Jul 11 2021

Craving Sweets might be the Candida Talking

Craving sweets? It might be the Candida talking.

Sometimes the cravings we have are the gut’s way of telling you it is out of balance.

During our last blog, we covered how the gut tells the body when it is lacking a nutritional element. Through cravings and signals sent to the brain, it can tell us when we are deficient in certain things by causing us to naturally be drawn to those foods that provide the missing amino acids, vitamins, and minerals it needs to function at its best.1*

If the gut is out of balance, due to a poor diet, antibiotics, eating too much-processed foods, and not enough whole, organic fruits, and vegetables, it may be sending the brain a different signal. Research shows there is a direct connection between sugar consumption and disease and sometimes the gut tells the brain it needs sugar. So why would it lead us to crave the thing that hurts us?*

One reason is that sugar is an incredibly powerful substance, and breaking the habit has been compared to kicking an addictive drug. Secondly, when the microbiome’s out of balance, the unfriendly bacteria, including the yeast Candida albicans, feed off of sugar. When the gut is unhealthy, these unfriendly bacteria cause us to crave what they need to thrive….sugar. It is a strong craving to resist.2*

Candida resides in the digestive tracts of all of us. In a healthy gut, Candida helps with the absorption of nutrients and digestion. It can grow out of control in an unhealthy microbiome (especially those with Crohn’s Disease or colitis). Things that can cause disturbances are antibiotic use, diets high in sugar and carbohydrates, oral contraceptives, too much alcohol, and too much stress. The condition referred to as Candidiasis affects the body in different ways. It can affect the skin, present in the mouth as Oral Thrush, in the vagina as yeast infection, the urinary tract, the esophagus, and the nails as toe and nail fungus. (1,2)*

In severe cases, as Candida crowd out the friendly bacteria, it can affect digestion and damage the intestinal wall allowing proteins, bacteria, and other toxins to be released into the bloodstream and the entire body. When this happens, it can lead to a variety of autoimmune responses. 2*

There are other reasons for sugar cravings. It could stem from an imbalance in blood sugar levels. When we eat sugar, it causes our blood sugar to spike and the body releases insulin to lower it to a safer level. If the insulin brings the blood sugar level too low, as often happens, your body craves foods that will raise it and increase your energy. We can prevent this roller coast by eating foods that prevent too much insulin from being released, such as protein and healthy fats. Eating regular meals and snacks can also help prevent big dips in our blood sugar levels. 3*

Another factor that can cause us to crave sugar is too much stress. When we experience stress, the hormone cortisol floods the body and releases glucose from the liver, which raises our blood sugar levels. Fluctuations in blood sugar can cause cravings, so if we are constantly stressed, blood sugar levels go up and down.3*

Lack of sleep can also cause us to eat poorly and seek out sugar as we are looking for that energy boost to ward off feeling tired. Avoiding excess stress and getting the right amount of sleep is crucial to avoid energy crashes followed by sugar cravings.,3*

 If you are a sugar addict, crave sugar, and are wanting to kick the habit, the first thing to do is eat protein and fat along with a high fiber diet, full of healthy vegetables and fruits. These foods feed the healthy bacteria residing in the gut and healthy fats and protein provide a slow stream of energy and satisfy hunger. When the body can’t find sugar for its energy, it turns to fats, so eat healthy fats as well. Some of the amino acids found in protein build the brain chemicals like dopamine, which make us feel good.3*

If you think you have an overgrowth of Candida albicans, take Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ at a therapeutic dosage, which means building up to 6 to 8 capsules per day. This helps crowd out the unfriendly bacteria and boost the good. This in combination with a gut-friendly diet will help you to starve out the Candida. Avoid sugar, alcohol, and carbohydrates as they feed the unfriendly microbes. Remember, disease loves sugar…so don’t give it something on which to feed.*

Listen to your gut. It has a lot to say!

Healthiest wishes,



  1. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-gut-bacteria-tell-their-hosts-what-to-eat/
  2. http://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com/gluten-candida-leaky-gut-syndrome-and-autoimmune-diseases
  3. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/wellness/explaining-the-siren-song-of-sugar-and-how-to-beat-the-habit

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Jun 27 2021

What is the Gut trying to tell Us

Published by under probiotic supplements,Sugar

What is the gut trying to tell us?

Scientists are exploring how and why microbes communicate with the brain to tell us what nutrients we are lacking.  1*

You’ve heard the expression, what is your heart leading you to do? Well, there is another part of your body trying to send you key messages. So the question is, “what is your gut leading you to do?”  While what we put in our mouths alters our gut bacteria which ultimately can influence how we feel, how healthy we are, and what foods we will crave in the future, the gut bacteria also communicate with the brain to tell us what foods we should be putting into our bodies.

When we eat a lot of sugar, processed food, and heavy greasy foods, we usually don’t feel great. We feel bloated, tired and it can even make us feel depressed and lethargic. Too much sugar can cause crankiness. Have you ever witnessed a kid have a breakdown after eating too much sugar? This happens because what we eat can alter the balance of bacteria in the gut, and that balance can alter how we feel. When you choose to eat vegetables versus a candy bar, you can either boost the number of friendly microbes by feeding them or decrease them. When the number of friendly bacteria changes, “…they secrete different substances, activate different genes and absorb different nutrients…”. Gut microbes can also influence diet and behavior as well as anxiety, depression, hypertension, and a variety of other conditions. 1*

And those food choices are a two-way street. Our bodies, if we listen to them, will tell us what we should eat as well. In some cases, it can trick us into thinking we need sugar. What happens when the balance of bad bacteria to good bacteria is out of whack in our guts and those dominant bacteria are known as candida Albicans causes us to crave sugar. But our bodies are also very good at telling us what we are lacking. When we are not getting enough of certain nutrients and vitamins, we might actually crave certain foods that will help balance out our health. For example, a pregnant woman might crave orange juice which is full of folic acid, which is important during pregnancy…or when you are sick, sugar and alcohol just don’t sound good while fresh fruit and chicken broth do. 1*

While scientists have known that the microbiome influences our decisions on which foods we choose, how it does this has been a mystery. That’s where a group of neuroscientists from the  Champalimaud Center for the Unknown in Lisbon. enters the picture. Through their research, they have revealed that specific types of gut bacteria help a host detect which nutrients are missing in their diets and then ascertain how much of those nutrients the host really needs to eat.  Essentially, the bacteria regulate deficiencies and signal the brain when it needs to add more nutrients to the body to keep it working efficiently. The senior author Carlos Ribeiro was able to identify this by studying the eating behaviors of Drosophila melanogaster, a type of fruit fly.

The paper, which was published recently in PLOS Biology by Ribeiro and his team demonstrated how the microbiome influences this fruit fly’s nutritional decisions. “…First, they fed one group of flies a sucrose solution containing all the necessary amino acids. Another group got a mix that had some of the amino acids needed to make protein but lacked essential amino acids that the host cannot create by itself. For the third group of flies, the scientists removed essential amino acids from the food one by one to determine which was being detected by the microbiome…”1*  

The results were fascinating. “…After 72 hours on the various diets, flies in all three groups were presented with a buffet offering their usual sugary solution alongside protein-rich yeast. The researchers found that flies in the two groups whose diet lacked any single essential amino acid got a strong craving for yeast to make up for the missing nutrients. But when scientists increased five different types of bacteria found in the flies’ digestive tracts—Lactobacillus Plantarum, L. Brevis, Acetobacter pomorum, Commensalibacter intestine, and Enterococcus faecalis—the flies completely lost the urge to eat more protein…”1*

The researchers found that the bacteria were not simply replacing missing nutrients from the flies’ diet, as the. flies’ amino acid levels were still low which told them they weren’t producing the amino acids themselves. Instead, the microbes were metabolizing the food they got into new chemicals, signaling the host animal it could go on without the amino acids. This “microbial trick” allowed the flies to continue reproducing despite an amino acid deficiency that usually hampers cell growth and regeneration. 1*

There were two kinds of bacteria, Lactobacillus and Acetobacter that had an effect on the flies’ appetites. By increasing both bacteria types, it suppressed the flies’ cravings for protein and increased their appetite for sugar. They also restored their ability to reproduce, which indicated that their bodies were able to carry out normal functions…the ones that usually are restricted when a nutritional deficiency is present.1*

The following step involved removing an enzyme that the flies needed to process the amino acid tyrosine.  This made it necessary for the flies to get tyrosine from their food, as is the case with other essential amino acids. In the modified flies, Lactobacillus and Acetobacter did not suppress their cravings for tyrosine. “…“This shows that the gut microbiome has evolved to titrate only the normal essential amino acid intake,”…” Ribeiro explains.1*

According to Jane Foster, a neuroscientist at McMaster University in Ontario and not associated with the study, the research offers a different view of the coevolution of microbes and their hosts. “…“The findings show there is a unique pathway that has coevolved between animals and the resident bacteria in their gut, and there is a bottom-up communication about diet.”…” 1*

This study provides good evidence that “…microbially derived metabolites carry information from the gut to the brain, telling the host whether it needs a particular kind of food..”1*

Over time, we have lost the ability to produce essential amino acids, and this study is seeking to help understand why. Ribeiro offers that “… “Maybe these metabolites gave animals more leeway to be independent of these nutrients and to deal without them sometimes.”…”1*

Microbes feed on what we eat, and without a host, they can’t populate, so they may have had their own “…evolutionary reasons for communicating with the brain….”  As with so many studies, the research and data are limited to animal models, but will ultimately help improve behaviors related to diet in the future.1* 

We know the gut communicates with the brain. Listening to what it tells you is important for stellar health. But what happens when it tells us to eat sugar and we can’t ward off those cravings? What does that mean? We will cover this next time.

Healthiest wishes,





  1. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-gut-bacteria-tell-their-hosts-what-to-eat/
  2. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/essential-amino-acids#bottom-line

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Jun 13 2021

Summertime Blues are Real – Doctors have a Name for it

Published by under General

The Summertime Blues are Real – Doctors have a Name for it.

If the warm days of summer bring sadness, you may be suffering from Summer Seasonal Affective Disorder.1*

You’ve heard of the Jan-Feb blues when people feel depressed or blue during the shorter days of winter. A more technical term is Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. Researchers have found that there is a summer version of this as well. While everyone else seems to be enjoying every sunshiny day, some people feel lethargic and down. And there’s a scientific reason behind it. 1*

Psychiatrist Norman E. Rosenthal, along with his team of researchers, first described SAD in 1984. While most people who experience this describe a mild version of general melancholy and lethargy, approximately 5 percent of US adults experience SAD in an extreme version to the point it affects their day-to-day lives.  With SAD, short winter days and limited sun exposure are thought to be at the core of the problem.  “…SAD is believed to be triggered by a disturbance in the normal circadian rhythm of the body. Light entering through the eyes influences this rhythm, and any seasonal variation in night/day pattern can cause a disruption leading to depression…” Through sharing his findings regarding SAD with various people across the country, Dr. Rosenthal found that many people felt the same thing happened to them, but during the summer months.  Those with Summer Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is less common than its counterpart, feel sadness during the months between March and October. So what are the causes? After all, sunshine, warm weather, and being outdoors should make us feel happy, right? So what does Summer SAD look and feel like?(1,2)*

According to the doctor, “…Summer SAD is more of an agitated depression…” Summer SAD comes with a lowered appetite and insomnia, while with Winter SAD people sleep and eat more. It seems to be more common with heat and humidity. It is believed that the same compounds in the body that regulate body temperature are the same that regulate mood. These are norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin.1*

From a medical standpoint, depression is defined​ as “…a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of depressed mood or sadness and the often profound loss of interest in things that usually bring you pleasure…” There are various types of depression with the seven most common being Major Depressive Disorder, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Post Partum Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Atypical Depression, and Seasonal Affective Disorder. Many mental health professionals are focused on all the different types of depression, but because SAD is seasonal, it often gets overlooked as just seasonal ups and downs and therefore is misunderstood.1*

Higher pollen and allergies may also play a role in Summer SAD. Increased pollen and the immune response to allergens might cause the body to release biological compounds called cytokines that regulate inflammation and have been connected to depression. Allergies make us tired, drag us down and that can be depressing when you are feeling you should be outside because the weather is nice.1*

Depression and mood have been tied to the health of the gut. Keeping your gut healthy, limiting alcohol, and avoiding sugary and processed food will help with your mood. With 90% of our serotonin produced in the gut, then carried to the brain through the vagus nerve, a healthy gut is an essential and key component in maintaining elevated moods and good mental health. While this may not be the answer in all cases, it has been shown to play a prevalent role for many. Trying to simplify something as serious as depression suggesting there is an easy answer would be reckless as severe types of depression cause people to feel hopeless and can lead to suicidal thoughts. In these cases medical intervention is necessary.*

Regular exercise, good, consistent sleep, having a positive support network, and eating right along with taking Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical Probiotics Consortia™ are all good habits to adopt to boost your mental health. If you are affected by mood disorders, you might consider keeping a mood journal. This could help you identify if your mood is affected by the seasons or is something more. If your mood doesn’t improve over a two-week period, talking to a mental health professional is a good next step to identify if you have a more serious condition. If you ever are severely depressed, don’t hesitate to seek help right away. Every state has a mental health hotline and suicide prevention line.*

As for the summertime blues or Summer SAD, try to give yourself the rest and break you need. A nap, a cool dip in the water or shower, a road trip or just trying something new can sometimes help. *  

Healthiest wishes,





  1. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/01/well/mind/summer-seasonal-affective-disorder
  2. https://uniquemindcare.com/7-common-types-of-depression/
  3. https://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/helping-someone-with-depression.htm

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May 30 2021

Can Wisdom and Loneliness be Influenced by Gut Diversity

Published by under Dementia,probiotic supplements

Can wisdom and loneliness be influenced by gut diversity?

Scientists are exploring the biology of wisdom and loneliness and have identified a gut-brain connection.1*

Scientists at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine have published a new study that suggests there is a direct connection between wisdom, loneliness, and how diverse a person’s microbiome is. While earlier studies previously identified a connection between biology and wisdom and loneliness, this new study takes it a step further in identifying how it is connected to the gut. 1*

According to Wikipedia, wisdom is the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight. Wisdom is associated with attributes such as unbiased judgment, compassion, experiential self-knowledge, self-transcendence and non-attachment, and virtues such as ethics and benevolence.2*

There has been an evolving science that suggests distinct regions of the brain are responsible for the defined traits of wisdom. They also suggest that with greater wisdom comes greater happiness and overall “life satisfaction.” On the flip side, being “less wise” has the outcome of negative consequences. Scientists have also discovered people who are considered wiser are less prone to feeling lonely while those who are lonelier tend to be less wise. “Loneliness may lead to changes in the gut microbiome or, reciprocally, alterations of the gut milieu may predispose an individual to become lonely,” said Dilip V. Jeste, MD, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at UC San Diego School of Medicine and senior author of the paper.  1*

In the study, by the UCSD School of Medicine team of researchers, and published in the March 25, 2021 issue of the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry, the researchers took these findings a step further reporting that “…wisdom and loneliness appear to influence — and/or be influenced by — microbial diversity of the gut…”1*

The study involved 187 participants who were between the ages of 28 to 97. They self-reported on their measures of loneliness, compassion, wisdom, social engagement, and social support. Their gut microbiota was analyzed via fecal samples. “…Microbial gut diversity was measured in two ways: alpha-diversity, referring to the ecological richness of microbial species within each individual and beta-diversity, referring to the differences in the microbial community composition between individuals…”1*

According to the first author, Tanya T. Nguyen, Ph.D. and assistant profession of psychiatry at UCSD, “We found that lower levels of loneliness and higher levels of wisdom, compassion, social support, and engagement were associated with greater phylogenetic richness and diversity of the gut microbiome.”…”1*

It is not known how the mechanisms link loneliness, compassion, and wisdom with gut microbial diversity, but it was noted that when one is in worse physical and mental health, they generally have reduced microbial diversity which is associated with a wide range of diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, metabolic syndrome, and major depressive disorder. 1*

A more diverse gut microbiota provides stability, resilience, and fortification against the invasion of pathogens. It is thought that”… “it is possible that loneliness may result in decreased stability of the gut microbiome and, consequently, reduced resistance and resilience to stress-related disruptions, leading to downstream physiological effects, such as systemic inflammation,”…” according to the authors.1*

“…” Bacterial communities with low alpha diversity may not manifest overt disease, but they may be less than optimal for preventing disease. Thus, lonely people may be more susceptible to developing different diseases,”…” they concluded.1*

In line with prior research, they found that the relationship between loneliness and microbial diversity was more apparent in older adults, and that older adults may be more vulnerable to “…“health-related consequences of loneliness.”…”1*

According to the researchers, wisdom, compassion and strong social support might offer protection against an unstable gut microbiome brought on by loneliness. Diverse and healthy gut microflora may protect against the negative effects of chronic stress and even help shape social behaviors that promote either wisdom or loneliness. While animal studies suggest that gut microbiota may influence social behaviors and interactions, the same hypothesis has not been concluded in humans.1*

This topic is extremely complex and more data is needed to achieve a greater understanding of it overall. According to Dilip V. Jeste, MD, “We need to investigate much more thoroughly to better understand the phenomenon of the gut-brain axis.”1*

It’s imperative to keep the gut healthy by eating a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, and fiber and sticking to a consistent regiment of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™. By keeping our microbiome diverse and healthy, we protect ourselves against disease, both physical and mental. As researchers continue to explore the fascinating gut-brain connection as an important piece of the giant health puzzle, we will continue to keep you apprised. *

Healthiest wishes,




  1. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210325150024.htm
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisdom

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May 16 2021

Plant Based Milks are better for the Planet than Dairy

Plant-based milk is better for the planet than dairy, some more than others.

You’ve chosen plant-based milk…that’s great! Now know what it takes to make them and choose accordingly.

If you are among the 68% of people worldwide who have trouble digesting lactose, you have most likely discovered the many dairy alternatives available on the market. In fact, there are so many great dairy-free options out there that people are able to skip lactose without really skipping a beat. They vary in ingredients, brands, and taste. They also are different in how they are produced, with varying degrees of sustainability and their impact on the environment. (1,2)*

While plant-based milk options differ in their sustainability, they are all better than cow’s milk in terms of their environmental footprint. “…A 2018 study by researchers at the University of Oxford showed that producing a glass of dairy milk results in almost three times more greenhouse gas emissions than any plant-based milk and it consumes nine times more land than any of the milk alternatives. (Land is required to pasture the cows and grow their feed, which the animals belch out in the form of methane….”(1,3)

Other things to consider are whether ingredients are grown organically, labor practices required to produce the product, deforestation, and water usage. So how do these various different kinds of milk measure up? *

Coconut milk

Coconut milk is found in cans and used in cooking and also in cartons for drinking. Sadly, coconut trees only grow in tropical climates where the demand to meet global consumption is resulting in the destruction of rain forests and the exploitation of workers.  According to an investigation by The New York Times, “…between 2007 to 2014 rainforests in Indonesia were clear cut at the rate of three acres per minute to make way for coconut palm trees..”4*

According to Isaac Emery, a food sustainability consultant, coconut consumption is an “absolute tragedy” for these reasons.  To avoid supporting unsustainable practices, choose coconut products certified to be Fair Trade, which ensures workers get a fair wage and are not exploited for their work. 4*

Almond milk

Almond milk has gained popularity in the past decade as a healthy and tasty milk alternative, but unfortunately meeting the demands of this burgeoning industry is having severe consequences on both the environment and the honey bees.  The largest specialty crop in the United States with orchards spanning a region the size of Delaware primarily in the arid Central Valley of California, almonds require more water than any other dairy alternative “…consuming 130 pints of water to produce a single glass of almond milk…” according to the Oxford study,3*

It is also putting an unsustainable demand on commercial beekeepers, with approximately 70% of commercial bees in the US-drafted each spring to pollinate almonds. Last year, over one-third of them died by the end of the season as a result of the pressures of keeping up. So while we all love almonds and almond milk, it may be time to look at other alternatives.4*

If you like the flavor and nutritional composition of nut milk, there are other choices.

Hazelnut milk

Hazelnuts grow on trees like all nuts, but the hazelnut tree pulls carbon from the atmosphere, which reduced greenhouse emissions instead of increasing them. Pollinated by the wind rather than bees, they grow in damp climates such as the Pacific Northwest where water is less of an issue. 5*

Macadamia milk

Macadamia nuts are considered moderately sustainable due to having lower environmental damage as long as pesticides have not been used. Macadamia milk requires significantly less water to grow the nuts and produce the milk than that of almond milk and certainly dairy milk. However, the regions in which macadamia nuts are mainly grown such as Hawaii and Australia, have been dealing with water shortages and climate-related crises. Once again, try to buy organic and non-GMO Macadamia Milk if possible. 5*

Cashew milk

Cashew Milk is a lot like almond milk when it comes to its consistency and flavor but differs in that it uses less water to produce, but does still use quite a bit, more than needed for producing seeds and legumes. It uses less land to grow the plants compared to other plant-based milk. The downside is that 60% of cashews are grown in India and Vietnam where there have been known human rights abuses. See resource 6 for more information on how cashews are harvested and decide for yourself. 5*

Rice milk

This is another milk alternative that grades low when it comes to the environment. It has little nutritional value and uses a great deal of water and produces more greenhouse gas emissions than any other plant milk, according to the Oxford study.  The bacteria that breed in rice paddies pumps methane into the atmosphere and “…large amounts of fertilizer pollute waterways…” Rice is one of the worst polluters when it comes to water.4*

Hemp Milk

Hemp milk is a highly sustainable plant that needs little water and offers a protein-packed option, also high in fiber. It grows quickly and can therefore be harvested and replanted. Hemp is an absorbent plant that pulls toxins out of the air and the soil, so it is important to find organic options. 5*

Soy milk

The milk alternative of choice long before almond milk came on the scene, soy milk is the best choice when it comes to both sustainability and nutritional content, according to the Oxford study. It is the only plant-based milk that comes close to offering the same protein content as dairy. 4*

Soy lost favor with many because “…it has a relatively high concentration of certain hormones that are similar to human hormones and people got freaked out about that,” but you would have to consume “…an impossibly large amount of soy milk and tofu for that to ever be a problem…”  According to recent studies, moderate amounts of soy are healthy. 4*

There is an environmental impact of mass soybean production around the world used to feed livestock for meat and dairy production. Large areas of the Amazon rainforest have been burned to create soy farms. For this reason, read labels and only choose soy products that are made from organic soybeans grown in the United States or Canada, where crops are rotated.5*

Oat milk

Retail sales of oat milk have skyrocketed in recent years and it has surpassed almond milk as the fastest growing alternative to dairy. When it comes to sustainability, oat milk scores very high and there are not really any negative consequences for the environment as oats are grown in the cooler climates of the US and Canada where there is no deforestation associated with growing this crop. But there is a negative. “…Most oats come from mass-produced, monoculture operations where they are sprayed with the Roundup pesticide right before harvest. A study by the Environmental Working Group found glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and a possible carcinogen, in all the foods it tested containing conventionally grown oats and even in one-third of products made with organic oats. However, the popular Oatly brand oat milk company maintains its oats are certified glyphosate free…”4*

 Pea Milk

Pea protein, while less familiar than other dairy-free options, requires 85% less water to grow than almonds and they can utilize nitrogen in the air to produce plant cells, meaning they require less fertilizer than other types of plants. This results in lower greenhouse gas emissions since fertilizer has a large carbon footprint. “…Pea milk may be one of the most sustainable options for your non-dairy milk choices, due to its low water requirements and the fact that it needs less fertilizer than any other option….”5*

 As we all do our best to make choices we believe to be healthiest for our bodies, it can be difficult to stay apprised of all the ins and outs of production, growing methods, etc. If you are choosing plant-based products to replace meat in your diet, you are doing your part to not only improve your health but also the health of our planet. Plant-based products also support the gut by acting as a prebiotic to the healthy bacteria residing there. Maintain good gut health with Body Biotics™ Bio-identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ as well.

Healthiest wishes,




  1. https://fullscript.com/blog/dairy-free-milk-alternatives
  2. https://intermountainhealthcare.org/blogs/topics/live-well/2017/07/lactose-intolerance/
  3. https://www.prevention.com/food-nutrition/g20511127/dairy-for-lactose-intolerant-people/
  4. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/28/what-plant-milk-should-i-drink-almond-killing-bees-aoe
  5. https://thebeet.com/youve-ditched-dairy-but-which-plant-based-milk-is-best-for-the-environment/
  6. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/cashew-milk-saving-animals-hurting


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May 02 2021

Dairy Alternatives are Not Just for the Lactose Intolerant.

Published by under Allergies

Dairy Alternatives are Not Just for the Lactose Intolerant.

While having a food allergy or intolerance can be a nuisance, there are plenty of alternatives that are not only healthier for you but also for the planet.

Over the past couple of blogs, we talked about environmental and food allergies and the difference between food allergies and food intolerances. This time, let’s look at one of the most common foods to which people develop an intolerance over time. Dairy. We’ll also explore the many milk substitutes available to you that are nutritious and delicious and better for our bodies and the planet than cow’s milk.*

Food allergies are nothing to play around with. One can develop hives, nausea, swelling, and diarrhea. A severe allergic reaction can cause the body to go into anaphylactic shock, which is a dangerous medical condition. Allergies to cow’s milk typically show up during infancy and affect approximately 3% of infants worldwide. Most children usually outgrow it by the age of six. While some adults have a milk allergy, it is pretty uncommon with just 1% of people over the age of six affected by this allergy. If a person has a milk allergy, as with any serious food allergy, they must avoid all foods and beverages that contain cow’s milk to prevent allergic reactions. 1*

 What many adults experience when it comes to dairy is an intolerance to lactose. Approximately 68% of people worldwide poorly digest lactose, with a greater prevalence of lactose intolerance among individuals in Asian and African countries.  Other common food intolerances include gluten and alcohol. Lactose intolerance is caused by the decreased production of lactase as we age, which is a protein that breaks down lactose, the sugar in milk. Past childhood, many people stop producing this protein. It is genetic, so if your parents tolerate lactose just fine, chances are you will too. (1,2)*

When one is lactose intolerant, you don’t have to avoid all dairy, but when it is consumed, it usually results in minor, yet uncomfortable gastrointestinal symptoms such as bloating, gas, and diarrhea.  Many people avoid dairy for these reasons. The good news is there are many options available in the form of milk alternatives. From soy to hemp to oat and many others, there are lots of dairy substitutes to choose from. Let’s look at what these are and how they compare to the real thing. 1*

Keep in mind you don’t need to be lactose intolerant to choose plant-based milk alternatives. Perhaps you are a vegan. They are a healthier alternative when it comes to heart disease and cholesterol. They are also much better for the environment. “…A 2018 study by researchers at the University of Oxford showed that producing a glass of dairy milk results in almost three times more greenhouse gas emissions than any plant-based milk and it consumes nine times more land than any of the milk alternatives. (Land is required to pasture the cows and grow their feed, which the animals belch out in the form of methane….”(1,3)

There is a caveat here and that is that within the plant-based milk family, there are heroes and zeros as well. Some require growing methods that are less favorable to the environment than others but we will cover that in the blog following this one. For now, let’s look at the different milk alternatives and their overall health benefits and keep in mind, all milk alternatives are far better for the planet than dairy.). 4*

Soy milk

Due to its high protein content, soy milk is the most nutritionally equivalent milk substitute to cow’s milk out of all the plant-based dairy alternatives available. They make it by soaking soybeans in water, followed by grinding them down, boiling, and then filtering the liquid. 1*

Most people can drink soy milk along with other soy-based products except those who are allergic to soy, and therefore should avoid soy products altogether (as with any food allergy). While 94% of the soy grown in the US is genetically modified, there are many organically grown soy products to choose from. Silk, a popular brand of soymilk is non-GMO. Plain, unsweetened soy milk is great for cooking as well. You can use it just like cow’s milk, and it is wonderful for frothing to make a cappuccino or caffe latte. 1* 

Decades of research show the many health-promoting benefits of regular soy consumption such as lower incidences of chronic health conditions like cardiovascular disease, breast and prostate cancers. There has been some concern regarding the “estrogen-like compounds” called isoflavones, which are found in soy though it has been inconclusive and determined one would have to consume extremely high quantities of soy to have this made a difference. There is also some research that suggests that soy milk may be “…contraindicated for individuals with thyroid conditions, such as hypothyroidism…” although that evidence is also inconclusive.  1*

Hemp milk

Hemp milk is sourced from hemp plants which are hearty plants that grow quickly and hold many nutritional qualities. They make it from grinding up the hemp seeds which are protein-packed seeds that are rich in heart-healthy fats. According to one analysis, hemp milk contains the highest amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids and omega-3 fatty acids per serving of any of the non-dairy beverages. 1*

You can use hemp milk similarly to cow’s milk–enjoy with your coffee or tea, pour it into cold cereals, or use it in baking.

Oat milk

Another great alternative to cow’s milk is Oat Milk. It is one of the newer plant-based beverages to show up on grocery store shelves. Creamy and slightly sweet, it is made by blending oats with water and straining out the solids. It does contain more carbohydrates than most of the other milk alternatives because it is made from grains, but the heart health-promoting properties attributed to their fiber content make up for it!. “…One study demonstrated that daily consumption of oat milk for a five-week period significantly reduced total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels in men with moderate hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol) compared to a control beverage…” Oat milk is great for making lattes because it froths really well and can be used in recipes. 1*


Almond, Cashew, and other nut milk

Almond milk is produced by soaking, then grinding almonds in water followed by filtering out the solids. Almond milk has become one of the most popular milk alternatives in all of North America. People like it for its mild flavor and low-calorie content. It contains very little protein, and it is very different from cow’s milk nutritionally, so it (along with other nut milk) is fortified with additional minerals and Vitamins, such as A, B12, D, E, and calcium. Other nut-based nondairy beverages including cashew, macadamia, and hazelnut milk have similar nutritional profiles. Cashew milk is a little thicker, making it a great option for using in lattes or smoothies, great with cereal or oatmeal. 1*

There is a downside to almond milk though. With the increased almond milk production due to high consumer demand, there have been some serious environmental concerns caused by the high volume of water needed to grow almond trees. “…Over 80% of the world’s almonds are produced in drought-prone regions of California, leading to drained aquifers, increased use of herbicides, and consequently, a dramatic reduction of honeybee populations…” For these reasons, you may consider other daily alternatives that are less harmful to the environment.  We will look at this issue more in the next blog.1*

Rice milk

Another milk made from grain is rice milk. Its white milky liquid is made by mixing milled rice and water. Its flavor is mild and sweet and it is one of the least allergenic non-dairy substitutes. For those with multiple food allergies or sensitivities, this is s a great alternative. In contrast to cow’s milk, rice milk contains high amounts of carbohydrates and low amounts of protein and fat. It is the least nutritional of the milk. 1*

Coconut milk

Another alternative is coconut milk, which is produced by first grating the white flesh of the coconut then mixing it with hot water. Coconut milk has a nice flavor and if you go full fat out of the can, it can add richness and flavor to many dishes such as soups and curry-based dishes. Canned coconut milk is a mixture of solid and water coconut milk and contains a higher fat content, while coconut milk found in a milk carton offers a different taste, consistency and contains more water, and provides fewer calories and grams of fat per serving. It is low in protein but high in minerals including potassium and magnesium. 1*

Aside from milk, for the lactose intolerant, there are other forms of dairy that seem to be lower in lactose and therefore more tolerable. Some of these are aged cheddar (aged 6 months and older), Greek yogurt, or another yogurt with live active cultures or probiotics. Butter is nearly lactose-free, but does have whey, the milk protein which is where most of the lactose resides. . So if butter bothers you, try clarified butter called ghee, or a vegetarian butter alternative. For the mildly lactose intolerant, goat cheese and goat milk are often tolerated.3*

While food allergies and intolerances can be a nuisance to work around, people and food manufacturers have come up with some wonderful alternatives as you see here with milk substitutes. These are better for your heart and your gut and plant-based products are better for the environment than animal products. Experiment with these healthy alternatives and find the one you like best. Keep in mind that you will want to supplement with other sources of calcium and Vitamin D as milk substitutes don’t have the same nutritional panel as cow’s milk. Supplementing with Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ will also help your gut to be fortified against the pesky digestive issues that arise from food intolerance. Next time we will explore growing methods and the sustainability of the various milk substitutes to make educated choices going forward.*

Until then, healthiest wishes!





  1. https://fullscript.com/blog/dairy-free-milk-alternatives
  2. https://intermountainhealthcare.org/blogs/topics/live-well/2017/07/lactose-intolerance/
  3. https://www.prevention.com/food-nutrition/g20511127/dairy-for-lactose-intolerant-people/
  4. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/28/what-plant-milk-should-i-drink-almond-killing-bees-aoe

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Apr 18 2021

Keeping your Gut Healthy is the First Line of Defense against Allergies

Keeping your gut healthy is the first line of defense against allergies

A diverse microbiome is a key to keeping both environmental and food allergies under control.


Last time we looked at allergies, both environmental and food as well as the difference between a food allergy and food intolerance. We also looked at why the body reacts the way it does to allergies versus a food intolerance and the symptoms and dangers of both. We covered such food intolerances as lactose, alcohol, and gluten and how while the connection between the gut and allergies and intolerances is connected, it is not due to a gut allergy. Rather the gut can help mediate how the body responds to an allergen. Food intolerances affect the gut, and the health of the gut can be improved by avoiding these foods. . Today we will look further into why there has been an increase in food allergies and intolerances and how we can limit our allergies through gut therapies for future generations.*

Microbiome diversity starts at birth

Between birth and the age of three years old is when a person’s microbiome develops the most diversity, then continues throughout childhood and levels off into adulthood. From the time a baby is delivered,  microorganisms coating the birth canal bathe the infant in a “microbial bath” and begin establishing the microbiome. Vaginal delivery has been shown to offer increased microbial diversity for babies as compared to those babies delivered by Caesarean section, providing an additional boost against allergies later in life. (1,2)*

Breast milk also contains essential microbes that are directly transmitted from mother to child, not only from the milk but from the skin-to-skin transmission that takes place during breastfeeding. Such bacteria as Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria as well as sugars known as oligosaccharides which act as a prebiotic to these microbes, help in developing the infant’s immune system. The use of antibiotics during pregnancy and infancy has been linked to an increased risk of allergies later in life. While sometimes this is unavoidable due to infection, antibiotics should only be used if absolutely necessary during pregnancy and infancy (1,2)*

In the late 1980s, the Hygiene Hypothesis was proposed, stating that “…the greater our exposure to microorganisms, the lower our risk of developing allergies…” This referred to factors that affect your level of exposure to microorganisms which at low levels we could tolerate and help to build immune defenses against. These environmental exposures included being raised with pets, having older siblings, playing outside, or living in an urban versus a rural setting.  “…This was because ancient humans, during the evolution of our relationship with microorganisms, derived lots of benefits from a symbiotic relationship with species that existed in the same environments as human hunter-gatherer and farming communities, surrounded by mud and vegetation…” 1*

The microbes which we are exposed to as children persist in our guts, forming an integral part of our immune system’s control against foreign agents.  In contrast, modern environments full of skyscrapers, concrete, and less open areas don’t house these same diverse microbes people were once exposed to living on farms and playing outdoors. Things have become “overly hygienic”, and this can lead to compromising our immune systems, which overreacts to allergens as if they were foreign microbes, causing our bodies to kick into defense mode. A year of quarantine and incessant hand washing has not helped, (unless it has forced you more out into nature). While important against the coronavirus, we are less exposed to other, less harmful bacteria as well. 1*

As many allergies are present due to a lack of certain microbes, this is where supplementation of Probiotics comes in. Researchers at Boston University have “…recently identified the species of gut bacteria, Clostridiales and Bacteroidetes, that protect against the development of food allergies in children. When these microbes were given to mice, it increased the mice’s tolerance to food allergens and reversed their pre-existing food allergies…”(1,3)*

 There is also promising research in regards to Celiac Disease.  “…There is research showing a possible decreased risk of celiac disease with breastfeeding and continued breastfeeding when gluten is introduced into the child’s diet. A previous history of intestinal infections and the state of natural bacteria in the gut may influence the development of celiac disease. Additionally, wheat has been modified to contain higher amounts of gluten and this, alongside the increased ingestion of wheat (bread) in developed countries, may contribute to the increasing incidence of celiac disease…”.4*

The hope is that in the future, we can give particular bacteria to infants and children whose microbiomes show they are predisposed to forming allergies to help prevent these allergies from developing at all. This is already being done in one study. “…Investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital, identified the species of bacteria in the human infant gut that protect against food allergies, finding changes associated with the development of food allergies and an altered immune response. In preclinical studies in a mouse model of food allergy, the team found that giving an enriched oral formulation of five or six species of bacteria found in the human gut protected against food allergies and reversed established disease by reinforcing tolerance of food allergens…” (1,3)*

In the future, researchers are hoping to identify bacteria that will fight against food allergies through microbiome technology and continued research. The good news is that many children outgrow food allergies. Three-quarters of children with milk or egg allergies outgrow them by 16. Twenty percent of children with peanut allergies outgrow them as well.1*

What can be done now if you have allergies?

Diets high in fiber, regular exercise, and taking Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical Probiotics Consortia™ are all ways to help fortify the gut and boost the immune system to fight against allergies. “…The stuffy nose that is often caused by seasonal allergies — was shown to help, with Lactococcuslactis protecting against bacteria that cause pneumonia (a severe lung infection) by increasing the rate of clearance of these pathogenic microbes from the lungs…”1*

During pregnancy, a balanced and diverse diet that includes plenty of fiber and oligosaccharides through such foods as grains, beans, vegetables, fruit, nuts, and seeds (all excellent sources of fiber, including prebiotic fibers that also benefit the gut microbiome) may help protect babies against developing allergies later in life. 1*

And lastly, regular exercise is linked to greater gut microbial diversity, yet another excellent reason to make physical activity part of your life.*

Healthiest wishes,





  1. https://atlasbiomed.com/blog/microbiome-gut-health-and-allergies/
  2. https://www.gutmicrobiotaforhealth.com/gut-microbiota-and-allergies/
  3. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190624111545.htm
  4. https://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/library/allergy-library/celiac-disease

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Apr 04 2021

The Difference between Seasonal Allergies, Food Allergies and Food Intolerance

Published by under Allergies

Understand the difference between seasonal allergies, food allergies, and food intolerance.

With allergy season upon us, it’s important to know what to look for and control all that we can through good gut health.   

It is that time of year when environmental allergies can rear their ugly heads and cause us to experience many unpleasant symptoms. Sometimes it is hard to identify if you have allergies from pollen, a food item, or are catching a cold. With Covid-19 still rampant, many mistakes their allergies for this novel Coronavirus. Let’s look at the different types of allergies that plague us, along with food intolerance, all of which stimulate an immune response that leaves us feeling bad.

Environmental Allergies

 Environmental or seasonal allergies are mainly triggered by plant and tree pollen but they can also be the result of pet dander, dust mites, and mold. They can cause a pesky runny nose, sneezing, congestion, and red and watery eyes. They can also lead to allergic asthma or rhinitis. Hay fever is allergic rhinitis that is triggered by pollen primarily in the spring. Allergic asthma, the most common type of asthma, causes one to feel short of breath, wheeze, and cough, along with a tightening feeling in the chest. This overreaction of the immune system causes the airways to tighten and create thick mucus, making it difficult to breathe. 1*

Our bodies react in this way due to an overall, systemic immune response to what it identifies as a foreign invader. The body’s disease-fighting immune cells think these harmless substances are dangerous bacteria or viruses. These immune cells attack’ the allergen, trying to rid it from the body by producing chemicals called IgE antibodies. These antibodies work by binding to the allergen, leading to the release of histamine, which is responsible for many of the allergy symptoms we experience to include stuffy nose, sneezing, watery eyes, swelling, nausea, and diarrhea. When it is severe enough, it can make you feel like you have a cold or even the flu.1*

Food Allergies

“…Every three minutes, a food-related allergic reaction sends someone to the emergency room in the U.S…”. The most common foods that are responsible for 90% of the allergic reactions are milk, eggs, nuts, wheat, soy fish, and shellfish.  In addition to the symptoms above, food allergies can cause hives, swelling, nausea, diarrhea, and swelling. Severe cases can cause the body to go into an extreme reaction called anaphylactic shock, which is a dangerous medical condition. . “…With a food allergy, the immune system overreacts to a particular food causing symptoms that are potentially serious or even life-threatening. In food allergic patients, symptoms begin shortly after ingestion of the food (a few minutes to an hour or so) and include hives, shortness of breath, lightheadedness or vomiting. A food allergy is an immune, not an autoimmune reaction…”(1,2)*

Food intolerances 

While allergic symptoms to food or the environment often appear immediately, food intolerance presents in a different way, taking up to 20 hours to manifest as the food slowly makes its way through the digestive tract. And, unlike an allergy, intolerance

doesn’t cause anaphylactic shock. “…Allergies and intolerances are actually different medical problems because they are caused by different pathways in the body’s processes. Intolerances take longer to manifest, whereas allergies cause a rapid reaction that can sometimes be deadly…” Food intolerance is when the body can’t digest a food properly, leading to such digestive issues as bloating, cramps, constipation, or diarrhea. 1*

The most common food intolerances are caused by lactose, alcohol, and gluten. Lactose intolerance is caused by decreased production of lactase, a protein that breaks down lactose, which is a sugar in milk. Most people during infancy can digest milk. Once we pass childhood, many people stop producing this protein. Many people also have an intolerance to alcohol. Symptoms include a red flush and stuffy nose after consumption which is caused by a decreased production of the protein that breaks down acetaldehyde, resulting in an accumulation of it, making the acetaldehyde more toxic to the system. 1*

Gluten is a protein found primarily in wheat, barley, and rye. Nonceliac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) is a health problem that affects approximately 5% of the population. Celiac disease is a total intolerance to gluten where its sufferers experience autoimmune inflammation in the small intestine that is triggered by gluten, wherein the immune system attacks the body itself, which if left untreated can lead to conditions that affect other systems of the body and can result in chronic fatigue, infertility and even osteoporosis (brittle bones). It is “…an autoimmune condition, where an immune response is directed against one’s own body rather than against foreign substances such as viruses or bacteria. Celiac disease can only develop in those with certain genes called HLA-DQ2 or DQ8. Thirty percent of the population carries these genes. If one does not have these genes, celiac disease cannot develop, but only a small percentage of those with the genes develop celiac disease…” This disease requires the affected individual to cut out all foods that contain gluten from their diets, including bread, cereal, and pasta. (1,3)*

Currently, there is no test for Non-celiac gluten sensitivity. People with gluten sensitivity need to avoid or limit gluten in their diet as much as possible

Gut health and allergies are connected

There are increasing findings that a healthy and diverse gut microbiome is associated with fewer allergic reactions. The rates of allergies have been rising steeply in the last few decades as people continue to settle more and more into urban environments and eating habits have become more “homogenized”. People are outdoors less and exercise less. We have had a history of antibiotic use, which as we know, disrupts the microbiome. All of these things cause our microbiomes to become less diverse, “…decreasing the number of species in the ‘database’ that our immune system can recognize as foreign, yet not overreact, because it knows that they are not harmful…” 1*

While there is a connection between gut health and allergies, there is no gut allergy. Instead, the gut can help mediate the body’s response to an allergen. On the other hand, food intolerances to gluten and lactose do directly affect the gut, but they have different symptoms. There may be more to allergies and food intolerances than we know, and more that can be done than previously thought possible. Gut health and allergies are an active area of research but good nutrition and diet, as well as early interventions, could help future generations be allergy-free. Next time we will look deeper into why there seems to be an increased prevalence of food allergies and intolerances and look at ways we can limit our allergies through fortifying the gut and for future generations.

Healthiest wishes,





  1. https://atlasbiomed.com/blog/microbiome-gut-health-and-allergies/
  2. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190624111545.htm
  3. https://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/library/allergy-library/celiac-disease

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Mar 21 2021

Get ready for a good Spring Cleaning

Published by under General

Get ready for a good spring cleaning

Spring is the perfect time to clean out all the things that are bringing you down or making you unhealthy and start anew.  

Spring is almost here…and you know what that means. Spring cleaning! I know what you are picturing… brooms and mops, dust everywhere, boxes full of unwanted items. While this is just part of it, think of it in broader terms. Many of us could use a good cleansing of things, ideas, thoughts, and moods after the year we have just been through! It’s time for a fresh start!

Spring cleaning is not just a time to clean out the clutter in your home; it is a time to clean out the clutter in your life and your mind. It is a time to examine, expunge, expel, extricate, extract and finally exhale. It’s the time to find the exit for those unnecessary items, people, burdens, thoughts, and habits that take up real estate in your home and your mind. It will make you feel so much better once you do.*

While you can go through your house room by room to clear out unnecessary items and live a more minimalist lifestyle, there are a few additional areas I’d like to encourage you to “spring clean”. Let’s break these down into physical, mental, emotional, and health.

The Physical Spring Cleaning

First, there is something very satisfying about going room to room and ridding each living space of stuff you no longer use, need, or enjoy. While this can be difficult for a number of reasons, once you do it you will feel a weight lifted. Mind you, this can be difficult for a number of reasons: We have trouble discarding things because we think “I might use it someday”, “I should keep it just in case I need it”, “It was expensive”, “It was a gift”, “It is a family heirloom” All of these are reasons that people hold on to things that are taking up space in their homes. Remind yourself that the money is already spent and if you don’t need or want it, you are under no obligation to hold on to it. Holding on to the item won’t get your money back, and if the item isn’t adding value to your life, it shouldn’t stay in your home. While family heirlooms are precious, it is your home to decorate how you wish. And lastly, you can’t take it with you…so let it go and let go of the burden, guilt, clutter, and stress it adds to your life. You can donate to a good charity and know that you are helping others with the items you are choosing to let go1*

The reward of having a clean, minimalistic space is worth it. It frees you of the feeling of needing to organize all your stuff. Organizing things you no longer need doesn’t really help. It just means you now have stacks and bins of stuff you don’t need as opposed to just piles and drawers stuffed with things you don’t need.*

The Mental Spring Cleaning

What are you holding on to that makes you feel unhappy, guilty, stressed, or burdened? Maybe it is time to clean out those thoughts, throw them in the garbage bin where they belong, and give yourself permission to move on. So many of us tend to hold on to old feelings, old pain, old ideas, biases, resentments, and habits that dominate our thoughts and our moods. Maybe this spring we all do a collective exhale and tell ourselves we are throwing those out with the rest of our unneeded stuff. Perhaps it’s time to be free from those cluttering thoughts and feelings that just weigh us down. Don’t we deserve to de-clutter our minds? If it means seeking a counselor of some sort to help you let go, now is the time to do it!*

The Emotional Spring Cleaning

Are you staying in a job or a relationship that leaves you feeling sad or empty? Are you sticking with a friend or group of friends who don’t support you or allow you to be yourself? Are you living somewhere you just don’t like? Maybe it is time to make a shift and find new experiences, people, and opportunities that fulfill your soul and your heart in a space or area that thrills you. Surrounding yourself with happy, positive people will make your life more fulfilling, creative, exciting, and hopeful. If you are in a job you no longer like, start creating a plan for the future that will take you to a position that suits you and your personality. I know it is not always that simple but one thing leads to another so take that first step to put you where you want to be.*

The Health Spring Cleaning

While you’re at it, let’s clean out the pantry, refrigerator, and our bodies. Get rid of all the food items that don’t bring benefits to your body and your immune system. It’s easy to collect cereals, snacks, drinks and other items that are full of sugar, preservatives, and artificial ingredients and have them sitting there just ready to grab during a moment of weakness. Of course, I don’t expect you to throw away everything in your pantry and refrigerator that isn’t healthy, but you get the picture. Separate the food into two categories…the healthy ones and the junk. Then take a good look at what is really in your pantry and fridge and what is going into your body. Sometimes we think we are eating well,, but when we are super honest with ourselves, we could do better. I always think of the 80/20 rule. Try to make sure that at least 80% or more of what you put in your body is good for you!!*

Lastly, spring clean the gut! Consider doing a detox or try fasting and then replenish your gut with just gut-healthy foods.  Drink lots of water, one of the purest and easiest ways to cleanse the body. Consider a juice cleanse (avoiding sweet juices of course). Use Body Biotics™ Aloe PURE™ as a gentle cleanse. Wait to take Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical Probiotics Consortia™ while you are using the Aloe PURE™ then reintroduce your Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical Probiotics Consortia™ as you reintroduce gut-friendly foods to your diet. You will feel great! *

2020 was hard on us. 2021 hasn’t been much better for a lot of people, especially those living in the south who endured the extreme weather conditions combined with lack of electricity and broken water pipes. It seems as if there was ever a great time for doing some cathartic cleansing and reassessing of our lives, now is the time. Spring clean for your mind, body, and soul.  Celebrate it! *

Healthiest wishes,




  1. https://simplelionheartlife.com/struggle-to-declutter/
  2. https://elemental.medium.com/the-psychological-concepts-that-make-you-better-at-breaking-bad-habits-9b9b1a8227e9

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Mar 07 2021

New Discovery ties previously Undiscovered Brain Cell to Gut Microbes

Published by under Alzheimer’s,Dementia

New Discovery ties previously Undiscovered Brain Cell to Gut Microbes.1*

Researchers have discovered that gut microbes communicate with a newly discovered brain cell to reduce inflammation and fight off inflammatory diseases. 1*

There is new research regarding astrocytes, which are star-shaped brain cells that are key in the regulation of the development of other nerve cells in the brain. Researchers have discovered a new type of astrocyte that actually protects against inflammation and receives signals from certain gut bacteria which appear to boost its anti-inflammatory activity. As we know, inflammation plays a crucial role in the body’s immune response but becomes problematic when it becomes overactive.1*

In a previous blog, we explored research that showed that there is a connection between an imbalance in gut microbiota and the development of amyloid plaques in the brain, which is at “…the origin of neurodegenerative disorders that is characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease…” When there is an abundance of astrocytes and microglia it can be associated with amyloid plaques which are responsible for the development of Alzheimer’s. (1,2)*

Astrocytes have a wide range of jobs in maintaining the health of the brain. They provide nutrients to nerve cells and they regulate the cells’ development. However, when they malfunction, they can cause inflammation and lead to the deterioration of nerve cells. Research has shown that malfunctioning astrocytes are involved in a range of neurodegenerative disorders to include not only Alzheimer’s but also Parkinson’s disease. This new research involving mice revealed a certain type of brain cell which “…combats inflammation when it receives signals from bacteria in the gut…” This study found that a previously unknown type of astrocyte actually protects against inflammation. And even more exciting is that the cell steps up its anti-inflammatory processes when it receives a molecular signal from gut bacteria.1*

Researchers are hoping this might lead to developing probiotics that can help reduce inflammation in those with neurological disorders. While performed in animals and in the early stages, scientists are hopeful this research will lead to treatments that will provide long-term benefits for humans. (1,2)*

According to Dr. Francisco Quintana, of the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, MA, and senior and corresponding author of the new study, many labs during the past (to include his) have identified important roles for astrocytes in promoting neurological diseases. But this is the first known case in which astrocytes are known to prevent inflammation. Dr. Quintana believes this hasn’t been seen before because they were “…studying these cells as if they were uniform or one single cell type, but now we have the resolution to see the differences between these cells.”…”2*

The results of the study have been published in Nature and a team of researchers from Geneva and Italy has recently concurred regarding this correlation.2*

In the study, scientists used molecular tools for determining the activity of genes and the proteins they express when they discovered the new type of astrocyte. “…The astrocytes in question express two proteins called LAMP1 and TRAIL so have been labeled LAMP1+TRAIL+ astrocytes. They are found close to the meninges, which is the protective membranes that envelop the brain and spinal cord. This type of astrocyte appears to limit inflammation in the brain by expressing the TRAIL protein. “…When TRAIL binds to death receptors in the membranes of immune cells that promote inflammation, this induces the cells to self-destruct…” With further investigations, they found that “…an immune signaling molecule called interferon-gamma induces LAMP1+TRAIL+ astrocytes to produce TRAIL and hence control inflammation…”2*

Immune cells, which they referred to as ‘natural killer cells’ can actually ”… destroy cancerous cells and those infected with viruses…” Additionally, they manufacture interferon-gamma. With a deeper dive, they found that “…the gut microbiome induces natural killer cells to produce interferon-gamma. Then, the activated cells find their way via the bloodstream to the meninges, where they help reduce inflammation…”2*

Every day, scientists are discovering new ways in which the microbiome plays a role in combating disease and boosting immunity.  Dr. Quintana’s lab has also identified one other type of astrocyte which is also regulated by the gut microbiome. While this is the only other one, they feel there must certainly be others.

“… “We’re lucky that we’ve been leading the charge to identify different subsets of astrocytes and the mechanisms that control them. We have a list of other populations of astrocytes, and we’re working to see how the gut flora may control them.”…”2*

Dr. Quintana and his team are examining different probiotic species in order to identify which ones could regulate the anti-inflammatory activities of astrocytes and emphasized that their work on astrocytes and inflammation remains at an early stage.

The amazing bacterial world known as the microbiome continues to reveal how very powerful it is in supporting our health. Each study and discovery opens a new door to knowledge that supports the importance of maintaining a healthy gut. As more keys to this information become available, we must do our part to take care of our own guts with a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables and lots of fiber supplemented by Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™.

Healthiest wishes,





  1. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/gut-bacteria-instruct-brain-cells-to-fight-inflammation
  2. https://www.news-medical.net/health/What-are-Amyloid-Plaques.aspx#:~:text=Amyloid%20plaques%20are%20aggregates%20of,memory%20and%20other%20cognitive%20functions.

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