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What are Biotics, and How Do You Get More of Them?

What are Biotics, and How Do You Get More of Them

When considering the question, “What are biotics?” it’s important to not only take into consideration probiotics, which get all the press, but prebiotics as well. Both of them play vital roles in helping to keep us healthy, and it’s very important that you have an ample supply of both in your digestive system. Here’s a quick look at both prebiotics and probiotics, the benefits of both, and how to get more.

 

Prebiotics

If you eat sourdough bread, garlic and bananas, you’ve consumed prebiotics and probably not even known it. These and other food products contain fibers that the body can’t digest. But these fibers don’t go to waste – they serve as fuel for the beneficial microbes in the “gut,” or digestive system.

While probiotics grab all of the attention thanks to the many benefits they provide to the body, prebiotics offer their share of benefits as well. Here are just a few.

Lowering “bad” cholesterol – You’ve probably heard of bad cholesterol, the kind that accumulates in the arteries and can lead to stroke, heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems. This is also known as LDL, or low-density lipoprotein, cholesterol. A beneficial strain of bacteria, Lactobacillus reuteri, helps to lower the amount of LDL cholesterol in the blood. Prebiotics provide the energy that L. reuteri need in order to survive.1

Reducing inflammation – Research indicates that prebiotics can affect metabolism in a way that slows the inflammation of muscles and tissues.2

Boosting the immune system – When you develop a respiratory infection such as the flu, that’s an example of the immune system not being able to do its job, which is to protect us from many different types of illnesses. Studies suggest that you can strengthen your immune system by increasing your intake of prebiotics. One of the possible reasons why is that prebiotics play a role in helping the body absorb nutrients from food while lowering the acidity of the gastrointestinal tract. This provides a more favorable environment for good microbes to thrive. 3

 

Probiotics

When most people think about, “What are biotics?” they think about probiotics first. After all, you see advertising for them just about everywhere, so it’s only natural that they would come to mind. These are the “good” microbes, such as yeast and bacteria, that were mentioned earlier.

What are biotics

The gut is a battleground, where good and bad bacteria fight for control. When the “good” guys outnumber the bad, most of us enjoy good digestive health. When they don’t, that’s when were at the highest risk for problems such as diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, gas, bloating and others. But probiotics don’t only help our digestive system. Research shows they can provide benefits throughout the rest of the body.

Vaginal health – According to one study, women who take probiotics have a better chance at avoiding issues such as yeast infections and urinary tract infections.4

Reduced blood pressure – More than 500 patients with hypertension (high blood pressure) participated in nine studies conducted to analyze whether or not probiotics could help lower their blood pressure readings. In eight of those studies, results showed that probiotics can help lower systolic as well as diastolic blood pressure. Patients who took probiotic supplements containing multiple strains of good bacteria had lower readings than those who ingested supplement containing just one probiotic bacterium. Both groups saw lower numbers than patients who took a placebo. 5

Benefits to teeth and skin – Many members of the Lactobacillus bacterial strain, according to one study, can help reduce gingivitis as well as tooth decay.6Another study involving pregnant women showed that the ones who took probiotics had less of a chance of giving birth to a child with eczema, a condition that results in dry, itchy skin.7

 

Getting More Prebiotics and Probiotics in Your System

There are a lot of foods that contain prebiotics and probiotics, but it would be almost impossible to get what you need through diet alone. You’d have to eat such a large amount of these foods that the benefits would soon be negated by all the weight you’d gain. It’s important to balance your pre- and probiotic intake through supplements as well as food. Talk to your doctor before starting any sort of prebiotic or probiotic regimen to make sure it’s safe.

 

Sources

1https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121105114620.htm

2https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18831524

3https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3023613

4http://www.health.harvard.edu/vitamins-and-supplements/health-benefits-of-taking-probiotics

5http://news.heart.org/eating-probiotics-regularly-may-improve-your-blood-pressure/

6http://bmcoralhealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1472-6831-10-18

7http://www.jacionline.org/article/S0091-6749(07)00164-9/abstract

Experiencing the Power of Stem Cells for REAL Anti-Aging Effects

Experiencing the Power of Stem Cells for REAL Anti-Aging Effects

Anti-aging is a BIG buzzword that you may have heard already in the world of dietary supplements. However, there is much more to stopping the hands of Father Time than you may think. Today, there are more toxins in the environment than ever before, leading to the production of more damaging compounds inside our own bodies. The most common (and harmful) of these compounds include what are known as free radicals. As a byproduct of the natural oxidation process in your body, they have been clinically shown to damage healthy cells, mutate them, and even cause cellular death.1

 

What is Oxidation?

Most people who shop in regular grocery stores have probably already seen the word “anti-oxidant,” maybe on health foods,  juice, or even shampoo bottles. But what are they? Antioxidants are naturally protective substances that can be found in numerous food sources such as fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices. The role of antioxidants is primarily to minimize damage caused by unstable molecules in the human body produced during the oxidation process. Your body undergoes this process as a reaction to many things like UV rays from the sun, toxins in your food supply, and even exercise. While the oxidative process is a natural thing, the byproducts of this process can be harmful to your cells, and even threaten your overall good health.

 

What is Oxidation

 

Known as “free radicals,” these harmful molecules are imbalanced by nature. Due to their chemical structure, they are lacking one electron, and in order to regain stability, they continue to travel throughout your body until they can find one to “steal.” Antioxidants freely donate the missing electron to rogue free radical molecules to stop them from “stealing,” from your healthy cells, and damaging your good health. For this reason, antioxidant compounds from any source play a vital role in neutralizing free radicals, and minimizing their damage in the body.

 

The Power of the Active Stem Formula

If there was a fountain of youth, it would be stem cells. Studies have even called them, “immortal cells,” as they express what’s known as highly stable telomerase (an indicator of lifespan). When you are born, your body is filled with these types of cells that essentially act as replacements for old, damaged, or dying cells. However, as we age the amount of active stem cells decline, leaving your body more prone to oxidative stress and the cellular damage that commonly results due to the natural aging process.

While the free radical theory of aging has been popular since it was first discovered by Denham Harman in the 1950’s, today, researchers know that real anti-aging effects can only be attained with the power of stem cells.2 That’s why Active Stem included these five potent ingredients to boost the production of stem cells in your body.3

While there are still very few human clinical trials to prove the efficacy of stem cell therapy for anti-aging results, there are a few studies to show just how the ingredients in Active Stem work to stop the aging process – dead in its tracks!

 

  • Green Tea Extract. Green tea is one of the most popular beverages on Earth, and one of the most health promoting, too! Studies have shown that the main antioxidant compound found in green tea extract (EGCG) also has the power to enhance stem cell growth in vitro.4
  • L-Carnosine, Blueberry Extract, Vitamin D3. One study revealed that the synergistic effects of L-carnosine, along with blueberry, green tea, and Vitamin D3 were able to successfully increase the production of new stem cells in human subjects.5
  • MELK is an amino acid (protein) that works to help build strong, and dense muscle tissue. It is also a vital structural component of genetic material including DNA, and RNA. As an essential part of MELK (maternal embryonic leucine zipper kinase), leucine has been suggested in clinical studies a potential agent for stem cell regeneration.6

 

Active Stem: The Anti-Aging Formula That Works

Today, there is a lot of talk on the internet and television about antioxidants as a way to reduce the visible signs of aging, like fine lines, wrinkles, and even sagging skin. However, there is very little talk about the power of stem cell regeneration to offer even more anti-aging benefits including those that affect the brain, bones, muscles, as well as joint pain.

The stem cell theory of aging goes deeper to address all types of anti-aging. So, get the power of Active Stem to regenerate new cells damaged by the byproducts of oxidation, and the natural aging process. It’s the anti-aging formula that actually works!

The Truth about Actress Maggie Q

The Truth about Actress Maggie Q

Hollywood actress Maggie Q was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. As a struggling student she took off for Japan with the hopes of making enough money modelling to go back to school. Though she did meet with some modelling successes, the trip was not at all what she expected. Because eight year later she had somehow become an action film star in Asia. After bursting onto the Hong Kong film scene with a little help from Jackie Chan, who trained her in the martial arts and put her in Rush Hour 2, she became a highly-sought after action femme.

Back in the US, Maggie Q continued to reign supreme in the action genre, with film credits like Mission Impossible III, Live Free and Die Hard, and the Divergent trilogy (Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant). She was also cast as the titular character in CW’s action-thriller Nikita.

Today, you’ll find her as Hannah Wells, a fearless FBI agent searching to uncover who murdered the US congress on ABC’s Designated Survivor.

 

But Maggie Q is also Actively Involved in the Health Industry.

Maggie Q is incredibly proud of her physical skills, and is a staunch believer that actors should train hard to be believable martial arts experts – she actually organized the training for herself and the rest of the Nikita cast when there wasn’t money available – but she is also a passionate health advocate.

In fact, she is the co-founder of ActivatedYou, a health platform that provides information, support and top-of-the-line dietary supplements for those trying to get their bodies back on the road to optimal health.

 

So, Why the Health industry?

Though it may be hard to conceive, even Hollywood stars suffer from the same everyday health grievances of the masses. For Maggie Q that was 12 years of an undiagnosed condition that left her suffering with fatigue, a bloated belly, puffy eyes and a downward turn in self-confidence. Especially as she was constantly cast as a super athletic, tight-clothing adorned, heroine. Maggie Q elaborates,

 

Maggie Q

 

“It made me feel so unattractive. Irritable bowels caused me to bloat and I felt tired all the time. I would have puffy eyes – even when I would get enough sleep – which made me look like crap and hurt my confidence even further. Little did I know, it was all related to digestion.”

After years of no answers, and burying herself into her own research, Maggie finally made some discoveries that opened her eyes to her health and which made her want to share her findings so that she could help others.

 

An Integrative Discovery

During her research, Maggie Q discovered Dr. Edison de Mello at his Akasha Center for Integrative Medicine in Santa Monica CA. Not only was he able to successfully treat her digestive issues but they instantly hit it off as friends and determined that they would create a system together that could help other people. But far more than just creating a product, they wanted to create an educational community. Because they both share the philosophy that optimal health is a combination of the mind, body and spirit.

 

And So, ActivatedYou was Born

ActivatedYou is both an Advanced Restorative Probiotic and an online resource for information and support.

The Advanced Restorative Probiotic is one of the most potent probiotic formulas on the market and starts by colonizing the digestive tract with billions of healthy bacteria. Good gut bacteria improves digestive health and comfort and helps your body perform at its peak. It also has the ability to improve mood, energy levels, immune function, and even fight other diseases. In fact scientists today believe that good gut flora can also help to prevent the flu, allergies, cancer and even behavioral issues. [1]

Maggie says that the results speak for themselves, and that you need only feel the results for the first time in order to believe them.

“… Your senses are more powerful, you’re more alert, you’re more centered, and on point…Your serotonin levels have soared, and you just feel like everything is, is right. Then you realize that’s the way you were supposed to feel all along.”

 

The Truth is Out There

Ask any of Maggie Q’s close friends and they’ll tell you that she knows more about how to look and feel your best than most nutritionists. Because her own health struggles led her to undertake such extensive nutritional research in order to find the truth. Friends have even been known to call her in the middle of the night for advice on their distressing ailments.

But Maggie Q understands what it’s like to be in great discomfort and to be given no answers, or solutions, from the experts. To feel so desperately helpless.

And, though she can’t give us the secret to those very photogenic abs, she does want to share her experience, and her solutions, to as many people as possible

[1] http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0092867412001043

5 Ways to Cope With a Receding Hairline

Cope With a Receding Hairline

Unfortunately, most men eventually have to deal with a receding hairline as they get older. In some cases, it happens at a far too early age, but it usually starts to occur in a man’s 30s or 40s. When it does, it can be a traumatic experience. But just because you’re dealing with this issue, that doesn’t mean you have to accept it. Here are a few things you can do to not only continue looking your best, but also to potentially reverse the process – such as making JuveTress Revitalizing Hair Therapy a part of your daily hygiene regimen.

1. Determine the Cause of the Problem

Some people are simply cursed by genetics. If a family member went bald, then there’s a good chance it will happen to you as well. But another common reason for hair loss is a substance known as DHT, or dihydrotestosterone. If you have too much DHT, it eventually shuts down your hair follicles to the point to where they go dormant, leading to baldness.

2. Watch Your Diet

There are a few factors that contribute to hair loss that you can do something about, however. If you don’t get enough nutrients in your diet, such as omega-3 amino acids or vitamin B, you might be at a higher risk of going bald. Follicles can become clogged due to calcium deposits.

Try to incorporate more omega-3 into your diet by eating more seafood, if possible. You could also take omega-3 supplements to make sure you get a sufficient supply. Talk to your doctor first, however, to make sure it won’t interfere with any medications you might be taking.

3. Resign Yourself

You could simply accept your fate and deal with the fact that you’ll eventually go bald. If so, there are ways that you can adapt from an aesthetic standpoint. For example, keep your hair shorter and, whatever you do, stay away from the comb-over. That will only make you look ridiculous.

Receding Hairline

 

If you do decide to let nature take its course, you can, at least, try to slow its progress. For example, only wear a hat when you’re trying to protect yourself from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Hats can contribute to clogged hair follicles because they don’t get the chance to “breathe.” Also, be careful about how many times you shampoo your hair each week. If you don’t do it enough, accumulating oil from your scalp will clog your follicles. But if you shampoo too often, that could remove the oils your scalp needs to stay healthy. Try to limit your shampooing to about three times a week to stay on the safe side.

4. Get a Hair Transplant

Many men choose to have hair transplanted from the back of their head to the front. While this can be effective, it can also be painful – and extremely expensive.

The process usually involves taking small patches of hair from a “donor” area and grafting them to an area where hair is either non-existent or thinning. It usually takes a lot of sessions to achieve fullness, with several months in between, so the scalp can properly heal. Many transplants can take up to two years to complete.1

Plastic surgery is another possibility. Options include flap surgery and scalp reduction.

5. Do Something About It

JuveTress Revitalizing Hair Therapy contains an advanced formula designed to clear the pores in your scalp, as well as stimulate dormant cells in follicles. The result is thicker, fuller hair than you might have thought possible.

JuveTress is also much safer than using minoxidil, an ingredient found in many hair loss products, such as Rogaine. Minoxidil has been linked to many different side effects, including dizziness and headaches, but it has also been associated with more serious problems. In one study, men who took minoxidil exhibited signs of reduced cardiac output, as well as high blood pressure.2

There’s no risk whatsoever when it comes to trying JuveTress. The manufacturer recommends you use it for 90 days in order to give it time to work. But if you don’t see the results you want, simply get in touch with the company’s customer support team and you’ll receive a full refund.

Sources:

1https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/hair-transplant/procedure

2https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1386573/

10 Spice Rack Secrets for Radiant and Glowing Skin- SpiceFit

Spice Rack Secrets

Your skin is a reflection of how serious you are about your entire body. The look and complexion of your skin says much about you. There are different types of food, seeds and products believed to improve the look of your skin. Different types of seeds and products such as berries, roots, leaves and much more have been used to treat various skin conditions such us aging among others. Below are 10 spices you should use on your food and also your skin.  

Not only it provides you skin benefits. SpiceFit has also been helpful to promote your weight loss goals. Utilizing weight loss spice in your cooking can give you a low-calorie tasty diet. 

1. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a great source of antioxidants. It is actually better than blueberries. Adding cinnamon to food or beverages enhances and improves the appearance of your skin. Antioxidants protect your skin from free radicals. Free radicals damage the skin and increase signs of aging. 

2. Fennel

This product is a good choice for those with sensitive skin. Fennel is a natural antiseptic that is highly effective in reducing inflammation. It is also a good facial cleanser. This product contains vitamin B and C. this product also promotes formation of collagen that keeps the skin firm and tight. Latest study shows that a cream containing fennel has anti-aging effects and improves the skin texture and complexion.  

3. Chamomile

Chamomile is well known in making tea that soothes the body and mind. Chamomile has great properties that help soothe the skin. This product has been used some years back in the treatment of gout, wounds, burns, bruises and much more. This product fastens the healing of wounds and promotes healthy skin.  

4. Nutmeg

This product is a powerful anti-inflammatory that reduces skin irritation. This product is also known to remove acne. It is also known to rejuvenate dry skin and improve the complexion of the skin due to its moisturizing properties.  

5. Paprika

Paprika is a very rich antioxidant. It contains vitamin C and much more. This product is known as a natural vasodilator. It helps expand blood vessels thus improving the flow of blood and nutrients to the skin. This product also contains beta-carotene that helps in prevention of occurrence of age spots and freckles 

Glowing Skin

 

6. Curcumin

This product comes from turmeric. Turmeric is also called Golden Spice. It is the knig of anti-inflammatory properties. This product is antiviral, antifungal, and has powerful antibacterial properties. This product is highly effective in fighting skin cancer. Latest study shows that curcumin is effective in the treatment of chronic pigment condition.  

7. Ginger

Ginger improves skin tone. It is also known to reduce the effects of age-spots. This product is one of the best anti-aging products because it contains powerful anti-aging antioxidants. If you want to get a healthy skin, you should rub a piece of freshly cut ginger root across your face. This will help fight bacteria and improve the health of your skin.  

8. Sesame 

Sesame oil is loaded with zinc, which is essential to the creation of collagen and the recuperating of harmed tissue. Look into demonstrates that sesame seed oil is additionally an intense antioxidant that can kill oxygen free radicals underneath the skin.  

Sesame seed oil has for quite some time been utilized a cream/lotion, to expel poisons from the skin, to enhance skin flexibility and to diminish the presence of scars.  

9. Cloves 

Oil of cloves has appeared to have antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties.  

To use as a cure against skin inflammation, blend one section clove oil with 10 sections of a fundamental transporter oil, for example, olive oil or coconut oil. In its unadulterated shape clove oil can be so intense it might cause consumes so never utilize it all alone.  

10. Saffron 

Saffron is prized in Indian Ayurvedic traditions for solid skin to brighten the complexion. It unclogs pores, promotes blood flow in the face, eradicates the presence of dark circles and lessens almost negligible differences. Indian ladies frequently utilize saffron in their skincare standard as an eye or face cream, and some even bathe with it. It’s additionally ideal for use as a facial toner.  

For a speedy, simple saffron toner, blend saffron in rose water and let its shading spill into the water. Spot onto the face with a cotton ball. For better skin care, you can use the products with above ingredients.