Oct 04 2020

Sugar…the sweet killer

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Sugar…the sweet killer.
It tastes so good so why is sugar so bad for our microbiome and our health?

In our last blog, we talked about how added sugars can be found in so many foods in the grocery store. In fact, it had become such an issue that the FDA required food manufacturers to differentiate between sugars found naturally in a product and those sugars that are added to the product to enhance flavor. 1*

“…In the US, added sugars account for up to 17% of the total calorie intake of adults and up to 14% for children…” yet dietary guidelines say that we should limit the calories we consume from added sugars to less than 10% each day. To put it in perspective, “…Just one 16-ounce (473-ml) can of soda contains 52 grams of sugar, which equates to more than 10% of your daily calorie consumption, based on a 2,000-calorie diet…” (2,3)*

There are important reasons to not eat too much sugar and it goes well beyond weight gain. It is a major disruptor of the microbiome and the cause behind chronic diseases and many health issues. Let’s explore why we should limit sugar in our diets.

It messes with the microbiome

At the core of our health is the gut, and as we know, sugar is really the enemy. It is food for the unwanted bacteria and when we eat too much sugar, the unfriendlies populate like crazy. And the more they populate, the more we crave sugar to feed them. Candida Albicans overgrowth is very tough to get rid of and to do so requires stringent diet changes and a therapeutic dose of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ over a course of months. The result of this overgrowth is feelings of great fatigue, foggy head, depression, canker sores, crankiness, and more. And, if left unchecked, it can result in many other issues as described below.

 It puts us at greater risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes

There is a clear link between too much sugar and the risk of diabetes. Obesity, often caused by eating too much sugar and processed foods is considered to be the main reason. Diabetes rates have doubled worldwide over the last 30 years, and it coincides with an increase in the development of high sugar and processed foods. Prolonged, high sugar intake leads to a risk of developing a resistance to insulin, the hormone produced by the pancreas which is where blood sugar is regulated. According to a study of over 175 countries, for every 150 calories of sugar consumed daily, diabetes grew by 1.1%.(2,3)*

 It’s a leading factor in weight gain and belly fat.

Too much fructose consumption may cause resistance to leptin which is an important hormone that regulates hunger. Consuming too much sugar is also linked to an increased amount of visceral fat, a deep belly fat, that is associated with conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. When our guts are healthy, it is amazing to see how this belly fat goes away.2*

It is not good for the heart

The number one cause of death worldwide is heart disease and there is a direct correlation to high sugar diets. Studies show that diets high in sugar lead to inflammation, higher triglycerides, increased blood sugar, and blood pressure levels which are all risk factors in heart disease. Too much sugar, especially from sugar-sweetened drinks has been linked to atherosclerosis which is a disease characterized by fatty, artery-clogging deposits. While for years we were led to believe these deposits were the result of too much fat in the diet, we have since learned that sugar is the culprit. 2*

“…A study in over 30,000 people found that those who consumed 17–21% of calories from added sugar had a 38% greater risk of dying from heart disease, compared to those consuming only 8% of calories from added sugar…”4*

 It causes acne

Sugary foods with a high glycemic index raise blood sugar more rapidly than foods with a lower glycemic index. Quick spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels can cause increased androgen secretion and oil production as well as inflammation…all of which play a part in acne development. In a study of 2300 teens, those who frequently consumed added sugar showed a 30% higher risk of having acne, and in another study teens from rural communities who ate a more home-cooked diet as opposed to their peers in urban areas who ate more fast and packaged foods, had no acne compared to their urban living peers. 5* 

It may set you up for Cancer

The connection between consuming too much sugar and cancer is a complex one. But diets high in sugary foods and beverages can cause obesity, increase inflammation, and can cause insulin resistance, all of which raise your risk of developing cancer.(2,3)*

“…A study in over 430,000 people found that added sugar consumption was positively associated with an increased risk of esophageal cancer, pleural cancer and cancer of the small intestine…”6*

It’s an underlying cause of depression

“…Researchers believe that blood sugar swings, neurotransmitter dysregulation, and inflammation may all be reasons for sugar’s detrimental impact on mental health…” When we eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and good protein, it fees our good bacteria which benefits serotonin production and therefore helps improve our mood. Diets high in sugar and processed foods feed the bad bacteria, interfering with serotonin production resulting in an increased chance of developing depression. 2*

“…A study following 8,000 people for 22 years showed that men who consumed 67 grams or more of sugar per day were 23% more likely to develop depression than men who ate less than 40 grams per day. Another study of over…”69,000 women demonstrated that those with the highest intakes of added sugars had a significantly greater risk of depression, compared to those with the lowest intakes..” (7,8)*

It speeds up skin aging

Consuming a diet that is high in sugar and refined carbohydrates leads to the production of AGEs or Advanced Glycation End products. These compounds are a reaction between sugars and proteins coming together in the body and are believed to play a role in skin aging. These compounds damage elastin and collagen…the proteins which help our skin stretch and keep it looking youthful. 2*

It accelerates cellular aging

Along the same line of skin, aging is cellular aging. Consuming too much sugar has shown to accelerate telomere shortening which increases cellular aging. “…Telomeres are structures found at the end of chromosomes, which are molecules that hold part or all of your genetic information…” They act as protective caps so that chromosomes don’t deteriorate or fuse together. As we age, telomeres shorten causing cells to age and even malfunction. Unhealthy lifestyle choices speed up this process. 2*

It zaps your energy

When we eat food high in added sugar but deficient in fiber, fat, or protein, we experience quick spikes in our blood sugar and insulin levels, followed by a sharp drop in blood sugar. When we have constant blood sugar swings, it can be energy draining. Instead, choose carbs that are low in added sugar but rich in fiber. Apples, nuts, fruits, vegetables, yogurts, and nut butter are great sources for providing a prolonged, consistent energy level. 2*

It can lead to fatty liver

A high intake of fructose has been consistently linked to an increased risk of fatty liver. Glucose and other types of sugar are taken up by various cells throughout the body, while fructose is almost exclusively broken down by the liver. This has been linked to an increased risk of fatty liver. Too much fructose overloads your liver and leads to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, a condition caused by excessive fat build up in the liver. (2,3)*

It can cause cognitive decline

High-sugar diets can lead to impaired memory and have been linked to an increased risk of dementia. When we have Candida overgrowth, it causes fogginess and fatigue. 2*

 It can increase your risk of kidney disease

Having consistently high blood sugar levels can cause damage to the delicate blood vessels in your kidneys. This can lead to an increased risk of kidney disease. (2,3)*

 It can cause cavities and other dental issues

Eating too much sugar can cause cavities. Bacteria in your mouth feed on sugar and release acid byproducts, which cause tooth demineralization. 2*

 It increases your risk of gout:

Gout, an inflammatory condition characterized by pain in the joints, can be exacerbated by eating too much-added sugars that raise uric acid levels in the blood. 2*

When you put your mind to it you can find lots of ways to limit the amount of sugar in your diet. It requires reading labels, paying attention, and a little commitment. Once you get used to leaving it out, you’ll crave it less. Check food labels to see which foods have the line item “Added Sugars” and avoid these foods when possible. Cooking at home and eating whole foods is a great way to avoid added sugar because you know what you are putting into your food. And fight the bad bacteria that feed off of sugar by supplementing your microbiome with the good bacteria found in Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™. 2*

Next time we will look at ideas, tips, and tricks for avoiding and limiting sugar in your diet.

Until then, healthiest wishes!





  1. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/22/upshot/it-isnt-easy-to-figure-out-which-foods-contain-sugar.html
  2. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/too-much-sugar#TOC_TITLE_HDR_7
  3. https://www.webmd.com/diabetes/features/how-sugar-affects-your-body
  4. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24493081/
  5. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22070422/
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3494407/
  7. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28751637/
  8. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26109579/

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Sep 13 2020

Added sugars must be Listed on Food Labels

Published by under General,Sugar

Added sugars in packaged foods must now be listed on food labels.

Knowing how much sugar and what kinds are in packaged foods has become a little easier with this food labeling requirement. 1*

We try to eat right. We focus on keeping our guts healthy. But sometimes despite our best efforts to eat right and stay healthy, we get sugar in our diets without even realizing it. Sometimes we choose to treat ourselves to an ice cream cone or a slice of birthday cake. But when you are trying your best to eat healthfully and then you find out that there is more sugar in something than you believed, you feel a little “tricked”.1*

While we know sugar is in candy, cookies, and sodas, it can also be in many packaged foods such as salad dressing, sauces, bread, crackers, and more. Because of this, the Food and Drug Administration made a change to the Nutrition Facts portion of food labels which was rolled out in 2018 for large food companies and 2019 for smaller companies to include a line item for “added sugar,” which you’ll find below the line for total sugar. This change was established to make a distinction between those sugars that occur naturally in food and the sugars that are added by food manufacturers to boost flavors.1*

This change came as a result of a detailed survey of packaged foods and drinks available for purchase in US grocery stores. The researchers, from the University of North Carolina, looked at every individual processed food in the store and found that 68 percent had added sugar. While some were products that were obvious sweet foods, not all were and included soups, pasta and barbeque sauces, fruit juices, and even meat products. 1*

If you are a label reader, which I hope you are, you might have thought you could identify when a product contains added sugar simply by reading the ingredients.  While many foods list sugar in their ingredients, many list alternate, unrecognizable words for sugar that are still basically sugar. While most of us are familiar with high-fructose corn syrup, and pure cane sugar, there are other words such as evaporated cane juice, agave, rice syrup, clintose and dextrose, among other words that most people would not identify as sugar. Some of these words are: 1*

  • agave juice, nectar, syrup or sap
  • beet sugar
  • brown rice syrup
  • brown sugar
  • the cane juice, cane syrup, cane sugar
  • clintose
  • confectioners sugar and confectioners powdered sugar
  • corn glucose syrup, corn sweet, corn sweetener, corn syrup, high glucose corn syrup
  • date sugar
  • dextrose
  • drimol, dri mol, or dri-mol
  • drisweet, dri sweet or dri-sweet
  • dried raisin sweetener
  • edible lactose
  • flo malt, flo-malt, flomalt
  • fructose, fructose sweetener
  • glaze and icing sugar, glaze icing sugar
  • golden syrup
  • gomme
  • granular sweetener
  • granulated sugar
  • hi-fructose corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup
  • honey
  • honibake, honi bake, honi-bake, honi flake, honi-flake
  • invert sugar, inverted sugar
  • isoglucose
  • isomaltulose
  • kona ame, kona-ame
  • lactose
  • liquid sweetener
  • malt, malt sweetener, malt syrup
  • maltose
  • maple, maple sugar, maple syrup
  • mizu ame, mizu-ame, mizuame
  • molasses
  • nulomoline
  • powdered sugar
  • rice syrup
  • sorghum, sorghum syrup
  • starch sweetener
  • sucanat
  • sucrose
  • sucrovert
  • sugar beet
  • sugar invert
  • sweet n neat
  • table sugar
  • treacle
  • trehalose
  • tru sweet
  • turbinado sugar
  • versatose1*

According to the paper’s author, Barry Popkin who is a professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina, the “…wide variety of sugars is not always meant to confound consumers…” Rather, food scientists choose the various sugar types to give their products the optimal flavor and texture. While some do better in soft drinks, those same sugars might not be as good in bakery items. Price is also a factor.1*

Another type of sugar is fruit juice concentrates. These are juices “…that have been stripped of nearly everything but sugar and evaporated…”. Many foods that we would think are healthful contain fruit juice concentrate or apple juice concentrate. This is simply sugar. With the new labeling requirements, this has become clearer to understand.1*

Sugar in high amounts is just not good for us so this labeling is important. Consuming too much sugar puts us at risk of developing many health issues to include type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity, as well as accelerated skin aging, acne and depression, among others. Too much sugar is not good for our microbiome as it serves to feed the unhealthy bacteria in our guts, especially Candida Albicans, an aggressive unfriendly bacteria. When an overgrowth of Candida occurs, it can make us feel lethargic, depressed, and fatigued, and it becomes very difficult to battle. It leaves us with intense sugar cravings, as that is what feeds Candida. The best way to avoid this is by eliminating added sugars from our diets, and increasing friendly bacteria found such as those found in Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™. (1,2)*

These new guidelines should help us all as we navigate food labels and continue our pursuit of a healthy diet. Being the most informed we can be, will only help us in our charge to be at our best. Limiting sugar and keeping the microbiome healthy with foods high in fiber, lots of fruits and vegetables, and limiting unhealthy lifestyle habits are all part of this. And of course, staying on course with Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™. *

Making a concerted effort to eat right is so important and takes a lot of will power and discipline. Being undermined by hidden sugars in our food is not part of that program. I hope this information is helpful in your pursuit of good health. Next time we will explore further the unwanted health risks of having too much sugar in our diets.*

Healthiest wishes,





  1. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/22/upshot/it-isnt-easy-to-figure-out-which-foods-contain-sugar.html
  2. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/too-much-sugar#section6

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Aug 30 2020

It May be Time for a Gut Check

Published by under probiotic supplements

Is it time for a gut check?
Evaluate your body and know when you need to hit the reset button.

Are you in tune with your body? Do you pay attention to when it hurts, when it is tired, and when it is getting run down? Do you recognize the clues that tell you when you are vulnerable to getting sick and when your gut is out of balance? When you are in touch with your body, it will send you signals that are loud and clear. We just have to listen. *

The signals can be different for everyone. It might be getting a canker sore in your mouth or a cold sore on your lip. Others may have acne or eczema breakouts. Perhaps it is achy joints as a result of inflammation. Extreme fatigue, irritability, or depression might be another sign. Yeast infections in women are a sign of Candida overgrowth. Sometimes it is just feeling out of sorts or not yourself. Maybe it’s a scratchy throat, runny nose or headache. Only you know when you don’t feel right, or when your body needs a break or when your microbiome is out of balance.*

When this happens, it is time to stop and do a gut check and devote time and effort to “resetting” your microbiome, your physical health and your immune system. If we don’t take the time to do this and ignore the signals, we make ourselves vulnerable to illness. When we press on, despite our own body’s screaming out for help, we are just asking for trouble. If you find yourself in this state, it’s time for rejuvenating, rebalancing, detoxifying and recharging your mind, body, and spirit. It is important for keeping your immune system strong and illness and disease at bay.*

The first step is to detoxify.

Giving yourself a gentle cleanse by eliminating all processed foods, meats, preservatives and other chemicals from your diet, and sticking purely to fruits and vegetables or even just pressed juices can be incredibly cleansing. Some people prefer to fast, just drinking water or liquids for the chosen duration.  Add Body Biotics™ Aloe Pure gel tabs to help with elimination and gently remove the build-up of toxins and purification from the digestive tract. You can research and choose the best way to cleanse and detoxify based on your health and comfort level. *

Reset your circadian rhythm.

Establishing a set schedule for your sleep pattern is an important step towards getting and staying healthy. It is easy to get off our circadian rhythm for many reasons, especially if we are running ragged with work or just fun. But when feeling run down, getting regular sleep is an important step to getting your microbiome and your immune system back in check.*

Increase your intake of Body Biotics Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia.  With a clean slate, adding back the important friendly bacteria to your gut is crucial. Instead of just a daily maintenance dose of 1 or 2 capsules a day, increase to a therapeutic dose of 4 to 6 capsules per day for a week. This will repopulate your gut with the important bacteria needed to starve out the unhealthy bacteria and rebalance your microbiome. *

Ditch the junk food and go whole food.

You’ve done your purifying cleanse, you’ve eliminated the foods that are unhealthy for you, you are setting a healthy circadian rhythm, and have increased the healthy bacteria in your gut by increasing your daily intake of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia. Now you are ready to add foods back into your diet that will feed the healthy bacteria. Now is the time to stick to whole foods, foods high in fiber and whole grains along with plenty of fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants. Avoid alcohol, processed foods, sugar and fatty meats. *

Add Body Genesis™ Liquid Minerals

There are at a minimum 90 vital nutrients which our bodies need to sustain health and wellbeing. The amino acids, major and trace minerals, vitamins, and other nutritional factors that are found in Body Biotics™ Body Genesis™ Liquid Minerals support our cells which then create the building blocks for all metabolic functions. When the cells are deprived of these essential nutrients we will experience a break-down of these functions. If significant enough, this will lead to the onset of degenerative diseases or the manifestation of some related defects. This is an important addition to every diet.*  

Drink plenty of water

Drinking plenty of water during every step of this process is very important. Water keeps our organs functioning and helps our bodies to flush toxins.*

Exercise…of course!

These simple steps will reset your body, your microbiome, and your immune system. Supporting your immune system right now is your best defense against getting sick.  You will not only feel better, but you will also look better too and your body’s immune system will be fortified. *

Healthiest wishes,




  1. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-to-detox-your-body#section6
  2. http://www.bodybiotics.com

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Aug 16 2020

Dogs are being Trained to Sniff out Positive cases of COVID-19

Published by under General

Dogs are being trained to “sniff out” positive cases of  COVID-19. 1*
With their acute sense of smell, dogs continue to alert humans to dangers of all kinds.  

A few weeks ago, we talked about how dogs serve us in ways that benefit both our mental and physical health. Having the love and companionship of a good pet can do wonders. Dogs have been loyal companions for humans and have served us in various ways over the years and when trained properly, can do remarkable things.

They act as emotional support pets and service animals. They alert us when someone approaches our home. They can sniff out IEDs on the battlefield and narcotics in airports, borders, and on the streets. They can help detect hypoglycemia in diabetics and can be trained to alert their person when they are about to have an epileptic seizure. They can even sniff out some types of cancer. And now, dog trainers have been able to teach dogs to detect whether a person is positive for COVID-19. Their great potential in dealing with the current pandemic could make a big difference in curtailing the spread of this virus.1*

According to PetMD, a dog’s sense of smell is 100,000 times more powerful than a human’s and on average has 220 million scent receptors. They can smell separately with each nostril and have the ability to breathe in and out at the same time. The dogs chosen for this work have been mainly German Shepards and hound dogs among others. In experimental trials, they were able, with their keen sense of smell, to detect the virus in people who were positive, but asymptomatic. The possibility to have trained dogs able to detect people who are positive yet asymptomatic could be a game-changer for preventing people from unwittingly going out in public, getting on planes or entering crowded situations and unknowingly spreading the virus to others.(1,2,3)*

The pilot project led by the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, the Hannover Medical School and the German Armed Forces trained dogs by using samples of sweat from people who are infected with the virus. They found that “…if properly trained, dogs were able to discriminate between human saliva samples infected with SARS-CoV-2 and non-infected samples with a 94% success rate overall…” (1,2)*

Across the globe, coronavirus detector dogs are being trained in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Chile, Argentina, Brazil, France, and Belgium. In the UAE, detector dogs have already been stationed at various airports and have started helping to control the spread of COVID-19. It is useful in many scenarios, such as screening people at airports and state borders, large concert or sporting events, schools, as well as monitoring caretakers and employees working with those in high-risk categories before they enter their workplace. It benefits these workers so they wouldn’t need to be continually tested for the virus with a nasal swab. The dogs would do the testing.1*

How can a dog smell a virus? While the researchers don’t know exactly what the dog is smelling, they believe they are detecting a complex mix of volatile organic compounds or VOCs that are given off in sweat samples. They believe they smell “…a particular profile as opposed to an individual compound…” According to Maren von Koeckritz-Blickwede, a professor at the university involved with the study, they believe the dogs are able to do detect the virus because “…the metabolic processes of an infected person completely change…”4*

They use sweat as opposed to saliva for the tests as it is not considered to be infectious for COVID-19 so it is believed to be of less risk for those handling the samples. 1*

In experimental studies, dogs have not been shown to be able to replicate the coronavirus, and are therefore not a source of infection. But to be careful, the device that is used to train the dogs prevents the dogs from coming into direct contact with the sweat sample. The animal’s nose goes into a stainless steel cone, with the sample in a separate receptacle, which allows them to sniff the VOCs, without making physical contact with the sweat. This is an additional precaution for both the trainer and the dog. Additionally, the dogs undergo regular checkups to make sure there are no antibodies and so far, none have been detected.  

The next step in this training would be to have the dogs differentiate between the coronavirus and other viruses or the flu. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while dogs can get infected with Covid-19, there is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus. Of any cases where they were potentially exposed, none have appeared to show any symptoms.4*

As medical professionals, researchers, scientists and other health care professionals from all over the world continue to work together to find a vaccine, treatments and accurate tests for this coronavirus, we are encouraged to do our part by staying socially distant, wearing a face mask in public, washing our hands. Keeping our immune systems strong is equally essential and that formula hasn’t changed…eat right, sleep enough, exercise, and keep your microbiome healthy with balanced nutrition, lots of fiber and a daily regimen of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™. While these are tough times, continue to stay the course, be kind to others including strangers and be part of the solution not the problem.

Healthiest wishes,




  1. https://theconversation.com/these-dogs-are-trained-to-sniff-out-the-coronavirus-most-have-a-100-success-rate-143756
  2. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-24/dogs-can-sniff-out-coronavirus-infections-german-study-shows
  3. https://www.petmd.com/dog/behavior/5-dog-nose-facts-you-probably-didnt-know
  4. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/24/trained-dogs-sniffed-out-covid-19-infections-with-high-accuracy-study.html


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Aug 15 2020

Is there a Connection between Vitamin D and Severity of COVID 19 cases?

Published by under General

Is there a connection between Vitamin D and the severity of COVID 19 cases?
Vitamin D is essential for good health but may also play a role in the fight against COVID-19.

Sunshine on your shoulders does more than make you happy, it makes you healthy. Getting adequate exposure to the sun helps our bodies manufacture this important vitamin ourselves.

Vitamin D sometimes referred to as the “sunshine vitamin” is produced in the skin when it is exposed to direct sunlight. It’s fat-soluble, and part of a family of compounds that includes vitamins D-1, D-2, and D-3. (1,2)*

Unlike other compounds, it isn’t actually a nutrient, but rather a hormone. It doesn’t occur naturally in very many foods, with the exception of egg yolks, salmon, and other fish to include sardines, and shrimp but can be found in “fortified” foods such as milk, orange juice, and cereal which contain a synthetic version. But Vitamin D is so unique in that our own bodies are the manufacturers of it. When our skin is exposed to the sun, we get much of the Vitamin D we need. And we don’t need to overdo it…just fifteen minutes of sunshine a day gives us adequate amounts of Vitamin D. (1,2)*

Vitamin D has several important functions. These include regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, facilitating normal immune system function, helping build strong bones and teeth as well as improving resistance to diseases. 1*

There have been many studies looking at the benefits of Vitamin D intake. According to a 2006 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Vitamin D may reduce your risk of multiple sclerosis. It may also decrease your chance of developing heart disease, based on some 2008 findings which were published in the journal Circulation. It also reduces the likelihood of developing the flu according to 2010 research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Vitamin D also plays a role in boosting mood and fighting off depression. In another study, those taking a daily Vitamin D and calcium supplement were able to lose more weight than those who received a placebo supplement. It is believed that the extra calcium and vitamin D had an appetite-suppressing effect.1*

But in certain areas of the country and during different times of the year, or depending on your living situation, it is not always easy to get our Vitamin D through sunlight…some of the barriers to getting it are:

  • Using sunscreen
  • Living in areas with high pollution
  • Staying indoors
  • Big city life where buildings block our exposure to sunlight
  • Having darker skin. (Less Vitamin D is absorbed in skin with higher levels of melanin

Vitamin D has been getting a lot of buzz of late in regards to the Coronavirus. While “…most people are unlikely to be helped by it, many potentially could be…”, according to Dr. James Hamblin in his June 3rd article in The Atlantic, in which he responded to a question from a reader regarding this important Vitamin.

Vitamin D stands out as a dietary supplement that’s steadily gained attention and “actual scientific traction”.  In fact, taking it to mitigate the threat of COVID-19 was among the earlier suggestions which came out of early virus researchers in China. As early as February 2020, two researchers named Lei Zhang and Yunhui Liu from China Medical University were seeking out of the box approaches to fighting this virus that they feared would become a pandemic. (They were right). Based on prior knowledge of other coronaviruses, they examined research on all types of nutrients and minerals, from iron and omega-3 fatty acids to zinc and flavonoids, in the hopes that something might stand out. 2*

Among this research were Vitamin D deficiency and the populations being most affected by the virus. Even though very little sunlight is needed to avoid a deficiency, it is common for those who live in nursing facilities, hospitals, are stuck in the house (most of us during a shelter in place), or in prisons. The researchers noticed that the coronavirus mainly affected these same populations so it was thought possible that  “…Vitamin D could work as another therapeutic option for the treatment of this novel virus…”2*

But, there are many variables here. Indoor, crowded places are perfect breeding grounds for viral transmission, and those residing in nursing homes are mostly older and have preexisting conditions, whether they are Vitamin D deficient or not, making them more vulnerable to a severe case of COVID-19. 2*

There have been other connections to support the vitamin-D hypothesis. “…In April, a small study from the Philippines showed a correlation between vitamin-D levels and better outcomes for patients with the disease. In May, a study led by Vadim Backman, a professor at Northwestern University, found a similar correlation between severe vitamin-D deficiency and death rates among people with COVID-19. His research team found that, in general, people in countries with high COVID-19 mortality rates had lower levels of vitamin D compared with patients in countries that were not as severely affected…”2*

There is more supporting evidence to suggest a correlation. Vitamin D plays an important role in regards to the immune system, specifically in the “…maturation of some white blood cells…”  Low levels of vitamin D has shown to make people susceptible to various infectious diseases, to include upper respiratory tract infections.2*

In addition to fortifying the immune system, vitamin D may help prevent it from becoming overactive. Those with adequate vitamin-D levels were “…less likely to experience a cytokine storm, a misdirected inflammatory response that ultimately kills many people with COVID-19…” Vitamin D may decrease the risk of serious outcomes by helping to “…appropriately calibrate the inflammatory response…”2*

While clinical trials are underway, nothing has been proven regarding Vitamin D and its effect on one’s reaction to COVID -19. Researchers have suggested that in the meantime it is a good precautionary measure to take small amounts of Vitamin D, especially if you are not getting it through the sunshine. Many people are staying in more than usual and assisted living and nursing home residents have a hard time getting the natural dose of sunshine they need. Health officials in the UK feel strongly enough about it that they have suggested people supplement with Vitamin D for the remainder of the pandemic. Scientists agree it can’t hurt in low doses and even if it helps some, it is worth it.(1,2)*  

The Institute of Medicine recommends that those aged one year of age to 70 years take in 600 IUs daily in order to maintain a healthy level of Vitamin D in the blood. Those over the age of 70 should get 800 IUs a day. Unless you are deficient, to begin with, you most likely will not see any benefit. You can find out if you are deficient through a blood test. Taking excessive amounts of Vitamin D can be harmful, so don’t take too much. And, it won’t prevent you from getting COVID-19, but it might mitigate the severity of the disease. Taking Vitamin D or any other supplement, including Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ can benefit your health in other important ways, primarily to boost your immune system but IT IS NOT A REPLACEMENT for social distancing, mask-wearing or handwashing! 3*

From all of us at Body Biotics™, we hope you are staying strong, safe, and healthy. Get outside for daily sunshine and exercise whenever possible. Follow preventative measures to help prevent the spread of this virus and we will all get through this!

Healthiest wishes,




  1. https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/benefits-vitamin-d#food-sources
  2. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/06/paging-dr-hamblin-can-vitamin-d-stop-coronavirus/612547/
  3. https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200518/more-vitamin-d-lower-risk-of-severe-covid-19


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Aug 15 2020

Best Buddy Pets can be a Source of Great Comfort

Published by under General

Who’s your buddy?
During times of isolation and difficulty, having a pet can benefit both our mental and physical health. *

Pets can be a real comfort to us. From the happy wagging of a tail and endless devotion from a loving dog to the soft purring and cuddles from your favorite cat, the unconditional love of a pet can sometimes be better than any therapy or medicine. They calm us, they help us relieve stress, they lower our blood pressure and they can help with depression and anxiety. The love you give them is given back one hundred times over. 1*

In today’s world of isolating in place, people are feeling the strain on their mental health as we have discussed in previous blogs. Having a pet can bring much-needed companionship and relief. If you have a pet, you know this. If you don’t, it might be a great time to consider adopting one. Dogs and cats need us too, and with shelters full of animals needing homes and us spending more time at home, there’s never been a better time to consider adopting an animal. You’d be giving a homeless animal a new home, but what you get in return will surprise you.*

Health benefits of owning a pet.  

According to research and the CDC, “…Regular walking or playing with pets can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels. Pets can help manage loneliness and depression by giving us companionship…” They are calming, they give us love and just the gentle act of petting your animal can bring great peace and relaxation. 1*

People with dogs tend to exercise and get outside more. Having a dog forces you to get up in the mornings with a purpose and take them outside. A short walk of just 15 minutes twice a day provides great health benefits, such as lowering cholesterol, blood pressure, and weight control. You’ll oxygenate your blood, fill your lungs with fresh air, and increase your heart rate all while taking in the sights and sounds of your neighborhood. It may provide you the opportunity to socialize with others, even if from six feet away. Dogs are great ice breakers as they are social too. So having a dog will not only encourage you to exercise but afford you the opportunity to interact with others while out in the fresh air.1*

Consider your options

If adopting an animal, consider your lifestyle and choose one accordingly. Do your research and don’t be hasty. Remember puppies turn into dogs, so consider their size and weight given your living situation. Pets, especially dogs, need attention and training. Often, people get a dog without providing it the training it needs and then get frustrated when the dog chews up shoes, barks too much or isn’t potty trained. A trained dog is pure joy, so make sure you have the time and resources to put into its training and its care. If you live in a small apartment without a yard or work full time away from the house, a dog is probably not the best choice because they need attention as they are pack animals. In these cases, perhaps a cat would be perfect. Think it through because pet ownership is a commitment. Too many dogs end up in shelters because their owners didn’t take the time to train them and can’t handle them. 1*

Taking care of your animal’s health

Animals need proper care and nutrition to ensure they stay healthy. Regular veterinary checkups and vaccinations, deworming, flea, and tick control are important but veterinary visits can be costly, so make sure you are prepared for that. Feed your dog food that is not full of fillers and byproducts and give them access to fresh, clean water every day paying close attention in the summer months, because they need more water during these hot months, just like we do.

Probiotics are great for your pets and that is why Body Biotics Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia is great to put into their food. Just like humans, animals don’t always get the healthy bacteria they need to keep their digestive tracts functioning properly. Dogs that get walked mainly on sidewalks and streets where they aren’t exposed to grass and dirt especially need the exposure to friendly bacteria that they don’t find in nature. Just break up a capsule and put in their food every other day as a maintenance care program.1*

Avoid getting sick from your animals.

Be cognizant of the fact that pets can carry harmful germs that can make people sick. These zoonotic diseases are when a disease jumps from an animal to a human. So take precautions with your pets to ensure the whole family stays healthy. Pregnant women, young children and those with weakened immune systems should be cautious when handling animals, especially those that you are not familiar with such as strays, as well as reptiles, amphibians, and backyard poultry.“…Pregnant women should avoid adopting a new cat or handling stray cats, especially kittens. Cats can carry a parasite that causes toxoplasmosis—a disease that can cause birth defects. If you are pregnant, you do not need to give up your current cat, but you should avoid changing cat litter…”1*

Homes with young children 5 and under should not have pet reptiles or amphibians (toads and frogs) or backyard chickens because harmful germs can spread between these animals and young children, according to the CDC. Additionally, if you are pregnant, avoid contact with pet rodents to prevent being exposed to a virus called lymphocytic choriomeningitis, which can cause birth defects. Cleaning the cat box daily and having your dog do his business away from the yard and always dispose of in a trash receptacle will help reduce the spread of parasites. 1*

Let Wildlife stay in the wild

Avoid touching wild animals. If you see a baby animal in the wild, avoid the desire to rescue it…most likely its mama is out looking for food and will be back soon. When we interfere with wildlife, we run the risk of illness and injury, and we may bring the animal harm by scaring away its mother. Don’t encourage wild animals to come into your home or yard with food. If you are truly concerned about the health and safety of a wild animal, call the local wildlife rescue facility in your area. 1*

Can pets get the Coronavirus?

According to the CDC, “…A small number of pets worldwide, including cats and dogs, have been reported to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after close contact with people with COVID-19. Based on the limited information available to date, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered below. It appears that the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread from people to animals in some situations. Treat pets as you would other human family members – do not let pets interact with people outside the household. If a person inside the household becomes sick, isolate that person from everyone else, including pets. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available…”2*

The joy and health benefits of owning a pet are abundant. When taking the proper preparations and precautions to make sure you are up for the commitment, you will find the rewards are plentiful. The unconditional love might just get you through this pandemic after all and leave you with a lifelong loving relationship that will treasure forever.

Healthiest wishes,





  1. https://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/health-benefits/index.html#:~:text=Studies%20have%20shown%20that%20the,Decreased%20cholesterol%20levels
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/pets.html

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Aug 15 2020

If you are Feeling Down You’re not Alone

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Feeling down? You’re not alone.
Americans are unhappier then they have been in 50 years, according to study.1*

If there’s ever been a time to have a bad attitude, it might be these times! No one would blame you and pretty much everyone is feeling some stress right now due to our current circumstances. All you have to do is turn on the news which is available to us 24-7, and chances are you’ll end up in a sour mood. We are in an incredibly difficult political, socio-economical and health climate that is weighing on EVERYONE.*

Studies show that Americans are the unhappiest they’ve been in a while. In late May, a COVID Response Tracking Study by researchers at the University of Chicago found that people in the United States are more unhappy today than they’ve been in 50 years. While many feel unhappy, and yes with good reason, how you as an individual handle it can make the difference of how the rest of your day, week, and year is going to go. And, it may be indicative of how your health will follow.1*

According to the University of Texas professor, Dr. Kristin Neff, “…”The COVID crisis is making us all worried and feels uncertain. We don’t know when we’re going to come out of it. A lot of people are hurting financially and there are a lot of health concerns.…” To add to this mess, people are feeling intense loneliness from being stuck at home, and this, according to Neff started before the coronavirus pandemic. “…”You had a loneliness epidemic to start with, and then you throw a shutdown on top of that, and it just really exacerbates it,” …” she said.1*

But remaining positive and optimistic is essential for our health and well being. First and foremost, take care of your gut by being consistent with taking your Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™, as serotonin production occurs here. But we also need to take a proactive approach to stay positive. When life gives you lemons, you can either make lemonade or suck on the lemon. Let’s make lemonade!*

This is important because it can have a real impact on your health and well being. Researchers continue to explore the effects of positive thinking on health and they include:

  • decreased rates of depression
  • Better coping skills during stressful periods
  • Less distress
  • Greater immunity to the common cold
  • Increased psychological as well as physical well-being
  • Longer life span
  • Better cardiovascular health and reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease2*

Having a positive outlook helps us to deal with stressful situations, which can take a toll on our bodies, so the more positive we are, the less stress we experience which is healthier for the mind and body.(2,3)*

When we are feeling down, it can feel tough to dig ourselves out of the negative spiral we get in. But with a little effort, we can go from negative to optimistic. According to the website, Opt for Optimism, “…optimism comes in a variety of shapes: gratitude, organization, community, generosity and perspective…” By harnessing these different areas, you can gain control over your attitude and feel more positive even in the most desperate of times. (2,3)*

Another place to start is by changing your mindset by identifying negative thinking

When you talk to yourself, whether out loud or in your head, is it negative or positive?

Avoid negative self-talk which includes:

  • Instead of focusing on the positive aspects of a situation, you filter those out and magnify the negative ones. Let’s say you have a great evening with friends, but instead of focusing on the great conversation and good food, you focus on the one thing that someone said to you that didn’t sit right. Forget those little things and look at the big positive picture.
  • If something negative happens, you immediately blame yourself. An example of this is dinner plans with friends get canceled and you automatically assume it is because they don’t want to be with you, not that someone was just sick or they just didn’t feel like going out.
  • This is when you automatically anticipate the worst. Something bad happens and you think it is a sign that your whole day will be bad. Just move on from the negative.
  • This is when we only see things as good or bad with no middle ground. If you’re not perfect, you’re a failure.2*

Focus on positive thinking instead:

  • Identify areas to change. In order to feel more optimistic and have a more positive outlook towards things, it is important to identify the areas of your life that you tend to think negatively about. Is it your job? A relationship that leaves you feeling empty or inadequate? Your commute? Your living situation?  Start by focusing on one area to approach in a more positive way.
  • Check yourself. Self checks your thoughts throughout the day to see if you are thinking negatively or positively. If you are being negative, ask why, and figure out how to put a positive spin on things.
  • Try to see the humor. When we can find humor in simple things throughout the day, we can feel much happier and enjoy a good laugh for stress relief. Life is so ridiculous most of the time we just have to laugh. And force yourself to smile at people. They just might smile back.
  • Practice a healthy lifestyle. Exercising just 30 minutes most days or 10 minutes three times throughout the day can boost your mood and reduce stress. A healthy diet also fuels your mind and body. (We cover this a lot.)
  • Surround yourself with positive people. The negative people in your life can really have influence and increase your stress levels. Especially if there is someone who tells you negative things about yourself. We are not talking about constructive criticism at work, but people who put you down. Depending on who they are, limit your time with them or maybe it’s time to sever ties. Make sure you surround yourself with people who lift you up, are positive and supportive. It’s usually the downers that want to bring you down with them.  
  • Say nice things to yourself. Start each day with something nice to say to yourself and to others. During the day, if you catch yourself with negative self-talk, switch it around and tell yourself something positive instead. We are our own worst critics, so let’s be kind to ourselves. 2*

Research also shows that the more self-compassionate you are, the happier you are. The three components to self-compassion are awareness, being mindful of what’s hurting us in the moment, and kindness. 1*

So, if you tend to have a negative outlook, you may not become an optimist overnight but with a little practice, you can slowly become less critical of yourself and the world around you.  When your state of mind is generally optimistic, you’re better able to handle everyday stress in a more constructive way. That ability may contribute to the widely observed health benefits of positive thinking. “…A plethora of studies shows that while genetics and upbringing set the baseline for optimism, it is malleable and can be increased at any age. For example, one study on elderly pessimists found that those who engaged in a simple, two-minute daily positive habit of writing down their gratitudes became significantly more optimistic in just a couple of weeks. Actions that remind the brain our behavior matters in influencing our mood and mindset fuel optimism. ..“ (2,3)*

So I will leave you with this…it was a sign I saw…

‘Watch your thoughts, they become words

Watch your words, they become actions

Watch your actions, they become habits

Watch your habit, they become your character

Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.’


Healthiest and most positive wishes,





  1. https://www.kvue.com/article/life/americans-unhappiest-50-years-coronavirus-poll/269-eb626438-3a94-49fb-9ab2-ba0f31f1d192?fbclid=IwAR2krZdgLwdwBAcvsqIbz5MyCkaGcn2pRf-wrTzNjwOQOSXELvzAVV6F7ZQ
  2. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/positive-thinking/art20043950#:~:text=Better%20psychological%20and%20physical%20well,hardships%20and%20times%20of%20stress
  3. https://www.optforoptimism.com/optimism/life/challenge/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw3Nv3BRC8ARIsAPh8hgKQWPOlwWG2krVmvomI-6yOy_8mx0j7u1zYB_E23hfwvq8rWP0BKtcaAgKSEALw_wcB

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Jun 14 2020

Fiber is Fuel for your Microbes

Published by under probiotic supplements

Fiber is fuel for your microbes.*
Diets low in fiber put us at risk for modern-day gut issues. *

With summer upon us, there is an abundance of fresh vegetables and fruits from which to choose. So there’s no better time than NOW to make sure your gut is as healthy as it can be. The microbes residing in the gut need lots of fruits and vegetables and other fiber to stay healthy and functioning properly. After all, diets high in fiber are associated with lower cholesterol levels, regulated blood sugar levels, weight control, and lower incidents of cancer. 1*

“…On average, American adults eat 10 to 15 grams of total fiber per day, while the USDA’s recommended daily amount for adults up to age 50 is 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men. Women and men older than 50 should have 21 and 30 daily grams, respectively…” But many of us are not getting enough and that is bad news for our gut microbes and by changing this, we can see a big shift in our health. 1*

As we know, fiber is the part of plant-based foods that our bodies are unable to digest. There are two types, soluble and insoluble, and both types are good for us. Soluble fiber which is found in black beans, lima beans, Brussels sprouts, avocado, sweet potato, broccoli, apples, and pears dissolves in water and forms a gummy gel which can slow the movement of food from the stomach to the intestine. This fiber is instrumental in lowering cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of heart disease, and regulating blood sugar levels. (1,2)*

Insoluble fiber which is found in artichokes, cauliflower, leafy greens, asparagus, wheat bran, potatoes, and green beans passes through the digestive system relatively intact, which adds bulk to stools. This keeps us regular, prevents constipation, and helps to eliminate waste from the body in a timely manner. (1,2)*

So what happens when we don’t get enough fiber? All the benefits of fiber described above can instead be replaced by illness. When we don’t get enough fiber, we are more susceptible to weight gain, high blood sugar, and cholesterol. Sometimes people forget about the importance of fiber. After all, it is not a very exciting or sexy topic. Other diet trends have overshadowed the importance of fiber in the headlines. But one study sheds light on how fiber protects the gut.2*

As humans, we have trillions of microbes in our gut that outnumber our own cells. Additionally, we have approximately 17 digestive enzymes. The microbes themselves have thousands of enzymes. So while we are unable to digest high fiber foods, the microbes can. When this digestion takes place, our microbes are extracting the key nutrients we need and protects the microbiome. This was at the basis of this experiment which was published in the journal Cell Reports.(3,4)*

A team of international researchers used mice with no gut microbes and raised them in a sterile environment. They then transplanted 14 bacteria commonly found in the human gut, but fed them a diet with no fiber. They observed that the microbes changed their ordinary eating habits (of eating the fiber) and instead started feeding on the natural layer of mucus which lines the gut wall. Over a short time, they observed that this caused little harm because the body regenerates this mucosal layer.  But, over long periods of time, (as in people who sustain themselves on a diet high in processed and junk foods), this mucosal layer becomes dangerously thin making it more susceptible to infections. Microbes can more easily permeate the gut wall and enter the bloodstream which leads to infections, causing irritation and inflammation of the colon, which is called colitis. Colitis is believed to be at the core of many modern-day gut issues. Simply by giving the mice fiber, it seemed to solve the problem. (3,4)*

This experiment demonstrated how important fiber is to human gut health.  Another study showed that people on low fiber diets gain weight more quickly and have a less diverse microbiome. Most people eat below the minimum recommendation of 25-30 grams per day. This experiment leads us to conclude that this deficiency may be why so many people have such a high rate of ‘modern-day’ issues such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, digestive disorders, and why food allergies are so prevalent. Both of these are linked to the hard to understand and hard to measure the issue of “leaky gut”. (3,4)*

One last part of the study emphasized that there is no replacement for the real thing when it comes to plant-based fiber vs. processed or refined fiber. If you can eat your fiber as opposed to taking supplements, it showed more effective. Additionally, making sure to get enough fiber is as important as avoiding sugar and refined foods. One study showed that when hamburgers and fries are eaten for 10 days straight, the number and diversity of healthy bacteria decreased by 40 percent. It’s about microbial diversity and when you eat lots of fiber and avoid junk and processed foods, you keep the microbes healthy, multiplying, and diverse. (3,4)*

Lastly, eating plenty of fiber helps support the efficacy of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™. The friendly bacteria in Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ multiply and thrive with a high fiber diet. While encapsulated in a prebiotic blend of humic and fulvic acid, the natural fiber we eat only gives them more food to multiply exponentially.*

Now go enjoy those delicious and healthy summer fruits and vegetables and have a healthy and happy summer!

Healthiest wishes,





  1. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/should-i-be-eating-more-fiber-2019022115927#:~:text=On%20average%2C%20American%20adults%20eat,and%2030%20daily%20grams%2C%20respectively.
  2. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/14400-improving-your-health-with-fiber
  3. https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/eat-your-fibre-or-face-the-flesh-eating-microbe-cannibals-a7443111.html
  4. https://www.cell.com/fulltext/S0092-8674(16)31464-7

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May 31 2020

Food Allergies and Gut Health is there a connection?

Published by under Allergies

Food allergies and gut health…is there a connection?

Growing research has led scientists to look at how the microbiome holds the key to food allergies.   

An estimated 6 percent of children and 10 percent of adults in the US have some type of allergy to food. “…Food allergy refers to an abnormal immune reaction to harmless proteins in food (referred to as allergens) that repeatedly occurs on exposure to the proteins and causes mild to severe symptoms, ranging from an itchy mouth through to the life-threatening allergic reaction anaphylaxis…”. While certain treatments address the allergic response once it happens, there has been little known in the area of prevention. Researchers are stepping up their game as the problem continues to be on the rise.1*

As far back as two decades ago, researchers have been exploring how there must be a link between a person’s gut bacteria and food allergies. While not being able to identify exactly why, there is little doubt that the body’s resident bacteria have a strong connection to how the immune system responds to food allergens. As to why it is on the rise coincides with changes in habits and lifestyles in the last several decades such as an increase in antibiotic use, cesarean sections, and the lack of exposure to a variety of microbes during early childhood development as well as diet.1,2)*

When people have an allergy to food, the standard of care has pretty much been to simply avoid the offending foods, thus avoiding the culpable antigens. In severe cases, people can carry an EpiPen, (epinephrine autoinjector) and take antihistamines. Another newer option that has been explored is Immunotherapy, in which patients are “…exposed to low, increasing doses of an allergen over time…”. This only works for some patients though.(1,2)*

 Cathryn Nagler, an immunologist at the University of Chicago, is at the forefront of this emerging field of research. She is exploring how bacteria in the gut might be harnessed to address food allergies in children and adults. She and her team have identified the connection between an individual’s microbial makeup and whether or not that person has a food allergy and also determines whether a child will outgrow their food allergies or not. 2*

Through research and observation involving mice, Nagler and her team identified a “…genetic glitch that damages a receptor called TLR4 that sits in the membranes of immune cells and recognizes microbes. It appears as though mice with the food allergy lacked the ability for gut microbes and immune cells to connect and communicate…”3*

Nagler and her team focused on two major groups of bacteria in the human gut…Clostridia and Bacteroides. Working with mice that lacked all gut flora, they introduced both. They found that Clostridia “..prevented food-allergic responses…” when introduced into the guts of the mice.3*

“…There’s a potential explanation: Mice colonized with Clostridia bacteria had more regulatory T cells, a type of cell that dampens immune responses. The Clostridia mice also produced more of a molecule called IL-22 that strengthens the intestinal lining. A new theory began to emerge: If protective microbes are missing, the gut barrier weakens, allowing food proteins to seep into the bloodstream and potentially trigger allergic responses…”3*

This reasoning coincides with the fact that the foods which are top allergens, such as peanuts, eggs, soy, wheat, milk, tree nuts, fish and shellfish, while they have a little biochemical resemblance to each other, are alike in that they remain intact in the digestive tract rather than break down into small pieces to be absorbed as nutrients. Peanuts seem to be the strongest in this respect. It has the ability to resist degradation in the gut, according to Nagler. 3*

“…In 2004, Nagler and her coworkers published a report showing that peanuts provoked anaphylaxis only in mice with a mutated TLR4 receptor, not in genetically related strains with a normal TLR4. The difference disappeared when the scientists wiped out populations of gut bacteria with antibiotics. Then, even normal mice became susceptible to food allergies, implying that bacteria are at the heart of the protection…”3*

There are multiple studies taking place, and companies being developed, all exploring how to fortify, replace, modify or supplement bacteria in the gut in order to battle food allergies. While it is known that the “…microbiome’s impact comes early in life…”, one of the greatest challenges is “…getting new microbes established when someone already has a microbiome in place, even an unhealthy one…”. In the upcoming years, researchers are sure to know more about how to use the microbiome to battle and prevent food allergies. There are so many factors that influence a person’s risk for allergies and while the gut is just one, it is sure to play a key role. Every day, researchers are getting closer to finding the answer. We will keep you posted as we learn more.3*

For now, as always, we encourage you to keep your gut healthy by making wise lifestyle choices regardless of your age or stage in life. Avoiding antibiotics, eat lots of fruits and vegetables, avoid smoking and supplement with Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ daily to keep your gut healthy and balanced.*

Healthiest wishes,





  1. www.news-medical.net/health/Can-you-Treat-a-Food-Allergy-by-Altering-the-Gut-Microbiome.aspx
  2. www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/could-manipulating-the-microbiome-treat-food-allergies–66105
  3. www.scientificamerican.com/article/gut-microbes-may-be-key-to-solving-food-allergies/

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May 17 2020

Wear a Mask for your Fellow Citizens around You

Published by under Immune System

Wear a mask for your fellow citizens.
You could be carrying the virus and not even know it, so do your part to protect others.*

 There is so much information daily regarding Covid-19 that I hesitate to even address it. But our goal at Body Biotics™ is to protect our customers, and to help them build strong immunity, avoid illness and achieve optimal health and well being with Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™.  We advocate for moderation, healthy choices, and achieving balance in our lives. We want to be healthy at the core so that our immune systems are strong and we can ward off illness.*

Since our goal is prevention and optimal health, I wanted to discuss prevention in this new and challenging time in which we are living. After experiencing weeks of sheltering in place for most areas of the country, businesses are starting to reopen and people are venturing out. How do we do this and stay safe? While vaccines and treatments are rigorously being pursued all around the world, we still don’t have that underlying protection we need. So we have to take care of ourselves and also do our part to take care of those around us.*

Most people are wearing masks and practicing social distancing and washing hands as always. Some, don’t seem to be as concerned. It made me wonder when I saw on social media people arguing about whether they should have to wear a mask or not. And, when visiting the grocery store, many people were masked free. That prompted me to dig a little and just get some basic facts regarding this. Just because we are opening up, does it mean we can relax about protecting ourselves and others? According to the Mayo Clinic, the answer is simple…wear a mask to protect others.1*

According to the Mayo Clinic, “…face masks, combined with other preventive measures, such as frequent hand-washing and social distancing, help slow the spread of the disease.”1*

At the beginning of the pandemic, face masks were not recommended because at that time, experts did not yet know the extent to which people with COVID-19 could spread the virus before symptoms appeared. Additionally, it was not known that some people could carry the virus but not have any of the symptoms. Both groups, those who have the virus and are not yet presenting symptoms, and those asymptomatic people can unknowingly shed the virus and expose others. According to  Gigi Gronvall, an immunologist and senior scholar at the John Hopkins Center for Health Security and an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health “…A growing body of results shows that people who are asymptomatic appear to have the same viral load as symptomatic cases. This means that, whether people have symptoms or not, they carry the same amount of virus inside them. This suggests that transmission is possible equally from both asymptomatic patients and noticeably sick patients…”2*

These discoveries caused the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to change their recommendations regarding face masks. They “…updated its guidance to recommend widespread use of simple cloth face coverings to help prevent transmission of COVID-19 by people who have the virus but don’t know it…”1*

Because there was a shortage of surgical masks and N95 masks and these need to be reserved for those on the front line, the CDC recommended cloth masks for the public and not the surgical and N95 masks needed by health care providers.1*

There are various types of masks out there, and they all provide varying levels of protection. The N95 mask, designed for health care workers, offers more protection than a surgical mask as it is designed to filter 95% of large and small particles. The N95 mask is designed to protect the wearer should they come into contact with someone who has the virus. That is why these masks should be reserved for health care workers and others on the front line.1*

Surgical masks, or medical masks, are loose-fitting disposable masks that cover the nose and mouth from contact with droplets, splashes, and sprays that may contain germs. It also filters out large particles in the air. Surgical masks may protect those you come in contact with by reducing their exposure to your saliva and respiratory secretions.1*

According to the Mayo Clinic, “…At this time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved any type of surgical mask specifically for protection against the COVID-19 virus, but these masks may provide some protection when N95 masks are not available…”1*

A cloth mask is worn primarily to help protect others in case the wearer has the virus. So if you wear a cloth mask, and you are an asymptomatic carrier, or have the virus and are not yet showing symptoms, you are protecting others around you by preventing the spread of the virus unknowingly. And it has shown to work. “…Countries that required face masks, testing, isolation and social distancing early in the pandemic seem to have had some success slowing the disease’s spread…”1*

If you come into direct contact with the virus through a sneeze or cough, a cloth mask won’t prevent the tiny particles from getting through. But common sense suggests that some protection is better than none. When we  wear a cloth face mask, combined with frequent hand-washing and social distancing, it will minimize your chances of getting the virus if exposed as opposed to doing nothing at all. By doing multiple layers or adding a coffee filter under your mask, you can add some extra protection.1*

It is a good idea to wear cloth face masks when in public settings that are not always easy to social distance. Grocery stores, home and garden stores, and other places where there are lots of people can be places of community-based transmission. If you have a mask on, you are preventing the spread of the virus should you be a carrier and you are providing yourself some added protection. While it is your choice if you want to wear a mask or not, we don’t want this virus to spread, and if it can be prevented, then it seems logical that we all do our part.

When wearing a mask, do the following:

  • Make sure both mouth and nose are covered.
  • It should be snug.
  • Avoid touching your mask while it’s on your face…but if you do, wash or sanitize your hands.
  • Wash your hands immediately after removing your mask.
  • Wash your mask with soap and water in the washing machine. It’s fine to launder it with other clothes.
  • Don’t put masks on anyone with breathing problems, or who can’t take it off themselves
  • Children under 2 years of age should not wear a mask.
  • Continue to social distance, face masks are not a substitute.

Be considerate of your neighbors and those around you. This is such a challenging, stressful time for everyone and it is more important than ever to be kind and forgiving of people. Everyone is dealing with this in a different way and has different levels of fear for different reasons. So respect your fellow citizens, wear a mask, stay 6 feet apart, avoid touching your face, and wash your hands. Let’s work together and not tear each other down. And remember that trip to the grocery store is perhaps the only interaction a lot of people are getting…so let it be a pleasant one and treat each other nicely. Just be kind!

Healthiest wishes,




  1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/coronavirus-mask/art-20485449
  2. https://hub.jhu.edu/2020/05/12/gigi-gronvall-asymptomatic-spread-covid-19-immunity-passports/


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