Apr 23 2017

Antibiotics from dragon’s blood?

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Antibiotics from dragon’s blood?
A study involving komodo dragons may have resulted in the finding of a new antibiotic.

It sounds crazy I know, like something from a mythical tale. But sometimes we just don’t know where this magical world will take us. Enter the dragon. The Komodo dragon to be exact. Scientists from George Mason University in Virginia recently isolated a molecule in the blood of a Komodo dragon which appears to have powerful germ-killing, antimicrobial abilities. This particular protein promoted healing in infected wounds of mice and is now thought that it could be a future antibiotic. 1*

The race to find new antibiotics has taken on greater urgency in recent years as more and more bacteria are becoming resistant to the existing arsenal of antibiotic drugs on the market. “Scientists believe this could be a step forward in the quest to find new antibiotics that are needed to fight multidrug-resistant pathogens…” If new antibiotics are not discovered, a global health crisis could be eminent. “…In February, the World Health Organization ranked the most dangerous superbugs, calling for new tools against them. According to the World Health Organization, drug-resistant infections kill 700,000 people each year. One study has suggested antibiotic resistance will kill an extra 10 million people a year worldwide – more than currently die from cancer – by 2050 unless action is taken…” (1,2,3)*

Komodo dragons live in Indonesia and can be found on five different islands. They have as many as 80 bacterial strains in their mouths some of which cause blood poisoning and sepsis. Interestingly though, these dragons seem to be immune to these otherwise harmful bacteria. In fact, crocodilians and monitor lizards along with the dragon can survive grave wounds, even lost limbs in filthy environments and they don’t get infected.1*

The team developed a synthetic form of this particular protein and called it DRGN-1. They found that it was effective against two “superbugs” known as pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus, both of which are stubborn and difficult to treat. Both “…have bacteria that “stick together to form colonies (or biofilms) that are much more resistant to antibiotics than a single bacterium…” The study suggests that DRGN-1 “…assists wound healing both through antimicrobial activity and also by promoting the migration of skin cells to close the wound…”(1,2)*

This study, which was published in the journal Biofilms and Microbiomes and funded by the military’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency, revealed that DRGN-1 had three “valuable properties” for healing wounds. It put holes in “…the outer membranes of both gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria, dissolved the biofilms that glue bacteria together, and it sped skin healing…” It has only been tested on mice to this point, and only on these two forms of bacteria, but scientists believe that the possibility is very good that additional studies could lead to the development of a topical antibiotic for infected wounds…” (1,2,3)*

As a side note, Komodo dragons are an endangered species and are considered ‘divine’ in their native Indonesia. For these reasons, those in charge of the experiment had to locate a komodo dragon that lived in a zoo. A 100-pound male named Tujah was located at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park in Florida.  Under the care of keepers kept the dragon distracted, they were able to draw four tablespoons of blood from his tail without anesthesia.

This study shines light on the current situation we are in with antibiotic resistance and superbugs. This global health crisis is being fought on many levels as scientists race to discover new antibiotics from varying corners of our world. As a reminder, only take antibiotics as necessary, and keep your immune system strong and your gut healthy. Eat healthy, take your Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ daily, and stay tuned on this interesting development!

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

 

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. http://www.bbc.com/news/health-39554531
  2. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/17/health/komodo-dragon-blood-antibiotics.html?_r=0
  3. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-38977259

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Apr 16 2017

Have your Seasonal Allergies got you down?

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Allergies got you down?
Before heading to the pharmacy, try a more natural approach to alleviating allergy symptoms.

 Last week we took a look at allergies and how our gut health can play a major role in their presence and their severity. Is it any wonder that all roads, when it comes to our health, lead back to the delicate balance of the microbiome? After all, our entire immune system is affected by the health of our microbiome, and if our gut is unhealthy, our immune system is weakened, and health conditions, including allergies, are exacerbated. 1*

There are many things we can do to alleviate allergies and the uncomfortable symptoms that accompany them. Of course severe allergic reactions are not something to take lightly, and for those with anaphylaxis, a certain degree of allergic sensitivity will most likely always be present, and prescribed precautions as laid out by a knowledgeable health care practitioner should be followed.  But there are many things we can do to alleviate allergy symptoms as opposed to always reaching for Benadryl or other allergy medications which are expensive, and can often leave us feeling drowsy or out of sorts. Wouldn’t you rather find relief naturally? Let’s look at several things you can do to improve your quality of life during allergy season.*

Heal from within.

The first and best place to start is by healing your gut. If you have been overindulging in sweets, alcohol and other foods and habits that damage gut health, it is time to stop. It is however time to start back on a diet rich in nutrients, and whole organic foods as well as increase your intake of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™. These simple steps can help balance your microbiota and thus, improve your immune system. Certain friendly bacteria are histamine-degrading strains which are particularly helpful for individuals with histamine sensitivities. This include Lactobacillus plantarum which can be found in Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO probiotics Consortia™ . (1,2)*

Increase your intake of fermentable fiber

By consuming a variety of complex fibers you can improve gut health as they act as probiotics for our healthy gut bacteria. Additionally, “…Plantains, cassava, or sweet potatoes are fermented by gut bacteria, resulting in the formation of short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) like butyrate, acetate, and propionate that regulate the immune system. Butyrate has been shown to reduce intestinal permeability to dietary antigens in a mouse model of food allergy and induce regulatory T cells, which suppress immune responses. In mice, propionate has been shown to reduce allergic airway disease…” 2*

Get allergy tested.

To make sure you are informed about what your body may be sensitive to and to avoid further exposure to those foods and allergens, consider allergy testing. When we continue to consume foods that we are sensitive to, it can cause low-grade inflammation and interfere with the healing of your gut.2*

Eliminate certain foods from your diet.

When it comes to food allergies, you may want to perform your own allergy testing by eliminating certain foods from your diet that are known to cause problems for a lot of people. Eliminate grains, gluten, sugars and dairy from your diet, then slowly introduce them back to see which ones  affect you and which ones don’t. Dairy can cause problems for a lot of people. “…Pasteurization of dairy denatures fragile milk proteins and renders them allergenic among other problems…” Note: Some people have serious food allergies that can be extremely dangerous and in those cases always consult with a health care practitioner to avoid serious consequences.*

Eat foods low in histamine.

By avoiding histamine in our diet, we can reduce the severity of allergy symptoms. Foods high in histamine include red wine, citrus fruits, fermented foods, aged cheese,  fish, shellfish, cocoa, and many more. (For a great reference on foods high and low in histamines, go to Resource 3 below.) Additionally, ask your naturopath about natural antihistamines such as quercetin or diamine oxidase, which is an enzyme responsible for breaking down histamine). There are also antihistamine herbs such as thyme and holy basil which can be used in cooking.(2,3)*

Rule out SIBO

Consider getting tested for Small Intestine Bowel Overgrowth SIBO or intestinal pathogens. These are often overlooked causes of allergies and can be a common cause of histamine intolerance.2*

Eat raw, local honey.

Raw, unfiltered local honey can help with local allergies at it can contain trace amounts of pollen picked up by bees from local flora and it contains beneficial bacteria. It also has a low glycemic index. “…Consuming raw honey produced in your area can help to “educate” your immune system to tolerate these local pollens. A randomized controlled pilot trial published in 2011 showed that allergic patients who consumed birch pollen honey had 60 percent reduced allergy symptoms and twice as many asymptomatic days during birch pollen season…”2*
Use a nasal wash.
Using a saline solution to cleanse the nasal passages can help with environmental allergies. Taking other steps like keeping windows closed and showering after coming inside can help when pollen is especially thick outside.*
 
Remember, when it comes to your health, all paths lead back to the gut. Keep it healthy, and your whole body will be healthier. I hope you are not suffering too much from allergies, but if you are, try these steps to see if it might give you relief before heading to the pharmacy.
 
Healthiest wishes,
 
Kelli

 

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:
 

  1. http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/pollen-is-not-the-problem/
  2. https://chriskresser.com/got-allergies-your-microbes-could-be-responsible/
  3. http://www.histamineintolerance.org.uk/about/the-food-diary/the-food-list/

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Apr 09 2017

Addressing your seasonal allergies may not be what you think

Published by under Allergies

The key to addressing your seasonal allergies may not be what you think
In many cases, the reason behind allergies is an unhealthy gut

 

If you have seasonal allergies, they can really be a bother. But they are more than just a nuisance, they are the sign of an unhealthy gut. If left to continually get worse, they can even lead to more serious autoimmune diseases down the road such as eczema, asthma, psoriasis, migraines, fibromyalgia, lupus celiac disease, M, diabetes and arthritis. .Allergies are a mild form form of autoimmune disease and possibly your body’s way of telling you that more autoimmune diseases are in store for you if you don’t get the problem in check.

If we don’t balance our gut bacteria, we weaken our immune system and open the gateway for opportunistic and pathogenic microbes to grow out of control and play a dominant role in our gut. The byproducts of these pathogens are toxins. Some come in handy when they are kept in check by the good bacteria, but when bad bacteria play a dominant role, these pathogens overproduce these toxins….one of which is histamine.

Histamine is actually an important neurotransmitter in the body, but when microbes grow unchecked in the gut as a result of a poor ratio of friendly to unfriendly bacteria, an overproduction of histamine takes place resulting in the body’s functions that react to histamine, to work overtime, allowing excessive amounts to enter the bloodstream.

If you suffer for severe and constant seasonal allergies, it may just be that you are really suffering from an overgrowth of histamine producing pathogens in your gut. Many people say that they “developed” seasonal allergies as they aged. If the pollen hasn’t changed in an area, it may be instead a signal that the gut health has deteriorated. Gut health can decrease as we age, and years of antibiotics, stress, alcohol and sugar intake can take their toll.  So if you suddenly are suffering from seasonal allergies when you didn’t as a youngster, this is a sign that you need to get busy getting your gut in check.1

The good news is that even if you or your children have seasonal allergies now, you can deal with it effectively with a change in diet! “…Restoring a healthy balance of gut flora is the best long-term solution to resolving a histamine issue…” 2

Next week we will look at some solutions for treating your seasonal allergies.

Until then, healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Seasonal allergies need not continue to annoy you year after year during what should be one of the most beautiful and enjoyable times of the year.   Spend some time and energy fixing your gut environment and reap the rewards by breathing freely again no matter how thick the pollen may be!

Children with autoimmunity issues almost without exception have a mother and most likely also a father who invariably show sign of chronic gut dysbiosis. Most women have been on the Pill for years before having children and have had many courses of antibiotics. Almost every single one has a health problem that is associated with chronic gut imbalance the most frequent being digestive disorders, hay fever and other seasonal allergies, migraines, PMS, chronic cystitis (UTIs) and vaginal yeast infections.

Therefore, if you wish to have children free of allergies, it is imperative as a mother to be to get your gut health in order before birthing them.

 

  1. http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/pollen-is-not-the-problem/
  2. https://chriskresser.com/got-allergies-your-microbes-could-be-responsible/

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Apr 02 2017

The whole corny truth.

Published by under GMO's

The corny truth.
Don’t be fooled when it comes to GMO corn.

 There’s a lot to love about corn! Roasted sweet corn goes hand in hand with summertime and back yard barbeques. It comes in a compact little package, so it is often roasted in the husk and sold at fairs and picnics. It is even good raw. It’s crisp, sweet and fun to eat. It’s an American favorite!

Corn aficionados will tell you that it is best to eat it within 24 hours of picking. Back in the day, older varieties of corn didn’t stand up to time very well. Within 24 hours of being plucked off the stalk, they would lose their sweetness or turn to starch. In the 1950s, a man named John Laughman from the University of Illinois created a hybrid strain of corn by cross-pollinating three varieties of corn. This hybrid creation was sweeter, and able to retain its sweetness longer. Since then, hybrids have been created that are as much as five times sweeter than the corn from decades ago and will stay sweet for weeks. This is great for large grocers, as corn can stay on the shelf longer…but many feel that what we have gained in sweetness has been lost in the taste of the corn.1*  

Unfortunately, our favorite summer time vegetable has gotten a bad rap of late, and it is due to the introduction of GMOs. Corn ranks high on lists of food products most likely to contain genetically modified organisms.  “…Since 1996, corn has been genetically modified, and according to the USDA, 93 percent of the corn crops planted in the United States contained GMOs in 2014. But keep in mind that most of that corn is field corn, much of which will be fed to animals, although some may be made into corn-based products like cereal…” (1,2)*

So how do we know what corn is grown from GMO seed and what isn’t? There is so much confusion surrounding corn and GMOs, that many people serious about avoiding GMOs, are giving up on this favorite vegetable all together, rather than deciphering the complexities of what corn products do or do not contain GMOs. (1,2)*

Most of the corn consumed in the US is either frozen or canned while the fresh corn we eat is grown on only 250,000 US acres. Field corn is different from sweet corn. Field corn is harvested when its kernels are hard and dry, and is considered a commodity crop. You’ll find it in the manufacturing of products such as high fructose corn syrup, livestock feed, ethanol, corn oil, various alcohols and of course in our processed foods!  Today, GMO field corn seeds produce as much as 90 percent of the field corn in our country. This is different than the hybridized plants we discussed earlier that occurs through cross pollination. GMO field corn and other GMO plants have “…strands of DNA added to achieve desired characteristics…”1*

In the past, less than 5 percent of the sweet corn raised in the US came from GMO sweet corn seeds which were introduced by Syngenta, a global agribusiness company. Farmers began planting Monsanto’s recently approved, GMO Performance sweet-corn seeds in 2011, with its aim to market their corn on the cob to consumers…1*

“…The new corn has been bioengineered to survive applications of glyphosate (sold under the trade name Roundup), an herbicide that destroys competing weeds. Planting “Roundup-resistant” varieties allows farmers to control weeds by spraying, an alternative to expensive and time-consuming­ methods like mechanical tilling. Monsanto has also spliced genes into the corn that produce toxins that kill corn-eating caterpillars, helping farmers reduce their use of pesticides. The poisons are derived from Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), a bacteria that occurs naturally in soil and is approved for organic agriculture. Fatal to insect larvae, most experts say Bt is harmless to humans and animals. However, Cana­dian researchers reported in 2011 in the journal Reproductive Toxicology that they found residues of Bt in the blood of mothers and fetuses. “More research is needed. The impact of Bt on a fetus’s development is unknown,” says Aziz Aris, M.D., Ph.D., study principal investigator and professor in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Sherbrooke…”1*

Although the FDA claims there is no “material difference” between GMO corn and non GMO or the traditional ­varieties, there is research that suggests otherwise. “…A study published in the International Journal of Biological Sciences in 2009 by a group of French scientists found liver and kidney damage in rats fed Roundup-resistant corn…”

The environmental concerns are that weeds and insects become resistant to both herbicides and pesticides such as glyphosate and Bt. If this happens,  plants will need to be modified again to  withstand increasingly toxic chemicals. Currently, it is estimated that over 26 weed species across 20 US states are Roundup resistant. According to the Environmental Protection Agency Bt-resistant corn root worms live in four states. 1*

Presently, “…Syngenta’s Attribute and Monsanto’s Performance are the two varieties sold in North America…” Because GMO crops are not allowed under USDA organic standards, you can avoid GMO corn by purchasing organic corn only. And many farmers are saying no to GMO seeds because their customers are against it. This is reflected in a 2013 Friends of the Earth study which looked at 70 varieties of sweet corn products, which included canned and frozen products, and found that only two of the corn products contained GMOs. “Monsanto’s genetically engineered sweet corn appears to be a big flop in the United States,” said Friends of the Earth’s Lisa Archer. “Companies here are starting to reject genetically engineered foods, and rightly so. They know their customers, particularly parents, are leery of unlabeled, poorly studied GMOs.” (1,3)*

As we roll into the summer season, visit your local farmers’ markets and organic grocers to buy and enjoy this summer favorite. It’s only available for a short time, so enjoy it while you can! But ask questions and demand non-GMO produce whenever possible. *

 

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

 

Resources:

  1. http://www.eatingwell.com/food_news_origins/green_sustainable/clearing_up_the_confusion_about_genetically_modified_corn
  2. http://www.newsmax.com/Health/Health-Wire/corn-GMO-foods-genetically/2015/06/04/id/648727/
  3. S. Department of Labor
  4. https://www.nongmoproject.org/high-risk/corn/
  5. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/money_co/2011/08/monsanto-biotech-sweet-corn-human-consumption.html

 

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Mar 26 2017

GMO labeling laws…do they exist?

Published by under GMO's

GMO labeling laws…do they exist?
Last year, Congress passed a bill requiring labeling, but is it enough?

 

Last July, Congress passed and President Obama signed a bill, which establishes a federal standard for labeling foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Within a few years, consumers will have access to tools that allow them to know whether foods in the supermarket contain GMO ingredients. But proponents on both sides of this debate are not really 100% satisfied.(1,2)*

GMOs are estimated to be in between 75% and 80% of our food. Though the FDA insists GMOs are safe for consumption, consumer groups argue that we have the right to know what is in our food.. Companies in the US claim that adding GMO labeling to packaging is too expensive, yet 64 countries already require such labeling.1*

“…The bill allows companies several choices for labeling. They can add text to a label stating that it contains genetically engineered ingredients; put a symbol (yet to be determined) on packaging to denote such ingredients; or use a “digital link” like a quick response, or Q.R. code that consumers can scan with their smart phones…3*

“…Many proponents of G.M.O. labeling contend that anything short of text will allow food companies to obscure the genetically engineered ingredients in their packaging. They object in particular to Q.R. codes which they consider discriminatory because many consumers do not have access to the tools needed to read them….”3*

The details of this new bill have yet to be worked out. That responsibility falls on the Department of Agriculture, which will have two years to write up the rules.1*

There are criticisms regarding the bill because by allowing companies to use QR codes, or 1-800 numbers as their form of GMO labeling, it discriminates against those who don’t have access to smart phones, or don’t know how to use them in order to access this off label information. Some are calling this bill “…the DARK Act, short for “Denying Americans the Right to Know,.”…”. Others oppose the bill because it isn’t as stringent as the Vermont legislation which will now be superseded by this federal law.1*

Many food companies along with farm groups oppose the bill, as they fear that being required to provide GMO labels will drive consumers away from their products, which is something that happened in Europe.. At the same time, “…the Organic Trade Association, which supports GMO labeling, decided to support the compromise, in part because the law includes some special benefits for the organic industry. It includes, for instance, a provision that allows organic food companies to label their products as non-GMO. (1,2)*

The battle over GMO labeling is not nearly over. As the U.S. Department of Agriculture tackles the details, they will have to decide whether such refined products as soy oil or sugar from beets should require labeling. They are made from GMO crops, but the final product doesn’t contain genetically modified material to include DNA or proteins…”2*

There are some companies taking the lead when it comes to these labeling laws. One is Whole Foods Markets, which will require GMO labeling in two years, and will hopefully set the standard for other grocery store chains. Another is Dannon yogurt. They announced that they will disclose whether their products contain genetically modified ingredients, which was to go into effect by the end of last year.2*

There are many ways you can avoid GMOs, which we have discussed in the past. But continuing to demand that companies provide transparent labeling regarding whether their products contain GMOs is one of them. BODY BIOTICS™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ does not contain GMOs. Additionally, the consortia of friendly bacteria help to clean up the gut from years of consuming toxins, pesticides, sugar, GMOs and other chemicals that can damage the delicate balance of the microbiome. *

I hope you found this information helpful! We will keep an eye on upcoming legislation that may affect the results of these new labeling laws.

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

 www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. http://fortune.com/2016/07/31/gmo-labeling-bill/
  2. http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/07/14/486060866/congress-just-passed-a-gmo-labeling-bill-nobodys-super-happy-about-it
  3. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/15/business/gmo-labeling-bill-gains-house-approval.html?_r=0

 

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Mar 19 2017

Brands to avoid if you want to avoid GMOs.

Published by under GMO's

Brands to avoid if you want to avoid GMOs.
Show your disapproval of GMOs by voting with your wallet.

What can we eat? If you are trying to avoid GMOs, your options can be limited. You have to do your research and choose wisely. Gone are the days of skipping happily through the store throwing whatever you want in your basket, thinking all food is safe and nutritious.

Years ago, our grandparents didn’t worry about the health aspects of the foods they ate. Several decades ago, we didn’t question where our food came from, as we still had the local dairy, butcher, and produce stands right in our neighborhoods, but that is rarely the case today. It is easy to live in ignorance and believe that all foods sold in the grocery store are safe, but there is just so much available to us for purchase that we just shouldn’t be putting in our bodies. It’s common knowledge that big business and money drive market brands, and big dollar advertising influences our decisions. And if people will buy it, companies will sell it. So who is really looking out for what we put into our bodies? You! Me! We are the ones that have to be our own regulatory agencies. Don’t leave it up to the government or big business, because they are looking out for the mighty dollar.

Let’s look at Monsanto for example.  This company is BIG business. And their insidious claws are getting into all aspects of our food supply. This is the company that got its start developing saccharin, which is shown to cause cancer in rats. Yet, they continue to sell it to the public, and are allowed to continue to sell it, despite substantiated research. They are also the company that created Agent Orange. And they have created the herbicide glyphosate, better known as Round Up. And because Round Up kills not only weeds but also crops, Monsanto has genetically modified seeds  that grow plants resistant to this weed killer.(1,2,3)*

Last week we looked at the many seed companies to avoid if you want to steer clear of Monsanto GMO seeds. And, we included the safe list of non-GMO seeds. This week, let’s look at the brands that use GMOs in their foods. Most of these are processed foods, that you might not even think about whether they contain GMOs. But they do.(1,2,4)*

Here is a list of brands that use ingredients owned by Monsanto and are therefore subject to genetic engineering practices (1,2)*

 

  • Aunt Jemima
  • Aurora Foods
  • Banquet
  • Best Foods
  • Betty Crocker
  • Bisquick
  • Cadbury
  • Campbell’s
  • Capri Sun
  • Carnation
  • Chef Boyardee
  • Coca Cola
  • ConAgra
  • Delicious Brand Cookies
  • Duncan Hines
  • Famous Amos
  • Frito Lay
  • General Mills
  • Green Giant
  • Healthy Choice
  • Heinz
  • Hellman’s
  • Hershey’s Nestle
  • Holsum
  • Hormel
  • Hungry Jack
  • Hunts
  • Interstate Bakeries
  • Jiffy
  • KC Masterpiece
  • Keebler/Flowers Industries
  • Kelloggs
  • Kid Cuisine
  • Knorr
  • Kool-Aid
  • Kraft/Phillip Morris
  • Lean Cuisine
  • Lipton
  • Loma Linda
  • Marie Callenders
  • Minute Maid
  • Morningstar
  • Butterworths
  • Nabisco
  • Nature Valley
  • Ocean Spray
  • Ore-Ida
  • Orville Redenbacher
  • Pasta- Roni
  • Pepperidge Farms
  • Pepsi
  • Pillsbury
  • Pop Secret
  • Post Cereals
  • Power Bar Brand
  • Prego Pasta Sauce
  • Pringles
  • Procter and Gamble
  • Quaker
  • Ragu Sauce
  • Rice-A-Roni
  • Smart Ones
  • Stouffers
  • Shweppes
  • Tombstone Pizza
  • Totinos
  • Uncle Ben’s
  • Unilever
  • V8 (1,2)*

 You can fight back by choosing wisely. Buy products that have the stamp of certified organic or Non-GMO. You will find many products proudly state that on their packaging. And if enough consumers stop buying the products that use GMOs, brands will get the message as they are in it to make money…so hitting them where it hurts will make them wake up to the fact that people want not only good tasting food, but food that is good for our bodies as well.  

Because there are so many toxins and chemicals in our environment and our food and water supply, it is imperative to continue to stay on a regular dose of BODY BIOTICS™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ daily. The friendly bacteria, along with the naturally occurring minerals in the humic and fulvic prebiotic blend help to isolate and eliminate the accumulated toxins and putrefaction that accumulates in the intestinal tract. By taking all of these steps…eating organic, avoiding GMOs, keeping your gut healthy with proper intake of SBOs, you will be on the right path for long term good health.

 

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

 

www.bodybiotics.com

 

 

Resources:

  1. www.theheartysoul.com/monsanto-food-brands/
  2. www.realfarmacy.com/printable-list-of-monsanto-owned-food-producers
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsanto
  4. http://nativeamericans24.us/2017/02/723/

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Mar 12 2017

Become aware of the Non GMO Alternatives

Published by under Food Additives,GMO's

Say No to GMOs and Yes to the Non-GMO Alternatives

As Monsanto’s ownership of seed companies continues to grow, so must our awareness of non-GMO alternatives.

In our theme of Buyer Beware, let’s look at one of the food goliaths that is taking over a good portion of our food supply. After researching more and more about Monsanto, it reminds me how incredibly important it is to purchase local, seasonal, organic fruits and vegetables and free-range, organic animal products from small producers and farmers that you know and believe to be trustworthy.1

In case you are not familiar with Monsanto, it is an “…American-owned, multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation…” It was started by John Francis Queeny, who  formed Monsanto Chemical Works in 1901, back when chemical companies were on the rise. It was formed primarily to produce the artificial sweetener saccharin. “…By the 1920s, Monsanto had expanded into sulfuric acid and polychlorinated biphenyl, or PCB, a coolant used in early transformers and electric motors, now more famous as a pernicious environmental contaminant. The company moved on to plastics and synthetic fabrics, and by the 1960s it had sprouted a division to create herbicides, including the Vietnam-era defoliant Agent Orange. A decade later, Monsanto invented Roundup, a glyphosate-based weed killer that farmers could apply to reduce overgrowth between crops, increasing productivity…” Monsanto’s resume of other achievements include the production of the insecticide DDT, aspartame and bovine growth hormone ”all of which are considered to be a threat to our  water safety,  global ecosystems and biodiversity…“2*

Recently acquired by Bayer, Monsanto is a leader in the area of developing and selling genetically modified seeds, and one of the largest producers of GMO food products. They also are well known for their development and application of associated chemicals, to include the infamous Roundup, a glyphosate-based herbicide.1*

Roundup is widely used both commercially and privately. Though it is promoted by Monsanto as harmless to humans, many health experts claim it is not. …The residues of Roundup, which remain in genetically modified foods, are believed to cause many dangerous effects to human health, including the death of embryonic cells and extreme damage to the intestinal microbiome…”1*

In 2005, Monsanto bought the world’s largest vegetable seed company Seminis.  “…It is estimated that Seminis controls 40 percent of the U.S. vegetable seed market and 20 percent of the world market—supplying the genetics for 55 percent of the lettuce on U.S. supermarket shelves, 75 percent of the tomatoes and 85 percent of the peppers, with strong holdings in beans, cucumbers, squash, melons, broccoli, cabbage, spinach and peas. The company’s biggest reenue source comes from tomato and pepper seeds, followed by cucumbers and beans…” (2,3)*

Seminis’ varieties are used in large industrial production which supply supermarkets and are also used by regional conventional and organic farmers as well as gardeners growing at every volume and of every nature. Their seed offerings include over 3500 varieties and can be found in a number of commercial and garden seed catalogs.3*

The website NesaraNews published a full list of Seeds that are owned by Monsanto or Seminis or that sell even small percentage of seeds from them. I’ve copied this list for you here: 3*

 

Audubon Workshop
Breck’s Bulbs
Cook’s Garden
Dege Garden Center
Earl May Seed
E & R Seed Co
Ferry Morse
Flower of the Month Club
Gardens Alive
Germania Seed Co
Garden Trends
HPS
Jung Seed Genetics
Lindenberg Seeds
McClure and Zimmerman Quality Bulb Brokers
Mountain Valley Seed
Nichol’s
Osborne
Park Bulbs
Park’s Countryside Garden
R.H. Shumway
Roots and Rhizomes
Rupp
Seeds for the World
Seymour’s Selected Seeds
Snow
Spring Hill Nurseries
Stokes
T&T Seeds
Tomato Growers Supply
Totally Tomato
Vermont Bean Seed Co.
Wayside Gardens
Willhite Seed Co.
American Seeds
Asgrow
Campbell
DeKalb
De Ruiter
Diener Seeds
Fielder’s Choice
Fontanelle
Gold Country Seed
Hawkeye
Heartland
Heritage Seeds
Holdens
Hubner Seed
icorn
Kruger Seeds
Lewis Hybrids
Peotec
Poloni
Rea Hybrids
Seminis
Specialty
Stewart
Stone Seed
Trelay
Western Seeds3*
From the same website, here is a list of safe seeds which can be purchased to ensure Non GMO Seeds. The following are not owned by Monsanto and do not sell Monsanto or Seminis Seeds. 3*
Amishland Seeds
Annapolis Valley
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Burpee Seeds
Heritage Seed Company (Nova Scotia, Canada)
Diane’s Flower Seeds
Ed Hume Seeds
Fedco
Garden City Seeds
Heirlooms Evermore Seeds
Heirloom Seeds
Heirloom Organics
Horizon Herbs
Irish-Eyes
J.W.Jungs
Johnny’s Seeds
Landreth Seeds
Lake Valley Seeds
Livingston Seeds
Local Harvest
Mountain Rose Herbs
Organica Seed
Park Seeds
Pinetree
Sand Hill Preservation Center
Seeds of Change (Owned by Mars Inc.) But GMO Free.
Southern Exposure
Sustainable Seed Co
Territorial Seeds
Tiny Seeds
Uprising Seeds
Virtual Farm Seed Co
Wildseed Farms
The Safe Seed Resource List – 

 

ARIZONA
Aravaipa Heirlooms
Hatching Bunnies Farm
Humble Seed
Native Seeds

Old Pueblo Plant & Seed Company
Sherizona Seed Co.
Terroir Seeds LLC home of Underwood Gardens
Westwind Seeds and Gardenscapes LLC

CALIFORNIA
All Good Things Organic Seeds
Bountiful Gardens
Cornucopia Seeds
Deb’s Kitchen
eCruzin.com
Environmental Seed Producers
Green Mountain Resources, LLC
Harmony Farm Supply and Nursery
Jacob’s Farm/Del Cabo, Inc.
Living Seed Company
The Natural Gardening Company
Organic.biz
Peaceful Valley Farm Supply
Pearson’s Gardens
Redwood City Seed Company
Renee’s Garden
Rolling Hills Herbs & Heirloom Annuals
Seed Dreams
SeedsNow
SmartSeeds
Sustainable Seed Co.
Underground Seeds
COLORADO
2BSEEDS
BBBseed
Botanical Interests, Inc.
Golden Harvest Organics LLC
Grant’s Plants, Seeds & Such
Lake Valley Seed
Sourcepoint Seeds
CONNECTICUT
Butterbrooke Farm
Comstock Ferre & Co.
John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds
New England Seed Company
Select Seeds Company
FLORIDA
Chia Growers, Inc.

Florida Mycology Research Center
Growin’ Crazy Acres
Organic Sanctuary
QR Seeds Inc.
The Pepper Gal
Self Reliance Strategies, LLC

IDAHO
Earthly Delights Farm

EarthCare Seeds
High Altitude Gardens and Seeds Trust


ILLINOIS

Borries Open Pollinated Seed Corn Farm
Safeguard Seeds
Underwood Gardens
INDIANA
Garden Harvest Supply Inc.
MyPatriotSupply.com
Nature’s Crossroads, LLC
Rich Farm Garden Supply
Urban Farmer
IOWA
Sand Hill Preservation Center
Seed Savers Exchange
KANSAS
Girasole, Inc. (DBA Seeds from Italy)

Skyfire Garden Seeds

KENTUCKY
Ferry Morse Seed Company

MAINE
FedCo Seeds

Johnny’s Selected Seeds
The Heirloom Garden of Maine
The Maine Potato Lady
Wood Prairie Farm Organic Seed Potatoes
MARYLAND
Where the Wild Things Grow
MICHIGAN
Annie’s Heirloom Seeds
Edible Seed Co.
Michigan Heirlooms
MyHeirloomSeeds – AMAL Enterprises LLC
Orchard House Heirlooms
MINNESOTA
Cheap Seeds
EnJoy Garden Fresh Farm
Melissa’s Seeds
MISSOURI
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Barney’s Ginseng Patch
Gardeners Choice Heirloom Seeds
Granny’s Heirloom Seeds
Green Thumb Seeds
Morgan County Wholesale
MONTANA
Soper Family Farm

NEVADA
God Seed Planet, LLC

NEW HAMPSHIRE
BLM Enterprises/Markham Farm

New Earth Organic Farm
NEW MEXICO:
Creekside Garden
Gourmet Seed International, LLC
Italian Seed and Tool
J&L Gardens
Plants of the Southwest
Pollinator Nation
NEW YORK
DollarSeed.com
New York Botanicals, LLC
Ommas – Aarden
On Warren Pond Farm & Seed Co.
The Sample Seed Shop
Turtle Tree Seed
WinterSown Educational
NORTH CAROLINA
Cherrygal.com
Christopher Weeks Peppers
Sow True Seed

OHIO
Companion Plants, Inc.
Secret Seed Cartel

OKLAHOMA
Clear Creek Seeds
Red Sky Farm
Survival Essentials
HeirloomSeedsOnline.com
The Seed Guy

 

OREGON
Boondockers Seed Company
Folly Farm
Goodwin Creek Gardens
Green Journey Seeds
Heirloom Organics, LLC
Horizon Herbs
Nichol’s Garden Nursery
Restorations Seeds
Siskiyou Seeds
Territorial Seed Company
Thyme Garden – Herb Seed Company
Victory Seed Company
Wild Garden Seed and Shoulder to Shoulder Farm
Wild West Seed, Inc.

PENNSYLVANIA
The Ark Institute, Inc.
ContainerSeeds.com
Heirloom Seed Project
Landis Valley Museum
Heirloom Seeds
Hollow Elm Gardens, LLC

SOUTH CAROLINA
Pepper Joe’s, Inc.
Penny’s Tomatoes
Seeds for the South

TENNESSEE
New Hope Seed Company
Readiness Essentials
UTAH
Diane’s Flower Seeds
Hometown Seeds.com

VERMONT
The Cook’s Garden
Dirt Works
High Mowing Organic Seeds
Ladybug Herbs of Vermont
Weed Farm Herbs

 

VIRGINIA
Garden Medicinals and Culinaries

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants

WASHINGTON

Backyard Heirloom Seeds & Herbs
E & M Heirloom Seeds
Frosty Hollow Ecological Restoration
Garlicsmiths
Gator’s Green Thumb
Osborne Seed Company LLC

 

WISCONSIN
St. Clare Heirloom Seeds


AUSTRALIA

Eden Seeds/Select Organic

Green Harvest Organic Gardening Supplies

CANADA

Alberta Nurseries and Seeds, Ltd.
At Home Organic Farms
Brother Nature Organic Seeds
Clear Sky Farm
Dirt Sun Rain Garden Products
Eternal Seed
Heritage Harvest Seed
Hope Seeds
The Incredible Seed Company
Mandy’s Greehouses
Mapple Farm
Matchbox Garden & Seed Co.
Prairie Garden Seeds
Richter’s Herbs
Salt Spring Seeds
Stellar Seeds
Soggy Creek Seed Co.
Tatiana’s TOMATObase
Tourne-Sol Cooperative Farm
Two Wings Farm Organic Seeds
Urban Harvest Organic Seeds
West Coast Seeds
William Dam Seeds Ltd.
EGYPT
MyHeirloomSeeds – AMAL Enterprises LLC
FRANCE
B and T World Seeds
SOUTH AFRICA
Organic Seeds

Livingseeds Heirloom Seeds
UNITED KINGDOM
Chiltern Seeds Limited,
The Real Seed Company
VidaVerde Seed Collection.
D T Brown and Co.
Chiltern Seeds.
Samuel Dobie and Son.
Mr Fothergill’s Seeds.
E W King and Co
S E Marshall
S M McArd.
W Robinson and Sons – home of the Mammoth Onion, and lots more.
Secret Seeds – organic vegetable and herb seeds.
Seeds of Italy.
Seeds By Size
Simpson’s Seeds, The Walled Garden Nursery,
Suttons Seeds
Tamar Organics.
Thompson and Morgan**
**For a complete list of addresses, emails, websites and contact information for the above listed, as well as new additions to the list, visit  Resource 3 below.

I hope this is helpful as you continue your journey towards healthful living. It is tricky to navigate which foods are clean and free of pesticides, GMOs, antibiotics and other additives. Continue to read labels and support companies, local farmers and grocery stores that offer organic and Non-GMO products.

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

 

Resources:

  1. http://www.thealternativedaily.com/monsanto-owned-companies-to-boycott/
  2. http://www.nesaranews.blogspot.com/2017/02/seed-companies-some-do-and-some-dont-buy.html
  3. http://nesaranews.blogspot.com/2017/02/seed-companies-some-do-and-some-dont-buy.html

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Mar 05 2017

Consumers tricked again by food suppliers

Published by under GMO's,Organic

Consumers tricked again by food suppliers
The agromafia in Italy passed off fake olive oil to the public, making billions.  

Unfortunately, the public is repeatedly deceived by food suppliers. This continues to be an important topic of many of our blog posts in the hope of creating awareness. It is infuriating when we try to do the right thing by purchasing and consuming what we believe are “healthy foods” to find out we were duped by greedy companies or individuals who just want to fatten their own wallet, while deceiving the public at such an insidious level. From dyes added to farmed salmon, to GMO vegetables, to chemical additives, we continually are shocked at what gets added to our food supply without us knowing. Despite our best efforts to eat right, we can be undermined by the products that we trust.

This is the case with olive oil coming out of Italy. This story, which has been a topic of interest for some time and was reported in depth not too long ago on 60 Minutes, is being taken very seriously by the Italian government. The crooks behind this case of fraud is a mafia group, who have found a billion dollar industry in passing blends or other not pure oil off as 100% virgin olive oil. Recently, “…33 suspects in the Calabrian mafia’s Piromalli clan, a criminal enterprise whose illicit dealings allegedly include exporting fake extra virgin olive oil to the United States…” were arrested. Called the agromafia, they had an elaborate scheme to pass off fake olive oil, or olive oil blended with other oils as 100% extra virgin olive oil. Last year, high quality olive oil was selling at $50 or more per gallon while fake versions cost as little as $7 per gallon. (1,2)*

“…In Europe, the International Olive Council, chartered by the United Nations, establishes standards and works to ensure that products labeled extra-virgin, the highest grade of oil, live up to their billing; the countries do the policing. …“ 3*

So what is extra virgin olive oil? “According to the IOC, extra-virgin olive oil must meet strict chemical and organoleptic (taste and smell) standards, including low levels of acidity and ultraviolet-light absorption. (High levels suggest poor processing or deterioration.) It has been extracted from mashed fruit by mechanical means, not through the use of heat or chemicals, which can reduce flavor. It should have at least some fruitiness and be free of defects in flavor and aroma….”(3,4)*

What makes olive oil extra virgin? “First…

  • The oil must come from fresh olives that were milled within 24 hours of their harvest.
  • Next, it must be extracted by mechanical means, not from heat or chemicals.
  • They must not be treated chemically in any way.
  • Extra virgin oil is, in fact, fresh olive juice.
  • Being a fruit, olives contain natural antioxidants that protect the plant during its lifetime.
  • When the olive tree is very old it contains more of these antioxidants.
  • This is one of the reasons that olive trees are often hundreds of years old and create antioxidant rich products…”.(3,4)

When purchasing extra virgin olive oil, how do you know a fake from the real thing?

  1. Look for the International Olive Oil Council (IOC) seal.
  2. Stay away from “light” olive oil or blends, as these are not virgin quality.
  3. Purchase oils in dark bottles only. The dark bottle protects from oxidation
  4. What’s the price? If it is less than $10 a liter, chances are it’s not real. .
  5. Authentic virgin olive oil should have a harvesting date on the label.
  6. Do a taste test. Real virgin olive oil will taste fruity in the front of your mouth and have a peppery taste in the back. 4*

After all the news of the fraudulent oils, we now have a list of those oils that failed to meet the standard as “extra virgin”?

  • Filippo Berio
  • Bertolli
  • Colavita
  • Newman’s Own
  • Star
  • Mazzola
  • Mezzetta
  • Carapelli
  • Safeway
  • Whole Foods (4,5)*

These oils did meet the standards:

  • California Olive Ranch
  • Bariani Olive Oil “…is Stone Crushed, Cold Pressed, Decanted and Unfiltered California Extra Virgin Olive Oil and they are committed to producing an authentic extra virgin olive oil which is raw. Weston Price recommends this oil…”
  • Corto Olive – sometimes available at Costco.
  • Cobram Estate  – Most awarded extra virgin olive oil in Australia.
  • Lucero (Ascolano)
  • McEvoy Ranch Organic
  • Ottavio
  • Omaggio
  • Whole Foods California 365 
  • Olea Estates 100% extra virgin olive oil (4,5)*

In a 2012 issue of Consumer Reports, the results of a taste test of 138 bottles of extra virgin olive oil from 23 manufacturers were published. Of those sourced from Italy, the US, Greece, Argentina and Chile, the  California oils ranked higher than those from Italy.

Besides the fact that we want to receive honest products, there are serious health concerns when it comes to food fraud. Someone with food allergies could have a reaction when they believe they are getting one thing yet receive another. Some “…agromafia products have also been found to include low-quality contaminants, which presents an additional set of risks…”1*

So, follow the guidelines laid out above and be a smart consumer when it comes to all your purchases. Read labels. Look for stamps of certification. And continue to buy the products that meet the standards of organic and authentic.

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. https://www.oliveoiltimes.com/olive-oil-business/italy-arrests-33-accused-olive-oil-fraud/55364
  2. https://www.oliveoiltimes.com/tag/60-minutes-agromafia-segment
  3. http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2012/09/how-to-find-the-best-extra-virgin-olive-oil/index.htm
  4. http://www.realfoodforlife.com/which-olive-oil-to-buy-the-olive-oil-fraud/
  5. http://lifehacker.com/the-most-and-least-fake-extra-virgin-olive-oil-brands-1460894373
  6. http://naturalcureshouse.com/?s=olive+oil

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Feb 26 2017

Seek organic whenever possible, but choose “the Dirty Dozen” first.

Published by under GMO's,Organic

Seek organic whenever possible, but choose “the Dirty Dozen” first.
Some fruits and vegetables retain more pesticide residues than others. Know what they are so you can choose wisely. 

Last week we looked at ten steps you can take in your daily diet to “clean up your act.” The idea is to take ten measures in your daily life to get healthier. Once you master those, pick ten more! By taking these “baby steps” it helps us to slowly make lifestyle changes that will result in a healthier gut and healthier body for the long term. In keeping with that theme of replacing certain foods or activities with healthier ones, let’s look at the foods in your diet that you should replace with organic alternatives. Some produce, when grown with conventional means, absorb or retain pesticide residues more than others, so their organic counterparts should be sought.*

If you can buy only organic all the time, it is healthier for your body over your life span. Our organs don’t know what to do with pesticides and poisons, so years of consumption can lead to possible unwanted health issues. (This is why taking BODY BIOTICS™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ daily is so important as it helps clean up some of these unwanted toxins in the body and help eliminate them from the body.) But not everyone has access to good organic produce in their communities, and oftentimes it can be cost prohibitive. So if you, like many people, need to pick and choose, here are some guidelines for your decision making process.(1,2,3)*

Each year, the Environmental Working Group releases a list of what they call the “Dirty Dozen. ” This list is based on their evaluation of a wide variety of crops, and they rank them highest to lowest in terms of pesticides. They updated their list for 2016, which is below. This is a list of fruits and vegetables, ranked highest to lowest. In other words, those at the top of the list are the highest in pesticide residues, while those at the bottom have the least. The top 12 would be considered the “Dirty Dozen.” The bottom 15 would be “the Clean Fifteen,” and there are some in the middle. (2,3)*

  1. Strawberries
  2. Apples
  3. Nectarines
  4. Peaches
  5. Celery
  6. Grapes
  7. Cherries
  8. Spinach
  9. Tomatoes
  10. Sweet bell peppers
  11. Cherry tomatoes
  12. Cucumbers
  13. Snap peas – imported
  14. Blueberries – domestic
  15. Potatoes
  16. Hot peppers 
  17. Lettuce
  18. Kale / collard greens 
  19. Blueberries – imported
  20. Green beans
  21. Plums
  22. Pears
  23. Raspberries
  24. Carrots
  25. Winter squash
  26. Tangerines
  27. Summer squash*
  28. Snap peas – domestic
  29. Green onions
  30. Bananas
  31. Oranges
  32. Watermelon
  33. Broccoli
  34. Sweet potatoes
  35. Mushrooms
  36. Cauliflower
  37. Cantaloupe
  38. Grapefruit
  39. Honeydew melon
  40. Eggplant
  41. Kiwi
  42. Papayas*
  43. Mangos
  44. Asparagus
  45. Onions
  46. Sweet peas frozen
  47. Cabbage
  48. Pineapples
  49. Sweet Corn*
  50. Avocados3*

It is important to note that sweet corn, summer squash and papaya sold in the United States is often produced from GMO seeds. Avoiding GMOs is also important, so buy organic varieties of these crops if you aim to avoid GMOs in your diet…which you should!3*

So what does it mean to eat organic? According to one organic farmer, “…We do not use any insecticides, herbicides or fungicides. We do not use genetically modified seeds and all of our fertilizers are organic. The organic fruit or vegetable may not be the prettiest at the market but it is certainly the cleanest and grown with much care and attention…”1*

So remember, it is important to get plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet. You don’t want to avoid them if you can’t buy organic, but organic fruits and vegetables are healthier for our bodies. Organic farming is also better for the planet and it is healthier for the farmers that grow them for us. As the demand for organic produce continues to go up, more farms will rise to meet the demand, which will be a good thing for the consumers and the entire industry as a whole.*

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. http://www.livestrong.com/slideshow/1004202-20-foods-always-buy-organic-even-youre-budget/
  2. http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/dirty-dozen-fruits-and-vegetables/
  3. https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/list.php

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Feb 19 2017

Small easy steps towards better health

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

 

www.bodybiotics.com

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