NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
June 8, 2016
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that one reason why your nose and mouth are both connected to your throat? So you're able to swallow mucus, and boy do you do that in prodigious quantities. A healthy adult swallows over a liter of mucus every day, much more than enough to fill a bathtub every year.

Some of us think of nasal mucus as nasty stuff but it's actually incredibly useful, acting as a kind of lubricant and moistener, protecting all the bodily tubes it coats.

Snot also acts a bit like flypaper, trapping dust and bacteria before they get into the body. Moreover it contains antibodies that can help your body recognize invading viruses and bacteria, and enzymes which kill these unwanted guests.

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Have a happy, healthy day. Steve and Bonnie
 
25 Year Study Backs Tea, Apple, Cocoa

Bonnie and Steve: Studies have shown that the consumption of cocoa and tea is associated with lower risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), and cocoa and tea have been shown to improve CVD risk factors. Cocoa and tea are major dietary sources of the flavanol epicatechin.

Researchers in a study from the May issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutritioninvestigated the associations of dietary epicatechin intake with 25-year CVD mortality in elderly Dutch men (65 to 84 years).

From 1985, epicatechin intake was estimated 4 times in 15 years. The average intake was 7.7 mg per day, and the major dietary sources were tea (51%), apples (28%), and cocoa (7%). Of the men who died from CVD, mortality was 46% lower in men in the top epicatechin intake than in men in the bottom intake .

This shows, for the first time to, that epicatechin intake is related to CVD mortality in elderly men.

As we have alluded to in the past, the length and structure is perfect for this for this kind of preventive study. We need more like it!
 
Probiotics for Healthy Skin and More
This article is usually reserved for NCI Well Connect Members. We are offering it to you free today as incentive to sign up for a membership at 40% OFF!

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Steve: Over the last few years, probiotics have become very popular in the skin care industry. While the efficacy of many of these products are questionable, the science is sound.

Certain strains of probiotics encourage smoother skin, minimize wrinkles, and kill the bacteria that contribute to acne. Topical probiotics can be useful for nearly all skin conditions to promote a more youthful complexion.

For example, the inflammation causing acne and rosacea can be tempered through probiotics because they stabilize the lining of the intestinal walls and limit the growth of inflammatory-inducing microorganisms. Because they combat inflammation and harmful bacteria, they improve skin clarity, eliminate dryness, and enhance anti-aging effects.

The American Academy of Dermatology has found that topical probiotic application also decreases skin sensitivity and redness, and can result in a reduced appearance of fine lines.

While we cannot vouch for specific skin products, we can endorse applying a simple, do-it-yourself Greek yogurt mask. Many health professionals are suggesting this because some yogurts have high amounts of the probiotic strains most notably associated with helping skin: lactobacillus and bifidus species.
 
Instructions:
  1. Buy only organic Greek yogurt. One brand with the an optimal blend of probiotic cultures is Wallaby original (no flavor) Greek yogurt. Make sure there are no added sweeteners or binders in the Greek yogurt you choose.
     
  2. Apply to the face as a mask for 20 minutes a day. Rinse thoroughly.
     
  3. If using for acne, mix in 1 T. real honey to the yogurt. Honey has antimicrobial and wound-healing properties.
Medical World Continues to Embrace Probiotics

A major editorial that recently appeared in Medscape lauded the benefits of probiotics. Here are some highlights:
  • The gut microbiome has three different ways of communicating with the brain: hormonally, via the immune system, and via direct mechanisms. Some of the microorganisms in your gut actually release neurotransmitters that speak to your brain via the vagus nerve. A balanced gut microbiome is crucial.
  • What can we do right now? We know that poor sleep, poor diet, chronic stress, and too much alcohol adversely affect our microbiome. The effect is almost immediate. You can have a 40% reduction in the diversity of your microbiome within 10-14 days of eating a highly processed food diet. It is believed that this dietary interaction with the microbiome may explain why people who eat a traditional whole-foods diet are up to 40% more resilient to stress and developing mental illness than those who eat a processed Western foods diet.
  • When diet modification is not enough, probiotics help. Probiotics have been shown to reduce negative thinking in healthy human subjects and reduce anxiety in subjects undergoing cancer treatment. One dramatic but rather small study showed that the administration of probiotics to babies significantly reduced the development of autism or ADHD 13 years later.
  • Right now, researchers are working on strains of so-called "psychobiotics" that might be used as part of the future arsenal to fight mental illness.
  • One of the most well researched aspects where probiotics are beneficial is for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
 
Genetic Nutrient Deficiency Testing

Bonnie and Steve: If one or more of these boxes are yellow or red, then you have genetic deficiencies that may impair your ability to break down and move toxins from your body, as well as absorb vitamins A & D. The great thing is that you can prevent impairment with diet, lifestyle, and nutrient modification.

For example, if you cannot adequately convert Beta Carotene from food into absorbable vitamin A (retinol), this greatly increases your risk for the eye disease Macular Degeneration. Food and supplement modification addresses this issue.

The graphic on top is the methylation cycle. The bottom graphic is genes associated with vitamins A & D. If you have not done your 23andMe genetic test, yet, what are you waiting for?

 
UP4 Acidophilus Discontinued
 

Bonnie and Steve: Much to our chagrin, UAS Life Sciences has discontinued UP4 Acidophilus (yellow label). Their reasoning was: "it's not a big seller" and "customers want multiple strains per capsule".

When we mentioned that in many instances, those who suffer from yeast imbalances need and can only tolerate acidophilus, they had no credible response. The cold reality is that even supplement manufacturers go with what sells, not what serves the best interest of its diverse customers.

Luckily, we have options to cater to your individual needs.
  1. If you no longer struggle with yeast imbalance, you can switch to UP4 Daily(lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidus).
  2. For everyone else, we contract manufactured our own Acidophilus product: Well Probiotic L. Acidophilus. We will ship this product with refrigeration during the warmer months. but you can store it exactly as you did with UP4 Acidophilus (just refrigerate after opening).
We have never been about "what sells". Unfortunately, we are penalized for this as evidenced by the discontinuation of certain Twinlab products and now this.

We will continue to focus solely on what's best for your individual needs, as well as our own, because everyone here, in addition to our friends and families, all use the same products you do!
 
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Have a happy, healthy day,
 
Bonnie, Steve, Carolyn, Lilo, Elizabeth, and Jeannie
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