Probiotics and Common Digestive Disorders

Unless you’re reading this and have some kind of problem with your gut, you probably don’t give much thought to your digestive health. But as anyone can tell you who has suffered from any number of common digestive disorders, gut health is important. It is important for several reasons. The first reason is that none of us likes to be uncomfortable. Second, gut health is important in that it contributes to overall health and well being. Finally, it is important that we maintain optimum digestive health because it has been estimated that as much as 70% of the body’s immune system dwells in the digestive tract. Here are some of the most common types of digestive disorders.

 

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome: It has been estimated that IBS affects about 15 million Americans. It is characterized by irritation and swelling, resulting in diarrhea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, fever, and weight loss. Typically, people who suffer from IBS take laxatives, fiber supplements, or probiotics to treat the symptoms of IBS. Lactobacillus acidophilus pills in particular are thought to relieve the symptoms of this all too common condition.
  • Lactose intolerance: Lactose intolerance is the body’s inability to properly digest lactose, the sugar that occurs naturally in milk. This inability is caused by a lack or shortage of the enzyme lactase which helps the body process lactose. Although none of us are born lactose intolerant, some studies suggest that approximately 70 percent of African Americans, 90 percent of Asian Americans, 53 percent of Mexican Americans, and 74 percent of Native Americans are lactose intolerant. Lactobacillus acidophilus is a strain of bacteria that can digest
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): As many as seven million people are estimated to be afflicted by this condition which is as unpleasant as it sounds. The symptoms of GERD include nausea, belching, coughing, a burning sensation in
  • jar_acidophilus_large the chest and regurgitating food.
  • Gastric or Peptic Ulcers: A gastric ulcer is a localized erosion of the stomach lining which leads to pain, bleedings and other gastrointestinal symptoms. The cause of gastric ulcers is thought to be linked to the Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) bacteria. Some studies show that acidophilus inhibits the growth of the bacteria.
  • Diverticulitis: Diverticulitis is characterized by the formation of bulging pouches in the colon. When these the pouches become inflamed, it results in the painful digestive order which affects millions of Americans. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, 250 mg per day of acidophilus can help to treat the symptoms of this disease.

Of course maintaining a healthy lifestyle by stocking up on vitamins and supplements online, exercising and eating right can also go a long way in managing these all too often overlooked digestive disorders.

Acidophilus helps you digest food, produces vitamins and facilitates digestion.

Reasons to Use Aluminum Free Deodorant

According to a 2016 article in Time magazine, the commercial deodorants that 90% of us apply to our skin contain a toxic stew of sorts. Among these toxins are parabens, triclosan, phthalates, fragrance, and aluminum. And it is aluminum – the only metal on the list – that is suspected of contributing to more and more health problems. At Cape Fear Naturals, where we sell aluminum-free natural deodorant, we believe one’s health should not be endangered simply because one wants to stay fresh and clean smelling. Our existing customers appreciate having this option greater than all the deodorant choices that are out there today. But for those of you who have not yet made the switch to aluminum-free deodorants, here is a list of reasons you should consider throwing away your current antiperspirant.

  • Breast Cancer Risk: Aluminum has been shown in some early research to cause “gene instability” in breast tissue. This same research shows that aluminum progesterone-cream-jar_largemay contribute to tumor or cancer cell growth. (50% of breast cancers begin in the underarm region where deodorant is applied.)
  • Aluminum and Alzheimer’s: Experts believe that high aluminum levels play an important role in the occurrence of Alzheimer’s disease. This belief is supported by research done at St. Louis University, The School of Studies in Zoology at Jiwaji University in India and The University of California, Irvine’s Department of Medicine among other places.
  • Bone disease: Aluminum is thought to be the cause of some bone diseases. It has also been suggested that it plays a role in chronic renal failure.
  • Kidney disease: Many doctors recommend that patients with kidney disease avoid antiperspirants that contain aluminum because the metal is removed from the body through the kidneys. When kidney function is impaired – as it would be if one suffered from a kidney disease – then aluminum cannot be eliminated from the kidneys. This leads to further health problems.

The takeaway from all this is that you don’t have to risk your health in order to stay protected against body odor. You can try one of our aluminum free natural deodorants which contain natural ingredients and essential oils. Our Eucalyptus deodorant, for example, contains aloe Vera, witch hazel, and eucalyptus. We also sell natural progesterone cream that is paraben-free. (Parabens are thought to interfere with the body’s hormones.) Other ways you can reduce your aluminum exposure is to opt for fresh, organic fruits, avoid processed foods and to consider a toxic cleanse. Toxic cleanses are designed to eliminate a variety of heavy metals from the body including mercury and aluminum.

What You Should Know About Acidophilus

Just as there are good and bad fats as well as good and bad sugars, there are also good and bad bacteria. Acidophilus falls into the class of “good” bacteria known as a probiotic. This microorganism helps to sustain colon health and alleviates some stomach disorders. In short, acidophilus is good for the gut. As a company that is all about staying healthy in the most natural way possible, we believe that this can be achieved by using the best natural skin care products and dietary supplements available. That is why among the many products we sell, we include an acidophilus supplement in capsule form. But how does acidophilus help maintain digestive wellness and what are some of its other benefits? Here is a brief rundown of this “good” bacterium.jar_acidophilus_large

 

Background

 

Acidophilus (Lactobacillus acidophilus) was discovered in the 1900’s by the Austrian-born physician and pediatrician Ernst Moro. He first isolated the bacteria in the stomach of children. Since then the microorganism has been shown to break down food in your gut as it can survive the natural acidity present in the stomach. Acidophilus helps the body by regulating the amount of good microbes in our intestinal flora. (These are symbiotic bacteria that occur in the stomach naturally.) This bacterium occurs naturally in the stomach, intestines and vagina. It is also found in yogurt, kefir and some milk products.

 

Benefits of Acidophilus

 

Acidophilus has benefits that extend beyond its ability to regulate unhealthy intestinal flora. That is why its use has grown among people who are health conscious. The additional benefits of acidophilus include:

 

  • Vaginal Infections: Tablets containing live acidophilus are now being used to treat bacterial vaginosis. This condition can lead to vaginal itching, discharge, and odor. Acidophilus is believed to help create conditions that suppress the overgrowth of harmful microorganisms that can lead to this condition.
  • Respiratory Infections: Drinking milk containing acidophilus is believed to reduce the severity of lung infections in children.
  • Digestive Disorders: Acidophilus can help people who suffer from stomach discomfort when consuming milk products by producing lactase the enzyme necessary to break down lactose. It causes fewer stomach cramps and less cases of diarrhea among those who are lactose intolerant.

 

In short, we could all benefit from adding acidophilus to our diet. Doing this in the form of supplements is the convenient, easy way to achieve this without changing one’s lifestyle. Here’s to good gut health and wise dietary decisions.

Beta Glucan: What it is and Why you Need it

There are many components to a healthy diet but the one that is most often mentioned by experts is fiber. Most people know by now the benefits of fiber but many people struggle with trying to find the best way to incorporate it into their diet. One strategy many people have decided to try is to add Beta Glucan supplements to their diets.

What is Beta Glucan?

Beta Glucans are naturally occurring, soluble dietary fibers made up of polysaccharides (multiple sugars joined together). In nature, beta glucans can be found in foods such as whole grains, oats, bran, wheat and barley. Outside of nature, Beta Glucans are also available in supplement form. In either case, it is necessary to find an outside source for Beta glucans since they do not naturally occur nor are they synthesized within the human body.jar_dim_and_betaglucan_large

The benefits of Beta Glucan

There have been thousands of articles and many studies looking into the benefits of Beta Glucan but they all can be boiled down to this: Beta Glucan should be an essential part to any complete diet. Specific benefits to this soluble fiber are that it:

  • Helps fight cancer – By providing a level of protection against toxic carcinogens, Beta Glucans have been shown in several studies to help fight cancer. They appear to do so by mobilizing cancer-fighting molecules inside the body via its NK (natural killer) cells. NK cells are a type of cytotoxic lymphocyte that is crucial in inhibiting cancer growth.)
  • Lowers cholesterol – According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as little as 3 grams a day of Beta Glucan can help reduce the “bad” or LDL cholesterol.  (The Mayo Clinic recommends that depending on age and sex most people should consume between 30 to 38 grams of fiber per day.)
  • Controls blood sugar levels – There is preliminary evidence that diets containing more beta glucans help lower glycemic responses and can even improve metabolic control of diabetes.
  • Reduces blood pressure – According to “Oats and Barley Glucans,” Beta Glucans may help to lower blood pressure.

In short, science is still making some encouraging discoveries about the benefits of Beta Glucan. However, there can be no doubt that adding more fiber to one’s diet provides countless advantages for the body. At Cape Fear Naturals we can help you incorporate this soluble fiber into your diet more easily with our supplements that are easy to take, naturally made and reasonably priced.

The Benefits of DIM

One of the many benefits of consuming cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, cabbage cauliflower and collard greens is that the body uses them in the production of a substance called diindolylmethane (DIM). DIM is created as a result of the body’s breakdown of indole-3-carbinol a compound found in the aforementioned class of vegetables. This means that, in spite of its unwieldy scientific name, the substance is formed as a result of a completely natural process. This is an added bonus for people who want to maintain a healthy body without consuming pharmaceuticals. However, what really accounts for DIM’s popularity is that it appears to have several significant health benefits. Here are just a few:640px-32c327-diindolylmethane-svg

 

  • DIM appears to be an anti-carcinogenic: Some laboratory studies – such as a 2004 study published in Nutrition and Cancer – show that DIM provides some measure of protection against hormone dependent cancer by controlling estrogen levels. Moreover, findings from other studies have shown that DIM may help protect against ovarian, prostate, colon, and cervical cancer.
  • DIM benefits testosterone activity: DIM appears to help maintain the level of free or active testosterone through its effects on estrogen metabolism.
  • Promotes prostate health: DIM appears to help fight prostate cancer and reduce nighttime urination caused by an enlarged prostate (BPH).
  • Reduces arthritis symptoms: Research conducted at the University of California at Berkeley, has shown that DIM may have anti-inflammatory properties. (The overproduction of pro-inflammatory S100 proteins causes a wide variety of inflammatory diseases including arthritis.)
  • Aids weight loss: Studies have found that DIM may increase lipolysis (fat burning), which helps in weight management and loss.

Recommendations and Warnings

 

Of course, there are certain people who should not take DIM supplements such as pregnant or nursing women and children. Also people who have liver or kidney diseases should consult their physician before taking DIM. Finally, if you are on prescription medications you should also consult with your doctor before integrating DIM into your supplement regimen. As far as dosages are concerned, you should only take one 200 mg pill a day. Dosages over 300mg have been reported to cause people to experience headaches and gastrointestinal distress.

 

Finally, we have all been told since our youth to eat our veggies and cruciferous vegetables are among the healthiest kinds of foods that one can consume. Cape Fear Naturals supplies you with a convenient way to consume the health giving properties of these cruciferous vegetables in one convenient pill so that you can continue your busy life.

What You Need to Know about Progesterone and Weight Loss

Many people mistakenly associate hormones with weight gain. After all, there is a condition called estrogen dominance that causes weight gain, water retention, bloating etc., in women. However, the idea that hormones are always associated with weight gain is incorrect. In fact, Progesterone – a hormone is produced in the ovaries and the adrenal glands – is thought by many experts to help in the battle to lose weight. Here are some ways Progesterone may aid in losing weight.

  • Helps metabolize estrogen – High estrogen levels are associated with weight gain. Progesterone cream balances out estrogen levels negating its effect on weight gain.
  • Helps lower insulin levels – Increases in insulin lead to sugar cravings which everyone knows is not good for those of us who are trying to lose weight. Progesterone helps control the release of insulin which in turn helps control cravings.
  • Progesterone has anti-inflammatory properties – Progesterone helps reduce inflammation thereby helping your brain to receive the hormone Leptin. Leptin is known to help regulate appetite.
  • Acts as a sleep aid – Lack of sleep has been shown in some studies to slow down the metabolism. Sleep deprivation is also associated with disrupting the production of Leptin which as we said helps regulate a person’s appetite. Progesterone is known to have a calming effect on the brain. It increases GABA production in the brain which, in turn, promotes sleep.
  • Reduces Fluid Retention – An imbalance in estrogen levels causes women to retain more fluid than usual. Progesterone helps balance out estrogen levels and acts as a natural diuretic. This reduces bloating and swelling.

Those are just a few things we know about how progesterone aids in weight loss. Other benefits of progesterone are that it:

  • Helps support healthy bones, breasts, heart, liver and brain tissue in both men and women.
  • Helps improve cholesterol levels
  • Helps support prostate health
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  • Helps support the central nervous system.

The bottom line is that progesterone helps mitigate the effects of “estrogen dominance” thereby aiding the body to lose weight. It also promotes the body’s overall well being. The consensus in the scientific and medical literature is that progesterone is safe to use for men and women. Our progesterone cream is all natural and made with 1,000 mg of USP micronized progesterone. Add this and our Kojic acid body lotion to your beauty regimen and watch the results.

Flaxseed Oil and Weight Loss

The first thing that many of us – including yours truly –are told who are trying to control our weight is that we should avoid oils and fats like the plague. We are told this because oils are high in fat (all fat) and high in calories too. Well, the people who instruct us to avoid all oils are doing those of us who are trying to lose weight a bit of a disservice not to mention the fact that they are oversimplifying the facts greatly. Flaxseed oil is over 50% omega-3 alpha linolenic acid and studies have shown that it actually benefits those of us who are trying to lose weight loss. Moreover, flaxseed oil is believed to improve metabolism and increase the body’s thermogenic (fat-burning) processes. Other ways flaxseed oil aids in weight loss is:

  • Flaxseed oil can make fats burn more rapidly. Studies show that flaxseed oil may be able to stimulate the body’s “brown” fat cells to burn fat more efficiently.
  • Increases the metabolism – The essential fatty acids contained in flaxseed oil can increase the body’s metabolic and oxidation rate as well as its energy production. All of these things help the body to burn calories.
  • Flaxseed oil can help to stabilize your blood sugar. Our blood sugar level is the amount of glucose from what you eat that’s in your bloodstream. 5184622946_48b7bbb1a7_bOur blood sugar level affects how hungry we feel. When blood sugar levels are balanced they help us to regulate our hormones and trigger our bodies to burn stored fat. Organic flaxseed oil is better for those of us who are also concerned with artificial ingredients that may impede the health benefits of what we consume.
  • Flaxseeds themselves are high in fiber. Fiber aids dieters because foods high in it make us feel fuller longer. High fiber foods also exit the body quicker leaving less time for calories to be absorbed from them into the body.

The bottom line is that those of us who are trying to lose weight would be better served being told by health professionals to avoid unhealthy oils and fats as opposed to all oils and fats. Flaxseed oil is among the most beneficial kinds of oil we can consume for the reason stated above and many others. Dieters could also benefit greatly by taking a coenzyme q10 supplement
as part of their diet plan. Coenzyme q10 aids with cellular energy production. Experts believe that as we grow older a decline in CoQ10 explains why people gain and find it harder to lose weight. Try adding our organic flaxseed oil and coenzyme q10 to your diet regimen.

Acidophilus: One of Nature’s Good Bacteria

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From hand sanitizers that promise to kill 99.9% of all bacteria to antibiotics that are dispensed to us to treat a plethora of diseases; we human beings are intent on eradicating these tiny organisms wherever we encounter them. However, the problem is that not all bacteria are harmful to us. Indeed, some – such as acidophilus – are actually beneficial to us. Acidophilus (or Lactobacillus Acidophilus) is a form of bacteria that is found in the intestines, mouth, and/or female genitals. Rather than causing disease, it produces vitamin K as well as lactase, the enzyme that breaks down lactose (the sugar that occurs naturally in milk).

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Acidophilus is a Probiotic that works by suppressing the growth of harmful bacteria, and/or pathogens that can cause disease in the digestive tract. (Probiotics are any bacteria that stimulate the growth of beneficial microorganisms that are good for the body. Other Probiotic strains include: L. Rhamnosus, L. Helveticus, B. Infantis, B. Lactis and Lactogg.) In addition to controlling harmful bacteria, L. Acidophilus also helps the body by breaking down food and absorbing nutrients. Foods that contain Probiotics include yogurt, Sauerkraut, soft cheeses, sourdough bread and Tempeh.

The benefits of Acidophilus

The side effects of Acidophilus are thought to be relatively minor. They can include some minor gas and or bloating. They can generally be controlled by staying hydrated and controlling the dosage. Cape Fear Naturals recommends only 1 to 2 capsules a day of our Acidophilus. Some of the benefits that are believed to be derived from Acidophilus include its ability to:

  • Prevent and treat diarrhea
  • Reduce overgrowth of pathogens in your digestive tract
  • Relieve Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and gut dysbiosis
  • Decrease frequency of vaginal yeast infections and urinary tract infections
  • Increase your immune response
  • Treat respiratory infections
  • Improve Blood Pressure & Cholesterol
  • Enhance calcium absorption

Cape Fear Naturals Acidophilus comes in a 60 count bottle containing 6 billion units per capsule and 8 different strains of this vital Probiotic as part of our commitment to promoting natural health products. Our L. Acidophilus is best taken with FOS (Fructo Oligo Saccharides) & L-Glutamine. Yes, some people may have waged a war on all bacteria without attempting to distinguish the good from the bad, but many others are acquainting themselves with Acidophilus. They are learning how this vital Probiotic is to our overall health. At Cape Fear Naturals we believe that natural products are a fundamental resource for maintaining health and the quality of life.

 

Lighten Age Spots and Freckles with Kojic Acid Cream

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One of the signs of healthy looking skin is an even skin tone. Some people have freckles, over-pigmented skin or age spots that mask how healthy they actually are. For those people, there is an assortment of creams designed to lighten the skin and produce a more uniform and healthy appearing tkojic-acid-cream-jar_2one. A common ingredient in many face-lightening creams is a substance called Kojic Acid. Derived from the residue of fermented Japanese rice wine, Kojic Acid has been demonstrated to have the same skin whitening effect of Hydroquinone – which has been banned in some countries due to its suspected link with cancer – without its harmful side effects.

Application

Kojic Acid has been demonstrated to be most effective when applied to the face over several weeks or months according to the Mayo Clinic. When using Kojic Acid, the face should first be washed thoroughly with a mild soap. You should then dry the face completely before applying Kojic Acid Cream. The cream should be applied lightly to the areas of the face you wish to treat (spots, acne, etc.) Alternatively, users can use Kojic Acid soap by washing the skin with it and leaving it on for approx 20 seconds before drying the face. Because it is a natural compound, Kojic acid cream is safe for daily use.

How Does Kojic Acid Cream Work?

Kojic acid products, such as those sold by Cape Fear Naturals, work by penetrating the skin at the cellular level and inhibiting the production of melanin. Melanin is a dark brown to black pigment that occurs, among other places, in the skin of people and animals. Unfortunately, Kojic acid cannot permanently inhibit the production of melanin in the skin so it must be applied repeatedly or melanin production will resume.

Advantages of Kojic Acid

The main advantage Kojic Acid has over other skin whiteners is that it is a natural skin care product. Many leading skin whiteners contain artificial ingredients – such as mercury and Hydroquinone – that can not only rob the skin of its moisture but can actually damage the skin beyond repair. Kojic acid is the safe alternative. It should be noted that skin treated with Kojic Acid Cream should be protected between applications with sun block or lotion. Before going straight to the Kojic Acid Cream, it is advisable to check with a doctor for skin spots that you are concerned about. Kojic Acid is just one of many natural health products that we carry here at Cape Fear Naturals. Our customers appreciate our concern for their appearance and health as we seek to educate and enlighten them about the newest natural beauty and health products.

Look Younger and More Youthful with Beta Glucan Cream

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By now, nearly everyone knows about the health sustaining benefits of oats—and the Beta Glucan within the oats. Many people have added oatmeal to their breakfast hoping to reap the benefits of lower cholesterol, reduced blood pressure, stabilized blood sugar levels and more. However, it happens that oats – or at a least substance in them – are just as nourishing to the outside of the body as they are to the insides. That is because oats – as well as barley, lichens and some algae – contain Beta Glucans; these are sugars found within the cell walls of certain plants and they are being discovered to have a wealth of benefits for the entire body.

Particularly, Beta Glucans aid the skin by creating a barrier that allows the skin to hold its moisture while the fibrous husk of the oats gently exfoliates the skin. Because of this, Beta Glucans have now become a major 0000000136ingredient in many face creams and lotions. Beta Glucans aid in keeping skin youthful looking by activating the production of Langerhan cells. These cells play a vital role in keeping the skin young and healthy looking. As we age, these Langerhan cells naturally decrease, but Beta Glucans strengthen and re-invigorate the production of these cells. The end result is younger, healthier looking skin. In fact, some scientists have been looking very seriously into Beta Glucans. In 2005 the results of a trial published in the “International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists” showed that several human subjects had improved smoothness and fewer wrinkles than those in a placebo group when using Beta Glucans.

The benefits of using natural health products containing Beta Glucan include:

  • stimulation of collagen synthesis
  • wound healing
  • anti-irritant
  • skin soothing
  • moisturizer
  • film former (locking in natural moisture)
  • anti-aging
  • immunostimulant

The second benefit for people who are discovering Beta Glucan creams is that they are a part of a natural skin care regimen. Beta Glucan has no harmful effects on the skin and in fact people have used it for centuries to treat skin conditions like acne, itchy skin, poison ivy and a whole host of other skin ailments. Yes, this beneficial compound that has been around for centuries is now revealing its benefits to a public that is hungry for knowledge about how to protect itself from the ravages of aging as well as other conditions. Beta Glucan has been found to be useful for conditions such as cancer, high cholesterol and heart disease too. So, the next time you have a bowl of oats remember that a veritable fountain of youth may be right in front of you.