Unlock the Secrets to Healthy Aging

As we age, we begin to feel less like ourselves. Our immune system begins to weaken, our skin starts to age, and we begin to suffer from poor blood circulation. This can be challenging to deal with, but now more and more Americans are learning new ways to continue to support a healthy lifestyle—including adding nutritional supplements to their diet.

Quality of Life® was established with the mission to provide consumers with access to life-changing nutritional supplements. Their extensive line of products include award-winning immune support, healthy aging products, and more!

 AHCC®: The World’s Most Researched Specialty Immune Supplement

The older we become the riskier and more life-threatening something as mild as the flu can be, so it is crucial to keep our immune systems as strong as possible. AHCC® is a unique, cultured mushroom mycelia extract that is rich in alpha glucans and backed by over 20 human clinical studies.*

Human and animal research has demonstrated that AHCC® enhances immunity by increasing cytokine production, natural killer cell activity levels, and T-cell counts and activity.* Unlike most other medicinal mushroom extracts, AHCC® has a very low molecular weight of just 5,000 Daltons, which allows for better absorption by the body.

 Quality of Life® offers AHCC® in two formulas:

  • Kinoko Gold is for everyday immune support, containing 500 mg of AHCC® per capsule
  • Kinoko Platinum is a high potency product, providing 750 mg of AHCC® per capsule

Oligonol®: A Healthy Aging Triple Threat

Not everyone knows that supporting blood circulation, protecting against cell oxidation, and minimizing inflammation are helpful ways to support a healthy response to aging. However, Quality of Life® has you covered with Oligonol®, which addresses all three of these underlying causes of aging.* Derived from lychee fruit, Oligonol® is the world’s first low-molecular-weight polyphenol. Human clinical research has shown that Oligonol® promotes circulation by relaxing blood vessels, acts as a potent antioxidant, and supports a healthy response to inflammation.*

Since blood carries oxygen and nutrients to every cell of the body, when it doesn’t circulate properly it can affect your skin, energy levels, and Cell oxidation breaks down the cell membrane, while inflammation floods tissues with free radicals—destroying healthy cells and causing skin damage. Oligonol® can help you reduce skin wrinkles and brown spots, lessen fatigue, increase endurance, reduce visceral (belly) fat, and support cardiovascular health.*

 Healthy Aging is Yours

 Aging is a natural part of life that everyone experiences, but you no longer have to be at the mercy of time. You can reclaim control of how you age by supporting your immune system and protecting your body from age-related damage.* Aging gracefully is attainable with these healthy aging supplements from Quality of Life®!*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

ALAFFIA—US & TOGO Two Cities, Over 7,000 Miles Apart: One Family, One Heart

Alaffia is an organization born from the determination to make a difference in West Africa. Our founders, Olowo-n’djo Tchala and Prairie Rose Hyde, opened the first cooperative in 2003 with just a few women making shea butter. Now, Alaffia has over 700 cooperative members hand-crafting our raw materials, such as shea butter, coconut oil, and black soap—using traditional methods that have been passed down for generations. These raw materials are then shipped to Olympia, WA, where Alaffia creates the finished products.

Alaffia has grown exponentially in the last few years! We have recently released our new Neem Turmeric collection to provide a full-spectrum of care, from head to toe. It is composed of 12 brand new products and a repackaging of our Neem Oil—another Alaffia favorite. This new collection highlights the combination of two powerful ingredients that have been known in the natural products industry for their amazing benefits—Neem and Turmeric.

Neem, also known as “The Pharmacy Tree,” contains free radical-fighting antioxidants that serve as an extra layer of protection and antibacterial properties that help keep skin healthy. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral powerhouse. Beyond its spectrum of benefits for physical and mental health, turmeric has an amazing effect on your skin and hair as well. Neem, an indigenous African resource, combined with turmeric, an ingredient native to Southeast Asia known for its iconic golden yellow tint and beneficial properties, spawned a set that is dynamic and effective! The potent active ingredients incorporated into these new products are rich in antioxidants and protective properties, making it ideal for problem skin and hair.

Funds from the sales of our new Neem Turmeric line, along with the wide variety of skin and hair care products we offer help accomplish Alaffia’s Empowerment Projects. To date, Alaffia has distributed 7,482 bicycles to Togolese students, provided school supplies to 32,842 students, constructed 2,261 school benches, and built 10 schools in Togo. Through the incredible support of our partners and loyal consumers, Alaffia is able to empower these students to continue their education and become leaders of their communities!

Alaffia has donated 57,575 fruit and forage trees to farmers in rural Togo to reduce impact of global climate change and desertification. The Maternal Health Project provides preand post-natal healthcare for women in Togo and through this program Alaffia has funded 4,463 births. Not only have we provided an immediate answer to help lower the mortality rate, but Alaffia has also educated the people about women’s health issues, nutrition, and preventing female genital mutilation. All of these projects were selected to fulfill the communities’ urgent needs, empower the people, provide education and opportunity, help alleviate poverty, and encourage gender equality in West Africa.

At Alaffia, when we speak of beauty, we are referring to holistic beauty, which looks beyond aesthetics. We believe our bodies, emotions, and environment are interconnected, and when they are in balance, holistic beauty is achieved. This leads to the peaceful coexistence of all life.

Our products are born from this ideal and influenced by the science of Ethnobotany, which is the study of relationships between people and plants. We evaluate how each ingredient interacts with the product, the person using it, and the environment it comes from. Our company embodies the word Alaffia, which is a common greeting or valediction originating from central Togo, Benin, and Nigeria that means a state of peace, health, and well-being.

A Perspective on Lyme Disease

By Heidi S. Puc MD, FACP, ABIHM

Lyme disease, a tick-borne illness caused by Borrelia burgdorferi spirochete that is transmitted to humans through a bite from an infected tick. This disease has a worldwide distribution and is the most common vector-borne disease in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC has even upgraded Lyme disease to official epidemic status in the US. Unfortunately, this disease is complex in its presentation as well as in its treatment.

There are more than 20 species worldwide of Borrelia, with 7 identified species described in the US and other co-infecting organisms, such as Babesia, Bartonella, and Ehrlichia are commonly transferred with Borrelia during a tick bite—making treatment even more challenging. Dr. Richard Horowitz, a noted expert in Lyme disease, defined this complex disease state as multiple systemic infectious disease syndrome (MSIDS).[1] Patients having Lyme with coinfectors develop a multitude of clinical symptoms due to an attack by these invaders on the immune system. This causes inflammation and leads to a disease involving any of a number of tissues in the body, including the skin, brain, joints, muscles, nervous system, heart, and gastrointestinal system, and others.

Perhaps more complicated than the disease itself is the controversy that surrounds effective testing and treatment. Guidelines written by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) are the main “rules” of clinical practice linked to the CDC guidelines, with the recommendations of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) at odds with these guidelines and not linked to CDC guiding principle. According to the CDC/IDSA, the “two-tiered” testing for Lyme disease involving an enzyme or immunofluorescence assay followed by a Western Blot test if positive, is an accurate, reliable test; if the first tier of testing is negative, one should “consider [an] alternative diagnosis”2 (even the CDC recognizes the limitations and inaccuracies of the current testing available and therefore states that Lyme disease is a clinical diagnosis).

In clinical practice, we find this test to be oftentimes inadequate, inaccurate, and better testing is needed. CDC/IDSA guidelines also state that for early stages of Lyme disease (Acute Lyme disease), patients usually recover “rapidly and completely”2 with oral antibiotics such as doxycycline, amoxicillin, or cefuroxime. For the smaller percentage of patients who go on to develop chronic/disseminated symptoms of Lyme disease (such as neurologic or cardiac involvement), the CDC recommends 28 days of IV antibiotics and reports that many of these cases are highly curable and treatable3 (in clinical practice, we find these challenging to successfully treat). We, the physicians at the Stram Center for Integrative Medicine, feel it would be important to educate physicians and other providers on both the IDSA/CDC and ILADS guidelines.

The experience of clinicians following ILADS guidelines, such as that of myself and my colleagues at The Stram Center, is quite different than the picture painted by the CDC/IDSA. We find the two-tiered testing to be highly inaccurate, with many false negatives (i.e., patients who truly have Lyme disease despite having negative results). More accurate testing is needed, and until then, diagnosis and management remains clinically approached. The Igenix test4  has been helpful in these false negative cases, but also not perfect. We find that chronic Lyme disease/MSIDS in some cases can be quickly and successfully treated with antibiotics and some supportive herbs, but in many cases not, and often such patients require prolonged therapies of various types, with changes in treatment usually based on clinical response.

Patients require an individualized approach, catered to their unique symptoms and situations. We find that chronic Lyme disease/MSIDS is truly of epidemic proportions and encompass a spectrum of diseases that desperately requires clinical and political attention, education and research, and financial/insurance support for affected patients of this growing health crisis. For more information, please contact the Stram Center for Integrative Medicine at 518-689-2244 or visit stramcenter.com.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
 References:
1  Horowitz R. Why Can’t I Get Better? Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease. St. Martin’s Press; 2013.
2  www.cdc.gov/lyme/diagnosistesting/labtest/twostep/index.html
3  www.cdc.gov/lyme/treatment/index.html
4  www.igenix.com/website

Primadophilus® Optima: Potent Shelf-Stable Probiotics

Packed with billions of active bacteria cultures per capsule, Nature’s Way® Primadophilus® Optima Digestive Balance and Women’s shelf-stable probiotic formulas provide the potency you need for healthy digestion, regularity, and immunity support.* What sets them apart from other probiotics formulas is that Primadophilus® Optima shelf-stable probiotics are 100% HDS probiotics™, their potency is guaranteed through the expiration date, and they come in vegetarian capsules. And because they don’t require refrigeration, you can conveniently take them at home or on-the-go!

 What are HDS Probiotics?

HDS “Human Digestive Strains” are probiotics originating from human microflora rather than animal, dairy, soil, or plant sources. Primadophilus® Optima shelf-stable formulas provide a variety of HDS Probiotics that are naturally compatible with your microflora, including Bifidobacteria lactis (Bl-04®) and Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM®—two unique HDS probiotics used in research studies.

 Why Guaranteed Potency?

While some probiotic brands claim their potency at the time of manufacture, Primadophilus® Optima shelf-stable formulas are guaranteed to provide at least 50 billion active probiotics for their entire shelf life! Just look for the expiration date on the bottom of the carton.

 Why Delayed-Release Capsules?

Delayed-release capsules are made to resist stomach acid and help deliver active probiotics to the intestine, where you need it most to support digestive balance.*

 Two Great Formulas:

Primadophilus® Optima shelf-stable probiotics are available in two unique formulas, which are perfectly balanced to fit your health needs.

 Primadophilus® Optima Digestive Balance Formula

Primadophilus® Optima Digestive Balance is a shelf-stable probiotic formula designed to support digestive balance and immune health.* It provides 50 billion CFUs of active cultures per capsule.

50 billion potency of 7 HDS Probiotics: With a near equal ratio of lactobacillus for the small intestine and bifidobacteria for the large intestine/colon, this formula is perfectly balanced to promote healthy digestion, as well as relieve occasional gas, bloating, and constipation.* It also supports immunity.* 26 billion lactobacilli: L. acidophilus HDS (La-14), L. acidophilus HDS (NCFM®); 24 billion bifidobacteria: B. lactis HDS (Bl-04®), B. lactis HDS (Bi-07®), B. infantis HDS (Bi-26), and B.lactis/bifidus HDS (Bb-02).

 Primadophilus® Optima Women’s Formula

Primadophilus® Optima Women’s is specially formulated with a higher ratio of Lactobacillus, the dominant type of good bacteria found in a healthy vaginal tract, to support a woman’s specific needs.* It supplies your body with 90 billion CFUs of active cultures per capsule.

50 billion potency of 8 HDS Probiotics: Made for the unique needs of a woman’s microflora with a higher ratio of lactobacillus (the dominant good bacteria found in a healthy vaginal and urinary tract), this formula promotes healthy vaginal pH and yeast balance, as well as provides digestive and immune benefits.* (30 billion lactobacilli: L.acidophilus HDS (La-14), L. acidophilus HDS (NCFM®), L. gasseri HDS (Lg-36); 20 billion bifidobacteria: B. lactis HDS (Bl-04®), B. lactis HDS (Bi-07®), B. infantis HDS (Bi-26), and B.lactis/bifidus HDS (Bb-02).

Nature’s Way® Primadophilus® Optima shelf-stable probiotic formulas are a great way to maintain balance, regularity, and immune support.* With 100% HDS probiotics, these products help boost your natural intestinal microbiota and provides one of the strongest counts of good bacteria available. Nature’s Way® takes special care to formulate products that remain safe and effective from the time of manufacture, during shipping, and throughout product shelf-life. Enjoy the benefits of better digestion, a stronger immune system, and improved overall health with Primadophilus® Optima!

 *This statement has not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Zyflamend™: An Herbal Approach to Pain Relief

Zyflamend™ Whole Body is a holistic, herbal approach to pain relief.*† It helps balance your healthy inflammation response, which is essential for maintaining whole-body health.* Zyflamend™ is also a holistic joint supplement, supporting healthy joint function and overall joint health.*

What is Inflammation?

Did you know that inflammation after exercise is a normal, healthy response of the body? In fact, this inflammation response is essential for maintaining whole body health. In the body’s natural cycle of activity and recovery, blood and nutrients are sent to the area in need. Then, the resulting inflammation can sometimes be felt as occasional pain or soreness. Many people notice this kind of minor pain or discomfort after exercise, like a workout or even a brisk walk. It’s the body’s healthy inflammation response doing its job, but it can be painful at times.

 Holistic Relief with Zyflamend™

For soothing aches and pains related to exercise, Zyflamend™ Whole Body is a holistic, herbal approach.*

  • Helps balance the whole body’s natural, healthy inflammation response after exercise.*
  • Delivers full-spectrum Ginger to help relieve minor pain or soreness related to exercise.*
  • The whole-food Ginger in Zyflamend™ also supports flexibility and comfortable movement with complementary Rosemary, Turmeric, and Green Tea.*

Full-Spectrum Extraction

New Chapter®’s full-spectrum extraction process captures each herb’s naturally occurring compounds. New Chapter® doesn’t break up the herb to pull out a single compound, like some products do. Instead, using both traditional and supercritical CO2 techniques, Zyflamend™ delivers superpure, super-potent extracts with the whole Wisdom of Nature.

Greater than the Sum of its Parts

In vitro studies suggest that Zyflamend™ is a special formulation because its 10 herbs have a natural synergy together. In a pre-clinical model, they tested the power of Zyflamend’s™ whole 10-herb blend in laboratory studies that measure cellular markers of inflammation and stress. They also tested each herb as it’s acting on its own. The results showed the Zyflamend™ blend of 10 herbs worked better together than the sum of the action of its single herbs.

Discover the Power of 10 Herbs

Zyflamend™ Whole Body delivers 10 herbs with a history of traditional use for supporting health and well-being.* Chinese Goldthread, Hu Zhang, Chinese Skullcap, and Barberry are time-honored tonic herbs in the Chinese tradition. Rosemary and Oregano are native to the Mediterranean region. Hu Zhang is a natural source of resveratrol, a part of the healthy Mediterranean diet. Turmeric, Ginger, Green Tea, and Holy Basil are common elements in Asian and Indian wellness regimes.

Zyflamend™ in Liquid VCaps

People choose vegetarian for many reasons, including sustainability for people and planet. Zyflamend™ Whole Body uses an innovative delivery system called Liquid VCaps, which makes it a 100% vegetarian formula. It’s our same #1-selling herbal blend in a purely plant-based capsule!

Non-GMO Project Verified Herbal Pain Relief

New Chapter® is committed to sourcing non-genetically modified ingredients. As proof, they proudly place the Non-GMO Project Verified seal on our products, including Zyflamend™. The Non-GMO Project is a third party verification program that helps you select products that avoid GMOs. Zyflamend’s pure herbs are carefully reviewed for GMO avoidance at every link of the supply chain—all the way back to the seeds!

New Chapter® goes to great lengths to source Earth’s pure ingredients, from super-potent Indian Turmeric, to fine Moroccan Rosemary, and organic Green Tea grown on lush terraces in China. Then, they combine their ingredients in a unique 10-herb blend that delivers the full spectrum of natural compounds. To support your whole body health, Zyflamend™ goes to the source. Discover the whole story at Zyflamend.com.

†With Ginger for occasional pain relief after exercise.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Boost Your Nutrition with MegaFood

MegaFood’s™ convenient whole food powder boosters help you make the most of whatever you’re making—a smoothie, juice, or just about anything you can mix. These nutritious booster powders increase your capacity with select FoodState Nutrients™. FoodState Nutrients™ are made with whole foods to provide essential vitamins and minerals that are easy-to-digest and gentle on the body, even when taken on an empty stomach.* MegaFood™ grinds foods that are tough to find, so your grocery trip isn’t a scavenger hunt anymore!

 Healthy Choices Made Easier

Thinking about what goes into your supplements is not something many people do. But fortunately for you, that’s all MegaFood™ thinks about. Their mission is to feed your body and nourish your soul, so that you feel your absolute best self—prepared for the day, fueled with energy, and filled with confidence!

MegaFood™ is made with real food sourced from our trusted family farm partners, wholesome nutritional yeast, and added nutrients. Each vitamin or mineral is paired with an ideal whole food using our unique process to deliver guaranteed potency and the benefit of health—promoting compounds present in the whole food itself. See how they’re made at megafood.com/showme. Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back.

 Adult Nutrient Boosters

MegaFood’s™ convenient whole food powder boosters help you get the nutrients you need, without searching for the individual foods you would need to get this much of a boost. Try them ALL, they feature some of MegaFood™ FARM FRESH PARTNERS too!

  • Daily C-Protect provides your body with the nourishment it needs to support your natural immune defenses.*
  • Daily Energy is an uplifting Nutrient Booster Powder designed to help sustain the body and mind.*
  • Daily Purify supports the gentle elimination of toxins, using a combination of Artichoke Leaf, Burdock Root and Dandelion Root, time-honored foods traditionally used to promote elimination of waste compounds by the liver and key detoxification systems.*
  • Daily Turmeric is designed to help you bounce back from your daily workout.*
  • Daily Maca Plus for Women is designed to promote the vitality and optimal well-being of women.*
  • Daily Maca Plus for Men was formulated to support overall health and vitality in men.*

Kids Nutrient Boosters

MegaFood™ also created daily booster formulas made with farm fresh whole foods, herbs, and FoodState Nutrients™ to support the health and wellbeing of children 5 years of age and older.*

  • Kids Daily Multi Supports healthy growth & development of children 5 years of age and older.*
  • Kids Daily Immune provides immunesupportive nutrients to promote a healthy immune response.*
  • Kids Daily B-Centered is a multivitamin and herbal formulas designed to support mental focus and a sense of calm.*

Get a Boost with MegaFood™

Elevate your day! As delicious and good-for- you as smoothies, shakes, greens, and fresh juices are, it’s now possible to boost your nutritional intake with just one scoop of any MegaFood™ Nutrient Booster Powder. Wholesome, pure and unsweetened, they are made with FoodState Nutrients™, whole herbs, and colorful, farm fresh foods to nourish your vitality and well-being.*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

Family Ownership Fuels the Success at Nordic Naturals

Established in 1995, Nordic Naturals remains focused on every step of the manufacturing process to achieve the highest-grade omega-3s and essential nutrient products. Nordic Naturals has been privately-owned since their founding and are committed to remaining family-owned and operated, in order to successfully manage every aspect of the quality of their products. They have over 200 products to choose from to meet each customer’s individual nutritional needs and supplement preferences. From their ability to source the finest raw materials and non-GMO ingredients, to their state of-the-art, green manufacturing plant in Arctic Norway, Nordic Naturals’ product quality begins and ends with family ownership.

Remaining privately-owned allows Nordic Naturals to focus on the details of supplement manufacturing. Because of this, their products have won over 60 awards for taste, product quality, and brand excellence. Many of Nordic Naturals most popular products are national best-sellers in their respective categories. These include perennial favorites like Ultimate Omega, Children’s DHA, Baby’s DHA, Nordic Berries, Algae Omega, and many more! As they look beyond omega-3s, they’ve begun to offer a wider selection of nutrients that are essential to health, while maintaining the primacy of premium ingredients—always effective, scrupulously sustainable, and non-GMO.

The effectiveness of omega-3s and other nutrients depends, in large part, on what form they’re in when they enter the body. Omega-3 products are often sold as ethyl esters, but research routinely shows that nutrients are absorbed less in ethyl ester form and absorbed more in triglyceride form—the same form of omega-3 fats that are naturally found in fish. Decreased absorption means fewer benefits. For this reason, Nordic Naturals manufactures all of their omega-3 products in the natural, triglyceride form. Other ingredient selection choices that focus on bioavailability and quality include: vitamin D3, curcumin, lutein, zeaxanthin, red yeast rice, and more.

Sustainability is also another key feature of Nordic Naturals ingredient selection process. You can’t feel good about a supplement brand, if you know that your savings comes at the expense of others or the health of our planet. That’s why Nordic Naturals sources all of their fish from Friend of the Sea (FOS) certified fisheries and only uses species of fish that are both rich in omega-3s and have a record of long-term population health. Historically, these species have included: Arctic cod from the Norwegian Sea, as well as sardines and anchovies from the South Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Additionally, 100% of Nordic Naturals fish is sourced in compliance with the Norwegian fisheries management system, which has been a model of sustainability for over 30 years.

Nordic Naturals product ingredients have been non-GMO since before most people cared about GMOs—considering they began making supplements in 1995. Back then, it was easy to source non-GMO nutrients by sticking with the highest-quality ingredients and sourcing from smaller suppliers. Today, they ensure their products are fully non-GMO, by testing all ingredients for the absence of GMOs through the Eurofins Scientific Genescan program.

Long ago, Nordic Naturals made a commitment to support great health through better nutrition. Today, over twenty years later, they’re proud to continue this legacy as a family-owned supplement company.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Move, Live & Enjoy Life…Pain-Free

By Redd Remedies

Why do we hurt? We hurt because there is something wrong. You might have stepped on something sharp, pulled a muscle, have degraded cartilage causing bone to rub on bone, or thousands of other possible causes. It’s common to focus on the cause of your pain. But let’s look at how your body feels pain, which will help you reduce or maybe eliminate the pain while you are working on the physical cause.

Let’s start by looking at the definition of pain. “Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience that is associated with actual or potential tissue damage.” Did you catch that? Pain is both a sensory and emotional experience. This explains why we can have the same “sensory” experience, but experience very different levels of pain. Pain is always determined in our brains!

We tend to have an allopathic approach to what we believe is the best approach to dealing with our pain. The medical community says to take an anti-inflammatory, because where there is pain there is inflammation. So reducing the inflammation will reduce the pain. There is some truth to that, of course. Most people have experienced some level of relief by taking a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID). It is interesting to me that the natural community tends to lean in the same direction. We look for the strongest herbal anti-inflammatory with expectation that it will work similarly, but without the same side effects.

This approach stops short of a complete solution. As we just learned, pain is much more than just a sensory or inflammatory problem. To address pain from a “whole body” or “whole body and mind” perspective, there are 4 main objectives that should be addressed.

Objective # 1: Calm Your Mind. When your mind is calm, the pain sensation is not nearly as strong.

Objective # 2: Stress. Pain causes significant stress on your body. There are special herbs known as adaptogens that are amazing at helping your body manage the stress response. Building your strength by using these herbs to manage this response will reduce the level of pain you feel.

Objective # 3: Circulation. Delivering oxygen and other nutrients to your muscles and other body tissues will help to reduce pain significantly.

Objective # 4: Take an Herbal Anti-inflammatory. Inflammation should not be ignored, but addressed as part of a formula that supports the whole body approach.

Do You Have Sensitive Teeth or Dry Mouth?

Submitted By Zellie’s

Tooth sensitivity is a common problem that many people suffer with. Why are teeth sensitive? It happens when there is an imbalance between tooth enamel repair and breakdown. When enamel on the outside of teeth is strong and healthy it protects teeth like a helmet. Every time we eat and/or drink, minerals dissolve from our enamel layer, leaving enamel softer, more porous, and less able to defend the inner tooth.

Healthy saliva contains essential minerals that can replace mineral loss from enamel, but this process can only occur in an alkaline mouth. Under correct conditions, salivary minerals are able to enter into our teeth and fill in any holes in the outer enamel. This process is called mineralization and over time mineralization can strengthen teeth, help reverse cavities, and make teeth less sensitive.

Unfortunately, there is no manufactured product as effective for mineralizing teeth as healthy mouth saliva. This is why it’s important to give your teeth time to interact with your mouth’s natural saliva. Teeth need an opportunity to have direct contact with the salivary liquids that flow around our mouths. Allowing saliva to interact with the surface of your teeth for a couple of hours everyday, when you are not eating and drinking, can have a very beneficial effect on the health your teeth. Drinking anything, even a sip of water, will dilute saliva and reduce its benefits. The quality of saliva also varies during the day and in a specific circadian rhythm. The ideal time for salivary mineralization is during the afternoon, especially after a nutritious and mineral-rich lunch.

Xylitol is a delicious and healthy pentose sugar that helps create the ideal conditions for salivary tooth mineralization, especially for people who experience dry mouth. Zellie’s mints and gum are made with 100% pure xylitol and offer a convenient way to get the xylitol you need to help protect the health of your teeth! Xylitol mints and gum should be used after eating and/or drinking—to limit the loss of minerals and stimulate an alkaline salivary flow that can facilitate tooth mineralization and help them become stronger and healthier everyday!

 

Yogurt, the King of Probiotics

By Belle+Bella

Yogurt is one of the most familiar sources of probiotics—”good” bacteria that keep a healthy balance in your gut. Studies suggest that probiotics can help ease lactose intolerance. They also may help tame gas, diarrhea, and other digestive problems.

What are Probiotics?

Probiotics are commonly defined as viable microorganisms (bacteria or yeasts) that exhibit a beneficial effect on the health of the host when they are ingested. They are most helpful in our digestive system or GI tract as large amounts are typically found in the intestines and colon. Probiotics are created naturally by our bodies but we can also find them in certain foods and supplements. They are used in foods, especially in fermented dairy products, but also in pharmaceutical preparations. The development of new probiotic strains aims at more active beneficial organisms.

What do they do? 

Probiotics help move food through your gut. Originally, they were used for relief of such unmentionable issues, such as diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), or colitis, as well as bringing calcium and vitamin D into the diets of persons with lactose intolerance or sensitivity. Scientists added to the bacterial benefits list protection from harmful bacteria overgrowth, cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, and high cholesterol. Researchers are still trying to figure out which strains are best for certain health problems.

More recent studies show probiotics can help counter systemic inflammation, celiac symptoms, yeast infections, obesity, and hypertension, while stemming infections (both bacterial and viral) and boosting immunity…maybe even athletic performance!

Belle+Bella Yogurt

You can make your own yogurt right at home with Belle+Bella’s YoMagic Automatic Yogurt Maker and our Non-Dairy Yogurt Starter. Create any flavor of yogurt you’d like and it’s gluten-free, non-GMO, non-dairy, Paleo friendly, and has billions of live probiotics!

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

 

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