Monthly Archives: January 2018

Limiting Exposure to Endocrine Disruptors

ExposureDisruptorsJacquie Eubanks RN BSNEndocrine disruptors (EDs) are synthetic chemicals found ubiquitously in soil, water and our food supply, as well as in personal care products and consumer goods. These wide-ranging substances include pharmaceutical agents, dioxins, plastics (BPA), phthalates, PCBs, triclosan, artificial fragrances, fungicides, and pesticides. Found in everyday products such as plastic bottles, metal food cans, detergents, toys, flame retardants, and cosmetics, these harmful chemicals can interfere with hormone biosynthesis, metabolism and reproduction. For humans and wildlife, exposure to these chemicals can potentially result in adverse developmental malformations, interference with reproduction, increased cancer risk, and disturbances in neurological and immune system function.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defined an endocrine disrupting compound as “an exogenous agent that interferes with synthesis, secretion, transport, metabolism, binding action, or elimination of natural blood-borne hormones present in the body that are responsible for homeostasis, reproduction, and developmental process.” Scientific research has found that environmental and inappropriate developmental exposure to ED compounds can alter male and female reproductive function and disrupt the homeostatic and hormonal systems that enable the body’s neurotransmitter and hormone receptors to communicate with and respond to their environment.

Per the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an Endocrine Society Scientific Statement presented evidence that endocrine disruptors can affect male and female reproduction, breast and prostate cancer, and thyroid, cardiovascular and neuroendocrinology. When hormonal systems critical to health and bodily functions are affected by EDs, it can result in disruptions in bone health, cardiac function, oxidative stress, altered testicular function, and sensory impairment. EDs have been found to disrupt immune function, alter onset of puberty, increase inflammation, and promote obesity through altered metabolism, fat cell signaling, and glucose uptake.

As we become more aware of this public health concern, we can take preventative common sense steps to reduce exposure to EDs and, consequently, reduce the body’s cumulative toxic load:

-Wash your hands frequently, especially before a meal and avoid antibacterial, fragranced, and liquid soap that may contain triclosan or phthalates. Vacuum and dust often to remove traces of chemicals found in household dust.

-Choose fragrance-free products that are just as effective as those that are chemically scented. Air fresheners and petroleum-based scented candles may contain toxins that are harmful to humans and their pets.

-Reduce chemical exposure at home. If you haven’t already done so, as you toss or use up products you already have, replace them with non-toxic personal care and household cleaning products without harmful chemical ingredients.

-Read labels before you buy. Look for safer body and eco-friendly alternatives as much as possible. Use your voice. When enough consumers express their views, manufacturers listen.

-Stay active and eats lots of good quality fiber-filled unrefined foods to help move toxins out of your body. Try to buy foods in as close to their original state as possible. Include detoxifying foods such as beets, artichokes, cabbage and broccoli; herbs such as ginger, basil, and cilantro; and fruits such as apples and lemons. Drink sufficient water to support digestive processes and help flush away toxins.

-Ditch the plastic. Begin to invest in safer containers made of glass, steel, or ceramic. Save and wash glass food jars to use for food storage or transport. Don’t microwave food stored in plastic or styrofoam containers.

-Consume more plant-based meals. Environmental chemicals, heavy metals, and toxins are often found in the greatest concentrations in animal products and seafood.

-Prioritize sleep which is fundamental to support the body’s elimination processes, cellular renewal, and overall good health. Studies suggest that sufficient sleep allows the brain to clear itself of debris and damaging substances associated with neurodegeneration.

– Supplements, such as vitamin c, alpha-lipoic acid, selenium, NAC, chlorella, and milk thistle, support glutathione production and help optimize the detoxification process.

Professional Supplement Center carries many high quality products in support of overall wellness:

AntiOxidant FormulaAntiOxidant Formula by Pure Encapsulations®: This hypoallergenic formulation offers synergistic, broad spectrum antioxidants designed for free radical damage support and optimal wellness. Ingredients include NAC, selenium, and milk thistle. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO formulation.

 

HM ComplexHM Complex by Pure Encapsulations®: This complex provides ingredients that have natural chelating and detoxification properties in support of the body’s natural detoxification of common environmental heavy metals, as well as support for antioxidant and immune defenses. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

 

Heavy Metal DetoxHeavy Metal Detox™ by Aqua Flora®: This homeopathic formulation provides broad spectrum support for symptoms of heavy metal toxicity such as physical pains, sleeplessness, poor digestion, drowsiness, and exhaustion and more. Gluten, dairy, alcohol and taste free.

 

Metal-X-SynergyMetal-X-Synergy™ by Designs for Health®: This product provides a wide array of synergistic ingredients designed to help support the normal process of heavy metal detoxification without depleting essential minerals. Gluten free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

 

Metal-ChordMetal Chord by Energetix®: This homeopathic combination formula is designed to address symptoms relating to the presence of heavy metals including metallic taste, irritability, difficulty concentrating and hypersensitivity. Gluten free.

 

Resveratrol UltraResveratrol Ultra by Integrative Therapeutics®: This anti-aging formula provides a powerful antioxidant blend in support of cellular health and reduced oxidative stress. Gluten, wheat, dairy, yeast, preservative and artificial ingredient free formulation.

 

References:
Endocrine Disruptors. https://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/agents/endocrine/index.cfm
What is Endocrine Disruption? https://www.epa.gov/endocrine-disruption/what-endocrine-disruption
Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs). http://www.who.int/ceh/risks/cehemerging2/en/
All About Endocrine Disruptors. https://www.precisionnutrition.com/all-about-endocrine-disruptors
Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals: An Endocrine Society Scientific Statement. https://academic.oup.com/edrv/article/30/4/293/2355049
9 Ways to Avoid Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals. https://www.nrdc.org/stories/9-ways-avoid-hormone-disrupting-chemicals

 

To Improve Wellness in 2018 – Begin with the Gut

GutHealthJacquie Eubanks RN BSNHippocrates, regarded by many to be the Father of Medicine, is reported to have said, “All disease begins in the gut.” Contrary to the general belief of his time that disease was likely to be the result of disfavor by the gods or demonic possession, Hippocrates believed that illness must have a physical and rational explanation. In separating illness from superstitions, Hippocrates sought to treat the whole person, and based his treatment on the healing power of nature, supported by a good diet, cleanliness, fresh air, physical exercise, and rest, when needed. His writings show the he largely advised diet and exercise as remedies or cures for ailments, and resorted to medicines when individuals did not follow his lifestyle recommendations. Millennia ahead of his time, his contributions to the medical world still endure in modern medicine, as witnessed by today’s recommendations of healthy diet and exercise for support of overall good health.

Other than salves and foods, medicines prescribed in Hippocrates’ time were generally purgatives designed to rid the body of noxious substances thought to cause disease. According to ancient texts, Hippocrates believed that undigested residues, produced by an unsuitable diet, excreted vapors that passed into the body, resulting in disease and ill health. Today, more than 2,000 years after Hippocrates purportedly uttered his now famous quote, modern medicine is finally beginning to realize that nutrition, along with proper digestion, assimilation and absorption of nutrients, is fundamental to overall wellbeing. Functional medicine, which endeavors to identify and address the root causes of disease, focuses on a whole body, science-based individualized approach to restore optimal functioning of the body and its organs. In functional medicine wellness begins with a healthy well-functioning digestive system, as well as an undamaged gut lining.

How we treat the body’s mini-ecosystem largely determines the state of our overall heath. Eating healthy foods, managing stress levels, and maintaining an active lifestyle all contribute to the maintenance of a healthy gut microbiome. Ideally, a diverse diet of minimally processed whole foods that are high in fiber and nutrients, and moderate in protein and healthy fats, will help to keep inflammation in check, protect the gut lining, and reduce damage to beneficial gut bacteria. The impact of the western diet and lifestyle on immune health has been considerable, and has led to increased gut permeability, systemic inflammation and a significant decline in overall immune function. Our love of heavily processed high carbohydrate foods, sugars and artificial sweeteners has contributed to an alarming rise in cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and autoimmune diseases nationwide.

Science has shown that the gut microbiota provides essential health benefits that include critical digestive function, protection against invading pathogens, detoxification, hormone regulation, vitamin production and absorbency, mental wellness, and the regulation of immune homeostasis. Also known as the second brain, the enteric nervous system is a mesh-like network of neurons that line the entire digestive tract. These neurons are responsible for that nervousness you sometimes feel in the pit of your stomach, or what we know as our “gut feeling” or intuition. Important neurotransmitters embedded throughout the enteric nervous system communicate with the microbiome and send messages to the brain that influence our mood and feelings. Evidence shows that a healthy gut can help manage depression, curb inflammation and cortisol levels, and positively influence the reaction to stress. Studies show that those with healthy and diverse gut microbes are less likely to suffer from anxiety or depression.

While the science evolves, the emerging insights of the gut-brain connection may help us rethink the way we treat our microbiome. It appears that improved diet and lifestyle may benefit far more than one’s waistline. Evidence suggests that a less diverse or imbalanced microbiome can have a negative impact on health, while a balanced and diverse microbiome contributes to better overall physical and mental health.

To support the health of the microbiome:

-Give the gut time to rest. There are several ways to give the digestive system a well-deserved break. In addition to getting adequate sleep and lowering stress levels, try lightening up some of your meals, narrowing the window of time between your first and last meal or the day, or choosing a liquid diet one day each week.

-Eliminate high allergen foods, such as dairy and gluten, that can irritate the gut if you notice negative reactions after consuming them.

-Avoid sugar and junk foods that feed and encourage the proliferation of bacteria deleterious to health.

– To support the growth of healthy microbes, eat a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and fermented foods. Dysbiosis, an imbalance of unhealthy and healthy microbes may contribute to weight gain, high blood sugar, high cholesterol and other disorders.

-Probiotic foods and supplements that contain live, active cultures provide beneficial bacteria that nourish and promote the microbiome and may help to increase the diversity of microbes through colonization in the large intestine.

-Prebiotic rich foods, such as onions, garlic, apples and chicory root, contain indigestible fibers that encourage the growth and colonization of beneficial bacteria.

-Be careful not to overuse antibiotics. To avoid depleting beneficial bacteria antibiotics and OTC medications should be used judiciously. Take them only when truly needed and for the shortest course of treatment necessary.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high-quality products to support and repair the intestinal system:

Vitalzym DigestVitalzym Digest by World Nutrition: This naturally derived blend of powerful enzymes is specifically formulated to assist the body’s normal metabolic processes by optimizing digestive function and nutrient absorption in support of energy production and general wellbeing. Gluten, lactose and artificial ingredient free, vegetarian formulation.

 

NutrizymeNutrizyme™ by American Nutriceuticals: This clinical strength proprietary formula provides enzymatic and non-enzymatic ingredients designed to help improve the digestion and absorption of nutrients as well as address inflammation.

 

Natto-K™Natto-K™ by Enzymedica: This therapeutic blend of plant-based enzymes with high fibrinolytic activity ensures optimal and complete digestion and provides cardiovascular and circulatory support. Gluten, soy, dairy, preservative and artificial ingredient free, vegan kosher formulation.

 

Alpha-Glycosyl...Alpha-Glycosyl Isoquercitrin by Integrative Therapeutics®: This product provides highly absorbable and bioavailable quercetin in support of cellular antioxidant defenses, cardiovascular health, and a healthy immune response. Gluten, wheat, soy, dairy and artificial ingredient free, vegetarian formulation.

 

Dysbi-EaseDysbi-Ease by Biospec® Nutritionals: This natural highly effective complex provides well tolerated anti-fungal and antibacterial ingredients that remove harmful microbes from the digestive tract for a more balanced beneficial microflora. Vegetarian formulation.

 

Digestive Relief...Digestive Relief with Prebiotics and Aloe by Buried Treasure™ Nutritionals: This premium whole food liquid digestive aid complex provides fiber, prebiotics, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory fruits, and traditional herbs to promote healthy digestion and provide natural immune support. Gluten, wheat, soy, yeast and dairy free, vegetarian formulation.

References:
Hippocrates. http://famousbiologists.org/hippocrates/
Hippocrates, Greek Physician. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Hippocrates
3 Surprising Reasons Your Gut Health Matters. http://www.eatingwell.com/article/288067/3-surprising-reasons-your-gut-health-matters/
Your Gut Health: A Healthier Digestive System Means a Healthier You. https://med.nyu.edu/medicine/gastro/about-us/gastroenterology-news-archive/your-gut-feeling-healthier-digestive-system-means-healthier
The Brain-Gut Connection. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/healthy_aging/healthy_body/the-brain-gut-connection
The Pit In Your Stomach is Actually Your Second Brain. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-fallible-mind/201701/the-pit-in-your-stomach-is-actually-your-second-brain
Can gut bacteria improve your health? https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/can-gut-bacteria-improve-your-health

 

 

Metabolic Maintenance – Featured Brand

MetabolicMaintenanceSusan Brown Health and Wellness Editor

For more than three decades, family owned Metabolic Maintenance has produced pure high quality nutritional products that support optimal health, longevity, and improved quality of life. These preservative and excipient free science-based formulas are manufactured according to strict manufacturing practices in a state-of-the-art cGMP facility located in central Oregon. Ethically sourced raw materials, selected based on purity, quality, freshness, bioavailability, and optimum potency, are purchased from trusted suppliers who must meet rigorous testing and quality criteria.

All raw ingredients are third party tested for identification, contaminants, microorganisms, and heavy metals by certified independent laboratories. Metabolic Maintenance superior quality formulas are free of preservatives, fillers, excipients, and contaminants. All products are Non-GMO, and are gluten, lactose, and artificial ingredient free.

To see more products from Metabolic Maintenance, please visit professionalsupplementcenter.com

B-ComplexB-Complex: Formulated for superior absorption, this complete B vitamin formula provides the phosphorylated forms of B2 and B6, and the highly bioavailable methylated forms of B12 and L-methylfolate in support of cellular energy production, cardiovascular health, neurotransmitter and red blood cell formation, homocysteine conversion, and nerve cell health.

 

B.A.M. Balanced...B.A.M. Balanced Amino Acid Maintenance: Formulated as an adjunct for the support of neuro-cognitive function, muscle building, and enhanced energy production, this free-form amino acid formula can be readily absorbed and utilized by the body. Additional precursors are included for optimal utilization.

 

Vitamin/Mineral Base...Vitamin/Mineral Base Powder: For those who prefer their daily vitamins and minerals in powdered form, this tasteless, easily dissolvable formula provides balanced amounts of key nutrients in their most bioavailable forms.

 

Anxiety ControlAnxiety Control®: This unique calming product contains therapeutic levels of GABA, glycine, L- glutamine, magnesium, and botanicals in support of a relaxed sense of wellbeing.

 

Back PackBackPack®: This product supplies nutritional support for the back and joints with ingredients that support normal joint flexibility, a healthy inflammatory response, and the maintenance of joint structure, function and comfort.

 

Little OneLittle One: This one-a-day multivitamin/mineral formula is specifically created to meet the nutritional needs of children aged 6 to 12 years. Each very small preservative-free vegetarian capsule contains only high quality bioavailable ingredients as listed on the label.