Monthly Archives: October 2014

To Juice or to Blend?

Years ago we juiced a lot. We still own a juicer (it sleeps in the kitchen cabinet, like most of them), but now we blend every day, sometimes more than once.

So this Fooducate article caught my attention and was worth sharing.

juice or blend

Fresh liquid nutrition is really big these days. Cold pressed juice stands are popping up all over metro areas. Jamba Juice and competitors have hundreds of branches nationwide, and companies like Vitamix and Blendtec are selling $500 machines like hot cakes.

The allure of juices and smoothies is easy to understand. First and foremost – they are tasty (for the most part). They are also very easy to consume – no chewing required, just gulp and go. Or go and gulp, which works for many rushed Americans on their way to work.

Lastly, if the ingredients are healthy – fruits and vegetables for the most part – the liquid version must be healthy as well, right? We’ll get to that in a bit.

What you need to know:

Juicing and blending make it easier and faster to add more and varied produce into your diet. But there is a difference between the two methods.

Most people are familiar with the standard multi-speed blender used at home to create smoothies. Blenders are effective at chopping virtually anything into smaller and smaller pieces resulting in a smooth liquid. All of the original content of the fruit or vegetable is maintained in the liquid – including the healthy, fibrous pulp.

Juicers, on the other hand, separate the juice from the pulp, seeds, skin, and anything not liquid in the original fruit. The juice is much smoother, easier to drink, and contains no bitter fragments such as seeds. Juicer nutritionists will extoll the resulting elixir as a the ultimate concoction of nutrients available for immediate digestion and use by the body.

However,  the high amount of sugar from the fruits will also be absorbed very rapidly, spiking blood glucose. Another problem is the loss of all the beneficial fiber from the fruits and vegetables. One of the most important reasons for eating fruits and vegetables is their fiber. This is lost when juicing.

Both blenders and juicers change the original form of foods, and as a result you may be “unlocking” more nutrients, according to the brochures and salespeople. However, some of the nutrients are instantly lost when liquifying – contact with oxygen (air) instantly “evaporates” the likes of vitamin C and some antioxidants.

Before rushing off to make your morning shake, keep in mind that there’s a benefit to actually chewing your food. It sends signals to your digestive system that food is about to enter. Various enzymes and acids that improve digestion are activated as a result. You don’t get the same effect when drinking your food. Properly chewing your food will also limit your portion intake, something that is hard to do with liquid calories.

That’s why, if you can find the time and pleasure, your best nutritional bet is to eat your vegetables and fruits, not drink them. Think salad, not juice. That’s not to say a smoothie loaded with veggies is bad for you, but it should not be the only way healthy fruits and vegetables enter your body.

When it comes to money, owning a quality juicer or blender is not cheap. Beyond the initial investment in a machine, you need to buy a ton of vegetables and fruits just to make a single cup of juice. It’s also a pain to clean up the contraptions, juicers even more so than blenders. In various hygiene surveys, blenders and juicers were the most contaminated areas of American kitchens, with high levels of mold, salmonella and e. coli found on the rubber seals.

Our daily shake/smoothie, made in a Vitamix, always includes our Juice Plus+ Complete drink mix – it’s foundational.

Influenza: marketing vaccine by marketing disease

This is the title of an article in the The British Medical Journal (BMJ) last year.

Peter Doshi, Ph.D. (a scientist at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine) , asserts that, although the vaccines are being pushed on the public in unprecedented numbers, they are less effective and cause more side effects than alleged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC pledges “To base all public health decisions on the highest quality scientific data, openly and objectively derived.” But Doshi argues that in the case of influenza vaccinations and their marketing, this is not so.

Promoting influenza vaccines is one of the most visible and aggressive public health policies in the United States, says Doshi. Drug companies and public officials press for widespread vaccination each fall, offering vaccinations in drugstores and supermarkets. The results have been phenomenal. Only 20 years ago, 32 million doses of influenza vaccine were available in the United States on an annual basis. Today, the total has skyrocketed to 135 million doses.

“The vaccine may be less beneficial and less safe than has been claimed, and the threat of influenza seems to be overstated,” Doshi says. Mandatory vaccination polices have been enacted, often in healthcare facilities, forcing some people to take the vaccine under threat of losing their jobs.

The main assertion of the CDC that fuels the push for flu vaccines each year is that influenza comes with a risk of serious complications which can cause death, especially in senior citizens and those suffering from chronic illnesses. That’s not the case, said Doshi.

When read carefully, the CDC acknowledges that studies finding any perceived reduction in death rates may be due to the “healthy-user effect” — the tendency for healthier people to be vaccinated more than less-healthy people. The only randomized trial of influenza vaccine in older people found no decrease in deaths. “This means that influenza vaccines are approved for use in older people despite any clinical trials demonstrating a reduction in serious outcomes,” says Doshi.

Even when the vaccine is closely matched to the type of influenza that’s prevalent, which doesn’t happen every year, randomized, controlled trials of healthy adults found that vaccinating between 33 and 100 people resulted in one less case of influenza. In addition, says Doshi, no evidence exists to show that this reduction in the risk of influenza for a specific population — here in the United States, among healthy adults, for example — extrapolates into any reduced risk of serious complications from influenza, such as hospitalizations or deaths, among seniors.

“For most people, and possibly most doctors, officials need only claim that vaccines save lives, and it is assumed there must be solid research behind it,” says Doshi. Unfortunately, that’s not the case, he says.

Although the CDC  implies that flu vaccines are safe and there’s no need to weigh benefits against risk, Doshi disagrees. He points to an Australian study that found one in every 110 children under the age of five had convulsions following vaccinations in 2009 for H1N1 influenza. Additional investigations found that the H1N1 vaccine was also associated with a spike in cases of narcolepsy among adolescents.

Doshi’s concerns echo those of Dr. Russell Blaylock, a neurosurgeon and author of “The Blaylock Wellness Report”who has deep concerns over the safety and efficacy of the flu vaccine.

Not only is the vaccine not safe, Dr. Blaylock tells Newsmax Health, it doesn’t even work. “The vaccine is completely worthless, and the government knows it,” he says. “There are three reasons the government tells the elderly why they should get flu shots: secondary pneumonia, hospitalization, and death. Yet a study by the Cochrane group studied hundreds of thousands of people and found it offered zero protection for those three things in the general community. It offered people in nursing homes some immunity against the flu — at best one-third — but that was only if they picked the right vaccine.”

A study released in February found that the flu shot was only 9 percent effective in protecting seniors against the 2012-2013 season’s most virulent influenza bug.<

What’s even worse is that small children who are given the flu vaccine get no protection from the disease. “The government also says that every baby over the age of six months should have a vaccine, and they know it contains a dose of mercury that is toxic to the brain,” says Dr. Blaylock. “They also know the studies have shown that the flu vaccine has zero — zero — effectiveness in children under five.”

For most people, says Dr. Blaylock, flu vaccines don’t prevent the flu but actually increase the odds of getting it. The mercury contained in vaccines is such a strong immune depressant that a flu shot suppresses immunity for several weeks. “This makes people highly susceptible to catching the flu,” he says. “They may even think the vaccine gave them the flu, but that’s not true — it depressed their immune system and then they caught the flu.”

Mercury overstimulates the brain for several years, says Dr. Blaylock, and that activation is the cause of Alzheimer’s and other degenerative diseases. One study found that those who get the flu vaccine for three to five years increase their risk of Alzheimer’s disease 10-fold.

Doshi asserts that influenza is a case of “disease mongering” in an effort to expand markets. He points to the fact that deaths from flu declined sharply during the middle of the 20th century, long before the huge vaccine campaigns that kicked off the 21st century.

Why do drug companies push the flu vaccine? “It’s all about money,” says Dr. Blaylock. “Vaccines are a pharmaceutical company’s dream. They have a product that both the government and the media will help them sell, and since vaccines are protected, they can’t be sued if anyone has a complication.”

Doshi’s article “is a breath of fresh air,” says Dr. Blaylock. “This article exposes in well-defined and articulate terms what has been known for a long time — the flu vaccine promotion is a fraud.

“Here’s the bottom line,” says Dr. Blaylock. “The vast number of people who get the flu vaccine aren’t going to get any benefit, but they get all of the risks and complications.”

It’s a fact that our family has not had the flu vaccination in living memory and we have stayed flu-free. Of course, part of the reason is our healthy living and eating habits and choices.

One of these habits/choices , for over 21 years, has been Juice Plus+. Published clinical research indicates that Juice Plus+ supports several measures of immune function – in law school students at the University of Florida and in elderly people in a study conducted at theUniversity of Arizona.  Juice Plus+ was also shown to reduce moderate or severe common cold symptoms in an 8-month study of 543 health care professionals at the  Charité University Medical Centre in Berlin, Germany. In a study of 41 healthy, fit policemen in the Austrian Special Forces “Cobra” unit, the Medical University of Graz, Austria found that those on Juice Plus+ lost fewer duty days due to illness.

To fully understand the power of Juice Plus+ and this body of research please watch:

The best way to help your body protect itself against Ebola (or any virus or bacteria)

From NaturalNews: With the threat of the Ebola virus spreading, there is a need to understand what natural options are readily available to you in case you don’t want to be subjected to conventional medical treatments and infected patients in hospitals. The only proven system to help eradicate the Ebola virus is your body’s immune system, and it is of primary importance to start strengthening its response now to give yourself the best chance of successfully fighting off an infection.

Work with your body’s natural defenses

The only way to work with your body’s natural defenses is to give it what it requires in order to function at optimal performance. Conventional medical wisdom claims that man-made remedies such as vaccines are superior to those provided by nature, but it doesn’t take a scientist to understand that the toxic chemicals and preservatives injected into the body along with antigens is not a legitimate way to improve immunity.

To improve your immunity, you must improve your relationship with nature and the medicine it provides, which has been proven to keep people healthy for thousands of years. In this case, a focus on healing foods and herbs that have strong antibacterial and antiviral properties is of primary importance, along with improving immune system function and eliminating foods that suppress it.

Antibacterial foods, herbs, and solutions to begin consuming regularly

Even though Ebola is a virus, it only makes sense to start clearing out any harmful bacteria in your digestive system in order for your immune system to function properly. This will allow it to do its job more efficiently, which is a must have when dealing with more deadly infections such as Ebola.

Antibacterial foods and herbs to consider, include:

  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Turmeric (curcumin)
  • Ginger
  • Lemon
  • Cayenne
  • Peppermint
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Cranberry
  • Calendula
  • Echinacea
  • Oregon grape root
  • Goldenseal
  • Marshmallow root
  • Uva Ursi
  • Yarrow
  • Colloidal silver

Most of these foods and herbs can be used in many different ways in every day meal preparation, but the most potent way to receive their benefits in through tinctures, capsules, teas, essential oils, and freshly pressed juices. A few of them are antiviral as well (like ginger, garlic, cranberry, colloidal silver, and Echinacea).

Stock up on antiviral herbs

In the event that Ebola is found in your region, or you suspect you may have an infection, you may want to consider the following as part of your natural defense:

  • Una de Gato (Cat’s Claw)
  • Pau D’Arco
  • Astragalus
  • Elderberry
  • Lemon balm
  • Licorice root
  • Olive leaf
  • Oregano oil

These proven virus fighters will provide another layer of protection to your overall immune support plan.

Consume immune strengthening foods, herbs, and nutrients *

Along with these foods and herbs, it’s also important to consider those things that help solidify a strong immune system, such as:

  • Adaptogenic herbs (reishi, siberian ginseng, astragalus, gynostemma, una de gato, pau d’arco)
  • Liver supporting herbs (milk thistle, dandelion root, yellow dock root, burdock root, artichoke, turmeric)
  • Vitamin C (camu camu, acerola cherry, guava, peppers, kale, oranges)
  • Vitamin D (sunlight and/or fermented cod liver oil)
  • Zinc (supplement or pumpkin seeds)
  • Probiotics (supplement or consider sauerkraut, coconut kefir, apple cider vinegar, and kombucha)

The foods, herbs, and ingestible nutrients listed will provide your immune system with exceptional benefits, and can be consumed in whole food, capsules, tinctures, and tea. Grounding is helpful as well.

Ditch foods and behaviors that suppress the immune system

Another very important factor to unleash your immune system is to stop consuming foods and engaging in behaviors that depress it. The biggest culprits in immune suppression are:

  • Sugar (especially refined)
  • Alcohol
  • Dairy
  • Corn, soy, and wheat (gluten)
  • Hydrogenated foods
  • Excess animal protein
  • Excess flour intake
  • Highly processed foods
  • Chronic stress
  • Excessive EMF exposure
  • Limited sunshine or vitamin D supplementation

Improve in all of these areas, and your immune system and energy will reciprocate nicely, both which help your body protect itself against Ebola (and any other viruses or bacteria). As always, consult with a qualified herbal practitioner or naturopath to determine which herbs and solutions are best for your individual situation. At this time, there is no proven remedy for Ebola, but investing in your immune system and using nature’s medicine quite possibly gives you the best route of action.

10620793_732641866771536_8176322268485986809_nListen HERE to the truth about, and how to help prevent, dangerous viral infections like EBOLA and EV-D68. Award-winning infectious disease specialist, Dr. Richard DuBois, explains these dangerous viruses and shares practical tips on how to stay safe and well. Private message me for a link to this recorded call.

* Juice Plus+ fits the list of immune boosting foods: several of the 30+ published clinical studies of Juice Plus+ have demonstrated that Juice Plus+ is highly beneficial to our immune systems.

Energy Drinks Lead to Insomnia in Athletes

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We are often ‘preaching’ about the potential dangers of energy drinks, especially as they relate to teens. Excessive amounts have led kids to suffer from caffeine poisoning. There have been several deaths in the US, and multiple emergency room admissions due to energy drink consumption.

A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition looked at the effect of energy drinks on athletes.

“The use of caffeine containing energy drinks has dramatically increased in the last few years, especially in the sport context because of its reported ergogenic effect.”

Ninety athletes were given energy drinks or placebos before a sporting event. Their performance during the event (speed, height of jump, etc…) was measured, as well as their subjective feeling about it.

While the athletes did perform slightly better, and felt it too, there was a problem. They suffered from insomnia, nervousness, and activeness in the hours following consumption. These are well documented side effects of caffeine over-consumption.

American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) website says: Poison centers are urging the public to use caution and common sense when using energy drink products.
Energy drinks contain highly concentrated amounts of sugar, caffeine, and other ingredients. The American Academy of Pediatrics has concluded that “caffeine and other stimulant substances contained in energy drinks have no place in the diets of children and adolescents.”

Healthy energy comes from great nutrition. That’s why our Juice Plus+ and Juice Plus+ Complete are so popular amongst those of all ages wanting peak performance and to live life to the plus+.

Chemical Derived from Broccoli Sprouts Shows Promise in Treating Autism

The intriguing results of a small clinical trial suggest that a chemical derived from broccoli sprouts (sulforaphane) — and best known for claims that it can help prevent certain cancers — may ease classic behavioral symptoms in those with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).

The study was a joint effort by scientists at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, involving 40 teenage boys and young men, ages 13 to 27, with moderate to severe autism.

broccolisproutsIn a report published online in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers say that many of those who received a daily dose of the chemical sulforaphane experienced substantial improvements in their social interaction and verbal communication, along with decreases in repetitive, ritualistic behaviors, compared to those who received a placebo.

“We believe that this may be preliminary evidence for the first treatment for autism that improves symptoms by apparently correcting some of the underlying cellular problems,” says Paul Talalay, M.D., professor of pharmacology and molecular sciences, who has researched these vegetable compounds for the past 25 years.

“We are far from being able to declare a victory over autism, but this gives us important insights into what might help,” says co-investigator Andrew Zimmerman, M.D., now a professor of pediatric neurology at UMass Memorial Medical Center.

ASD experts estimate that the group of disorders affects 1 to 2 percent of the world’s population, with a much higher incidence in boys than girls. Its behavioral symptoms, such as poor social interaction and verbal communication, are well known and were first described 70 years ago by Leo Kanner, M.D., the founder of pediatric psychiatry at The Johns Hopkins University.

Unfortunately, its root causes remain elusive, though progress has been made, Talalay says, in describing some of the biochemical and molecular abnormalities that tend to accompany ASD.

Many of these are related to the efficiency of energy generation in cells. He says that studies show that the cells of those with ASD often have high levels of oxidative stress, the buildup of harmful, unintended byproducts from the cell’s use of oxygen that can cause inflammation, damage DNA, and lead to cancer and other chronic diseases.

In 1992, Talalay’s research group discovered that sulforaphane has some ability to bolster the body’s natural defenses against oxidative stress, inflammation and DNA damage. In addition, the chemical later turned out to improve the body’s heat-shock response — a cascade of events used to protect cells from the stress caused by high temperatures, including those experienced when people have fever.

autistic2Intriguingly, he says, about one-half of parents report that their children’s autistic behavior improves noticeably when they have a fever, then reverts back when the fever is gone. In 2007, Zimmerman, a principal collaborator in the current study, tested this anecdotal trend clinically and found it to be true, though a mechanism for the fever effect was not identified.

Because fevers, like sulforaphane, initiate the body’s heat-shock response, Zimmerman and Talalay wondered if sulforaphane could cause the same temporary improvement in autism that fevers do. The current study was designed to find out.

Before the start of the trial, the patients’ caregivers and physicians filled out three standard behavioral assessments: the Aberrant Behavior Checklist (ABC), the Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS) and the Clinical Global Impressions-Improvement scale (CGI-I). The assessments measure sensory sensitivities, ability to relate to others, verbal communication skills, social interactions and other behaviors related to autism.
Twenty-six of the subjects were randomly selected to receive, based on their weight, 9 to 27 milligrams of sulforaphane daily, and 14 received placebos. Behavioral assessments were again completed at four, 10 and 18 weeks while treatment continued. A final assessment was completed for most of the participants four weeks after the treatment had stopped.

Most of those who responded to sulforaphane showed significant improvements by the first measurement at four weeks and continued to improve during the rest of the treatment. After 18 weeks of treatment, the average ABC and SRS scores of those who received sulforaphane had decreased 34 and 17 percent, respectively, with improvements in bouts of irritability, lethargy, repetitive movements, hyperactivity, awareness, communication, motivation and mannerisms.

After 18 weeks of treatment, according to the CGI-I scale, 46, 54 and 42 percent of sulforaphane recipients experienced noticeable improvements in social interaction, aberrant behaviors and verbal communication, respectively.

Talalay notes that the scores of those who took sulforaphane trended back toward their original values after they stopped taking the chemical, just like what happens to those who experience improvements during a fever. “It seems like sulforaphane is temporarily helping cells to cope with their handicaps,” he says.

Zimmerman adds that before they learned which subjects got the sulforaphane or placebo, the impressions of the clinical team — including parents — were that 13 of the participants noticeably improved. For example, some treated subjects looked them in the eye and shook their hands, which they had not done before. They found out later that all 13 had been taking sulforaphane, which is half of the treatment group.

Talalay cautions that the levels of sulforaphane precursors present in different varieties of broccoli are highly variable. Furthermore, the capacity of individuals to convert these precursors to active sulforaphane also varies greatly. It would be very difficult to achieve the levels of sulforaphane used in this study by eating large amounts of broccoli or other cruciferous vegetables.

Let’s Label Those GMOs!

10421181_10204082224407293_4544653849236159256_nIn a few weeks, we here in Colorado will vote on Proposition 105. This will determine whether food sold in Colorado must be labeled to inform the consumer if they contain GMOs.

What is a GMO?

Genetically modified foods are derived from organisms whose DNA has been modified in a way that does not occur naturally, according to the World Health Organization. Most genetically modified crops have been developed to resist plant diseases or better tolerate herbicides. The most important GMO crops are corn, soy, cotton and canola. According to the FDA, most processed foods include some of these ingredients, like cornstarch in soups and sauces and corn syrup as a general purpose sweetener. Sugar is also included, because the sugar Americans consume either comes from cane or genetically engineered sugar beets.

What will we Vote On?

Voters will be asked to vote on whether food that has been genetically modified or treated with genetically modified material should be labeled “Produced with Genetic Engineering” starting July 1, 2016. Foods that would be exempt include food from animals that are not genetically modified but have been fed or injected with genetically modified food or drugs; certain food not packaged for retail sale and intended for immediate human consumption; alcoholic beverages; and medically prescribed foods.

It will be a hot issue for quite a while in this state,” says Katie Abrams, an assistant professor at Colorado State University who researches consumer understanding of food labels. “And it’s going on in more places than just Colorado. Most research on consumer buying shows that people act on taste, price, convenience and other factors. They usually do what’s best for the wallet.”

Whole Foods isn’t waiting to find out. Last year, the company made the decision to label all food products if they contain GMOs, a massive project that should be complete by 2018.

Even Consumer Reports is weighing in on the GMO debate. Their conclusions are:

CRO_health_GMO_04-14(1) Based on Consumer Reports research, GMOs have not clearly been proven to be safe over the long term for humans,

(2) GMO should be labeled when present in packaged foods, and

(3) the cost of such labeling to manufacturers and consumers would be trivial.

“The use of genetically modified seeds has steadily grown over the last two decades. That has led to about a 10-fold increase in farmers’ use of glyphosate, a weedkiller better known as Roundup, which is made by Monsanto—a company that also produces genetically modified seeds—because the herbicide won’t harm their GMO crops. But that in turn has created a new problem for farmers to battle: a rising number of “superweeds” that have now become immune to glyphosate. This defeats one of the major reasons why GMOs were introduced in the first place.” Read more from Consumer Reports

While GMOs have been tested by the companies that developed them, as well as third parties, to date no long-term human safety studies have been run. European and Asian governments are requiring labeling of foods that contain GMO ingredients, but there is no such requirement in the US. Due to the high prevalence of corn- and soy-derived ingredients in our food supply, as many as 70-80% of the packaged foods in an average supermarket are likely to contain GMOs.

According to Consumer Reports, over 70% of Americans would like to know if their food contains GMOs, but extensive PR and lobbying by Monsanto and many large food manufacturers have so far squashed legislation attempts on both federal and state levels.

One of the biggest arguments used by industry is that GMO labeling would raise the price of food by hundreds of dollars a year per family. That has been very effective and led to the failure of GMO labeling attempts in California and Washington. However, as Consumer Reports points out, the actual cost is trivial.

Whether GMOs are safe or not is still a hotly debated matter. What should not be debated is the consumers’ (our) right to know what’s in our food.

Right2Know_CO_Logo_OPTThe time for labeling GMOs has come, hasn’t it? I am no scaremonger, but the facts are interesting. I know how I am voting!  “Knowledge is power.”

Here’s the trailer for the film GMO OMG!

Be encouraged … take heart … encourage others!

Ever feel stuck or discouraged concerning your health, your weight, your shape … your life?

I want to encourage you that what you put in your body today counts.

You can create healthy habits that will continue for a lifetime, and although you may face challenges at times, your body and those you encourage by your success will thank you for it.

Yes, you WILL encourage others!

Prescriptions for fruits and vegetables instead of medication

In Louisville, KY Doctors are using prescription pads for more than just medication these days. The prescriptions have the same goal: to save lives, but instead of medication, it’s written for one share of produce.

“Just because you are small doesn’t mean that you are healthy,” said Meghan Callaway, who just signed up for the Veggie RX program.

Callaway says that’s the story of her life. “I used to say to people in high school…I’m the most out of shape skinny person that you’ll ever meet.”

But change is coming, Callaway and her two children just signed up for a pilot program called Veggie RX. It involves a 6 week healthy living class.

“We’ll be having some great hands on cooking classes, physical fitness training and also food justice classes,” said Karyn Moskowitz, executive director for New Roots.

Moskowitz says the program is administers through the non-profit organization.

“The best prescription for health is to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables a day.”

Callaway’s family was the first to sign up, but more are needed. Moskowitz explained, “We have the opportunity for 40 more families to enter the veggie RX program.”

Moskowitz says just like a regular prescription, the Veggie RX should improve and even save lives. “The goal of the program is to prevent childhood obesity and to promote health and wellbeing.”

Families in the program will have access to fresh greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, yellow squash and more.

“We go directly to the famers,” said Moskowitz. By going directly to local farmer they’re able to cut out the middle man.

Moskowitz said, “So we are able to get large quantities for a very, very affordable price, but for this intervention and this project, families will be able to access the produce for free for six weeks.”

That sounds good to Meghan Callway. Now she is hoping the classes will help her make positive changes and set good example for her children. “I want them to have healthy eating habits and just make healthy lifestyle choices.”

Watch the video at WDRB 41 Louisville News.

Love it!!

Immune Support AND a Solution for Food Allergies?

lab mouse allergyMillions of Americans suffer from food allergies. The number of kids with allergies has doubled in less than one generation. Scientists are trying to figure out what has caused this increase, but one of the directions being looked at closely is changes in our gut microflora.

Our intestines house trillions of bacteria, which have been shown to not only aid in digestion, but influence our overall health, our immune system and even our mood. One of the biggest changes in the gut population occurs when antibiotics are administered. The use of antibiotics has risen dramatically in correlation with allergies so scientists have been trying to determine if there is a correlation.

I know from my own experience that, compared with life before Juice Plus+ when I needed antibiotics 3 or 4 times every single year (I was in the “antibiotic of the month club”), in the last 21 years I have only used antibiotics 3 or 4 times in total. My immune system today is in the best shape of my entire 68 year life – thanks to my gut health, my immune health and Juice Plus+!

In tests on mice, immunology researchers at the University of Chicago were able to demonstrate that exposure to antibiotics early in life led to a higher rate of allergies. When the researchers introduced Clostridia, a type of bacteria that is found in mammalian guts, to the mouths and stomachs of the allergic mice, the allergy disappeared.

While these are very preliminary findings, continued work in this area may eventually lead to probiotics that help treat people with allergies. More information can be found in this article in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Gut empowers your Immune System

Gut health is one of the most reliable indicators of Immune Health.

Since this is flu season, and concern about even more dangerous viruses is constantly in the headlines these days, you would do well to listen to Dr. Matt Brown on the subject.

Matt Brown, MD (Internal Medicine) is an avid, competitive mountain biker and an expert on the human immune system and how our gut health impacts our whole health.

Listen to Dr. Matt here. You’ll be glad you did!