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Probiotics and Our Immune System with Ross Pelton

SporesWe are excited to share the latest information on the Microbiome with you where we interview Ross Pelton, the Scientific Director for Essential Formulas. He is a Health Longevity Coach, Pharmacist and Clinical Nutritionist. Today we asked Ross to talk to us about the role probiotics have in supporting our immune system.

In addition, Ross  is also a clinical nutritionist and helps people with diet, nutrition and natural therapies. He truly is an expert in his field.

In case you missed out, we have posted all our  interviews with Ross in one convenient place. He shared with us exciting new information on gut health, the Microbiome and the Pathobiome. Click Here to see all of our videos in the Microbiome Series.

How is Your Immune System Supported by Probiotics?

We asked Ross how spores in Dr. Ohhiras formula support our immune system. Heres what he had to tell us:

  • First of all the bacteria in Dr. Ohhiras probiotics support the growth and proliferation of your innate bacteria which gives them the capability of transforming your microbiome.

 

  • Spores produce Short Chain Fatty Acids. These are slightly acidic compounds produced by the probiotics which create an optimal acid balance in your intestinal tract. This acid balance supports the growth of good bacteria and suppresses  growth of the bad bacteria.

 

  • Spores also produce bacteriocins and defensins. Think of these as natural  antibiotics in your system.

 

  • Spores produce hydrogen peroxide which suppresses  the growth of candida yeast.

Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics have a broader number of different bacteria. A broader range of bacteria means a healthier microbiome and immune system.

 

Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics are truly unique, they have a different beginning than other probiotics on the market. Their spores are fed from natural ingredients like mountain spring water, organic fruits, and vegetables that have been fermented for three to five years.

Five Reasons Why You May Need to Boost Your Immune System

Have you had a hectic week? If so, your immune system may need a little TLC to get back to functioning properly and protecting you.

What do I mean by a hectic week?

  • Excess Stress
  • Lack of sleep
  • Poor diet
  • No time to exercise
  • Too busy to take your multi-vitamin
We have all been there. Sometimes due to life circumstances our health takes the back seat.
Don’t let that cause you to feel fatigued, run down or end up with a cold.
Maybe you have been sick or recently took a course of Antibiotics.
If any of these ring true to you…you should assume your immune system is weakened.
 
What can you do to immediately start boosting your immune system?

Give your Immune System a boost with Essential Vitamin & Mineral Multi spray.

Right now take advantage of our special on Vitamin Sprays, buy two & take 50% off the second spray.

It’s so easy to use, just throw one in your purse, backpack or car and take a few sprays whenever it’s convenient. 

How does it work?

When vitamins are sprayed directly into the mouth they are absorbed instantly through the mouth lining, side-stepping the digestive tract completely. 

Literally within seconds it’s delivered via the bloodstream to the various parts of the body for immediate use. 

Oral vitamin sprays has been shown to be up to 9 times more effective than swallowing pills or capsules.

How does your immune system become compromised?

  • Stress

When your body is reacting to emotional or mental stress it produces cortisol hormones. You may have heard of Fight or Flight. You need this for survival. This is okay on a short term basis but over time, when your stress is chronic, these extra cortisol hormones will put you at risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, digestive problems and a weak immune system. Your body will be in  a constant inflammatory state which weakens your immune system.

How does this work?

Your body is not putting energy into fighting a cold or healing because it’s just trying to survive. This is extremely taxing on our immune systems if it’s your chronic state.

If you don’t already meditate try out some techniques from an on-line Stress Management Program or even download a free meditation app on your phone. As little as five minutes a day can make a difference. Studies show that that when your body is in a calm relaxed state your immune function is increased.

  • Lack of Sleep

Research shows that not getting adequate sleep and even a short term loss of sleep has a significant impact on how the immune system functions. 

Recent research conducted by the University of Washington Health Sciences/UW Medicine found that sleep deprivation has the same effect on your immune system as physical stress.

In one study conducted 15 people stayed awake for 29 hours and their white blood cells were measured. What they found is that their immune system become hyperactive and produced elevated levels of white blood cells, the amounts were typical of what you would expect if you had an illness or disease.

Optimize your sleep and commit to at least 8 hours a night.

  • Poor diet 

You know that a whole foods diet with a variety of vitamins and minerals is the best way to have a healthy immune system but is not always possible. The fact is when we eat processed foods or those with too much salt, sugar and saturated fat, it really messes with the entire ecosystem!

Junk food causes the wrong bacteria and yeast to grow.

When your gut bacteria tilts towards a greater amount of bad bacteria you have less of the good bacteria. These trillions of microbes are what make up your immune system.

90% of your immune system resides in our gut.

This is why poor digestion goes hand in hand with weakened immune function and you aren’t able to fight off bugs like the cold and flu the way you should. Try supplementing with a reputable probiotic to tip the scale to the good bacteria.

  • Lack of exercise

Reduced exercise can cause your body to feel lethargic and run down. Movement can support your bodies natural detoxification process, keep your lymph moving, and give a natural boost to a weak immune system.

  • Not supplementing with a multivitamin 

Not getting adequate amounts of Vitamins, minerals and nutrients from your diet can lead to a depressed immune system. Take a multivitamin to fill in nutritional gaps. We recommend Perfect Pass Immune Formula. It comes in powder form or capsules.

If you have a hectic lifestyle and find you are constantly juggling work, children, families or school, just pick up a bottle of Essential Multi Vitamin & Mineral Spray and throw it in your bag. Anytime you feel your immune system could be compromised take a few sprays. It’s so convenient.

Here’s Why You Should Be Taking Propolis

PropolisHave you heard about the benefits of Propolis?

  • Propolis is the glue that bees use to patch up holes in their hives.
  • Propolis is a highly antioxidant substance created by bees which shows a powerful ability to support a healthy immune system.

Fight the flu this season and boost your immune system.

What is Propolis?

Since prehistoric time bees have been perfecting the creation of a substance known as Propolis to line and protect the interior of their hives.

With its antioxidant properties, the propolis-coating results in a ‘hospital-clean’ environment that ensures survival for the next generation.

Propolis extract has a number of well known therapeutic properties, including potent antioxidant and anti-microbial action, and healing, analgesic, anesthetic, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Dr. Ohhiras’s Propolis formula is unique.

Not only does it use the most potent Brazilian Green Propolis, it also includes whole health support from Astaxanthin, Flax Oil Omega-3s, complete prebiotics and probiotics, as well as anti-inflammatory antioxidant Vitamin E.

What are the other key Ingredients in Ohhira’s Propolis Plus?

  • Astaxanthin – the most complete antioxidant derived from seaweed. Extracted from Haematococcus seaweed, this red carotenoid produces a highly absorbent ester form capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier to deliver antioxidant benefits throughout the entire body. Astaxanthin is considered the most complete antioxidant natural substances  known to scientists.
  • Probiotic Support – Powdered form of a fermented vegetable extract for GI tract digestive support
  • Vitamin E – Additional antioxidant support for overall cellular health
  • Flax Oil – Healthy Omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs), which promote balanced immune response and support the body’s natural system.

How Should You Supplement with Propolis?

We recommend taking propolis with your probiotics as the most effective way.

These two products together produce a symbiotic effect.

Essential Formulas Dr. Ohhira’s PropolisDr. Ohhira’s Probiotics  are both vital for supporting a healthy immune system.

Essential Formulas Dr Ohhiras Probiotic and Propolis Plus

For optimal effects we recommend propolis with breakfast and probiotics an hour or two after the evening meal.

FYI

Essential Formulas Propolis 30 Capsules is now available

 It’s the perfect time to use it together with Dr Ohhira’s Probiotics and experience the benefits propolis offers.

Reg’ Activ Is Now Being Offered at a Lower Price

Why Reg’ Activ Probiotics?

Reg´Activ Probiotic products contain the revolutionary probiotic strain Lactobacillus Fermentum ME-3 that is able to produce the super antioxidant, Glutathione. 

Why is Glutathione so important?

  • Glutathione is critical for antioxidant defense and detox
  • It reduces free radicals

We all make glutathione naturally but it’s often depleted because of:

  • environmental stress
  • poor diet
  • drinking alcohol
  • taking prescription drugs
  • taking pain relievers like acetaminophen

Even in healthy individuals, the body begins to produce less glutathione as it ages.
After the age of 20 glutathione declines at about 1% per year.

This ME-3 strain is a relatively ‘newly discovered’ probiotic strain. It is now patented for it’s special ability to boost glutathione levels. It is a multi-tasking probiotic strain.

The glutathione-boosting aspect is not typical of most probiotics.

ME-3 raises glutathione naturally and intracellulary.

Reg Activ Probiotics

There are 3 different formulas to choose from:

  • One is for heart health,
  • another for immune function and
  • another for liver and detoxification.

Researchers have linked glutathione deficiency to a range of disorders, including liver disease, cystic fibrosis,Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, heart attack, stroke and diabetes.

More about the Lactobacillus Fermentum ME-3 Strain:

In 1995, award-winning microbiologist Marika Mikelsaar, MD, PhD and her team of research scientists at the University of Tartu, Estonia isolated a unique probiotic strain. 

Marika Mikelsaar, MD, PhD

Photo By Courtesy of Essential Formulas Inc

They found this strain present in the children of Estonia who had the most balanced immune systems. Since this discovery Dr. Mikelsaar has been dedicated to researching the benefits of this strain further. 

The most important of all her findings was that this strain, Lactobacillus Fermentum ME-3, was able to help our bodies naturally produce glutathione. 

In continued studies by Mikelsaar, a number of other benefits have been found:

  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Acts as an antimicrobial agent
  • Supresses pathogenic food contaminants such as Salmonella, Shigella and Staphylococcus
  • Reduces urinary tract infections caused by E. coli.
  • Increases antioxidative activity of the blood
  • Defends against oxidative stress

Select which formula is best for your needs.

 

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.

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