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Allergies? Probiotics May Curb Your Symptoms

Symptoms of allergies can be reduced with probioticsProbiotics are Good for the Gut and Good for Management of Allergies.

Garden of Life’s Primal Defense Ultra probiotics contains true HSO (homeostatic soil organisms). Primal Defense is able to reduce damaging yeast, fungi, bad bacteria and parasites often found in an unhealthy gut. New research shows that Lactobacillus Rhamnosus, a strain found in this probiotic,  can even help with symptoms of allergies.

How do the HSO organisms support a healthy gut?

HSO’s play a positive role in digestive health by supporting a healthy lactic acid bacteria count and healthy pH levels in the gut. The HSO’s in Primal Defense Ultra can thrive in the toughest digestive environments and are undeterred by stomach and bile acids.

How do Probiotics suppress Allergies?

Research is ongoing and still in it’s early phases but probiotic therapies are being tested in clinical trials for seasonal allergies, hay fever and even peanut allergies.

Doctors at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Australia  have come up with a treatment called PPOIT, which stands for “Probiotics and Peanut Oral Immunotherapy.” This approach combines probiotics, specifically the strain called Lactobacillus rhamnosus. This is one of the strains in Garden of Life Ultra Probiotics.

The researchers at Murdoch conducted a study based on a clinical trial which spanned 4 years and contained 48 children who had peanut allergies. Click Here to Read the Study 

The results showed that 82% of the children receiving PPOIT had gained tolerance to peanuts, in comparison to only 4% in the placebo group.

The Immune Therapy, including the probiotic strain, provided a long-lasting suppression of the allergic immune response to peanuts.

In another study published online in the Journal of International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology, researchers reviewed data from 23 randomized trials and more than 1,900 people.

In the majority of these trials, people with seasonal allergies who took probiotic supplements showed improvement in their allergy symptoms, compared with allergy sufferers who took a placebo.

One explanation for this is that probiotics may change the balance of bacteria in the intestines in a way that could suppress the immune system from flaring up in response to pollens and other allergens.

The conclusion of this study acknowledges that probiotics may have an important role in the prevention and treatment of allergies.  Further studies need to be conducted to determine the most beneficial probiotic strain and the timing of supplementation.

Yet another study published by Jennifer Dennis, a doctoral student in the University of Florida’s Food Science and Human Nutrition Department in UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, showed that participants given probiotic therapy combining lactobacilli and bifidobacteria suffered fewer allergy-related nose symptoms.

That’s hopeful news for allergy sufferers! Check back on our blog for further exciting updates on using probiotic therapy for allergy relief.

How to Sleep Better

Sleep Spray

A calm mind is essential for a good night’s rest, and a good night’s rest is essential for overall health and well-being. About 30 minutes before bedtime, a few spritzes of Sleep Spray will ease your mind into a place that supports restful sleep.

Do you have a difficult time turning off your thoughts at bed time?

Do the day’s activities and your bottomless to do list keep resurfacing over and over as you toss and turn?

This natural sleep aid contains 5-HTP,  Melatonin, extracts of Passiflora, Hops, and Valerian root. Here’s how each of these ingredients supports relaxation and restful sleep.

5HTP-increases REM sleep; increases serotonin levels

Melatonin-helps the body to regulate sleep-wake cycle

Passiflora Extract– soothes the nervous system

Hops -a sedative that promotes rest and relaxation

Valerian Root-a relaxant; helps produce a deep, satisfying sleep

Simply spray the Sleep Spray into your mouth, under your tongue about 30 minutes before you get into bed, and it will quickly go to work helping to clear your mind and make you drowsy. If you wake up during the night you may take it again – it will not leave you feeling groggy in the morning like many prescription sleep medications.

This sleep aid is a gentle, and natural formula that helps your body to restore itself and improve your overall health.

Sleep Spray may also be used during the day as a relaxant, since one or two sprays will be enough to help you calm down, but not make you sleepy. So, if you need to relieve tension, or are feeling stressed or anxious, a couple sprays will do. It’s sublingual so it’s fast acting.

Of course having optimal conditions for a solids night sleep will help you have a restorative rest. Keep reading for our suggestions on how to do so.

lavender helps you relax and sleep

Our top 10 Tips for Restful Sleep

  • Sleep with a good quality mattress
  • Try a sound machine, fan or other white noise. We love using an aromatherapy diffuser, with lavender essential oil of course.
  • Block out light with black out shades or an eye mask.
  • Use lavender lotion, pillow spray or lavender essential oils rubbed on the bottoms of your feet.
  • Avoid blue light by turning off your laptop, Kindle or IPAD at least an hour before bedtime.
  • Reduce caffeine later in the day. If you feel the mid day slump reach for a kombucha, herbal tea or cup of bone broth instead.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Exercise daily. At least 20 minutes of strength training, walking, cardio or yoga.
  • Clear your mind with a guided meditation.
  • Take a warm bath in epsom salts to ease your muscle tension.

 

Check out a Natural Approach to Colitis Relief

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disorder that affects the large bowel or the colon. This disorder is the inflammation of the colon, which is responsible for gathering and storing excess waste from digestion. If you have colitis and want to treat it naturally, there are many options available to you.

Various circumstances may cause inflammation of the colon and result in colitis, such as an autoimmune disease, infection or an overgrowth of bad bacteria. The symptoms of colitis are typically sporadic and come and go with fairly long periods in-between flare-ups. Some patients will have no symptoms in between these periods of flare-ups.

What are the Symptoms of Colitis?

The first symptom of ulcerative colitis is a progressive loosening of the stool. The stool is generally bloody and may be associated with cramping, abdominal pain and severe urgency to use the bathroom. The diarrhea may begin slowly or quite suddenly.

Other symptoms are loss of appetite, weight loss and fatigue. In addition, there may be skin lesions, joint pain, eye inflammation, and liver disorders.

When young children have Ulcerative Colitis they may fail to develop or grow properly.

Approximately half of all patients with Ulcerative Colitis have mild symptoms. However, others may suffer with more severe symptoms such as abdominal cramping, bloody diarrhea, nausea, and fever.

There are supplements that help with colitis like prebiotics and probiotics. Many of those suffering with Colitis have found that changing their diets has a significant impact on their symptoms  and flare-ups. Other people opt for natural treatments that compliment their treatment protocol described by their doctors.

Depending on how you manage your diet, the symptoms can range from intense to remission.

What Are Natural Ways You Can Manage Colitis?

Cutting down on refined carbohydrates. These are foods made with white flour and sugar. For recipe ideas check out  the The Specific Carbohydrate Diet Cookbook by Raman Prasad.

Avoiding foods that trigger an allergic response. Keep a food journal to write down what you are eating. Foods which typically are not agreeable for Colitis sufferers are wheat, gluten, soy, dairy, eggs and GMO corn.

Eat a diet rich in prebiotic. Prebiotics grow the good bacteria in your gut. Try adding Jerusalem artichokes, dandelion greens, garlic, onion, leeks and asparagus to your meals. If you want additional fiber you can easily supplement with Perfect Pass Prebiotic. Just add a scoop to water, juice or a smoothie daily.

Cut down on sugar or eliminate it completely. Supplement with honey, stevia, brown rice syrup, coconut sugar, or xylitol.

Add a spore based probiotic to your daily routine. The imbalance of bacteria is thought to be a potential cause of Ulcerative Colitis. We recommend taking 2 capsules daily of Perfect Pass Probiotic to add in more good bacteria which crowds out the bad bacteria. Several studies have shown that probiotics help reduce the symptoms during flareups.

If your symptoms become severe, it is important for you to seek medical help. Persistent diarrhea, feelings of weakness, dehydration, and fever can all indicate serious concerns and you will want to be under a doctors care.

Why Should You Take a Stool Test?

GI symptoms are your bodies way of warning you that something is wrong.

If you have ongoing intestinal symptoms  that’s your body’s way of telling you that your gut is out of balance.

Yes, the signs and symptoms you are experiencing are your body’s warning system. These red flags are asking you to pay attention to your body. The very first step you should take is an easy to do, ‘at home’ stool test.

Did you know that Gastrointestinal or GI problems are usually the most common reasons that people look for medical attention.

Stool testing gives you invaluable information about what’s going on in your gut. Maybe you are experiencing symptoms like diarrhea, gas, constipation or bloating. If so, it’s a good idea to find out what’s going on in your gut so you know where to start in repairing it.

Without this valuable information it’s a guessing game and you can waste hundreds of dollars trying different protocols to heal your gut, without getting to know what the cause is.

We recommend Doctor’s Data Comprehensive Stool Analysis to help you understand the underlying reasons for your symptoms.

What Does a Doctors Data 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

How is Dr.’s Data Test Different From Other At Home Stool Tests?

Doctor’s Data labs have been examining stool samples  for over 40 years. Doctor’s Data became the first lab in the functional medicine industry to introduce MALDI-TOF (Matrix- Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Time of Flight) as a method of identifying bacteria and yeast in stool culture. MALDI-TOF works by measuring the unique “fingerprints” of our microorganisms. This spectra is then compared to a reference database for verification and identification.

What Makes the MALDI-TOF a Superior Measure for Stool Testing?

Doctor’s Data utilizes MALDI-TOF in combination with “high-complexity” culture for rapid, accurate and reliable identification of hundreds of gastrointestinal bacterial and yeast species, and even subspecies. The MALDI-TOF reference database is the most expansive and is growing by about 100 species per month. To date they have identified over 180 yeast species; 65 of these are Candida alone. This ability to differentiate is extremely important since some patients may have up to 6 or 7 different strains.

Click Here to Read More about the MALDI-TOF stool analysis technology.

All of Doctors Data CSA tests use the MALDI-TOF technology. Heres what Sandra Richter, Director of Bacteriology in the departments of Clinical Pathology and Molecular Pathology at The Cleveland Clinic, had to say about it. “It is clear that this is a giant step forward in the accuracy and speed of organism identification routinely reported by the lab.”

Click Here to see the Doctor’s Data CSA tests that we offer.  If you have any questions about which test is right for you, email us or call us at 877.240.7528 and we will be happy to help and answer your questions.

Stop taking NSAIDS for pain relief and try natural anti-inflammatory Serrapeptase

Try Serrapeptase for natural pain relief without the side effects

Are you taking ibuprofen or Tylenol for joint pains and aches?

What if I told you there was an alternative?

Well, there is. Its called Serrapeptase.

Whats great about Serrapeptase is that it’s a natural enzyme without all the negative side effects. Did you know that Ibuprofen and other NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as aspirin, Advil, and Motrin can actually thin the lining of the gut and start to cause digestive problems?

What is Serrapeptase?

Serrapeptase is an anti-inflammatory in Europe and Asia that has been in clinical use for over twenty five years. Originally it was found being used by silkworms to aid digestion and dissolve its chrysalis.

This natural anti-inflammatory can be used effectively for inflammation in all forms. The uses are wide ranging and cover just about every condition that is affected by inflammation.

This enzyme can clean, clear, and reduce inflammation,

Whats great about Serrapeptase is that it is much safer than over-the-counter NSAIDS, like ibuprofen, aspirin, naproxen which come with dangerous and even fatal side effects over long-term use.

Try this natural anti-inflammatory today and feel confident that it is a much safer alternative to prescription and over the counter drugs.

Click Here to Read More about the negative side effects of taking  NSAIDS (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.)

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