Feb 10 2019

Don’t let Sleep Apnea ruin your rest and your health.

Published by under General

Don’t let Sleep Apnea ruin your rest and your health.
Understanding the symptoms and dangers of Obstructive Sleep Apnea just might save your life. *

There is nothing like a good night’s sleep. We take it for granted when sleep comes easy. But if you have trouble sleeping, the effects throughout the day can be devastating. And if you have trouble getting sound sleep night after night, as in the case of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), the effects are more far reaching, affecting your long term health and well being.1*

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a “…medical sleep disorder in which a person has pauses in breathing or shallow breathing during sleep…” It is caused by the upper respiratory airways being blocked either when the throat muscles collapse, or by the tongue falling back into the airway. It can also be caused by enlarged tonsils or adenoids which can interfere with air flow. 1*

The degrees of Obstructive Sleep Apnea are broken down into three stages…mild, moderate and severe. During mild OSA, the person experiences between 5 to14 episodes of interruption in breathing in an hour, while during moderate OSA, breathing is interrupted between 15 and 30 times. During severe OSA, breathing is interrupted 30 or more times in one hour! 1*

When a person’s airway becomes cutoff, “…the brain has to wake itself to signal the respiratory system to kick back into gear…” Breathing resumes with usually a loud snort, gasp, or body jerk, causing the person to wake from sleep, disrupting slumber. When awoken multiple times through the course of the night, it results in low oxygen levels in the blood because the air way blockages prevent air from getting into the lungs. This low oxygen also affects both heart and brain function. The result is a feeling of being unrested, foggy and exhausted.(1,2)*

When breathing is paused during sleep, blood oxygen levels drop significantly. When this happens, the brain “…partially wakes from sleep to send signals to the nervous system to constrict the blood vessels (tighten up) in order to increase the flow of oxygen to your heart and brain. When your blood pressure increases at night to keep oxygen flowing to your heart and brain, it causes high blood pressure during sleep. Most people’s blood pressure drops ten to twenty percent during sleep, but many patients with sleep apnea show an increase in blood pressure of ten to twenty percent….”1*

Over time, this increased blood pressure that takes place while sleeping begins to cross over into periods of wakefulness. Many people with sleep apnea end up with higher blood pressure due to the extra respiratory effort needed to get oxygen while sleeping. As we know, high blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke and heart attack.1*

Studies have shown a strong link between sleep apnea and cardiovascular problems, as well as Type 2 diabetes and obesity.  “…Up to two-thirds of the people who have sleep apnea are overweight.  Obesity, or too much body fat, is often associated with snoring, sleep apnea, and sleep disturbance. Obesity increases the risk of sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, arthritis, and stroke…” (1,2)*

According to a study by the National Sleep Foundation, men with severe OSA are 58% more likely to develop congestive heart failure than men without sleep apnea. Men between the ages of 40-70 “…with an apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) of 30 or higher were 68% more likely to develop coronary heart disease than those with lower AHIs…”1*

People with poor sleep habits are at greater risk for becoming overweight or obese and developing Type 2 diabetes, according to several studies. Chronic sleep deprivation may lead to insulin resistance, which can result in high blood sugar and diabetes.2*

“…Some studies show that chronic sleep deprivation can affect hormones that control appetite. For example, recent findings link inadequate sleep with lower levels of the hormone leptin, which helps control the metabolism of carbohydrates. Low levels of leptin have been shown to increase the body’s craving for carbohydrates regardless of the amount of calories consumed…”2*

Lastly, sleep apnea takes its toll on the brain. The lack of oxygen supplied to the brain can result in mood disorders, poor concentration, difficulty with memory and decision-making, depression, and stress. Research from the UCLA School of Nursing and  published online in the Journal of Sleep Research, showed that people with sleep apnea “…show significant changes in the levels of two important brain chemicals, which could be a reason that many have symptoms that impact their day-to-day lives….3*

Treatments like continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, which is the most common and considered the most successful sleep apnea treatment so far, have been extremely successful in treating this condition. When patients at risk for heart disease and who had sleep apnea were treated with CPAP machines, their nighttime and daytime blood pressure was significantly reduced and their risk of developing heart disease decreased dramatically.1*

Treating underlying conditions of heart disease, such as sleep apnea, can greatly reduce the chances of developing more serious health problems down the road. Just as treating the gut can prevent disease and boost the immune system, treating sleep apnea is a preventative measure for many health conditions as well. All of these conditions tie together and when they go untreated lead to metabolic syndrome which is a vicious cycle that is hard to brake.1*

Pay attention to your body! Take preventative measures for your health, including taking Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ daily. By addressing your core health and the basics, such as diet, exercise, sleep and hydration, you are laying the groundwork for long term good health.*

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

Resources:

  1. https://www.alaskasleep.com/blog/sleep-apnea-heart-disease-risks-untreated-sleep-apnea
  2. https://www.webmd.com/diabetes/type-2-diabetes-guide/type-2-diabetes-sleep#3
  3. http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/sleep-apnea-takes-a-toll-on-brain-function

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    Jan 27 2019

    Are you in it for the long run?

    Published by under General

    Are you in it for the long run?
    How you treat yourself today will determine how you live in the future.

    I recently had the pleasure of spending time with several “elderly” people. I say elderly, in quotes because it was really hard to consider them all elderly, even though they were all in their eighties. The difference in how they looked, acted and enjoyed or didn’t enjoy their lives was fascinating to me. Their level of health was certainly the result of how they had treated their bodies and approached life’s challenges in the past. As we continually explore different diets, lifestyle choices, and the research that suggests how we should conduct our lives in regards to health, I thought, ‘Here is the proof in the pudding’ so to speak!

    One gentleman is turning 89 this year. While he has some health issues, they are being managed by a health practitioner through regular checkups. He is extremely active and walks two miles each day. His diet is high in whole foods and low in processed foods and sugar. He doesn’t smoke and enjoys some alcohol but doesn’t abuse it. He keeps his mind mentally challenged by trading stocks and is an avid reader. He still drives, is highly social, takes interest in the world around him and focuses on the positive, rather than complaining about his aches and pains. He truly acts like a man half his age.

    The next lady I spent time with is also very active. She walks daily and eats a diet of whole foods. She is so positive, despite losing her husband recently. She goes to bed early and wakes early to take her daily walk. She lives alone, is agile and independent. She also drinks socially but doesn’t abuse it and has never smoked. She is curious, takes pleasure in the small things, spends time with friends and family and is very eager to meet new people. She is not on many prescription drugs, “but does take an occasional Advil”. She also seems so much younger than her eighty something years!

    Another woman just turned 86. She is also very active, walks daily, eats a diet of whole foods with little sugar, doesn’t drink alcohol, and enjoys her friends and family. She is an avid reader and keeps herself mentally challenged. But…she did smoke for many years. Five years ago, she had throat cancer and suffered through radiation and chemo. And now it has returned. All due to smoking!

    Lastly, another lovely lady I met is overweight, eats a lot of junk and processed foods, loves “craves“ sugar and doesn’t exercise at all. She loves to sit in her chair and watch TV. Though she has a positive attitude, she seemed so much older than the others. She has a classic case of metabolic syndrome, with congestive heart disease, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, overall inflammation, and a very unhealthy gut. She has been on round after round of antibiotics due to urinary tract infections. She has brain fog, and suffers from some depression. Sadly, her lifestyle is more solitary because she is highly immobile.

    While my knowledge of these four people is somewhat limited, it was enough for me to think about how the choices we make in our daily lives are cumulative and the results as we reach our 70s, 80s, and 90s can be bad or good. What choices are you making and actions are you taking to ensure a long healthy life? Of course genetics and other factors play a role in the length and quality of our lives, but if it were based on diet, health and lifestyle choices alone, are you making choices for the long run?  Keep in mind the following things you can do today and everyday to be at your best all your life:

    Maintain a healthy weight.

    Keeping a healthy body weight is important for keeping your body healthy. It is also an indicator of your dietary choices and your gut health. Weigh yourself regularly to make sure you are staying in a healthy range. Too much weight around the middle is hard on your internal organs. Excessive weight is hard on your joints. Being overweight can lead to heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, cataracts and certain types of cancer. Weight can creep on over the years, so try to keep a healthy weight by sticking to whole foods, and away from processed foods and foods high in sugar and of course exercising.1*

    Exercise daily.

    Daily exercise is one of the most important things you can do for you body. Get out and walk, don’t sit for long periods of time, stretch to keep your joints limber and your spine supple. It is important for maintaining a healthy weight but also boosts mental health. It keeps your heart healthy, your blood pressure under control and boosts your immune system. Sit on the floor and get back up! Do deep knee bends. All the daily activity will keep you active in the future. So many older people fall and can’t get themselves back up. Don’t let that be you! One common denominator in these folks I met who were the healthiest is that they all took look walks.*

    Monitor your blood pressure

    High blood pressure over time can be deadly. It can lead to stroke, heart failure, vision loss and heart attack.  If you find your blood pressure is on the high side, be sure to see a health care provider on a regular basis, check it at home and be sure this is under control. It is called the “silent killer” because you can have high blood pressure and not know it. So check this regularly! Daily exercise and keeping your weight in check will help with this.2*

    Monitor your blood sugar

    “…29.1 million people in the United States have diabetes, but 8.1 million may be undiagnosed and unaware of their condition. About 1.4 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in United States every year. More than one in every 10 adults who are 20 years or older has diabetes…” Be sure to check your blood sugar at your annual checkup and avoid sugar and processed foods. Maintaining a healthy weight is key to keeping your blood sugar within a healthy range. 3*

    Keep your cholesterol levels in check

    When your cholesterol levels are high, you can develop fatty deposits in your blood vessels that over time can make it difficult for enough blood to flow through your arteries which can lead to heart attack.4*

    Prescription Drugs

    By keeping your body healthy, it is more likely you can avoid prescription drugs. Be care of the slippery slope of too many prescription drugs! Barring genetics, you might be able to avoid them by following a healthy lifestyle. Overuse of prescription drugs can be hard on your kidneys and liver and lead to more and more prescription drugs. They can affect mood and bring all sorts of other side effects.*

    Pay attention to good gut health

    A healthy gut means a healthy body, so maintaining a healthy gut today will keep your overall body healthy for the long term. We can ward off sickness, inflammation, bowel disease and myriad other health issues when we are healthy at the core. Avoid unnecessary antibiotics that wipe out  healthy bacteria. *

    Alcohol abuse

    Drinking too much alcohol taxes your liver. We need healthy livers to continually filter toxins from our bodies. If you drink, don’t overdo it!*

    Smoking cigarettes

    Just don’t!*

    Don’t sweat the small stuff

    Stress can really age us. Constant worry, especially about things of which we have no control, should be avoided! Take time to meditate on what is important and write down your worries. Give yourself 30 minutes each day to worry than give yourself a vacation from your worries the rest of the day. You’ve got tomorrow to worry about stuff again…but only in your 30 minute window. (I’ve tried this and it works!)*

    Sleep well

    Regular sleep is essential for good health. If you think you might have sleep apnea, take part in a sleep study. Sleep apnea can result in many health issues such as high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and diabetes…not to mention makes you feel terrible during the day because you never get a good night’s sleep. This is something that will age you very quickly so take action. (We will delve into this more in a separate blog).5*

    Drink plenty of water

    Dehydration is common among older people. It can lead to many health problems, including urinary tract infections, so drink up!*

    Take care of your teeth

    A healthy mouth is important for so many reasons. Brush, floss, get regular check ups.*

    Develop a good relationship with a health care provider you trust.

    Stay on top of your health. Don’t let things snowball. So many people avoid the doctor for many different reasons. Perhaps you don’t want bad news, you don’t want to be poked with a needle, or you haven’t found someone you trust. But prevention is worth a pound of cure! Taking Body Biotics Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia daily is part of that prevention. *

    Keep your eye on the future and take care of yourself today. Don’t let yourself go. Your older self will thank your younger self.

    Healthiest wishes,

    Kelli

     

    Resources:

    1. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/healthy-weight/
    2. https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/high-blood-pressure
    3. https://www.healthline.com/health/type-2-diabetes/statistics
    4. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-cholesterol/…/syc-20350800
    5. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sleep-apnea/symptoms-causes/syc-20377631

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      Jan 13 2019

      Getting down to earth with Body Genesis™ Liquid Minerals

      Getting down to earth with Body Genesis™ Liquid Minerals.*
      As long as our food is grown in depleted soils, dangerous nutrient deficiencies are inevitable. *

      Farming practices have drastically changed over the last century, leaving our soils depleted of vital nutrients and trace minerals essential to our health. The friendly bacteria we used to get so readily from plucking a carrot straight from rich, organic soil can’t be found in the produce on most grocery store shelves. Along with the friendly organisms, the soil also provided us with vitamins, minerals and vital amino acids.  This is not the case today. Over farming, overuse of nitrates in fertilizer and the application of powerful pesticides and herbicides have depleted our soil of these essential elements. (1,2)*

      Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ with prebiotics are soil based organisms encapsulated in Humic and Fulvic acid. This makes our product unique in that Body Biotics™ contains the essential friendly bacteria you need for a healthy gut, but it also contains the prebiotics by which the friendly bacteria need to survive and multiply. Humic and fulvic acid, the very composition from which these organisms are derived, are at the essence of all life giving sources. (1,2)*

      Humic and fulvic acids are so essential for good health, yet they have become very difficult to derive naturally. For this reason, it is important to get these from a different source. Body Genesis™ Liquid Minerals is that source.  Body Genesis™ contains both humic and fulvic acids. The ancient humate matter from which Body Genesis is derived, is mined from soil in the US at around 7000 ft, where it has been untouched by pollutants and toxins, and provides the essential minerals, trace elements and amino acids, necessary for life sustaining good health.(1,2)*

      What is humic/fulvic acid?

      Humic substances serve as food stock for microorganism in the soil; they break them down into smaller units of high energy substances called Fulvic Acid. Fulvic Acid is an extremely complex bioactive organic substance that is a byproduct and the result of the decomposition of all living matter, with unusual and exceptional qualities and abilities to change, alter, molecularly combine with or act upon virtually all other organic and inorganic matter. (1,2)*

      All naturally fertile, untouched soil contains adequate amounts of Humic and Fulvic Acids. These Humic and Fulvic Acids assist plants in obtaining their complete nutritional needs. Fulvic acids consist of extremely complex molecules made up of microbial exudates and highly protective and important plant phytochemicals which are combined and recombined during the humification process. (1,2)*

      Why is it important?

      Fulvic Acid is so important for our bodies because it helps the nutrients we consume to penetrate the body’s cells. Once trace elements and minerals from our food make contact with Fulvic Acid, they are dissolved into a form that makes them readily available to be absorbed by the body. These minerals fuse with Fulvic Acid and due to their molecular size, have the ability to uptake these nutrients directly to all the cells of our bodies. Additionally, Fulvic Acid makes the cells more permeable and receptive to these nutrients. Our cells need these amino acids, major and trace minerals, vitamins and other nutritional factors in order to create building blocks for the total metabolic machinery for our life processes. If we don’t supply the cells with these essential nutrients, there can be a breakdown of these functions, which if substantial enough, can lead to the onset of disease.(1,2)*

      Fulvic Acid also helps to neutralize and detoxify toxins and pollutants from our bodies to include heavy metals such as lead and mercury. By bonding with these heavy metals, known as ‘chelation’, fulvic acid then converts them into inactive compounds, which exit the body through natural elimination. (1,2,3)*

      Fulvic Acid has also shown to be effective with Iron deficiency, the second most prevalent deficiency in the world. Fulvic Acid “primes” the iron within our food making it easy for the body to utilize. This same action helps to correct other mineral deficiencies to include magnesium. (1,2)*

      Benefits of Humic and fulvic acid include:

      • Uptake essential major and trace elements*
      • Increase the blood’s capacity to carry oxygen*
      • Increase cellular energy*
      • Can be used as an antifungal*
      • Benefits cardiovascular function, lowering blood pressure levels in some cases*
      • Accelerates cellular respiration*
      • Acts as free radical scavengers*
      • Helps with viral infections*
      • Reacts with and binds to heavy metals and toxins to break them down to the point where they become neutralized and eliminated*
      • Boosts the immune system*

      Body Genesis™ Liquid Minerals. Body Genesis™ has been analyzed and tested repeatedly by universities and certified laboratories and found to be some of the richest in the world. This product comes in 32ounce and 4ounce bottles as well as in a two ounce children’s dropper. **Note:** Taking Humic/Fulvic Acid might cause the immune system to become more active and this could increase the symptoms of auto-immune disease. If you have one of these conditions, it’s best to avoid using Humic/Fulvic Acid. Additionally, not enough is known about the effects of this product on pregnant and breast feeding women. Out of precaution, avoid this product if you are pregnant or breast feeding.*

      Healthiest wishes,

      Kelli

      www.bodybiotics.com

       

      Resources:

      1. https://www.bodybiotics.com/product_detail.php?product_id=181141
      2. https://microbeformulas.com/blogs/microbe-formulas/10-important-benefits-of-fulvic-acid
      3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24040886
      4. https://www.livestrong.com/article/34898-foods-fulvic-acid/

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        Dec 30 2018

        The Race to find Treatments for Superbugs

        In the race to find treatments for Superbugs, researchers look to folk medicine and the Boho Highlands in Northern Ireland.(1,2)*
        “Scientists, historians and archaeologists can all have something to contribute to this task. It seems that part of the answer to this very modern problem might lie in the wisdom of the past.” –Professor Paul Dyson of Swansea University Medical School 1*

        As we wrap up 2018, let’s end it on a positive note! While antibiotic resistant superbugs are not positive, there is some new research that is very promising.

        Superbugs are a looming threat to the world population. If new antibiotics are not found, figures estimate that superbugs could kill approximately 10 million people annually by the year 2050. People would die from bugs that were once harmless, or easily treated with antibiotics. Due to the over prescribing of antibiotics by General Practitioners and hospitals for decades, superbugs have evolved and become resistant to any treatment. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), this problem is “…’one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today.’…” (1,2)*

        Superbugs have developed over time. When bacteria, fungi or viruses  are exposed too often to a particular drug,  or  antibiotics are taken incorrectly over time, bacteria learn to be resistant. It happens as a result of patients not completing their course of antibiotics or from years of ingesting small amounts of medicines through the consumption of animal products treated with antibiotics. When bacteria are exposed to drugs in amounts too small to kill them, they learn to survive treatment.  Infections like Chlamydia could become deadly. One strain of the infection gonorrhea has already become completely resistant to front line antibiotics. (1,2)*

        Recently though, a team of researchers, in their quest to combat multi-resistant superbugs, made a significant discovery. This team from Swansea University Medical School and made up of researchers from Wales, Brazil, Iraq and Northern Ireland, published their discovery in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology. These scientists  looked to the past and traditional medicine (also known as Folk or indigenous medicine) for the answer.  “…Traditional medicine comprises medical aspects of traditional knowledge that developed over generations within various societies before the era of modern medicine. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines traditional medicine as “the sum total of the knowledge, skills, and practices based on the theories, beliefs, and experiences indigenous to different cultures, whether explicable or not, used in the maintenance of health as well as in the prevention, diagnosis, improvement or treatment of physical and mental illness…”3*

        Their research focused on an area in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland called the Boho Highlands, an area of alkaline grassland where the soil is believed to have healing properties. The team, led by Dr. Gerry Quinn, who is a previous resident of Boho, County Fermanagh, had been aware of the healing traditions of the area for many years. Approximately 1500 years ago, this area was occupied by the Druids, and Neolithic people occupied it approximately 4000 years ago. Indigenous people would wrap up small amounts of the soil from this region in a cotton cloth and use it to heal ailments such as toothaches, and throat and neck infections. The strain, which the researchers discovered, has been named Streptomyces sp. Myrophorea. They are also focusing on environments where well-known antibiotic producers like Streptomyces can be found. (1,2)*

        What is significant about this finding is that Streptomyces “…Inhibited the growth of four of the top six multi-resistant pathogens identified by the WHO as being responsible for healthcare-associated infections: Vancomycin resistant Enterococcus faecium (VRE), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Klebsiella pneumonia, and Carbenepenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumanii…”(1,2)*

        It also “…Inhibited both gram positive and gram negative bacteria, which differ in the structure of their cell wall; usually gram negative bacteria are more resistant to antibiotics…”(1,2)*

        The team is currently investigating which component of the new strain prevents pathogen growth, something that is not yet clear.  Dr. Gerry Quinn said “…“We will now concentrate on the purification and identification of these antibiotics. We have also discovered additional antibacterial organisms from the same soil cure which may cover a broader spectrum of multi-resistant pathogens.”…”(1,2)*

        According to Professor Paul Dyson of Swansea University Medical School, “…“”This new strain of bacteria is effective against 4 of the top 6 pathogens that are resistant to antibiotics, including MRSA. Our discovery is an important step forward in the fight against antibiotic resistance. Our results show that folklore and traditional medicines are worth investigating in the search for new antibiotics. Scientists, historians and archaeologists can all have something to contribute to this task. It seems that part of the answer to this very modern problem might lie in the wisdom of the past.”…”(1,2)*

        The soil holds many health benefits and healing properties. This is the premise of what our powerful probiotic Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ is built upon. It is no surprise that the earth has given us yet another gift of helping its inhabitants. We will watch this news closely and anxiously wait for the results of their research. Let this be a reminder though to only take antibiotics when absolutely necessary and follow the instructions as prescribed. Avoid meat and dairy treated with antibiotics, buying organic as much as possible, or avoiding it if need be.

        I hope the New Year brings you much happiness, good health and well being.

        Healthiest wishes,

        Kelli

        www.bodybiotics.com

         

        Resources:

        1. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/12/181227111427.htm
        2. dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6535579/Soil-rural-Ireland-contains-bacteria-kill-four-worlds-superbugs.html
        3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traditional_medicine

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          Dec 16 2018

          This Holiday Season pack on the Antioxidants not the Pounds

          Published by under Antioxidants

          This holiday season, pack on the antioxidants not the pounds
          Before you reach for the cookies, look to some other festive foods that are both delicious and healthy.  

          The holidays are a great time to enjoy traditional recipes and to explore new ones as well. The great news is that many of the foods in season this time of year and found in our favorite holiday recipes are packed with antioxidants that are good for disease prevention.

          Antioxidants inhibit the oxidation of other molecules. “…Oxidation is a chemical reaction involving the loss of electrons which can produce free radicals. In turn, these radicals can start chain reactions. When the chain reaction occurs in a cell, it can cause damage or death to the cell…”1*

          Free radicals can cause oxidative stress, a process that can trigger cell damage. Your body can be exposed to free radicals from environmental sources including air pollution, cigarette smoke,  and sunlight. Oxidative stress is thought to play a part in various diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. Eye diseases including age related macular degeneration and cataracts are also thought to be caused by oxidative stress. Since antioxidants help inhibit oxidation of molecules, it is important to have a diet that is full of naturally occurring antioxidants such as in vegetables, fruits and nuts.2*

          So which foods are packed with antioxidants? Here are some of the top foods…that can be found in holiday desserts and traditional recipes, but also can be eaten alone. So before you reach for a cookie packed full of sugar, flour, and empty calories, reach for one of these yummy foods first!3*

          Pomegranates are on of my favorites. They are easy to peel, and getting the seeds out is like a treasure hunt. The bright red seeds can be eaten whole. Eat them by themselves or try putting them in a salad for a beautifully added color and crunch. They are rich in Vitamin C, potassium and fiber, which is great food for the healthy bacteria residing in the gut. One pomegranate  contains 48 percent of the recommended daily vitamin C intake, which is important for many health functions. This is a winter fruit, so enjoy them over the holidays. They are a great replacement for desserts. 4*

          Walnuts 15-20 halves or one ounce packs an antioxidant punch and they are cholesterol free and low in sodium and sugar. Keep in mind, they are not low in calories, so be careful if you’re watching your weight.

          Cranberries Most every holiday table contains cranberries. They are great in cranberry sauce, breads and full of antioxidants. For a yummy antioxidant rich dessert, try dipping fresh whole cranberries in melted dark chocolate than chill in the refrigerator. Both the cranberries and the dark chocolate have good antioxidants.

          Ground cloves Cloves are used to spice up pumpkin pie or egg nog. Just one teaspoon of this spice is good for you.3*

          Strawberries By eating a cup of strawberries, you not only get lots of fiber and 149% of your daily intake of Vitamin C, you get lots of antioxidants.

          Brewed coffee Most people start the day with a cup of coffee. And why not? It provides antioxidants. Enjoy in the morning, or with that favorite dessert…or maybe just skip the dessert and enjoy that lovely coffee!

          Raspberries Low in calories, and a beautiful Christmas red, these sweet berries are full of disease fighting antioxidants.

          Pecans If you like pecan pie, here is a reason to like it even more. One ounce or 20 halves of pecans provide excellent antioxidants. If you are really good, skip the pie part and just eat the pecans!

          Blueberries are a superfood that are high in antioxidants. The known health benefits of blueberries include helping to protect the skin from premature aging.  

          Pumpkin While scientifically a fruit because it has seeds, pumpkin is more nutritiously aligned with vegetables. It is high in vitamins and minerals and low in calories. It’s an excellent source of beta-carotene, a carotenoid that your body converts into vitamin A. While pumpkin pie is a favorite dessert, pumpkin soup is a delicious way to use this squash.6*

          Blackberries With just one cup of blackberries providing the daily recommended intake of Vitamin C, this dark purple berry is holds one with the highest antioxidant values of all the fruits. Serve with fresh whipping cream for a lighter, more nutritious dessert.

          Red wine If you enjoy a glass of red wine with dinner, it may have some health benefits. It contains resveratrol, an antioxidant, found in the skin of the grapes. It helps prevent damage to blood vessels, reduces low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol) and prevents blood clots. Some research links resveratrol to a lower risk of inflammation and blood clotting, which can lead to heart disease. Other studies found no benefits from resveratrol in preventing heart disease. But, drinking in moderation is key! Too much alcohol is absolutely not good for the gut or the body as a whole. 6*

          Cinnamon You can find cinnamon in many desserts. It’s delicious in coffee and on just about anything. Try sprinkling on top of a fresh fruit smoothie. Cinnamon oil may help treat some types of fungal infections, such as Candida, according to results of a lab study, published in 2016.7*

          Keep your eye on these healthy food items and be sure to include them in your holiday meals. Enjoy your holiday favorites, but focus on including lots of fresh vegetables and fruit in your diet. It’s all about moderation, staying active, and not overindulging in anything. Don’t forget to take your Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ to keep your gut healthy during this time of overindulgence, over scheduling and everything else that comes with the hustle and bustle of this time of year.

          From all of us at Body Biotics™, we wish you the happiest of holidays full of peace, love and joy.

          Kelli

          www.bodybiotics.com

          Resources:

          1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antioxidant
          2. https://nccih.nih.gov/health/antioxidants/introduction.htm
          3. http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/healthy-eating/tips/top-antioxidant-healthy-foods/
          4. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318384.php
          5. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/pumpkin#section1
          6. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/in-depth/red-wine/art-20048281
          7. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/266069.php

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          Dec 02 2018

          Why do we crave sugar and what to do about it.

          Published by under probiotic supplements,Sugar

          Why do we crave sugar and what to do about it.
          Kicking the sugar habit can be harder than kicking a drug habit.

          The holidays are around the corner! I don’t know how you feel, but I feel like they were just here! It’s amazing how fast a year can fly by. Just as you are finally getting to that New Year’s resolution, it’s time for another new year and another new resolution! Before the parties kick in and you are tempted with the three C’s…cookies, candy and cocktails, put together a plan for not letting this holiday season veer you off course from keeping your gut healthy and your immune system strong.  

          It is so easy to throw caution to the wind when it comes to diet and nutrition when the holidays arrive. Cocktail parties and happy hours, office parties, and cookie exchanges  all tempt you with food and drink that may not be good for your gut. If you have a propensity for sugar, it’s hard to say no when it is in front of you. Especially if you someone who craves sugar all the time.

          Why do some people crave sugar and others don’t? There are a few reasons, but the main reason is the microbiome and the type of bacteria residing there. And those that really shouldn’t be eating sugar crave it the most. Once you are used to a diet high in sugar, it is a very hard habit to beat. Sugar in particular has a strong effect on people It  has been shown “…to have an effect on the brain similar to that of an addictive drug…” In fact, for some, going cold turkey can cause withdrawal symptoms, such as depression, fatigue, muscle aches and headache. (1,2,3)*

          Everyone has food cravings from time to time. Most often it is for junk food  and processed foods high in sugar, salt and fat.”… Food cravings are caused by the regions of the brain that are responsible for memory, pleasure, and reward…” With the gut-brain axis, it is a two way street. While we may consciously choose to eat a salad over a burger and fries, or vice versa, it can really be the gut microbes driving that thinking. Our gut bacteria can influence the brain’s choices for food. And it is through “cravings”. (1,2)*

          “…Microbes may have their own evolutionary reasons for communicating with the brain…” according to  Carlos Ribeiro, who authored a paper on and studies the eating behaviors of Drosophila melanogaster, a type of fruit fly . “…For one thing, they feed on whatever the host animal eats. For another, they need host animals to be social so the guests can spread through the population. The data are limited to animal models so far, but Ribeiro believes that gut-brain communication can provide fertile ground for developing treatments for humans in the future. “…“It’s an interesting therapeutic window that could be utilized to improve behaviors related to diet one day,”…” he says…”.2*

          There are other reasons behind sugar cravings as well. “…Many sugar cravings stem from a blood sugar imbalance. When your body ingests sugar, your blood sugar spikes and your body releases insulin to lower it to a safer level. If the insulin brings your blood sugar level a bit too low, as often happens, your body craves foods that will raise it and increase your energy. You’re on a blood sugar roller coaster, and it’s hard to get off it. The key to balancing blood sugar is to eat foods that prevent too much insulin from being released, such as protein and healthy fats, and consuming only small amounts of sugar (if any). It’s also important to eat regular meals and snacks, because blood sugar drops when you skip a meal…”3*

          Eating protein and fat along with a high fiber diet, full of healthy vegetables and fruits is  crucial to kicking a sugar habit. For one, these foods feed the healthy bacteria residing in the gut, whereas sugar feeds candidas albicans and other unhealthy bacteria. The more these unhealthy bacteria multiply, the more sugar cravings you will feel because these bacteria want to eat. This need to eat sugar sends messages to the brain to feed them, thus the cravings. (1,,3)*

          On the other hand, healthy fats and protein provide a slow stream of energy and vegetables and fruits provide the fiber and bulk to help you feel full. When the body can’t find sugar for its energy, it turns to fats, so eating healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, and avocados (in healthy portions) can help your body get its energy elsewhere. Protein helps satisfy hunger and cravings, and some of the amino acids found in protein build the brain chemicals like dopamine, which make us feel good. When we feel balanced and energized, we are less likely to seek a sugar high. “…A study in the journal Obesity found that overweight men were able to reduce their cravings by up to 60 percent by getting 25 percent of their daily calorie intake from protein. The same study found that a high protein diet helped reduce the desire for nighttime snacks by 50 percent…” (1,3)*

          Stress  is another thing that can cause us to crave sugar. When we get stressed out, the hormone cortisol floods the body and releases glucose from the liver. This raises blood sugar. Fluctuations in blood sugar can cause cravings, so if we are constantly stressed it is not good for our blood sugar levels. Lack of sleep can also cause us to eat poorly and seek out sugar as we are looking for that energy boost to combat fatigue. So avoid over scheduling yourself and putting yourself in stressful situations when possible, and get to bed early when you can! (1,,3)*

          Bad habits can also cause us to crave foods and overeat. If you are used to wallowing in junk food when you are sad or stressed, or you are replicating habits witnessed growing up, we may just be repeating bad behaviors. Pay attention to what your habits are and it’s never too late to change! Just because your parents overate, or had to have sweets after every meal, doesn’t mean you do! (1,3)

          But there are ways to ward off cravings.

          • When you crave sugar, identify if you are just hungry or thirsty. Drink a big glass of water and eating some protein, a handful of nuts or some fruit.
          • Have healthy foods in the house, not sugar!
          • Get plenty of sleep
          • When you are craving junk, remove yourself from the situation. Go for a walk, or walk away from the dessert table where the temptation calls you.
          • If you are going to a party or cookie exchange, eat before you go so you don’t walk in starving. If there are only unhealthy choices available and you are hungry, of course you are going to eat them.
          • Reduce your stress (3,4)*

          Sugar really is one of those things that we should work to eliminate from our diets. It is just not good for us. And don’t think replacing it with sugar substitutes is the answer. Those are even worse! Completely eliminating our diets can be extremely difficult for most. So remember the mantra…”moderation”! Pay attention to what you are putting in your mouth. Keep a food journal to be very honest with yourself and hold yourself accountable. And in that journal, write down when you are taking your Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ to ensure you are taking it daily and providing your gut the healthy bacteria it needs to ward off those sugar cravings. *

          Good luck this month and slow down to enjoy the season. If you do eat some sugar…don’t stress out about it! That will only cause you to crave more.

          Healthiest wishes for a happy holiday season,

          Kelli

          www.bodybiotics.com

          Resources:

          1. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318441.php
          2. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-gut-bacteria-tell-their-hosts-what-to-eat/
          3. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/wellness/explaining-the-siren-song-of-sugar-and-how-to-beat-the-habit/2018/01/26/8a9557f8-f7ae-11e7-a9e3-ab18ce41436a_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.14a1e765f332
          4. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/14-ways-to-eat-less-sugar

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          Nov 18 2018

          Don’t be fooled that vaping is better than cigarettes.

          Published by under Damngerous Chemicals

          Don’t be fooled that vaping is better than cigarettes.

          Beware of the risks of vaping and the promises you hear from manufacturers.*

          There’s good news and there is bad news. The good news is that cigarette smoking among high school and middle school aged kids is down. Forty years ago, 29% of high school seniors said they smoked cigarettes daily, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. In 2015, that number had decreased to only 5.5%, which was an all time low. The CDC reported similar findings showing 4.3% fewer middle school kids and 15.8% fewer high school kids admitted to smoking between 2011 and 2017.1*

          The bad news? Vaping has become the new alternative to smoking cigarettes and a different pathway for kids to get addicted to nicotine. It administers higher levels of nicotine than cigarettes and can be harder to kick the habit once hooked. According to Dr. Jonathan Winickoff, a pediatrician at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and member of the American Academy of Pediatrics section on tobacco control, 25% of high schoolers are current e-cigarette users.1*

          Vaping is not new. The devices have been around in some form or another for nearly 30 years, with the current iteration having made its way to the US commercial market from China in 2007. Vaping devices include vape pens and e-cigarettes  They were originally marketed as a great way to help  people kick the habit of smoking cigarettes. But don’t be fooled. The unfortunate part is e-cigarettes have really taken off with younger kids who think vaping is not bad for them and can vape with little detection by parents and teachers. (1,2)*

          What’s the difference between regular cigarettes and vaping?

          Cigarettes are a combustible or burned product. Cigarettes are lit, the tobacco is burned and the smoke is inhaled. Vaping involves no burning or combustion but instead releases an aerosol which is inhaled that looks like smoke but is instead the vapor. Many make the mistake of believing that this vapor or aersol is as harmless as water vapor. But it consists of fine particles containing toxic chemicals many of which have been linked to cancer, respiratory conditions and heart disease.1*

          E-cigarettes are powered by battery. A heating component warms the e-liquid cartridge that then releases the aerosol to be inhaled into the lungs. Flavors are varied but with fruity flavors like berry and mango, vaping appeals to teens and young adults.  People mistakenly associate these “fruit flavors” with high antioxidants and believe they are “healthy”. Many people — to include 60% of teens surveyed– believe the pods used in Juuls, which is a specific brand of e-cigs,are nicotine free and just fruit flavored water vapor. The reality is that 99% of the Juuls products contain nicotine.1*

          Juuls are small and look like a USB drive, easy to conceal in a hand or pocket and the vape is essentially odorless so kids are smoking these at home or in school undetected

          E-cigarettes typically contain nicotine, but many of the battery-powered devices can vaporize other substances, including marijuana. .  A school-based survey showed nearly 1 in 11 U.S. students have used marijuana in electronic cigarettes, heightening health concerns about the new popularity of vaping among teens. Results of the survey show that 2.1 million middle and high school students have used them to get high. CBD oil is also another popular thing that people can vape but the problem is the vaping market regulations are poor and the quality of oil consumed varies. It is very difficult to know what you are really getting.  (1,3,4)*

          According to Winickoff, “…“All the work that happened, the public health campaign, the billions of money spent to try to eliminate tobacco use for kids has been undone. Now we have millions of adolescents currently addicted to nicotine.”…” What once was thought to be a healthy alternative to smokers wanting to quit the habit, has turned into a new vice that has been marketed to young people and now we just have a new generation of nicotine addicted people,. And yet, they are legal. This concern of targeting young people caused the Food and Drug Administration in September to give the five largest e-cigarette makers 60 days to come up with plans to stop underage use of their products. (1,3)*

          Today, global e-cigarette sales amount to around $5 billion a year. In 2018, Juuls made up to 40% of the e-cig market with retail sales hitting 150 million  in the last quarter alone. It is a big business, and when that much money is involved, the consumer’s health is not the concern…the bottom line is. The recent explosion of e-cigarette popularity has grabbed the attention of tobacco companies. What was once a market made up of small independent manufacturers, is now giving way to Big Tobacco which has anti-smoking organizations concerned. (VUSE, is owned by R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company, a subsidiary of the tobacco giant Reynolds America; British American Tobacco (BAT), the largest tobacco company in the Europe, launched Vype around four years ago;Altria (formerly Phillip Morris) owns MarkTen; Lorillard paid $135 million for Blu, but when R.J. Reynolds bought that tobacco company in 2015, its e-cigarette brand was sold to Imperial Tobacco, a company in the United Kingdom.) (1,2)*

          What are the risks?

          There’s a misconception that nicotine by itself is not dangerous. Research has shown that it has negative effects on metabolism, and increases one’s risk of cancer and respiratory problems. Juul has tested its products and published research that these products contain group 1 carcinogens, the most potent carcinogen.1*

          It’s been determined that e-cigarettes are harder to kick then regular cigarettes because the Juul pods, according to the AAP, contain double the concentration of nicotine, compared to other e-cig cartridges.The younger the developing brain is exposed to nicotine, the stronger and more rapid the addiction. Addiction to nicotine can also cause brain remodeling, changing the addiction threshold to other substances. Basically, kids who get addicted to nicotine earlier, are more likely to get addicted to other drugs later on. While the legal age to purchase is 18 in most states and 21 in others, these products can easily be ordered online just by clicking the box that says you are 18 years of age, so parents beware..1*

          It is up to us to educate our children on the dangers of vaping. Anyone who has had health issues knows how important whole body health is as we advocate at Body Biotics™. To knowingly inhale these chemicals, which have not been on the market long enough to know the true harm they can cause, is playing with fire. Don’t be fooled that vaping is going to kick a cigarette habit. And don’t let your kids fool you into thinking that it is safe. Educate yourself and speak to your kids intelligently about this serious matter.*

          Healthiest wishes,

          Kelli

          www.bodybiotics.com

           

          Resources

          1. https://www.healthline.com/health-news/juuling-the-new-vaping-trend-thats-twice-as-addictive-as-cigarettes#9
          2. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/tobacco-companies-taking-over-the-e-cigarette-industry_us_58b48e02e4b0658fc20f98d0
          3. https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/increasing-popularity-vaping-marijuana-draws-health-concerns-n910346
          4. https://tonic.vice.com/en_us/article/zmk55a/everything-we-know-about-the-health-risks-of-vaping-cbd

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          Nov 04 2018

          The origin of Parkinson’s disease may be the gut

          Published by under probiotic supplements

          The origin of Parkinson’s disease may be the gut.* The way we treat and screen for Parkinson’s disease may start with examining gut bacteria.*  Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder affecting 1-2% of those aged 65 and older in the US. It is characterized by a loss of motor skills and trembling, first identified by English surgeon James Parkinson in 1817 as “shaking palsey”.1* For many decades, Parkinson’s research has been focused on the brain and the loss of neurons which producedopamine, a molecule involved in movement, (among other functions). But more recently, research has shifted from the brain to the gut. Can Parkinson’s originate in the microbiome? Many think so. (2,3)* James Parkinson was the first to note that some of his patients with “shaky palsy” were also suffering from constipation. In some cases, he treated the gastrointestinal complaints and found this alleviated the movement related problems associated with the disease.2* Physicians have since then noted that constipation is one of the most common symptoms of Parkinson’s patients, appearing in about half of the cases. It is usually present before movement related problems occur. (2,3)* In 2003, a neuroanatomist from the University of Ulm in Germany name Heiko Braak, and his colleagues, proposed that Parkinson’s may actually “…originate in the gut rather than the brain…” Braak’s theory, was grounded in the study of post-mortem samples of Parkinson’s patients, “…Lewy bodies, clumps of alpha synuclein, appeared in both the brain and the gastrointestinal nervous system that controls the functioning of the gut…”  Braak and his colleagues’ work also suggested that “…the pathological changes in patients typically developed in predictable stages that starts in the gut and ends in the brain. At the time, the researchers speculated that this process was linked to a “yet unidentified pathogen” that travels through the vagus nerve…”(2,3)* More and more, evidence points to this theory but the question still remains as to how …changes in the intestines drive neurodegeneration in the brain…”(2,3)* More recently, lead researcher Sarkis Mazmanian from the Institute of Technology (CalTech)  reported, “…“We have discovered for the first time a biological link between the gut microbiome (microorganisms found in association with both healthy and diseased humans) and Parkinson’s disease. More generally, this research reveals that a neurodegenerative disease may have its origins in the gut, and not only in the brain as had been previously thought…” They found patients with Parkinsons have different gut bacteria than healthy adults and report digestive problems up to 10 years before having signs of tremors.(2,3)* The team made this discovery by examining the spread of the alpha-synuclein fibres, which normally are small and soluble in healthy neurons. In Parkinson’s patients, these alpha-synuclein molecules clump together and cause damage to the neurons in the brain. Ten years ago, researchers began to report that the patients who had the alpha-synuclein in their brains also had it in their guts. (2,3)* The team had a “eureka moment” when during an experiment on mice, they found that mice injected with gut bacteria from Parkinson’s patients quickly began to show symptoms of the disease, versus when they were injected with gut bacteria from healthy people. The scientists think that the gut bacteria might be responsible for chemicals which are over activating parts of the brain, leading to alpha-synuclein damage. “…The team involved in the research breakthrough now want to analyze the microbiomes of people with PD to try to narrow down which microbesseem to be predisposing people to the disease. If they could identify certain strains, it means scientists could find a way to screen for Parkinson’s before symptoms appear and the damage to the brain occurs. It could also help them come up with new treatment options(2,3)* And yet one more body of research suggests that intestinal inflammation, caused by gut microbes, could cause Parkinson’s disease in some. Inga Peter, a genetic epidemiologist at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, along with her colleagues combed through two large U.S. medical databases to see if there was a connection between inflammatory bowel diseases and Parkinson’s. They compared 144,018 patients with Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis and 720,000 healthy individuals. Their research showed  that Parkinson’s was 28 percent higher in those with inflammatory bowel disease compared to the healthy control group(2,3)* Depending on if this research can be replicated and verified, it could change the way Parkinson’s is treated. The next step is to determine which microbes seem to be predisposing people to the disease. Identifying strains could help scientists screen for Parkinson’s before the symptoms appear and damage to the brain happens, as well as come up with new treatment options. (2,3)* The health of our guts is so important and it is so tied into our brains, our immune system and our entire bodies. What happens in the gut affects all systems in our bodies. This type of research is so promising. It is thrilling to hear that researchers are finding results that may make sense of diseases previously unexplained. Continue to take care of your gut with a regular intake of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Conortia™ to keep your immune system strong and your health protected. * Healthiest wishes, Kelli   www.bodybiotics.com   Resources:
          1. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1353802016300669
          2. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/does-parkinsons-begin-in-the-gut/
          3. https://www.cureparkinsons.org.uk/News/parkinsons-starts-in-gut

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          Oct 21 2018

          Signs that you Need a Probiotic.

          Published by under probiotic supplements

          Signs that you need a probiotic.
          Look for these indicators that your body is in dire need of Body Biotics Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia.

          We all want a healthy gut…all of the time. But many people have imbalances in their microbiome due to diet, years of antibiotic use, and other lifestyle habits. For others, they take good care of their guts, but sometimes need a little “boost”. In today’s world, in order to keep our guts as healthy as possible, it is essential to supplement with a good probiotic such as Body Biotics Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™. 8

          The world is a different place than it was a century ago. And so are the farming practices that produce our food. Over the decades, our soils have been depleted of the essential nutrients and bacteria that were bountiful before industrialized farming shifted the balance of our soils from rich in naturally abundant bacteria, minerals and nutrients to a depleted ground wrought with pesticides. Over farming and over commercialization is to blame. Instead of naturally getting these friendly critters in our diet, we now have to seek them out and add them daily in order to obtain and maintain a healthy microbiome. 8

          So how do you know if you need to take a probiotic? I can pretty much say EVERYONE needs a probiotic. If you have ever been on antibiotics you need a probiotic. Unless you eat a completely organic and balanced diet, you need one! There are bodily signs to look for that let you know you need to take one or increase your intake. They are:

          Gassiness and bloating

          If you are feeling gassy and bloated, you may need to increase your probiotic intake. According to Tsippora Shainhouse, MD, a dermatologist and probiotic expert,  Bifidobacteria may “…help improve glucose tolerance and hyperlipidemia (an abnormally high concentration of fats or lipids in the blood) and could also reduce the uncomfortable symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome like bloating or slow mobility…” 1*

          Daily probiotics can help with IBS, and help the gut to better absorb nutrients by helping with digestion and prevent Candida overgrowth. When we suffer from digestive issues, we not only feel gassy and bloated, but it can lead to fatigue, lethargy and mood conditions.1*

          Constipation

          If things are moving a little slow for you or you are not having regular bowel movements, then that is another sign that you could use an increase in dosage. It will help to keep things moving more often and more regularly which is good for your immune system. You don’t want waste sitting in the intestine. It is best to have it moving! When you are experiencing healthy digestion, you should go at least once a day, if not a few times. *

          Skin flare ups

          Last time we talked about the gut-skin-brain axis and how the skin reacts negatively when the gut is unhealthy. So listen to your skin and up your probiotics if your skin is breaking out, you have psoriasis, extra dryness or flakiness. “…There is strong evidence to suggest that probiotics can prevent wrinkles, help keep skin hydrated, provide protection from harmful UV rays, and strengthen the skin’s barrier…” While probiotics are not a substitute for sunscreen, they help the skin to function at its best.1*

          Canker sores

          Canker sores are a sure indicator that your body is run down and you have overgrowth of unfriendly bacteria. Too much sugar, alcohol and stress will cause the unfriendly bacteria, especially Candida albicans to take over. When they start to take over it is definitely time to increase your probiotics.*

          Yeast infections

          Yeast infections are an overtaking of Candida albicans in the body and just as the gut and skin are swimming with bacteria, so is the vaginal cavity. When the body’s balance of good bacteria to bad is out of whack, then yeast infections occur. “…There are more than 50 species of lactobacilli, which are naturally found in the digestive, urinary, and genital tract.”…”Some studies have suggested possible linkage of lactobacillus supplementation and the treatment and prevention of yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, urinary tract infections…”1*

          So those are the signs, but here are the times when you should take a proactive approach to boosting your immune system by supplementing with Body Biotics Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ to prevent the above from occurring:

          When you are traveling

          Don’t forget your probiotics when you travel. Planes, altitude, change of climates, different diet, and lack of sleep…all these things can affect the immune system and an extra dose of probiotics will only help keep the immune system strong. *

          Been overindulging with alcohol

          Alcohol wears down the immune system and if you’ve had a little too much cheer, it’s time to up your dose to combat damage to the gut’s delicate balance.*

          Just finished a round of antibiotics

          While antibiotics wipe out the bug that ailed you, they can also wipe out the good bacteria, especially as in the case of broad spectrum antibiotics. Always follow up your antibiotic therapy with probiotic supplementation! It’s best to wait until you are done with your antibiotics because the probiotics are not nearly as effective while taking antibiotics because they are designed to wipe out all bacteria.*

          Been loading up on sweets and other processed foods.

          Been on a junk food binge? Unfriendly bacteria feed on sugar and other processed foods. If you have been providing a lot of food for the unfriendly bacteria, they will multiply and overpopulate your gut. Shift your diet to foods that the friendly bacteria eat thrive on such as high fibrous foods and lots of fruits and vegetables. And most importantly, increase your friendly bacteria as found in Body Biotics Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™.*

          Keep these tips in mind as you head into the fall. The holidays, (hard to believe), are not far off, and that is when we need to be especially mindful.

          Healthiest wishes,

          Kelli

           

          Resources:

          https://www.rd.com/health/wellness/do-i-need-a-probiotic/7/

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          Oct 07 2018

          Keep your gut healthy your whole body depends on it

          Keep your gut healthy…your whole body depends on it.
          New research supports the gut’s affect on both the skin and mental health in what is called the gut-brain-skin axis.  

          We know the gut is complex. The health of the gut is systemic, affecting all other parts of the body, including the brain and the skin. Scientists are continually working to understand this gut-brain-skin connection. While the gut, also referred to as the Second Brain, can affect mental health conditions to include anxiety and depression, there is also the Gut-Brain-Skin axis which researchers are finding may be the underlying cause behind anxiety/depression/stress and skin problems such as severe acne, psoriasis and Atopic Dermitis. “…Many human and animal studies suggest that the intestinal microbiome’s influence extends beyond the gut, and in fact contributes to the function, and dysfunction, of distant organ systems…” Through the gut-skin-brain axis, researchers are studying and identifying just how this interconnection works and how the health of our gut positively and negatively affects the skin and brain.(1,2)*

          The skin performs its functions effectively when it is in a state of homeostasis. Homeostasis  is “…the ability or tendency to maintain internal stability in an organism to compensate for environmental changes…” Covered in millions of bacteria, the skin is our protective shield against invading pathogens. It regulates our body temperature and helps our bodies retain water. It constantly renews itself as the epidermal turns over. It is essential for the health of our skin and our bodies that our skin maintains this state of “renewing”. (1,2)*

          Research is showing “cumulative evidence” that there is an intimate connection between the gut and skin. Studies are linking gastrointestinal health to skin homeostatis and allostasis. “…The microbiome’s influence on the host immune system is vast, and the relationship is intricately regulated to both enable immune tolerance of dietary and environmental antigens and provide protection against potential pathogens…” (1,2)*

          Researchers are finding that rebalancing microbiota in the gut can be a “therapeutic treatment” for both mental health and skin conditions. Of late, certain gut microbiota have been individually studied to see if they facilitate specific anti inflammatory responses. In fact, the positive effects of gut bacteria on skin health and appearance have been documented in several studies on both humans and rodents. (1,2)*

          In one study, mice who received L.Reuteri supplementation experienced a thickening of the dermal layer and other enhancements that caused the mice to have shiner and thicker fur. In another study, rodents received Lactobacillus Brevis supplements which resulted in “…decreased cutaneous arterial sympathetic nerve tone and increased cutaneous blood flow…” possibly due to an increase in the release of serotonin. A significant decrease in water loss in the transdermal level was also noted. (1,2)*

          This effect was reproduced in human clinical research. Other, multiple side effects related to probiotic supplementation was also noted as it related to the skin. (1,2)*

          Studies have also demonstrated that gut bacteria can positively impact the rate at which injured skin heals. Mice experienced accelerated healing to wounds after being fed Lactobacillus reuteri. Examination of wounds under a microscope throughout the healing process revealed the usual stages of wound healing in mice both treated and not treated by probiotics, but the time required for complete healing was markedly reduced in the treated group. The gut microbiome has also been shown to support improve the restoration of skin after ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure. (1,2)*

          The complex connection between acne and gut dysfunction may also be mediated by the brain. Supporting this theory is the frequent association of anxiety and depression and GI distress with acne. The gut-brain-skin axis hypothesis was initially examined many decades ago and has been revalidated by recent advances in microbiome research and our understanding of its effect on health and disease.  “…These psychological stressors are hypothesized to cause the intestinal flora to either produce different neurotransmitters – serotonin, norepinephrine and acetylcholine – or trigger nearby enteroendocrine cells to release neuropeptides. These neurotransmitters not only increase intestinal permeability, leading to both intestinal and systemic inflammation, but also directly access the circulation through the compromised intestinal barrier resulting in systemic effects …” (1,2)*

          This connection may originate with gut dysbiosis which then leads to psychological and skin disorders. “…A 2005 study showed that individuals with acne and mental health symptoms such as depression had low concentrations of Lactobacillus and bifidobacteria in their gastrointestinal tract and also had increased intestinal permeability…”  Another factor can be the affect an unhealthy gut has on the absorption of nutrients, including those that affect one’s psychological state. This, along with “…systemic oxidative stress, have been implicated in the pathophysiology of acne vulgaris…” (1,2,3)*

          We know that gut health is at the center of everything in our bodies. Keeping our microbiome balanced and  healthy is key to long term, good health. We look forward to further advances in the area of the gut-skin-brain axis to further help those affected by troubling skin conditions. Specific strains found in Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ are key in this research taking place which only solidifies what we have known for so long…that daily use of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ is effective and its efficacy extends to the entire immune system and body, including the brain and skin. (1,2)*

          Healthiest wishes,

          Kelli

          www.bodybiotics.com

           

          Resources:

          1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6048199/
          2. https://www.naturalmedicinejournal.com/journal/2018-08/gut-skin-axis-and-mechanisms-communication
          3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3038963/

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