Digestion

Probiotic supplements ensure a healthy digestive system

Probiotic supplements

Probiotic supplements

Probiotic supplements are very important to take as they will help keep your micro-biome in the correct balance. Most folks are out of balance with their micro-biome and it’s affecting their health. It’s affecting their digestive health, immune system health, skin health, and brain health. Probiotic supplements can truly help, along with eating healthy foods, including fermented foods.

The following article about probiotic supplements is from Health Ranks.  

Here is the first part of the article.  It’s entitled “The Top 5 Probiotic Supplements of 2017.”

Probiotic supplements are blends of millions of different microorganisms that benefit your digestive system and immunity.

80% of your immune system is located in your digestive track. Probiotics are a great solution to make sure you’re staying on top of your digestive and immune health.

You basically feed your body with helpful bacteria to fight off the bad bacteria. Pretty cool right?

Taking a probiotic supplement is one of the most effective preventative measures you can take to promote overall digestive and immune system health.

So how do probiotic supplements work and are they really worth it?

We’ll get to this, along with the benefits, possible side effects, and details on how to take probiotics.

First, we’ve ranked the best probiotic supplements of 2017, according to price, product quality, and customer reviews.

So what’s the overall best probiotic supplement of 2017?

To read the rest of this fantastic article, follow this link: Probiotic Supplements.

 

 

 

Probiotic foods and Supplements

Probiotic foods and supplements

Probiotic foods and supplements

Probiotic foods and supplements are becoming very popular and for good reason. Probiotic foods and supplements contain the healthy bacteria that help with digestive health, immune health, brain health and more.  The following article is about Probiotic foods and supplements. It’s entitled “Ranking the Top Probiotic Foods and Supplements.” It’s from the website Body Nutrition. 

Here is the beginning of the article:

Probiotics are living microorganisms that deliver a range of health benefits when included in the diet. Traditional fermented food sources of these bacteria exist in nearly every culture, and can also be taken in supplement form.

These beneficial microorganisms are believed to improve brain function and digestion, and may also promote heart health and better skin.

This list of healthy fermented foods containing beneficial probiotics can help you round out your health plan and get the most out of your menu.

  1. Kefir and Traditional Buttermilk

These fermented milk products may be well-tolerated even by those who are lactose intolerant because friendly bacteria have already begun to digest the milk sugar (lactose) that causes problems for some people.

The name “kefir” is derived from the Turkish word “keyif,” referring to feeling good after eating it.

Kefir grains added to goat or cow’s milk are cultures consisting of yeast and lactic acid bacteria; the potent bacterial action of the several strains contained in kefir have been valued as a healthy food for centuries.

Animal studies indicate bone health is supported by the consumption of kefir; it may also provide protection against infections, as well as helping to correct digestive problems.

Buttermilk can refer to any one of several fermented dairy products, but the only kind containing live cultures is the traditional type, which is the liquid remaining after butter is made.

Commonly used in Pakistan, India and Nepal, traditional buttermilk is skinny on calories and rich in several important nutrients, including calcium, phosphorus, riboflavin and vitamin B12.

The rest of this awesome article can be found at this link. Probiotic foods and Supplements.

 

 

 

Probiotics ensure a healthy gut/brain connection

Probiotics

Healthy Bacteria

Probiotics are gaining momentum and for good reasons. Probiotics, also known as the friendly bacteria, are necessary for a healthy body and mind. Bacteria outnumber cells 10 to 1. On average, there are 5 pounds of bacteria in the human body. The key to a healthy micro-biome is to have the right balance of the friendly bacteria and the not as friendly bacteria. The not as friendly bacteria are necessary for a healthy micro-biome. It’s all about the correct balance. 

Since so many people are having digestive, immune, skin and brain issues, taking a high quality supplemental probiotic can start the journey to a healthier body and mind. Eating super healthy foods, including some fermented foods, is necessary to ensure the correct micro-biome balance. Some of the healthy fermented foods include sauerkraut, miso, raw yogurt and kefir, and kombucha. Other healthy protocols to ensure a healthy micro-biome include using natural and organic body care products, cutting back on taking showers every day, reducing or eliminating over the counter medications and antibiotics, and embracing dirt and germs by walking outside, barefooted, on natural surfaces such as grass, sand and dirt. Walking barefoot on the Earth’s natural surfaces is called Earthing. 

It can be overwhelming when deciding on what supplemental probiotics to take. There are dozens of choices at health food stores, many with different strains and with different amounts of probiotics, ranging from 5 billion to 400 billion. Fortunately, reviews.com has done a wonderful job of researching the maze of probiotics on the market by analyzing the effectiveness of the different probiotics based on different types of health issues. Here is the article by reviews.com on probiotics. Gut/brain connection!

Having the right balance of bacteria can also aid in healthy weight management. Here is an article from Health Ambition about probiotics and weight loss. Weight Loss!

If you need help with your gut/brain connection and micro-biome to ensure a healthier body and mind, please contact me for a free health evaluation. I offer health and wellness consultations all around the world. 

 

Best Carbohydrates to Eat for Great Health

Although there are different opinions on how many carbohydrates are needed per day and which types of foods contain the best carbohydrates, from my research over the years, here is a list of what I feel are the best carbohydrates to eat for great health. Before I mention the list, some folks do very well on a very low carbohydrate diet (ketosis) and some folks do not. A lot depends on the health of your endocrine system, especially your adrenal glands. Another interesting point is that if you engage in anaerobic exercise, such as sprinting, intense cross fit or other quick and high intensity movements, your body has to be able to access energy from carbohydrates.

Carbohydrates provide good energy for the body and mind and carbohydrates help with brain focus, digestive health and hormonal health. Once you are in touch with your body and mind, you will know how many carbohydrates and which ones to eat on a daily basis. 

What are the best carbohydrates to eat for great health.?

  1. Fresh vegetable juice: Use celery or cucumber as the base and add some carrots, beets, parsley, ginger root, etc. Fresh vegetable juice contains a lot of vitamins and minerals and it will provide for good energy levels and oxygen. Buy a good juicer and make your own juice.
  2. Fruit: Fruit is a fun food to eat and it contain a good amount of vitamins and minerals. Strive to eat fruit in season and buy fresh when possible. Frozen berries are acceptable. Eat fruit with some protein or fat to keep your blood sugar balanced.
  3. Raw Honey: Packed with enzymes and vitamins and minerals, raw honey is a super food, if eaten in small amounts. Eat anywhere from 1tsp to 2tbs a day. Raw honey aids in healthy digestion and a healthy immune system.
  4. Raw or lightly steamed or sautéed vegetables: salads, broccoli, kale, collards, etc. Drizzle with olive oil, pastured butter or coconut oil, add good sea or celtic salt and other spices. Vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals and other phytonutrients.
  5. Potatoes: for when you need a starch, potatoes are great. They are much easier to digest than grains, beans or bread. Eat russet, yukon gold, red, sweet, etc. Add plenty of pastured butter or coconut oil and enjoy. 

 

Constipation can lead to serious illness

Constipation is a very common health issue in our society. It can be an acute issue or a chronic issue and if it’s a chronic issue, it can lead to serious health problems. Why is constipation so prevalent? What are the main causes of constipation? 

The number one cause of constipation is the processed food that most folks are eating. This processed food is not food, it’s food like substances. (FLS) I coined this phrase last year while talking to a friend and expressing my concern and utter shock at all the FLS around us. This processed food is not recognized by the body and it’s void of any good bacteria, enzymes, and vitamins and minerals. The body has a hard time digesting this processed food and this leads to an imbalance in the micro-biome or bacteria in your gut. The bacteria are largely responsible for creating the perfect environment for creating and forming a health bowel movement. When the micro-biome is weakened, constipation sets in.

Other causes of constipation are stress, low stomach acid and taking too many pharmaceutical drugs. Stress can put your body in the sympathetic nervous system and this causes your body and mind to be on high alert for danger and this shuts down the digestive system and revs up your adrenaline, your heart rate and your respiratory system. Sadly, many people are in this sympathetic state most of the time and this hampers the digestive system.

Chronic constipation can lead to immune system problems, auto-immune diseases, such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, etc., headaches and migraines, fatigue, brain fog and many other health issues.

The best solutions to end the unhealthy cycle of constipation are to eat real food, reduce stress levels, decrease or eliminate pharmaceutical drugs and to move your body in a way that you enjoy. Best foods to eat: avocados, coconut oil, olives and olive oil, pastured raised meats, eggs, steamed green vegetables, home made vegetable juice, sauerkraut, fruit, but not too much fruit and kombucha tea. Nutritional supplements consisting of probiotics, enzymes, digestive bitters and if needed, HCL with Pepsin will be helpful. Gillette Nutriton offers an amazing Probiotic/Enzyme supplement called B-Pro. Here is the link to B-Pro.

Contact Gillette Nutriton for a free evaluation on your digestive issues.  Here are more Gillette Nutriton Blogs on digestive health. Digestive Health!

Crohn’s Disease

Digestive health issues are a huge epidemic in our society and one of the of most alarming digestive diseases is Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s disease is growing at a fast rate and unfortunately, modern medicine does not and will not have the answer or cure. Why are many people suffering from Crohn’s disease?

Crohn’s disease is classified as an Irritable Bowel Disease and it is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract. Crohn’s disease is also classified as an autoimmune disorder where the body attacks itself. It mainly occurs in the last part of the small intestine, called the ileum and the beginning of the large colon. However, Crohn’s disease can occur anywhere along the entire gastrointestinal tract, from the mouth to the anus and it can affect the entire thickness of the bowel wall. 

Some of the most common symptoms of Crohn’s disease include the following: persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, an urgent need to move bowels, abdominal cramps and pain, a sensation of incomplete evacuation and constipation. Other symptoms can include fever, loss of appetite, weight loss, fatigue, night sweats and a loss of normal menstrual cycles. 

The main cause of Crohn’s disease is a poor diet made possible from our modern society with the large processed food companies, fast food restaurants, agricultural chemical products in the form of pesticides and the ever increasing genetical modified organisms (GMOs) in the food supply. All of these modern applications to our food supply wreck havoc on our entire digestive and immune systems by greatly weakening the body’s ability to generate proper levels of stomach acid (hydrochloric acid), the body’s ability to absorb nutrients within the small intestine and the body’s ability to keep the proper balance of bacteria, mainly in the large intestine, but throughout the entire body. When these functions of the body are weakened or destroyed, disease sets in and one of these diseases is Crohn’s disease. Simply put, Crohn’s disease is the inability of the digestive system to digest, absorb and assimilate the nutrients necessary for a healthy body and mind. This sets the stage for the body to start attacking itself because the body sees the undigested food in the blood steam as a foreign invader. Couple the undigested food with the chemicals from food and body care products and the stage for general war against the body is set. 

The best way to mitigate or cure Crohn’s disease is a complete lifestyle change, beginning with healthy food. The most healing diet includes the following foods: grass fed beef, pastured chicken, wild fish, pastured eggs, oysters, avocados, coconut oil, olive oil, cod liver oil, bone broth from pastured animals, raw pastured butter, raw cow or goat milk, raw cow or goat yogurt and kefir, homemade vegetable juice, steamed vegetables, raw apple cider vinegar, raw honey and perhaps, some fruit here and there. All of these foods need to be hormone free and organic. Each person with Crohn’s disease will be at a different stage in their dealing with this disease and the above listed foods will vary from person to person. Some folks will be able to eat some fruit and cooked vegetables and some will not. Some folks will be able to digest raw milk and some will not. Some folks will have to eat a completely raw primal diet to ensure the best path to healing. Grains, beans, pasteurized dairy, nuts, seeds, added sweeteners, starches and raw vegetables need to be avoided to ensure the best healing of the digestive system. Avoid all processed foods, fast foods, GMO foods and pesticide laden foods. 

Certain supplements will be helpful and these supplements will vary from person to person. These supplements include the following: HCL with pepsin capsules, digestive bitters, digestive enzymes, probiotics, raw cod liver oil, whole foods based vitamin C, whole foods based zinc, other whole foods based vitamins and minerals, adaptogenic herbs, terramin clay and other supplements. 

Besides a radical change in diet, other lifestyle changes include the following: using very little body care products and these body care products need to be organic, getting outside as much as possible and soaking up the sunlight, following circadian rhythm, doing some Earthing (putting your bare feet on the Earth), engaging in moving your body, deep breathing, emotional expression and healing, reducing stress levels, spending time with loved ones, and standing up for yourself. Of course, there are other healthy lifestyle changes to incorporate into your life and it will vary from person to person.

Crohn’s disease is a challenging and sometimes, a major life altering disease. If we are going to see any reduction in Crohn’s disease with the hopes of curing it, we start with what we eat and we eat foods that have healing energy and properties; and from there, we start to radical change the way we live on every level of life: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. 

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent Fasting is becoming quite popular these days, and for good reason. What is Intermittent Fasting? For starters, it’s not true fasting, when you abstain from all food and beverages, except water, for a day or two or longer. Intermittent Fasting is when you abstain from all food and beverages, except water, for a period of 16 hours of the 24 hours that make up a day. 

It may sound crazy or impossible to do, but when you are able to do it, Intermittent Fasting will do wonders for your body and mind. It will enhance brain power and focus, decrease any inflammation in the body, allow the digestive system to relax and repair and allow the endocrine system to relax and repair. Other benefits will be experienced based on each individual’s lifestyle. 

Most folks graze all day long, putting a lot of pressure and burden on the digestive system and on the endocrine system. When these systems are tired, inflammation, digestive upsets and hormonal imbalances will occur. 

The best way to ease into Intermittent Fasting is to reduce the amount of carbohydrates you consume and increase the amount of fat and protein, especially fat. This is the only way you will be able to fast for 16 hours as your body and mind will have enough calories from fat and protein to sustain your body and mind. When you eat too many carbohydrates, blood sugar greatly increases and in turn, insulin and cortisol greatly increase causing blood sugar to drop. With this cycle being repeated, you end up eating every 2-3 hours and causing too much work for the digestive and endocrine systems.

For Intermittent Fasting, choose the best 8 hours for you to consume your food for the day. For example: 9am-5pm; 10am-6pm, 11am-7pm or 12-8pm. On your first attempt, if you can’t make the full 16 hours of fasting, it’s okay. Do not force yourself to fast the entire 16 hours if your blood sugar drops. Eat something and attempt it again, another day. 

Some folks see huge benefits from Intermittent Fasting and they do it every day. For other folks, 2-3 days a week is perfect. Experiment and discover what the best plan of Intermittent Fasting is for you.

For more information, watch this video.

 

Digestive Bitters

One of the most important health protocols you can do for yourself is to consume digestive bitters on a regular basis.  You may be wondering, what the heck are digestive bitters? Digestive bitters are herbs that are consumed as a tea or as a liquid tincture before eating a meal. These herbs are very bitter. Their bitterness when tasted, stimulates the body to get ready for the coming meal. When a bitter substance is recognized by bitter receptors on the tongue, a chain of neural and endocrine events begins, labeled as the “bitter reflex.” Mediated by the release of the gastric hormone gastrin, this reflex results in an overall stimulation of digestive function, which over time strengthens the structure and function of all digestive organs (liver, stomach, gallbladder, pancreas, etc.). These digestive bitters stimulate the gastric juices or as I like to say, the gastric fire, to be prepared to break down the impending meal. The main gastric juice involved in this process is hydrochloric acid which is released by the parietal cells in the stomach, which is regulated by gastrin, a hormone, which is secreted by the G cells.

The job of the stomach is to break down the food that is consumed, mainly the protein, into a chyme ball or acidic soup so that the protein and to a certain extent, the fat and carbohydrates, will be able to be absorbed, assimilated and utilized by the small intestine and large intestine through a complex and elaborate system that involves the pancreas, liver and gallbladder and many enzymes and trillions of bacteria.

If stomach acid (hydrochloric acid) is not strong enough then all the other mechanisms and duties performed by the pancreas, liver, small intestine, etc., will be diminished and many problems, minor and major, can arise, with the main problem being malnourishment.

Millions of people suffer from low stomach acid and the results are: indigestion, constipation, heart burn, gas, burping, acid reflux and a host of other problems. Besides a big change if diet, digestive bitters will be a huge help. The best way to take digestive bitters is in the tincture form. Take 40-60 drops of the tincture in a little glass of water or hold a little bit of water in your mouth and squirt the drops into your mouth and swallow. Do this 10-15 minutes before the meal and do this before every meal.

The following is a list of some of the various digestive bitters: Angelica, Dandelion, Goldenseal, Horehound, Wormwood, Peppermint, Orange Peel, Yellow Dock, Fennel, Ginger, Cardamom and Gentian.

Digestive bitters were a big part of many cultures and are still a big part in cultures around the world. It’s time to bring this health remedy back to our culture.

My favorite digestive bitters are from the following herbal companies: Gaia Herbs, Herb Pharm, and Urban Moonshine.

Blood sugar

The biggest way to ensure health is to keep your blood sugar balanced. When blood sugar is balanced, your insulin will be balanced and you will find the right weight for your body. The best way to balance your blood sugar is to eat three meals a day, with no snacks. This way of eating will get your body and mind into a good rhythm of knowing when you are hungry and knowing when you are full.

Most everyone is out of balance with their hormones and with the rhythm of satiety and hunger. When you eat three meals a day and no snacks, your leptin hormone will be working again and all your other hormones will start to fall into a balanced state.

In order to really keep your blood sugar balanced, you have to eat three good size meals consisting of lots of healthy fats and moderate amounts of proteins and carbohydrates. The fat and protein will keep you feeling full for longer periods of times. Strive to keep your carbohydrate consumption to 125 grams or less a day and get most of you calories from healthy fat.

More information about healthy blood sugar is in the video below.

Low Carb Diet

Is a low carb diet healthy? What is a low carb diet? A low carb diet is a diet in which carbohydrate consumption provides for the lowest amount of calories in regards to daily calories from fats, proteins and carbohydrates. The bulk of your calories on a low carb diet come from healthy fat, then protein. A typical breakdown is: 55% fat, 30% protein and 15% carbohydrate.  This ratio will vary from person to person. Folks on a low carb diet eat between 25-125 grams of carbs a day. Some folks on a low carb diet will be in a state of ketosis, where the body is running on fat (ketones), instead of carbohydrates.

Carbohydrate addiction is a huge epidemic in society and the unhealthy results are evident. Open your eyes and have a look around, and you will see how unhealthy most folks are.
Carbohydrate addiction is a vicious addiction and it wrecks havoc on your body and mind. All carbohydrates turn to glucose in the body and too much glucose raises blood sugar levels, causes a surge in insulin and a surge in adrenaline and cortisol. This causes weight gain and the body to shift into a permanent catabolic state.

Carbohydrate addiction is the main reason for digestive problems, arthritis, heart disease, cancer, hormonal problems and every other illness and disease in our society.

Watch the video below for more information on the unhealthy ramifications from carbohydrate addiction.