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This Super Probiotic Supports Weight Control and Immunity – In One Small Bite

This Super Probiotic Supports Weight Control and Immunity
This Super Probiotic Supports Weight Control and Immunity

Today, people around the world know how important diet and nutrition are to overall health and well-being. A healthy and wholesome diet provides the necessary nutrition to support digestive health, central to energy levels, the immune system, and even emotional health. Furthermore, at the core of good digestion is a healthy and balanced gut microbiome.

The gut microbiome is an environment within the digestive tract where trillions of microorganisms thrive. Composed of various bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, and other gut microbiota, a healthy balance of these organisms is crucial for good health.

The balance of the microbiome relies on microflora to support the digestive and immune systems. Beneficial bacteria play essential roles in the production of neurochemicals that regulate mood and weight. The gut microbiome is key to weight control, while an imbalance is linked to obesity and metabolic health. (1)

Scientists now know that certain bacterial species directly influence health, having an important role in maintaining optimal health. Humans need a wide range and variety of microflora to impact various areas of our health positively. Fortunately, studies show that diet directly affects the health of the gut microbiome. Therefore we can influence our microbiome and our health.

Probiotics and Gut Health

Probiotics are beneficial or helpful bacteria that, when ingested, have a positive influence on the gut microbiome. Each strain of probiotic has unique characteristics and qualities in regard to their influence on our health. Some beneficial bacteria aid in food digestion and crowd out pathogens that may be harmful, while others help produce vitamins such as B12 and vitamin K.

Everyone is susceptible to digestive issues, but athletes are more prone to digestive distress and lowered immunity because of it. Regular exercise is associated with better health and even improved digestion. However, athletes that undergo intense and prolonged training, such as endurance athletes, are prone to weaker digestion, which leads to immune suppression, risking our best health.

Current research on probiotic supplementation indicates that certain probiotics positively affect immunity. In other words, some probiotics can boost the immune system. Not only that, the right probiotics lead to improved nutrient absorption and improved immune response.

Unfortunately, some beneficial bacterial strains found in probiotic supplements, and foods like yogurt may not survive the digestive process long enough to influence digestion and gut health. However, some strains are proven beneficial, such as Bacillus subtilis, also known as DE111.

Bacillus Subtilis or DE111, the Superior Probiotic

DE111 is a more soluble probiotic with unusually high heat tolerance and can withstand pH extremes such as those found throughout the human digestive tract. This particular strain positively influences health by supporting the immune system and healthy digestion, and studies show it may help improve occasional constipation. (2)

With the unique ability to form a protective barrier or spore, this probiotic is resistant to the stomach’s extreme acidity and the human body’s intense heat. While many microbes found in dietary supplements may not be efficient or even destroyed upon ingestion, DE111 experiences optimal growth and activation at the same temperature as the average human body. This winning combination makes it a robust probiotic and a reliable strain beneficial for use in natural supplements.

Some beneficial bacterial strains may survive the digestive process but are only activated in lower temperatures. That means that as they must exist in the human body at a higher temperature, they may be rendered helpless. B. subtilis, on the other hand, has an optimal growth temperature of 37° C, so the heat of the human body will activate it, contributing to a healthy digestive tract.

According to another study on athletes, female athletes who incorporated a dietary supplement of DE111 for ten weeks with a healthy post-workout diet improved body composition. Body composition is the analysis of the core components like muscle, fat, water, minerals, and protein. Improved composition occurs when lean muscle increases of body fat decrease and both are associated with improved fitness levels.

An exciting benefit of DE111 is its ability to enhance the intestinal tract cells and help prevent harmful pathogens from attacking the gut lining. When it comes to health, this means less internal inflammation and the ability to support healthy immune function. That is because DE111 can support and even stimulate normal microflora in the gut microbiome, leading to healthy digestion, which is the basis for overall health.

How Much Does It Take?

Probiotics are measured by Colony Forming Units or CFUs; in other words, how many viable bacterial colonies are found in a controlled environment, such as a dietary supplement. This matters when it comes to using food or nutritional supplements to boost health by balancing digestive health.

In the case of Bacillus subtilis, studies show that this particular organism supports a healthy GI tract and digestive health. When used in a dosage of 1 billion CFU, it supports healthy gut function and normal bowel movements, both of which are an indication of overall health. DE111  taken at 5 billion CFU also supports exercise recovery, improved strength training performance and results, optimal body composition, and even normal fat metabolism.

DE111 aids digestion by assisting in the breakdown of sugars and fats into small chain fatty acids, which are the primary source of energy for the colon. These fatty acids are important for the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats and may lower the risk of health issues like obesity and heart disease.

The results of these beneficial actions lead to a healthy functioning digestive tract with the improved ability to break down food into useable nutrients and energy, which may be used for muscle recovery. Better digestion leads to improved health, less chance of constipation, and other digestive issues.

DE111, in a dosage of 5 billion CFUs, is also known to promote urinary tract health. When the gut microbiome is out of balance, harmful bacteria known as uropathogens may grow in abundance. When left unchecked, these particular pathogens lead to an unhealthy microbiome. (3) DE111 supports overall health, normal gut microflora, and healthy gut function, which may be why it supports a healthy urinary tract.

How Can I Get Some?

If you are like many other health-conscious people, you may be taking a myriad of daily dietary supplements already. Supplement manufacturers know this and are ready to meet the challenge by offering different and more exciting routes of delivery like probiotic gummies.

When something tastes delicious, it’s easy to remember to take your daily dose. Since DE111 is a highly digestible and resilient strain of probiotics that can survive the trek through the digestive tract, it makes perfect sense to add this probiotic to a gummy supplement. And this is what Balanced Health did when they combined the Adult Gummy with 5 billion CFUs of De111. The combination is almost ironic because the gummy tastes like a treat, but instead of suppressing the immune system, this treat will support it.

What is a Gummy Supplement?

Gummy supplements are similar to candies like the popular gummy bear. They come as small, chewy bites that may be made with gelatin and corn starch as well as natural flavors like cherry, lemon, and orange. They are often sweet and chewy, making them an easy way to take a daily supplement and help children support their health, too.

One of the main benefits of a gummy supplement is that it may be more digestible than a tablet or capsule. That’s because chewing stimulates digestive enzymes in your mouth while your teeth break down the food at the same time. When paired with this highly digestive probiotic, you are supporting your digestion, immune system, and your health. This makes taking daily probiotics easy for adults and kids, even picky eaters.

Balanced Health Adult Gummy is a delicious combination of fruity flavors enhanced with Bacillus subtilis. With 5 billion CFUs of DE111, this probiotic dietary supplement will support exercise recovery, normal fat metabolism, and of course, healthy immune function. And when it tastes this good, you will be happy about adding this treat to your daily health regimen.

References:

1 Patterson E, Ryan PM, Cryan JF, Dinan TG, Ross RP, Fitzgerald GF, Stanton C. Gut microbiota, obesity, and diabetes. Postgrad Med J. 2016 May;92(1087):286-300. doi: 10.1136/postgradmedj-2015-133285. Epub 2016 Feb 24. PMID: 26912499.

2 Cuentas AM et al., “The effect of Bacillus subtilis DE111 on the daily bowel movement profile for people with occasional gastrointestinal irregularity.” Journal of Probiotics & Health, vol. 5, no. 4 (2017): 189

3 Akgül T, Karakan T. The role of probiotics in women with recurrent urinary tract infections. Turk J Urol. 2018;44(5):377-383. doi:10.5152/tud.2018.48742

Cindy Papp

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Body Cleanse and Detoxification Specialist with over 22 years experience; BSc in Holistic Nutrition, C.C.T. Colon Hydrotherapist, Cert. Holistic Health Practitioner, Spiritual Guide, Energy Work, Reiki, Author, Holistic Health Researcher

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Digestive Health is the Core of Wellness

Digestive Health is the Core of Wellness

 

When your digestion is out of whack, your whole body can suffer. This is because digestion is linked to the immune system, mental wellbeing and even heart health. But can we control the health of our digestive system?

The old saying that you are what you eat still holds true today. Our bodies use the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to build new cells for muscle tissue, heart tissue and skin. Nutrients are the building blocks used by every part of your body to replace damaged or worn out cells. This is called cell turnover and takes place everywhere including your organs and the lining of your digestive tract. If your diet is subpar, so too are the building blocks that are used in cell turnover.

Your Gut Microbiome

The gut is another term for the digestive system and includes the microbiome. The microbiome is the environment that hosts a wide array of bacteria, fungi and other microbes that exist mainly in the intestinal tract. Sometimes referred to by scientists as another organ, the gut microbiome is part of the gut-brain axis and must remain balanced to work properly.

The gut-brain axis is a new area of interest for scientists and doctors alike because it shows how intricately connected our digestive health is with our physical and mental health. The key to health is that good or healthy microbes keep the harmful ones in check. And while research is ongoing, one thing for sure is that to keep this area healthy, diet, probiotics and prebiotics are at the core of digestive health.

How to Improve Digestive Health

Many factors affect digestion including diet, exercise, medications and even our mental state. Overall a healthy lifestyle improves digestive health and is well within our control. But sometimes it seems like the bad pathogens are winning in spite of our best efforts. The following are some tips that can help keep your digestive health intact.

Focus on Fiber

Fiber is a complex carbohydrate found mainly in fresh, whole fruits, vegetables and grains while some people get an added boost with a fiber supplement. There are different types of fiber that serve different purposes, and each is important for healthy digestion.

Soluble fiber is found mainly in nuts, seeds, oats, lentils and some fruits and vegetables. It dissolves in the digestive tract and by doing so, help soften and remove waste. Insoluble fiber, on the other hand, does not dissolve and adds bulk to stool, allowing it to pass through the digestive tract more efficiently. Consuming a variety of these healthy foods ensures you get both types of fiber.

Pay Attention to Prebiotics and Probiotics

Prebiotics are special types of plant fibers that feed and stimulate growth of healthy organisms in the gut microbiome, while probiotics contain live organisms that contribute to the healthy microbe population. Prebiotic foods include most fruits and vegetables and probiotics are found in specific foods like yogurt as well as fermented foods like kimchi, kombucha and sauerkraut. Maintaining a consistent intake of both will contribute to and maintain a healthy balance of good bacteria while preventing an overgrowth harmful pathogens that disrupt health.

Avoid High Fat Diets

Diets that are high in unhealthy fats can contribute to not only poor digestion, but other health issues as well. Unhealthy fats are those found in most animal fats as well as most junk and highly processed foods. They are easy to identify, since they are found in foods that are commonly unhealthy like pizza, burgers and hot dogs.

Healthy fats like those found in salmon, avocados, nuts and seeds will contribute to health. They are known to support healthy skin, a well-functioning brain and weight control. But don’t overdo it on these either, because too much of any fat can slow or inhibit digestion.

Small and Frequent Meals

Smaller, frequent meals consisting of wholesome foods are easy on the digestion as they do not overtax the system. Researchers at Duke Health found that smaller meals are more optimal for digestion, as it allows better energy expenditure and blood sugar levels. (1) If your digestion needs help, try consuming six small meals a day, each with a protein or starch and vegetables. Eat fruit alone for quick digestion and assimilation. Many who follow this type of eating report surges in energy levels as well as better digestion and metabolism.

Supplemental Nutrition

If you are experiencing impaired digestion, it will be difficult for your body to digest and use the nutrients from your diet. If this is the case, liquid food supplements are easier for the body to assimilate, allowing you to take advantage of the full nutrient profile. For some people, increasing nutrients like vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients provide the building blocks for a stronger digestive system, which can lead to optimal health.

Move Your Body

Exercise increases blood flow, and helps your digestive system remain active. This is because when blood flow is stimulated, it includes the blood flow throughout the digestive tract. This means more digestive fluids and more movement without the sluggishness that a sedentary lifestyle can bring. And the best part is that research shows that exercise improves gastric emptying for those who suffer from nausea or bloating after eating. (2)

Stress Management

Stress creates physical reactions in the body that may interfere with digestion. For example, the stress reaction can cause a decrease of blood flow and oxygen to the stomach, which may create an imbalance in the gut microbiome. In addition, chronic stress promotes digestive problems and has similar effects of diets that are high in unhealthy fats. (3) Incorporating stress management practices into your daily routine such as meditation or journaling can go a long way in helping your body manage stress better.

Conclusion

Improve your body and mind with practices that support healthy digestion. Remember that health begins in the kitchen, and an overall healthy lifestyle is the best way to maintain good health, so you can enjoy life more fully.

References:

1 Sheena Faherty December 16, & Faherty, S. (2014, December 16). Small, Frequent Meals are Better for Your Metabolism. Retrieved July 01, 2020, from https://www.dukehealth.org/blog/small-frequent-meals-are-better-your-metabolism

2 Evans, G., Watson, P., Shirreffs, S., & Maughan, R. (2015). The Effect of Exercise Intensity on Subsequent Gastric Emptying Rate in Humans. IJSNEM International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism.

3 Foster JA, Rinaman L, Cryan JF. Stress & the gut-brain axis: Regulation by the microbiome. Neurobiol Stress. 2017;7:124-136. Published 2017 Mar 19. doi:10.1016/j.ynstr.2017.03.001

Cindy Papp

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Body Cleanse and Detoxification Specialist with over 22 years experience; BSc in Holistic Nutrition, C.C.T. Colon Hydrotherapist, Cert. Holistic Health Practitioner, Spiritual Guide, Energy Work, Reiki, Author, Holistic Health Researcher

For more information on Cindy visit https://www.springclean-cleanse.com/ 

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Benefits of Vitamin D

Vitamin D is not a single vitamin, but a group of compounds that are essential for good health. And interestingly, it is not a true vitamin at all, but rather a prohormone that helps the body manufacture this all essential nutrient.

Vitamin D plays a role in keeping teeth and bones strong, helps your body absorb other important nutrients like calcium, and supports immune strength. Ensuring your body has plenty of this vitamin along with other essential nutrients and a wholesome diet will support your health any time of the year.

The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of vitamin D is from 200 – 600 IU (International Units) per day in the United States, but 400 to 800 IU per day in Europe. The more scientists learn about this vitamin, the more they realize the RDA numbers may be much higher than they are currently. In fact, some experts recommend dosages of  800 to 1,000 per day with others recommending a whopping 50,000 IU per week. (1)

Do I Need to Supplement Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is essential for digestive health and used by the intestines to absorb calcium that helps keep bones and teeth strong. It helps prevent loss of calcium through the urine, and can even support heart health, brain health and muscle function. (2) Because it is important for bacterial balance in the intestinal tract, vitamin D is also known to support a healthy immune system which relies on intestinal health.

It may be tricky for certain individuals to get the required amount of this nutrient every day. Vitamin D2 is naturally found in some mushrooms while D3 is found in oily fish (like salmon, herring and tuna), cod liver oil, liver and egg yolks. It is supplemented in milk as most people are not likely to get enough in their daily diets.

But if you avoid milk products, limit fish due to mercury and other toxins (or you just don’t like it), then supplementing your diet may be helpful. Also, those with darker skin or over 50 years of age may not be able to convert sunlight into vitamin D as efficiently as younger people and those with fairer skin.

Even though vitamin D is added to milk and dairy products, one would typically have to drink at least four, 8-ounce glasses of milk each day. Unfortunately, many people are not able to consume dairy products due to being lactose intolerant or don’t want to drink that much milk. And if you do enjoy fish, you would have to consume fatty fish every day to keep optimum levels of this nutrient. That adds up to quite a few calories, leaving little room for other types of protein. Because of these dietary limitations, many people choose to support their health with a vitamin D supplement.

Your Immune System

The immune system plays many roles in our health including protection from viruses and other pathogens that can harm, as well as chronic diseases. Taking care of your body with a diet centered around healthy, whole foods can help your body function at its best. Here are some practices that you can do to keep your immune system strong:

  • Exercise at least 30 minutes, five times each week
  • Drink plenty of fresh, spring water
  • Consume lots of fruits and vegetables; be sure to include citrus a few times each week
  • Get at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night, depending on how much you exercise
  • Supplement your diet if you need extra support

Nutrition plays a vital role in our health and how well our immune systems work. Poor nutrition often leads to malnutrition as we lack the vitamins and minerals essential for healthy living. But consuming a healthy diet along with nutritional support when needed will have a positive effect on your health and your life.

Vitamin D Deficiency Risk Factors

Many people consume plenty of calories yet lack the required daily nutrients to stay healthy and well. Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that is important for overall health, but few foods provide it or the precursors necessary for our bodies to produce it. And while some experts warn that up to 50% of Americans are deficient in this vitamin, some people are more prone than others. Some risk factors include:

  • Dark skin
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Older adults of 65 years and over
  • Lack of sun exposure due to environment or limiting sun for other health reasons
  • Vegans
  • Lack of fatty fish or egg yolks in the diet
  • Obesity
  • Medications like anticonvulsants ad glucocorticoids

Vitamin D Foods and Supplements

Consuming foods like salmon, herring, cod liver oil, liver and canned tuna will supply some vitamin D through your diet. Daily exposure to sunshine without overdoing it will also help your body manufacture some. But if you don’t get enough of either or you have one or more of the above risk factors, you may benefit from a Vitamin D supplement.

There is quite a bit of research that shows the benefits of consuming healthy amounts of this nutrient and plenty of evidence that deficiencies can lead to health problems. Because of its effects on gut health, vitamin D supplementation can help support a strong immune system.

The best practice may be to do your best to consume foods that contain vitamin D and try to get at least 15 minutes of sunshine each day. Most experts agree it is unlikely most people will be able to get enough in their diet, and supplementing can help fill in the gaps. For the best health and to boost your immune function, consume a moderate amount of daily vitamin D and a little sunshine; it may go a long way in supporting your health.

References:

1 Bordelon, P., Ghetu, M. V., & Langan, R. C. (2009, October 15). Recognition and Management of Vitamin D Deficiency. Retrieved March 30, 2020, from https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/1015/p841.html

2 Office of Dietary Supplements – Vitamin D. (2020, March 24). Retrieved March 30, 2020, from https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-Consumer/#h3

Cindy Papp

Author

Body Cleanse and Detoxification Specialist with over 22 years experience; BSc in Holistic Nutrition, C.C.T. Colon Hydrotherapist, Cert. Holistic Health Practitioner, Spiritual Guide, Energy Work, Reiki, Author, Holistic Health Researcher

For more information on Cindy visit https://www.springclean-cleanse.com/