Good Bacteria??

indigestionEven with all the food we eat and the high rate of obesity, a lot of Americans are malnourished.

Basically, we are fat, we are miserable and our bodies are starving. 

A lot of the problem is related to poor digestion.  You hear a lot about probiotics – why do we need them?  In our gut we have good and bad bacteria. Probiotics are the good bacteria.  A proper ratio between the good and bad bacteria is associated with health and well-being.  Antibiotics and poor diets kill off much of the good bacteria, allowing the bad bacteria to overgrow.  The result may be bloating, indigestion, diarrhea, irregular bowels as well as other health problems.

Research studies show that a proper bacteria ratio and a functional intestinal system play a role in mental health and can decrease depression and anxiety. Serotonin, a neurotransmitter affecting mood, is found mainly in the intestinal system.  That proper ratio also strengthens our immune system

So, What Can You Do to Improve your Intestinal System?

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Prebiotics act like food for probiotics.  They are a non digestable plant fiber.  It is nearly impossible to get enough prebiotics from food sources such as chicory or apple and fruit skins.  Many people eat yogurt in an effort to get enough probiotics.  The problem is most active bacteria in probiotics are killed off by body heat and stomach acid.  Bacillus coagulans is one probiotic that survives best in the intestine.  2 studies showed that proper balance of this bacteria decreased abdominal pain and bloating in people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  Ingestion of probiotics can help people that suffer from recurrent yeast infections as it changes the alkalinity of the body.  Nutrient absorption from the food we eat is improved, bowel function is improved and people see better weight and appetite control.

Use of probiotics can also strengthen our immune system.  A proper balance between good and bad bacteria in our gut influences the health and well being of our entire body and even our mood.

Once again, not all probiotics are created equal.

  • You need the prebiotics as food for the probiotics.
  • You need the probiotics that survive against body heat and stomach acid
  • You also can benefit from digestive enzymes – to better break down complex carbohydrates, fats and proteins for improved absorption

I take Digestion Plus everyday because I feel it is the best product of it’s type on the market.  It contains Bacillus coagulans, prebiotics and digestive enzymes.  It doesn’t contain sugars or any other harmful fillers.  It is certified vegan, gluten free and Kosher.  I mix one small packet in a bottle of water or other drink each day.  More info available: Arbonne Digestion Plus    digestion plus

Thanks for reading, I hope you find this information helpful.  Comment below if you have questions or suggestions for future content.  Here’s to healthy guts! 🙂

Who needs Vitamin D?

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  Everybody needs Vitamin D!

  In the winter months, UVB rays from the sun are blocked in most areas so our Vitamin D levels are at their lowest.  Coincidence then, that winter is also flu season?  There are researchers who think not.  Studies have shown that many Americans are Vitamin D deficient.  We just do not get enough Vitamin D in our diet and we need the sun to help our bodies synthesize the vitamin D.

  So what does Vitamin D have to do with the flu?

  Vitamin D supports our immune system (the system in our body that is responsible for fighting off illness). Immune cells in our bodies have vitamin D receptors. Increased vitamin D activates cells in the immune system that are like natural antibiotics – they kill bacteria.  The vitamin D receptor cells also regulate inflammatory substances which are partly responsible for some of the symptoms we experience with the flu.

  There have been several research studies throughout the world that have shown that people with low levels of vitamin D have a higher flu rate.  Studies also have shown that higher levels of vitamin D were associated with a shorter duration of flu.  Many healthcare providers recommend increasing our vitamin D intake above the daily recommended amount.

If you want to take Vitamin D to stay healthy – start now.  Your body will need to build up your vitamin D level.  I take between 2000 and 4000 units daily. A word of caution – you can get too much vitamin D and that can cause serious problems.   So, check with your healthcare provider about safe dosages.

(this post is meant for informational purposes only, it is not intended to diagnose or treat – always check with your healthcare provider)

The Flu – Just Say No!

In the U.S. this time of year is the beginning of the dreaded “flu season”.   I don’t know about you, but I just do not have time to be sick with the flu.  And I certainly do not feel like dealing with how the flu makes me feel.  So, this year . .  . be ready, stand up and say NO!  to the flu.  Keep reading – I am not talking about flu shots to prevent the flu.flu

      The flu is a viral illness caused by the influenza virus.  When the weather changes,  our immune system works overtime to cope with conditions that could make us sick.  That influenza virus comes right along – when our immune system may be at it’s weakest.  A strong and intact immune system can fight off the flu – we may feel a bit sick or achy for a day or so, but not as bad as a typical course of flu.  The flu virus can enter our body, our strong immune system attacks and we clear the virus.

So how do I fight off the flu?  I don’t want one of those flu shots!

      There are several ways to boost your immune system.  First of all, make sure you are getting plenty of sleep each night, eating healthy and drinking plenty of water.  Avoid stress (as much as you can) as stress also challenges our immune system.  Other things like Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Zinc support a healthy and  functional immune system.  I will post more details about each of these substances over the next few days.  Frequent handwashing is very important in avoiding any type of illness. germ-478x600There are millions of germs just waiting for you on telephones, handrails, door knobs, shopping carts – everywhere!

    My recommendation is to start taking a daily immunity support product.  I use a product called Immunity Support from Arbonne International.  This company has been vegan and gluten free for 35 years, their products do not contain harmful chemicals.

252684-echinacea-purpureaImmunity Support contains 3 forms of echinacea as well as golden seal.  These natural substances come from plants.  (The coneflower pictured above is the source for echinacea.)  They stimulate the immune system, activate chemicals that decrease inflammation in the body and also contain phenols that are antioxidants. In addition, Immunity Support contains adaptogens which help the body cope with stress.   There are scientific studies that support the use of echinacea and golden seal for preventing colds and flu.  Personally, I do not get flu vaccines, I try to avoid sick people and always take Immunity Support one pill daily starting in October.  If I feel a scratchy throat, achy or feverish – then I take 2 pills twice a day for 2 days.  This works for my family – I am not making any claims or prescribing – I am just providing information for you.

         Here’s to a healthy winter season for us all!   Get your Immunity Support here

Remember – check back as I give more info on other ways to fight off the flu.  immunity

(this post is for informational purposes only, it is not meant to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. always consult your healthcare provider if you are ill.)

Not all Protein is Created Equal . . . .

Seems like a lot of people are talking about protein shakes – for nutrition, for weight loss and as meal replacements.  There are so many different brands of protein powders and pre mixed protein “shakes” it is hard to know which ones are actually good for you.

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Amino acids are the basic “parts” that together make up protein. Proteins are essential for health,  they do alot in our bodies.  The protein you eat is used by your body to manufacture other types of proteins that are necessary for a healthy body.  Collagen is a protein that supports our skin and keeps it elastic.  Another protein in our body are antibodies – a part of our immune system, responsible for the ability to fight off illness. Proteins connect and support muscles, bones, tendons. Hair and nails are made up of protein.  So if you want to look good, feel good and function good – make sure you get adequate protein.

The American College of Sports Medicine recommends 20-25 grams of protein after exercise for muscle recovery.  So where do you get this protein?  From the food you eat – so if you eat healthy you may be getting enough protein.  Unfortunately a lot of our diets are lacking.  I believe the best source of protein is from pea protein.  Pea protein contains iron and has no cholesterol or lactose or soy.  Soy has estrogens – female hormones!  No one needs these extra hormones, especially children.  So, stop using soy milk and soy products!!!  Whey contains lactose and alot of people do not digest lactose well and suffer from bloating, cramping, constipation and other gut issues.  smoothie

Protein powder is an excellent source of usable protein for your body.  I believe pea protein is the best type.  When mixed with fruits or vegetables and almond milk – you have a complete meal with less calories in a quick drink. This little wake up drink will have you feeling good in the mornings, the Vitamin C will help boost your immune system for that upcoming flu season.

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2 scoops Arbonne protein powder, vanilla. 1/2 scoop dietary fiber. 3 ounces almond milk, 6 ice cubes and 4 ounces fresh squeeze orange juice.  Blend together until smooth.  

Arbonne Essentials is a pea protein with dietary fiber, vitamins, rice protein and is vegan, GMO free and kosher. And . . .  it tastes great!   Visit my website for more information or to shop online: debbiemlewisArbonne

      For free recipes for delicious fruit and vegetable smoothies, comment below with your email or send me your email to sign up for my monthly recipes.

Questions?????

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A Little Work out Drinkin’ . . . . .

All of our energy comes from foods we eat and liquids we drink.  So it is important to fuel our bodies properly. If we are active, we are using energy & calories even if we aren’t actually in the gym “working out”.  When we get ready to exercise it is important to increase the fuel and prepare our bodies. Just like you wouldn’t drive out onto the highway for a long trip with an empty gas tank, you shouldn’t start increasing physical activity without preparing.

I see a lot of athletes that tire out because they do not hydrate prior to activity.  Most people know the importance of staying hydrated, drinking to replace losses from sweating.  What they don’t know is that it is often quite hard to drink fast enough to replace losses. You get behind and it is hard to catch up.

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So what can we do to properly support an exercise program?

Prepare – you need increased blood flow to deliver oxygen to muscles and simple carbs for     energy. this type of fluid needs to be consumed at least 30 minutes prior to activity

Hydrate – during a workout you need to replace electrolytes and fluids lost through sweating and burned by  the body’s metabolic processes

Recover – during exercise muscle cells work hard – that’s a lot of chemistry going on.  Free radicals  are released and they are scavengers and cause damage and are partly responsible for those sore muscles.  You need antioxidants to scavenge the free radicals.  If you give your body the proper amino acids and antioxidants it will repair any damage and you will notice you feel much better and have avoided the sore muscles.

There you have it!  Now, take your workout to the next level and feel great afterwards.  Look for products with simple carbs for energy, electrolytes including magnesium for replacement, and branched chain amino acids for recovery. (comment or send an email with your info and I will send you samples of a 3 step workout drink).

Great Skin!

I can’t stop touching my face!  

My skin is soft, smooth and feels great!  Now it hasn’t always been that way.  I have tried every skin care product on the market.  The only products that have worked for me are from Arbonne.  Their motto is pure, safe, and beneficial.  That means no petroleum which actually creates a seal on your skin. It blocks your pores – skin can’t breathe and dirt is actually trapped in the pore.  Trapped dirt allows bacteria to grow and that is how a pimple starts. People who have problems with acne have excess oil on their skin and in those pores.  Dirt on their skin has bacteria, it gets in the pores and causes the redness, irritation and swelling.  So, if you know how acne develops then it should be easy to get rid of it, right?  Wrong.  Most people try so many things to get rid of acne and actually make it worse.  I hate to see people spend so much money trying product after product with no results. Some spend hundreds of dollars at the dermatologist for some temporary improvement.

 I would like to share the information you need to take care of your skin and really see a difference.  Comment below with your email and I will send this report to you for FREE.  If you don’t want to leave your email below, then email me directly – dlewisarbonne@gmail.com       There is no sales pitch, no requirement to buy anything, just good, scientific information to help you understand and care for your skin!

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Retirement?

So, I have been thinking about retirement. No, I am not old enough to retire yet.  But, do you ever think about how retirement will be?  Will you have enough money to live on, comfortably? So many people I see work so hard all their lives and then retire and are broke. They cannot enjoy their free time that they worked so hard to earn.  Then can’t travel or enjoy themselves.

That whole thought is so discouraging. What are we working for?  Oh – we are working hard to grow someone else’s business and fund their retirement.  I guarantee the owner of the company or corporation you work for will have an enjoyable retirement.  You see, we workers are building their future.  Now that is really a messed up system.

After alot of hard thinking, I picked myself up, changed my outlook and got busy.  Now my retirement plan looks like this!  What’s your retirement plan?

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