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Eye Health & Omega 3

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How Do You Know Which Omega’s are Right for You?

Omega’s are good for your joints, skin, vision, brain, and heart. They help lower bad cholesterol levels and even boost fertility. They’re also an ‘anti-ager’ and an ‘anti-inflammatory’.

They’re found naturally in a variety of delicious foods including walnuts, salmon, tuna, olive oil and avocados. It’s time you got to know the daily dose that’s good for just about every single part of your body.

Some fatty acids — called essential fatty acids (EFAs) — are needed in our diets, because our body can’t produce them.

To stay healthy, we must obtain these fatty acids from our food or by supplementation.

Two families of essential fatty acids exist in nature:

  • omega-3
  • omega-6

Did You Know that Omega’s are Extremely Good for your Eye Health?

Approximately 9 million people in the U.S. have age-related macular degeneration with 1.75 million having significant vision loss from the advanced form of the disease.

Why Omega 3’s for Your Eyes?

  • Dietary fat is an important source of energy and a necessary part of the human diet. Fatty acids, a component of fat molecules, are important in keeping our eyes healthy.
  • Research has shown that two omega-3 fatty acids—docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)—are important for proper visual development and retinal function. Ref: American Optometric Association
  • DHA is found in the highest concentration in the retina, suggesting it has an important function there. EPA is used in the production of DHA in the body.
  • Dry eye syndrome also has been linked to omega-3 deficiency. Additionally, low levels of DHA and EPA have been associated with diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and retinopathy of prematurity.
  • EPA and DHA are concentrated in fatty fish and other seafood. In addition, you can take omega-3 fatty acid supplements in oil or capsule form.

Research Available on the Importance of Omega 3 for Eye Health

DHA and other omega-3 fatty acids are found in maternal breast milk and also are Omega-3 supplemental formulas appear to stimulate vision development in infants.

According  to many studies at Harvard School of Public Health and published in the journal Pediatrics, the researchers discovered that pre-term infants who were given formula that was supplemented with DHA showed significantly better visual acuity when they were 2 and 4 months old in comparison to similar pre-term infants who were not given formulas that included omega-3 DHA supplement.

In 2007, a team of researchers published a study, led by Lois Smith, M.D., Ph.D., professor of ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, Children’s Hospital Boston, that suggested omega-3 fatty acids, such as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), may prevent these diseases.

Now Dr. Smith and colleagues show that a byproduct of DHA, called 4-hydroxy-docosahexaenoic acid (4-HDHA), may be the chemical that prevents neovascularization in the retina.

Researchers Learn How Certain Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Halt Vision-robbing Blood Vessel Growth in the Retina by conducting trials in mice.

Once eaten, omega-3 fatty acids are converted to healthy by products by molecules called enzymes.

Each enzyme converts omega-3 fatty acids into a different byproduct. In this study, the investigators searched for the specific byproduct that prevents neovascularization by performing experiments on a variety of mice, each engineered to lack one or more of the enzymes known to convert omega-3 fatty acids into byproducts.

Each mouse was fed omega-3 fatty acids and then exposed to high levels of oxygen.

Abnormal blood vessel growth occurred in only one mouse. This mouse lacked the enzyme called 5-lipoxygenase (5-LOX), which normally converts DHA into 4-HDHA.

These results indicate that 5-LOX is the enzyme responsible for converting DHA into the anti-neovascular byproduct 4-HDHA.

Interestingly, the researchers found that the conversion of DHA into 4-HDHA did not occur in the retinas of the mice tested, which normally contain lots of DHA. Instead their results suggest that the conversion may occur in immune cells, called leukocytes, which circulate throughout the blood.

The researchers showed that human leukocytes can also convert DHA to 4-HDHA, suggesting they may also protect human retinas from neovascularization.

Which Omega 3’s Should You Use?

Pro DHA EyeWe recommend Nordic Naturals Pro DHA Eye.

They make exceptionally high quality fish oils to maximize absorption and results.

This formula is considered to support the development and maintenance of eye tissue.

It encourages healthy vision and the moisture of the tissue.

It reduces the speed of age-related eye disorder progression

Do You Know What Dysbiosis is?

You may have heard this term in relation to gut health and wondered what it exactly does it mean.

It means “microbial imbalance on or inside the body”.  This can be the root cause of many health problems, particularly when there is dysbiosis in the gut. Since the gut controls the brain and the immune system, one can only imagine what havoc it brings upon us when it’s out of balance.

Our gut contains millions of bacteria. Some good and some bad. It is important to have the right balance of bacteria so our bodies can function well. If the bacteria is out of wack, we can experience a wide array of very unpleasant symptoms.

What are the Symptoms of Dysbiosis?

    • Gastrointestinal problems such as yeast overgrowth (candida), IBS, food allergies, gas and bloating
    • Urinary problems such as chronic urinary tract infections
    • Chronic colds/coughs, and ear infections
    • Lack of energy
    • Rashes, including eczema, hives, rosacea, and acne.
    • Respiratory problems such as asthma, sinusitis, allergies.

What Causes Dysbiosis:

  • Poor Diet
  • Exposure to toxins
  • Too many antibiotics
  • Stress

Too often people just address one or two of these causes. In order for your symptoms to go away permanently it’s crucial to pay attention to all issues which cause imbalance.

First and foremost, uncover what the root cause of your symptoms are by taking a simple at home gut test. We like the tests offered by Genova and Doctors Data. These kits can be ordered based on what symptoms you are experiencing. If you need help determining what test is right for you just give us a call and we are happy to help.

How Can I Get My Gut Bacteria Back in balance?

Diet can be the most important factor in relieving dysbiosis. Eat whole foods that come from the ground and eliminate processed foods and sugar. We recommend the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. This Diet works by addressing the root cause of digestive disease. It heals the gut by calming down the  inflammation and re-balancing the gut bacteria.

Read more about the Specific Carbohydrate Diet by clicking here. Choose the version of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet that’s custom fit for your needs. Once you start the SCD it will become second nature. For ideas on what to make for meals give the Specific Carbohydrate Diet Recipe Book a try.

Alleviate stress by incorporating breathing techniques, meditation or yoga into your daily routine. There are many ways to incorporate stress reduction techniques in as little as five minutes a day. Check out some of the apps which can be downloaded on your phone for easy to use guided mediations and breathing exercises while you’re on the go.  Visit the Stress Help Center web site. There is a very cost effective special offer on the 8 Week Module. This simple to use program provides instruction which can done at your desk or your most comfortable living room chair.

Have you taken antibiotics in the last year?

Always supplement with probiotics during and after a course of antibiotics. The antibiotics clear out all your good gut bacteria. Microbiologist Kiran Krishnan has been researching gut health for over 10 years. His clinical trials show that just one course of antibiotics will eliminate all your good gut bacteria. If you do nothing to build up the good bacteria it can take over a year for your gut to return to normal.

During the cold and flu season you want your immune system functioning at optimal levels. Don’t waste any time in replenishing your good bacteria and building up your immune system. We advise our clients to take the Perfect Pass Probiotic before and during antibiotic use. For best results to rebuilding your immunity add Perfect Pass Immune Support after a course of antibiotics.

Can You Detox Naturally?

If you have a build up of toxins that is causing your symptoms consider detoxing with natural agents. Good Gut Solution recommends HVS Detoxosodes for removing specific toxins such as heavy metals, chemicals, parasites, molds and tobacco. Customize your detoxification program once you have your test results. Call us if you have any questions.

This Is What Can Trigger Allergies

Triggers for Allergies; Candida and Gut Dysbiosis

Due to the nature of biology, individuals react differently to various substances. One person may be greatly impacted by one product, and another not impacted at all. For the very sensitive, simply touching a substance with your hands may cause a severe reaction through absorption from the skin.

What Causes Allergic Reactions?

The cause of an allergic reaction may be biological, or due to a possible genetic weakness that was triggered by something in the environment. To learn more about this please listen to my podcast interview with epigenetics expert Dr. Bruce Lipton.

The intestinal system has a delicate balance that can be easily disrupted by many different aspects. Common issues can arise from an overgrowth of Candida/yeast, heavy metals, viruses, vaccines, food chemicals, air pollution, sugar, or a diet high in processed carbohydrates.

Many children contract Candida/yeast overgrowth in their gut from their mother while in utero, or while passing through the birth canal. This creates weaknesses in, not only their gut, but also in their immune system. Additionally, this adds a toxic load to their biology and sets them up for poor detoxification channels at birth.

Children with a weak digestive tract do not usually absorb the nutrients properly from the food they eat. The nutrition may not be getting in even if they are eating healthy foods. If their body is not absorbing the nutrients from the food properly, then their body becomes starved of vital nutrients which also feed the brain.

Home Gut Tests

There is an at-home candida test that is free and easy to do.  CLICK HERE to learn more about candida and get this free test.

You can also purchase an at-home test. Genova Laboratories carry various types of home tests for different issues. Choose the test that is best for your symptoms or call us if you need help. One test for general microbial analysis will indicate if you have candida overgrowth or an imbalance in your good and bad bacteria. The Genova Intestinal Permeability Test will detect if there is a problem with leaky gut. 

What are Human Strain Probiotics?

What are Human Strain Probiotics?

Are Human Strain Probiotics superior? Yes, they are.

When discussing probiotics, the term “human strain” is not well understood at all.

It actually refers to probiotic strains that are recognised by the human body and therefore compatible with the human body.

Inspite of the name, “human-strain” probiotics don’t actually involve humans or human byproducts as ingredients. They’re just a particular species of microorganisms that naturally (or exclusively) live in nature as well as in the human already.

Recent Human Microbiome Project research done by NIH, the National Institute for Health, has defined probiotics by strict criteria. We see lots of references on line that quote the ‘old’ definition. They are not correct and out of date.

This is how a ‘true’ probiotic is now defined:

1. The organism must be a normally occurring organism in the digestive tract.
2. In order to consistently trigger a healthy boost in immune function the organism must be supplemented in concentrations higher than what normally occurs in the digestive tract.
3. The organism must be able to survive in the digestive tract as well as in the environment. i.e. not be affected by stomach acid and bile. 

This new information supercedes the ‘old’ definition that said:  “probiotics are live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confers a health benefit on the host.”

Interestingly enough there are very few probiotics in the marketplace today that meet all three of these criteria!

Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria

Most probiotics available on the market today contain Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria species. According to the new probiotic criteria, they do meet the first requirement defined by NIH research. They do naturally occur in the digestive tract.

In fact, Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria species are in very high concentrations in the digestive tract of humans. But that is precisely why these two bacteria don’t meet criteria #2. 

There are more that 20 trillion lactobacillus and bifidobacteria species in the average human digestive tract. Most probiotics on the shelf contain 100 – 200 billion strains. This is not nearly the amount that would result in long term benefit.  This also assumes that the bacteria survive the digestive tract. 

Research shows that a majority of orally supplemented lactobacillus and bifidobacteria species are destroyed by the conditions found in the stomach and upper digestive tract. Only few survive.

Another important factor is that lactobacillus and bifidobacteria are anaerobic organisms that are designed to live in the digestive tract. They don’t normally live in the environment because they are sensitive to the presence of oxygen, UV light and other chemicals found in the natural environment.

This means they do not fit #3 requirement of our new definition of probiotics either.

In actual fact, people get their initial dose of lactobacillus and bifidobacteria from their mothers through birth and breast feeding.

Later in life, it’s necessary for orally derived probiotics to be organisms that live naturally in the environment as well as in the digestive system so that they can be recognized by the human microbiota.

What about yogurt?

In light of this information, yogurts and yogurt based drinks like kefir, don’t work as probiotics. They do have benefits but that’s from the fermentation process and those benefits are contained in the product in the form of micro-nutrients.

But those strains used in yogurts and other fermented dairy products, don’t have the ability to survive the harsh stomach acids and actually don’t colonize in the GI. For a true probiotic, we need one that will survive the stomach acid. We need human strain probiotics.

What we refer to as human strain probiotics are ones that are found in nature in the identical form as they are found in the human body.

They are known as commensal organisms. They can’t be used to grow yogurt. They have to be harvested from nature.

The strains we recommend are bacillus strains that are contained in endospores. Nature has designed these spores to be daily, foundational food.

  • They are transient microorganisms, so they don’t stay in the gut forever.
  • They go in, they perform their function and than they leave.

This is important factor, as this helps to keep their numbers in the digestive tract relatively low and that’s why each does is relatively low.

FYI –  It usually takes about 21 days to reach a steady state of concentration in the gut when they are taken on a daily basis.  

We suggest eating a diet low that is low in refined sugars and higher in fibers so that we encourage our own good bacteria to grow. In fact, the spores are able to increase the growth of the good bacteria present in the gut as well.

Between the spores being present and an improved diet, we are able to create the right microbiota balance. If the spores are removed, then we are disturbing the balance that may lead to what we call ‘Dysbiosis‘.

This is why we recommend taking Perfect Pass Bacillus Spore Probiotics on a daily basis as it’s important to maintaining good bacteria balance. We constantly bombard our digestive system on a daily basis. The bacillus spores are great at monitoring our gut and keeping it in balance.

Take advantage of our human strain Perfect Pass Probiotic special.

Get 15% off when you buy it together with Perfect Pass Prebiotic – the soluble fiber that encourages the human strain spores to grow.

3 Reasons to Add Prebiotics to Your Daily Diet

Did you know that it’s recommended to get prebiotic soluble fiber in your diet every day?

When you take probiotics you really have to make sure you are feeding them as well.

Probiotics feed on and grow on prebiotic soluble fiber.

How can you add prebiotics soluble fiber to your diet?

  • Through whole uncooked plants such as chicory, jerusalem artichokes, garlic, onion and leeks
  • Through fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha and home made yogurt

Truthfully, though, most people don’t eat these foods on a daily basis.

That leaves the third method of getting necessary soluble fiber and that’s through a daily supplement.

According to a study by the Stanford Medical School, if we don’t get enough soluble fiber every day to feed our bacteria, the bacteria will obtain it on their own through breaking down the cells that form the tight junction in our intestinal lining. That’s right, they will start devouring these cells.

What happens when we don’t get enough Prebiotic Fiber?

Leaky Gut. This is when gut impermeability happens. Basically, harmful toxins from the foods we eat go into our bloodstream and cause us to feel sick by triggering an inflammatory response in our body.

What are the three reasons to supplement with Prebiotic Fiber?

1. An Increase in Healthful Bacteria

  • Selective stimulation of the growth and/or activity of one or a limited number of intestinal bacteria associated with health and well-being
  • Resistance to gastric acidity and digestive enzymes, which enables prebiotic soluble fiber to survive until it gets to the large intestine
  • Fermentation (digestion) by intestinal bacteria

Research shows  that supplementing with a variety of dietary soluble fibers types results in increases in Bifidobacteria, Lactobacillus, or both. These and other healthful bacteria improve health in a variety of ways.

By feeding on prebiotic soluble fiber, their primary food source, they increase in number and metabolic activity, which as a result produces short-chain fatty acids, vitamins, antioxidants, and bacteriocins.

Short-chain fatty acids do a number of significant things:

  • One type of short-chain fatty acid feeds the cells that make up the gut lining, helping to keep the cells healthy and thus supporting their barrier function. This type of short-chain fatty acid also regulates these cells’ growth and differentiation—factors that may contribute to the fatty acid’s role in helping to reduce the risk of colon cancer.
  • Other short-chain fatty acids are absorbed and transported to the liver, where they favorably affect glucose metabolism and also appear to inhibit cholesterol synthesis and regulate the deposit of fat.

Peter Swann, MD, FAAFP, FACOEM,

2. Improved Immunity

In elderly adults, supplementation with prebiotics showed an increase in natural killer cell activity:

  • increase production of an anti-inflammatory substance;
  • decrease production of two pro-inflammatory substances;

According to the author of one review article on prebiotic soluble fiber, many animal and human studies suggest that some aspects of innate and adaptive immunity of the gut and the entire immune system are positively affected by prebiotic supplementation.*

*Lomax AR et al., “Prebiotics, immune function, infection and inflammation: a review of the evidence,” The British Journal of Nutrition, vol. 101, no. 5 (March 2009): 633–658

3. Help for Complex Bowel Conditions

Prebiotic supplementation can offer significant help to people who face more challenging gastrointestinal conditions and may help to improve symptoms of IBS and IBD crohns and colitis.

In addition, prebiotic soluble fiber improves inflammatory conditions and the body’s response to certain infections. These “prebiotic effects” make this natural, non-invasive supplementation a smart choice.

Use Perfect Pass Prebiotic if you have any of the following:

  • high cholesterol,
  • overweight
  • digestive issue
  • osteoporosis
  • before and after antibiotic use

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Pam Nathan February 16, 2017