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Good Health Begins with A Healthy Gut

LoveYourGutJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

At Professional Supplement Center, we’re often asked about digestive health support. How many of us would eat healthier if we really appreciated our gut and its importance to human health, physiology, and survival? Our bodies rely on the major digestive, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic and respiratory organs to provide the daily functions that sustain, not only health, but also human life. These organs have many functions that we may rarely think about unless we experience ill-health.

Our brains provide thought and memory, keep our hearts pumping, allow voluntary muscle control, and receive sensory information. Our pumping hearts bring oxygen, nutrients and immune compounds to every bodily cell. Our lungs provide oxygen exchange and repel bacteria and harmful organisms. Our endocrine glands secrete hormones or chemical messengers that control our metabolism, direct our sleep cycles, and make digestion, detoxification and reproduction possible.

The gastrointestinal system, commonly known as the gut, is home to our microbiome that allows for digestion, waste removal, nutrient absorption, and very importantly, the regulation of immune homeostasis. It’s a widely held belief that gut microbiota have a profound effect on immune health, as well as autoimmune-related diseases both inside and outside the gut. Although approximately one third of these vitally important microorganisms are common to most people, two thirds are specific to each individual.

While each of us has a unique identity when it comes to our microbiome, the essential functions that directly impact our health are the same. A healthy and balanced gut microbiota is key to ensuring proper digestive functioning and overall wellness.

Everything we ingest influences the health of the microbiome, A diet rich in nutritious, fiber-filled foods will keep the microbiome thriving and energy levels steady. Conversely, a diet filled with low-fiber, nutrient-poor foods results in an unhealthy microbiome that allows deleterious bacteria to flourish. To maintain diversity and proper functioning of the gut microbiota a varied and balanced diet is essential.

Two widely studied elements considered beneficial for the gut health are prebiotics and probiotics. Prebiotics, or fermentable fibers, are the indigestible compounds in foods that selectively promote the growth and activity of certain beneficial bacterial species. Naturally present in fermented foods, garlic, onions, asparagus, oats, apples, flax seeds, bran and more, prebiotics can help with various digestive problems and have been shown to boost the immune system and improve metabolic health.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines probiotics as live microorganisms that confer a health benefit on the host when administered in adequate amounts. Probiotics, which can be found in foods such as yogurt, kefir, kombucha, pickles and sauerkraut, as well as supplements, support not only digestive health, but also immunity and overall health. Probiotics can help to balance the gut flora when it has been affected by poor diet, infections, antibiotic treatments and external factors such as stress. Poor gut health is tied to chronic inflammation, joint pain, autoimmune diseases, cognitive disorders, fatigue, allergies, hormone dysregulation, depression, and insufficient vitamin production, as well as improper nutrient absorption, digestion and elimination.

Remember, a happy, healthy functioning gut has a positive effect on physical, mental and physiological health. Canadian and Chinese researchers have found evidence to suggest that a healthy gut could be linked to healthy aging, and concluded that food and probiotics could be utilized to improve biomarkers of health. To enhance gut health, eliminate toxic foods from the diet. Repair and heal the gut with a clean diet and key nutrients. Add probiotics to restore proper bacterial balance and consider digestive enzymes to promote healthy digestion.

  • Avoid antibiotics unless truly needed, as they eliminate beneficial as well as deleterious bacteria, which can lower immune functions and raise the risks for infections, allergies and diseases.
  • Exercise to lower stress. Stress hinders the immune response and causes the release of immune compounds known as cytokines that contribute to inflammation that can damage healthy cells.
  • Supplements, including omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, CoQ10, and vitamins C, D and E, support overall health and can help to keep free radical damage from disturbing the health of the microbiome.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality supplements to support a healthy functioning gastrointestinal system:

Broad Spectrum...Broad Spectrum Probiotic & Prebiotic by Prescript-Assist™: This broad-spectrum pre- and probiotic supplement delivers a proprietary blend of 29 separate strains of beneficial bacteria to help support optimal gut health and function, and restore a normal balance of gastrointestinal microflora. With more than six years of clinical development and testing, this professional formula is designed for overall wellness support, relief of occasional abdominal discomfort, and promotion of a healthy gastrointestinal environment.

Just Thrive...Just Thrive® Probiotic & Antioxidant by Just Thrive®: This unique probiotic formulation provides strains naturally designed to colonize in the small intestine supporting the body’s ability to improve the growth of its own strains of heathy and beneficial bacteria. Gluten, wheat, soy, and artificial ingredient free, Non-GMO vegan formulation.

Daily Care ProbioticDaily Care Probiotic by Probulin®: This shelf stable, balanced once daily pre-and probiotic provides 10 billion CFU of 12 probiotic strains per capsule in support of digestive heath and microflora balance. Gluten, wheat, dairy and soy free, Non-GMO formulation.

Probiotic-5 (dairy...Probiotic-5 by Pure Encapsulations®: This dairy-free blend of five key beneficial probiotic strains is designed to promote the health and comfort of the gastrointestinal tract, healthy cellular function and overall health. Dairy and soy free, Non-GMO vegan formulation.

Digest Gold™ Plus...Digest Gold™ Plus Probiotics by Enzymedica: This very popular, award winning formula provides the convenience of high potency digestive enzymes with guaranteed delivery of active probiotic cultures. TherActive™ delivery ensures probiotic release in the lower intestine for optimal benefit. Gluten, wheat, dairy, casein, and artificial ingredient free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

References:
The Gut: Where Bacteria and Immune System Meet. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/research/advancements-in-research/fundamentals/in-depth/the-gut-where-bacteria-and-immune-system-meet
The role of the gut microbiome in the healthy adult status. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0009898115000170
The role of gut microbiota in immune homeostasis and autoimmunity. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3337124/
The Structure and Function of the Digestive System. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/the-structure-and-function-of-the-digestive-system
Diet & Gut microbiota. http://www.gutmicrobiotaforhealth.com/en/about-diet-gut-microbiota/
The 19 Best Prebiotic Foods You Should Eat. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/19-best-prebiotic-foods

 

 

Osteoporosis Doesn’t Discriminate

OsteoporosisJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Osteoporosis is a progressive bone disease characterized by low bone mass and bone tissue deterioration. As we age, this leads to bone fragility and an increased risk of fractures, notably of the hip, spine and wrist. While osteoporosis is most often associated with elderly women, the disease affects men as well. Surprisingly, statistics show that up to 25 percent of men over age 50 will suffer an osteoporosis-related fracture during their lifetime. Generally symptomless until an unexpected fracture occurs, few recognize the disease as a significant threat to their mobility and independence.

Bone is in a constant state of change. During childhood, adolescence and young adulthood, more bone is produced than is removed, allowing the bones to grow larger and stronger. When bone mass reaches its maximum strength by the late twenties, men have typically accumulated more bone mass than women. Thereafter, bone strength begins to slowly decline, as the removal of old bone exceeds formation of new bone. Because men have larger skeletons and higher reserves of bone mass, male bone loss begins at a later age and progresses more slowly than it does in females.

Conversely, women have smaller, thinner bones, and experience sharp decreases in bone-protective estrogen in the years following menopause. These rapid hormonal changes together with smaller amounts of bone density make osteoporosis more common in women. As osteoporosis is generally viewed as a “women’s disease,” men may not recognize that certain risk factors and lifestyle habits put both men and women at increased risk.

These risk factors include family history, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and certain medications. Low levels of estrogen and testosterone, which promote bone formation, contribute to the development of osteoporosis in men. Additional risk factors include chronic diseases, prostate cancer and autoimmune disorders. Increased awareness of the potential for men to develop osteoporosis is essential for prevention and long-term health, as regardless of gender, a bone fracture late in life can result in lingering pain and long-term disability.

Prevention begins with healthy lifestyle habits that include a diet rich in vitamin D and calcium, regular weight-bearing exercise, not smoking and limiting alcohol consumption. High-impact weight-bearing exercise helps to strengthen bones. This can include sports, such as tennis or basketball, hiking, jogging, stair climbing and jumping rope. Low-impact weight-bearing exercise, such as brisk walking, low-impact aerobics, or using stair-step or elliptical training machines, is also helpful and a safe alternative for those who are unable to participate in high-impact exercise. Weight training and resistance exercise as well as balance and flexibility training are also recommended.

Good for your bones nutrition means enjoying a well-balanced diet rich in fortified foods, calcium-rich dairy, omega-3 fatty fish, dark leafy greens, and colorful fruits and vegetables. Limit alcohol to no more than 2-3 drinks per day, and consume caffeine in moderation, as caffeinated drinks may decrease calcium absorption, contributing to bone loss. Osteoporosis prevention begins in childhood. Those with children or grandchildren can encourage outdoor exercise or sports participation to help build and maintain strong bones into young adulthood and well beyond.

Fall prevention is extremely important, as statistics show that each year about one-third of all people over age 65 take a tumble. Many of these falls result in broken bones.

  • Take care to reduce indoor hazards such as clutter, electrical cords, and loose throw rugs.
  • Keep walkways and drives clear of debris.
  • Use handrails when needed.
  • Keep your home well-lit in the evening.
  • Tread carefully outdoors.
  • Avoid slippery surfaces.
  • Consider installing grab bars in the tub, shower or on bathroom walls and use a non-skid rubber mat.
  • Most accidents happen when rushing around. Slow down and stay alert and focused.
  • Always wear appropriate shoes both indoors and out.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other fine quality products for bone health support:

Calcium...Calcium Microcrystalline Hydroxyapatite 2000 mg by Douglas Laboratories®: This product provides elemental calcium from microcrystalline hydroxyapatite (MCHC), a bioavailable calcium sourced from young bovine bone. Whole bone MCHC is rich in calcium, phosphorus, boron, bone matrix proteins, amino acids, and glycosaminoglycans in their natural forms and physiological ratios. Gluten, wheat, soy, yeast, dairy, sugar and artificial ingredient free.

Foundation...Foundation Essentials™ Men and Women-No Iron by NuMedica®: These individual packets provide broad spectrum essential support with a powerful blend of four nutritional formulations for enhanced bone and cardiovascular health, healthy detoxification and improved nutrient intake. Ingredients include vitamins, minerals, omega-3 essential fatty acids, CoQ10, botanicals and eye health supportive nutrients. Gluten, wheat, yeast, dairy, sweeteners, and artificial ingredient free.

M.C.H.C. CalciumM.C.H.C Calcium by Priority One®: This product supplies highly absorbable MCHC calcium, which nutritionally supports and promotes healthy bone density. Product provides elemental calcium, vitamin K, phosphorus, boron, glycosaminoglycans, zinc, potassium, manganese and magnesium. Gluten, wheat, soy, yeast, sugar, dairy and preservative free.

References:
Osteoporosis in Men. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/osteoporosis-in-men
What Women Need to Know. https://www.nof.org/preventing-fractures/general-facts/what-women-need-to-know/
Just for Men. https://www.nof.org/preventing-fractures/general-facts/just-for-men/
Osteoporosis in women – and men? https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/osteoporosis-in-women-and-men
Osteoporosis Exercise for Strong Bones. https://www.nof.org/patients/fracturesfall-prevention/exercisesafe-movement/osteoporosis-exercise-for-strong-bones/
Fractures/Fall Prevention. https://www.nof.org/patients/fracturesfall-prevention/
Osteoporosis Overview. https://www.bones.nih.gov/health-info/bone/osteoporosis/overview
What Is Osteoporosis? https://www.bones.nih.gov/health-info/bone/osteoporosis/osteoporosis-ff
Ensuring Bone Health for Men. http://www.eatright.org/resource/health/wellness/preventing-illness/bone-health-for-men
Men With Low Testosterone Often Have Low Bone Density Too. https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/846022
What Prostate Cancer Survivors Need to Know About Osteoporosis. https://www.bones.nih.gov/health-info/bone/osteoporosis/conditions-behaviors/osteoporosis-prostate-cancer

 

Organic Mushroom Nutrition – Featured Brand

OrganicMushroomNutrition-Susan Brown Health and Wellness Editor

Professional Supplement Center now offers Organic Mushroom Nutrition (OM™), a line of certified organic medicinal mushroom powders. Grown, packaged and processed in a GMP state-of the art facility located in San Marcos, California, OM™ emphasizes the pure, whole-food organic nature of medicinal mushrooms that have been used traditionally for centuries to enhance overall wellbeing. The mushrooms are grown through a full spectrum lifecycle including myceliated biomass and fruit bodies, and are carefully dehydrated at low temperatures to retain all enzymatic activity of the naturally occurring bioactive compounds.

Founders Steve Farrar, an expert mycologist with 30 years of mushroom horticulture experience, and Sandra Carter, M.A., MPH, Ph.D., believe they have combined the perfect balance of ancient wisdom and modern methodology, ensuring that their well-respected medicinal mushroom products are efficacious and of the highest quality. The full line features whole, raw food, gluten free, Non-GMO, kosher, vegan ingredients, as well as naturally occurring antioxidants, amino acids, prebiotics, chelated minerals, dietary fiber and vitamin D.

To see more products from Organic Mushroom Nutrition, please visit professionalsupplementcenter.com

ImmuneImmune: This proprietary blend of seven unique species of organic mushrooms synergistically supports immune defense with beta glucans, digestive enzymes, fiber, prebiotics, antioxidants and other nutrients. Mushroom species include turkey tail, maitake, shitake, cordyceps and reishi.

 

RestoreRestore: Formulated for detoxification, recovery and energy replenishment, this dynamic blend of organic mushrooms supports a positive inflammation response and provides immune support. Perfect after a strenuous workout or when in need of a refreshing boost. Ingredients include king trumpet, cordyceps, and reishi organic mushrooms.

 

FitFit: This proprietary blend supports natural energy production, endurance training, and recovery by increasing oxygen delivery to supercharge muscles. Species include cordyceps, reishi, turkey tail, king trumpet, and maitake.

 

BeautyBeauty: This certified organic proprietary blend provides naturally occurring nutrients and antioxidants to nourish the body from the inside out, resulting in lustrous hair, glowing skin and strong nails. Nutrients include king trumpet, turkey tail, cordyceps reishi, and lion’s mane medicinal mushrooms.

 

EnergyEnergy: This healthy, low calorie, sugar-free energizing drink mix provides intelligent sustained energy with six powerful synergistic organic medicinal mushrooms, botanicals, and natural plant-based caffeine. Ingredients include cordyceps, reishi, turkey tail, king trumpet, and maitake mushrooms, as well as turmeric root powder and organic extracts of guarana and yerba mate.