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Our Love of Alcohol

LoveAlcoholJacquie Eubanks RN BSNThroughout history alcohol has been an integral part of human culture. In fact, our taste for alcohol may be a hardwired evolutionary trait, resulting from a single genetic mutation. Scientists theorize millions of years before modern humans began making wine, ale and spirits, this enzyme mutation provided our ancient ancestors with the ability to break down the ethanol found in rotting, fermented fruit eaten when other food was scarce. For the past 10,000 years or so, people have made alcoholic beverages by fermenting sugars in whatever fruits, grains, or roots were available. Because ethanol has antimicrobial benefits, in the days before modern sanitation, beer, wine and other fermented beverages were healthier to drink than water.

Recent data shows alcohol consumption in the U.S. has significantly increased in the last decade. While underage drinking declined slightly, adult consumption increased across all demographics. Older Americans, minorities, women, and people of lower levels of income and education have seen the largest increases. Some medical professionals see this as a concerning trend, a wakeup call with potentially dire implications for American’s future health care, wellbeing and mortality. According to a study published recently in JAMA Psychiatry, the number of adults who binge drink at least once a week may be as high as 30 million. A similar number of people reported alcohol abuse or dependency.

Binge drinking is defined as consuming four or more drinks on one occasion for women, and five or more for men, as well as exceeding those limits at least four times a month. These quantities of alcohol raise the blood-alcohol level to well over the .08 legal limit for driving. Research shows that binge drinking is a common occurrence among females, with one in eight women and one in five high school aged girls engaging in the behavior. Per the CDC, 24 percent of women between the ages of 18 and 24 binge drink, followed by 20 percent among high school girls and women aged 25 to 34, at which point the rates decline.

One in four men binge drink, twice as many as the number of women who do. However, due to simple physiology, binge drinking affects females differently than males. At the same consumption levels, women tend to reach higher blood alcohol levels than men, even when taking body size and other factors into consideration. Patterns of excessive drinking show that during individual evenings of drinking, bad choices are more likely to be made and injury risks greatly increase. For women, binge drinking heightens the risk of breast cancer, heart disease and unwanted pregnancy.

While binge drinking is not the same as alcohol addiction, it is by far the most common pattern of excessive alcohol consumption. Per CDC director Thomas Frieden, “at least 80 percent of binge drinkers are not alcohol dependent. Still, over 90 percent of people who are drinking too much are binge drinking,” leading to some 23,000 deaths among American women and girls each year. Both men and women regularly exceed the minimum number of drinks set to determine binge drinking status. Men typically average nine drinks per episode roughly five times a month. For women, it’s an average of six drinks per episode about three times per month. When one’s drinking causes distress or harm, it may be considered an alcohol use disorder. Drinking alone, temporary blackouts, isolation, irritability, making excuses to drink and choosing to drink while ignoring other obligations can indicate alcohol abuse. Prolonged drinking puts one at risk of developing serious health complications and may have other potentially life-threatening consequences.

Heavy drinkers have a greater risk of liver and heart disease, depression, stroke, serious stomach issues, several types of cancer, traumatic injury and fatal accidents. While low-risk drinking is not without risks, staying within low-risk limits is a good option for many. You can reduce alcohol-related risks by staying within low-risk drinking limits, taking steps to be safe when drinking or stopping altogether. For men, low risk drinking limits mean no more than four drinks on any single day and a maximum of fourteen drinks per week. For women, it means no more than three drinks on any day and a maximum of seven drinks per week.

The good news is that responsible moderate drinking may be beneficial for healthy people. There’s some evidence that moderate alcohol consumption may reduce the risk of developing heart disease, and possibly reduce the risk of ischemic stroke and diabetes. Moderate drinking is defined as one drink per day for women of all ages and men over age 65, and up to two drinks per day for men aged 65 and younger. One drink may be smaller than what most people realize. One drink equates to 5 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer, 3-4 ounces of sherry or port, 2-3 ounces of a cordial or an aperitif, or 1.5 ounces of brandy, cognac or distilled spirits.

Those suffering from alcohol addiction are more likely to experience numerous vitamin, mineral and antioxidant deficiencies. These may include calcium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, and vitamins B and C.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality formulas to support alcohol related nutrient deficiencies:

Kudzu RecoveryKudzu Recovery™ by Planetary™ Herbals: Traditionally used in Chinese medicine to safely address alcohol overuse, this proprietary herbal formulation helps to lessen the desire for alcohol and provides liver cleansing and detoxification support.

 

Anti-Alcohol with...Anti-Alcohol with HepatoProtection Complex by Life Extension: This formula provides broad-spectrum nutrients to support healthy liver function, combat alcohol-induced free radicals, and neutralize alcohol metabolites. Non-GMO formulation.

 

Buffered Vitamin CBuffered Vitamin C by Integrative Therapeutics®: This complex provides buffered vitamin C, plus  calcium and magnesium in support of healthy skin, bones, and teeth and a healthy immune response. Gluten, soy, dairy, soy and artificial ingredient free, vegetarian formulation.

 

L-Glutamine 1,000 mg...L-Glutamine 1,000 mg by Pure Encapsulations®: This free-form amino acid complex supports healthy gut integrity and enhances the mucosal lining of the intestinal tract. L-glutamine supports proper nutrient utilization and absorption, and helps to limit the amount of toxins that pass through the intestinal barrier. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

 

AntiOxidant FormulaAntiOxidant Formula by Pure Encapsulations®: This synergistic broad-spectrum antioxidant formula is designed to protect against cellular free radical damage. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO formulation.

 

B-Complex with...B-Complex with Metafolin® by Douglas Laboratories®: This comprehensive B complex provides eight essential B vitamins in highly absorbable form, as well as intrinsic factor, a nutrient necessary to optimal B12 absorption. Gluten, soy, dairy and artificial ingredient free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

References:
America’s Drinking Problem Is Much Worse This Century. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-09/america-s-drinking-problem-is-much-worse-this-century
Health Buzz: Americans Are Drinking a Lot – and It’s Scaring Researchers. http://health.usnews.com/wellness/health-buzz/articles/2017-08-10/americans-are-drinking-a-lot-and-its-scaring-researchers
Making Sense of the Stats on Binge Drinking. http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2013/01/17/making-sense-of-the-stats-on-binge-drinking
Origins of Human Alcohol Consumption Revealed. https://www.livescience.com/48958-human-origins-alcohol-consumption.html
Rethinking Drinking. https://www.rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/How-much-is-too-much/
What’s “low-risk” drinking? https://www.rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/How-much-is-too-much/Is-your-drinking-pattern-risky/Whats-Low-Risk-Drinking.aspx
Alcohol: If you drink, keep it moderate. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/alcohol/art-20044551?pg=1

 

 

 

Ideas For A Healthier, Less Stressful Holiday Season

Healthier_HolidayJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

 

 

The last few weeks before the holidays always seem to fly by, especially when many of us still have a seemingly endless to-do list to finalize that may include, among other things, holiday shopping, wrapping, decorating, planning, baking, traveling, celebrating and entertaining. With all that we would like to accomplish, time spent on maintaining our health may fall by the wayside. You skimp on sleep, eat unhealthy food on the run and forgo exercise. Before you know it, you’ve come down with a cold or other illness, adding additional stress to your holidays and sabotaging your best laid plans.

Here are some simple ways to help you stay healthy and reduce stress so you can finally relax and enjoy the holidays:

  • Seriously, make a list. Having a plan allows you to focus on and finalize the task at hand and can help you use your time more efficiently, thereby reducing your stress load.
  • Feel free to respectfully decline some invitations or skip events. Running yourself ragged wears down your immune defenses. Reduce your stress load by taking a breather. Good basic preventative advice includes staying home, relaxing and getting a good night’s sleep.
  • Yes, you do need to prioritize sleep. When you are well rested, your body has a better chance to defend itself against viruses. Research has shown that adequate sleep enhances our immune defenses and aids our overall wellbeing.
  • Hydrate, hydrate and hydrate some more. Alcohol consumption can result in dehydration, so remember to drink water in addition to those holiday cocktails. Staying well hydrated, especially during air travel, can help to keep mucous membranes moist so they can better do their job of keeping germs and pathogens out of your system.
  • Wash your hands frequently with good old soap and water. Cold viruses easily spread through hand-to-hand and hand-to-surface contact. Avoid touching your face and mouth when you are out and about and consider carrying a hand sanitizer with you and use it regularly.
  • Make time for some activity, as exercise reduces stress and produces feel good endorphins, further helping you to relax and boost your mood.
  • When you are feeling overwhelmed, slow it down a bit. Deep breathing can help to keep your emotions in check and your stress and anxiety levels down. Concentrating on your breath, even for a few minutes, helps to keep you centered, grounded and calm.
  • Make reasonably healthy dietary choices. Of course, we are all going to indulge in some holiday treats, but save those indulgences for the really special ones. Keep some healthy snacks on hand and bring something with you when you go out to shop or run errands. Having an apple instead of running through the drive though will help to keep your defenses up and any holiday weight gain down.
  • Engage family members as much as possible to put everyone in the holiday spirit and free up more of your own time.
  • Be realistic about what you can actually accomplish to allow you more time to enjoy family and friends. It’s okay to decline some invitations or cut back on other obligations to give yourself time to be present, mindful and grateful.
  • Consider taking quality probiotics to boost immune support. Beneficial bacteria positively influence immune function. Antioxidants such as selenium, zinc, beta-carotene and vitamins C and E have also been shown to aid immune health.

To help you stay well throughout the holiday and winter seasons, here are some great suggestions for supplements that support immune health:

Probiotics:

UltraFlora Balance (HEAT SENSITIVE PRODUCT)UltraFlora® Balance by Metagenics – This top selling nutraceutical probiotic provides 15 billion CFU of live microflora per capsule in support of daily gastrointestinal and immune health. Gluten, soy and dairy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

 

Frontier BioticsFrontier Biotics by Nutritional Frontiers – Recommended for children, adults and seniors, this non-dairy pre- and probiotic blend of 8 strains of beneficial microflora provides 5 billion CFU per capsule in support of digestive regularity and immune health. Gluten free, vegetarian formulation.

 

Antioxidants:

Ultra Anti-Oxidant (7470)Ultra Anti-Oxidant by Douglas Laboratories – This potent, wide spectrum antioxidant nutritional formula includes synergistic vitamins, minerals and active nutrients to support the body’s antioxidant defense systems. Gluten, soy and dairy free formulation.

 

AntiOxidant FormulaAntiOxidant Formula by Pure Encapsulations – This broad spectrum formula offers a range of antioxidant nutrients to promote cellular health and support and enhance the body’s natural defense mechanisms. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO formulation.

 

Vitamin C:

Buffered Vitamin CBuffered Vitamin C by Integrative Therapeutics – This pure, crystalline ascorbic acid, buffered with calcium and magnesium for sensitive stomachs, provides 1 gram of vitamin C per capsule. As a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C supports a healthy immune response, healthy skin, connective tissues and bone tissue. Gluten, dairy and soy free formulation.

 

C Food ComplexC Food Complex by New Chapter – This activated whole food complex contains a blend of vitamin C, organic herbs, superfoods and adaptogens in support of immune and cellular health. Naturally gluten free, 100% vegetarian formulation. Contains soy.

 

Vitamin E:

E-400 Natural Vitamin E (7098-)

E-400 Natural Vitamin E by Douglas Laboratories – This all natural vitamin E provides antioxidant nutrients in support of normal immune function and cardiovascular and cellular health. Gluten, soy and dairy free formulation.

 

Ultimate-E (E143)

 

Ultimate-E® by Thorne Research – This pure, undiluted mixed tocopherol formula contains all the natural isomers of vitamin E, vital to the overall antioxidant capacity of the tissues and blood. Gluten, soy and dairy free formulation.

 

References:
10 ways to beat holiday stress with fitness and nutrition. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/wellness/10-ways-to-beat-holiday-stress-with-fitness-and-nutrition/2015/12/14/d2de44c0-9dec-11e5-8728-1af6af208198_story.html
How To Cope With Holiday Stress. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/15/holiday-stress-cope_n_2279208.html
Holiday Health and Safety Tips. http://www.cdc.gov/family/holiday/
Sleep and Immune Function. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3256323/

Inflammation Part II: Reduce For Long Term Health

Inflamation Part II Reduce For Long Term Health.By Jacquie Eubanks BSN, RN

Chronic inflammation is quietly becoming the 21st century’s silent killer.  Chronic inflammation can remain undetected, while the inflammation process carries on for weeks, months or even years.  Chronic inflammation, also termed metaflammation because of its link with the metabolic system, differs from acute inflammation in that it is low-grade and persistent.  It perpetuates rather than resolves disease and is associated with a reduced metabolic rate.  Chronic inflammation has become epidemic in America and threatens to destroy many lives with serious and chronic degenerative diseases

Wellness is the absence of inflammation.  The key to optimal health and disease prevention is detection and treatment of the root causes of the inflammation.  There’s no quick fix for chronic inflammation which means that protecting yourself against the onset of chronic disease involves changing your lifestyle habits. 

 To restore your body’s balance and help reduce and prevent inflammation: 

  •  Lose weight if you are overweight or obese.  Overweight people have increased levels of inflammation.  Scientists believe that this level can be traced directly back to the fat itself.  Fat cells churn out proteins known as cytokines which can cause low-grade systemic inflammation.  Excess abdominal weight is linked to a condition called insulin resistance which can lead to hypertension, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes
  • Look to make changes in your diet.  Revising your diet is one of the easiest, most effective ways to modulate inflammation.  Foods contain specific messages that can increase or reduce inflammation.  Reducing or eliminating the consumption of fast foods, unhealthy fats, processed foods and food irritants can help reduce inflammation and the risk of developing chronic disease.  Increasing the amounts of a variety of colorful unprocessed fruits and vegetables with high anti-oxidant values can quell inflammation and sweep up damaging free-radicals.  Think in terms of natural, minimally modified foods as anti-inflammatory and processed foods as inflammatory and eat accordingly. 
  • Supplement with Omega-3 fish oil.  Well documented studies show that omega-3 fish oil is strongly anti-inflammatory.  This is one of the simplest, safest, yet most effective steps you can take to quell chronic inflammation in your body.  Maintaining a diet high in omega-3’s through supplementation and dietary changes can help balance the omega-3 to omega-6 fat ratio, lowering inflammation and guarding against chronic disease. 
  • Exercise.  Regular physical activity is one of the best ways to keep inflammation at bay.  An active body produces more anti-oxidants, which combat free radicals and reduce inflammation. 
  • Reduce stressStress produces cortisol, which is anti-inflammatory.  However, it also produces pro-inflammatory cytokines. These proteins are designed to protect the body from an invader.  If the cause of your distress is psychological rather than physical, the immune system works overtime and inflammation results. 
  • Focus on gut health.  The beneficial bacteria in probiotics can help keep harmful bacteria in check, reducing the inflammatory response.  Identify and eliminate foods that trigger allergies or digestive upset.  Ignoring food sensitivities stokes the fires of inflammation.  Leaky gut syndrome, a condition where bacteria, undigested foods and other toxins can leak into your blood stream, triggers an autoimmune response and a host of painful inflammatory symptoms. 
  • Get plenty of rest.  Sleep gives your body time to heal and can undo the effects of the inflammatory response. 
  • Break bad habits.  Tobacco smoke and alcohol are toxins.  One quick way to reduce inflammation is the cessation of smoking.  As well, if you consume alcohol limit yourself to 1-2 drinks or less daily.  If you can eliminate tobacco and alcohol altogether, your overall health should improve. 

By being proactive, you can prolong your good health and your life.  Aging is an interesting pro-inflammatory inducer, the effects of which can be reduced by healthy living.  Eliminating the causes of inflammation by changing your diet, streamlining your daily habits, and adding supplements can dramatically improve the inflamed state of your body and increase the quality of your overall health.  Our bodies are wonderfully complex and resilient, but they need our nurturing.  Keep watch over your internal fire to reap untold rewards of good health and wellness. 

Supplements to aid in reduction of inflammation include:

X-FLM (K-37) by Apex Energetics  –  This product offers nutritional support for the immune system and contains ingredients that are involved in antioxidant processes.  Highly ranked by our customers who have found relief using this product. 

Inflamma-bLOX by Ortho Molecular  –  Useful in reducing inflammation while reducing the side effects on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.  Contains natural ingredients with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and immune enhancing properties. 

OmegaGenics EPA-DHA 2325 by Metagenics  –  Features a highly concentrated source of health-promoting omega-3 essential fatty acids from cold-water fish.  Each teaspoon provides 2325 mg of highly concentrated EPA and DHA for adults seeking higher levels of EPA and DHA. 

InflammEnz by Advanced Formula Enzymes  –  InflammEnz helps combat the symptoms that accompany inflammation with a powerful combination of the proteolytic enzymes bromelain and pHysioProtease™, plus grape seed and rutin, antioxidants that aid in improving peripheral circulation and decreasing capillary permeability.  Contains, vitamin C, an antioxidant essential for collagen formation and tissue repair, as well as minimizing clotting and bruising, along with calcium and potassium, minerals essential for healthy nerve transmission and muscular contraction. Indications: Soft tissue trauma, soft tissue inflammation and post-operative protocols.

UltraFlora Balance by Metagenics  –  As a nutraceutical, this product is formulated to complement dietary recommendations to promote gastrointestinal and immune health. This formula is designed to encourage growth of beneficial bacteria and support healthy immune function, intestinal integrity, and healthy digestive function.

Buffered Vitamin C by Integrative Therapeutics  – As a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C supports a healthy immune system response.  In addition, healthy skin, collagen, connective tissues, bone tissue, and tooth tissue formation depend on vitamin C.  Buffered vitamin C uses pure crystalline ascorbic acid to supply 1 gram of vitamin C in each capsule.  This preparation is buffered with calcium and magnesium to make it easier on sensitive stomachs.

DigestZyme by Transformation Enzyme –  The ultimate goal of digestion is getting nutrients to the cells.  Nutrients not only feed the cell, they protect it from free radical damage.  Healthy cells lead to optimal metabolism, energy, and immunity. Supplementing with digestive enzymes is a vital part of this nutrient acquisition process. This unique formula is the perfect introduction to digestive enzymes. It supports immune system health by encouraging more complete digestion of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats for increased absorption and availability of nutrients. Transformation’s DigestZyme™ is designed to assist the body in maximum digestion of nutrients, production of energy, and immune system support.