Tummy Troubles and your Immune System

Welcome back this month to our guest blogger Annette Presseau, Reliv distributor here in Massachusetts.  Remember staying healthy is important while you go around your daily routine (including buying or selling a house).  Thanks again to Annette for helping us do just that. 

Tummy troubles and your immune system….


I have had a lot of stomach troubles over the years and have tried so many things to try to help and one important thing that has helped me considerably is FIBER in my diet.  I take a nutritional supplement in powered form that has fiber with it and it makes the world of difference to my stomach and I also try to eat food with fiber in it.  I cannot stress enough the importance of fiber in the diet it can be something like adding fruit to your regimen or eating bran cereal just little changes will make a big difference in your life.  Sometimes I miss one of my fiber shakes and boy do I notice a difference so I go right back on taking my fiber shakes.


Also, keep a log of the food you eat and what affects your stomach you will be surprised at what food affects you.  Like myself I have Psoriasis and popcorn affects my Psoriasis and I love popcorn but will not eat it now.


At one point I was troubled with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and know how troublesome it can be and I still have IBS but don’t have the symptoms and I can attest that to adding fiber in my diet made a world of difference.  April is IBS awareness month (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and if you talked to your friends about this sensitive subject you will find that most people are troubled by their stomach in some shape and form.


IBS is a disorder within the intestines that causes abdominal pain and discomfort. The pain may occur on its own, or it can be accompanied by constipation, diarrhea and bloating.  What causes IBS is unknown; however, it’s important to note that people who have IBS may have a more sensitive digestive system. That’s why it’s best to avoid triggers by managing stress and eating foods that regulate digestion.


Managing IBS

Understanding what you are eating may cause flare-ups is the first step to controlling IBS.  Create a diet that adds in high fiber foods.  Most people don’t realize that there are actually two types of dietary fiber: soluble and insoluble. Each takes on a different role in the digestive system.

Insoluble Fiber: can’t be dissolved in water, passes through the intestinal track without changing form; will increase the frequency, water content and ease of bowel movements.

Soluble Fiber: dissolves in water, is smooth and soothing to the digestive track; can also lower the risk of heart disease, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol.  Fiber is one amazing multi-tasker. Whether your goal is weight loss, improved digestion or heart health, fiber does it all. But despite common knowledge of fiber’s many benefits, 95% of Americans don’t get the American Dietetic Association’s recommended 21-35 grams per day.

Check out the Mayo Clinic’s high fiber foods list: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/high-fiber-foods/NU00582


Immune System

Who will be first in your defensive lineup? When it comes to tackling germs, bacteria and viruses, vitamin C is a nutritional MVP.   When we get enough, vitamin C can help detoxify our bodies, promote healing of cells and help us handle stress. It also supports good bacteria in the stomach, neutralizes free radicals, protects us from pollution, and much more.

This super-supplement also increases the production of infection-fighting white blood cells and antibodies and increases levels of interferon, the antibody that coats cell surfaces, preventing the entry of viruses.


Healthy Skin

Vitamin C is key to the production of collagen, a protein that aids in the growth of cells and blood vessels and gives skin its firmness and strength. Studies support that vitamin C slows the rate of free-radical damage. Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles.

Vitamin C may also reduce sunburn caused by exposure to ultraviolet B radiation and prevent the consequences of long-term sun exposure, which can lead to skin cancer.


Eye Health

Most people assume that vision just naturally deteriorates with age and that there’s nothing they can do about it. But with vitamin C, you can take preventive action now. Vitamin C helps the body form and maintain connective tissue, including collagen found in the cornea of the eye.

Studies also suggest long-term consumption of vitamin C may reduce the risk of forming a cataract and vision loss from macular degeneration.

Did you know that 40% of elder Americans have Macular Degeneration and that one of the solutions to prevent it is just wearing sunglasses?  Sometimes it just takes a little change in your lifestyle to give you a healthier life.  So change one thing today that will make you a healthier life and you will be a healthier person for it.


Supplement with Vitamin C

Most of us aren’t getting enough vitamin C. The RDA for vitamin C is 90mg, but studies suggest that number is too low to harness the supplement’s health benefits. Since our bodies don’t make vitamin C, we have to get it from our diet.   Also, watch out for added sugar in Vitamin C drinks.


What’s in your energy shot?

Do you know of someone who takes energy shots?  Most energy beverages and shots rely on caffeine and sugar to create an artificial buzz. The problem is that these stimulants inevitably leave you feeling more exhausted than ever. We’ve all experienced that afternoon “crash” once the morning coffee has worn off. Caffeinated energy beverages work the same way.

In addition, caffeine can cause withdrawal symptoms. Clinical studies indicate these symptoms include headache, fatigue, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, irritability and brain fog.

Experts also say the use of guarana — aka “herbal caffeine” — is particularly dangerous. Many consumers don’t realize guarana itself contains extremely high levels of caffeine. A Consumer Reports review of 12 popular energy drinks found that caffeine levels — some topping 200 milligrams or more — are often omitted from the label.


Serious Side Effects

Caffeinated energy drinks caused a spike in heart rate and blood pressure in a study presented by the American Heart Association. The effects of the caffeine occurred in healthy individuals in a relaxed, seated position. Even more worrisome for researchers is the effect of caffeinated energy beverages on patients with heart or blood pressure problems.

Athletes who use caffeinated energy beverages as performance enhancers create their own set of risks. In the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, researchers noted that both athletes and non-athletes are consuming energy beverages at an alarming rate. The study cited several recent cases of caffeine-associated death and seizures associated with caffeinated energy drinks. Caffeine also acts as a diuretic, and high doses of sugar can impair absorption of fluids. The risky combination can cause severe dehydration.

So do your research and check the label on your energy shot.


You’ve probably heard that probiotics—the active cultures in some yogurts, for example—are good for your health. But not all probiotics are created equal.  Here’s what you need to know to boost immunity, soothe itchy skin, quell an upset stomach, and more.

Scientists have known for decades that probiotics can boost your health. That’s why yogurt’s “active cultures,” or good bugs, are touted so often. And now these bugs can be found in cereal, cheese, energy bars, soup, and a wealth of other products filling up grocery and pharmacy shelves. Their labels promise everything from fewer tummy aches to faster cold and flu recovery.

But probiotics aren’t all created equal, says University of Western Ontario microbiologist Gregor Reid, PhD, who has studied them. The strain that helped Klawiter—Saccharomyces cerevisiae boulardii—probably won’t do a thing for eczema, and vice versa, studies show. In fact, Klawiter had tried eating more yogurt and popping generic probiotic supplements, including acidophilus. Still her condition worsened because she wasn’t using the right kind of probiotics.

So how do you decide which one to take? Check out this Health.com website for your help with your most common complaints: http://www.health.com/health/article/0,,20411606,00.html

So when all is said and done what probiotic do you take?  Here is a website that describes what each Probiotic on the market today does:  http://www.topprobiotics.com/


National Heimlich Maneuver Week

Every five days a child in the U.S. dies from choking to death. Most of these deaths could have been prevented if the parents knew how to administer the Heimlich maneuver.  This emergency technique, which was developed by American Henry Heimlich, was founded in 1974. Since then it has saved over 100,000 American lives and countless more around the world.


This year National Heimlich Maneuver Week will occur from April 8-14. The week-long observance will celebrate the life-saving technique and educate the public about proper ways to perform it.

Do you want to learn the proper way to administer the Heimlich maneuver? Check out this website on how to do the Heimlich maneuver it could save a life:  http://www.lifebridgeblogs.org/2012/04/11/national-heimlich-maneuver-week-is-april-10-16/

I recently had to do the Heimlich maneuver and was glad that I remembered how to do it!  You never know when the knowledge you have learned will be needed.



In addition to overall wellbeing, people also opt for yoga to recuperate from illnesses as severe as cancer. Yoga helps in the process of self-healing. Getting ample sleep is equally essential to actively resting your body. When you practice yoga, you reach an active phase of resting wherein the brain feels alpha waves. Even though these waves at the same what you feel in the initial stage of sleep. So, consider taking a Yoga class for better health!  Check out this website on Yoga http://www.jessicashealthblog.com/exercise/boost-your-health-and-comfort-with-yoga/#more-1113


I have often heard people say “If you don’t have your health you don’t have anything” and in my opinion that is very true.  What do you think?


Be healthy and stay well.


Annette Presseau, Reliv Distributor (MA)







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