Apr 05 2020

In Addition Pay Attention to your Mental Health

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Paying close attention to your mental health is especially important during these “crazy times”.

Maintaining a healthy gut is essential for a strong immune system as well as strong mental health.*

People are calling what is going on right now “crazy times.” You hear it everywhere. And there is a good reason. It is crazy! We have never been through anything like this before as individuals, as communities or as a nation. It is natural and normal that all this quarantine, isolation and bad news can make us all feel extra levels of anxiety and depression. But keep in mind, that keeping our mental health is just as important as maintaining our physical health, especially in times such as these.*

Even before the coronavirus hit, anxiety and depression have been on the rise in our country. Researchers believe that the shift in diet over the many decades has had its toll. Guts have become less healthy due to diets high in processed foods and sugars, which has also led to higher rates of obesity. When the gut is unhealthy, it affects the brain. “…Patients with various psychiatric disorders including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and autism spectrum disorder have been shown to have significant differences in the composition of their gut microbiome…”1*

Our guts, just like our brains are comprised of a network of hundreds of millions of neurons hidden in the walls of our digestive tract, which when stretched out would span about nine meters. This bundle of neurons is called the Enteric Nervous System (ENS). “…Its main role is controlling digestion, from swallowing to the release of enzymes that break down food to the control of blood flow that helps with nutrient absorption to elimination,” explains Jay Pasricha, M.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Neurogastroenterology…” But it also plays a particular role in our emotional well being and overall health by sending information to the brain. “…The Enteric Nervous System doesn’t seem capable of thought as we know it, but it communicates back and forth with our big brain—with profound results…” Scientists have learned that “…90 percent of the fibers in the primary visceral nerve, the vagus (the connector cable,) carry information from the gut to the brain and not the other way around…” And most of this information that the gut sends to the brain are things that affect our well being without us even knowing about it. (2,3)*

The gut also produces hormones and neurotransmitters typically associated with our primary brain.  In fact, our guts produce more hormones than any other part of our body, with the neurons in the gut, believed to “…generate as much dopamine as those in the head…” It is also responsible for 95 percent of the serotonin produced in our bodies which is our mood-stabilizing hormone.  It is an incredibly complex system and more complicated than researchers had ever previously understood. (1,3)

For these reasons, taking care of your gut with Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ with Prebiotics is extremely important. We need a healthy microbiome to keep our immune system at its healthiest. And we need it to keep our mental condition at its healthiest too. In addition, exercise daily in some form, minimize stress as much as possible (don’t keep the news on constantly), eat right, and don’t burden your gut with excessive alcohol or junk food. It’s easy to turn to drink and snacking when we are home all the time and bored…but just be mindful of balance.*

It is of great concern that many people who were already struggling with mental health conditions are now burdened further with the worries of the world, job loss, and isolation. If a person has depression or anxiety they will have a harder time making the best of things and finding that silver lining. Unfortunately, things are going to get worse before they get better. So do your part by staying home, follow social distancing and handwashing guidelines set forth by the CDC. The important thing is to keep yourself and your family healthy. If you are suffering from depression, reach out to a friend or loved one. If you know others that suffer from depression, reach out to them and anyone in need. Service to others not only helps them but boosts your mood too.  Take a walk in nature and take some deep breaths. And if you are feeling that things are becoming unmanageable, call a health care provider or a local help hotline. Many health care practitioners are diagnosing and advising over the phone and are there to help.4*

We will get through this! Healthiest wishes,

Kelli


Resources:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31530002
  2. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/the-brain-gut-connection
  3. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/gut-second-brain/
  4. cdc.gov

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Mar 22 2020

Countless new Possibilities during Quarantine

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Open the door to a million new possibilities.
During a time of quarantine, we just might discover what is outside the door again.

What? Excuse me? I must have heard wrong. We have to quarantine? That can’t be! I woke up thinking I was having a bad dream, but no… the news was still there and it is pretty hard to swallow. So now what?

Protect your immune system. Check. Go to the grocery store. Check. Buy toilet paper. Check. (Triple check for some of you!) Clean out closets. Check. Clean out your closets again. Check. And it’s only been a week.

So all that’s left is to make the best of it and open the door to amazing possibilities. (But please practice social distancing while doing this!)

Go play outside! “Go get the stink blown off of you” as my grandmother used to say. Enjoy some fresh air, and feel the sunshine on your back. It will do wonders for your mood and your spirits. And the greatest part of being outside? The news isn’t on, so you can tune it out for a while and just be. Existing in a constant state of stress is not good and the news is pretty stressful. So make this separation from the barrage of bad news and forget about your troubles for a while. You’re staying isolated anyway; do you really need to watch the news constantly? 1*

There are other health benefits to going outside:

Exercise

Take a walk, hike, garden. All these things keep the body moving and we know how good exercise is for the body. It boosts the immune system. It elevates our serotonin, the mood hormone. It oxygenates the blood. Just about every health condition benefits from exercising.1*

Breathe in phytoncides

These chemicals produced by plants and released into the air increase our white blood cell levels and help us fight off disease and infection. 1*

It’s good for the eyes

Spending time in natural sunlight is essential for the proper development of the eyes. Studies show myopia, or nearsightedness has been on the rise in children around the world. It is caused by a slightly elongated eyeball, “…in which the lens focuses light from far objects slightly in front of the retina, rather than directly on it…” Not having enough exposure to natural sunlight appears to be the contributing factor.  “…The leading hypothesis is that light stimulates the release of dopamine in the retina, and this neurotransmitter in turn blocks the elongation of the eye during development…” 2*

Expose yourself to soil-born organisms

Do a little gardening and get your hands dirty. Exposing ourselves to the naturally occurring soil-born organisms found in rich organic soil is good for us. After all, Body Biotics Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia was created to help make up for our lack of exposure to these organisms. Playing in the dirt and making mud pies is good for you and it can be a whole lot of fun!*

Experience natural sources of aromatherapy

Aromatherapy treatments come from natural resources that are found outside! Stop to smell the lavender, rose, fresh-cut grass and pine and all the beautiful scents found outside.*

Listen to the sounds

White noise is modeled after the sound of the wind through the trees, oceans, babbling brooks and falling rain. Instead of staying inside and replicating those sounds, listen to the real thing. Set up a hammock, walk in the woods, have a picnic on a hill…the beautiful sounds are everywhere.*

Enhance your creativity 

Instead of looking to a screen to tell you what to think, get your creativity from being outside in nature where your imagination can run wild. Our creative juices get stifled when we are fed information…so go outside and create, create, create! 1*

Get your daily dose of Vitamin D

More than 90 percent of our vitamin D comes from casual exposure to sunlight, and even 15 minutes spent outside can give that to you. We need Vitamin D for our bodies to properly function. It helps us absorb calcium, which helps prevents osteoporosis, and reduces inflammation, among other things. Vitamin D is present in some foods, such as fortified milk and salmon but a little sunshine on our shoulders is the best fix.1*

Reconnect to something larger than yourself

Being outside in nature can remind us what is important and reconnect with a higher being. Regardless of your beliefs, it’s easy to get philosophical while in the great outdoors and ponder great questions…stretch yourself and be grateful for the awesomeness and the beauty of your surroundings.*

Lastly, keep this in mind: while being quarantined from the Black Plague, Shakespeare composed King LearAntony, and Cleopatra and Macbeth. And the young mathematician Isaac Newton produced some of his best work while under quarantine. He wrote the papers that would become early calculus and created his theories on optics while fiddling with prisms in his bedroom. The theory of gravity was born during this time as well. So, you never know what we will create and develop as we have more time on our hands.3*

 **Please note that if you are not in a situation where going outside can be done safely in terms of social distancing, and breaks you from the required protocol to self-quarantine, please follow the guidelines put in place to keep yourself and others safe!

 Stay positive and healthiest wishes to all of you!

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

Resources:

  1. https://www.businessinsider.com/why-spending-more-time-outside-is-healthy-2017-7#it-could-improve-your-ability-to-focus-8
  2. https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/620764/productive-people-in-quarantine
  3. http://www.nature.com/news/the-myopia-boom-1.17120

 

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Mar 08 2020

Important time to keep your immune system strong

There’s never been a more Important Time to keep your Immune System Strong.*
A strong immune system sets you up for better health, well being and longevity. *

There has not been much good news lately. In fact, it is downright bad. I’m sure you have seen enough to make you want to scream and hide, but unfortunately, putting our heads in the sand won’t make it disappear. Daily, there is new information and updates about new cases, new quarantines and sadly, fatalities. Of course, I’m talking about the coronavirus. I really didn’t want to, but it is unavoidable. *

We are in new territory. The best thing is to stay on top of new developments, follow the CDC protocol for washing hands for 20 seconds, not touching your face and avoiding situations where you might get exposed. Officials are canceling events and enforcing quarantines. All of this is being done in an effort to slow the spread. Buying time will give health officials more opportunity to get a handle on this new virus in some way they hope. At this point, it’s hard to know if there’s too much hype or too little hype but we do know one thing…a compromised immune system or a pre-existing health condition puts you at greater risk. (1,2)*

It’s difficult to offer helpful information in addition to what is being purported by the health officials dedicating their lives to understanding and finding a cure and vaccine for this virus. It is easy to go into panic mode during a situation like this, but doing so makes everyone more vulnerable. There are a lot of opportunists seeing an angle and trying to take advantage of the situation. Don’t be duped into buying any “magic cures”. Washington Post Reporter and Registered Dietician Cara Rosenbloom reported in response to the many ads and promotions hitting her inbox regarding cures for the coronavirus, “…There is absolutely no research any product can do such a thing, and these unscrupulous marketers are looking to cash in on a vulnerable population during a crisis. Anyone claiming their product can prevent or cure the coronavirus is lying because they could not possibly have that information in any scientific way…”1*

Additionally, people are experiencing long lines at grocery stores and empty shelves. Worldwide, hand sanitizer sales have increased by 800%. This “panic buying” is a phenomenon that occurs when people are faced with a crisis. It drives up prices and takes the essential goods out of the people’s hands who really need them, such as health care workers who need face masks to protect them while doing their jobs. On e-commerce sites, a 20-pack of face masks was costing more than $100. This panic buying has resulted in companies such as Amazon installing measures to stop speculators taking advantage of a spike in demand by removing over a million basic needs products for misleading claims and price gouging. Many stores have put a number limit on the sales of certain products such as hand sanitizer and toilet paper. When we as individuals overbuy, we cause problems for everyone else by driving prices up as supplies decrease. So be kind and be reasonable. 3*

While handwashing and practicing coughing hygiene is still the most important thing to do at this point, many people find that it seems ‘too ordinary’. “…This is a dramatic event, therefore a dramatic response is required, so that leads to people throwing money at things in hopes of protecting themselves…” Psychologists deem this panic buying is how we feel we can assert control over a seeming out of control situation. “…Panic buying is ultimately a psychological mechanism to deal with our fear and uncertainty, a way to assert some control over the situation by taking an action…” Additionally, herd mentality adds to this behavior. (1,2,3)*

Stay on top of the news, use the hygiene guidelines set forth of washing your hands for 20 seconds, avoid overly crowded situations and avoid touching your face. Use courtesy when coughing or sneezing and use a Kleenex which can be thrown away. (Refer to reference #2 below to  see how to properly wash hands and not spread germs). Do all the things we talk about to keep the immune system healthy…eat right, exercise, sleep enough and take your Body Biotics™ SBO Bio-identical Probiotics Consortia™. Having a strong immune system does not keep you from contracting the virus, but can help reduce the severity and improve one’s outcome. Unfortunately, all the supplements and Probiotics in the world won’t prevent any of us from getting the virus if we come into direct contact with it and to tell you otherwise would be misleading. Health professionals and government officials are trying to slow the spread. While the elderly, and those with pre-existing health issues, particularly lung issues, are at greater risk, it is best to lay low for a while and avoid any situations which would leave you exposed if you fall into one of these categories. (1,2,3)*

Our basic human decency has been tested lately. Our common sense has been tested also. Don’t go crazy and become a hoarder. Use good personal hygiene, which we should be doing anyway. I’ve seen memes asking, “Were we not washing our hands before?” Perhaps this will teach us some practices that will prevent the spread of the flu and other illnesses in the future. Our overly cautious practices, should they remain, will possibly keep us all healthier.*

We wish you to remain healthy and continue to live your best life. It is a time that we are being tested in ways not seen in recent years. So take care, be smart about your health, but live your life to the fullest. Avoid situations that could cause major inconvenience such as being quarantined. Be considerate, and love your neighbor…just do it with a wave and a smile or an elbow bump rather than a handshake or hug…just until we get past this coronavirus.*

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/wellness/immune-boost-coronavirus/2020/03/05/e111554a-5e73-11ea-b014-4fafa866bb81_story.html
  2. https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/live-blog/coronavirus-updates-live-first-deaths-outside-west-coast-confirmed-florida-n1152081
  3. https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200304-coronavirus-covid-19-update-why-people-are-stockpiling

 

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Feb 23 2020

Researchers once again seek answers from the soil.

Researchers once again seek answers from the soil.
A new group of antibiotics, found in the soil, proves promising against drug resistant infections. 1*

As we have covered many times before, the race to find new antibiotics that can fight bacteria is one that scientists and researchers are desperately trying to win. The overuse of antibiotics has continued to be a growing concern, in both humans and livestock, as many antibiotics have become ineffective. Globally, we are faced with many bacterial infections becoming untreatable and this crisis will only grow direr as bacteria morph and become more resilient. As with C. Diff, and many strains of staphylococcus, despite several rounds of antibiotic therapy, these bacteria prevail, resulting in the death of those infected. (1,2)*

Researchers are finding that to address the global antibiotic-resistant drug crisis, they must seek answers outside the norm and discover compounds with unique mechanisms of action. They are constantly searching for new antibiotics and the soil is their ground zero. As Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ was formulated from nature’s own soil-borne microorganisms, the answer to so many things can be found there. And, it is there that a new antibiotic has been discovered.1*

A team with the David Braley Centre for Antibiotic Discovery within the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research at McMaster and led by professor Gerry Wright and was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Ontario Research Fund discovered a new group of antibiotics that take a novel approach to attack bacteria. Corbomycin and compstatin are promising clinical candidates in the fight against antimicrobial resistance in that they have “…a never-before-seen way to kill bacteria, which is achieved by blocking the function of the bacterial cell wall. The discovery comes from a family of antibiotics called glycopeptides that are produced by soil bacteria….”(1,2)*

The research, which was published in Nature, shows promise in a way that hadn’t yet been realized. “…”Bacteria have a wall around the outside of their cells that gives them shape and is a source of strength,” said study first author Beth Culp, a Ph.D. candidate in biochemistry and biomedical sciences at McMaster…”(1,2)*

The antibiotics that these researchers found do the opposite of what antibiotics like penicillin do, which is kill bacteria by preventing the building of the bacterial cell wall. These new antibiotics do the opposite in that they prevent the wall from being broken down, which is critical for the cells to divide, expand and multiply. “…”If you completely block the breakdown of the wall, it is like it is trapped in a prison, and can’t expand or grow.”…”(1,2)*

Researchers studied “…the family tree of known members of the glycopeptides…” and studied those genes known to lack resistance mechanisms, “…with the idea they might be an antibiotic demonstrating a different way to attack bacteria…”(1,2)*

Culp and the researchers hypothesized that “…” if the genes that made these antibiotics were different, maybe the way they killed the bacteria was also different,”…” They surmised that this approach can be applied to other antibiotics, which can lead to the discovery of other new ones with different mechanisms of action. “…”We found one completely new antibiotic in this study, but since then, we’ve found a few others in the same family that has this same new mechanism.”…”(1,2)*

This is great news and there is a lot of attention being given to this matter by the Center for Disease Control in the search for new antibiotics. “The CDC’s response to antibiotic resistance implements activities outlined in the U.S. National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. In the fiscal year 2016, Congress appropriated an unprecedented $160 million of new investments for CDC to fight antibiotic resistance. With these investments, CDC implemented the AR Solutions Initiative to work toward meeting the national goals. This appropriation increased to $170 million in the fiscal year 2020.”3*

 The first line of defense comes from the soil by ingesting the friendly soil born bacteria that fortify the gut, building a strong immune system. By keeping our defenses strong and using soil born bacteria such as those found in Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™, we maintain our gut health so that when exposed to dangerous bacteria, we are better armed to fight them off. By using them sparingly, and only when necessary, antibiotics can prevent the spread of infection and keep it from getting worse. As bacteria and various infections and their treatments evolve, researchers will continue to look to the soil and to innovative solutions to develop new treatments, preventions, and ultimately cures.*  

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

 www.bodybiotics.com

Resources:

  1. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200212131523.htm
  2. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-1990-9?amp%3Bcode=d61c8e22-32be-4b99-a000-a6d9762e87e9
  3. https://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/solutions-initiative/index.html

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Feb 09 2020

Food Habits are Especially Hard to Break

Published by under probiotic supplements

Habits are difficult to break, especially when it comes to food.
Make sure your eating habits are leading to a destiny of long term health and wellness.

Changing habits can be difficult…sometimes impossible. Especially when it comes to food. We have good intentions and we want to eat better. Our motivations vary. Usually, we want to ‘look better’, or ‘do better’ and lastly we want to feel better. But many “diets” fall flat, and people end up back in the same eating habits as before. Science shows that while we can change what we eat and when we eat for a short period of time, once we experience a moment of weakness, many (not all) of us go right back to our old habits. According to Kari Anderson, DBH, CEDS who is in private practice at myEatingDoctor in Scottsdale, Arizona “…It’s complicated and primal, and it has everything to do with your brain trying to help you survive. Even if the eating changes that you’re trying to make will make you healthier…”1*

While we set out to eat healthful foods during the day, we get off track, most usually in a moment of stress, and then we beat ourselves up for falling off the wagon. How and why is it so hard to stick to our diets? If we can’t do it for ourselves, can’t we do it to ensure our long term health for our loved ones? Why is it so hard? In a moment of weakness and faced with a delicious piece of chocolate cake, french fries or a greasy burger, our future health and our loved ones don’t usually come to mind, just the desire to have what we want. Are we really that weak? According to Andersen, “…Deep within our brain lies a basic quest for survival, located in the reptilian brain. Food is key to our survival and it represents safety. So if someone (even you) starts messing around with your food, all bets are off. That’s because of any threat to your safety, whether real or perceived, evokes fear…”1*

According to health experts, there is more to it. We can tell ourselves we are “bad people with bad habits” and it is easy to beat ourselves up and feel ashamed when we go off our diets. But we shouldn’t be hard on ourselves. According to Andersen, it’s quite simple because it is purely instinctual and emotional. It is especially true for people who have experienced any type of food insecurity in their lives. This could be a result of eating disorders, poverty, growing up in the depression, chronic dieting or having lived with a caregiver that tried to control our food. These experiences cause us to feel threatened when we try to change our eating habits.1*

“…Part of our habits with food have been built within the reward pathways of our mammalian brain…” There is a behavioral hypothesis called Porges Polyvagal Theory that suggests “…relationships and social engagement with others is the primary way that mammals have developed to calm themselves. This natural regulation is accomplished through neurological processes and when relationships go missing, food can often serve a similar function…” She goes on to suggest that, “…Through sensory experiences and the movement of facial muscles, eating neurologically mimics social interaction, providing a feeling of safety and calm…”1*

Because our food habits originate from such a deeply unconscious place in our brain, it is easy to see why it is so hard to stick with it. When we make the conscious decision to start a diet plan or feel the desire to change our food behavior, we are in a calm state. The problem and when we blow it, arises when we become agitated, tired, depressed or stressed. During these times, our need for safety and comfort automatically defaults to our “repitilian or mammailian brain” and our rational brain goes out the window.  But, according to Andersen, through practice, we can change our brains and heal food insecurity. We can rewire food reward pathways and learn to not use food for feeling connection. 1* 

The goal is to not be motivated by “being good” or even “looking good” but by feeling good.This is driven from within and by what is truly important to you. So you’d wonder, wanting to be healthy isn’t enough? “…Knowing when you feel good and wanting to do what’s needed to keep feeling that way is an example of intrinsic or internal motivation. Unfortunately, many people are so disconnected from their bodies,  according to Andersen, that they don’t know when they feel good, or bad…”2*

According to Andersen, the key to this internal motivation comes from connecting to your body and your internal motivation through mindfulness. Being present, in the moment and listening to our bodies, our mood and our mental state. How do certain foods make you feel after you eat them? When we notice that certain foods that we eat, and in particular combinations and at certain times make us either feel good or not good, we can start really listening to our bodies, and then let our bodies tell us what to do. If you eat a donut and while it tastes delicious in the moment makes you feel awful afterward, you can listen to your body enough to know that you don’t want to do that again. Or, if you eat lots of vegetables and lean meat and you wake up the next morning feeling lighter and more energized, you will want to repeat that behavior. 2*

This is so very important because it keys right into the gut. When we feed our microbiome foods that only perpetuate the growth of candida and other bad bacteria, we feel bad. We feel foggy, tired and weighted down. When we replace that with foods that feed the good bacteria, we feel better overall. We feel energized, happier and healthier. But it does take conscious mindfulness to really want to make this a habit. Remember, habits become our destiny, so good habits are important. 2*

When our guts are populated with bad bacteria, it can feel comforting to eat those foods that feed that bacteria because they are hungry, causing us to crave these foods. Beating a junk food habit can be extremely hard for this reason. It can even be uncomfortable and unsatisfying at first. But with regularity and increasing the Probiotics that go into our guts, we can starve out the unfriendly bacteria and replace it with healthy bacteria that make us feel good, boost our immune system which makes us feel healthier. We can do this through a regular regimen of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ and then eating the right foods that support a healthy microbiome.2*

“…By simply pausing and noticing our awareness of behaviors that make us feel good can create new reward pathways in our brains…” It is inch by inch, rather than a big reward at the end of a long day such as having a big meal or a hot fudge sundae which tastes good in the moment but not in the long run. Learning to reward ourselves in more healthy ways is the key. Instead of making choices out of shame, a need to feel secure or comforted, we start making food choices based on competence, knowledge and conscious choices rather than out of habit or fear.2*

One helpful way to start off on the right foot is to always make the first food you eat each day a healthy one. A vegetable scramble, whole grain toast with avocado, oatmeal with fresh fruit will keep your body on the right track and tell your microbiome what to crave for the rest of the day. If you start your day with high sugar or processed foods, your body will key into that and just crave more as your glucose levels spike, craving more sugar. Even if you aren’t a “breakfast person” just make sure that no matter what time you eat, you eat something that is going to feed your good bacteria and nourish your body as a whole. Remember our actions lead to habits and our habits lead to our destiny. What is your destiny?2*

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/behernow/201709/why-changing-eating-habits-permanently-is-so-hard
  2. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/behernow/201710/the-secret-changing-eating-behavior-good

 

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Jan 26 2020

Is Our Gut a Predictor of How Long we Will Live?

Published by under probiotic supplements

Is our gut a predictor of how long we will live?
A group of scientists believes they can predict future health by examining the microbiome.

The microbiome is at the core of our health. It has been linked to all sorts of health issues including digestive disorders, mood patterns, inflammation, and arthritis. Eighty percent of our immune system originates from the gut so if our guts are healthy so are we. Scientists are now suggesting that our microbiome can be an indicator of our future health in terms of years we will live. There are two new studies that find our mix of microbes can “reveal the presence of many diseases…” and may “…anticipate our risk of dying within the next 15 years…” According to this research, our gut microbes may be better at determining diseases than our own genes can.1*

“…In the first study, researchers reviewed 47 studies looking at associations between the collective genomes of the gut microbes and 13 common diseases. These included schizophrenia, hypertension, and asthma—all of which are considered “complex” because they are caused by both environmental and genetic factors. They then compared these studies with 24 genome-wide association (GWA) studies, which correlate specific human genetic variants with diseases….”1*

In a paper posted on the preprint server bioRxiv, the research team reported that the “…genetic signature of gut microbes was 20% better at discriminating between a healthy and an ill person than a person’s own genes…” The microbiome was better at predicting whether someone had colorectal cancer by 50%  than GWA studies. The only genetic profile that outperformed the human microbiome was that of predicting whether someone had type 1 diabetes.1*

The study’s author Braden Tierney is a computational biologist at Harvard Medical School. He acknowledges that this is a preliminary analysis and that the work could ultimately benefit people, by using both the microbiome and human genetics to improve patient quality of life by “…identifying key markers in both sets of genomes that could help diagnose these complex diseases…”1*

According to Tierney, a person’s environment, including what they eat and how often they exercise may continue to remain a better predictor of diseases which tend to have a large environmental component. This includes such diseases as type 2 diabetes.1*

A second study looked at the link between a person’s microbiome and how long they lived. The analysis referred to a Finnish study that has been collecting health information and data from thousands of participants since 1972. Participants donated stool samples in 2002 that were sequenced 15 years later. “…The data reveal that individuals with an abundance of Enterobacteriaceae bacteria—a family of potentially infectious bacteria that includes Escherichia coli and salmonella—are 15% more likely to die in the next 15 years…” This link between gut bacteria and increased risk of death was consistent across the eastern and western Finnish populations, whose genetic backgrounds and lifestyles are quite different. 1*

For both research studies, researchers say they are still unclear as to why there is this connection between the microbiome and death and disease. Is it that the microbes are causing disease? Or, are they shortening a person’s life span in some way? Or, it is that the gut is just reflective of whatever else is going on in the body?  Regardless, doctors, researchers, and scientists who are focused on treating and preventing human diseases are starting to pay a lot more attention to what is going on in the gut and will most likely find that all the above are true. *

While the microbiome is still relatively new and unexplored in so many ways, there is hope and enthusiasm that soon microbiome-based therapeutics and diagnostics will be developed. 1*

It’s encouraging to know that the science and health communities are putting their energy and resources towards examining gut health for determining health issues and diseases. At Body Biotics™, we know the importance of it and that is why we developed Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ so many years ago. As conventional medicine and health practitioners continue to recognize and acknowledge the importance of gut health, more emphasis will be put on prevention as opposed to addressing issues after they have developed. By keeping our guts healthy and ensuring we are replenishing depleted microbes whether it be from antibiotic use, poor diets or just daily living in our fast world with Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™,  we are one step ahead as we focus on staying healthy for the long run.*

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

Resources:

  1. https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/01/microbes-your-gut-could-predict-whether-you-re-likely-die-next-15-years

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Jan 12 2020

Avoiding the Common Problem of Cascading Prescriptions

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Avoid the common problem known as the “prescribing cascade.”1*

Instead of taking more prescription drugs to address what’s wrong, take Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ to stay healthy at the core.*

Americans spend about $1,200 on prescription drugs every year. That is more than what people pay in any other developed country. These are the latest figures from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. 1*

About one-quarter of Americans between the ages of 65-69 take at least 5 prescription drugs for chronic conditions, with 46% of those between the ages of 70-79 doing the same. It is not unusual for some patients to be taking more than 20 drugs to treat acid reflux, various heart-related conditions, depression, insomnia, and other disorders. 1*

As we get older, we have more difficulty metabolizing medications. Oftentimes side effects such as dizziness, nausea, constipation, confusion and even falls can happen and are often misinterpreted as a new condition, leading to another medication being prescribed. This “prescribing cascade” happens all the time and is why the pharmaceutical industry is a multibillion-dollar industry in our country.2*

As a nation, we have gone from spending 2.7 billion dollars each year on prescription drugs in the 1960s to 360.3 billion dollars in 2019. New drugs are always being developed to treat anything and everything, from diseases to ailments. We are a drug-taking nation and it is costing us billions. 3*

The United States has the highest total drug spending and also has “…the highest per capita pharmaceuticals spending among developed countries…” Drug prices are higher here than in other countries. For example, the commonly prescribed drug, Humira which is used to treat “…rheumatoid arthritis, chronic plaque psoriasis, Crohn’s disease, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and non-infectious uveitis…” was more than three times higher in the US than in Switzerland in 2015 The reason? In other countries, their governments more or less control drug prices. In the United States, we have a competitive marketplace, and as a result, the US market is more profitable for pharmaceutical companies and they are taking full advantage of that fact. The United States is the biggest producer of pharmaceuticals by value, accounting for nearly one-third of total production, (with Japan coming in as the second-largest producer.) The 10 top medicine producing countries produce 84-88% of the world’s pharmaceutical production. And prices keep going up. (2,3)*

Pharmaceutical companies kicked off 2019 with significant price increases. According to an analysis from the health software company Rx Savings Solution, the list price of hundreds of medications increased on an average of 6.3 percent.1*

A study published in the journal Health Affairs suggests that companies have increased prices on those drugs already in existence. “…“We found that, in the case of brand-name drugs, rising prices were driven by manufacturers increasing prices of medications that are already in the market rather than [by] the entry of new products,” lead author Inmaculada Hernandez, an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy says…”1*

Looking at wholesale data for around 27,000 prescription drugs from the years 2008 to 2016, Hernandez and her colleagues found that brand-name oral prescription drugs rose 9 percent year over year. Injectable drugs increased 15 percent per year while inflation during this time period was only about 2 percent. According to this study, research and development is only about 17 percent of all spending in most large drug companies. Once the FDA approves a drug, there are not that many additional R and D costs, Mainly, price increases can be attributed to a lack of competition and the regulatory environment in the US which allows for price increases much higher than in other countries…” (For detailed information about where the money is going, there is a good article in Health Affairs. See resource number 4 below.)1*.

Raising the costs of prescription drugs benefits the manufacturers and the insurers, but it hurts those who depend on these drugs, especially those who are uninsured and paying out of pocket. As a result, uninsured Americans pay the most, and this can lead to not filling prescriptions or not taking the medications they truly need. “…A 2016 survey found that 14 percent of insured Americans said they didn’t fill a prescription or skipped doses of their medication because of the cost…”1*

As long as we keep taking prescription drugs, these big pharmaceutical companies, the manufacturers, and the health care providers subscribing to them will continue to profit. And, it will continue to cost us more. I am not advocating that anyone stop taking their prescriptions. Many are life-saving and/or life-changing. But when you look at what prescriptions are being used for, it brings me back to the big picture of core health. Why are we on SO MANY PRESCRIPTIONS?  Can they be avoided? For many Americans, the answer is YES! But it takes work and it means addressing gut health first. *

It is so concerning that we have such high rates of digestive disorders, inflammation, acid reflux, skin conditions, diabetes, heart conditions, etc and instead of looking at gut health first, we get complacent and climb on the medicine train. And the “prescribing cascade” only gets worse and more complicated the older we get. So do your long term health and your wallet a favor and take a look inside your own medicine cabinet and do an assessment. Are you taking prescriptions that were prescribed to you a while ago and perhaps you no longer need? Are you eating a diet that is a healthy one and living a lifestyle that supports good gut health? Is your microbiome as healthy as it can be? Are you seeing the right health care professional that supports your health goals, and isn’t just writing prescriptions and saying, “next?”*

Look at the big picture. And do yourself a favor and don’t fall into the “prescribing cascade”, the slippery slope of too many drugs. Focus on your gut. Take your Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ and address your health at the core first. More times than not, it will take care of the rest.* 

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

Resources:

  1. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/10/why-prescription-drugs-in-the-us-cost-so-much.html
  2. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/the-other-big-drug-problem-older-people-taking-too-many-pills/2017/12/08/3cea5ca2-c30a-11e7-afe9-4f60b5a6c4a0_story.html
  3. https://www.statista.com/statistics/184914/prescription-drug-expenditures-in-the-us-since-1960/
  4. https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/hblog20180726.670593/full/

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Dec 29 2019

Good News for the New Decade

Published by under antibacterials,Antibiotics

Good News for the New Decade
New discovery targets antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’ using molecular drills.1*

 Well, it is finally here. At the end of the year. And more than that, the end of the decade! Goodbye to the 20teens and on to the 2020s. The last decade has brought us a lot of technological advances, research studies, and knowledge that has helped us to live healthier lives. As a whole, we are shifting our perspective regarding health and wellness away from reacting to illness and disease to preventing it through good nutrition, exercise, and a healthy gut. *

We understand that whole food diets are good, carbohydrates are fine in the form of whole grains, and fiber is the key to keeping the healthy bacteria in our guts fed. Processed foods are out, sugar is out and organic is in! Plant-based diets have replaced vegetarian diets which gives us the platform for springing into a much healthier way of eating that prevents disease in the long run. Speaking of running, we know we need to exercise for our long term health*

 In the last decade, probiotics have garnered a lot of attention. What we have known at Body Biotics™ for several decades, the rest of the country and world has learned a lot more about. Gut health has finally become a household phrase and has taken center stage with many health care practitioners as they realize the importance of keeping the core of our health — our second brain — healthy in order to keep our immune systems strong and our overall health good for the long run.*

We are tapping into more and more ways to improve our health and discovering more ways to help those who get sick.  One of those ways comes in the form of some exciting news on the antibiotic-resistant superbug front. Through many blogs, we’ve covered the danger of superbugs, the consequences of overusing antibiotics, and the threat they pose for the future.  According to Chemist James Tour with Rice University,”…”These superbugs could kill 10 million people a year by 2050, way overtaking cancer. These are nightmare bacteria; they don’t respond to anything.”…”1*

James Tour, along with Robert Pal, a Royal Society University Research Fellow at Durham and co-author of the new paper which was published in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Nano, have demonstrated that motorized molecules “…are effective at killing antibiotic-resistant microbes within minutes…” Working alongside a team of other researchers at Rice University, Texas A&M University, Biola University and Durham (U.K.) University, they discovered that these light-activated molecules “…target and drill through highly antibiotic-resistant bacteria and kill them within minutes. The molecules can open bacteria to attack by drugs they previously resisted. The strategy could be applied to bacterial infections or diseases on the skin, in the lungs or in the gastrointestinal tract…”1*

Tests by the Texas A&M lab of lead scientist Jeffrey Cirillo and former Rice researcher Richard Gunasekera, now at Biola, effectively killed Klebsiella pneumoniae within minutes. “…While bacteria can evolve to resist antibiotics by locking the antibiotics out, the bacteria have no defense against molecular drills. Antibiotics able to get through openings made by the drills are once again lethal to the bacteria…” Microscopic images of targeted bacteria showed where motors had drilled through cell walls.”… “Bacteria don’t just have a lipid bilayer,” Tour said. “They have two bilayers and proteins with sugars that interlink them, so things don’t normally get through these very robust cell walls. That’s why these bacteria are so hard to kill. But they have no way to defend against a machine like these molecular drills since this is a mechanical action and not a chemical effect.”…”1*

These machines initially may see the most impact on treating infections on the skin, wounds, from implants or in the intestines, caused by bacteria such as staphylococcus aureus MRSA, klebsiella or pseudomonas. Essentially, it will work, wherever a light source can be introduced. Another option is to have blood flow through a light containing an external box and then back into the body for targeting blood-borne bacteria. 1*

“…”We are very much interested in treating wound and implant infections initially,” according to one researcher, “But we have ways to deliver these wavelengths of light to lung infections that cause numerous mortalities from pneumonia, cystic fibrosis and tuberculosis, so we will also be developing respiratory infection treatments.”…”. It may also be able to target bladder-borne bacteria that cause urinary tract infections…”1*

A second paper was published by the Tour lab this week in ACS Applied Materials Interfaces regarding advances in microscopic nanomachines and their ability to target disease. In the second paper, researchers at Rice and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center “…targeted and attacked lab samples of pancreatic cancer cells with machines that respond to visible rather than the previously used ultraviolet light. “This is another big advance since visible light will not cause as much damage to the surrounding cells,” Tour said…”1*

New discoveries lead to new problems. New problems require new discoveries. Antibiotics were a miracle cure, yet no one realized the long term effects of overuse. With the dedication, intelligence and collaboration of incredible researchers as the ones working together to discover the molecular drill, we will continue to have much promise for the future. Make 2020 your year of prevention. Keep your gut healthy by staying on your regimen of taking Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ daily. Take good care of yourself and may you enjoy all things good! Let’s make this next decade the healthiest yet!

 

Happy New Year from all of us at Body Biotics™!

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. Rice University. “Deadly ‘superbugs’ destroyed by molecular drills.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 12 December 2019. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/12/191212142721.htm
  2. https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2019/12/21/what-health-trends-and-medical-innovations-will-next-decade-bring/

 

 

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Dec 22 2019

Say Goodbye. Say Hello.

Published by under General

Say goodbye. Say hello.
It’s hard to let go of old habits and old ways, but with every New Year comes a new door to open.

It’s that time again! The old year is coming to a rapid close while the New Year is creeping up behind us, getting ready to tap us on the shoulder and say, “you’re it.” This is your year to live your best life, take charge of those things that have evaded you, whether it be your personal life, business or your health.  No more excuses. Are you with me?

When you think about what you really want for Christmas, what is it? Aside from a new Mazerati, do you want more time with family and friends? Do you want to meet new friends in order to expand your social circle? Do you want to mend old relationships that have fallen away? Do you want to spend less time on social media and more time face to face with the people you really care about? How about learning a new skill? Do you want to lose weight, get healthier, and get off prescription drugs? How about drinking less, quitting smoking and exercising more? Well there is no time like the present to give these presents to yourself. Say good bye to the old and say hello to the new. Today is the day…this year is your year!

As we know, life is fleeting. Many of us have possibly seen that first hand this year. But I challenge you, instead of mourning the loss of someone you care about, live your life to the fullest in their honor. As Don Henley sings in The Last Worthless Evening, …“There are just  so many summers  and just so many springs.”. We keep hearing about power movements going on across this country. How about we experience real power and change the one thing we can and that is ourselves. Only you can change what you don’t like in your life. Next year you can look back and say…I am the best me I can be. (If you are already there, give yourself a round of applause.)

So here’s our Christmas list for you

All I Want for Christmas is good health.

Every time your health seems to be getting off track, circle back around to your gut health and reevaluate if you are taking care of the core of your health. Are you keeping up with your Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™? Are you eating plenty of fruits and vegetables? Are you limiting your intake of processed foods and sugar? It’s easy to get off track…especially over the holidays. But just because it is the holiday season, doesn’t mean you need to get off track and compromise your health.

Give yourself a present of a gym or yoga membership.

Getting fit is the greatest gift you can give yourself. It truly is a gift that keeps on giving.

Make the effort with your friends and family.

When you feel lonely, pick up the phone and reach out to someone rather than waiting for them to reach out to you. Everyone is busy, and it is easy to feel like no one is available. Chances are, they would love to hear from you and may need someone to talk to but just didn’t feel like reaching out.   

Send a personal note.

Once you’re done writing to Santa, write to someone in your life you care about or who might enjoy a piece of mail. Especially older folks love mail, but younger ones do too. For them it is a novelty and exposes them to what is quickly becoming a lost tradition.  

Give rather than receive. This is true at Charismas but also all year long. Instead of asking what is in it for me, stop sometimes and ask, how you can  help others and bring Joy to the World.

Give the gift of being present to those around you. Get off your phones, take your eyes off the boob tube, put down the controls to the Xbox and actually have a conversation with everyone in the room, young and old. Listen. Ask questions. Be interested and be present. Be fun! Share something personal and tell those you care about that you love them.

Get lots of sleep…this time of year can wear on you and put you on edge especially if you are tired. Enjoy some Silent Nights and drift off for some good slumber that will make you fresh for your friends and family.

Feel the joy around you this holiday season. Tis the season to be jolly afterall. Embrace it. Smile at others. Love those near to you as much as you possibly can. Let go of old burdens and thoughts that drag you down and bring in new ideas and inspirations to make you feel alive. Say goodbye to this year, acknowledge all that was beautiful and then say hello to a new year, a new decade and a new you.

All- I- want- for- Christmas- is- you! To be happy, joyful, healthy and content.

Wishing you the happiest and healthiest of Holidays!.

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

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Dec 15 2019

Stay Healthy and Happy this Holiday Season.

Stay healthy and happy this holiday season.
Don’t put a damper on the holidays by coming down with the cold or flu.

As Benjamin Franklin quoted a long time ago, “ An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” While he initially meant it as it applies to safety, this phrase is always used when referring to health. And it couldn’t be more true, especially during this time of year.

Preventing illness rather than trying to get over an illness is a lot easier on everyone involved. Getting sick can take a toll on the body, ESPECIALLY if antibiotics get involved. It costs us time away from work and away from our family and friends. There has never been a better time than RIGHT NOW to reevaluate your health practices and be sure you are fortified and ready for what has become known as “cold and flu season”. Let’s go back to thinking of it as the ‘holiday season’ instead by staying healthy and actually enjoying the holidays.  

So what can we do to ensure our health? There are lots of viruses, flu bugs and bacteria out there that are ready and willing to take residence in your body. But if our immune systems are strong, we can fight it off. You are less likely to get infected if your microbiome is in balance

At Body Biotics™, we believe in staying healthy, starting with the gut, so we’ve put together a list of reminders to keep you healthy this holiday season, and we are checking it twice.

Gut health, gut health, gut health!

Keeping your gut healthy is of utmost importance and everyone knows it. It is all about prevention and keeping your microbes in a healthy balance, so if a bug does come along, your healthy bacteria are there to fight it off. With 80% of our immune system residing in our guts, if your gut is healthy, so will you be. If you start to feel something coming on, increase your Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™. It will give your system the extra boost it needs to fight off infection.

Avoid being around sick people, and if you do get sick…stay home!

Nobody wants to be around someone who is coughing and you don’t want to be that person spreading germs. There is nothing worse than getting on a plane and sitting next to someone who is coughing and blowing their nose. While we don’t like to cancel plans, sometimes it is the right thing to do. Do others a favor and just stay home with a cup of soup and a good movie. You’ll get better faster and everyone else will appreciate it.

If you get a virus, take measures to avoid it developing into a bacterial infection.

Sinus infections can often be avoided by treating the cold with regular use of a nedi pod or nasal wash, lots of fluids, and rest. “…Your body’s natural line of defense—the immune system—usually takes a few days to two weeks to fight a viral infection. In that time, make sure to get plenty of rest, drink lots of fluids, and take over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen to relieve any pain or fevers. You can also try a humidifier or a cool mist vaporizer. Remember, over-the-counter medicines will help relieve symptoms, but they won’t shorten the amount of time you are sick…” So hunker down, give your body a break and let it get well on its own. 1*

 

Keep your ears and feet warm.

If you are out in the cold, be sure to wear ear protection. Starting at 59°F, the blood vessels in the ears begin to constrict in order to consolidate warmth, making them more susceptible to the cold. Ear muffs or a hat that covers the ears keeps the cold out and also keeps the moisture out. When moisture gets in the ears it can lead to infection. The same goes for keeping your feet, hands and face warm. Extreme cold can cause blood vessels to constrict, limiting blood flow. When vessels are constricted, they struggle to circulate white blood cells needed for fighting off infection. (2,3)** 

 

Wash your hands

Wash your hands and make sure your kids wash their hands regularly at school and as soon as they walk into the house.  Scrubbing with good old fashioned soap and water helps fight off many germs.

Get your flu shot.

Not everyone is a proponent of flu shots, but they are a good protective measure especially for elderly folks or anyone with a weakened immune system.  

Eat right.

Avoid foods with too much sugar and keep your diet rich in fruits and vegetables, fresh fish and good organic proteins. Limit alcohol intake which can take a toll on the immune system.

Get plenty of sleep.

This is extremely important. Going to bed and waking around the same time each day is also a good habit to follow. While we sleep, our body heals, so give it plenty of rest, especially if you are starting to feel a cold coming on. If you have a virus with a fever, sleep along with the fever, is the body’s natural response to fighting off the viral infection. “…One way sleep and the immune system interact with one another is through fever. Our bodies use fever as a physiological defense to fight infection. During sleep, we can get a better fever response. That means it’s more efficient for our bodies to take on unwelcomed germs and viruses when we’re asleep…”3*

Avoid stressful situations

You’re kidding, right? It’s the holidays! But do your best to keep stress to a minimum. Take a deep breath, be patient with others (strangers and family alike).

Enjoy the moment. There are only so many holiday seasons in our lifetimes. Enjoy them…make them special and be present!

Avoid antibiotics unless absolutely necessary.

 If you have a viral infection like a cold or the flu, antibiotics won’t help. In fact, they will wipe out the healthy bacteria you need to fight off other types of bacterial infections. Many viral infections, to include ear infections and bronchitis, used to be treated with antibiotics, but now we know differently. Sore throats also are often viruses and don’t respond to antibiotics, but get a strep test if you have a sore throat to rule that out. Whenever possible, ride it out and resist that urge to assume you need antibiotics. Be aware that some viral infections can go on to develop into bacterial infections. So visit your health care provider or urgent care if you develop a fever of 103 or higher, if your fever lasts longer than 7 days, or if it is accompanied by a rash or vomiting (or anytime you are concerned). It’s better to rule out a serious bacterial infection, such as strep throat or pneumonia.

I hope these reminders will help you stay healthy this winter…through the holidays and into the New Year.

We truly wish you a healthy and happy holiday season,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

Resources:

  1. https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/news/self-care/overly-antibiotic-when-you-need-them-and-when-you-dont/
  2. https://www.medexpress.com/blog/workplace-wellness/why-you-need-to-keep-your-ears-warm-this-winter.html
  3. https://medlineplus.gov › fever

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