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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.

 

10 Ways to use Probiotics

Probiotics may be used for a variety of conditions.

Probiotics are essential to basic human nutrition.

They are the live, friendly bacteria that are similar to the beneficial microorganisms i.e. microbiota, that are found naturally in the human gut.

probiotics help keep the body healthy

These “friendly bacteria” help to prevent and alleviate many gastrointestinal conditions and well as a host of other different conditions.

Previous estimates of the number of distinct kinds of microbes in the human colon ranged upwards of 500. These older estimates were made by growing the bacteria that lived in the lower gut in a Petri dish. However, this often left rarer species out of the count, only counting the common ones.

David Relman of the Stanford University School of Medicine and his colleagues used a technique known as pyrosequencing to get a more complete count of the different varieties of bacteria colonizing the human colon

A new study, detailed online Nov. 18 in the journal Public Library of Science-Biology, found that the bacterial community in the human bowel is 10 times more diverse than previously thought.

In sheer numbers, the mammalian colon harbors one of the densest microbial communities found on Earth. Did you know that for every human cell in your body, there are roughly 10 single-celled microbes, most of which live in your digestive tract?

These microorganisms form, as Dr Oz, says, a ‘bioreactor’, which helps digestion, helps form the immune system and provides important nutrients, made by the bioreactor, like the B vitamins, vitamin K, folate, and some short-chain fatty acids.

Dr Oz says then that almost 10% of our daily energy needs come from the byproducts of the good bacteria in your gut.

Even medical opinion supports the benefits of probiotics in:

  • Treating diarrhea, especially following treatment with various antibiotics
  • Treating irritable bowel syndrome and colitis
  • Reducing the recurrence of bladder cancer
  • Shortening the duration of intestinal infections
  • Preventing and treating inflammation following colon surgery
  • Preventing eczema in children
  • Reducing HIV induced symptoms of diarrhea and cognitive disruption.

Here are some conditions to think about using probiotics for:

1 Acne and Skin damage from the Sun

Probiotics can prevent a wide variety of skin conditions, from acne and eczema to sun damage.

They help when they are rubbed in to the skin used topically.

Probiotic cream can reduce inflammation and lower the skins pH making it more acidic and thus less conducive for bacteria to grow.

Then, further studies show that taking probiotics orally strengthens your skins defenses and reduces the likelihood of eczema in people prone to it.

The review also showed that daily use was necessary to see the full benefits.

Dr. Susanne Bennett, D.C., CCSP, a natural allergy expert who specializes in environmental medicine, and who has authored  ‘The 7 Day Allergy Makeover‘ says,

“Your skin has its own flora ranging from bacteria to yeasts to viruses. When this flora is out of balance, skin infection, and/or bacterial and fungal overgrowth can occur causing a myriad of conditions”.

“Probiotics used internally and topically improves and strengthens the skin’s integrity, making it less likely to be damaged by the sun and other external elements.”

2 Bloating

  • Often, bloating is not triggered by how much you eat, but rather by eating certain foods that are difficult to digest.
  • These undigested substances then pass into your colon and produce gas bubbles that make your stomach swell up and produce uncomfortable and unattractive belly bloat.
  • However, with the proper amounts of beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract, food that is hard to digest is broken down quickly.

Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics is a blend of beneficial bacteria that immediately addresses the source of discomfort and improves the pH of your colon, allowing the bacterial balance to regulate itself and so correct the root cause of the bloating and abdominal discomfort.

3  Bad Breath – Halitosis

We know that the primary cause of bad breath is the formation of so-called volatile sulfur compound that are the by-products of bacterial metabolic degradation.

This happens on all oral surfaces as well as in periodontal pockets and also on the tongue surface.

 Researchers have identified the species of bacteria most associated with odor production, along with a species most prevalent in those subjects without bad breath. In fact, the good species,

A study published in the Journal, “Current Opinion in Gastroenterology” looks at how oral care probiotics can be used to help with bad breath. They found that probiotics can help replace the odor-causing oral bacteria with other beneficial ones.

The European Journal of Pediatrics published a study in 2001 that looks at how the use of a beneficial strain of Escherichia coli (E. coli) greatly improved bad breath that came from gastric gases.

Another, more recent study in the Journal of Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and Endodontology showed that Lactobacillus salivarius may be able to overcome bad breath coming from the mouth.

There are many studies that show how L salivarius combats bad breath.

The Journal of Applied Microbiology also published a study that found a week-long course of L. salivarius dramatically dropped the amount of volatile sulfur compounds in the mouth. Another study published in the International Journal of Contemporary Dentistry said that adding Streptococcus salivarius bacteria into the mouth after rinsing with mouthwash can reduce levels of sulfur on one’s breath i.e. reduce bad breath.

Other important benefits of using good probiotic bacteria strains is to help the body’s resistance to and also possibly reduce occurrences of,

  • gum disease,
  • cavities, and
  • sore throats

4 Respiratory Conditions

A review combining the work of dozens of researchers across the world, published in the British Journal of Nutrition in April 2014, found that taking probiotics lessened the duration of common upper respiratory tract infections. This type of assessment, which is known as a systematic review, is widely accepted by many regulatory and policy-setting organizations worldwide as the best means to weigh evidence for a given intervention.

This review on probiotics gives strong evidence for the value of probiotics as part of a healthy diet. The paper’s lead author, Dr. Sarah King, who is affiliated with York Health Economics Consortium in the UK, says, “The core of nutrition science is to advise on the construction of a diet that helps maintain health and reduce risk of disease. “

“This paper shows that with the addition of live lactobacilli and bifidobacteria to your diet, the duration of upper respiratory tract infections (e.g. colds) could be shortened.”

“Combined with results from a 2011 meta-analysis published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, which demonstrated that probiotics can reduce the incidence of upper RTIs, the implication of these findings are important, and could translate into cost savings and improvements in peoples’ quality of life.”

Most important is the fact that the majority of these studies were considered to be well-conducted, so that their results – and therefore the meta-analyses conclusions – are more likely to be reliable. (9)

“Probiotics go beyond the gut to influence other systems such as the respiratory system, kidneys, and skin,” says gastroenterologist and researcher Sonia Michail, MD,  director and section chief of the division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio.

“There have been some limited reports that suggest modest benefits to the consumption of probiotics in reducing upper respiratory infections in children, especially those attending daycare.”

5 Colds and Flu

Probiotics help your colds and flu by supporting your immune system.

Because the gut is the first entrance into the body, it serves as a physical barrier against pathogens, toxins and even undigested food particles.

So that’s why the immune system is directed to take care of the gut barrier and to quickly address any problem from there.

Why are probiotics important for the immune system?

When probiotics restore the gut bacteria, the immune system is able to recover and fight against the pathogens and toxins.

However, probiotics do more than that. They also increase the production of immunoglobulins and specialized immune cells such as T lymphocytes and NK (Natural Killer) cells.

Studies have shown that probiotics improve what we call phagocytosis, which is the ability of white blood cells to engulf and destroy viruses. According to the results of many studies as well as the Cochrane review, the beneficial effects of probiotics on the immune system can shorten cold and flu episodes, especially effective against cold and flu in children.

6  Prevent Pregnancy risks like Pre-eclampsia

According to a Norwegian study pregnant women who regularly consumed dairy-based probiotics, such as yogurt, were less likely to develop preeclampsia.

Pre-eclampsia is a sudden increase in blood pressure during pregnancy, and it often happens in the 20th week. About 5% of pregnant women suffer from pre-eclampsia.

Unfortunately, preeclampsia can progress to become dangerous to both the mother & the child.

Brantsaeter, the lead researcher, calls the GI tract the largest “immune interface” with the outside world. She says that probiotics regulate gut health by suppressing disease-causing bacteria, and they also influence inflammation, blood pressure, and the risk of diabetes.

Actually, Brantsaeter and her colleagues studied the dietary habits of 33,399 women and their deliveries over a period of seven years. The women who generally consumed dairy-based probiotics that were rich in Lactobacilli species were 21% less likely to develop preeclampsia.

Then there were women who consumed about 5 ounces of probiotics daily. They had a 39% lower risk of preeclampsia. Those who consumed probiotics once a week were 25% less likely to develop the disorder.

Researchers also showed that Lactobacillus L. rhamnosus probiotics were able to reduce inflammation in placental cells.

7 Help Stress, Depression and Anxiety

There are many human and animal studies to show the unique connection between stress reactions and the gut. Probiotics have been shown to help people feel less stressed. This connection is particularly noticeable by people with IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome.

Dr. Jeffrey Lackner of the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has a seven-year, $8.9 million grant to test this very situation, i.e.  The Efficacy of Behavioral Self-Management Treatment for IBS.

A study by Bravo JA1, Forsythe P, Chew MV, Escaravage E, Savignac HM, Dinan TG, Bienenstock J, Cryan JF. showed that taking Lactobacillus strains regulate emotional behavior and central GABA receptor expression in a mouse via the vagus nerve.

Another study published in The Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility showed that the probiotic, Bifidobacterium longum NCC3001, normalized anxiety-like behavior in mice with infectious colitis by modulating the vagal pathways within the gut-brain.

Researchers at UCLA, also found that probiotics actually were able to alter peoples’ brain function. The study involved healthy women. They found that women who regularly consumed beneficial bacteria, probiotics, through yogurt, showed altered brain function, both while in a resting state and in response to an emotion-recognition task.

Other researchers found that the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus had an important effect on GABA levels which is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that is has an important function involved in regulating many physiological and psychological processes, in certain brain regions and they were able to lower the stress-induced hormone called corticosterone, which results in reducing anxiety and depression.

8 Strengthen Bones

Research done exclusively on Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics found that when women ages 48 and older took a Japanese probiotic supplement for at least eight weeks, their bone density was 36 percent higher when compared to those who didn’t take the supplement.(3)

‘Scientists suspect that probiotics help the body properly digest calcium,’ said Fred Pescatore, M.D., science advisor  for Essential Formulas Incorporated, U.S. distributor of Dr Ohhira’s Probiotics, the Japanese supplement used in the study.”

“This is a surprising side benefit of probiotics, which are most often indicated for supporting digestive health and immune response. Derived from a fermented vegetable blend, it is actually a whole food that contains probiotics, prebiotics (substances that feed probiotics), and organic acids.”

Scientists recognize that it is equally relevant to provide both pro- and pre-biotic components for the GI tract to enhance calcium uptake. Such significant results might not happen when using other types of probiotic supplements.

  • Bone Health Fast Facts
    Did you know that in the United States, 1.5 million osteoporosis-related fractures occur annually, resulting in over $47 million in direct medical expenses per day?
  • Another important consideration is that more women die each year from osteoporosis-related injuries than from ovarian and breast cancer combined.
  • Beware of eating loads of sugar, soft drinks, caffeine, and too much alcohol as well as smoking. They can all make the bone-building process more difficult.(4)

9 Travel

Ann Louise Gittleman, a U.S. nutrition expert, has commented in her book “The Gut Flush Plan”. She says,

“While you can take precautions against food-borne illnesses in your own kitchen, that’s much more difficult to do when you’re travelling. Contamination can lead to all sorts of digestive grief….That’s not exactly a fun souvenir.”

Anne Louse Gittleman has a few tips for travelers to keep their stomachs safe on vacation which includes taking probiotics:

  1. Skip the salad bar: They are usually just a colorful buffet of bacteria.
  2. Disinfect your hotel room: Bacteria is lurking on TV remotes, minibar handles and even bathroom counters. There’s no telling where previous occupants have been or whom or what they have also touched.
  3. Dust your food: Yes, we are talking about ‘chardust’ which can be sprinkled from activated charcoal caps onto any suspicious cuisine.
  4. Pack the probiotics: These beneficial bacteria will give pathogens the heave-ho even before they can get a foothold in your gut.
  5. Spice up your meals for health: Oregano, garlic, thyme, cayenne and turmeric are loaded with antioxidants that can out-smart many nasty bacteria — even the superbugs in some cases.

10 Vaginal Infections

Conventional treatment uses antibiotics and unfortunately, the failure rate is high. We know that more than half of treated women experience another infection within 3 months. Why? because the antibiotics killed all the good bacteria as well as the bad bacteria.

On the other hand, when probiotics are used, whether with or instead of, antibiotic therapy, we see very good results, because we are supporting an environment where the natural Lactobacillus strains are able to flourish again. It’s the Lactobacillus bacteria that help the function of the body’s immune systems to get rid of  the infection.(16)

Clinical trials showed that intra-vaginal administration of Lactobacillus acidophilus for 6-12 days, or oral administration of L. acidophilus or Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 and Lactobacillus fermentum RC-14 for 2 months, showed that they were able to minimize symptoms of bacterial vaginosis.

Results indicate an increase in beneficial vaginal lactobacilli and it also actually restored the normal vaginal microbiota, significantly more frequently than did a placebo, acetic acid or with no treatment at all.  FYI there are several suppositories that are now available for introvaginal treatment from your local health food store.

Dr Ohhira’s range of probiotic supplements and skin products are superior and an excellent choice to enhance your health and well being as well as overcome specific signs and symptoms that may be bothersome on a day to day basis.

Do You Have Leaky Gut? Find Out

What is Leaky Gut?

In a nut shell it’s intestinal permeability. People with leaky gut experience symptoms within a short time after eating.  Symptoms like stomach upset, gas, bloating and fatigue.

How Does Leaky Gut Happen?

Leaky gut occurs when your gut lining breaks down. This allows proteins, gluten, undigested foods and even bad bacteria to leak into your bloodstream.

What happens next?

Your body creates an immune response; this response is what causes you to feel ill after you eat and lethargic.

Leaky gut left over time causes your body to be in a constant state of inflammation.  Left untreated this inflammation contributes to chronic illness such as cardiovascular disease, cancer,  auto-immune disorders, mood disorders, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and allergies.

What Causes Leaky Gut?

Leaky Gut can be caused by any of number of things. Here’s the most common:

  • poor diet
  • alcohol
  • stress
  • antibiotics
  • intestinal bugs
  • sugar

What’s the Solution?

First and foremost, find out about your gut health.  If you think you may  have Leaky Gut; take the at home Genova Lab Intestinal Permeability urine test. If you do have Leaky Gut start by repairing the gut.

Leaky Gut Formula has been shown to be extremely helpful in repairing the gut lining. Also, consider Intestinal Repair Capsules.

Crowd out the bad bacteria with good bacteria. Start taking a Probiotic and a Prebiotic. Leaky Gut responds extremely well to the combination of PerfectPass Prebiotic and PerfectPass Probiotic. Together they increase your good bacteria diversity as well as help to eliminate bad bacteria.

Give your digestive tract a break so it can focus on repair by using digestive enzymes; Perfect Pass Digestive Enzymes help digest  food when taken with meals and will reduce inflammation when taken between meals.

Now, take a look at your diet choices.

A very close look.

Are you eating refined carbohydrates, processed convenience foods or foods with hidden sugars.

With a Leaky Gut, these foods will continue to wreak havoc on your system and you will have a tough time healing.

Check out this book by Elaine Gottschall; Breaking the Vicious Cycle. This is an excellent resource for recipes and tips on how to reduce inflammation and heal your gut through foods.

In the meantime for more information on Leaky Gut, watch this short video of Microbiologist Kiran Krishnan. Kiran explains how they  performed a clinical trial measuring the toxic response of persons with Leaky Gut Syndrome before and after taking a 60 day course of probiotics. The trial participants were cured of their intestinal permeability after the 60 days! The spores of probiotics are the same soil based spores that you can find in Perfect Pass Probiotics.

Pamela Nathan Gut Health Series Interview

Pamela Nathan’s Interview with Leah Kline

I recently participated in Leah Kline’s Gut Health Symposium. What a great panel of speakers she interviewed. There was so much to be learned from so many different experts talking about many different aspects of gut health. Not only was the information invaluable but there were lots of free giveaways as well.

Leah was curious to hear about how I was introduced to holistic medicine. Then she went on to ask me about my current ‘pet’ topics, like, how our understanding of what probiotics really are has changed since the completion of the Human Microbiome Project, as well as why I think prebiotics are so important with today’s challenges in maintaining excellent gut function.

Here’s the interview in case you missed it.

Why VSL3?

VSL#3 Probiotic 2 Pack Capsules VSL3 Can Help If You….

  • Have heavy stress
  • Have recently taken antibiotics
  • Drink a lot of alcohol
  • Eat a lot of sugar
  • Get recurring fungal infections

Did you know that if you do just one of these system stressors on a regular basis, your gut health could be compromised.  Microorganisms which reside in your gut can not be stimulated to grow by a change in diet alone. That’s why probiotics are necessary. Before your immune system gets out of wack, consider taking probiotics.

Why take VSL#3?

  • 10 times the strength of the average probiotic
  • Proprietary blend of 8 strains of live probiotic bacteria; multiple bacteria strains taken simultaneously provide a wider range of benefits than single strain probiotics.
  • The effects of probiotics are very strain specific; the strains of VSL#3 are backed by more than 170 published studies
  • Greater potency which ensures that bacteria survive the stomach acid and bile to colonize in your gut.
  • VSL #3 is now dairy-free for those people who suffer from milk allergies or lactose intolerance.

In 2014 the World Health Organization defined Probiotics as “live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.” VSL#3 meets the definition of a probiotic.

What are the results of VSL#3?

  • Maintains a healthy mucosal lining
  • Strengthens intestinal barriers
  • Strengthens the tight junctions
  • Improves immune system
  • Improves digestion

What Conditions Does VSL#3 Help?

If you are still wondering if VSL#3 could be right for you, take a look at these testimonials from those who have been helped by this product. VSL#3 is now available in three formulations, regular strength, double strength and packet form. It’s simple to take as a capsule or just add it to a beverage or smoothie.

Contact us if you have any questions about VSL#3 or need help with determining the best dose to take for your condition or symptoms.

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Pam Nathan February 17, 2017