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Is a Healthy Microbiome the Link to a Healthy Weight?

HealthMicrobiomeJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Established early in life, a healthy, balanced microbiome is associated with a strong immune system, a well-functioning digestive tract and properly regulated metabolism. Influenced by age, genetics, and medications, as well as dietary, environmental and geographic factors, disruptions in the body’s ecology contributes to dysbiosis, disease and, quite possibly, obesity. As the study of the microbiome continues to evolve, researchers are working to determine the precise roles of gut microflora, as it relates to leanness and obesity. It appears that the diversity of the microbiome may be the key to a healthy weight, as well as overall health.

Perhaps, along with a fiber-filled nutritious diet and proper amounts of exercise, enlisting or manipulating our “inner microbial army” may be the key to winning the fight against obesity. In response to the obesity epidemic, researchers have established a link between gut microbiota and body weight. While research is still in its early stages, studies have shown that the microbiota of obese individuals tends to be less diverse than those who are lean. Science has also shown that the composition of microbiota shifts with weight loss or weight gain, the significance of which may be considerable. Studies have found that when an obese person loses weight, their gut flora changes to a composition similar to the microbiome of leaner people.

Recent studies have focused on the link between gut microbes and conditions associated with obesity, such as inflammation and insulin resistance. This may lead to identification of the precise strains of bacteria associated with leanness, and a better understanding of which microbes may be targeted for interventions intended to aid weight loss or prevent weight gain. No easy task to be sure, however, we do know that administering antibiotics, which greatly disrupt microbial balance, can cause weight gain and increase appetite, as witnessed by the hefty amounts of antibiotics administered to farm animals to promote growth. The idea that this may have a similar and substantial effect on humans appears highly significant.

While beneficial bacteria alone may not win the battle against obesity, enriching the diet with pre- and probiotics aids colonization of beneficial organisms, which may create a healthy synergy between wellness and weight. A fundamental role of gut microbes is maintaining symbiosis to support immunity, physiological health, and the digestion and assimilation of nutrients. Additionally, probiotic support for a healthy, balanced microbiome may have implications for healthy aging, as bacteria in the gut decrease with age, negatively affecting immune strength and overall wellness. Certain neurochemicals produced in the gut affect not only digestion and elimination, but mood, anxiety, behavior, and emotions. Probiotics that support the microbiome, may positively influence psychological health and brain function, as well as physiological functions.

  • As there are many different strains of bacteria, it makes good sense to take a multi-species probiotic.
  • Some probiotics need refrigeration to maintain viability, others do not. Probiotics that do not need refrigeration are perfect for traveling or keeping on hand at work or school, or even by the bedside table. Taking probiotics in the evening is recommended.
  • Look for an acid protected probiotic to ensure bacteria survive the harsh stomach environment, as they make their way to colonize in the intestines.
  • Some probiotic supplements include a prebiotic that nourishes the bacteria and helps them survive.
  • Check labels for the list of all the strains included with the probiotic supplement and the number of colony forming units (cfu) they contain.
  • Check for storage requirements and a suggested use by date.
  • If you are having serious digestive health issues, speak with a healthcare provider before starting any supplement program.

Professional Supplement Center carries and many other high quality probiotic supplements to support your health and wellness goals:

ProBio SAP-90 (HEAT...ProBio SAP-90 by Nutritional Fundamentals for Health – ProBio SAP provides a compatible and complementary blend of 10 probiotic strains to address a wide spectrum of gastrointestinal health benefits. The enteric coated vegetable capsule is acid and bile resistant to ensure delivery of live flora to the intestines. One capsule supplies science-based, high dose multi-strain probiotics, plus prebiotics, to support a good balance of beneficial bacteria. Gluten, yeast and preservative free, Non-GMO formulation. Third party tested for impurities. Refrigeration required.

Broad Spectrum...Broad Spectrum Probiotic & Prebiotic by Prescript-Assist™ – This broad spectrum professional grade pre- and probiotic delivers a proprietary blend of 29 separate strains of beneficial bacteria in support of optimal gut health and normal microflora balance. No refrigeration necessary. Gluten and dairy free, vegan formulation.

Colon Support...Colon Support Probiotic by Probulin® – This shelf stable probiotic and prebiotic supplement provides 20 billion cfu of 12 highly concentrated probiotic strains, plus the prebiotic inulin, in support of microbial balance along with optimized digestive and colon health. Gluten, dairy and soy free, Non-GMO formulation.

Just Thrive...Just Thrive® Probiotic & Antioxidant by Just Thrive® – This one-of-a-kind proprietary probiotic blend provides strains naturally designed to survive the stomach and colonize the digestive tract, supporting favorable microbial balance. Additionally, the strain Bacillus indicus (HU36), has the ability to produce antioxidants, including CoQ10, alpha and beta carotenes, astaxanthin and zeaxanthin, upon colonization in the intestines. Gluten, dairy and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

References:
How Gut Bacteria Help Make Us Fat and Thin. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-gut-bacteria-help-make-us-fat-and-thin/
Obesity and the Human Microbiome. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/714569_3
Are Antibiotics Making People Larger? http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/12/obesity-antibiotics-microbiome/421344/
Think Twice: How the Gut’s “Second Brain” Influences Mood and Well-Being. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/gut-second-brain/
Shekhar K. Challa, MD. Probiotics for Dummies. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2012.
When Gut Bacteria Changes Brain Function. http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/06/gut-bacteria-on-the-brain/395918/

 

 

Could Your Immune System Use Some Support?

ImmuneSystemJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

The strength of the immune system is directly influenced by lifestyle habits. When one eats well, avoids tobacco products, and gets sufficient sleep, the immune system is strengthened. On the other hand, if one is chronically stressed, suffers from lack of sleep and seldom eats fruits and vegetables, the immune system may not operate at an optimal level. The fact that our environment teems with bacteria and viruses, yet we remain reasonably healthy the majority of the time, may give you some idea of how hard our immune systems work to keep us from succumbing to illness or disease. Essential to survival, the immune system is a bit like a surveillance system, constantly seeking out and protecting us from harmful substances. As long as the system is running smoothly, we rarely think about how effective and amazing this complicated system of organs, cells, and antibodies actually is.

When the immune system is weakened or compromised, we are left vulnerable to attack by foreign invaders and pathogens. Conversely, when the immune system is strong enough to defend against attack and is able to initiate repair, the healthier we are or the faster our recovery if we do get sick. The key to a healthy immune system lies in its extraordinary ability to recognize the body’s own cells from foreign cells, peacefully existing until called to action. In abnormal situations, the body can mistake its own cells for antigens and launch an attack. This can result in the development of an autoimmune disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or celiac disease. Common allergies occur when the immune system falsely responds to a normally harmless material such as pollen or dust. More often, the immune system stockpiles a huge arsenal of cells that work cooperatively to seek out and destroy highly specific targets, often leaving sentries behind, building immunity and guarding against future antigen attacks.

To keep your immune system strong and healthy adopt a healthy lifestyle as a first line of defense:

  • Consider a probiotic supplement. As 80% of the immune system resides in the digestive tract, maintaining a healthy gut is imperative for optimal health. Most of the approximately 500 microflora species that live in the gastrointestinal tract are beneficial, aiding digestion and nutrient absorption. Some are harmful and wreak havoc with digestion, encouraging inflammation while lying in wait for an opportunity to flourish. The ratio between beneficial and deleterious bacteria is a critical factor in determining overall health. Probiotic supplements and health enhancing, fermented probiotic foods replenish and promote proliferation of beneficial microorganisms supporting intestinal, immune and overall health.
  • Eliminate toxic food from your diet. The innumerable chemicals, preservatives, artificial and unnatural substances found in processed and commercial foods can irritate the gut lining and cause an overgrowth of bad bacteria. When it comes to immunity and gut health, it’s equally important to avoid feeding bad bacteria as it is to fertilize good bacteria. Avoid added sugars, starches and refined carbs that provide fodder for bad bacteria to flourish, and focus on whole, fresh, real food to promote the growth of good bacteria. Eat a largely plant based diet that provides soluble and insoluble fiber and good quality proteins to encourage a healthy microbiome.
  • Physiological stress raises vulnerability to illness. Short term stress brought on by an emergency or a dangerous situation results in a natural, helpful physiological response. However, stress for that lasts for days on end, negatively effects immune health. Ongoing stress makes us susceptible to illness and disease because the brain sends signals to the endocrine system, which then releases a cascade of hormones that get us ready for emergency situations, while at the same time severely depressing immunity.
  • Sleep deprivation’s effect on the immune system mirrors physical stress. Sleep and the circadian system exert a strong regulatory influence on immune function. Prolonged sleep loss and the accompanying stress response evoke the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, resulting in low-grade inflammation and immunodeficiency, which have detrimental effects on health.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other fine products to support immune and overall health:

Pro-Flora™ Immune Probiotic Pearls™ by Integrative Therapeutics

Pro-Flora™ Immune Probiotic Pearls™ –  This unique, dual action probiotic formula is designed to strengthen and support the digestive tract and the immune system. Sugar, wheat and yeast free formulation.

 

 

Probiotic IMM (HEAT SENSITIVE PRODUCT) by Pure Encapsulations

Probiotic IMM by Pure Encapsulations – This blend of 5 probiotic strains provides a shelf stable formula to support immune function and maintain eye, nose and throat health. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formula.

 

Broad Spectrum Probiotic & Prebiotic by Prescript - AssistBroad Spectrum Probiotic & Prebiotic by Prescript-Assist™ – This broad-spectrum formula delivers a proprietary blend of 29 separate strains of beneficial microflora to help support optimal gut and immune health and a normal balance of beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract. This formula promotes a healthy gastrointestinal environment, relives occasional abdominal discomfort, promotes regularity, and supports overall wellness and vitality. Gluten and dairy free, vegan formulation.

NuSera® by Metagenics®NuSera® by Metagenics – This science-based, clinically effective formula provides relief and promotes calmness during stressful moments. Designed with natural ingredients to promote a healthy stress response and provide a safe approach to strategic short-term stress. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.

Insomnitol by Designs for HealthInsomnitol™ by Designs for Health – This blend of botanicals, nutrients, and neurotransmitter precursors provides nutritional support for calm brain activity and helps to promote the natural ability to support quality, restful sleep. Gluten, soy and dairy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

 

 

References:
How does the immune system work? http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0072548/
Understanding the Immune System. http://www.imgt.org/IMGTeducation/Tutorials/ImmuneSystem/UK/the_immune_system.pdf
Probiotics helps as 80% of Immune System in your GI Tract. http://instituteofhealthsciences.com/probiotics-help-immune-system-in-your-gi-tract/
Sleep and immune function. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3256323/
How Stress Affects the Immune System. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/how-the-mind-heals-the-body/201411/how-stress-affects-the-immune-system

What’s Your Gut Telling You?

GutTellingYouJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

 

 

The fact is, you can’t really have good overall health unless you have a healthy, well-functioning gastrointestinal tract. Our gut is a complex and abundant ecosystem, colonized by more than 100 trillion microorganisms. Each person has a distinct, highly variable and diverse composition of microbiota, influenced by genetics, age, diet, chronic stress, illness, medications, geographic location, environmental factors and even method of birth. By affecting physiology, metabolism, nutrition and immune function, the gastrointestinal system plays a crucial role in the regulation of our physical and mental health and, as such, the gut microbiome is the subject of extensive and ongoing research. Increasingly, studies show that an unhealthy microbiome and a compromised gut barrier can contribute to a wide range of disease processes, including autoimmune diseases, diabetes, obesity, mood disorders and chronic inflammation. In contrast, a healthy functioning gut allows for optimal digestion, absorption and assimilation of nutrients and an optimally functioning immune system.

As studies show that more than 100 million Americans suffer from some form of digestive issue, it’s no wonder that we are paying more attention to our digestive and intestinal health. Understanding the microbiome is extremely important, especially for those who have poor digestion, fatigue, or other more serious chronic conditions. It may be helpful to note that our individual microflora consists of three types of bacteria, which are categorized as essential, opportunistic and transitional microbes. In a healthy gut, the bacteria live in balanced harmony known as symbiosis, in which the essential or friendly bacteria keep the less desirable opportunistic bacteria in check, thereby promoting health and preventing illness or disease. Conversely, an overgrowth of opportunistic bacteria can result in an imbalance or dysbiosis, which can compromise our system as a whole and put us at increased risk of disease and chronic conditions.

Dysbiosis may be caused by a high sugar, low fiber, nutrient poor diet, illness or infections, chronic stress, and medications such as antibiotics and OTC heartburn relievers. Symptoms can include constant digestive upset, fatigue, sugar and carb cravings, frequent illness, mood imbalances or depression, chronic joint pain, and skin issues such as eczema or psoriasis.

For optimal immune health and overall wellness, focus on the microbiome to rebuild and support gastrointestinal health:

  • Eat plenty of fermented pre- and probiotic foods, such as yogurt, kimchi, kefir, sauerkraut, miso and pickled vegetables.
  • Include whole, unprocessed foods that are rich in fibers, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans and nuts.
  • Eliminate refined carbs, added sugars and processed foods. Try eliminating foods such as gluten, dairy, soy and yeast for two weeks to see if digestive symptoms improve.
  • Consider taking a high-quality, multi-species pre- and probiotic supplement to re-establish a healthy balance of microbiota.
  • To address poor digestive symptoms and support proper digestive and overall health, take a good quality digestive enzyme supplement with meals.
  • L-Glutamine, an amino acid, promotes cellular health in the intestinal mucosa by reducing oxidant damage and boosting cell wall regeneration.
  • Deglycyrrhizinated licorice soothes and coats the stomach, helping to reduce stomach inflammation, heartburn and acid reflux.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and many high quality supplements to support and maintain gastrointestinal health:

Broad Spectrum Probiotic & Prebiotic by Prescript - AssistBroad Spectrum Probiotic & Prebiotic by Prescript-Assist™ – This professional broad spectrum formula delivers a proprietary blend of 29 separate strains of beneficial bacteria to support optimal gut health and a normal balance of friendly microflora in the intestinal tract. Gluten and dairy free, vegan formulation. No refrigeration necessary.

 

Digest Gold™ Plus ProbioticsDigest Gold™ Plus Probiotics by Enzymedica – This award winning digestive enzyme formula provides high potency digestive enzymes, along with 500 million guaranteed potency active probiotic cultures that are specially coated to ensure delivery into the intestinal tract for optimal benefit.

 

L-Glutamine 1,000 mg.L-Glutamine 1,000 mg by Pure Encapsulations – This formula nutritionally supports the healthy functioning and maintenance of the gastrointestinal tract and enhances the integrity of the mucosal lining, aiding proper nutrient utilization and absorption and limiting the passage of toxins through the intestinal barrier. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formula.

 

DGL - Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice Root ExtractDGL – Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice Root Extract by Bioclinic Naturals – This clinically effective chewable tablet formula supports the stomach lining and offers fast relief of occasional stomach and digestive tract discomfort. Gluten, soy and dairy free formulation.

 

References:
Structure and functions of the gut microbiome. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25022563
The role of gut microorganisms in human health. http://www.eufic.org/article/en/artid/The_role_of_gut_microorganisms_in_human_health/
Dysbiosis. http://www.therootofhealth.com/dysbiosis/
Why Your Digestive Health is More Important Than You Think. http://www.theactivetimes.com/why-your-digestive-health-more-important-you-think