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How to Heal Leaky Gut Syndrome

Friday, January 31st, 2014
Leaky Gut Syndrome Bone Broth

Could healing your gut also heal your disease?

In our article “Autoimmune and Inflammatory Diseases Caused by a Leaky Gut?” we described how a leaky gut happens, what diseases it causes, and what to avoid to keep your gut healthy. “Refined flours and highly processed foods are really hard on the epithelial lining of the gut. High glycemic index foods, dairy products, and gluten are damaging. High chronic caffeine use, excessive alcohol consumption, and overuse of antibiotics are bad for the epithelial lining. All of these things weaken the bonds between the cells letting particles escape.
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Autoimmune and Inflammatory Diseases Caused by a Leaky Gut?

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Intestinal Health Leaky Gut

Could a leaky gut be the source of all your disease?

Leaky gut syndrome is opening the eyes of people suffering from a wide array of conditions. Leaky gut is found in people with obesity, thyroid disorders, endocrine disorders, lupus, sarcoidosis, rheumatoid arthritis, epilepsy, adrenal fatigue, diabetes, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, heart disease, ulcerative colitis, autism, and even schizophrenia along with many, many more. (more…)

Neurological Disorders and Vitamin D Part 2

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Neurological Vitamins

Are all of your Neurological Symptoms Being Caused by an Underlying Vitamin Deficiency?

Part 2: Why Vitamin D May or May Not Be Helping You

Before you begin, you may want to read Part 1 of this series by clicking here.

I’m Already Taking Medication for my Neurological Problems.

Most neurological disorders are treated with medications that alter the amounts of different hormones that are used by the body. Your doctor may prescribe a drug that increases serotonin absorption, for example. The problem with these medications is that they don’t fix the root of the problem. Over long treatment periods, they can cause the body to make less of the already depleted hormone. Supplementing with vitamin D and carefully managing prescription medication dosages can help you to fix the underlying sleep disorder that is causing the neurological symptoms.
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Is MSG Making You Fat and Sick?

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Is MSG Making You Fat and Sick?

That innocent looking side of ranch could give you a migraine, seizures, heart disease, diabetes, and nerve damage. Plus you'll be fighting an addiction to food additives that makes you always want to eat something unhealthy.

Read your food labels. All refined foods, processed foods, anything hydrolyzed, glutamate ingredients, anything autolyzed, soy protein, whey protein, “anything” protein, caseinates, gelatin, and more, contain free radicals in the form of “glutamic acid”, which is processed MSG (monosodium glutamate). The list of ingredient names that are essentially disguised MSG goes on and on.
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Promising Research on Treating Nerve Damage with Vitamin C

Monday, November 26th, 2012
Promising Research on Treating Nerve Damage with Vitamin C

Can Vitamin C Improve Nerve Health?

The central nervous system is made up of a huge matrix of nerve cells. These nerve cells and the extracellular fluid between them use a lot of vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, in a lot of ways. Stanford University’s HOPES Project is focused on showing how vitamin C is used by the brain, and studying whether or not vitamin C can be used to treat and prevent nerve damage in humans.

Why Do We Need Vitamin C?

Most animals make their own vitamin C, but humans and a handful of other animals cannot make their own because of a genetic mutation. We must obtain vitamin C through our diets in order for the body to perform several functions. Vitamin C is responsible for making collagen and elastin, as well as other necessary molecules in the body.
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Fiber’s Link to Immunity

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

You probably know that fiber aids in digestion, and you might even know that regular consumption offers other health benefits, such as a lowered risk of diabetes and heart disease. But, did you know that fiber, when combined with vitamin C, also gives your immune system a boost? Boosting your immune system can help you avoid things like colds and the flu, which is important this time of year.
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What Causes Chronic Inflammation?

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Inflammation can be the underlying cause of many diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, autoimmune disease, and more. Learning how inflammation happens and which vitamins help to fight it can give us the power to prevent many chronic and disabling diseases.

A lot of times, our diets are to blame for chronic inflammatory conditions. Flavor enhancing chemicals, anti-caking ingredients, thickening agents, hydrogenated oils, and many other food additives are structurally identical to the compounds that are supposed to activate our immune systems into stimulating an inflammatory response.

A lot of food additives are actually neurotoxins, like monosodium glutamate, and are added to inflame the brain, putting it into “fight or flight” mode. This produces a heightened sense of smell and taste, but can also unwanted side effects, like migraines, anxiety, sensory processing problems, seizures, scarring in the brain, and more.

Hormones are given to animals that are put into our food supply so that they grow bigger and faster than naturally raised animals. They produce more milk, lay more eggs, and mature at a faster rate than we’ve ever seen in history. There is no regulation on how much hormone the animals receive, so over time they’ve been given more and more to keep up with the demand of the fast food industry. These hormones are passed to us and react with our own hormonal systems, affecting our reproductive organs, thyroid function, adrenal glands, and more. All of our body systems are affected by hormonal changes.

Having these chemicals and hormones in our diets causes our immune systems to constantly overreact to invaders; allergens, toxins, bacteria and infection, whatever it comes into contact with. This produces a constant state of inflammation that we may not even be aware of until we experience serious health problems. An overactive immune system can lead to behavioral and psychological problems, inflammatory diseases, chronic fatigue, obesity, organ damage, nerve damage, chronic pain and more.

All of this chronic inflammation and artificial input can cause your immune system to attack healthy tissues of your body while “missing” viruses and other health threats. Inflammation flushes your system of its vitamin and mineral stores at an alarming rate, leaving you susceptible to vitamin deficiencies that cause even more problems for your body. Eating natural, certified organic meat, fruits and vegetables can give your body a fighting chance.

Supplementing with vitamins that are depleted by inflammation can help you get on your way to a healthy body and mind. Vitamins A, B6, C, and D are great for fighting inflammation and replenishing vitamin stores. Antioxidants help to flush unwanted toxins from the body, strengthen and calm the immune and hormonal systems, and regulate the inflammatory response.

About the Author: Stacy A. Pessoney is Wholesale Nutrition’s Chief Editor and Communications Research Director. She has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with the help of vitamins and supplements, focusing on sodium ascorbate in the form of vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

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Is Germ-Free Really the Way to Be?

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

You’ve probably heard that exposing your children to a certain amount of germs and illnesses is important for helping them to develop a healthy immune system. However, many people are simply too afraid to let it happen. Parents find themselves asking, “How can letting my child get sick help them?” Plus, you may wonder if this claim is even true. Is it possible to keep your kids too clean?

Until now, the “hygiene hypothesis” has been just that; a hypothesis. Medical professionals have simply “noticed” that germ-free kids grow up to have allergies, asthma, and other immunity problems. Small studies have been conducted to see if exposure to germs early in life has given some people a greater or more normalized immunity. What these smaller studies show is that the kids kept “germ-free” grew up to face adulthood sensitivities to allergic and autoimmune diseases. The most common diseases seen are hay fever, asthma, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Antibiotics, hand sanitizers, disinfectant cleaners, and other environmental exposures to chemical germ-killers could be doing us more harm than good. Certainly these things have their place, but overuse could lead to an overactive or underdeveloped immune system.

Finally, on March 22, 2012, a study was published in the Journal of Science that would show us biologically whether or not the “hygiene hypothesis” had merit. Germ-free mice were compared with mice living in a normal environment, where they would be exposed to a typical amount of germs and microbes.

The germ-free mice had “exaggerated inflammation of the lungs and colon resembling asthma and colitis”. The inflammation was determined to be caused by hyperactivity in the type of T-cells linked to colitis and asthma in humans and mice. The mice living in the normal environment rarely showed hyperactivity in these immune cells.

Perhaps a more important discovery of the trials was that germ-free mice exposed to infectious agents and microbes early in life and then kept germ-free in adulthood showed normal immune systems and less disease. These tests proved the hygiene hypothesis, which states that “a lack of early childhood exposure to germs, infectious agents, parasites, and symbiotic microorganisms increases susceptibility to allergic diseases by suppressing natural development of the immune system”.

Overuse of antibiotics is a big concern to researchers because symbiotic bacteria (gut flora or probiotics) and parasites combined with infectious agents are important modulators of immune system development. Although sometimes necessary, antibiotics can interfere with microbe conditioning immune system development early in life, so their overuse in young children is considered detrimental to adult health.

“These studies show the critical importance of proper immune conditioning by microbes during the earliest periods of life,” said Richard Blumberg, MD, chief for the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endoscopy. “Also now knowing a potential mechanism will allow scientists to potentially identify the microbial factors important in determining protection from allergic and autoimmune diseases later in life.”

These studies don’t necessarily mean that you should abandon hand-washing and other hygienic practices. Further research is still needed to determine the potential use of this knowledge in humans.

About the Author: Stacy A. Pessoney is Wholesale Nutrition’s Chief Editor and Communications Research Director. She has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with the help of vitamins and supplements, focusing on vitamin C powder in the form of sodium ascorbate. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

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http://www.brighamandwomens.org/
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120322142157.htm
http://www.nih.gov/
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http://www.hms.harvard.edu/hddc/
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Vitamin News: Vitamin D Does Not Take the Place of UVB Exposure

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

There are five different forms of vitamin D, two of which are important to humans. There are major differences in the two, vitamin D2 and vitamin D3, which you may or may not be aware of. Taking the wrong one can be more detrimental than beneficial to your health. If your milk, calcium supplement, or standard vitamin D supplement simply says “vitamin D”, then you may want to take a look at the label.

A staggering number of Americans are considered clinically vitamin D deficient while an astounding number are considered to be in the insufficient range. This includes children who are exposed to sunlight and drink milk and/or orange juice with added vitamin D almost every day. Even a lot of adults that regularly take a daily vitamin D supplement are deficient.

How can this be? Without a blood test from your doctor, you may be putting your health at a major risk, all while thinking that you are being diligent about your vitamin D intake. Supplemental vitamin D comes in two different forms; ergocalciferol (vitamin D2) and cholecalciferol (vitamin D3).

The synthetic form of vitamin D2, comes from passing plant matter and fungus through a radiation treatment. This is the vitamin D typically added to orange juice, milk, and vitamin D supplements. Vitamin D2 can be obtained from plant sources.

Vitamin D3 can be obtained (in small amounts) from animal sources, such as egg yolks and non-pasteurized full-fat milk. While both vitamin D2 and D3 must be converted by the body into active forms, vitamin D3 is converted 500% faster than D2 according to a report by the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism. They also report that vitamin D3 is 87% more potent in raising and maintaining vitamin D concentrations and produces 2-3 fold greater storage of vitamin D.

Once your sources of vitamin D are converted into their active forms, sunlight is necessary to transform them into cholesterol sulfate. This means that, contrary to prior medical beliefs, supplementing with vitamin D does not completely replace the need for sun exposure. In fact, recent studies on the importance of cholesterol sulfate show that without sufficient UVB sun exposure, about 30 minutes per week, the body compensates by producing LDL, or “bad” cholesterol.

Doctors and researchers are now linking heart disease, high cholesterol, arterial plaque, cancer, autism, hypertension, obesity, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, dementia, seizures, asthma, migraines, depression, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, and both types of diabetes to a lack of vitamin D3 in the diet and inadequate UVB exposure.

This may sound overwhelming, but when you consider that the proposed 30 minutes of UVB sunlight exposure per week requirement must happen when the UV index is above 3, then you may start to realize why diseases such as these, increase in prevalence as you move away from the equator. Most of the United States only experiences this level of sunlight intensity for about 1-2 months of the year.

These diseases and more are being linked to inadequate vitamin D levels because vitamin D is responsible for an astounding number or processes in the body. It is a neuroregulatory steroidal hormone that influences almost 3,000 different genes and has receptors in nearly every cell of your body. It produces over 200 antimicrobial peptides, including broad-spectrum antibiotics, regulates the immune system and controls chronic inflammation.

Many doctors now recommend “safe” tanning bed use for obtaining adequate vitamin D3 levels. UVA rays are harmful, but beds that only produce UVB rays can be very effective forms of treatment.

About the Author: Phil Le Breton is owner at Wholesale Nutrition. He has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

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http://www.jlr.org/content/44/7/1268.abstract
http://jcem.endojournals.org/content/96/3/E447.abstract
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/02/23/oral-vitamin-d-mistake.aspx
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/161618.php

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Are Allergies Causing your Anxiety and Depression?

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

It is generally easy to see how stress can cause our hormonal systems to become imbalanced and cause all sorts of problems. Weight gain, sleeplessness, fatigue, and lowered immunity are common among people who are “stressed out”. But did you know that people with higher stress levels almost always have allergies as well? Allergies are our immune system’s overreaction to an allergen, commonly causing itching, hives, runny or dry nose, watery or red eyes, fatigue and headache. This immune system malfunction is sometimes brought on by stress.

Current studies have shown that there are direct links between histamines, the irritants produced in an allergic reaction, and the nervous system. Histamines are chemicals that are used by the brain to transmit signals between neurons. It is only when our immune systems overreact that histamines are released in copious amounts, causing problems.

People with too much histamine in their brains experience anxiety and depression. Increased levels of histamines in the brain are also responsible for stimulating the “fight or flight” response in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. When it is overstimulated, it causes anxiety, which results in depression. High histamine levels are directly connected to neurological disorders, like attention deficit disorder, anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and possibly Autism Spectrum Disorder and sensory processing disorder. Children with asthma have been found to have much higher rates of anxiety, depression, insomnia, and fearfulness than other children. This is thought to be a result of heightened histamine levels in the brain.

Antihistamine drugs are effective in blocking histamine receptors and some reduce the amount of histamine produced. However, the side effects of these drugs can be fatigue, sleepiness, or in some people, excitability, so a lot of the symptoms that should get better when histamines are reduced or blocked, don’t seem to go away. This is because, if you remember, our brains do need some histamines to transmit signals. So, by taking an antihistamine, you are risking so many signals being blocked that you experience brain fog and fatigue.

Vitamin C supplementation may be the answer for you if you are suffering from depression, anxiety, allergies, asthma, imbalanced immune system, or other neurological disorders. Vitamin C side effects are almost nonexistent. Vitamin C breaks down the actual histamine molecule, so it does not cause the side effects that medications do. This essentially balances histamine production and response so that the fight or flight response is not stimulated. This classifies vitamin C as a neuromodulator, meaning that it plays an important role in mental health. It can greatly reduce anxiety and has an antidepressant effect as well. It increases secretion of the hormone oxytocin, which is the “feel good” hormone of the brain. When there is not a sufficient amount of vitamin C in the body, behavioral abnormalities and fatigue are consistently seen.

Speak with your doctor about supplementing with vitamin C, like sodium ascorbate, a highly absorbable form of vitamin C.

About the Author: Phil Le Breton is owner at Wholesale Nutrition. He has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

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