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Defining Wellness in 2016

wellnessJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

 

 

What does healthy mean to you? Is it simply the absence of disease or does it include a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, as defined by the World Health Organization? To maximize our potential for optimal health, we might add intellectual, emotional and spiritual wellbeing as well. The origin of the word health comes from the Old English word hale which translates to mean “wholeness, being whole, sound or well.” Many of us would agree that a balance of all the dimensions of health are equally important to achieve true wellness.

Yet, in general, the American population’s adherence to a healthy lifestyle has decreased over the last 2 decades:

  • Obesity is the new normal. While overweight and obesity rates in the U.S. climbed to 68.6%, research shows that 41% were happy with their current weight and 49% were twice as likely to want to lose weight than were actually taking steps to accomplish any weight loss. According to Gallup’s annual Health and Healthcare poll, for the first time in 25 years less than half of Americans wanted to lose weight, down from 62% in 2004. Even though statistics show that obesity worldwide has become a great concern for global public health, a solid majority of Americans say their weight is “about right.”
  • Nope, not going to make those healthy lifestyle changes. While medical research shows that a person who has had a heart attack is at greater risk for another one, many are not making the necessary lifestyle changes to reverse or prevent cardiac disease, including getting regular exercise, quitting smoking, reducing stress or losing weight. Even though heart disease is preventable and in many cases reversible, statistics show that Americans who have survived a heart attack are less likely to eat a heart-healthy diet, engage in regular exercise, quit smoking, maintain a healthy weight or minimize stress, than those who have never had a heart attack.
  • Read any good books lately? You’re joking, right? While we are inundated with recommendations to reduce stress to support good health, almost half of Americans report being stressed for time. Studies show that nearly half of our children live in homes where both parents work full time. Parents find that trying to balance home and work life along with childcare responsibilities is stressful and many feel that they don’t get to spend enough time with their children, family members or friends, nor are they able to get adequate sleep.
  • Broccoli? No, thanks. Studies show that eating a minimum of 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily allows people to live longer and healthier lives. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), optimal nutrition is the cornerstone of good health and disease prevention. If we are to succeed in significantly reducing excessive premature death and highly preventable chronic diseases, good nutrition is critical. Yet, according to researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fully 87% of Americans don’t meet the daily recommendations for fruit consumption and 91% don’t meet the recommendations for vegetable consumption.

Good health may go unappreciated but should never be undervalued. The outstanding Greek physician Hippocrates reportedly stated, “A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings.” Hopefully in 2016 more Americans will begin to realize that health really is the true wealth and will start to take steps to improve their nutrition and lifestyle habits.

There’s plenty of room for improvement in 2016:

  • Seriously, carve out a bit of time each day to exercise. When we elevate the importance of exercise, most of us can manage to fit in 20 minutes of aerobic activity every day to reduce the risks of developing inflammatory and degenerative conditions, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis and a long list of other chronic diseases. Just a little exercise each day reduces stress, keeps your body toned and supports a healthy mood.
  • Eat more plant based foods. It’s not that hard to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your daily diet when you include some at every meal. By eating more plant based foods, you’re increasing your vitamin, mineral, antioxidant, phytonutrient and fiber intake. Adding a small salad at lunch and dinner time and including fresh fruit as dessert increases a feeling of satiety and helps you eat less overall, helping to reduce or maintain your weight and giving your body some much needed nutritional support.
  • Support your digestive health for overall good health. A healthy digestive system allows for absorption and utilization of the micro and macro nutrients your body requires, not only for optimal function, but for a fully functioning immune system also. An unhealthy digestive system triggers inflammation, the sneaky culprit behind disease progression. Many digestive issues can be resolved by supporting a healthy microbiome with a daily probiotic supplement and a nutritious diet that includes lots of fiber.
  • Regular sufficient sleep is the great healer. There’s no getting around it, we all need restorative sleep each night. Considering our time restraints and distractions these days, getting a good night’s sleep is a challenge. Sleep is an essential requirement for our physical and mental health and emotional wellbeing. Those of us who are chronically sleep deprived are more likely to develop chronic disease and obesity and to experience reduced productivity. To remain healthy and to function at your best, consider a good night’s sleep a necessity, not a luxury.
  • If you are going to make one change to your diet, greatly reduce your sugar intake. Heart disease, dementia and highly prevalent type 2 diabetes are linked to the predominant amounts of added sugars we consume. Take small steps to slowly wean yourself off added sugars by including more naturally sweet fruits, vegetables and dairy, while eliminating unhealthy sugary drinks and snacks.
  • Nutritional supplements aid in reducing nutritional deficiencies. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) concluded that we currently consume insufficient amounts of vitamins A, D, E and C, folate, calcium, magnesium, fiber and potassium and that this underconsumption is linked to adverse health outcomes. Malnutrition can result in unexplained weight loss, fatigue, frequent illness, an impaired immune response, poor concentration and depression. A nutritious diet along with high quality supplementation can support optimal bodily functions and metabolic processes and reduce your risks of developing poor health.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other high quality supplements and nutraceuticals that support your wellness goals:

PGX DailyPGX® Daily by Bioclinic Naturals – This clinically studied formula supplies a highly viscous proprietary fiber blend in support of healthy glucose metabolism, improved regularity, increased satiety and reduced appetite. Gluten free.

 

UltraNutrientUltraNutrient® by Pure Encapsulations – This advanced hypoallergenic formula provides high potency, broad-spectrum, enhanced nutritional support for the cardiovascular system and optimal liver function. The gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formula contains bioavailable vitamins, minerals, botanicals and well recognized antioxidants.

 

Fiber Plus CapsFiber Plus Caps by Ortho Molecular – This blend of natural ingredients provides probiotics, bran, fruits and fiber in support of healthy bowel function, regularity and long term maintenance of healthy bowels. Gluten and soy free.

 

MegaFlora Plus (HEAT SENSITIVE PRODUCT)MegaFlora® Plus by MegaFood – This proprietary probiotic blend supplies 50 billion CFU per capsule in support of intestinal health, bowel regularity and a healthy immune response. Gluten, soy and dairy free, this product is especially helpful in restoring the microbiome after a course of antibiotics.

 

Multi-Mins (Iron & Copper Free)Multi-Mins™ Iron and Copper Free by Biotics Research – Multi-Mins™ provides a balanced source of mineral chelates, whole food, phytochemically bound trace minerals, antioxidant enzymes and Betaine HCI to facilitate absorption. Gluten free. Also available as Multi-Mins™ with iron and copper.

References:
What is Health? What Does Good Health Mean? http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/150999.php?page=2
Health Habits. The 2015 Year in Review at Gallup.com. http://www.gallup.com/topic/health_habits.aspx
Obesity Rates & Trends Overview. http://stateofobesity.org/obesity-rates-trends-overview/
Stressed, Tired, Rushed: A Portrait of the Modern Family. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/05/upshot/stressed-tired-rushed-a-portrait-of-the-modern-family.html?_r=0

Why We Need Dietary Fiber

DietaryFiberJacquieIconBy Jacquie Eubanks
BSN, RN

The basic building blocks of a healthy, nutritious diet consists of carbohydrates, proteins, fats and lest we forget, water. By choosing the healthiest forms and proper balance of each of these foods, you enable your body to function at an optimal level. One other necessary and very important part of a healthy balanced diet is fiber. Naturally occurring fiber is found only in plant-based foods and is actually the part of the plant that is resistant to the digestive process. As a result, only a small percentage of fiber is metabolized. The bulk of fiber passes through the intestines undigested, aiding bowel health and providing critical support for colon function. A diet that includes a wide variety of high-fiber foods provides celluloses, lignans, pectins, oligosaccharides and other fibers and consequently, a greater amount of health benefits.

Basically, fiber can be typed as soluble or insoluble. Soluble fiber disperses in water and has a high water holding capacity, becoming gelatinous as it travels through the digestive tract. Soluble fiber aids in reducing cholesterol levels and helps to slow glucose absorption, thereby helping to stabilize blood sugar levels. Insoluble fiber does not change form, tends to prevent constipation and speeds up the rate that food passes through the digestive system, stabilizing colon pH levels, eliminating toxins and providing valuable protection against colorectal cancer. Many plant-based foods will contain both soluble and insoluble fibers. Raw vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes and 100% whole grains all contain good amounts of health promoting dietary fibers.

Unfortunately, the typical American diet is lacking in fiber and, according to The Journal of Nutrition, current fiber intakes are alarmingly low. So low, in fact, that inadequate fiber intake has become a public health concern, as low fiber intake is associated with risk factors for many highly prevalent and preventable chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, inflammation, obesity and type 2 diabetes. While some clinicians and nutritionists feel the recommended fiber intakes of 38 grams for men and 25 grams for women are too low, The Institutes of Medicine reports that only 3% of Americans are consuming adequate amounts of fiber and that the average consumption is only half of the recommended amounts.

With two-thirds of American adults overweight yet undernourished, current dietary guidelines support increased consumption of nutrient-dense and fiber-containing foods along with decreased consumption of refined and processed foods. With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that only 33% of adults meet the RDA of 2 servings of fruits and 27% meet the RDA of a minimum of 5 servings of veggies, those who wish to achieve optimal intakes would require considerable behavior and dietary changes. Fiber’s role in promoting health is often overlooked. While short term benefits, such as constipation relief, are indeed helpful, the long term benefits of increased and adequate fiber consumption include reduced cardio-metabolic risks, sustained weight control and lowered daily glucose levels, especially for diabetics.

The first challenge to achieving recommended daily intakes requires a careful selection of foods. Realistically, consumers can increase their fiber intake by switching from refined grains to whole grains, opting for whole grain cereals and increasing legume, vegetable and fruit consumption. According to the CDC, getting fruits and vegetables from farms to consumers is challenging but huge efforts are underway on a state-by-state basis to increase the availability of affordable, healthier food choices. As whole foods provide nutritive benefits in addition to fiber, increasing the intake of nutrient dense whole foods is optimal.

For those who do not reach the RDA of fiber through diet alone, supplementation that includes both soluble and insoluble fibers is a great way to promote the wide-ranging benefits of increased fiber intake. In order to meet individual needs or preferences and simplify supplementation, supplemental fiber is available in a variety of forms, which can include psyllium, flaxseeds, beta-glucans, inulin, celluloses, and oligofructans. Psyllium is a good intestinal cleanser, laxative and stool softener. Cellulose helps relieve constipation and removes cancer-causing substances from the colon wall. Lignans help to lower cholesterol and provide support for cognitive function, especially in postmenopausal women. Pectins help to remove toxins, lower cholesterol and reduce the risks of heart disease, while glucomannans assist with weight control and aid in normalizing blood sugar, cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

If you are taking prescription medications or have diabetes, be sure to check with your healthcare practitioner before starting on a fiber regimen. To avoid interference with the absorption of certain medications, do not take fiber supplements at the same time as medications.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other high quality fiber supplements:

Organic Triple FiberMax PowderOrganic Triple FiberMax Powder by Advanced Naturals – Formulated with 3 types of 100% organic fibers to promote regularity, support cardiovascular health and help lower cholesterol, this quality product contains organic flaxseed, oat bran and acacia fiber. No additional ingredients.

 

Fiber Plus CapsFiber Plus Caps by Ortho Molecular – This natural fiber supplement contains organic psyllium powder, rice bran, apple pectin, fig, and prune plus probiotic lactobacillus acidophilus in support of healthy bowel function, regularity and long term bowel maintenance. Gluten free formulation.

 

Fiber FormulaFiber Formula by Integrative Therapeutics – Formulated with both soluble and insoluble fibers, this product supports colon health, aids in toxin elimination and promotes regularity. Wheat, dairy and soy free formulation.

 

MediBulk (SP621)MediBulk by Thorne Research – This powdered formula contains soluble and insoluble fibers in support of optimal digestive health, toxin elimination and maintenance of normal cholesterol and blood sugar levels already within the normal range. Gluten, soy and dairy free formulation.

References:
The Journal of Nutrition: Filling America’s Fiber Intake Gap. http://jn.nutrition.org/content/early/2012/05/28/jn.112.160176.full.pdf
Balch, Phyllis A. CNC. Prescription for Nutritional Healing. Penguin Group, 2010.
Majority of Americans not Meeting Recommendations of Fruit and Vegetable Consumption. http://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/2009/r090929.htm
Guilliams, Thomas G. Ph.D. Supplementing Dietary Nutrients. Point Institute, 2014.
Higher dietary intake of lignans is associated with better cognitive performance in postmenopausal women. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15867302

Are You Getting Your Fill of Fiber?

fiberJacquieIconBy Jacquie Eubanks
BSN, RN
 

Those of us who consume the Standard American diet devoid of nutrients and fiber may simply be asking for health problems. Genetics aside, largely preventable lifestyle diseases, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease, result from poor lifestyle choices and a steady diet of processed foods, which lack nutrients but have plenty of sodium, chemicals and added sugars. Many of us may try to include a healthy daily intake of fiber and nutrient filled whole foods, but what actually constitutes a high fiber diet? How much fiber do we need to keep our digestive system working properly, to lower our blood glucose and lipid levels, to achieve a healthy weight or prevent chronic disease? The answer is very likely more than you are getting. Macronutrients necessary for good health include proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Although dietary fiber is technically not a “nutrient,” it is nonetheless a very important dietary component that plays a huge role in disease prevention.

Both the Institute of Medicine and the American Heart Association recommend adult women get a minimum of 25 grams of fiber daily and adult men 38 grams, with slightly lower recommendations for adults over 50 years old. The current average intake is approximately 15 grams daily, only about half the recommended amount. The best way to increase your fiber intake and improve your general health is to eat fiber and nutrient rich whole plant foods, as opposed to processed foods labeled “added fiber.” In fact, we need only to look at our Paleolithic dietary past to see that our hunter gatherer human ancestors were largely vegetarians who consumed upwards of 100 grams of fiber daily. There is plenty of scientific evidence to suggest that a plant-rich diet promotes health and, in some cases can actually reverse cardiovascular disease without drugs or surgery. Our finely tuned evolutionary heritage is not based on excessive amounts of animal foods or refined, processed junk foods but on plant foods, the only dietary source of natural fiber.

Dietary fibers, categorized as soluble and insoluble, are the edible portions of plant cell walls that are resistant to digestion. Soluble fiber attracts water, turning it into a gel-like substance, slowing digestion and allowing additional time for nutrient absorption. Soluble fiber is found in oats, nuts, beans, certain fruits and vegetables and psyllium, a common fiber supplement. Found mostly in whole grains, salad veggies and the outer peel of fruits, insoluble fiber does not absorb or dissolve in water and passes through the digestive system largely intact, pushing out waste and helping to keep the digestive system at optimal function. Many fruits and vegetables contain both soluble and insoluble fibers. Ensuring that you consume enough fiber means eliminating processed foods, including more beans, nuts, legumes and whole grains and getting your minimum allotment of at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily.

  • Soluble fiber is believed to slow down carbohydrate digestion, thereby slowing glucose absorption and aiding blood sugar control.
  • Studies show those who eat a high fiber diet may have a significantly reduced risk of developing heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, obesity and certain gastrointestinal diseases.
  • High fiber intake is associated with lowered blood pressure and improved insulin sensitivity in both non-diabetic and diabetic individuals.
  • Dietary fiber intake benefits children as well as adults. A child’s healthy diet should include lots of water and fiber to promote healthy bowel function and protect against constipation. Children with high fiber diets tend to consume more nutrient dense foods, are more likely to meet recommended daily requirements for key nutrients and are more likely to have a healthy weight.  
  • A high fiber diet or fiber supplementation promotes weight loss. Because fiber is filling, adequate fiber intake discourages overeating, while the fiber itself adds no additional calories.
  • As fiber ferments in the colon, it provides prebiotics that support healthy intestinal flora and in turn more optimal immune function.

Tried and true supplements for increasing your fiber intake include:

TruFiber™ by Master Supplements, IncTruFiber. – This non-gritty, tasteless powder contains soluble fiber along with bifidogenic enzymes uniquely formulated to enhance probiotic colonies in the digestive tract. Mix one level scoop daily in a non-carbonated beverage of your choice for improved intestinal comfort and regularity and improved nutrient absorption. Gluten, soy and diary free vegetarian formula.  
 
Organic Fiber-Clear
 
Organic Fiber-Clear by Advanced Naturals – This flavor and grit free natural acacia fiber dissolves quickly in room temperature liquid or in soft foods for a convenient fiber boost. It may be used in cooking or baking without altering the texture or flavor. Contains 100% organic fiber, nothing more, nothing less.
 
Fiber Plus Caps
 
Fiber Plus Caps by Ortho Molecular – These easy-to-take capsules provide a proprietary blend of organic psyllium husk powder along with rice bran, apple pectin and fig with the added benefit of the probiotic, lactobacillus acidophilus. Gluten-free.
 
 
 
MediBulk (SP621)MediBulk (SP621) by Thorne Research – This unflavored soluble fiber formula provides a proprietary blend of psyllium husk powder along with prune powder and apple pectin in support of a healthy GI tract and optimum digestive health.   Gluten, soy and dairy free, Non-
GMO formula.

 

References:
Health benefits of dietary fiber.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19335713
Increasing Fiber Intake.  http://www.ucsfhealth.org/education/increasing_fiber_intake/
Dietary Fiber – what’s its role in a healthy diet? http://www.eufic.org/article/en/nutrition/fibre/artid/dietary-fibre-role-healthy-diet/
Sources of Insoluble Fiber. http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/sources-insoluble-fiber-1413.html
Fiber and Your Child. http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/feeding/fiber.html
Nutrition Reviews. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1753-4887.2009.00189.x/full