Category Archives: Nutrition

Immune System Spotlight: “C”onsidering Vitamin C?

Amidst the current virus focused climate, some are focusing heavily on enhancing and supporting the immune system rather than sitting idle and praying for a pharmaceutical intervention.  Taking it deeper than rattling off general immune support, the more we learn about our viral target, the more we can form a potentially situational specific combat crew to increase the likelihood of health, happiness and longevity.

Vitamin C has been at the top of the list of nutritional strategies and utilized to varying degrees, with varying levels of success around the world.  Let’s take a deeper dive and get to know Vitamin C a little better.

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BIG PICTURE HEALTH: Enhancing Vitamin C & Thus Immune Health via Lifestyle:

Get well.  Stay well.  “C” you around.

Immune System Spotlight: The “D”ata exists, “D”on’t be “D”eficient

The plethora of benefits from this fat soluble “vitamin,” which is commonly referred to as a hormone due to the way it behaves & interacts within the body, are wide spread.  The ideal (and free) way to boost and maintain optimal levels is through intelligent, skin-type specific, dosage of UVB sun exposure, but for those who can’t (or won’t) utilize the sun as a driver for Vitamin D and so much more, there always exists the next best option.

In today’s somewhat surreal climate, we want to boost our immune system and confidence by implementing various strategies (diet, lifestyle, supplemental, or otherwise), that are not only relevant to enhancing the resilience of the entire interconnected and interdependent body, but also have studied and observed mechanisms behind them that may make them increasingly beneficial when focusing on the pathogenic immune target (viral or otherwise) of the day.

Stay smart.

Supplement smart.

Live smart.

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VIRUS SPECIFIC IMMUNE SUPPORT Don't be "D"eficient .. As we all watch & listen to the unique situation unfolding before us, there comes the potential for panic due to a lack of loss of control… … (which never really exists in the first place, but that's another #mindfulnesspractice based topic for another day…but OOOHH how important #consciousness & #consciousliving is all the time; especially amidst the uncertainty… .. well, that became the start of a #rabbithole quite rapidly. Reeling it back in…) .. In times like this we often react & respond in an attempt at mitigating the perceived lack of control; take back some control of you will… … While there is no way to gain total control & certainly no guarantees that our well intentioned actions will generate (or prevent #preventativemedicine ) a particular outcome, we still try. .. And there's nothing wrong with that. It gives us a sense of #optimism ; of #hope perpetuating increased proximity to a #peaceofmind state. And the #stateofmind can be just as influencial in potentiating & maintaining #health as any of the other things we have been discussing. #powerofthemind #mindbodysoul #mindbody .. Do what you can do. Do what makes sense to you. Continue to #livestrong through prioritizing #sleep #nutrition #movementculture #stress & things like #vitaminD and such. .. Then…#letgo #beopen to the inevitable change & unpredictability that is the world around us. Stop wastefully worrying & energize enjoyment…(I ♥️ alliteration)

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Potentially SARS CoV2 specific?  You be the judge.  If it makes sense, implement the strategy.  If not, move on and keep searching for those that resonate with you.

IMMUNE SYSTEM SPOTLIGHT: The What & Why Behind “PROBIOTICS”

Probiotics get a massive amount of mention these days and for good reason.  The evidence behind the microbiome and its connection and influence on the rest of the body is mounting by the day.

But rather than just follow the trends, let’s illuminate why this aspect of your body’s ecosystem is important for a plethora of reasons; ESPECIALLY when it comes to arming yourself with a balanced, appropriate immune response to whatever pathogen (virus or otherwise) you will inevitably encounter.

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THE CORONA COUNTER CONTINUES MORE FOUNDATIONAL IMMUNE SUPPORT .. This is a must as the implications that a #balanced #healthy #microbiome have gone way beyond #guthealth & facilitating a #strongimmunesystem .. These intestinal critters that include your classic #probiotics but also various fungal strains (#sboulardii *also shown to be a local #siga enhancer and thus #virus fighter ) & more, play a major role in #nutrition & making the most of your #healthyeating #healthyhabits in that they convert &/or assimilate many of the #nutrients we ingest & so desperately need to even mount an effective #immunesystem response to the #corona or #influenza #virus .. As articulated, your intestinal environment aka your microbiome, which populated by your #microbiota or the friendly #flora & beyond that dwell there, influence the other major barrier systems of your body as well, playing a role in #brainhealth (#gutbrainconnection ) #skinhealth (we’ve seen numerous times how a comprehensive #probiotic regimen can help attenuate or eliminate those #topical or #dermatological manifestations) & our current #coronavirus focus…#respiratoryhealth .. The benefits are beyond plentiful & mounting by the day.  This one truly seems to be a no brainer packing massive potential upside & minimal downside. .. #healthygut #healthyyou

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TYPES OF “Probiotics:”

The “Classic” (Lacto/Bifido Blend):

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PROBIOTICS: MAXIMIZING BENEFIT .. . A few points here when it comes to #probiotics Amidst all of varying opinions expressed as to best #immuneboost during this time of concern, fortunately use of a #probiotic seems to be agreed upon. .. . This is no doubt a step in the right direction as for years now many #gut experts, gastroenterologist alike, have been poo-pooing (bad #guthealth joke) the efficacy of using these #nutritional #supplements , commonly citing a lack of evidence & research. .. . This can prove quite unfortunate as it leads to many trusting individuals missing out on potential help, due the oft dissmisive, close minded & at this point ignorant state of the so called authority figure. .. . Simply implenting dietary adjustments concurrent to a thoughtful, up to date, comprehensive probiotic regimen, using independent, 3rd party tested & verified formulations has been nothing less than a game changer for many of our patients, family & friends. .. . But this confident proclamation is not being made solely on the back of antecdotal evidence.  There are actually over 500 & counting published research papers backing a plethora of benefits behind probiotic supplementation; specifically of the #lactobacillus & #bifidobacterium variety; no doubt the most researched & supplemented genus of #gutbacteria .. . Benefits have been shown to include #guthealth #skinhealth #immunehealth #brainhealth improved #mood & beyond. .. . With a million & one brands on the market, & the inevitability of unethical, immoral practices transpiring for the love of the dollar over all else; it is imperative to find a reputable, transparent brand that does indeed subject their product to independent, 3rd party testing. .. . We strive to use only these brands; coupled with the cleanest labels both personally & clinically.  Starting your journey off with a strong probiotic (12-14 different strains; 25-100 billion CFUs) is no doubt a legitimate place to start when it comes to optimizing your #microbiome & establishing a foundation to build all other aspects of health. .. . But we can do better than that. And we will… . .. Stay tuned…

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The Mycobiome.  The Friendly Fungi & Saccharomyces Boulardii

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POTENTIATING PROBIOTIC POWER THE WHOLE STORY . .. The 2nd essential #probiotic player (in addition to the “traditional” #lactobacillus & #bifido blends) is actually not technically in the #probiotics family of #gutbacteria at all. .. . Our 2nd #health propogating character in this comprehensive cast of #immunesystem enhancers is known as #saccharomyces #boulardii & is a non-pathogenic #yeast … making it an MVP of our #mycobiome (rather than the #microbiome ) which is comprised of the essential & beneficial yeast &  #fungal friends. .. . This increasingly acknowledged & studied aspect of our internal ecosystem has been shown to not only boost its own #healthylife perpetuating perks, but also work synergystically with our other 2 classes of “probiotics” to complete the latest understanding of best available #guthealth & beyond. .. . Specifically, #sboulardii has been shown to increase bowel transit time (#constipation ), counter the common fungal #infection : #candida or #calbicans , & improve glucose #metabolism .. . Perhaps most relevant to the current #corona climate is the observation that S.Boulardii has been shown to increase the production of sIgA, our first line of defense against #pathogenic #bacteria #parasites #yeast & the focus of the day: #viruses .. . All of this plus more makes saccharomyces boulardii a logical addition to your up to date, best available probiotic regimen.

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The “Up & Comer” to complete the Comprehensive Microbiome Makeover: Soil Based

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MAXIMIZING PROBIOTIC IMMUNE SUPPORT .. . COMPREHENSIVE GUT "RESEED" X 3 . .. So there we have it for this brief 3 post dive into going beyond the simple, generic & comparitively limited #probiotic #nutritional #supplement .. . We bring this to you in an attempt to keep you up on the latest support already available to you, your #microbiome & #immunesystem – #virus defense & resilience. We don't need to wait for the mainstream to catch up & finally endorse. The support already exists & their is mounting data (check PUBMED) to back it up. . .. We have started to implement this #reseed #gut tune up for many patients who have either already completed a #healandseal regimen &/or express the need for this approach to start things off. Either way proves to be an intelligent way to kick off the journey into true, lasting #holistichealth .. . In summary, we have highlighted a robust (in both #cfu count & strain variety) "traditional" blend (#lactobacilli &#bifidobactetia ) , a #mycobiome supporting #saccharomyces #boulardii & now these #soilbased #probiotics .. . Enhance the #microbiome with all resources available & yield the benefits. .. .. #bewell #staywell #positivevibes #choosehealth #seizetheday

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Rethinking Inflammation: When You Need It & How to Make it Work For You

Inflammation has long been recognized as a common denominator among the mass majority of unfavorable conditions. However, NOT ALL INFLAMMATION is bad. In fact, sometimes it is necessary; particularly when dealing with a musculoskeletal injury or perceived discomfort post exercise, workout or training.
In these cases, inflammation is actually an imperative component of the healing process. If we narrow mindedly block this due to applying a somewhat ignorant, across the board damnation of all inflammation, in an effort to avoid temporary discomfort, we actually delay and could outright block the healing process and our ability to fully recover.
Follow us now on the oft ignored explanation and mechanism behind this, and what you can do intelligently facilitate a healthy immune response, which includes that optimal healing and recovery we all want to achieve.
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Making Connections: Exactly How the Gut Affects the Brain and Thus Your Mental Health

Are you tired of being told to do things without an explanation?

Are you tired of hearing blanket statements and expected to simply accept it without understanding the mechanism behind it, or knowing if the conveyor of the message even understands it themselves?

I know for us and many of our patients, we want to know the “how” and the “why;” the nitty-gritty if you will.  Connecting the dots can help fuel the fire to execute and follow through; knowing the purpose behind the action and potentially further perpetuating the desired outcome and gains.

Are you tied of reading as well?

That is soooo 2019.

Well, in an attempt to keep it up contemporary and give the people what they want, check out these 4 chapters below; broken up into digestible 60 second or less chunks that what will illuminate the very real connection behind the health of your gastro-intestinal tract and your brain; hopefully providing a potential starting point or additional path on your journey towards health optimization.

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Still hungry for health?  We got you.

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