Be Regular

Dear Friends

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the most common cause of vaginal symptoms among women.  According to NHANES, data collected between 2001–2004, 29.2% of women ages 14–49 in the United States have BV.  84% of these women with are asymptomatic (Koumans, 2007). Women with BV have an increased risk of miscarriage, preterm labor and delivery, and postpartum infections.

Diagnosis via vaginal swab (wet mount), whiff test, vaginal pH, oligonucleotide probe of DNA of bacteria present are standard. Bacterial vaginosis usually causes the vaginal pH to rise above 4.5 due to the microbial species present. Diagnosis of BV is difficult because of its complex polymicrobial nature indicative of dysbiosis.

BV has high relapse rates and associated complications.  BV diagnosis includes a decrease in vaginal lactobacilli species and increase in the anaerobes population of microbes, including, most commonly Gardnerella vaginosis or A.vaginae (Shipitsyn,2013).  Vaginal bacterial communities differ dramatically between healthy patients and patients with BV, with G. vaginalis present in over 90% of BV cases (Verstraelen & Swidsinski, 2013).  G. vaginalis is up to 70% of asymptomatic healthy women. When G. vaginalis biofilms form they can establish synergistic relationships with other pathogenic anaerobes.

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Candidiasis Support

April 12, 2016

Dear Friends

Did you know that nosocomal infections of multiply resistant pathogens kill more patients each year than breast cancer and HIV combined?  The war on pathogens with antibiotics is not a war that we are winning.  Picking a fight with natural selection is not a smart thing to do (Read, 2012).

The human gut contains a vast ecosystem of microorganisms, a flora that must be ecologically managed well by us, in order to be truly healthy.  The overuse and misuse of antibiotics in medicine, the practice of giving cattle low growth promoting doses of antibiotics has created grave gastrointestinal problems.  There are better ways to manage the ecosystem within our gut and control the overgrowth of pathogens, without antibiotics.

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Metabolic Syndrome

February 3, 2016

Dear Friends

Metabolic Syndrome is a disorder that now affects about 1/4 of the American population and has emerged as a worldwide epidemic.  It may soon replace smoking as the leading cause for Coronary Heart Disease—the number one cause of death for men and women in the US (NIH: NHLBI, 2015). Additionaly, Metabolic Syndrome is causative for diabetes, NAFLD and cancer.

The risk factors for Metabolic Syndrome are (Grundy 2004, McCullough 2011):

  • Abdominal obesity
  • Atherogenic dyslipidemia
  • Raised blood pressure
  • Insulin resistance
  • Proinflammatory state
  • Prothrombotic state

Therapeutic Food protocol for Metabolic Syndrome:

  • Beta Glucan High Potency Synbiotic – 1 heaping tbl BID before 2 largest meals.
  • No. 7 Systemic Booster 1 tsp before bed. 
  • Be Regular – 2 heaping tbl taken as a meal replacement three times a week.
  • Phyto Power – 2 capsules daily.
  • Chromium, Bio-organic with Beet – 1 capsule BID.

Food Science:

How can Therapeutic Foods help in the challenge to reduce of the above risk factors?

There is a multitude of research that strongly makes the point that as dietary fiber goes up the risk of Metabolic Syndrome goes down (Grooms, 2013). Beta Glucan Synbiotic, No. 7 Systemic Booster, Be Regular, and the Phyto Power together contain powerful soluble and insoluble fibers.  Click on their links to see more.

How does fiber do this?  It helps get rid of excess bile, feeds our good gut bacteria which enhances our SCFA production and reduces cholesterol synthesis, reduces macronutrient absorption, low energy density, gastric distension and increase satiety, delayed gastric emptying, effect on gut hormones, reduced post prandial responses.  All of this collectively helps to control body weight, cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure (Satija, 2012).

Reducing chronic inflammation is of course the major factor for reducing the above risks and the friendly probiotics, rich assortment of phyto nutrients (i.g. flavonoids,etc) in Beta Glucan Synbiotic, Be Regular, Phyto Power and No. 7 all makes this possible (Pan, 2010).

Bibliography:

  • Ford et al. (2014). Efficacy of prebiotics, probiotics, and synbiotics in irritable bowel syndrome and chronic idopatahic constipation: sytematic review and meta-analysis. AM J Gastroenterol; 109(10): 1547-61.
  • Grooms et al. (2013). Dietary Fiber Intake and Cardiometablic Riks among US Adults: NHANES 1999-2010. Am J Med; 126(12): 1059-1067.
  • Pan et al. (2010). Anti-inflammatory activity of natural dietary flavonoids. Food Funct; 1: 15-31.
  • Satija A, Hu FB. (2012). Cardiovascular Benefits of Dietary Fiber. Curr Atheroscler Rep; 14:505-514.

Yours,

Seann Bardell

We have developed our products based on scientific research and/or the practical experience of many healthcare practitioners.  There is a growing body of literature on food based nutrition and supplements and their application in support of our health.  Please  use our products under the advisement of your doctor.

Green Facts:

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Michael Gregor maintains in Metaboic Syndrome and  Plant Based Diets that eating vegetarian cuts the odds of having metabolic syndrome by more than half.  Check out this 2 minute video.

Be Regular- every day

January 19, 2016

Dear Friends

Constipation is the most common gastrointestinal complaint in the United States.  Nearly 60 million Americans suffer from chronic constipation.

Be Regular, strongly supports the establishment of a healthy daily bowel movement.

Be Regular

Comprised of five organic indigenous whole seeds (chia, buckwheat, amaranth, quinoa, and millet- all gluten free); milled through a patented heat-shearing technology that gently cooks the seeds, making their constipation relieving fibers and life giving nutrients exceptionally available. Be Regular provides fiber, stimulates your colon, and eases constipation.

Therapeutic Food protocol for constipation:

  • Be Regular – 1-2 heaping tablespoons daily.
  • Beta Glucan Synbiotic – 1 heaping tablespoon daily
  • Phyto Power– 2 capsules
  • No. 7 Systemic Booster– 1 teaspoon

In the morning, add Be Regular (2 heaping Tbl) and Beta Glucan Synbiotic (1 heaping Tbl) to a large glass of water and drink it down while taking the 2 capsules of Phyto Power. You may add a little juice of your choice, such as organic pineapple, apple, pear, or any berry.  Be creative, turn it into a smoothy, it can be your morning breakfast if you choose.  In the evening before bed take a Tsp of the No. 7 Systemic Booster.

Scientific References:
  • Bianchi et al. (2010). Ability of a high-total antioxidant capacity diet to increase stool weight and bowel antioxidant staus in human subjects. British Journal of Nutrition; 104:1500-1507.
  • Sanjoaquin et al. (2004). Nutrition and lifestyle in relation to bowel movement frequency: a cross-sectional study of 20,630 men and women in EPIC- Oxford. Public Health Nutr; 7(1):77-83.
  • Schmier et al. (2014). Cost savings of reduced constipation rates attributed in increased dietary fiber intakes: a decision-analytic model. BMC Pulic Health; 14:374.

Yours,

Seann Bardell

We have developed our products based on scientific research and/or the practical experience of many healthcare practitioners.  There is a growing body of literature on food based nutrition and supplements and their application in support of our health.  Please  use our products under the advisement of your doctor.

Green Facts:

Globe_Home 3The power of Therapeutic Foods is that they are multidimensional in their medical benefits.  So while we are focusing on more fiber here to reduce constipation, by bringing in more fiber through the above fruits, vegetables, seeds and cereals we are also supplying proteins, lipids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and secondary metabolites.  The simple truth is that plant based diets increase regularity—see The Five-To-One Fiber Rule.

The Missing Fiber

December 29, 2015

Dear Friends

As dietary fiber goes up the risk of Metabolic Syndrome goes down!

The greater our dietary fiber intake is, the more we reduce the risk for Type 2 Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, weight gain, obesity and diverticular disease as well as constipation (Grooms, 2013).

The average American intake is about ½ of what it should be with the guidelines for dietary fiber from the American Heart Association and the Institute of Medicine being at 30g/day (King, 2013).

Two BioImmersion Therapeutic Foods help to increase your dietary fiber:

Beta Glucan High Potency Synbiotic and Energy Sustain.  See Clinical Notes.

References:

  • King et al. (2012). Trends in dietary fiber intake in the United States, 1999-2008. J Acad Nutr Diet;112(5):642-8.
  • Grooms et al. (2013). Dietary Fiber Intake and Cardiometabolic Risk among US Adults: NHANES 1999-2010. Am J Med;126(12):1059-1067.
Yours,

Seann Bardell

We have developed our products based on scientific research and/or the practical experience of many healthcare practitioners.  There is a growing body of literature on food based nutrition and supplements and their application in support of our health.  Please  use our products under the advisement of your doctor.

Clinical NotesBG and ES 4

Here’s to our health:

Take one heaping tablespoons of the Beta Glucan daily and two–three heaping tablespoons of the Energy Sustain at least three times a week. Combine the two and make a smoothie as a meal replacement.  With this kind of dosing you will be adding around 10 grams of fiber.  And other wonderful life enhancing
nutrients (see the links above and below).

To make a great smoothie, add to the Beta Glucan and Energy Sustain some fresh fruit, protein powder, and flax seed. We can easily get to 20 grams with the added fiber.

Green Facts:

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