By Crystal H. Shelton, Senior Scientific Researcher
Our bodies are naturally filled with trillions of bacteria, some are harmful, but most of this bacteria is friendly. Probiotics (the healthy bacteria), along with the unhealthy bacteria primarily populate the digestive tract. Helping to maintain a good balance of these two types is critical in promoting optimal health, if notdysbiosis (microbial imbalance) occurs. Kids are exposed to harmful pathogens and/or have diets lacking in important nutrients, so supplementing with a product providing healthy probiotic strains is very important. Additionally, antibiotics are the typical answer for many of our kids when they are sick. However, along with killing the negative bacteria causing the sickness, these drugs also kill the healthy bacteria which our kids need. Bacterial imbalance is one of the most common causes of acute diarrhea in children under 5 years of age.
There are countless strains of probiotics. It’s important to choose a product that utilizes a variety of strains so more ground is covered. Some of the most researched probiotics include Lactobacillus plantarum
, which works to promote immune health and reduce gas production. It has also has a role in the synthesis of L-lysine, an essential amino acid. Lactobacillus paracasei
is another probiotic known to reside in the human intestine, which aids in promoting the bacterial balance as well as supporting digestion. One of the most intensely studied probiotics is Lactobacillus rhamnosus
, which has shown to be very effective in balancing the gut microflora, maintaining the integrity of the stomach lining, supporting stomach comfort and providing relief from occasional diarrhea. Lactobacillus salivarius
is unique in that it’s a probiotic which resides in the mouth, throat and nose and works to promote oral health. Streptococcus salivarius
is known to populate the upper respiratory tract within the first few hours of birth and because it also resides in the oral cavity. It works to help reduce halitosis (bad breath) and supports healthy teeth and gums.
In addition to using a variety of strains, choosing strains that deliver high amounts of CFUs (colony forming units) is also very important to ensure optimal effects. Additionally, because probiotics are living organisms, ensuring they are viable and alive upon entering the stomach is absolutely critical. LiveBac® is a patented process which guarantees extended shelf life for probiotics, even at room temperature. Another advanced delivery technology is BIO-tract®, which not only protects probiotic organisms from stomach acid on their way to the intestinal tract, but also enables custom release profiles optimized for probiotics and other active ingredients. Using a product with these advanced technologies provides a huge advantage, and better ensures the healthy effects of the probiotic strains.
Probiotics work to support a healthy bacterial balance, which in turn promotes healthy digestion leading to normal bowels and stomach comfort. Every child can benefit from probiotic supplementation and feel the benefits of this microbial balance!
6 hours, 26 minutes ago
This year, celebrate the fourth of July with our favorite flag-colored superfoods!
By Leo Gil
: Salmon is a high quality protein that belongs to the family of “fatty” fishes. It’s rich in Omega-3 acids, which lower cholesterol levels and prevent the hardening of artery walls and
veins — helping to reduce the risk of heart attack!
Quinoa is one of the most popular ‘superfoods’. It’s an incredibly nutritious grain that is loaded with complete protein — containing all nine essential amino acids. It provides almost twice as much fiber as most other grains
. And it’s gluten free!
: Blueberries are a powerful antioxidant. They boost your brain, and can also assist in cancerprevention
. Plus, they are so tasty and convenient it’s no wonder somany people consider them to be their favorite fruit!
4 days, 9 hours ago
By Leo Gil
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, July is officially “National Blueberry Month”. These little fruits are so amazing they gave us an entire month to celebrate them! Blueberries are incredibly beneficial for our health — so much so that they’re classified as a “superfood”.
Top Benefits of Blueberries
1. High in nutrients & low in calories
One cup of blueberries is less than 100 calories. Consider this a bargain for the incredible source of nutrients they provide. That same cupful will supply you with 4 grams of fiber, nearly 25% of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for both Vitamin C and Manganese and 36% of the RDA for Vitamin K, among others.1
2. Help keep your heart healthy
Blueberries are powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties that have been proven to assist with reducing cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, stroke prevention and reducing oxidative stress in multiple studies.2
3. Promote regular brain function
A study by the University of Cincinnati suggested that blueberries can assist the elderly in improving their memory.3
Furthermore, the USDA has run similar studies which strengthen the premise that blueberries are useful for the prevention of cognitive decline.3
6 days, 9 hours ago
There’s always a new body image based trend targeted at women — encouraging body shaming and self-doubt about their bodies. Remember the controversial ‘thigh gap’ trend? The craze where the gap between a woman’s thighs, particularly at the top of the thighs, had to be large enough to be plainly visible when standing with both feet and knees together? Well, now we have ‘the Belly Button Challenge’ — the latest means of measuring a woman’s attractiveness, according to social media.
So what is ‘the Belly Button Challenge’? Essentially, the challenge involves reaching around your back with your arm and touching your belly button. Being able to do so ‘proves’ that you are thin and fit. In reality the challenge has nothing to do with being slender. James Hamblin, of the Atlantic,
says “It’s actually a test of shoulder flexibility, not fitness. The shoulder has the greatest range of motion of any joint in the body.”
Unfortunately, this logic has been ignored by most on social media. The trend, started in China, is now so popular that thousands are uploading photos of themselves trying the challenge, using #thebellybuttonchallenge. Even men are attempting the challenge now. We’re constantly inundated with images of the ‘ideal body’ from the media. Now we’re being challenged to participate in this body shaming farce of a fitness test? No thank you. Young women need to feel positive about their bodies — especially in the age of Photoshop and plastic surgery. They certainly don’t need to be faced with a wholly inaccurate ‘challenge’ that tells them how thin they are, or aren’t.
You’re all beautiful and you don’t need a ridiculous challenge to prove it. Be healthy, and most importantly BE YOU.
1 week ago
by Deedra Mason, Director of Clinical Education & Research
Diet? CHECK! Exercise? CHECK! Supplements? CHECK! Nervous system recovery? What is that? An important factor of weight loss that is frequently overlooked!
We often use only nutraceuticals to support our weight loss/metabolic goals, but fail to support our nervous system and its ‘moving parts’. Nervous system support, especially as it relates to recovery from exercise should be a part of any weight loss system. Commonly these support nutrients are referred to as nootropics. Nootropics are ingredients that support memory, focus and drive. These are essential to support motivation through weight-loss and lifestyle changes.
Considering that stress is a constant for most, if not all individuals, starting with stress support ingredients is your best bet. Vitamin C and Magnesium are both beneficial for stress recovery as well as nervous system recovery. They can easily be paired with botanicals, called nervines that are taken as a part of stress formulas. These are botanicals like Holy basil, Ashwaganda and Scutallaria. Amino acids like tyrosine, theanine and glycine can also be helpful in both stress and nervous system recovery.
Some of the most powerful and well-studied nootropics are available in many nutraceutical formulation, such as Wolfberry, also known as huprazine A. Wolfberry is well researched, and shown to maintain acetylcholine (a memory and mood related neurotransmitter) levels by limiting the enzymes that try to breakdown acetylcholine. Acetyl-L-Carnitine can assist in improved energy, both physically and mentally by opposing toxic fatty acids in the mitochondria (cells). Acetyl-L-Carnitine enhances acetylcholine levels while reducing oxidative stress on the brain when paired with A-lipoic acid (an antioxidant).
It’s important to remember, it takes multiple lines of defense to protect the body and brain. There is no one single trigger for disease or decline. Make sure your defense is as robust as the number of ways there are to get sick!
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Lerer, B., Oppenheim, Y., Kelly, D., Gorfine, M., Kampf-Sherf, O., & Schreiber, S. (2000). An open trial of plant-source derived phosphatydilserine for treatment of age-related cognitive decline.
Raves, M., Harel, M., Pang, Y., Silman, I., Kozikowski, A., & Sussman, J. (1997). Structure of acetylcholinesterase complexed with the nootropic alkaloid, (-)-huperzine A
. Nature Structural Biology,4, 57 – 63
1 week, 4 days ago