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How to Win the Battle Over GERD


Acid reflux is commonly referred to as GERD. It is that burning sensation you sometimes get in your chest, and even in your throat, after eating. This is most common after a high protein meal. This is because protein takes more hydrochloric acid, (HCL), for digestion.

When the gut is imbalanced our natural production of HCL is often depleted. Most people think that GERD is due to too much acid in the stomach, but it is usually the need for more of it. Age, Candida overgrowth, parasites, and a torn lining in the digestive tract can all be possible contributors to the reduction of hydrochloric acid.

Supplements that assist with the development of hydrochloric acid, and probiotics, which help balance gut flora can both be very helpful in battling the war with GERD. They are also safe alternatives to pharmaceutical drugs and their detrimental side effects.

The product Metagest  by the company Metagenics is an extremely helpful, safe, and natural solution to increasing HCL. By taking one or two capsules before meals, (depending on the size of the meal), the discomfort of GERD can be reduced or even removed.

Probiotics are a good choice to help balance and heal the gut, but they are also helpful in soothing the burning that can take place in the upper GI due to imbalance in HCL. I like Dr. Ohhira’s by Essential Formulas for this. The soft-gels, when swallowed whole, are made to sustain their way from the small intestines to the large. However, if you bite one open and swallow it the probiotics will begin to work on the backup of candida, undigested food, and HCL in your throat, chest, and upper GI areas. This not only helps to heal the issues at hand, but is also very soothing and can relieve that burning sensation altogether. It is also a safer alternative.                                                                  Karen-Thomas-Image

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Dr Ohhira has Passed On

Dr Ohhira passed away March 1 2016On March 1, Iichiroh Ohhira, Ph.D., developer of Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic® Formulations (known as OM-X in Japan), passed away after a brief illness. He was 80 years old.

Essential Formulas, Michael Schoor, CEO and president of Essential Formulas Inc writes:

“This is extremely sad news for everyone at Essential Formulas. I had the privilege of working with Dr. Ohhira for many years and considered him not only a brilliant scientist but also a friend. He was a visionary in the field of microbiology and biochemistry and his pioneering research developed the first clinically controlled natural fermentation process, thus setting the gold standard for probiotic supplementation worldwide. Dr. Ohhira was a true humanitarian who made it his life’s work to positively impact the health of millions of people, thus becoming a champion for a generation who were seeking naturally viable health alternatives.”

Michael Schoor goes on to say that in 1974, Dr. Ohhira founded Bio Activity Research & Development Center in Okayama, Japan,that was later known as BioBank. Through his research he discovered Enterococcus faecalis TH-10, a strain whose proteolytic power is 6.25 stronger than other lactic acid bacteria (LAB) known to science.

This is the strain that became the foundation of Dr. Ohhira’s award-winning formulations.

Schoor continues, “This discovery, along with his research in lactic acid bacteria, earned Dr. Ohhira a series of prestigious awards. He received the “Presidential Citation from Philippine Medical Association” and was named a “GUSI Peace Prize” winner, often referred to as the Philippine’s version of the “Nobel Peace Prize.”

Dr. Ohhira once stated, “Each capsule is filled with our passion and hope for bringing health and long life to all 7 billion people on the earth. We make our product with not only proven scientific protocol but tender care through the power of fermentation, inspired through nature’s blessings and the mighty lactic acid bacteria.”

Chief Executive Officer Masumi Ohhira, lead research scientist will continue to lead the company as well as Dr. Ohhira’s protégé, Dr. Muneaki Takahata, Ph.D., and his team of researchers, and also Hiroaki Takahata, who oversees marketing operations in Japan and other regions.

Schoor concludes, “For the time being, we would like to reflect upon Dr. Ohhira’s life and express our gratitude to an exceptional man who gave everything to his company and his passion. According to his utmost wishes, the company will continue to pursue and expand the exciting adventure that he initiated in 1974”.

Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics is Winner of ‘Best of Supplements’ Award ’15

Dr Ohhira Best Supplement Award 2015Townsend Letter tells us that Dr Ohhira’s Probiotics has been honored as a Seven-Time Winner of the magazine, Better Nutrition’s 2015  ‘Best of Supplements’ Award

They say that in Japan, the number seven (7) is regarded as lucky and holy. In the Bible, seven is the number of physical and spiritual completeness, and positive renewal. So the seventh “Best of Supplement” award designation corresponds significantly to Dr. Ohhira’s renowned and respected probiotic formula.

Townsend Letter explain how Dr Ohhira’s Probiotics originated from a reverence for nature and is widely recognized for bestowing transformative and replenishing good health. It all begins with an abundance of fresh herbs, fruits, mushrooms and vegetables, and, of course, clean, clear, spring water.

A diversity of bacterial strains are added and encouraged to flourish through the patience of a multiyear natural temperature fermentation process that produces a probiotic like no other on the market today.

‘Better Nutrition’ magazine selected Dr Ohhira’s Probiotics innovative formula as 2015 “Best of Supplements” Award Winner in the “Probiotic” category for the seventh time, making Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics the only probiotic supplement ever to achieve this honor.

A representative from Better Nutrition presented the award during the Natural Products Expo East held September 17- 20, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. To select the winning products, the editors of Better Nutrition conducted retailer surveys, as well as tallied up readers’ and staffers’ votes.

The Better Nutrition Supplement Advisory Board, consists of naturopathic physicians health writers, and nutrition educators. They consider the nominated supplements’ quality of ingredients and reputation, and the science behind the products. The award winners were featured in the November 2015 issue of Better Nutrition.

Dr-OhhiraWho is Dr Ohhira?

Iichiroh Ohhira, PhD, one of Japan’s leading microbiologists, formulated this product, and over 30 years of university-based, scientific research studies have proved it to be strong, safe, and effective in dealing with digestive distress.

Essential Formulas Incorporated is the sole distributor of Dr Ohhira’s Probiotics in the US in 2000 and has now expanded its line to Reg ‘Activ, containing A4E-3, the glutathione-generating probiotic that allows your body to produce this “master antioxidant” needed to heal itself. Good Gut Solution have been offering Dr Ohhira’s Probiotics to our customers all this time, resulting in consistent, effective results.

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Townsend Letter News

Prevent Crohn’s Symptoms with Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics

Dr. Ohhira's Probiotics

Crohn’s Disease can be painful and the symptoms can restrict your daily life and regular activities. However, there are ways to prevent Crohn’s symptoms by maintaining good digestive health. These preventative steps can help quiet the reactions to foods and reduce episodes of irritated insides.

Great digestive health starts with taking in a healthy amount of probiotics to help fight off bad bacteria and grow good bacteria. While probiotics can be found in many foods, a supplement can provide everything the body needs in a compact, easy-to-swallow capsule like Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics.

Having a healthy digestive system ensures your body is absorbing essential nutrients from the foods you eat. Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic capsules can help your body promote good digestion and a healthy lifestyle.

A regular probiotic routine helps the digestive tract maintain normal, healthy bacteria to process food and nutrients. Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics contain 12 strains of lactic acid bacteria that are essential to intestinal health and prevention of bad bacteria. The capsules also contain natural organic acids, B vitamins and antioxidants to strengthen the immune system.

People with severe allergies can find additional value in using Dr. Ohhira’s capsules because they’re chemical-free, vegetarian, hypoallergenic and not genetically modified — preventing any additional reactions to filler ingredients.

Other probiotic supplement products may contain soy and dairy, creating adverse reactions for those suffering from Crohn’s. After all, stomach cramps and unnecessary trips to the bathroom are bad enough from Crohn’s without adding soy and dairy reactions into the mix.

In addition to probiotics, each capsule also includes prebiotics, which help calm the effects of Crohn’s Disease. A raw diet of garlic, onions and leeks can provide supplements of prebiotics, but who really wants to eat that?

The capsules are an easy way to get all the nutrients you need to help you maintain an active lifestyle without being held back by Crohn’s. It’s easy to prevent Crohn’s symptoms with a simple probiotic pill regimen. If you’re ready to improve your daily digestion and quality of life today, consider giving these probiotic capsules a try. What do you have to lose?

How to Treat Your Skin in the Winter

Hand with lotion

Exposure to bitter cold is hard enough on your skin during the winter months, and the last thing you need to do is use a harsh soap or lotion on your body to make it feel worse. Soaps and lotions are absorbed by the body and have to be processed, which can sometimes trigger a Crohn’s-type reaction. So, using all-natural products that don’t include extra ingredients or preservatives is one of the best solutions for curing dry, winter skin without making your Crohn’s flare up or your skin break out.

Thoroughly washing your face each night can help prevent skin from feeling dry by rinsing away the dead skin cells and promoting new, healthy cells to grow. However, daily washing exposes your skin to whatever product you use each night and can cause adverse reactions if there are filler ingredients in the soap. There are many natural, healthy and gentle products that can prevent skin from feeling dry or damaged.

Some medical professionals believe Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic Kampuku Soap is the best soap to use during the winter. The probiotic formula includes lactic acid bacteria mixed with natural, organic raw ingredients essential for healthy skin development. Dr. Ohhira’s bar soap is also fragrance-free and preservative free, limiting the chance of negative reactions or outbreaks. So as the beauty bar cleans and moisturizes the face, it also gives sensitive skin a natural boost of exposure to healthy probiotics and naturally fermented raw ingredients.

Additionally, a good moisturizer that doesn’t further irritate the skin is essential for brutal winter months. Dr Ohhira’s Probiotic Magoroku Moisture Cream is considered one of the best face creams for dry skin. The deep moisturizing formula combines probiotics, such as fermented lactic acid, with natural ingredients such as aloe vera and peach leaf extract to soothe damaged skin. This highly-absorbent cream is also fragrance-free and doesn’t have any added colors or chemicals. Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic Magoroku Moisturizing Cream can also be used as a body lotion for wind-burned cheeks or dried out elbows and knees.

Both Dr Ohhira’s Probiotic Kampuku Soap and Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic Magoroku Moisturizing Cream are the recommended beauty products for winter and can make great gifts for the holiday season. The probiotic cream is also safe for use on children since it doesn’t contain any allergens.

If you want to know how to treat your skin in winter to avoid cracked or painful skin, you can’t go wrong with these products, which are safe for the entire family’s use. To check out our recommendations for the best skincare products that are fragrance-free, preservative-free, chemical-free, and just plain good for you, check out Dr. Pam’s top picks. Your skin will thank you this winter!

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Tammy Grassi May 10, 2016