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WONDERS OF MOLECULAR HYDROGEN

Fred Liers PhD molecular hydrogen H2I drink hydrogen-infused water. You should, too. Why? Because the age of hydrogen is here. Molecular hydrogen, that is. We now know that molecular hydrogen has therapeutic potential for nearly every organ in the human body, as well as for 150 different human disease models! And it’s extremely safe.

MOLECULAR HYDROGEN: BACKGROUND

Molecular hydrogen, also known as “diatomic hydrogen,” is a colorless, tasteless, and odorless gas.

Elemental hydrogen (H) is the most abundant element in the universe constituting 75% of its mass. Yet, it is absent on earth in its monoatomic form, being present in water, and inorganic and organic compounds. Molecular hydrogen is found in the earth’s atmosphere at less than one part per million.

molecular hydrogen H2 water

Hydrogen-infused water is a simple means to consume molecular hydrogen.

The science regarding benefits to health of molecular hydrogen (H2) has advanced rapidly in recent years thanks to the pioneering efforts of research scientists around the globe.

Now hydrogen science is moving quickly beyond theory to practical applications. Moreover, new products exist allowing medical professionals and consumers to leverage the health benefits of hydrogen.

For decades, diatomic molecular hydrogen was generally considered an “inert” gas. That is perhaps the primary reason that molecular hydrogen has been recognized as a therapeutic molecule only recently.

Indeed, science has known about the health benefits of molecular hydrogen as early as 1798. Yet, as noted, for most of modern history the belief persisted that hydrogen was inert in the body. It was only in the late 20th century (ca. 1975) that it gained the attention of medical researchers, and only in the past 10 years has evidence for the health effects of molecular hydrogen gained critical mass in the scientific literature.

There are now more than 500 peer-reviewed articles demonstrating the therapeutic potential of hydrogen for nearly every organ in the human body, as well as in 150 different human disease models, according to the Molecular Hydrogen Foundation.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF MOLECULAR HYDROGEN (H2)

• Molecular hydrogen reduces oxidative stress as a selective antioxidant and by maintaining homeostatic levels of glutathione, superoxide dismutase, catalase,  and other free-radical scavenging nutrients.

• The antioxidant capacities of molecular hydrogen are such that it is beneficial for persistent and acute oxidative stress.

• Acute oxidative stress arises from a multitude of causes, including inflammation, cardiac or cerebral infarction, organ transplantation, heavy exercise, cessation of operative bleeding, and many other causes.

• Persistent oxidative stress relates to reactive oxygen species (ROS) generated in the body throughout life. For example, during exercise, exposure to pollutants and toxins or UV light, as well as physical and psychological stresses, and the aging process itself. As aerobic organisms, we generate ROS when breathing consumes oxygen.

• Molecular hydrogen is effective against hydroxyl radicals (OH). The hydroxyl radical is the radical species that causes much of the oxidative damage in the body. While vitamin C, glutathione, and certain plant-based antioxidants are somewhat effective against this radical, there is no Nrf2-induced enzyme that effectively quenches the hydroxl radical.

• This positions molecular hydrogen as a uniquely effective antioxidant against the hydroxyl radical. Notably, when molecular hydrogen quenches the hydroxyl radical, it produces water, which is non-toxic in the body.

• Beyond this, molecular hydrogen, like other gaseous signaling molecules such as NO, CO, H2S, appears to exhibit cell signal-modulating activity that confers it with anti-inflammatory, anti-obesity, anti-allergy, and many other benefits.

MOLECULAR HYDROGEN MEDICINE

The scientific literature discusses the use of molecular hydrogen for many clinical applications, including the following:

• METABOLIC SYNDROME including diabetes, hyperlipidemia, arteriosclerosis, hypertension, and obesity

• ISCHEMIA / REPERFUSION injuries including cerebral and myocardial infarctions, organ transplants, post-cardiac arrest

• NEUROPROTECTION including applications for dementia, Parkinson’s disease, depression, and anesthesia

• INFLAMMATION including applications for polymicrobial sepsis, rheumatoid arthritis, wound healing, and bowel diseases

• MITOCHONDRIAL DISEASES

• HEMODIALYSIS / VENTILATION

• AGING including cognitive decline

• EXERCISE including applications for fatigue, lactic acid, recovery, and oxidative stress related to heavy exercise

SIDE EFFECTS OF CANCER THERAPIES including radiotherapy and chemotherapy

• MANY OTHER BENEFITS

athlete molecular hydrogen performance race

Athletes benefit from molecular hydrogen. You can, too.

HOW MOLECULAR HYDROGEN WORKS

According to the Molecular Hydrogen Foundation, there are three ways molecular hydrogen exerts positive health effects.

1.  Molecular hydrogen easily diffuses into subcellular compartments where it   scavenges cytotoxic oxygen radicals, thereby protecting DNA, RNA, and proteins against oxidative stress.

2.  Molecular hydrogen triggers activation or upregulation of additional antioxidant enzymes (e.g., glutathione, superoxide dismutase, catalase, and others) and/or cytoprotective proteins of the body.

3.  Molecular hydrogen may be a novel signaling molecule that alters cell signaling, cell metabolism, and gene expression. This may explain its apparent anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, and anti-apoptotic (or anti-cell death) effects.

MOLECULAR HYDROGEN IS SAFE

Molecular hydrogen exhibits great safety, and it is regarded as safe for use in the body. It is shown no toxicity even in high concentrations.

Safety standards are already established for high concentrations of molecular hydrogen for inhalation because high-pressure H2 gas is used in deep-water diving gas mixtures to prevent decompression sickness.

Notably, H2 gas combusts only at temperatures higher than 527 °C, and it explodes by chain reaction with oxygen (O2) only in the range of Hconcentration (4–75%, vol/vol).

Molecular hydrogen can be used for medical applications safely by several ingestion methods including inhalation of 1–4% hydrogen gas, which exhibits great effectiveness.

All these factors mean that molecular hydrogen is safe, easy-to-use, and effective for therapeutic purposes.

molecular hydrogen H2 water

Hydrogen-infused water is safe, easy-to-consume, and cost effective.

USING MOLECULAR HYDROGEN

Methods for consuming molecular hydrogen include inhalation, oral ingestion of hydrogen-infused water, injection of hydrogen saline, and direct diffusion (eye drops, baths, cosmetics, etc.).

An advantage of inhaled H2 gas is that is acts rapidly. In this respect, may be suitable for defense against acute oxidative stress.

It has been shown that inhalation of 3–4% hydrogen (H2) gas reaches a plateau at approximately 10–20 μM in the arterial and venous blood in about 20 minutes. This is shown not to affect any physiological parameters (e.g., blood pressure), suggesting no adverse effects.

According to the Molecular Hydrogen Foundation, the consensus is that drinking H2-rich water is the easiest, and often the most effective, method for obtaining molecular hydrogen although it does not provide as many hydrogen molecules to the body as other methods.

Some studies show consuming H2-infused water to be more effective than inhalation or increasing intestinal H2 production via lactulose administration.

Another advantage of drinking hydrogen infused water is that it allows gastric induction of ghrelin, which is mediated via activation of beta 1 adrenergic receptors.

Above all, drinking hydrogen-infused water is easy to do, and convenient as you can drink it at home or while traveling.

HYDROGEN-INFUSED WATER

Inhalation of molecular hydrogen gas may be impractical for continuous H2 consumption in daily life. In contrast, solubilized H2 (hydrogen-infused water) is a portable, easily administered, and safe means to ingest H2.

H2 can be dissolved in water up to 0.8 mM (1.6 mg/L) under atmospheric pressure at room temperature without changing pH.

Hwater can be made by several methods: infusing H2 gas into water under pressure, electrolyzing water to producing H2, and reacting magnesium metal or its hydride with water.

Notably, H2 penetrates glass or plastic walls of vessels in a short time, yet aluminum containers retain hydrogen gas for a long time.

Water ionizers produce hydrogen gas via electrolysis. This method produces hydrogen concentrations from less than 0.05 ppm to more than 2.5 ppm. Typically 0.1 to 0.7 ppm hydrogen is produced, yet most companies manufacturing water ionizers neither know the concentration produced nor understand the significance of hydrogen for health.

In this regard, depending upon the production method much of the water containing molecular hydrogen exhibits a negative oxygen reduction potential (ORP). Yet, ORP is only a general indication of hydrogen production and is not a measurement of its concentration.

A second method of producing hydrogen-rich water by electrolysis is by infusion. In this method, hydrogen is directly infused into filtered water within a machine.

Another convenient method to generate molecular hydrogen is to add alkali-earth metals to water. Magnesium metal in commonly used for this purpose. This method allows for the production of high concentrations of molecular hydrogen that are generally near saturation (1.6 ppm), and therefore less water needs to be consumed by individuals drinking it.

Magnesium sticks and tablets/capsules are available (some of which are placed in water and others that can be consumed directly) that rapidly produce 2–4 ppm molecular hydrogen concentration. Like electrolysis, adding metals to water also increased the pH of water because they reduce the concentration of H+ ions.

Other methods exist that can produce supersaturated concentrations of molecular hydrogen with or without alteration of water pH. Advantages of these methods include having to drink a fraction of the amount of water in order to obtain an equal amount of molecular hydrogen.

Drinking water containing molecular hydrogen is probably the easiest and most cost-effective means for most persons to obtain hydrogen.

man drinks water infused with molecular hydrogen

Hydrogen-infused water can be consumed using tablets, prepared H2 beverages, or ionized water.

MOLECULAR HYDROGEN FROM YOUR MICROBIOME

Certain types bacteria in the intestinal tract produce hydrogen gas from non-digestible fibers, which may explain how fiber-rich diets reduce inflammation, and exert cardiovascular and other health benefits.

Diets low in dietary fiber from fruits and vegetables, or a decrease in microbiome diversity could potentially reduce production of molecular hydrogen. This could exert adverse effects on health.

The presence (or absence) of a diverse and robust microbiome may be one of the most significant factors in terms of how much hydrogen can be generated in the body. Most people today do not create the levels of molecular hydrogen in their digestive tracts that humans in earlier time periods generated largely because due to modern diets and less than optimal microbiome health.

Factors that influence or reduce microbiome health and diversity include antibiotic use, imbalanced diet, lack of certain fiber-rich vegetables in the diet, and consumption of herbicides, pesticides, and GMOs (that include glyphosate) that harm microbial populations and cause “leaky gut”.

As knowledge increases regarding ways we can support a healthy microbiome, the biological significance of hydrogen historically produced in our digestive tracts will be better understood.

BENEFIT TODAY FROM MOLECULAR HYDROGEN

The clinical applications of molecular hydrogen are impressive. One of the great advantages of molecular hydrogen infused water is that  it is easy to consume it, or make it in your own home or wherever you happen to be.

HPDI now sells a tablet hydrogen product from Purative known as Active H2.

Active H2 is a unique, patent-pending combination of all-natural minerals used to generate molecular hydrogen and electron-rich potential (-ORP). This distinguishes it from existing hydrogen formulas and electrolysis (water ionizers).

Active H2 is easy to use.  Simply place one tablet of in a 1/2 liter (16 oz) container of pure water (filled to the top) and close tightly. Wait at least 5–10 minutes for it to completely disintegrate (fizz), and then drink.

A one pint glass mason jar works well as a container for this purpose. However, you can use up to one liter (about 32 ounces) of water in a container, so a quart mason jar also works well. Consume the hydrogen-infused water ideally at least 30 minutes before food.

Active H2 formula consists of a proprietary blend of pure magnesium, malic acid, fumaric acid, and maltose that synergistically act to generate molecular hydrogen and electron-rich potential (-ORP).

Active H2 is the only all-natural add-in tablet providing molecular hydrogen in the amount of greater than 1.8 ppm, That is, one tablet typically generates molecular hydrogen in the concentration of about 2 ppm.

There are other molecular hydrogen products, including tablets, sticks, and pre-infused bottled products like H2Bev. H2Bev provides about 1.2–1.5 ppm of molecular hydrogen and comes in a 12 oz coated aluminum container for excellent H2 retention.

MOLECULAR HYDROGEN SUMMARY

Molecular hydrogen sits in the unique position of providing significant, wide-ranging benefits for health with an unmatched ease-of-use, and at relatively low cost for what it delivers.

We highly recommend the use of molecular hydrogen for its health benefits and for therapeutic applications. This includes the consumption of hydrogen-infused water whether from prepared H2 beverages, water ionizers, or highly effective Active H2 tablets.

Below we include important scientific abstracts you may find helpful in understanding the benefits and applications of molecular hydrogen.

 

SCIENTIFIC STUDIES ON MOLECULAR HYDROGEN

Beneficial biological effects and the underlying mechanisms of molecular hydrogen – comprehensive review of 321 original articles

From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26483953

Abstract
Therapeutic effects of molecular hydrogen for a wide range of disease models and human diseases have been investigated since 2007. A total of 321 original articles have been published from 2007 to June 2015. Most studies have been conducted in Japan, China, and the USA. About three-quarters of the articles show the effects in mice and rats. The number of clinical trials is increasing every year. In most diseases, the effect of hydrogen has been reported with hydrogen water or hydrogen gas, which was followed by confirmation of the effect with hydrogen-rich saline. Hydrogen water is mostly given ad libitum. Hydrogen gas of less than 4% is given by inhalation. The effects have been reported in essentially all organs covering 31 disease categories that can be subdivided into 166 disease models, human diseases, treatment-associated pathologies, and pathophysiological conditions of plants with a predominance of oxidative stress-mediated diseases and inflammatory diseases. Specific extinctions of hydroxyl radical and peroxynitrite were initially presented, but the radical-scavenging effect of hydrogen cannot be held solely accountable for its drastic effects. We and others have shown that the effects can be mediated by modulating activities and expressions of various molecules such as Lyn, ERK, p38, JNK, ASK1, Akt, GTP-Rac1, iNOS, Nox1, NF-κB p65, IκBα, STAT3, NFATc1, c-Fos, and ghrelin. Master regulator(s) that drive these modifications, however, remain to be elucidated and are currently being extensively investigated.

Molecular hydrogen as a preventive and therapeutic medical gas: initiation, development and potential of hydrogen medicine

From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24769081

Abstract
Molecular hydrogen (H2) has been accepted to be an inert and nonfunctional molecule in our body. We have turned this concept by demonstrating that H2 reacts with strong oxidants such as hydroxyl radical in cells, and proposed its potential for preventive and therapeutic applications. H2 has a number of advantages exhibiting extensive effects: H2 rapidly diffuses into tissues and cells, and it is mild enough neither to disturb metabolic redox reactions nor to affect signaling reactive oxygen species; therefore, there should be no or little adverse effects of H2. There are several methods to ingest or consume H2; inhaling H2 gas, drinking H2-dissolved water (H2-water), injecting H2-dissolved saline (H2-saline), taking an H2 bath, or dropping H2-saline into the eyes. The numerous publications on its biological and medical benefits revealed that H2 reduces oxidative stress not only by direct reactions with strong oxidants, but also indirectly by regulating various gene expressions. Moreover, by regulating the gene expressions, H2 functions as an anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic, and stimulates energy metabolism. In addition to growing evidence obtained by model animal experiments, extensive clinical examinations were performed or are under investigation. Since most drugs specifically act to their targets, H2 seems to differ from conventional pharmaceutical drugs. Owing to its great efficacy and lack of adverse effects, H2 has promising potential for clinical use against many diseases.

Molecular hydrogen in drinking water protects against neurodegenerative changes induced by traumatic brain injury.

From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25251220

Abstract
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) in its various forms has emerged as a major problem for modern society. Acute TBI can transform into a chronic condition and be a risk factor for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, probably through induction of oxidative stress and neuroinflammation. Here, we examined the ability of the antioxidant molecular hydrogen given in drinking water (molecular hydrogen water; mHW) to alter the acute changes induced by controlled cortical impact (CCI), a commonly used experimental model of TBI. We found that mHW reversed CCI-induced edema by about half, completely blocked pathological tau expression, accentuated an early increase seen in several cytokines but attenuated that increase by day 7, reversed changes seen in the protein levels of aquaporin-4, HIF-1, MMP-2, and MMP-9, but not for amyloid beta peptide 1-40 or 1-42. Treatment with mHW also reversed the increase seen 4 h after CCI in gene expression related to oxidation/carbohydrate metabolism, cytokine release, leukocyte or cell migration, cytokine transport, ATP and nucleotide binding. Finally, we found that mHW preserved or increased ATP levels and propose a new mechanism for mHW, that of ATP production through the Jagendorf reaction. These results show that molecular hydrogen given in drinking water reverses many of the sequelae of CCI and suggests that it could be an easily administered, highly effective treatment for TBI.

The evolution of molecular hydrogen: a noteworthy potential therapy with clinical significance

From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23680032

Abstract
Studies on molecular hydrogen have evolved tremendously from its humble beginnings and have continued to change throughout the years. Hydrogen is extremely unique since it has the capability to act at the cellular level. Hydrogen is qualified to cross the blood brain barrier, to enter the mitochondria, and even has the ability to translocate to the nucleus under certain conditions. Once in these ideal locations of the cell, previous studies have shown that hydrogen exerts antioxidant, anti-apoptotic, anti-inflammatory, and cytoprotective properties that are beneficial to the cell. Hydrogen is most commonly applied as a gas, water, saline, and can be applied in a variety of other mediums. There are also few side effects involving hydrogen, thus making hydrogen a perfect medical gas candidate for the convention of novel therapeutic strategies against cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, cancer, metabolic, and respiratory diseases and disorders. Although hydrogen appears to be faultless at times, there still are several deficiencies or snares that need to be investigated by future studies. This review article seeks to delve and comprehensively analyze the research and experiments that alludes to molecular hydrogen being a novel therapeutic treatment that medicine desperately needs.

Molecular hydrogen as an emerging therapeutic medical gas for neurodegenerative and other diseases

From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3377272/

Abstract
Effects of molecular hydrogen on various diseases have been documented for 63 disease models and human diseases in the past four and a half years. Most studies have been performed on rodents including two models of Parkinson’s disease and three models of Alzheimer’s disease. Prominent effects are observed especially in oxidative stress-mediated diseases including neonatal cerebral hypoxia; Parkinson’s disease; ischemia/reperfusion of spinal cord, heart, lung, liver, kidney, and intestine; transplantation of lung, heart, kidney, and intestine. Six human diseases have been studied to date: diabetes mellitus type 2, metabolic syndrome, hemodialysis, inflammatory and mitochondrial myopathies, brain stem infarction, and radiation-induced adverse effects. Two enigmas, however, remain to be solved. First, no dose-response effect is observed. Rodents and humans are able to take a small amount of hydrogen by drinking hydrogen-rich water, but marked effects are observed. Second, intestinal bacteria in humans and rodents produce a large amount of hydrogen, but an addition of a small amount of hydrogen exhibits marked effects. Further studies are required to elucidate molecular bases of prominent hydrogen effects and to determine the optimal frequency, amount, and method of hydrogen administration for each human disease.

Molecular hydrogen is a novel antioxidant to efficiently reduce oxidative stress with potential for the improvement of mitochondrial diseases

From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21621588

Abstract

BACKGROUND:
Mitochondria are the major source of oxidative stress. Acute oxidative stress causes serious damage to tissues, and persistent oxidative stress is one of the causes of many common diseases, cancer and the aging process; however, there has been little success in developing an effective antioxidant with no side effect. We have reported that molecular hydrogen has potential as an effective antioxidant for medical applications [Ohsawa et al., Nat. Med. 13 (2007) 688-694].

SCOPE OF REVIEW:
We review the recent progress toward therapeutic and preventive applications of hydrogen. Since we published the first paper in Nature Medicine, effects of hydrogen have been reported in more than 38 diseases, physiological states and clinical tests in leading biological/medical journals. Based on this cumulative knowledge, the beneficial biological effects of hydrogen have been confirmed. There are several ways to intake or consume hydrogen, including inhaling hydrogen gas, drinking hydrogen-dissolved water, taking a hydrogen bath, injecting hydrogen-dissolved saline, dropping hydrogen-dissolved saline into the eyes, and increasing the production of intestinal hydrogen by bacteria. Hydrogen has many advantages for therapeutic and preventive applications, and shows not only anti-oxidative stress effects, but also has various anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic effects. Preliminary clinical trials show that drinking hydrogen-dissolved water seems to improve the pathology of mitochondrial disorders.

MAJOR CONCLUSIONS:
Hydrogen has biological benefits toward preventive and therapeutic applications; however, the molecular mechanisms underlying the marked effects of small amounts of hydrogen remain elusive.

GENERAL SIGNIFICANCE:
Hydrogen is a novel antioxidant with great potential for actual medical applications. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled Biochemistry of Mitochondria.

Recent progress toward hydrogen medicine: potential of molecular hydrogen for preventive and therapeutic applications

From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21736547

Abstract
Persistent oxidative stress is one of the major causes of most lifestyle-related diseases, cancer and the aging process. Acute oxidative stress directly causes serious damage to tissues. Despite the clinical importance of oxidative damage, antioxidants have been of limited therapeutic success. We have proposed that molecular hydrogen (H(2)) has potential as a “novel” antioxidant in preventive and therapeutic applications [Ohsawa et al., Nat Med. 2007: 13; 688-94]. H(2) has a number of advantages as a potential antioxidant: H(2) rapidly diffuses into tissues and cells, and it is mild enough neither to disturb metabolic redox reactions nor to affect reactive oxygen species (ROS) that function in cell signaling, thereby, there should be little adverse effects of consuming H(2). There are several methods to ingest or consume H(2), including inhaling hydrogen gas, drinking H(2)-dissolved water (hydrogen water), taking a hydrogen bath, injecting H(2)- dissolved saline (hydrogen saline), dropping hydrogen saline onto the eye, and increasing the production of intestinal H(2) by bacteria. Since the publication of the first H(2) paper in Nature Medicine in 2007, the biological effects of H(2) have been confirmed by the publication of more than 38 diseases, physiological states and clinical tests in leading biological/medical journals, and several groups have started clinical examinations. Moreover, H(2) shows not only effects against oxidative stress, but also various anti-inflammatory and antiallergic effects. H(2) regulates various gene expressions and protein-phosphorylations, though the molecular mechanisms underlying the marked effects of very small amounts of H(2) remain elusive.

Hydrogen acts as a therapeutic antioxidant by selectively reducing cytotoxic oxygen radicals

From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17486089

Abstract
Acute oxidative stress induced by ischemia-reperfusion or inflammation causes serious damage to tissues, and persistent oxidative stress is accepted as one of the causes of many common diseases including cancer. We show here that hydrogen (H(2)) has potential as an antioxidant in preventive and therapeutic applications. We induced acute oxidative stress in cultured cells by three independent methods. H(2) selectively reduced the hydroxyl radical, the most cytotoxic of reactive oxygen species (ROS), and effectively protected cells; however, H(2) did not react with other ROS, which possess physiological roles. We used an acute rat model in which oxidative stress damage was induced in the brain by focal ischemia and reperfusion. The inhalation of H(2) gas markedly suppressed brain injury by buffering the effects of oxidative stress. Thus H(2) can be used as an effective antioxidant therapy; owing to its ability to rapidly diffuse across membranes, it can reach and react with cytotoxic ROS and thus protect against oxidative damage.

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MOLECULAR HYDROGEN (H2) AT FOREFRONT OF HEALTH RESEARCH
by Hank Liers, PhD (from the HPDI blog)

ACTIVE H2 (tablet product)

Molecular Hydrogen Foundation (MHF)

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Microbiome, Diet, and Prescript-Assist Probiotic & Prebiotic

Fred Liers PhD microbiome health probiotics prebioticsGut health is paramount to overall health. This was known in ancient times. According to the 4th-century (BCE) Greek physician Hippocrates, “All disease begins in the gut.” And since our founding in 1988, we at Health Products Distributors, Inc. (HPDI) have recognized the importance of supporting a healthy microbiome through diet, lifestyle, and the use of probiotic supplements.

We have written blog articles on developments regarding the microbiome, including “The Advantages of Soil Based Organisms for Health” (2014) and Dr. Hank’s short piece “A New View of the Role of Bacteria for Health” (2012).

However, the scientific understanding of the microbiome continues making quantum leaps. Every month it seems there is another groundbreaking study reported, or fresh information about the human microbiome highlighting specific aspects of its fundamental role in human health.

Gut health is paramount for good health.

Gut health is paramount for good health.

For example, studies showing the microbiome’s significance for brain function, digestive tract health, leaky gut, immune system function, and lifelong health. And even more, studies revealing potential connections between microbiome status and conditions involving the gut-brain axis, such as gluten sensitivity, celiac disease, ADHD, autism, depression, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.

As exciting as the studies are on a theoretical level, one of the main benefits is that many of them point to practical applications and suggestions that can be implemented on a daily basis by individuals wishing to improve microbiome health and vitality.

Information about means you can take to improve microbiome health is increasingly available not only in the scientific literature (which can be searched for in places like PubMed), but also in the popular media. For example, books like Dr. David Perlmutter’s Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain for Life (2015) include dietary recommendations and recipes. In addition, there are numerous books and online resources for making your own cultured foods (everything from kombucha tea to fermented condiments), as I will talk about more below.

sauerkraut kimchi yogurt probiotic fermented food microbiome

Fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi and yogurt provide beneficial bacteria.

Increasingly, individuals are speaking with their nutritionist or doctor on this topic, as knowledge of the important role of foods and nutrition in supporting a healthy microbiome.

While at the ACAM (American College for Advancement in Medicine) annual meeting in Las Vegas in November, I attended a presentation by Raphael Kellman, MD. He discussed the importance of the microbiome for supporting health, and the positive effects related to maintaining populations of beneficial flora, including the fact that probiotics can support positive emotions.

I present a few recommendations for supporting and improving microbiome health through lifestyle, dietary choices, and the use of probiotic supplements.

DIETARY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MICROBIOME HEALTH

Dietary choices are among the simplest, yet most effective means for effecting improvement  in the human microbiome. Here are some dietary recommendations that are known to work.

Consume Foods High in Probiotics, including Fermented Foods. Foods high in probiotics include yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kim chee, tempeh, pickles and other pickled vegetables, and kombucha tea.

Probiotic foods provide you directly with good-for-you bacteria that help keep your microbiome diverse and well balanced.

Historically, many of the most important bacteria for gut health are lactobacteria and bifidobacteria. Some of the most well-recognized strains of these types include L. acidophilus, B. longum, B. bifidum, L. fermentum, and L. rhamnosus.

Notably, studies indicate reduced levels of lactobacteria and bifidobacteria in depressed individuals. While these two types of bacteria are perhaps the most studied and well-known, there are hundreds or thousands of different types of beneficial bacteria in the human microbiome. I will talk more about some of them when I discuss soil-based organisms.

Source probiotic foods that are organic, biodynamic, garden grown, and free-range / pasture-raised (e.g., dairy products). For pickles and relishes should preferably be unpasteurized and fermented in brine.

Consume Prebiotic Foods. It is important to consume foods that provide non-digestible short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) that support a flourishing good-for-you microbial community. Prebiotic foods include onions, garlic, asparagus, radishes, beans, oats.

Many prebiotic foods contain relatively high amounts of inulin, which is a soluble dietary fiber and a naturally occurring oligosaccharide. Inulin belongs to a class of carbohydrates called fructans.

Inulin selectively feeds beneficial bacteria. Major inulin-containing foods include Jersusalem artichoke (sunchokes), bananas, leeks, beets, and certain herbs. Chicory root, elecampane root, and dandelion root are especially high in inulin.

The fermentation of indigestible complex carbohydrates like inulin (and other natural dietary fibers) in the digestive tract results in the production of short-chain fatty acids that feed beneficial microbiota.

asparagus prebiotic microbiome beneficial bacteria

Asparagus contains the prebiotic inulin.

The three primary short chain fatty acids created by gut bacteria are acetic, butryic, and propionic acids. These fatty acids are excreted or absorbed by the colon and used for energy by cells. For example, butyric acid provides fuel for cells lining the colon and is associated with positive benefits.

Because different bacterial species produce different fatty acids, the ratio of the different species is important for health. In particular, butyric acid is associated with positive health benefits.

In contrast, clostridial species produce proprionic acid (PPA), which is too high quantities is known to exert adverse effects in the body, including the brain. Interestingly, studies show that autistic individuals harbor more clostridial species some of which are remarkably absent in normal populations.

At least one comparative study showed the the microbiomes of urban, Western populations (consuming more refined foods) produce relatively high levels of proprionic acid whereas the microbiomes found in rural, non-western populations (consuming more dietary fiber) produce more butyric acid.

Other studies indicate that the microbiome of rural populations predominantly contains bacteroides type flora (associated with lean body mass) and urban populations contain primarily firmicutes (associated with obesity when predominant).

Consume vegetables, including leafy green vegetables: Diets that include relatively high amounts of greens are beneficial for feeding a diverse and healthy microbial community. This is not only because of high-nutrient density and dietary fiber, but also due to the beneficial bacteria naturally present in these foods.

Reduce intake of sugars, especially refined sugars and high-fructose corn syrup. Natural sugars in fruits and vegetables are generally better to consume because they are ingested along with dietary fiber as part of the whole food. Refined sugars and especially high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) test the body’s capacity for dealing with sugar, stress the body, prematurely age cells (via glycation processes), and promote adverse changes that can ultimately lead to diabetes.

Avoid foods containing antibiotics. Antibiotics in foods damage the microbiome by killing bacteria (including beneficial bacteria), reducing microbial diversity, and leaving the microbiome vulnerable to hostile takeover. Thus, consume only free-range, antiobiotic-free meats, eggs, and poultry. Avoid factory farmed meats and farmed fish.

Avoid simple carbohydrates. Like refined sugars, refined carbohydrates and grain products are notorious culprits for producing an imbalanced microbiome. So, avoid overconsuming processed grains, especially those containing wheat.

Avoid gluten. Wheat and the gluten it contains has been implicated in adverse conditions for the microbiome. Yet, wheat isn’t the only food containing gluten. While this may sound like advice given only for celiacs or IBS patients, the picture emerging regarding gluten is that it is associated with adverse changes in the microbiome. Similarly, adverse changes in the microbiome are associated with the development of gluten sensitivity and celiac disease.

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Organic and biodynamic foods support a healthy microbiome.

Avoid genetically modified foods (GMOs). The consensus is emerging that genetically modified (or genetically engineered) foods contribute to problems in the microbiome. Herbicides used on GMO crops, such as glyphosate, harm the microbiome and contribute to states of depleted nutrition.

Avoid artificial sweeteners. As bad as refined sugars are for the microbiome, artificial sweeteners can be just as bad or worse. Beyond the fact that artificial sweeteners tend to be toxic, they are known to produce adverse changes in the microbiome.

Choose organic, biodynamic, pesticide-free, and garden-raised. Regarding food choices, do your best to obtain naturally grown foods and to avoid agricultural chemicals.

LIFESTYLE CHOICES SUPPORTING THE MICROBIOME

Avoid Antibiotics. Whenever possible, avoid taking antibiotics. These can destroy the balance in your microbiome.

Avoid antimicrobial products. These include soaps (containing triclosan and other chemicals), antimicrobial coatings (like Microban), and antibacterial substances.

Avoid chemicals that affect your microbiome. For example, avoid products and foods with synthetic, toxic preservatives. Drink filtered water (i.e., non-chlorinated water).

Get Dirty. Try gardening, spend time outdoors, or just be in nature more often. Unpolluted soils are an excellent source of natural microbes needed to keep you microbiome in balance.

PROBIOTIC & PREBIOTIC SUPPLEMENTATION

In addition to consuming probiotic and prebiotic foods, it can be helpful to take a probiotic supplement. Many of the probiotic supplements on the market provide a full complement of lactobacteria and/or bifidobacteria (often in the same formula).

It is especially useful to take probiotic supplements after exposure to antibiotics. However, probiotic supplements can offer be an effective adjunct to a probiotic (and prebiotic) friendly diet.

More recently, soil based organisms have garnered attention as important constituents of a healthy microbiome. These differ from lactobacteria, and in many ways are hardier and easier to get into the gut where they can thrive. It is also known that fulvic and humic acids act as prebiotics feeding microbes found in soils (soil based organisms) that support human health.

WHAT ARE SOIL BASED ORGANISMS (SBO)?

There are thousands of different types of bacteria found naturally in soils. These bacteria in soil and dirt historically performed many beneficial functions for us. It appears they help our bodies regulate immunity, and protect us from bacterial and fungal overgrowths in our intestinal tracts.

Up until 100 years ago (or less for some people), soil based organisms were an everyday part of the diet. Not that long ago, our country was comprised mostly of farmers. Agriculture was more about getting dirty than about efficient machinery and chemicals inputs (i.e., industrial agriculture). At that time, almost everyone would have consumed soil based organisms on vegetables and other foods from the fields, gardens, and orchards.

Today due to lack of exposure to soil based organisms resulting from modern food processing systems and the extensive use of pesticides that destroy the organisms, the average person has a very different composition of intestinal flora from their ancestors. There are far fewer soil based organisms, and more lactic acid bacteria. In addition, the use of antibiotics for young children has further swayed the balance away from these beneficial bacteria.

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Healthy soils host soil based organisms. Foods grown traditionally without the use of synthetic herbicides and fertilizer provide high levels of SBOs naturally.

With a dramatic rise in research into the benefits of soil based organisms, new products have been developed that help us reintroduce them into our intestinal tracts. There they offer many benefits, including improving digestion, boosting immunity, and supporting overall good health in the intestines (with such benefits as reduced bloating, flatulence, and constipation).

And for example, certain soil based organisms are known to secrete proteins activating the immune system, as well as stimulating the production of white blood cells and antibodies.

BENEFITS OF SOIL BASED ORGANISMS

Increasing evidence supports the idea that soil based organisms are essential for human health. Here are a few of the reported benefits:

  • Improved Gastrointestinal Health
  • Prevention of Gut Colonization by Harmful Bacteria and Fungi
  • Support for Intestinal Regeneration
  • Support for Balancing Gut Microbiota
  • Help Balance Colon pH
  • Increase Resistance to Harmful Bacteria and Fungi
  • Increase Absorption of Nutrients in the Intestines
  • Help Replenish Friendly Microflora in the Colon
  • Support Overall Health and Well Being
  • Enhance Metabolism in the Gut
  • Promote and Normalize Bowel Function
  • Help Reduce Gas and Bloating
  • Improve Immune System Function
  • Improve GI Tract Barrier Function
  • Many Other Benefits

SOIL BASED ORGANISMS ARE DIFFERENT THAN LACTOBACTERIA

Most people today either take or are aware of the benefits of probiotics containing lactic acid-based bacteria. These include commonly known strains of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria. Lactic-acid bacteria certainly are beneficial. There is a large body of research showing their high value for supporting digestion, immunity, and many other benefits. But they do have certain limitations.

Many of the lactic acid bacteria in probiotic formulas have difficulty making it through the stomach’s acidic environment. Thus, the bacteria arrive in the small intestine in vastly reduced numbers compared to the amount that must be consumed. Nutritionists therefore usually recommend taking probiotics with a large number of “colony forming units” (CFU) in order to ensure viability of the bacteria.

In addition, the benefits conferred by taking lactic acid bacteria may depend upon continuing usage. That is, certain studies indicate the benefits of these bacteria are greatly reduced after usage ends.

Soil based organisms offer several advantages compared to lactic-acid bacteria. First, they are extremely hardy and better able to withstand the acidic environment in the stomach. They are in fact, “endospore-forming” bacteria that surround themselves in a hard exterior that travels more effectively through the intestinal tract.

This means soil based organisms are far more likely to arrive intact in the small intestines (where they need to be) than lactobacteria. It also means that products containing soil-based organisms can provide fewer colony forming units and still be effective. That is, probiotic supplements with soil based organisms are more efficient at getting CFUs into the small intestines. It also eliminates or reduces the need for special coatings,  manufacturing processes, or “delivery systems” that must be created as a means to improve delivery rates of lactic acid bacteria.

Soil based organisms have also been shown to colonize the gut more effectively than lactic-acid bacteria. This may partially relate to the fact that they are hardier and make it to the small intestines in greater numbers. A major benefit is that this characteristic of SBOs may allow a reduction is dosage onto a “maintenance” level sooner without concerns that benefits of probiotic supplementation will disappear.

PRESCRIPT-ASSIST™ BROAD-SPECTRUM PROBIOTIC & PREBIOTIC

We at Health Products Distributors, Inc. researched various products containing soil based organisms. We choose to carry Prescript-Assist™, which is an effective and well-regarded broad spectrum probiotic and prebiotic formula.

Prescript-Assist™ provides 29 naturally resilient strains that support your body’s natural intestinal balance. Having so many strains means that this formula better reflects the great microbial diversity of the intestines versus typical probiotic products. In fact, more than 1,000 different species of microbes inhabit the human gut. Prescript-Assist™ includes Bacillus subtilis, which is a well-proven probiotic species found in traditional foods.

Below is a complete list of the strains of soil based organisms provided by Prescript-Assist. One 600 mg capsule of Prescript-Assist includes the following microorganisms (as well as the prebiotic Leonardite):

Arthrobacter agilis, Arthrobacter citreus, Arthrobacter globiformis, Arthrobacter luteus, Arthrobacter simplex, Acinetobacter calcoaceticus, Azotobacter chroococcum, Azotobacter paspali, Azospirillum brasiliense, Azospirillum lipoferum, Bacillus brevis, Bacillus marcerans, Bacillus pumilus, Bacillus polymyxa, Bacillus subtilis, Bacteroides lipolyticum, Bacteriodes succinogenes, Brevibacterium lipolyticum, Brevibacterium stationis, Kurthia zopfii, Myrothecium verrucaria, Pseudomonas calcis, Pseudomonas dentrificans, Pseudomonas fluorescens, Pseudomonas glathei, Phanerochaete chrysosporium, Streptomyces fradiae, Streptomyces cellulosae, Streptomyces griseoflavus.

The number and types of species found in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract can be a major difference between a well functioning digestive system and immune system, and those less than optimally functional. In scientific studies, individuals exhibiting higher levels of gastrointestinal distress and gut irregularities have been found to have a correspondingly lower variety of beneficial bacteria in the intestines.

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Benefits of probiotics, including SBO formulas like Prescript-Assist

INHERENT VIABILITY

Prescript-Assist™ is a clinically proven probiotic supplement designed to ensure maximum viability of the many organisms it provides. The formula offers inherent viability because the species it provides are naturally adapted for survival in the human gastrointestinal tract. That is, these 29 species are environmentally based (SBO) species drawn from the terrestrial microbiome where they have prospered and adapted for millenia to beneficially coexist with humans.

Unlike conventional Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium probiotics, the strains in Prescript-Assist are a balanced formulation of a new generation of probiotics, capable of forming a protective shield until reaching the probiotic-friendly environment of the intestines. These organisms are resistant to acid, bile, and heat. In fact, routine testing of Prescript-Assist confirms it has a 95% viability two years after date of manufacture.

The inherent viability of the soil based organisms in Prescript-Assist means there are no requirements for nano-encapsulation or hard-shelled enteric-coated capsules, which both are essentially attempts to force viability of probiotic species rather than utilizing hardy strains naturally preadapted to our bodies.

Typical probiotic formulas therefore contain the relatively low-viability lactic acid bacteria that must be protected by technologies (e.g., microencapsulation) due to their inherent fragility. These fragile bacteria have a difficult time surviving because they are readily destroyed within the acidic environment of the stomach. Although patented enteric coatings can help survival rates, the provision of high-viabiltiy organisms that reach the intestines intact due to the inherent strength of their natural spore structure makes more sense as a means to protect against degradation in the stomach and intestinal tract.

Prescript-Assist™ provides bacteria that reach the intestines intact due to the fact that the spore structure protects against degradation or destruction by stomach acids.

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Benefits of soil based organisms in Prescript-Assist versus lactic acid bacteria formulas

29 SYMBIOTIC SPECIES FOUND IN ORGANIC, FERTILE SOILS

Science has shown that a baby’s exposure to maternal bacterial cultures during natural birth help it to form a healthy, disease-resistant bacterial defense. Likewise, the environmental and soil-based bacteria commonly found in foods grown in fertile organic soils assist in growing and maintaining a healthy makeup of internal flora in humans.

This is the basis of SBO (soil based organism) probiotics like Prescript-Assist.™ SBO probiotics have risen in recognition recently as clinical evidence grows to support their effectiveness. Species from the Bacillus genus, a gut-adapted spore-forming bacteria found in Prescript-Assist, have been demonstrated safe and effective in in vitro and in vivo studies (see Resources section below).

Dr. Mehmet Oz of the Dr. Oz Show says, “Spore form probiotics are the Chuck Norris of probiotics: total tough guys. They have to be to survive splashing around in your stomach’s acid bath. Wimpier types—including live cultures in yogurt—often throw in the towel.”

Among brands of SBO probiotics, Prescript-Assist offers the greatest diversity of species. It is the diversity and the resilience of the Prescript-Assist formulation that accounts for its proven success in peer-reviewed, published clinical trials.

BROAD SPECTRUM DIVERSITY

The Human Microbiome Project (NIH-funded five-years research study by a consortium of nearly 80 universities and institutions) confirmed that the number of microbial species found in the human intestines numbers in the thousands rather than hundreds.

Just as importantly, the project results showed that the distribution of a variety of strains capable of performing similar tasks is more important than the individual species themselves. This information underscores the importance of broad spectrum diversity, and therefore the role that can be played by multi-strain probiotic complexes, such as Prescript-Assist.

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Soil based organisms in the human microbiome change during the life cycle.

A review article in Cell refers to the gut as a “natural laboratory for studying the ‘microevolution’ of humans.” The authors write: “In this view, we are seen as superorganisms composed of an amalgam of both microbial and H. sapiens cells, where the survival of microbe and human is interdependent.”

With its balanced formulation of 29 beneficial strains selected to mimic the natural flora found in traditional and paleolithic diets, Prescript-Assist is the only professional-grade probiotic to contain 29 species, 12 different genera, and all four of the most common phyla found in the human digestive tract, including Firmicutes, Bacteroidetes, Actinobacteria, and Proteobacteria.

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Prevalence on skin sites of different types of bacteria, including soil based organisms.

ADDITIONAL ADVANTAGES OF PRESCRIPT-ASSIST™ PROBIOTIC FORMULA

SHELF STABILITY (NO REFRIGERATION NEEDED)

Prescript-Assist offers exceptional shelf stability. It is well known that conventional probiotics (i.e., lactic acid bacteria) are readily damaged, degraded, and destroyed by heat and pressure during the manufacturing process. They are also degraded by exposure to light and by temperature changes. Because they lack shelf stability, if they are not kept refrigerated, they often cannot provide a sufficient quantity of organisms by the time of ingestion.

In contrast, Prescript-Assist features probiotic bacteria protected by a durable seed-like structure, so that they are better safeguarded against environmental factors, including heat, pressure, light, or temperature variability. Indeed, testing confirms that the probiotic bacteria in Prescript-Assist remain 95% viable two years after their date of manufacture without any need for refrigeration.

PREBIOTIC SUPPORT – LEONARDITE (FULVIC & HUMIC ACIDS)

Most probiotic formulas do not contain any prebiotics, which are a food source for bacteria, and help accelerate their growth. Prescript-Assist uniquely contains Leonardite, which is a prebiotic mixture of humic and fulvic acids, which allows the beneficial bacteria to proliferate and thrive.

Fulvic and humic acids belong to a group of organic substances called humic substances. These are dark brown constituents of humus found in soil that contribute to the character of soil, and are precursors to fossil fuels. They are also found in peat, coal upland streams, dystrophic lakes, and ocean water. Both humic acid and fulvic acid are excellent chelators and powerful antioxidants.

Humic acid is normally found in the form of “humate” (the salt of humic acid), i.e., humic acid bound to a nutritional mineral element. Fulvic acid is normally found in the form of ‘fulvate’ (the salt of fulvic acid), i.e., fulvic acid bound to a nutritional mineral element.

A substantial fraction of the mass of the humic acids is in carboxylic acid functional groups, which endow these molecules with the ability to chelate (bind) positively charged multivalent ions (Mg2+, Ca2+, Fe2+, Fe3+, most other “trace elements” of value to plants, as well as other ions that have no positive biological role, such as Cd2+ and Pb2+).

This chelation of ions is probably the most important role of humic acids with respect to living systems. By chelating the ions, they facilitate the uptake of these ions by several mechanisms, one of which is preventing their precipitation, another appears to be a direct and positive influence on their bioavailability.

Humic acid and fulvic acid have been the subject of many years of scientific study not only because of their role in soil and plant biology, but also with respect to their chelation capabilities. That is, for their proven capacities in removing heavy metals from the human body.

Humic and fulvic acids bind only with double valency positive cations, i.e., nutritional elements and/or heavy metal ions. It is likely that a heavy metal ion will displace a lighter, nutritional metal ion and bind with the humate or fulvate.

Many health care practitioners recommend fulvic acid as an electrolyte (to increase cellular electrical efficiency) and supplement to take in combination with trace mineral supplements in order to assist in their uptake by the body. Fulvic acid bonds with these minerals. Because it is a small molecule and therefore easily able to pass through cell membranes, it allows delivery of the minerals efficiently into cells.

Most products are based on processed humate, taken from high quality soil sources, containing large amounts of nutritional cations already bound into the matrix. They are therefore not likely to deplete an individual’s mineral levels. As fulvic acid/fulvate is the smaller molecule, it is more easily absorbed into the cells. It is regarded as an excellent method of delivery for trace elements and nutrients into the body, as well as being an excellent chelator.

Observed Effects of Humic Acids on Animals

Our focus in this article is upon the effects of soil based organisms and prebiotics (e.g., humic and fulvic acids) in humans. However, it is worth noting that various animal studies show a large number of benefits. These studies show the following benefits:

Covering mucous membrane and adstringent effects

Humic acids can form a protective film on the mucuous epithelium of the gastrointestinal tract against infections and toxins. The macrocolloidal structure of humic acids ensures a good shielding on the mucous membrane of the stomach and gut, the peripheral capillaries, and damaged mucosal cells. As a result of this process, the resorption of toxic metabolites is reduced or fully prevented, especially after infections, in case of residues of harmful substances in foods. Furthermore, humic acids help to prevent excessive loss of water via the intestine.

Antibacterial and virucidal effects

Humic acids can influence the metabolism of proteins and carbonhydrates of microbes by catalytic means. This leads to a directly damaging effect against bacteria or viruses. A second mechanism is related to the interionic bonds of high-molecular protein fractions (toxins) of infectious microbes. Their toxic impact on physiological processes of mucous membrane cells can be weakened considerably or even completely blocked.

Antiphlogical effects

Dermal, oral, or subcutaneous application of humic acids leads to inhibitory effects on inflammation. The ability to inhibit inflammation is considered to be related with the flavonoid groups contained in humic acids.

Antiresorptive and adsorptive effects

As high-molecular humic acids remain in the gastrointestinal tract almost entirely following the enteral application (there is no self-resorption), antiresorptive and adsorptive effects take place where they are needed—in the digestive tract. Primarily cationoid noxes (protein toxins, toxic substances) are fixed, their resorption is reduced considerably or even prevented completely and their elimination through the bowel is promoted. As adsorption by humic acids includes not only physical and chemical reactions, but also complex-formation and ion-exchange, it is more intensive and dynamic compared to purely physical adsorbents.

Effects on the immune system

Humic acids stimulate the resistance forces of the body and lead to an increase in the phagocytosis activity. The inducer effect of phenolic components (groups) of humic acids is believed to be responsible for the immunological effects and is the basis for the success of the treatment of the so-called “factor” diseases in young animals.

Ergotropic effects

Humic acids stabilize the intestinal flora, thereby ensuring improved utilization of nutrients in foods. This leads to an increase in liveweight of the animal without increasing the amount of feed given to the animal.

 

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Prescript-Assist provides 29 strains of beneficial soil based organisms.

BACKED BY SCIENCE

Probiotic supplement formulas typically do not offer product-specific clinical studies validating their effectiveness. Prescript-Assist™ is different. It is supported by a peer-reviewed, placebo-controlled human clinical trial, and a one-year follow-up study that verifies its long-term efficacy.

Below is a summary of major features and benefits provided by Prescript-Assist™.

SUMMARY OF KEY BENEFITS

  • No Need for Refrigeration.
  • Backed by Sound Science: Supported by peer-reviewed, published clinical studies.
  • Inherent Organism Viability: A matrix of superior, highly resilient microflora whose organic, seed-like structures survive the early GI tract to thrive in the intestines.
  • Contains Bacillus subtilis:  A proven probiotic species found in traditional foods.
  • 29 Symbiotic Organisms: A balanced formulation specially selected to mimic the natural flora found in traditional and paleolithic diets.
  • Proven Shelf Stable:  With variations of less than 5% over two years from date of manufacture when stored at 98°F / 37°C
  • Supported By Prebiotics. Includes Leonardite, a prebiotic mixture of humic and fulvic acids, which allows beneficial bacteria to proliferate and thrive.
  • Gluten-Free, Dairy Free, and Vegan.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE

As a dietary supplement for adults, take 1–2 capsules per day, or as directed by your health care professional. May be taken with or without food.

Storage:

No refrigeration necessary. Store under normal conditions.

Shelf Life:

Routine viability testing confirms greater than 95% viability two years after date of manufacture — without refrigeration. See individual package for expiration dates.

A VIABLE PROBIOTIC FORMULA WITH SOIL BASED ORGANISMS

We at HPDI always strive to bring our customers the best products and formulas available whether or not we ourselves design and produce them.

When the opportunity to carry Prescript-Assist™ arose, we were quick to recognize its many benefits and advantages. We offer this unique formula knowing that it is safe, effective, and can help improve the health of our customers and their patients.

We also know that Prescript-Assist can be used effectively in combination with our other supplements (i.e., HPDI foundational supplements and superfoods), including formulas we design specifically for GI health like Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula.

We take Prescript-Assist™ and experience major health benefits. In addition, we personally witness and hear from many individuals (including health care professionals) who have experienced the benefits of the formula. The results reported are excellent.

It is more important than ever to utilize our current (and rapidly expanding) knowledge about the human microbiome and its constituents to support optimal health and wellness. Science tells us that the human microbiome historically has been populated by a broad range of soil based organisms.

Where we have moved away from nature and traditional agriculture, individuals’ microbiomes can become less vibrant, diverse, and robust. Supplements like Prescript-Assist providing soil based organisms can help bring us closer to having a microbiome more closely resembling our healthy ancestors.

SOURCES AND RESOURCES

BOOKS, ARTICLES & INFORMATION

The Advantages of Soil Based Organisms for Health (from the HPDI blog)

A New View of the Role of Bacteria in Health (from the HPDI blog)

Prescript-Assist™ Broad Spectrum Probiotic & Prebiotic (from the HPDI blog)

Spore Form Probiotics Keep Your Digestive Tract Happy

Body’s Hardworking Microbes Get Some Overdue Respect (Science)

NIH Human Microbiome Project Defines Normal Bacterial Makeup of the Body (NIH)

Ecological and Evolutionary Forces Shaping Microbial Diversity in the Human Intestine (Cell)

Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain –for LifeDavid Perlmutter, MD.

SELECTED ABSTRACTS

The Safety of Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus indicus as Food Probiotics (J. Applied Microbiology)

The Safety of Two Bacillus Probiotic Strains for Human Use (Digestive Diseases and Sciences)

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Prescript-Assist™ Probiotic Formula (HPDI website)

Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula (HPDI website)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

HPDI BLOG ARTICLES

Contact Us:

You can reach HPDI by calling 1-800-228-4265, email support(at)IntegratedHealth.com, or visit the retail website: www.IntegratedHealth.com

Health care professionals and retailers can apply for wholesale account, which includes access to the HPDI reseller website: www.HealthProductsDistributors.com

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Report from ACAM 2015 Annual Meeting

Fred Liers PhD ACAM American College for Advancement in Medicine annual meeting 2015In mid-November, I attended the annual meeting of the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada where I represented Health Products Distributors, Inc. (HPDI).

This year’s meeting theme was “Integrative Medicine’s New Landscape: Practical Applications of New Technologies.” I went to participate as an ACAM member, and as exhibitor showcasing HPDI products as a silver level ACAM supporter.

I staffed our booth with Robert Simmons who is HPDI’s content curator and digital specialist. We displayed about 100 products, most of which are formulated by our CEO, my father Hank Liers, PhD.

I had the fortune of speaking to doctors, naturopaths, integrative medical specialists, and scientists on a variety of topics, including the need for dietary supplements, the importance of trace minerals, vitamin C, and probiotics. I learned quite a bit from these discussions and interactions.

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I staffed HPDI’s booth at ACAM 2015 in Las Vegas.

Doctors and participants at the meeting showed most interest in our Ultimate Protector Nrf2 activator product and Prescript-Assist™ probiotic (soil-based organisms) formula. Also of interest to them were Rejuvenate! superfoods, foundational supplements (multivitamins, essential fats, and vitamin C/antioxidant formulas), and our Warrior Health products (Warrior Mist for pain and Warrior Sleep for rest and relaxation).

In particular, participants were interested in the results of the Brunswick Labs ORAC5.0™ test of Ultimate Protector. View the Certificate of Analysis or visit the Ultimate Protector page. The test results reveal an ORAC5.0 value of 172,965 µmole TE/gram. This translates into a total ORAC5.0 value of more than 486,000 per 2.81 gram serving (i.e., six small capsules).

Although busy staffing the HPDI booth, I took time to attend an excellent presentation on the microbiome by Raphael Kellman, MD. His lecture was informative. He discussed the importance of the microbiome for supporting good health, and positive effects related to maintaining populations of beneficial flora.

Dr. Kellman considered the role of poor diet, antibiotics, stress and other factors in creating an environment less positive for probiotics. For example, a microbiome so imbalanced as to result in a condition of dysbiosis is known to suppress immunity.

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Dr. Raphael Kellman lectures on the microbiome to ACAM doctors.

Dr. Kellman showed that probiotics not only are beneficial for the microbiome and the body in general, but also how these effects extend into supporting positive emotions.

In this regard, I recently read Dr. David Perlmutter’s Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain—for Life which discusses the importance of a healthy microbiome with a focus on implications for brain health and well-being. Dr. Kellman’s lecture confirmed much of what I learned from Dr. Perlmutter’s book, and gave me new information to consider.

Dr. Kellman presented specific dietary recommendations he suggests to patients for supporting a healthy microbiome. For example, he recommends consuming fermented foods like sauerkraut and kim chee that reinoculate the gut, as well as certain vegetables like onions, asparagus, jicama, and radishes that support the growth of healthy bacteria for a better balanced microbiome.

I was impressed by the volume of scientific studies he cited regarding the beneficial effects of the healthy microbiome (and the adverse effects of an unhealthy one), and by his discussion of clinical applications with respect to practical steps patients can take to support the development and maintenance of a healthy microbiome.

As a representative of a company that sells a superior probiotic formula (Prescript-Assist™), the ramifications of his presentation of the microbiome were clear. Everyone needs a healthy microbiome to thrive. And there are many means, including diet and supplementation with probiotics and prebiotics, that can help ensure the health of an individual’s microbiome.

I also visited exhibitors and vendors in the exhibit hall. Of particular interest were the liposomal formulas offered by Quicksilver Scientific. I tested at least nine of their formulas sublingually and found them both tasty and effective.

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Robert (right) and I pose in our booth with Alfredo Salguero (center) of In Light Wellness Systems.

Other highlights from visiting vendors were trying out the PEMF (pulsed electro-magnetic field) unit from Pulse4Life and receiving a Zyto scan from Trayce Waterline of Zyto Corp. A Zyto scan uses galvanic skin response technology and proprietary software that utilizes digital signatures to recommend nutritional supplements that match your biological preference.

I also enjoyed learning about Biomat technology from Owen Cobb of the Biomat Store and lying under LED pads from In Light Wellness Systems.

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HPDI booth rep Robert scans the preferred partners board at ACAM 2015.

I enjoyed meeting ACAM officers and board members at our booth and in the exhibitor hall, during breakfasts, lecture breaks, and the opening reception.

Finally, one of the best experiences was meeting ACAM management and staff. In particular, I took the opportunity to chat with Veronica Haynes, Brenda Carney, Zach Haynes, and Liz Pullman. Thanks to ACAM for putting on a great meeting.

We at HPDI already look forward to next year’s ACAM 2016 annual meeting, which will be right here in Tucson, Arizona, September 15–18, 2016. The theme of next year’s meeting will be “What’s Next? An Interdisciplinary Approach to Advanced Prevention.”

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Additional Resources:

HPDI’s ACAM page provides information about our partnership with ACAM as a preferred partner and silver level supporter for the ACAM 2015 annual meeting.

Contact Us:

You can reach HPDI by calling 1-800-228-4265, email support(at)IntegratedHealth.com, or visit the retail website: www.IntegratedHealth.com

Health care professionals and retailers can apply for wholesale account, which includes access to the HPDI reseller website: www.HealthProductsDistributors.com

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JUICE JOURNEY OF CYCLIST IRENA OSSOLA

Fred Liers PhD juice cleanse kidneys Irena OssolaBack in July, HPDI’s sponsored athlete Irena Ossola was up in Canada training for and winning bike races. After months on the road of training, racing, and travel—and toward the end of the season—she experienced an episode of cramping. Blood tests showed a condition of rhabdomyolysis.

In rhabdomyolosis, damaged skeletal striated muscle rapidly breaks down. Consequently, the breakdown products of the damaged muscle cells are released into the bloodstream. Some of the products, including the protein myoglobin, can harm the kidneys.

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Cyclist Irena Ossola and Fred Liers discuss HPDI supplements as part of peak-performance health.

Extreme or strenuous physical exercise is among the known risk factors for rhabdomyolosis. This is particularly the case when a person is dehydrated. Being an elite athlete who endures training, racing, and traveling for months, it is no surprise that Irena could experience this condition.

Fortunately, Irena’s cramping ended after a few days of rest, hydration, and electrolyte intake as directed by her doctor.

Having time available after her recovery, Irena decided to embark upon a juice cleanse.

She would start with a kidney flush. That made sense to her not only because she had the time available, but also because while she had resumed normal activities, she hoped to cleanse her system so she could return to training in an optimal condition of readiness.

After careful consideration, Irena plans and prepares for a five-day juice cleanse. She obtains a high-quality Breville juicer, kidney-specific herbal teas and tinctures, Rejuvenate! superfoods, and lots of fresh organic produce.

Her plan includes consuming raw foods on the first and last days, and just freshly made vegetable and fruit juices (along with teas, tinctures, and Rejuvenate! superfoods) on the middle days. She will consume up to one gallon of fresh juice daily.

She will not stop her training altogether, but not having to travel or train intensely for races means she can match her training level to her physical capacity during the cleanse.

Irena documents her daily progress in her blog. She ends up completing a full week (seven days) on her juice cleanse. At the end of her journey, she writes: “My body feels so good I am happy to have completed this journey.”

Below we include Irena’s full article complete with all entries and some of her photos. ~~~

CYCLIST KIDNEY JUICE CLEANSE

by Irena Ossola
(originally published July 2015)

PREPARATION

I have researched, discussed, and read so much about juice cleanses and think I am to tackle it for five days of rebooting my system.

After months of training, racing, travel, and other life stresses I decided I need to cleanse my body of all the toxins and get a fresh start for my kidneys. I returned from a long few months on the road and am just getting over an episode of cramping where blood tests showed rhabdomyolysis in my kidneys.

The doctor had me get an IV of 2L of fluid to help hydrate and flush my kidneys. After a couple more days of rest and looooots of pedialite and hydration the cramping stopped and I felt back to normal, at least with walking and everyday activity.

Training will take a little longer to rebuild however, so it is the perfect time for a juice cleanse. Without the big intensity workouts that require a lot of energy, and good recovery, I am able to stick with just juice and let my body recover.

Discussing a plan and information with Fred Liers, and Dr. Hank Liers of Health Products Distributors, Inc., we have put together the best program and technique for me as a professional cyclist to tackle this cleanse.

Over the next few days I will be posting daily updates about my journey. I will also include advice, recipes, pictures, and discussion of how I feel while still training and going through this cleanse/diet.

LET THE JUICE JOURNEY BEGIN!

Irena Ossola Kidney Cleanse Juice

Rejuvenate! Plus superfood, detox tea, and other supplies.

PROGRAM: 5-DAY KIDNEY JUICE CLEANSE

Day 1 and 5: Raw Foods – Eating just fruits and vegetables to ease my body into the more restricted and intense cleanse of just juice

Day 2, 3, 4: Just Juice – Drinking as much and as often as I feel. But only juices with a combo of fruits and vegetables to give me enough vitamins, minerals, and energy to keep my day going and keep training (even with no solid food).

Mornings: Start out with a Lemonade drink first off to get my system going. Then 15–30 min later I drink 8–16 oz of Detox Tea. Then about 1 hr later I’m getting hungry and it’s juice time.

Lemonade Recipe: 8 oz purified water, 4 oz lemon/lime juice (about 3 lemons and 1 lime), cayenne pepper (to taste as things get spicy), small amount of maple syrup or stevia to sweeten ( I have also just been toughing it out and doing without).

Irena Ossola juice cleanse lemonade

Making lemonade in the kitchen.

Detox Tea: I’m in a crunch for time and money so I just bought the Yogi Brand Peach Detox tea and put 2 bags into 3 quarts of water. 1 quart I drink for my morning tea routine, and the rest I drink throughout the day. The kidney cleanse also calls for taking tictures with the tea. These are reduced down herbal liquids that you can find at whole foods or ordered online.

Fred Liers of Health Products Distributors, Inc., recommended getting a couple different ones since I was in a crunch on time and not able to order the correct ones. I found the Uva Ursi at Whole Foods, but they didn’t have the Parsley or Juniper Berry. I took 2 shot glasses almost full of tea and put in a dropper of the tincture, then took them like a shot before drinking my 8–16 oz of tea.

Irena Ossola urva ursi kidney cleanse

Uva Ursi tincture.

DAY 1: RAW FOOD AND PREP

Today I started the cleanse with the Lemonade and Detox Tea but was happy to not jump in head first to the strictly juice just yet.

I ate an apple, banana, baby carrots, and a salad for lunch and dinner which included an avocado to get some protein and fats (you can also include nuts since that is considered raw food). I also threw in some watermelon and strawberries into the salad which made it extra good.

Since I got my juicer and wanted to get it for a spin and have some fun experimenting I did make some juices and drank those during the day also.

This first day wasn’t too hard since I am already used to eating a lot of salad and fruits. Just not having any meat or protein was tougher and felt a bit hungrier and meals didn’t hold over as long

I also noticed I was peeing A LOT more just from the tea and juices. This will probably be an indication of the bathroom usage to come in the upcoming days, haha.

Training: 1’20″ ride easy just to feel out legs and get some exercise on the bike. Swam about 30″ total, going back and forth between hot tub and pool to get contrast and circulation in muscles.

Irena Ossola salad raw food cleanse

I consumed raw foods the day before my cleanse.

DAY 2: LET THE JUICE CLEANSE BEGIN

Started off with my Lemonade, the sourness is already a tough chug but beware of that cayenne. Added too much this morning and it definitely woke me up.

After drinking the tea (20 min after the lemonade) I was surprisingly not very hungry during the morning. I had my first juice at 9:30ish and usually if I don’t eat soon after waking up I’m starving. This was a surprisingly common feeling all day. I kept drinking throughout the day but even when I was riding or swimming I didn’t feel weak or tired at all. Throughout the day I’ve felt pretty good overall.

I am enjoying the lack of thinking in this. I don’t have to think about what I’ll have post ride, or for lunch, or for dinner, because it’s already decided for me…JUICE! No dealing with cravings or suppressing hunger or getting snacks to hold off till meals. I like just being able to drink whenever and as much juice as I want. I feel lighter and no stomach issues.

Irena Ossola Breville Juicer

I use a Breville juicer.

cleanse juice bottles

Yummy juice!

Today’s Flavors:

1 –    Kale, chard, cucumber, celery, beets, carrots, few strawberries, lime rind, about 1/2 scoop Rejuvenate!

2 –    More Fruit (base from #1) – + Apple, orange, banana, more strawberries, watermelon, lemon/lime rind, ginger

3 –    Garlic (base from #1) – + Garlic clove, parsley, ginger

Review of Juices:

#2 – Definitely sweeter and lighter on flavor

#3 – The garlic juice had a funky aftertaste from the garlic and needed the parsley to cut the strong flavor, but probably put too much because the juice came out a bit spicy. Added more Rejuvenate to this one and helped bring down the intensity from the garlic.

Training: 2’ 10″ ride relaxed and feeling good. Not feeling hungry in the ride, but had to stop for a pee break (that seems to be a common theme today). Hungry at end of the ride and juice was great for recovery. Swam 40″ total, with some back and forth to the hot tub for more circulation.

Felt good and never got hungry since I had juice before and after exercise. That is one thing that was important today with exercising, is to keep juice and hydration available at all times. Pre and post is so important for training and on a cleanse you can’t neglect your body’s needed nutrients.

irena ossola breville juicer

irena ossola juicer bowl

DAY 3: START STRONG, THEN A LITTLE TIRED

I didn’t even wake up very hungry, and once I had my Lemonade and Tea I felt full already before even having any juice. My routine has gotten pretty on point also; I get up and right away put on water for tea, then I start squeezing the lemons/lime for lemonade.

Once I’m done making the lemonade I sip on it while the tea steeps and I prep for juice. Washing all the produce and getting bottles ready. As I drink down the tea it’s juicing time. Lay out the spread and juice out 3 or 4 quarts. I am having a lot of fun with different recipes and playing with the flavors where each bottle is different.

Today’s Flavors:

1 –    The BASE – Kale, chard, cucumber, celery, beets, carrots, few strawberries, lime rind, about 1/2 scoop Rejuvenate!

2 –    More Fruit (base from #1) – + Apple, orange, banana, more strawberries, watermelon, lemon/lime rind, ginger but no carrots

3 –    Garlic (base from #1) – + Garlic clove, parsley, ginger

4 –    Base but added ginger and parsley

Review of Juices:

#2 –    Is probably my favorite, sweeter and lighter without any harder flavors like with the garlic

#3 –    This one makes me feel like I’m being healthy, cause it doesn’t taste so great, haha.

#4 –    This one had a little kick with the parsley and ginger, definitely tasty!

Juicing Tips: As you can see from the pictures juicing can get messy. I recommend getting all the ingredients and bottles ready and layed out so you can juice out more smoothly. Lay out newspaper under the juicer so and splattering or spilling is a lot easier to clean up. Beware of beets!! They stain and any platters in the way or cabinets needs to be wiped immediately, or it’ll leave a mark. The juicer is easy to wash, without oils it makes a simple rinse quick and simple.

Overall today was a little tougher, and I’m only 3 days in!! How the heck do people do this for months?! The morning and all day was pretty good in not feeling very hungry, but my energy level was definitely lower.

I got about halfway through my ride and started feeling my muscles getting tired even though I wasn’t even going very hard. My mind wasn’t focusing as well (bonktown USA) and wanted to finish the ride, but I stuck it out and finished the training.

Same thing when I went swimming, just feeling like a nap and not high on energy at all. My body is feeling great, clean and light. It’s just that since I am so used to having constant protein and other nutrition inputs this change has come with a little getting used to.

DAY 4: TRAINING A LITTLE TOUGHER

One thing I noticed today is that waking up and getting out of bed was easier and I was ready to get the day going. I don’t feel hungry or sluggish in the morning but found my juicing routine has been pretty nice in the morning. What did hit hard to day was feeling tired in training and then in the evening before bed.

This cleanse is definitely not for the high volume athlete or intense training season. I am glad to be doing light riding and swimming, but I still feel my body tired about 1 hr into a ride and just want to pull over for a nap. I make sure to drink plenty of juice before and after my training for energy, and lots of water during for hydration.

Tip: Make sure you do the cleanse when you can exercise but don’t have intense, high volume, or super focused training. This will drain some of your energy, but you will feel so much better through and after the process is complete.

Today’s Flavors:

1 –    The Base – But no red beets, plus squash, no watermelon + Rejuvenate! mix

2 –    Fruit – + Raspberries and watermelon + Rejuvenate! mix

3 –    Garlic, parsley, squash, no strawberries + Rejuvenate! mix

4 –    Mix assorted + Rejuvenate! mix

Rejuvenate! Mix – 1/2 scoop of Rejuvenate! Plus, 1/3 scoop of Rejuvenate! Berries and Herbs, 1/4 scoop of Rejuvenate! Original (Greens).

By adding this Rejuvenate! superfood mix to my juices it has given me more energy and adds more vitamins and minerals so I am not just drinking the juice alone but also getting other benefits and nutrients that my body needs. There is also extra protein that adds some more substance to the juice to hold my appetite over.

Irena Ossola bicycle training

Training in New Mexico.

DAY 5: DON’T HOLD BACK, GOING THE DISTANCE

Today should be the last day and the raw food day, but I’ve decided to go for a whole week of cleansing. So I will make it five days of just juice and two days of raw food on either end. I am feeling good with the juice and something in me doesn’t want to stop before complete a full week.

My biggest tip for today when doing the cleanse is to not hold back on the amount of juice you make or drink. It doesn’t matter how much you drank the first day because as the days go on your body will need more nutrients as it burns through stores.

I found that I am losing a lot of weight, not intentionally, but just because of the cleanse and exercise. So if that is your goal then don’t think you have to stick to just a certain volume everyday. Each day I have increased my juice intake by at least two cups. Today I am at four 32 oz bottles (not completely full), and the first day I only had three. Listen to your body and give it what it needs.

Today’s Flavors:

1 –    The Base – + Garlic, parsley, banana, squash, no red beets

2 –    Fruit – The Base – +  Watermelon, strawberries, raspberries, ginger, apple, banana

3 –    Garlic – Garlic, parsley, ginger, red beets, watermelon, no apple

4 –    What was left –  Ginger, apples, kale, beets

I’ve upped the garlic and banana; since garlic is so good for vitamin C and cleansing and banana has some extra calories and energy to run on.

DAY 6: HOME STRETCH

So everyone has said “Wow, only juice, you must be so hungry.” But I’m really not, and I haven’t really had big cravings for anything either. Getting my body into the routine, it has settled and is happy with the nutrients of the juice.

I am happy to start eating real food again tomorrow, but definitely very happy I did this and went through the experience of cleansing. Not just for my physical health but also mental. It was great to refocus on what is important for my training and life beyond just meals and satiating hunger through the day. This helped me rebalance and feel my body in a state of renewal.

One concern for most people when doing something like this is time and money. For time, if you think about the time you take to either make and eat meals or get food at a store or restaurant it takes up about 2–3 hours per day, give or take. I have been getting up each morning and it takes me about 1.5 hrs for prep, juicing, and cleanup. And I drink throughout the day so I am not having to sit down with a plate or meal. It really is a great on-the-go kind of plan.

For money, I have saved all my receipts from the grocery store, so after tomorrow is over I will calculate all of my expenses for this experience. But it has cost me roughly $15 – $20 per day. And that is completely organic produce. I have gotten a couple things from my dad’s garden (which is obviously ideal), but most was store bought.

Thinking about what people spend on meals and eating out, that can get well over $20 per day. And getting juice at a shop or store, can run $5 just for a quart, and I am drinking well over four quarts per day. This is definitely an economical diet if done correctly.

Today’s Flavors:

Basically the same, but today I threw in peaches and more berries…I also strategically put in a banana into my first and second juices, so that before my ride and after I would have the extra sugar and potassium.

Irena Ossola Rejuvenate superfood mix

My superfood mix uses all three Rejuvenate! superfoods.

DAY 7: ALL JUICED UP

Today was the final day of official cleansing and a day of raw food. I think my body knew it was the day because I woke up hungry for the first time all week. I still did my lemonade/tea and juicing for the day as I wanted to keep my hydration up and keep the routine.

It was nice to think about what I would eat for my first food back, and I went for a banana this morning. Seemed appropriate since bananas are the common cure for cramps, and that’s why I did the cleanse. It was so great tasting and funny thing is, the chewing sensation was weird to get used to again.

The rest of the day was pretty normal and not any huge cravings, but I had half an avocado before my workout and the other half after.

I was surprised to not eat more but just didn’t feel like it, my appetite was pretty slim. But I was definitely satisfied and could say full after just eating a little bit.

In the evening for dinner I went out and had an amazing salad. My body feels so good, I am happy to have completed this journey.

Irena Ossola juice cleanse

My first solid food in a week!

I did not do this cleanse for weight loss, but to clean out my body and help my kidneys and system recover after the fatigue of cramping. But considering I was in a down time with training it was the perfect time to do it and also shed a couple pounds before harder training again.

So I will say it was incredible to see my weight change as each day passed. I started out at 148 pounds which is pretty normal for me and what I have been racing at this season, today I weighed myself in the morning and was 143.

I am pretty shocked by how much I lost in this short time. And I wasn’t even holding back or feeling the pains someone usually feels in dieting or losing weight, I drank as much as I wanted and never felt hungry or strong urges to eat.

I would really recommend this cleanse to anyone looking to clean up their system and/or to shed some unwanted weight.

It is so important to take on things like this with a smart and prepared approach with the intent of health and well being, not just to get skinny or for looks. If that is the drive then it’s more likely the weight will be put right back on, because it’s about a lifestyle and making good choices for the benefit of your body.

To eat well and be happy with your body is the most important thing.

So I hope this blog post has helped anyone looking to start or research doing a kidney cleanse. Or even just reading along as I go though along my road as a professional cyclist.

It has been an amazing experience and I plan to do it again before my season of hard training starts in the fall/winter.

HAPPY JUICING!

irena ossola stationary bicycle training

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Read Irena’s juice cleanse article on her blog (OssolaSport.com):

http://www.ossolasport.com/blogirena/juice-journey-cyclist-kidney-juice-cleanse/

 

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SHINGLES RECOMMENDATIONS & SUGGESTIONS

Fred Liers PhD shingles herpes chickenpoxIf you’ve ever experienced shingles, or witnessed someone close to you experience it, then you probably know it’s a condition to avoid if at all possible. I experienced it, as have several persons I know.

Essentially, shingles is a commonly occurring viral condition caused by a reactivation of varicella zoster virus (Chickenpox). It is characterized by the development of a rash usually either on the right or left side of the body, and sometimes the face. In severe cases, vision loss may occur. One person I know lost hearing in one ear.

The rash is typically accompanied by varying levels of nerve pain and tingling sensations. The rash may disappear within one month. Yet, in some cases there may be ongoing nerve pain that can last for months or years. Shingles may reoccur. I know of several persons who have had it more than once. Others say they can feel it ‘coming on’ and take immediate steps to stop a recurrence.

I experienced what might be considered a ‘mild’ case of shingles. Still, it was probably three weeks before my symptoms mostly abated, and four or five weeks before I was felt completely normal.

First, there was a week of increased sensitivity of my skin to touch in around the affected areas, as well as tingling sensations, and pain radiating from my lower back down the back and inside of my left leg. I also experienced mild fever, malaise, and low energy. All this before any rash appeared and prior to my awareness that my symptoms were caused by shingles.

Acupuncture can be helpful for shingles pain.

Acupuncture can be helpful for shingles pain.

Then the rash started at my sacrum and ran in patches down the inside of my left leg to my ankle. The nerve pain made it increasingly difficult to walk comfortably, and I experienced major fatigue. I continued to feel intense tingling, shooting nerve pain, and sensitive skin for several weeks.

When I say I had a relatively mild case of shingles, I don’t mean to diminish my experience of pain or fatigue. But I know other people whose pain definitively was greater than mine, and whose symptoms lasted longer. In some cases, they didn’t know what condition they were dealing with for days or weeks.

Fortunately, I acted immediately after I knew I had shingles. In dealing with shingles it is important that the individual rest and take measures to strengthen and support the immune system.

I would say that the most important actions I took were to boost nutrient intake (including higher intake of vitamin C), and take the amino acid l-lysine, olive leaf extract, Immune-Assist™ mushroom extract, and Prescript-Assist probiotic & prebiotic formula (soil-based organisms).

Please refer to the recommendations in the table (below), which was developed by my father, Hank Liers, PhD, several years ago. He refines the recommedations on an ongoing basis. Indeed, he was instrumental in supporting my recovery during the time I had shingles.

Also helpful were essential oils (lavender, lemon balm, helichrysum) rubbed directly onto the rash 2–3 times daily, as well as baths using magnesium chloride (oil or flakes). I also sprayed Polyvalent Silver, Warrior Mist, and Warrior Sleep on the rash.

Warrior Mist is formulated to stop pain. Warrior Sleep contains lavender. I often applied the Warrior Sleep at night. When I applied it during the day it did not overly relax me probably because I only applied small amounts to my leg. When seeking to induce sleep or relaxation, I usually apply larger amounts of it to my neck and face.

Regarding essential oils, be sure to follow the recommendations on the bottle. If necessary, you can dilute oils using a carrier oil (like almond or coconut oil) if your skin is particularly sensitive.

essential oils lavender shingles

Essentials oils such as lavender can be helpful for shingles.

I rested a few more hours daily for a couple weeks, and longer during peak periods of fatigue. However, I took short walks or engaged in gentle exercise whenever possible. I exposed the rash to sunshine for 10–15 minutes every day.

I had two acupuncture treatments, which significantly reduced pain. After each treatment, I noticed it was easier to walk normally. During the first treatment I felt shooting, needle-like sensations run the length of my left leg. These sensations were more intense in the areas most greatly affected. Thereafter pain and tingling was less noticeable. This reduction hastened my return to normal activity.

Several weeks after onset of the rash, I performed a juice cleanse (liver flush), which lasted nine days. I felt noticeably greater energy during and after the cleanse. I believe it powerfully supported my body’s healing process.

During the time on my juice flush, I consumed only fresh vegetable juices, and herbal teas and tinctures. The fresh, organic juice rejuvenated me, and it gave my body a break from having to digest solid food. Thus, I gained significant nutritional benefits while simultaneously cleansing and conserving energy normally required for digestion and related metabolic processes.

FOUNDATIONAL NUTRITION

It probably helped I was already eating a healthy diet and that I routinely take all the foundational supplements (multivitamins, essential fats, vitamin C, Rejuvenate! superfoods) listed in the table below.

I feel that Rejuvenate! superfoods were particularly instrumental in my recovery. Whereas I regularly take 1–4 scoops of Rejuvenate! superfoods daily, I increased my dose closer to 5–8 scoops daily. I emphasized Rejuvenate! Original, yet also took higher amounts of Rejuvenate! PLUS and Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs.

I consume a healthy diet that is mostly organic, relatively high in greens and vegetables, and low in simple carbohydrates. I eat lean proteins (fish like wild-caught salmon), complex carbohydrates (like broccoli), and a few whole grains (organic brown rice).

Notably during my time with shingles, I reduced my intake of foods high in arginine. I also increased my intake of foods high in lysine. A balance of  these two amino acids in favor of lysine is known to lessen the activity of the virus.

It may be that my case of shingles was relatively less severe due to the fact that my nutrition is fairly solid. For had my nutritional status and/or my immune system been compromised, I believe my ability to fight the virus would have been correspondingly lessened.

What follows below is the Table (1.0) and additional information comprising the shingles recommendations, as developed by Hank Liers, PhD.

SHINGLES RECOMMENDATIONS

Description Morning Noon Evening Night Comments
Pro C (180 caps) ™ 2 caps
1 cap
2 caps
1 cap
2 caps
1 cap
Take with meals. Start with 2 caps per meal for the first 6 days, then reduce to 1 cap per meal.
Prescript-Assist®  (90 caps) 1 cap 1 cap Take 10–20 minutes before meals. Go to 1 cap daily after 30 days.
Multi Two Tabs (180 tabs) – Multivitamin or
Mighty Multi-Vite!
1 tab
2 caps
1 tab
2 caps
Take with meals.
L-Lysine — 500 mg 1-2 caps 1-2 caps Take 30 minutes before or 2 hours after meals.
Double Zinc Plus (100 vcaps) 1 cap Take with meals.
Bone Guardian Tabs or
Bone Jour™
2 tabs
3 caps
2 tabs
3 caps
Take with meals.
Buffered Vitamin C,
Buffered C-1,000 (250 tabs) — 1,000 mg (1 gm)
or Buffered C Powder (1/2 lb) (1/4 tsp = 1 gm)
1 tab
or
1/4 tsp
1 tab
or
1/4 tsp
1 tab
or
1/4 tsp
1 tab
or
1/4 tsp
Best with meals, but other times are okay.  Start with 1 tab or 1/4 rounded tsp twice a day and add another 1 tablet or 1/4 tsp every few days until you are taking 4 tablets or 1 rounded tsp per day.
Essential Fats plus E (90 softgels) 1 cap 1 cap 1 cap 1 cap Take with meals/snacks.
Complete E (60 softgels) 1 cap 1 cap Take with meals.  In addition, rub the contents of a capsule on affected area twice per day.
Olive Leaf Extract 500 mg 2 caps 2 caps 2 caps 2 caps Take between meals with 1 1/2 –2 glasses of water.
Rejuvenate! Plus or
Rejuvenate Berries & Herbs
1 scoop
1 scoop
1 scoop
1 scoop
Take as snack or in fruit smoothie.

TABLE 1.0

Additional nutrients that may be helpful include Echinacea (as drops or capsules), N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine (NAC) 500 mg (100 caps) NAC (2 gms per day), and Immune-Assist™ (2 capsules 3 times per day).

Rub essential oils such as helichrysum, lemon balm, frankincense, and lavender and/or spray Silver Biotics Polyvalent Silver (16 oz) solution several times daily on the affected areas.

GENERAL SUGGESTIONS FOR SHINGLES

Consume a diet relativley high in lysine and relatively low in arginine.

Consume high fiber foods such as organic vegetables (including 16 oz per day of fresh juices from carrot, celery, beets, cabbage, etc.), organic fruits, whole grains (e.g., brown rice, millet, and quinoa), beans, nuts and seeds (sunflower, chia, flax, pumpkin, almond, walnut and sesame in small amounts are good).

If you consume animal products, eat only organic lean meats, organic poultry and fish, including salmon, sardines, mackerel, trout, and bluefish (all of which are high in omega-3s).

Try eating Hank’s Vegetable Soup several times a week. Avoid sweets (sugar), processed/refined food (white bread and pasta), preservatives, and artificial flavors and colors.

If you have a Rife machine available, then use the shingles and antiviral codes on a daily basis.

Take baths with Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil/Flakes/Gel (1 cup) and baking soda (1 cup).

 

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