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The Role of Probiotics & Prebiotics

It’s Important to Take Both Prebiotics and Probiotics for Gut Health!

Today, most people know what probiotics are and many of us incorporate them into our daily diet.
But that is only half the story when it comes to taking care of your gut & your health.

No one ever talks about prebiotics!
No one knows that they are just as important as probiotics!
No one knows the valuable prebiotic and probiotic connection!

Your gut microbiome is made up of trillions of bacteria, fungi & other microbes. The gut microbiome plays a very important role in your health by helping control digestion and benefiting your immune system and many other aspects of health.

A fact that I only learnt about the other day from WedMD…is that the mucous lining your gut wall contains 70% of the cells that make up your entire immune system.

This means health issues such as allergies, asthma, arthritis, cancer and most autoimmune diseases, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acne and chronic fatigue are most probably be gut related.
And because your gut is connected to your brain through the gut-brain axis, whatever affects your gastrointestinal tract also affects your brain.
Mood disorders like anxiety, depression, autism & dementia, have also been scientifically linked to digestive issues.

They say our guts contain 500 species and three pounds of bacteria.
And, according to studies, we have more than 10 times the amount of bacterial cells in our body than actual human cells.
When our delicate microbiome is disturbed by stress, poor diet, medications & toxins, it can result in a lowered immune response disease.
This is where prebiotics & probiotics work their magic together!

Prebiotics increase the diversity of your good bacteria – just what you want to keep your gut healthy. While all prebiotics are fiber, not all fiber has the same beneficial effects on friendly bacteria. And just like other fibrous foods, prebiotics are not digested as they go through your upper digestive track. They need to be fermented or broken down by microflora in your colon.

In order to correct the dysbiosis (high ratio of bad bacteria in the gut) and heal the inflammation that leads to IBS, crohn’s, colitis, pouchitis, SIBO, leaky gut and more you must create a diverse, healthy ratio of good bacteria.

Prebiotics travel through your digestive system, they become nutrient sources that feed beneficial bacteria that play a crucial role in immunity.

What everyone needs to know…is that we all need sufficient prebiotics in order for our probiotics to survive and do their job properly!

When it comes to probiotics, there are between 500 and 1000 strains of microorganisms in the average persons intestinal tract.

We now know that typical probiotic supplements that contain Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria do not create better diversity, and do not survive stomach acids and digestion in sufficient numbers.

The truth is, 90 per cent of all yogurts you buy at the store are useless and are likely even worsening the state of your gut, since harmful bacteria thrive on sugar and carbohydrates.
Left unchecked, the situation can eventually lead to such things as leaky gut, inflammation as well as toxic overload. For anyone trying to lose weight, excessive bacteria in your gut also affects fat-regulating hormones like insulin, which further causes you to crave more junk food and makes it harder to lose weight.

Trying to rebuild the flora in an unhealthy gut, is something that can be done.

Some tips on how to create a healthy gut, from The Chronicle Herald ;

Don’t take any unnecessary medications, especially antibiotics.

Today, these potentially life-saving drugs are prescribed too easily.
If you must take them, always take probiotics to restore the healthy bacteria antibiotics kill.

Good source probiotics are cultured or fermented foods, including organic, raw, whole milk, plain yogurt and kefir (pasteurized at relatively low temperatures), as well as kombucha, kimchi or other fermented vegetables.

You can also take a good probiotic supplement with a variety of different bacteria strains at high counts (50 billion is good).

Stay away from processed foods, sugar, preservatives and alcohol.

Make sure to add good prebiotic sources to your diet as well, such as onions, garlic and even under-ripe bananas.

As your gut environment improves you will quickly find you have more energy, look healthier and your health issues will begin to improve or even disappear.


Five Reasons to Use Spray Vitamins

Oral Spray Vitamins

Oral Spray Vitamins

If you’re looking for the fastest, most effective and most economical way of getting all your nutritional needs met, use vitamin sprays.

Oral absorption is now the preferred choice for health care practitioners and physicians alike.

Here are Five Reasons to Choose Vitamin Sprays

  • Oral sprays bypass the gastro-intestinal tract for instant absorption.
  • Most convenient way to take supplements.  Sprays can fit into any schedule and can be taken anywhere. They are easily carried in a purse, brief case  or backpack.
  • A nutrient spray is a fast, effective and safe delivery system that eliminates the chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and fungicides in our soil that potentially contaminate the nutrients in our food.
  • With sprays, you experience fast penetration of the nutrients that are in an extremely pure state. The natural vitamins and minerals maintain a high, 85-90% absorption ratio.
  • Reduces allergic reactions. There is no indigestion or gas production from taking pills because it doesn’t pass through the gastrointestinal tract. There are no additives or extra ingredients to cause any GI problems.

Spray Vitamins Formulas:

Slumber Spray  contains 5-HTP, Passiflora, Melatonin, Hops and Valerian root, all proven ingredients that help you reach a deeper REM sleep and wake up refreshed in the morning.
Vitamin Spray B Complex Spray  is formulated for fast energy and stress relief. Whether it is physical, mental or chemical stress, this balanced combination of B group vitamins will by-pass your digestive tract and absorb into your body for maximum relief.
Vitamin Spray Multi Vitamin and Mineral Spray  is a comprehensive multi-vitamin and mineral supplement in a delicious tasting spray. It includes a base of the essential amino and fatty acids that will absorb immediately and help build your immune system.
Kids & Childrens Multi-Vitamin & Mineral Spray is a super-tasting mix of essential nutrients in a fun-to-take oral spray. The childrens spray vitamins and minerals are in a base of essential amino acids, and also contains 3 essential fatty acids, vitamins A,B1,B2,B3,B5,B6,B12,C,D,E,K folic acid, Biotin, Selenium, Magnesium and zinc.
Vitamin Spray Calm and Relieve Stress  consists of proven ingredients that help the body reach a deeper REM sleep. It contains 5-HTP and Melatonin, as well as extracts of Passiflora, Hops, and Valerian root.
Vitamin Spray Cardio Heart Spray  was formulated out of the discoveries of Dr. Matthias Rath and Dr. Linus Pauling. It provides a vitamin combination designed for optimum cardiovascular health and delivers nutrients that have been clinically researched to avoid and even reverse heart disease and stroke.
Vitamin Spray Vision Support  provides nutrients and antioxidants for your eyes. This superior blend includes Vitamins A,C,E, zinc, Ginkgo Biloba, ALA, Lutein, and many others in a base of minerals proven to nourish eyes and help improve vision.

How to Find Your Zen this Holiday Season 🎄

Find Your Zen this Season... LIPOSOMAL ZEN ENHANCED CALMNESS DAY OR NIGHT Does Life Stress You out Sometimes? Find Your Zen

Is your life is as busy as mine is during the holiday season? Holiday parties, house guests and everything from juggling work and family to shopping and running errands in the chaos of the holiday season can lead to anxiety, stress and ultimately a poor night’s sleep.

To combat holiday stress I often try yoga, meditation and some extra pampering. When that doesn’t work, I reach for this miracle product by Allergy Research.  It’s called Liposomal Zen and It’s so simple to use, I keep a spray bottle in my purse. There is a capsule version available also.

This product was designed to provide you with the support you need to manage daily stress. What makes Zen so effective for calming moods is the proprietary formula that contains two key ingredients, GABA and L-theanine.

Zen stress relief supplement by Allergy Research has several key health benefits:

  • Promotes a relaxed and calm state of mind.
  • Helps to balance brain activity to enhance feelings of well-being.

This unique combination of L-theanine and GABA has been formulated to support the production of alpha-wave activity in the brain. And it keeps its promises. This unique feeling of relaxation is just one of the benefits I and others who have used it report. Two capsules offer a unique and natural path to relaxation without sedation or effects of heavy over the counter or prescription medications.

Allergy Research Group uses only the purest raw materials available and are known for the strictest quality control procedures available since 1979. Allergy Research Group is licensed by The California Department of Health Services—Food and Drug Branch.

A 2015 study on GABA published by the National Institute of Health found that GABA supplementation can help improve performance of planned daily tasks and reduce anxiety.

The study said, “Oral GABA supplementation can act directly on the CNS in a peripheral aspect through the gut. There is definitely a gut-brain relationship between nutrition and the gut microbiome and how they support brain health and function. The gut and brain communicate through the nervous system, immune system, and hormones.

In addition, the hypothalamus (emotional neuroendocrine control center of the brain) is outside and not protected by the blood brain barrier, so these two factors can explain how GABA affects the CNS. It is clear in the research that GABA is helpful with anxiety, and there are many case studies which demonstrate its effectiveness.”

The way GABA and L-theanine work synergystically together is explained in this article by Pshchology Today, “The anti-anxiety effect of L-theanine is achieved through enhanced alpha brain wave activity and increased synthesis of GABA. Increased GABA, in turn, increases brain levels of dopamine and reduces serotonin, resulting in general feelings of calm and well-being.”



7 Ways to Fight Inflammation

When the body’s inflammatory response is out of balance, it is considered whole body, or chronic inflammation. Find out what you can do to fight inflammation and start off the new year in balance.

When the body is out of balance it may lead to inflammation.What is inflammation?

Acute inflammation is your body’s natural immune response to damage. This type of inflammation happens as a result from injury or trauma like when you take a  fall or  accidentally cut yourself. Your immune system sends a rush of white blood cells to the site of your injury to repair the tissue. In this situation, inflammation is your friend—you can’t live without it.

Chronic inflammation is your body’s immune response to a barrage of environmental, physical and mental invaders. Sometimes this stems from things like poor diet, stress, lack of sleep, toxic chemical exposure or an imbalanced gut.  When your body is out of balance inflammation can be at the root of these feelings of discomfort or pain. This type of inflammation is what medical researchers are finding is the root of almost all disease.

What can you to do fight inflammation?

  • Address your gut health.
  • Reduce trigger foods that you may be sensitive to. Common one’s are gluten, dairy and soy.
  • Eat a whole foods, predominantly plant based diet.
  • Destress; in the new year commit to a consistent routine like doing yoga, walking with friends or hitting the gym a few days a week.
  • Rest more. Get at least 8 hours of sleep a night. Your immune system will thank you.
  • Reduce toxins in your home by switching out your cleaning products and personal care products such as soaps, shampoos and lotions.
  • Jump start your bodies inflammation response. We recommend you try a natural restorative product for inflammation like FYI Restore by Garden of Life.

FYI Restore is the ultimate broad spectrum systemic enzyme formula, delivering high proteolytic activity at the systemic level to work with the body’s own processes to assist normal tissue repair.

The synergistically balanced whole food, herb, and enzyme blend by Garden of Life FYI, consists of cartilage building proteins from chicken collagen, systemic enzymes, and specific whole foods and herbs chosen for their proven anti-inflammatory abilities. Not only may the nutrients in FYI help to control and prevent inflammation, they have no side effects whatsoever and may, often times, prevent the occurrence of unwanted side effects caused by prescription medications.

Another great product is FYI ULTRA . This is one of the few vegetarian products for inflammation which aids both joints and cartilage. It is made from natural shellfish-free glucosamine, antioxidants and botanicals. It is the only product in the Garden of Life line that contains glucosamine.

  • Contains glucosamine which supports the body’s ability to rebuild cartilage tissue and maintain healthy joints.
  • Contains curcumin which supports normal joint and surrounding tissue volume and promotes healthy joint mobility.
  • Contains pomegranate, selenium, natural astaxanthin, and Boswellia to support the body capacity to withstand free radical damage in joint and cartilage tissue.

Click here to read more about the ingredients in FYI which help fight inflammation.

How Healthy is Your Microbiome?

Your microbiome consists of the 100 trillion microbial cells that you have in your gut. Find out if your’s is healthy today.

It’s an exciting time in gut health. Everyone is talking about their microbiome these days. There’s so much information available about how to improve digestion and how to get more good gut bacteria. There’s also a number of ways you can test your gut to see if anything could be out of balance. This is an important first step in determining your gut health. That’s right, I’m talking about an at home stool test.

The demand for probiotics has increased by leaps and bounds in the past five years making probiotics the number three most commonly used supplement. Sales for fermented foods, kombucha, yogurt, kefir and probiotic fortified products have become one of the fastest growing markets for grocery store and health food retailers. It seems everyone is trying to get more good gut bacteria. One thing that’s often overlooked is finding out what bacteria you currently have in your gut. The most important first step in identifying what’s going on in your gut is to take a stool test.

Thankfully there is a number of good test on the market that can inform you about your gut and help you uncover some reasons why you may be experiencing digestion problems. We recommend Genova Diagnostic Tests to uncover any GI problems and evaluate nutritional deficiencies. Click Here to Read More about the different tests they offer.

Do you sometimes feel bloated, gassy or have stomach pains after eating? It could be over indulgence or one too many holiday cookies, but, it could also be your bodies way of telling you that you need to do some further investigation.

If one or a combination of these symptoms occurs fairly regularly, it warrants further investigation. Taking an at home test is an easy, non-invasive way to detect if there are imbalances in gut bacteria, parasites or even a yeast overgrowth, commonly known as Candida. It’s so easy to do.

What Does an At Home Stool Test Help You Determine?

  • Reasons for nausea, vomiting and bloating
  • Why you have loss of appetite
  • Abdominal, cramping and diarrhea causes
  • Absorption of nutrients
  • Parasites
  • Infections from bacteria, viruses, or funguses
  • Liver problems
  • Pancreatic function
  • Digestive conditions such as Crohn’s and Colitis

For a complete listing of all the tests we offer click here. 

Our favorite for comprehensive gut analysis is the Genova Lab Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis CDSA and Parasitology 2.0.    

Another great test from Doctors Data is the Comprehensive Stool Analysis (CSA) w/Parasitology.

Remember, your body may be trying to tell you that there’s a problem in your gut. Take note of your symptoms and don’t delay. Chronic discomfort, excessive gas, and bloating don’t have to be a regular part of your life. Take the home test today to find out more about what’s going on in your gut.

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