we’re going to cure cancer,” Allison says, “but we’re going to cure certain types of cancers. We’ve got a shot at it now.”…”1*

According to www.cancer.gov, “…Blocking the activity of immune checkpoint proteins releases the “brakes” on the immune system, increasing its ability to destroy cancer cells. Several immune checkpoint inhibitors have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The first such drug to receive approval, ipilimumab (Yervoy®), for the treatment of advanced melanoma, blocks the activity of a checkpoint protein known as CTLA4, which is expressed on the surface of activated immune cells called cytotoxic T lymphocytes. CTLA4 acts as a “switch” to inactivate these T cells, thereby reducing the strength of immune responses; ipilimumab binds to CTLA4 and prevents it from sending its inhibitory signal…”4*

This is a topic that we will continue to follow. Harnessing the immune system to better fight off diseases naturally, will most certainly be a constant focus for scientists in the future. Continue to keep your immune system strong by keeping your microbiome in balance with BODY BIOTICS™ Bio Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ and let your body do its job to naturally fight off disease and pathogens. *

Until next week, healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

 

Resources:

  1. http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/06/09/480435066/a-scientists-dream-fulfilled-harnessing-the-immune-system-to-fight-cancer
  2. https://www.mdanderson.org/newsroom/2015/09/md-anderson-immunologist-jim-allison-wins-lasker-debakey-award.html
  3. https://www.verywell.com/t-cells-2252171
  4. http://www.cancer.gov/research/areas/treatment/immunotherapy-using-immune-system

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Jun 19 2016

Plan ahead to ensure you have a happy and healthy vacation.

Published by under General

Planning a summer vacation? Stay safe and healthy and don’t forget your Body Biotics™
Take  precautions and plan ahead to ensure you have a happy and healthy vacation.

It’s great to get away and break free from the daily grind of work, and home responsibilities. Exposure to new sights and sounds stimulate the brain and activate our senses. It forces us to be aware of new surroundings, meet new people, taste new foods and experience new culture.  But with 42% of Americans saying they didn’t take a single vacation day in 2015, it seems that  too many people get caught in their daily routines and chores and don’t even realize how much stress they are under. Traveling might even seem like a bother. News of the world can keep people from traveling out of fear. And yes, it requires some effort. But in the end, the health benefits  of a new adventure most surely will outweigh any inconvenience.(1,2)*

To ensure your summer vacation is exciting, healthy and fun for all, put in some thoughtful preparation. Here are a few ideas:

Food choices. When traveling, it can be difficult to stay on a diet. It can be challenging to find your normal, healthful foods. We tend to over eat, as we are eating out more. Airports and road stops are full of processed snacks and sugar that tempt us when we are hungry. So just be prepared and shop before you go and make a snack bag with your favorite, healthy foods. This will ensure you don’t go hungry and fall victim to eating a snickers or a bag of chips because that is all that is available.  If you think you will be hard pressed to find a good source of veggies on your trip, bring along Life’s Green Essentials™ to ensure you get your daily servings of greens with all the vitamins and minerals you need. It can be mixed with water or juice, so it is easy to carry and drink.*

Bring your BODY BIOTICS BIO IDENTICAL SBO PROBIOTICS CONSORTIA™ with you and continue to take it every day and even increase your dose to help boost your immune system to ward off any unwanted bugs you might be exposed to as you visit public restrooms and if confined to a plane.*

Traveling, especially by air, can sometimes cause people to get constipated. If this is something that happens to you, bring along the Aloe Pure™ to help keep you regular.*

Continue to exercise. Bring your walking shoes and get your daily exercise. If you are committed to yoga or another special form of exercise, do your research to see if you can find a local class in the area you are visiting so that you don’t go without. Rent a bike and see the sights that way, or walk wherever you go.

Watch the alcohol. Depending on the type of vacation, you may find that you consume more alcohol than normally do. It can be expensive and leave you drained. Be mindful of your intake and keep the fattening drinks to a minimum.

Don’t forget your water.  Drink at least 8 glasses of water each day. It is essential to stay hydrated. Whether you are visiting a beach, the mountains or overseas, water is so essential to keeping your mind alert and keep you feeling good. Be mindful of water quality where you are and buy bottled water if necessary. Avoid washing fruit and brushing your teeth with tap water if water quality is an issue.      

If you are eating out a lot, which most people do on vacation, choose your restaurants carefully to avoid food borne illnesses. Diarrhea affects up to 50% of international travelers, so come prepared and make sure you wash your hands regularly, and read reviews on local restaurants to see if there have been any complaints about poor hygiene. Once again, make sure to up your intake of BODY BIOTICS™ to help ward off unfriendly bacteria and help with any bouts with diarreha.1*

Get your zzzzs. Make sure to get plenty of sleep in order to stay alert, whether you are driving, walking or exploring. We let our guards down when we are tired and put ourselves at greater risk for accidents, and to losing our cool in difficult situations. Being tired also makes us more susceptible to others taking advantage of us. Allow yourself to recover from jet lag and don’t push yourself too long if you are traveling by car. If you are well rested, you will be more likely to practice healthy behaviors. You will be less distracted, and less tempted to indulge in bad foods that will give you that temporary energy followed by crash to boot.

Sun exposure. Enjoying the sun in small doses can be a great source of Vitamin D, but sunscreen is important to avoid getting burned. Different climates can take you by surprise and you won’t realize you are getting too much sun. A bad sunburn can really ruin a trip and be extremely painful, so be mindful of that! Exposing yourself to the great outdoors also means exposing yourself to a variety of microbes that are good for diversifying your microbiome.

I hope you can travel this summer and enjoy some time for yourself and your loved ones. It is difficult to pull ourselves away from our daily responsibilities, but the rejuvenation that occurs when we allow our bodies to rest and enjoy will make you a happier, more positive and productive person in the long run. It is good for you, your family and everyone around you. Stay safe!

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

 

www.bodybiotics.com

 

 

Resources:

  1. https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/issue/jun2011/feature1
  2. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-united-states-of-no-vacation/

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