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
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…
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.
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
ESSENTIAL SUPPLEMENT OF THE MONTH
As we’ve stated in the past, it would be ideal to keep the number of supplements to a minimum while obtaining all the externally derived nutritional support from our diet. However, due to poor quality of our food source as well as the hazards we are exposed to, certain supplements would be advantageous to our wellbeing. A couple of months ago we started this list with a daily dose of high quality Omega 3 fatty acids. (https://clarkechiropracticwellness.com/2014/03/12/supplement-series-the-good-fats/)
The second supplement that virtually everyone can benefit from is a high quality probiotic. This term has become somewhat of a buzz word in the mainstream as more and more research emerges backing the benefits behind making sure your “good” bacteria is at a premium.
As with all supplements, you want to make sure you’re spending your money and efforts on a quality product. Certain strains of bacteria are more likely to survive the stomach acid bath en route to your intestines, so you want to make sure those are included on the label.
You also want to be wary of certain foods (yogurts are notorious for this) that falsely tout the added benefit of various live cultures or strains of bacteria. If a product is pasteurized, which most dairy is, the beneficial bacteria which they use as a selling point have most likely been destroyed by the heating process. Unpasteurized is becoming a selling point like organic or gluten free so if it doesn’t make mention of it, assume it’s pasteurized.
In addition to the immune and digestive benefits (which should not be understated) the gut – brain connection is a major reason why a good probiotic makes my list of essentials. We carry and take the brand pictured at Clarke Chiropractic and Wellness. However, if you have questions about another brand or supplement, your inquiries are always welcome.
As we make our way through another hot summer, it is almost inevitable that some time or another you’ll be fortunate enough to cool off in a refreshing pool. Don’t worry, I’m not going to ruin the swimming pool experience for you. But, being someone who frequently swims laps, I began thinking more and more of the chemical-rich liquid I was submerging myself in. When I coupled that with the fact that during a workout, your pores expand, I realized I was opening the door wide to let all that pool water in my system.
Throughout the journey deeper and deeper into living a health conscious life, the subject of clean water no doubt deserves a position at the top of the list. In a recent post we addressed the subject of safer drinking water (https://clarkechiropracticwellness.com/2013/06/26/whats-in-the-water/) and the same rules can be applied to the water we shower and bathe in.
All of the nastiness we mentioned in the previous post has a second portal of entry into our systems by way of absorption through the skin. This post could easily now go the direction of the importance of filtering your home’s bathing water as well, but we’ll stick to the pool situation.
Fortunately, in a pool, most of the aforementioned nastiness that we see in regular tap water is destroyed by a chemical concoction. Unfortunately, most of the nastiness in the pool is destroyed by a chemical concoction. The leader of this chemical gang is the infamous chlorine which is added to pool water for the same reason it is added to our drinking water, as a disinfectant.
THE ISSUE WITH CHLORINE…
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) acknowledges chlorine as a pesticide whose purpose is to kill living organisms. Exposure to chlorine does just this to our bodies, destroying cells and tissues. Most of us recall how irritated our eyes would get when we would foolishly swim for hours with our eyes open. That irritation is a blatant sign of damage being done.
In addition to being recognized as a carcinogen, increased exposure to chlorine has also been linked to respiratory disorders such as asthma and bronchitis, as well as to the destruction of beneficial bacteria in our gut. The bacterial homicide should come as no surprise as we just stated that chlorine indiscriminately kills living organisms, good and bad. If you’ve read any previous posts you already know the importance of these bacteria (aka gut flora) to ensuring proper digestion and as the gateway and bulk of our immune systems.
(This is the bacteria that are supplied by taking the increasingly popular “probiotics.”)
WHAT CAN YOU DO???
Never swim in a pool again. PERIOD.
You still there?
Of course I am kidding. As with everything in this world, we can take the information, formulate a healthy plan, and try to limit our exposure. However, we also need to keep on living and if you’re like me, swimming in a pool is something that I will choose to continually partake in.
Most of us aren’t fortunate enough to have access to afford a chlorine free pool, yet. So when it’s time hop into that invitingly blue oasis, keep these thoughts in mind:
RINSE BEFORE SWIMMING
The logic behind this is to rinse off any sweat that has accumulated on your body. One of the main components of our sweat is ammonia. When this ammonia combines with the chlorine from the pool water, it forms a dangerous byproduct of chlorination called a chloramine. These carcinogenic byproducts can trigger the production of free radicals in our bodies, causing cell damage.
LEAVE THE “P” OUT OF THE POOL
Don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about here. Just as with our sweat, our urine also contains a large amount of ammonia. Politely relieving yourself in the community pool creates a concentrated cloud of the above mentioned chloramines for you and your neighbors. How considerate.
UTILIZE VITAMIN C
A study conducted by the USDA’s Technology and Development Program concluded that vitamin C effectively neutralizes chlorine. This technology is now being utilized in vitamin C filters to lessen the chlorine and chloramine levels in shower water. For purposes of the pool, vitamin C can be purchased as a topical cream which can be applied pre and post swim in an attempt to lower the chlorine exposure.
It should be noted that the above suggestions will not eliminate exposure to chlorine and its by- products. What we are trying to do here is provide suggestions that can lessen the exposure, allowing you to continually enjoy a summer tradition with a little peace of mind.
Enjoy the rest of the summer.