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Vibrant Living Network Features Joel Harper and Regulat

IMPORTANT UPDATE – Show Date has Changed to Nov. 21 – 6-8:00 EST

If you haven’t yet discovered the Vibrant Living Network, now would be a great time to tune in. Glenn Brooks, founder and host of this innovative show about healthy living, will be featuring Celebrity Fitness Trainer, Joel Harper. And since one of Joel’s clients is the world-renowned TV physician Dr. Oz, we’re sure he has an interesting perspective and some dynamic stories to add to the upcoming conversation!

Joel began in the personal fitness industry as a way to stay in shape and fuel his modeling career.  His focus shifted to the fitness side of the business, which has led him to many health products and supplements. Along his journey, he was introduced to Regulat and has become a passionate endorser, using the product himself while recommending to his client base.  He’s looking forward to sharing his experiences and recipes for health when he shares a lively discussion with Glenn Brooks this Tuesday night.

What is the Vibrant Living Network?

The Vibrant Living Network (VLN) is a team of meaningful thought leaders, innovators, contributors, and vibrant hosts who come together to connect with an audience of people who are ready to take their lives to the next level. From whole food nutrition to relational wisdom, vibrant travel, and the maverick path to publishing the VLN team is a visionary media outlet that provides radio, podcast, and video experiences where audiences make a vertical leap together with their host. All vibrant hosts on the network use the principles of Unscripted Speaking to build audience loyalty, forge deeper connections, and create an experience for the audience.

If you’d like to catch Joel and Glenn, you can listen live online at Om Times Radio on Tuesday Nov 14 from 6-8 EST. Don’t worry if you can’t make it for the live show, it will also be available at the below podcasts:

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The Vibrant Living Network airs a new show every Tuesday night from 6-8:00 EST. Live healthy, tune in and enjoy!

 

Kombucha : Effect on Teeth

kombucha setupKombucha is a popular beverage touted for its health benefits, like natural probiotics. Though it comes in a spectrum of varieties, it is essentially a fermented tea – that is concocted with sugar and sometimes different flavors (e.g. fruits, herbs, etc.) – and is full of beneficial bacteria. It becomes naturally carbonated throughout the fermentation process. For this reason, it is also important to keep in mind the effect of kombucha on teeth and that it may cause enamel to break down.

This post was motivated by a story from a friend, who had recently seen a new dentist. After examining our friend’s teeth, the dentist asked: “Do you drink kombucha?” Wow!  She could plainly see the pitted enamel …

While drinking kombucha is wonderful for gut health and overall health, it’s critical to be mindful of your kombucha-drinking practice. Due to its acidic nature (which is necessary for the bacteria in the drink to thrive), it is thus similar in behavior to soda – if left on teeth for too long it can begin to break down enamel. While it is on the opposite end of the spectrum from soda in terms of health status, it could still be potentially harmful to your teeth.

With this in mind we recommend you keep the following in mind when drinking kombucha:

  1. Drink kombucha at one time. Sipping/drinking it throughout the day could increase likelihood of damage to teeth enamel
  2. When you finish your drink, rinse your mouth out with filtered water to remove the sugars and acidic components from your mouth.
  3. After drinking kombucha, wait at least 30 minutes before eating. This will allow the enamel to harden and protect it from decay.
  4. If you would prefer to brush your teeth post kombucha-drinking, then you should also wait 30 minutes for the same reasoning above. If you were to scrub your teeth while they are temporarily weakened (until enamel re-hardens), you could cause the same amount of damage!

Walnuts may increase good gut bacteria

A recent study published in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry shows that eating walnuts may increase the amount of beneficial bacteria in the gut.  Previous research has indicated benefits to the heart as well as providing anti-inflammatory effects. Now this study adds to walnuts’ status as a ‘superfood’ by observing that walnuts shifted the gut microbial community in a beneficial way.

There is a saying that ‘you are what you eat’. But in this modern age with so many allergies etc., our slogan you are what you absorb!“™ makes more sense. You may eat food that is good for you but if you either cannot absorb it or are allergic to it, then it will not provide expected benefits. Regulat® pro bio contains walnuts in an easy assimilable form such that even people with allergies report that they tolerate Regulat® very well – we have not encountered patients having allergic reactions.

This is because some nut allergies, such as an allergy to walnuts, are due to the long protein chains of the ingredient. In Regulat®, walnuts are broken down through the cascade fermentation process so that these long protein chains are no longer present – they have been converted into non-allergenic oligopeptides and amino acids.

Walnuts are known to have a higher concentration of the essential unsaturated fatty acid alpha-linoleic acid than any other food, and also contain a high percentage of vitamin E. This is said to help lower the “bad” LDL-cholesterol. In addition, walnuts contain B vitamins and vitamins A, C and E, which, as they promote digestion, may partly be responsible for the results seen in this study. These vitamins also support important brain activities, giving walnuts the reputation as a “brain food”.

Regulat® pro bio is a Cascade-fermented bioconcentrate made from fresh fruit, vegetables and walnuts, to help support biological regulatory processes.

 

Gut Health Wellness Trend 2016

gut-health-stomach-vegetablesIn 2016 gut health became an increasingly popular topic of discussion throughout the health and wellness world. There is increasing awareness of the value of gut health as it is integral to overall health.

Huffington Post Health Australia published an article last week entitled 6 Things We Learned About Gut Health and the Microbiome in 2016 that sums up this central theme of the year. Because our bodies are populated with a collection of bacteria (aka our “microbiome”), it’s important that we focus on a proper internal balance in order to harness its beneficial abilities.

Researchers are increasingly focused on the influence of bacteria on our bodies. Others suggest that research on bacteria may present the next frontier in modern medicine.

This article summarized six key points about gut health this year:

  1. It is related to weight loss. – “Obese people have less diverse microbiomes than healthy people”. King’s College London professor of Genetic Epidemiology Tim Spector told The Huffington Post Australia we were only beginning to understand why.
  2. It is related to mental health. – “Research from scientists with New York City’s Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai found that altering the gut bacteria in a sick person might help alleviate psychiatric conditions.”
  3. It could be related to migraines. – “A study by the University of California San Diego Health Sciences found people who got migraines had significantly more microbes with the ability to break down nitrates in their mouth than the rest of the population.”
  4. It may affect sleep and jet lag. – “Research associate Dr Amy Reynolds told HuffPost Australia sleep was mysteriously linked to diabetes, obesity and other chronic health conditions and answers could be found in the microbiome.”
  5. Early use of antibiotics could permanently affect the microbiome. – “A University of Helsinki study found early use of antibiotics in children could alter the natural population of microbes in a way that left them at higher risk of weight gain and asthma later in childhood.”
  6. It could be used to make medicine. – “Biologists and medical engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are reprogramming gut bacteria to act as “living therapeutics” that can correct the metabolic dysfunctions underlying certain ailments.”

For the full article from HuffPost Australia, please visit this link.

For thousands of years people around the world have found that fermenting certain foods in a controlled way increases digestibility of the raw food and adds health-giving effects, thus improving gut health. Taking Regulat® daily may help to improve gut health and overall balance in the microbiome.

Lyme Disease and Intestinal Immunity

Lyme disease was first identified in 1975 in Lyme, Conn., which gave it its name. In September 2015, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) revised their estimates for people having Lyme disease, indicating that there are more than 329,000 new cases a year in the US – an increase of up to 10 times what was previously believed.

Unfortunately, many cases are not diagnosed properly and current diagnostics miss up to 60% of acute cases (ref. Bay Area Lyme Foundation – http://www.bayarealyme.org). 40% of Lyme patients end up with long-term health problems – the average patient sees 5 doctors over nearly 2 years before being diagnosed. (International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society – http://www.ilads.org). According to Dr. Mercola, “Sometimes the cell wall can collapse around the bacterium, forming a cloaking device that allows it to evade detection by many tests and by your body’s immune system.” For this reason, many fear that Lyme is actually a silent epidemic.

When one suffers from Lyme disease, the body’s immune system may be compromised to varying degrees. Although there is no consensus in the medical community on the use of anitibiotics to treat Lyme disease, many Lyme sufferers have a compromised immune system – and antibiotics are known to kill off the good bacteria required to support the intestinal immune system. Richard Horowitz, one of the most prominent “Lyme literate” physicians in the US, has seen more than twelve thousand patients, all of whom have a tick-borne ailment. Whenever possible, he avoids antibiotics. (http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/07/01/the-lyme-wars)

Immunity Resides in the Gut
Approximately 70-80% of your immune tissue is located within your digestive system, and so-called killer T-cells (the white blood cells that defend against infection), are created in the intestinal system. So building the immune system is highly important for Lyme patients. One of the most beneficial ways to improve your gut bacteria is by incorporating fermented foods into your daily diet. Friendly gut flora found in fermented foods have been shown to survive the digestive process. So they are therefore able to introduce positive changes to the gut, allow it to function more efficiently and help the immune system do its job more effectively. screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-2-29-28-pm

Dr. Byron Braid, who has worked with Dr. Thomas Rau of the Paracelsus Clinic in Switzerland, has a ‘secret ingredient’ that helps build such intestinal efficiency and immunity – Regulat®!

Regulat® is a whole food preparation with broad-spectrum phytonutrients, produced by live Cascade Fermentation™. It began in Germany…70 years’ worth of scientific research on plant enzymes propelled the Munich company Dr. Niedermaier Pharma to world fame as the expert in the field of fermented health products.

ATP and Athletic Performance – Recovery for Athletes

runnerNutrition is an important component of an athlete’s overall performance, before, during and after competition. By using nutrients the body absorbs through food consumption, we are able to obtain energy. Mitochondria are the ‘furnaces’, responsible for producing this energy. They are the powerhouses located within cells and convert glucose (a sugar molecule derived from carbohydrates) to adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Often called the “molecular unit of currency” of intracellular energy transfer*, ATP is a coenzyme that enables our cells to perform a spectrum of functions, and is the main source of energy that allows the body to generate movement.

ATP and athletic performance, then, are closely related. ATP provides energy your body needs for muscle contractions, blood circulation and cardiac function, and generally fuels the body for whatever function it may be performing. The harder, longer, and more intense the workout, the more ATP that is used. When an athlete repeatedly dips into their ATP source day after day, week after week, there must be replenishment or else they begin to run that energy source dry. This can obviously cause a loss in athletic performance – the athlete would not be able to operate at prime capacity if the ‘engine’ doesn’t have fuel.

The human body produces ATP through the consumption of food eaten daily. However, there are many internal and external factors that may hinder the amount of nutrients we are able to absorb and assimilate. This may include foods treated with pesticides and other harmful substances, medications, metabolic stress, gut flora issues, and other factors that don’t provide optimal conditions for the body to produce ATP.

It is particularly important for athletes whose metabolic processes must perform at an optimal level day in and day out, that their diet include easily absorbed (natural) vitamins, minerals, trace nutrients, and high quality proteins. The ideal is to have a natural source of highly active nutrients in a form that is easily absorbed by the body and this is where cascade fermentation holds the key to success – natural foods are broken down into highly bio-available liquid nutrients and building blocks. Incorporating a supplement such as Regulat® helps increase ATP and athletic performance – in a study where participants used the product twice a day for three months, they showed an increase in ATP of more than 180% compared to baseline. The more quality building blocks are available, the more training will influence the formation of new mitochondria.

With sufficient ATP available, the body will encounter less anaerobic emergency situations even during high physical efforts. The math is simple: if the body’s own enzyme system in mitochondria is functioning optimally and the number of mitochondria is increasing at the same time, then the available oxygen is also being used at its optimum. This results in a boost in performance even without any additional training.**

For more information, please view the sources below.

*Knowles, J. R. (1980). “Enzyme-catalyzed phosphoryl transfer reactions”. Annu. Rev. Biochem.
**“Are you already on ATP, or are you still training?” TriTime Magazine. 

Ingredient Feature: The Power of Lemons

lemonsHave you been wondering why having a glass of lemon water first thing in the morning is all the rage these days? The lemon is a powerful yellow ball packed full of Vitamin C that aids in digestion, detoxification, mood balance and energy. It’s also full of other important nutrients, such as potassium, magnesium, and copper.

Long History of Lemons
While lemons were first used solely as decorative plants, others finally discovered their healing power in the mid 1700s as they began migrating into Europe. During this time of exploration, lemon was soon recognized for their ability to heal scurvy, a common disease amongst sailors during this time.

Interesting Facts & Health Benefits
Although lemons are rarely consumed on their own due to their intense sour flavor, they are used in conjunction with many sweet and sour food and beverages for added taste. Keep them stored at room temperature and away from direct sunlight so as to avoid rot.

Because lemons are so high in Vitamin C, they are an incredible source for digestion. It’s also an ideal way to start your day with a big dose of Vitamin C without having to consume something like a glass of sugary juice.

Vitamin C is also said to strengthen the immune system to fight against illness such as the flu or the common cold. It’s antioxidant value is also said to combat against the formulation of free radicals that may cause cancer.

Ingredients Feature: Artichokes and Figs

ArtichokeTwo ingredients you’ll find in our Regulat formula – amongst 20 other whole ingredients of fruits, vegetables, and nuts – include artichokes and figs. Artichokes and figs are both recognized for their superfood nutritional qualities.

Ancient Artichokes
While artichokes in their whole form present a bit of a challenge to work with, they are worth the effort! Most often people choose to consume the heart of the artichoke, however the leaves actually have the most nutritional value.

The globe artichoke is part of the thistle plant, and it is one of the oldest vegetables known to mankind. It’s believed the artichokes originated from the Mediterranean region, although now California supplies nearly 100% of the U.S. artichoke supply.

Artichokes are packed with phytonutrients (i.e. a substance found in certain plants which is believed to be beneficial to human health and help prevent various diseases) such as quercetin, rutin, gallic acid, and cynarin, all working to protect against many health risks including cancer, heart disease, liver dysfunction, high cholesterol, and diabetes*. They are also packed with antioxidants; in 2004 they were identified as a top contender in a vastly comprehensive study on antioxidant value in commonly consumed foods (conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture).

Delicious Figs

FigsFigs are seasonal fruits originating from parts of Asia, however they are available year-round in dried form. They have a unique texture containing a soft, juicy center that is packed with seeds. They are a delicious fruit packed with minerals, vitamins and fiber, figs grow on small trees and are members of the mulberry family. Figs contain nutrients such as including vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, calcium, iron, phosphorus, manganese, sodium, potassium, and chlorine.

Their high amount of fiber (5g of fiber for every three figs consumed!) aids in weight loss as it contributes to improved bowel movements and promotes longer lasting feeling of fullness. Figs also contain a high amount of calcium, which aids in bone density.

*http://www.oceanmist.com/health/antioxidant.aspx
**http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2004-06/aas-lus061504.php

History of Fermentation and Cascade Fermentation Benefits

bread making fermentationFor thousands of years people around the world have found that fermenting certain foods in a controlled way increases digestibility of the raw food and adds health-giving effects.

Evidence of the use of controlled fermentation dates back to ancient China, South America, and ancient Egypt, and includes leavened breads, milk products and pickles.  “One of the earliest functional attributes of fermented foods was their ability to introduce a change in the microflora of the human digestive tract”, says Mark J Tallon, PhD, Founder of NutriSciences Ltd. “Because many fermented micro-organisms, such as probiotics, survive digestion, they can reach specific sites of benefit within the intestinal tract where they perform functions that may aid in host health,” adds Tallon.

Tallon recognizes the history of fermentation and that it has evolved into a natural, yet state-of the-art science that is an invaluable component of the human diet. Since the time Louis Pasteur proposed using microbial metabolism to produce fermented foods, “microbiologists have uncovered the interactions of bacteria and yeast as a means of producing many natural products,” says Tallon.

As important benefit of fermentation is that of increasing the effective nutritive value of foods by increasing the ability of the body to absorb vitamins and nutrients presented during digestion. Fermentation methods have evolved from traditional to modern techniques that allow for greater production of fermented products in a clean, controlled environment.

A modern contribution to the fermentation tradition is cascade fermentation, a methodology modeled on the human body’s natural digestion process. The cascade ensures that enzymes, as well as all other micronutrients with a large molecular weight, are broken down into smaller units. It is well known that only small molecules can be absorbed through the intestinal villi. A cascade-fermented supplement such as Regulat® – whose starting ingredients are whole foods (fruits, nuts and vegetables ) – holds a diversity of enzymes, di- and tri-pepides, etc. that are smaller and highly bio-available, even being able to be absorbed directly into the blood stream.

For more information please review The Health Benefits of Cascade Fermented Foods by Karl-Heinz Blank M.D, Ekkehard Scheller, Johannes Aaron Seidler, Thomas Ganswindt, and Axel Kohler M.D.

Ingredient Feature: Coconut and Dates Nutrition

Regulat is a whole food concentrate made of the finest, selected organic ingredients.

Unlike some products which are made from isolated active ingredients or certain specific nutrients that have been extracted, our products contain over 20 whole fruits, vegetables and nuts in a balanced form – full of nature’s intelligence™.

In this blog we’d like to feature two specific ingredients, coconut and dates, which have experienced an increase of “mainstream” attention for their particularly notable nutritional value.

The Power of Coconut
coconut meat
Coconut meat is revered for its high nutritional value. While most plants aren’t high in saturated fat, coconut is. The fat content is high in medium chain fatty acids, which help to lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol levels.

Coconut meat is rich in fiber, which is an important component of your daily diet to add your bulk to the stool which helps to move food through the digestive tract. Fiber also diminishes appetite as it makes you feel full, which aids in helping to make wiser decisions in your nutrition!

Coconut is also high in the trace nutrient manganese, which aids in metabolization of both fat and protein, stabilizes blood sugar, and calms the immune and nervous systems.

Coconut contains high amounts of potassium, which plays an important role in regulating proper fluid balance in the cells. Copper promotes healthy red blood cell production as well as aids in the sense of taste.

Dates: Nature’s Candy

datesDates are a great source of carbohydrates. While carbohydrates seem to have a bad reputation, it’s important to remember they are an essential macronutrient that your body needs for energy. By making wise nutritional choices, such as with dates, to fill your nutritional needs, you’re helping to maximize your body’s functioning.

Just as with coconut, dates are very high in potassium and fiber.

Dates are also packed with magnesium. Magnesium aids protein synthesis, blood glucose control and muscle and nerve function in your body, and it helps regulate blood pressure. Pregnant mothers, in particular, need an especially high amount of magnesium in their diet, so dates are an excellent addition to their daily diet.