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What is Inflammaging?

InflammagingJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

As one of the most intricate and complex biological phenomenons, aging is often termed “senescence”, which literally means to grow old. While theories abound as to why immune system efficiency decreases with age, some research suggests that just as other bodily cells become senescent, immune cells do as well. Seen as one of the hallmarks of age progression, senescent cells do not divide or support their respective tissues; instead they emit a range of potentially harmful pro-inflammatory chemicals, encouraging nearby cells to enter the same senescent state. These “death-resistant” cells degrade tissue function, increase levels of chronic inflammation and may eventually raise cancer risk.

Senescent cells normally destroy themselves through apoptosis, programmed cellular self-destruction that occurs as part of the controlled, predictable and normal routine of an organism’s growth and development. In apoptosis, proteins within the cells break down the cellular components necessary for survival and spur the production of enzymes that destroy  DNA. The shrunken cells send out distress signals that are answered by macrophages, scavenging white blood cells that clear away cellular debris, ideally leaving nothing that can cause further damage.

However when the immune system weakens with age, significant numbers of senescent cells can escape the cleanup process. As a consequence of inappropriate cell destruction and clearance, cell debris accumulates with age, setting the stage for persistent inflammation. Chronic inflammation that accompanies aging, known as “inflammaging”, is believed to be a significant risk factor for the development of age-related diseases. In other words, chronic inflammation correlates with the downregulation of the innate immune system and may also drive the aging process itself.

During the aging process, alterations in the innate immune system may also impact adaptive immune changes, which may explain the increased incidence of infections, cancers and chronic diseases in older persons. It has yet to be determined whether diseases are caused by inflammaging alone or immunosenescence alone. Yet, researchers propose that inflammaging is accompanied by immunosenescence and that they occur together. As chronic progressive inflammation is a main feature of the gradual aging process, managing and reducing inflammaging is a potential therapeutic approach for treating and preventing age-related diseases, which often originate in mid-life.

Poor diet, a sedentary lifestyle, persistent stress, environmental toxins and second hand tobacco smoke all contribute to inflammation. Those who follow the standard American diet of refined, processed and manufactured foods may exist in a constant pro-inflammatory state. A high sugar and processed food diet feeds harmful gut microbiota that play a central role in inflammaging by releasing pro-inflammatory chemicals. An anti-inflammatory diet positively influences the microbiome by emphasizing fresh foods, whole grains, seafood, beans and legumes, thereby reducing inflammation and providing steady energy, as well as omega-3 essential fatty acids, dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals and protective phytonutrients.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other high quality products in support of immune heath and a healthy inflammatory response:

Zyflamend Whole BodyZyflamend™ Whole Body by New Chapter®: This time-honored, whole body herbal formula is intended to balance and support the body’s natural healthy inflammatory response, as well as address minor pain and stiffness. Ingredients include turmeric, ginger, holy basil, rosemary and oregano. Gluten free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

Immune Support, Q.Immune Support, Q. by Quantum Nutrition Labs: This live-source botanical and phytonutrient formulation is designed to benefit the immune and cardiovascular systems. Ingredients include medicinal mushrooms, quantum state olive leaf extract and more. Artificial ingredient free, vegan formulation.

AntiOxidant FormulaAntiOxidant Formula by Pure Encapsulations®: AntiOxidant is formulated with a broad spectrum of antioxidant vitamins, minerals, botanicals and phytonutrients to help protect against cellular free radical damage throughout the body. Gluten free, Non-GMO, hypoallergenic formulation.

Vital ClearVital Clear® by Vital Nutrients: This full spectrum formula provides quality macro-, micro- and botanical nutrients to support a healthy inflammatory response, as well as promote detoxification. Free of gluten, wheat, dairy, soy, egg and sugar.

 

References:
Macrophages. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/medicine-and-dentistry/macrophage
What is apoptosis? https://science.howstuffworks.com/life/cellular-microscopic/apoptosis.htm
Senescent Cells and Senolytics. https://www.leafscience.org/senolytics/
An Update on Inflamm-Aging: Mechanisms, Prevention, and Treatment. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4963991/
Understanding how we age: insights into inflammaging. https://longevityandhealthspan.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/2046-2395-2-8

Nutrition vs. Diet

NutritionDietJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Come the New Year, those seeking to improve their overall health generally start with new fitness and diet resolutions. Some may think that getting healthier means strict calorie reduction for weight loss, or exercising to the point of fatigue. In reality, the path to good health is measured by proper nutrition and hydration, as well as physical fitness. Even those at a healthy weight may be making poor nutritional choices that can negatively affect long term health. Those who follow a satisfying exercise session with an unhealthy meal are less likely to improve their body composition or meet their training goals. Good intentions often fall prey to busy schedules and commitments, leaving one to resort to processed or convenience foods at the expense of good nutrition. Eating a well-balanced diet provides the body with the nutrients required for good cellular health and function.

When even the thought of a “diet” makes you uneasy, it may be that the word itself implies denial and hunger. In some instances, it’s used to describe low calorie commercial foods like diet soda. In reality, it more accurately describes a reduction of daily calories for weight loss or weight management. If you believe that dieting has too many rules, or believe you can overindulge as long as you do a little more exercise in an attempt to negate the added calories, it helps to remember just one thing—you can never outrun a poor diet. Some healthy diets are easier to follow and stick with over the long haul. Some don’t supply adequate nutrition to support healthy bodily functions. It’s the avoidance of nutritional deficiencies, not calorie counting, that one should be most concerned about.

Consuming healthy foods in the right amounts provides the energy your body needs for proper function and wellbeing. Improvements to the daily diet are associated with longer, healthier lifespans, as well as decreased risk of many chronic diseases. Many popular diets have common elements that are proven beneficial to heath, but no single one is clearly proven to be the best. However, Dr. David Katz, a practicing physician and researcher at Yale University’s Prevention Research Center states, “A predominately plant-based diet of minimally processed foods close to their natural state is positively associated with health promotion and disease prevention.” In other words, focus on real foods for energy production and long-term health.

A healthy diet is one that helps maintain and promote overall health and provides essential nutrition, including proteins, complex carbs, essential fatty acids, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and fluids. A focus on healthy, nutrient-rich foods can keep hunger at bay, minimize cravings, and help maintain healthy blood sugar and hunger hormone levels. Spending some time on food prep at home relates to better eating habits and healthier meals, especially when you choose recipes you can double or triple to use the next day or freeze for a night when you can’t find time to cook. While some focus on healthy eating 80% of the time and save 20% for splurges, perhaps try eating more mindfully until you’re 80% full, which can help prevent overeating.

The World Health Organization describes good nutrition as a well-balanced intake of food, considered in relation to the body’s dietary needs. Further, poor nutrition can lead to reduced immunity, increased susceptibility to disease, impaired physical and mental development and wellness, and reduced productivity. Remember that your daily food choices affect how you feel today, tomorrow and in the future. Research shows that the most successful motivation for sticking to a healthy lifestyle is not weight loss, but rather improved physical and mental health, as well as higher self-esteem. If you’re unsure what to eat, you can’t go wrong with a balanced plan that includes protein, complex carbs, healthy fats and a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. While you don’t have to make drastic changes overnight, for better long-term results, begin by improving both your nutrition and your activity level.

Professional Supplement Center carries many high quality products formulated to support daily and long-term health:

Nutrient 950 with...Nutrient 950® with NAC by Pure Encapsulations®: This complete hypoallergenic, nutrient-rich formula provides highly bioavailable vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and cofactors for optimal nutritional support of all bodily systems. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

Nutritional Flakes,...Nutritional Flakes, Q. by Quantum Nutrition Labs: Suitable for daily use, this product provides an ideal source of high quality, bioavailable vegan protein containing essential and non-essential amino acids, as well as additional B vitamins. No artificial ingredients.

SeroPlusSeroPlus by Pure Encapsulations®: This product supplies neurotransmitter precursors to help maintain healthy serotonin activity to promote relaxation, moderate occasional stress and support healthy eating behavior. Gluten free, Non-GMO, hypoallergenic, vegetarian formulation.

PaleoRedsPaleoReds™ by Designs for Health®: This professional whole food formulation provides high quality, antioxidant-rich, nutritionally dense fruits and vegetables in powdered form. Natural strawberry-banana flavor, 70% organic ingredients, and nothing artificial.

Get Healthy GreensGet Healthy Greens by Prescribed Choice: This hypoallergenic, easily digestible, whole food drink mix provides a wide variety of nutrients to support cellular metabolism, increased energy levels, normal intestinal health and superior antioxidant protection. Non-GMO, glucose free, vegetarian formulation.

References:
What is Nutrition? http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/77/5/1093.full
What is Diet & Nutrition? https://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/enhance-your-wellbeing/health/diet-nutrition/what-diet-nutrition
Science Compared Every Diet, and the Winner Is Real Food. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/03/science-compared-every-diet-and-the-winner-is-real-food/284595/
Eating the Right Foods for Exercise. https://www.healthline.com/health/fitness-exercise-eating-healthy
Importance of Good Nutrition. https://www.hhs.gov/fitness/eat-healthy/importance-of-good-nutrition/index.html

When You Gotta Go Right Now

GottaGoJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Statistics show that as many as 33 million Americans have symptoms of a condition known as overactive bladder (OAB). However, the number of men and women with OAB symptoms may be much higher, as it appears many are too embarrassed to share their symptoms with their healthcare provider, or are unaware that OAB does not have to be accepted as a natural consequence of aging. Normal urinary frequency averages 6 – 7 times in a 24-hour period. Because everyone is different, frequency of 4 – 10 times can also be normal, if an individual is comfortable and has no symptoms of urgency or incontinence. If the bladder feels full but only a miniscule amount of urine is released, or there is burning or discomfort with urination, it can signal a bladder, kidney or urinary tract infection (UTI).

Frequent urination may be the result of caffeine, alcohol, and fluid intake, medications or side effects of medications, stress, UTIs, and certain chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, Parkinson’s, or multiple sclerosis. Although menopausal women and men with a history of prostate problems are at greater risk of OAB, the condition generally develops without cause or has causes that are not yet understood. In OAB, a partially filled bladder contracts suddenly resulting in the urge to urinate, and no cause is found for repeated and uncontrolled bladder contractions.

Symptoms of OAB that can vary in severity include:

  • Urgency, an intense, sudden and pressing need to urinate that cannot be put off
  • Frequency, having to urinate 8 or more times a day
  • Nocturia, waking up to use the bathroom more than once each night
  • Stress incontinence, along with urgency a leaking of urine that is not controllable

When OAB causes disrupted sleep, interferes with normal life, or prevents one from enjoying social engagements, it’s time to seek solutions. Barring diagnosis of a health problem, OAB is often initially addressed with lifestyle changes.

Try Kegel exercises. Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles that support the bladder and other internal organs helps with urinary incontinence. To identify the muscles, try to stop urination midstream. Once you have correctly identified the muscles, these exercises can be done discreetly just about any time. Repeatedly squeezing, holding for a count of five and then relaxing the muscles tones and strengthens the pelvic floor. For best results, start with an empty bladder, work toward holding for a count of 10, and aim for three sets of 10 repetitions daily. Kegel exercises are recommended for both men and women to help with urinary incontinence and to prevent potentially embarrassing leakage.

Adjust your fluid intake. You need to drink a proper amount of fluid daily to maintain healthy bladder function. Ideally, urine should be almost clear or very light yellow. For some, this will mean reducing fluid intake, and for others, increasing intake. When you don’t take in enough liquids, it can lead to darkly colored concentrated urine and result in bladder irritation. In this case, it’s best to slowly increase fluid intake to reduce the irritation, as well as sensitivity. If you are getting up several times each night, you may need to cut back on fluids, especially in the evening. Minimize bladder irritants, including caffeine, alcohol, artificial sweeteners, and carbonated drinks.

Consider bladder training.  Lengthening the time between trips to the restroom can help to increase the amount of fluid the bladder can hold and diminish the sense of urgency. Regularly performing pelvic exercises can greatly increase the chance of success. Bladder training is not easy but ultimately, it can get you on a regular schedule of 3 – 4 hours between visits. Begin by suppressing the urge for 5 minutes or as long as you can. Continue to incrementally increase the time you can wait. After 6 -12 weeks, you should notice progress, but keep practicing!

Supplement with Pumpkin Seed Oil. Studies have shown that orally administered pumpkin seed oil extracted from Cucurbita pepo significantly reduced urinary dysfunction in OAB within 6 – 12 weeks. Pumpkin seed oil is rich in vitamins, linoleic acid, oleic acid and microelements. Clinical trials involving 2000 men with benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH) showed considerably improved urinary dysfunction with no undesired side effects.

And of course, exercise. Studies show that middle-aged women who are physically active are less likely to develop incontinence. Exercise and a healthy diet that supports weight loss and maintenance helps to relieve incontinence, as carrying extra weight puts undue pressure on the bladder. For some, it might be best to avoid high impact exercise or weight lifting. Walking and swimming are good exercises for both men and women with symptoms of OAB. Avoiding caffeinated beverages for several hours before exercising is helpful, but do continue hydrate with water.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality supplements to support a healthy urinary tract and overall health:

Urgent LessUrgent-Less™ by Priority One: This product provides highly stabilized Go-Less® pumpkin seed oil extracted from Cucurbita pepo in support of improved urinary function. Contains soy.

 

U-TractU-Tract® by Progressive Labs: This powdered formula provides D-mannose, a naturally occurring simple sugar that supports urinary tract health. D-mannose helps to prevent urinary tract infections by coating bacteria that stick to urinary tract walls, allowing bacteria to be washed away. Excreted through the kidneys, very little D-mannose is metabolized, preventing interference with blood sugar regulation. U-Tract Caps™ also available.

Flow-LessFlow-Less by Allergy Research Group: This blended formula provides pumpkin seed extract and soy isoflavones to support healthy bladder function and reduce occasional urinary urgency, allowing for more restful sleep.

 

AZO Bladder Control...AZO Bladder Control with Go-Less® by AZO: This naturally sourced blend of Go-Less® pumpkin seed and soy germ extracts provides a safe and drug-free way to reduce the urge to urinate. Specific ingredients support bladder control function and help to limit nighttime trips to the bathroom. This product should be taken for minimum of 30 days to realize the full benefits. Gluten and yeast free, Non-GMO formulation.

Bladder Support, Q.Bladder Support, Q. by Quantum Nutrition Labs: This popular botanical product provides powerful, broad-spectrum nutritional support for bladder and urinary tract health and function. Gluten and lactose free, vegan formulation.

 
References:
Urology Care Foundation. Official Foundation of the American Urological Association. http://urologyhealth.org/urologic-conditions/overactive-bladder-(oab)
New guidelines recommend Kegels, other lifestyle treatments for urinary incontinence in women. http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/new-recommend-kegels-and-other-treatments-for-incontinence-women-201409177438
What is normal urinary frequency? https://www.bladderandbowel.org/bladder/bladder-conditions-and-symptoms/frequency/
Overactive Bladder Syndrome. https://patient.info/health/overactive-bladder-syndrome
What Are Kegel Exercises? http://www.healthline.com/health/kegel-exercises#overview1
Bladder Training. https://www.ucsfhealth.org/education/bladder_training/
Pumpkin Seed Oil Extract From Cucurbita maxim Improves Urinary Disorder in Human Overactive Bladder. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4032845/