DIGESTIVE HEALTH notes

Unicity Cleanse

by Shop Talk  on Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 9:10am

Cleanse Aloe Vera

Aloe VeraOur Unicity Cleanse (formarly Known as Clearstart Pack) contains 3 products. The first is Paraway. It is a formulation of natural herbs that have demonstrated the efficacy of making the body an inhospitable host for the parasites to survive. It is formulated to help rid the body of these unwanted pests in a safe, natural manner. We want the body to discharge the parasites while they are still alive rather than killing them and allowing them to decompose and leave waste in our system.

Paraway
Paraway PlusParaway_Plus-02Parasite Cleanser—-CDN—US– Green black walnut hulls powder, pumpkin seed powder, knotweed extract, clove flower bud powder, sage leaf powder, gentian root powder, hyssop leaf powder, fenugreek seed powder, chamomile flower extract, black pepper fruit powder, peppermint leaf powder, thyme leaf powder, fennel seed powder, garlic powder and chlorophyll in a gelatin capsule. This formula when taken with a bowel-cleansing program is effective in eliminating microscopic organisms, larger parasites known as Nematoda, which are visible to the eye and worms including tapeworms from the body. It actually makes the body an inhospitable host and causes the parasites to evacuate the digestive tract and other involved organs. It is the first part of any cleanses and detox program and is essential to establish a good foundation for health. The first introduction to this program should last a minimum of 3 months then be repeated a couple times a year for a 30-60 day cleanse. Some conditions parasite infection may contribute to are, acne rosacea, migraines, heart disease, eczema, seizures, schizophrenia, depression, asthma, diabetes, lupus, MS, Alzheimer and cancer. These parasites are believed to use valuable nutrients to survive, impair absorption of nutrients, create toxic waste and cause a suppression of the immune system thereby allowing degenerative diseases to begin.The second product is Lifiber. It is a combination of soluable and insoluble fiber with 28 companion herbs designed to work like a broom and sweep debris from the digestive tract while cleansing, healing and soothing the delicate tissue which comprises this part of the body.
Lifiber; Complex Fiber and Herbal Blend—composition: Psyllium husk, fructose, maltodextrin, fructooligosaccharide, caa inhem extract, natural orange flavour, hibiscus flower, natural banana flavour, grapefruit pectin, guar gum, liquorice root, alfalfa, black walnut hulls, buchu leaf, burdock root, cape aloe powder, cayenne fruit, chickweed, cinnamon bark, clove seeds, corn silk, dandelion root, Echinacea, fenugreek seed, garlic, ginger root, marshmallow root, papaya fruit, peppermint leaf, pumpkin seed, red raspberry leaf, rhubarb root, slippery elm bark and yucca root. This product provides the perfect blend of soluble and insoluble fibres with 29 natural herbal companions. This combination acts like a broom in the intestinal tract sweeping undigested and dehydrated waste from the walls of the intestines. The companion supplements aid in soothing and healing an irritated digestive tract, helping to rebuild friendly bacteria and Detoxing the body. All major recognized organizations today such as the Cancer Society, Diabetic Association, Heart Association agree we need a minimum of 25-35 grams of fiber in our diets. The national averages range between 8 and 15 grams daily. Three tablespoons of this fiber blend would add an additional 15 grams to your total dietary fiber requirements and move you closer to the recommended fiber content in your daily diet. A diet high in dietary fiber would lower risks for conditions such as heart disease, cancer, digestive disorders and obesity. It will help regulate your blood pressure, serum cholesterols, and blood glucose levels, promote regularity and contribute to daily bowel cleansing. When starting this fiber supplement; as with any fiber addition to your diet; start slow and work up over several weeks to optimal fiber intake.The last component is the Nature’s Tea and or in Canada the Classic Natural Tea. This encourages cleansing, faster ‘transit’ (the pusher) time for food and fiber to move through the digestive tract and rinse the entire system.

Nature’s Tea

Nature's TeaSenna Bowel Cleansing Tea—( also contained in cleansing pack #5) CDN & US-Senna dried leaves (Cassia acutifolia) Buckthorn bark (Rhamnus frangula) Peppermint leaves, caa inhem leaves, uva ursi leaves, orange peel, rose hips fruit, althea root, chamomile flowers and honeysuckle leaves. Senna is used for it’s laxative effects on chronic constipation and irregularity. It has been recommended for people who need to increase their frequency of bowel movements. This combination of herbs supports the urinary system helping to reduce fluid retention and as side benefit many people find increased energy levels as bowel toxins are eliminated. This tea in combination of a good fiber supplement will assist the body to meet the correct elimination levels by encouraging daily bowel elimination. Gripping can be avoided by not over steeping the tea bag and by combining with high fiber diet and supplementing daily with a fiber.

Classic Natural Tea:
( not part of the Unicity Cleanse )

Body Clearing Tea— (not available in US)composition Buckthorn bark, peppermint leaves, Caa Inhem, Uva Ursi, Chickweed, Orange Peel, Rose Hips, Althea root, Honeysuckle, Chamomile. This combination acts as a natural bowel cleanser and a digestive aid thereby assisting weight loss or in maintaining healthy elimination. As stored fat is burned, toxins are released and must be eliminated from the system. This tea contains herbs that may assist in relieving water retention. NOTE; it is not recommended for people with ragweed sensitivity.

You can choose to use Aloe Vera Capsules instead of the teas.

Aloe Vera

The use of Aloe Vera can be traced all the way back to the ancient Egyptians. The glamorous Cleopatra regarded Aloe Vera as her beauty secret. Aloe was held in such reverence in Egypt that it was considered to be the “Plant of Immortality.” Drawings of the Aloe plant have even been found inscribed in the tombs of pharaohs.

There are several variations of the Aloe plant, but only one variety has a legendary medicinal reputation dating back thousands of years: the Aloe Vera. Vera, that means true in Latin, was added to the appellation of this particular specimen in order to distinguish its primacy among the Aloe plants.

One of nature’s time-tested healing substances, Aloe Vera helps the body cleanse itself and provides minerals, vitamins, enzymes, glycoproteins, essential oils, and amino acids to support the body’s defense, gastrointestinal, and urinary systems.(1)

Ingredients
Aloe vera herb, magnesium stearate, and gelatin

Research Brief
The Aloe Vera plant has a long history of use for its healing properties. The plants large bladelike leaves are the source of the Aloe gel. The inner chamber of the Aloe Vera leaf is made up of the clear pulp, which resembles slightly melted lemon Jell-O. The pulp is believed to contain the wound-healing agents. The Russians call these “biogenic stimulators”. They now have developed a process by where they can use the leaf of the plant, which is also the strongest part of the plant, for nutrients. Aloe has a natural antidotal effect, neutralizing body toxins thus, reducing joint pain caused by tissue toxicity. Aloe Vera has been used widely in Holistic medicine in the amelioration of immune system dysfunction. The effect is to stabilize the life force; thereby, contributing to balancing the blood. It is believed to boost the immune system by balancing the pH of the blood and also increases digestion and absorption. As early as 1935, it was recommended to use Aloe Vera juice in treating certain types of burns because of its well-known properties in soothing sun-damaged skin.

Aloe Vera has properties for promoting the removal of dead skin and stimulating the normal growth of living cells. During the healing process, it can soothe the skin and may promote healing. Aloe Vera is excellent for absorbing toxins and promoting growth of friendly “good” colon bacteria, which is required for good health and is thus often used in colon cleansing products.
We also know that our digestive systems are under constant attack from foods, chemicals and parasites that actually destroy our natural ‘friendly’ bacteria — Intestinal Flora. We recommend that along with the Clearstart Pack you consider using Probionics to help repopulate the Digestive System with this life giving and necessary Flora.

Probionics-
ProBionicProBionicProbiotic blend (25 billion CFU)[Lactobacillus acidophilus, L. casei, Bifidobacterium longum, B. bifidum] and rice maltodextrin. Proper intestinal flora balance is essential for efficient digestion and essential for effective digestion and overall health. Intestinal floras are destroyed by antibiotic medications and content in our food or water. Improper flora balance will allow for overgrowth of candida in our digestive tract and other parts of our body and contribute to auto-intoxication and degenerative diseases such as arthritis, allergies, skin conditions, lethargy, mental fog, indigestion, gas and bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, decreased immune function, poor nutrient absorption, poor enzyme function, susceptibility to viral and bacterial infections and abdominal pain, when conditions like colitis and crohns are present, balanced intestinal flora is absent. Flora should be replenished at the end of any detox or cleansing program and periodically throughout the year.

Other products – of great benefit while doing a cleanse /detox are LiverEssentials and MSM.
Using the LiverEssentials will help the body cleanse and improve the function of the liver. This formulation also contains valuable anti-oxidants for the entire digestive tract to aid in the healing from any damage that may have been caused.

Also the MSM is very good aid in the healing and soothing of the internal organs especially the entire Digestive System. It also contains anti-parasitic, anti-fungal properties to encourage a thorough cleansing.

Liver Essentials
LivEssentialsLivEssentialsLiver cleanse and support— Natural vegetable fibre, picrorhiza kurroa root extract, N-Acetyl L-cysteine, Siliphos® (milk thistle silybin phytosome complex extract), schizandra berry fruit extract, green tea leaf extract and curcumin extract in a gelatin capsule. This product is designed to cleanse and nourish our liver. Our liver is the largest filter in the body and performs over 500 functions in our body. It can become overloaded with chemicals, toxins and be impaired by fatty deposits. It is essential to life itself and if it is impaired by disease such as hepatitis, jaundice, mononucleosis, or damage from drugs or alcohol it cannot effectively detox itself and we will begin to experience all kinds of illnesses. It is also where the body takes components, enzymes, hormones etc and synthesizes or converts them to another factor then sends them to other organs or areas in the body to help maintain or regenerate normal cellular function and health. One of the most overlooked organs in our bodies is the liver and often many degenerative conditions would be avoided if we had optimally functioning livers.

MSM Complex

( from Bone and Joint products, not part of the ClearStart or Unicity Cleanse Pack)

MSM powder (Methylsulfonylmethane – 500 mg per capsule), potassium citrate, Siberian ginseng extract, Echinacea purpurea extract, calcium ascorbate, ascorbic acid, Korean ginseng extract, garlic powder, citrus bioflavonoid complex powder, quercetin, rutin and broccoli extract (25% indoles) in a gelatin capsule. This super MSM complex is an essential basic building block for healthy cells and cell regeneration. It has anti-fungal properties and can be beneficial in treatment of overgrowth of yeast and candida. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory and pain reliever for arthritic conditions, powerful anti-oxidant and enhances immune function. It has powerful cell regeneration properties and aids with elimination of scar tissue. It increases energy. It also can act as a styptic where internal bleeding occurs and aid in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, is essential for colitis and Crohn’s disease and recovery from hemorrhoids. It is extremely beneficial to asthma sufferers and aid in tissue repair in the lungs. It aids in the prevention or management of conditions such as hardening of the arteries, emphysema, allergies, headaches including migraines, arthritis, hip dysplasia, stomach problems, diverticulosis, weak fingernails and hair fall, low energy. It keeps cell membranes flexible and permeable allowing for nutrients, waste and toxins to move in out of cell membranes easily. It may support correct insulin production and blood sugar imbalances.

The Unicity Cleanse, formarly know as the Clearstart Pack is sold in a one month supply; however we believe to do a thorough cleanse and to catch the parasites (parasites are cyclic) in every stage a minimum of 3 months is required. We also recommend, since re-infestation can occur at any time that a parasite cleanse become a regular part of a wellness routine and be repeated on a regular basis. Unicity Cleanse comes with Paraway, LiFiber and either the Natures Tea or Aloe Vera

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What’s Eating You? – Check out Your Company

When considering a personal wellness program, I believe that cleansing your system and getting your intestinal tract in balance  is critictically important.  For one thing, these parasite critters you host are happily eating the nutrients you ingest and multiplying at will, eating out of house and home!  How many guests do you want to feed??  They deposit toxins in your body and cause disease.  To me, going on a health program without cleansing is akin to waxing a car without first washing it.  If you don’t get the salt off the car it’s still going to eat the metal!

The gastro-urinary system is made up with many organs responsible for cleansing your body. The chain of organs include the liver, kidneys, bladder, pancreas, gallbladder and skin.  You want to be taking care of these things!!

Our gastrointestinal tract harbors 9 times more bacteria than there are cells in the human body.  There are an estimated 500 different species of both good and bad micro flora or bacteria in the small and large intestines.

When the numbers get out of balance we develop a condition called ‘dysbiosis’.

Health Problems such as urinary tract infections, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, pelvic inflammatory disease, vaginitis, and candida or yeast overgrowth occur as a result of the imbalance.  It was demonstrated in the Annals of he Rhueumatic Diseases in 1993 that many of those with rheumatoid arthritis suffered with small intestine bacterial overgrowth which was tied in with the imbalance.

The combination the dysbiosis with improper food choices, constipation , environmental factors, undercooked or raw foods, international travel and poor lifestyle choices have created an epidemic of parasitic infection in North America.  Left undiagnosed, these infections can be the base of many causes of untreatable disease.

THE WORMS

The parasitic hookworms, pinworms, roundworms, tapeworms and ringworms enter our bodies through contact with other humans, pets, fruits and vegetables.  As parasites, they live off the nutrients we provide them  as they accumulate in the intestines.  They love to travel and where there is a weakness in the intestinal wall they enter our bloodstream thereby gaining passage throughout the body.

Adult Roundworm     

PROTOZOA

Protozoa can reproduce to infinite levels and greatly compromise the immune system.  Auto-immune disorders are rampant today.  The presence of parasites within normal looking cells carry many signs and symptoms:

Abdominal pain and cramps, Constipation,  Depressed Secretory IgA and Allergies, Diarrhea, Fatigue, Fever, Flatulence, Food Allergy, Foul-smelling stools, Gastritis, Headaches, Hives, Increased intestinal permeability, indigestion, irregular bowel movements, irritable bowel syndrome, loss of appetite, Low back pain, Malabsorption, and Weight Loss or Weight Gain.

Psychologically, parasites can result in mood swings, mild to moderate depression, nightmares or poor sleep patterns, irritability, cloudy thinking, and hyperactivity.

FLUKES

A fluke can do tremendous damage to your body.  The family includes liver flukes, lung flukes, intestinal flukes, kidney flukes and more.Intestinal Flukes

Parasites are not easily detected in stool samples as they generally fasten themselves to the mucosal lining of the intestine wall and are not eliminated by normal movement of waste.  When an intestinal biopsy is performed the parasites not located at the site of the biopsy will remain undetected.  Rectal swabs and fluorescent stains are more exact methods of detection.

Ref:  The Essential Health News, Issue 40 ; Larry Hackman and Elizabeth Carere RN

DISCLAIMER: The publisher does not claim to be a health care professional of any sort.  This blog is intended for informational purposes only and should not be used as a guide for diagnosis and/or treatment of any disease.  If you have ay health problems, it is advisable to seek the advice of a health care professional.

Unicity Cleanse Aloe:  Canada # 26572, US # 26557

Unicity Cleanse Nature’s Tea:  Canada # 26571, US #26556

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Enzygen Plus – More than just Digestion

Enzymes – A Historical Perspective

While the recognized use of enzymes as dietary supplements and therapeutic agents has only developed within the last century, humans have been benefiting from their presence in food since the dawn of mankind. Consumption of raw foods and traditional food processing practices, including aging of food and fermenting food, take advantage of dietary sources of enzymes. However, many modern food-processing practices actually deplete our food’s supply of enzymes. Uniquely modern ailments that have developed since the onset of modern food processing techniques have lead to research into the benefits of dietary enzymes.

All raw food contains the enzymes needed to eventually “digest” itself through decay. The native enzymes found in raw foods actually act synergistically with human endogenous enzymes to help digest our foods, reducing the enzymatic burden of digestion on the body. Early human diets were rich in raw food sources allowing early man to benefit from this synergism. As civilization advanced, cooking and processing of foods became more prevalent. Though humans did not understand the basic mechanisms of enzymatic predigestion in raw foods, they started taking advantage of this fact early on, by allowing foods to age. During the aging process of foods, native enzymes begin the digestive process, making foods more tender, flavourful, and nutritious. A natural adjunct to the aging process was fermentation of foods. The act of fermentation subjects the food to the enzymatic actions of microbes, essentially predigesting the food. For centuries, foods have been fermented with bacteria and fungi to produce nutritious and tasty foods, such as tofu, cheeses, tempe , yogurt, and alcoholic beverages

In the late Nineteenth Century, large scale canning and heat processing techniques rapidly replaced traditional food preparation/preservation techniques in the Western world. The temperatures used in large scale food processing are specifically designed to destroy enzymatic activity and delay the predigestion (decay) of foods. As a result, processed foods completely lack native enzyme activity, which some feel places the burden of digestion completely on the human body. Some researchers have theorized that the added digestive burden may lead to a variety of diseases and disorders, though this theory has yet to be proven conclusively.

In recent decades, the biological effects of modern food processing have been compounded by a modern lifestyle. Our modern fast paced high stress lifestyles tend to lead to improper digestion. Stress and anxiety trigger hormone releases that interfere with smooth muscle contraction and enzyme secretion, leading to indigestion. This is further compounded by the tendency to eat on the run and to overeat. Because hurried eating results in partially chewed foods being dumped into the digestive tract, the tendency to eat on the run results in food not being properly mixed with salivary enzymes and to be in such large pieces that digestive enzymes can not adequately act on the food. Overeating causes more nutrients to be consumed than what the average human digestive system can handle. These issues can combine to overwhelm the body’s ability to completely digest consumed meals, which can lead to digestive discomfort, constipation, and suboptimal nutrient uptake.

Age Related Digestive Insufficiency
A person’s ability to properly digest and absorb their food decreases with age. This reduction in digestive capacity is likely related to the fact that pancreatic digestive enzyme production decreases linearly after the second decade of age, at a rate of nearly 10% per decade. As a result, the ability to digest/absorb fats and proteins can become greatly impaired. This impairment can lead to a host of gastrointestinal symptoms and health consequences, including anorexia, abdominal discomfort, flatulence, constipation, reflux disorders, ulcers and diarrhea. Some studies tested the effectiveness of oral enzyme supplementation on the above stated symptoms. In these studies, the gastrointestinal symptoms of study participants improved significantly. While these conditions are in themselves a concern for seniors, malnutrition caused by such enzyme deficiencies can significantly reduce the quality and quantity of life in the aging population. Protein utilization of the elderly is of particular concern, because such deficiency can lead to reductions in immunity and muscle atrophy. Enzyme supplementation significantly improves protein utilization among the elderly.

Food Intolerance
Not all enzyme deficiencies are caused by disease or aging. Some enzyme deficiencies are the result of normal genetic variation. This normal genetic variation in the production of digestive enzymes can result in food intolerances. While most food intolerance is a mere nuisance, food intolerances have been implicated in numerous digestive disorders, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Celiac Disease. In recent years, lactose intolerance has been a buzzword for many people. Lactose intolerance refers to a broad class of symptoms that result from the ingestion of lactose containing foods by people who fail to produce adequate amounts of the enzyme lactase. The undigested lactose can be fermented by gut flora producing belching, cramping, diarrhea and flatulence. Studies show that supplementation of Aspergillus lactase can significantly reduce symptoms of lactase deficiency. However, not all people who believe they are lactose intolerant respond to this therapy. This is because these people may actually be suffering from milk hypersensitivity, likely triggered by milk proteins. These milk proteins are addressed by the proteolytic enzymes found in this formula.
This formulation was designed specifically to support digestion in people who eat the typical modern diet, which is high in protein, fat, and carbohydrates. It contains a proprietary blend of proteolytic, lipolytic, and carbohydrolytic enzymes specifically designed to aid the digestion of these nutrient dense meals. Supplementation with these enzymes is critical in order to handle the increased digestive demands placed on the body when eating a diet that is high in fat, protein, and carbohydrate. Supplemental enzymes also help assure that the maximum amount of available nutrition is obtained from the food eaten. In addition, a variety of botanical ingredients were added to provide general nutritional support.

These ingredients and their specific functions are outlined below.

Enzygen PlusProteolytic Enzymes
Protease 3.0 is characterized by its ability to hydrolyze proteins under acid conditions. The broad specificity of acid-stable protease enables the enzyme to, easily and efficiently, hydrolyze most soluble proteins. Because protease 3.0 has an effective pH range of 2.75 to 4.7, it is uniquely suited to work synergistically with endogenous pepsin to provide protein digestion in the stomach.

Protease 4.5 is a mixture of acid, neutral and alkaline proteases that demonstrate both exo-peptidase and endo-peptidase activity with high substrate specificity. Protease 4.5 has an effective pH range of 2.75 to 6.25. For this reason, protease 4.5 works synergistically with endogenous enzymes to provide protein digestion in the stomach and pyloric regions of the small intestine.

Protease 6.0 is a mixture of acid, neutral and alkaline proteases that demonstrates both exo-peptidase and endo-peptidase activity with high substrate specificity. Protease 6.0 has an effective pH range from 2.75 to 7.0. For this reason, protease 6.0 works synergistically with endogenous enzymes to provide protein digestion through all portions of the digestive tract. Protease 6.0 is unique in its high substrate specificity, demonstrating reduced occurrence of carbohydrase side activity.

Peptidase is an enzyme system that contains a very high level of exo-peptidase activity. The high exo-peptidase level allows the user to obtain a high degree of protein hydrolysis without formation of bitter products. Peptidase has an effective pH range from 3.25 to 7.5, and works synergistically with endogenous enzymes to provide protein digestion throughout the entire digestive tract.

Bromelain contains several proteolytic enzymes, which differ in their specificity and optimum environments. Bromelain has an effective pH range of 4.0 to 9.0 and works synergistically with endogenous enzymes to provide protein digestion throughout the entire digestive tract.
Papain contains a wide array of proteolytic enzymes, incorporating a broad range of substrate specificity and optimum environments. Because of this attribute, papain easily and efficiently hydrolyzes most soluble protein, yielding peptides and amino acids. Papain has an effective pH range of 3.0 to 10.5 and works synergistically with endogenous trypsin and chymotrypsin to provide protein digestion throughout the small intestine.

The proteolytic enzymes in this formula are used to help digest protein to produce amino acids, which are important building blocks in the human body. The amino acids are used to build muscles, metabolic enzymes, neurotransmitters, and many other essential biochemicals. Proteolytic enzyme supplementation can be essential to maintaining lean muscle tissue while on any type of diet, and allows you to get the maximum nutrition from the protein consumed in a typical diet.

Lipolytic Enzymes

Lipase YN catalyzes the hydrolysis of triglycerides of simple fatty acid esters, yielding mono- and diglycerides, glycerol and free fatty acids. It has broad substrate specificity on the fats and oils of vegetable and animal origins. Lipase YN works synergistically with endogenous enzymes to help digest fatty foods.
Supplementing with Lipase YN can help the body to properly digest the excessive fat being eaten in today’s typical high fat, high carbohydrate diet. Considerable digestive distress and even malabsorption of nutrients such as vitamins A and E can result from improper fat digestion.

Carbohyrdolytic Enzymes

Amylase will randomly hydrolyze the interior alpha-1,4-glucosidic bonds of starch to release simple sugars for digestion. This enzyme works synergistically with endogenous human amylase to digest starchy foods.

Glucoamylase will hydrolyze terminal 1,4-linked alpha-D-glucose residues successively from non-reducing ends of amylose chains to release free glucose. This enzyme also possesses the ability to hydrolyze alpha-1,6-glucosidic linkages in isomaltose and dextrins. This enzyme works synergistically with endogenous human amylase and supplemental amylase to potentiate the complete digestion of carbohydrate rich foods.

Malt Diastase is characterized by its ability to hydrolyze amylose and other polysaccharides to remove successive maltose units (glucose-glucose dimers) from the non-reducing end. This enzyme works synergistically with amylase and glucoamylase to digest carbohydrate rich foods, particularly those produced from grains.

Invertase is characterized by its ability to catalyze the inversion of sucrose solution. This enzyme catalyzes the hydrolysis of sucrose into its component parts D-fructose and D-glucose. This action helps in the digestion of refined sugars that are common in modern diets.

a-galactosidase is characterized by its ability to hydrolyze the alpha-1-6 linkages in melibiose, raffinose, and stachyose. These are indigestible sugars containing alpha-galactosyl groups, and commonly occur in vegetables, especially in members of the legume and cruciferous families.

Lactase is characterized by its ability to hydrolyze lactose over a wide range of temperatures and pH. NEC’s lactase catalyzes the hydrolysis of the lactose beta-D-galactoside linkage liberating one mole of D-glucose and one mole of D-galactose. This enzyme works synergistically with endogenous human lactase to digest the sugars found in milk and dairy products.

Cellulase hydrolyzes the beta-D-1,4-glucosidic bonds of cellulose (an indigestible structural carbohydrate of plant cell walls), its oligomers and derivatives. This enzyme is a complex composed of three distinct enzymes to convert cellulose to glucose. Since humans lack the endogenous enzymes required to digest cellulose, the supplementation of cellulase provides humans with an additional source of nutrition and reduces the bulking effect of fibrous foods.

This combination of carbohydrases is designed as a comprehensive approach to carbohydrate digestion, which allows for a more complete digestion of the carbohydrates consumed. This enables a person to properly digest and receive the maximum amount of nutrients available from their carbohydrate intake.

Branded Blends
CereCalase™ is a unique mixture of enzymes that hydrolyzes non-starch polysaccharides (NSPs). Hemicellulase, beta-glucanase, and phytase are included in this novel enzyme system to digest hemicelluloses, beta-glucans, and phytic acid. Hemicelluloses, beta-glucans, and phytic acid can act as anti-nutritive factors due to their tendency to bind minerals and other nutrients, and thus prevent intestinal absorption of these nutrients. These NSPs are common in many vegetable foods including grains, beans and herbs. Since humans do not produce the enzymes found in CereCalase™ addition of these enzymes to a diet high in fruits and vegetables provides a greater source of nutrition.

Antioxidant Enzymes

SOD (Superoxide dismutase)/gliadin is a unique vegetarian source of highly absorbable SOD that works synergistically with endogenous SOD to prevent the oxidative effects of the superoxide radical. Excess superoxide free radicals can lead to inflammation, cellular tissue toxicity, degenerative diseases, accelerated aging, and lowered cellular defenses.

Catalase catalyzes the destruction of hydrogen peroxide, a highly destructive oxidative compound. Supplemental catalase works synergistically with endogenous catalase to prevent the oxidative effects of hydrogen peroxide, which is a byproduct of SOD activity, by converting this oxygen radical into water and oxygen. Oxidative species are implicated in numerous negative health conditions, including lipid peroxidation, cellular degradation (aging), and numerous inflammatory diseases.

Botanical Ingredients

Blue-Green Algae is a type of freshwater algae that are a nutritious source of beta-carotene, essential fatty acids, B vitamins, chelated minerals, amino acids, chlorophyll, and enzymes. Blue-green algae contain all ten essential amino acids. Blue-green algae are one of the richest whole-food sources of vitamin A, carotenoids, vitamin B-12, chlorophyll, omega fatty acids, and phytonutrients.

Chlorella is freshwater algae that is a rich source of protein and provides ß-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin B12, vitamin K, vitamin E, nucleic acids, essential fatty acids, chlorophyll, and chelated minerals such as iron and calcium. Chlorella may be a useful supplement for immune support.

Kamut grass is an heirloom variety of wheat grass whose consumption dates back to the Ancient Egyptians. Like all wheat grasses, kamut grass is rich in vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, amino acids, and enzymes.

Spirulina is a type of freshwater algae that contains large amounts of beta-carotene, gamma linolenic acid (GLA), B vitamins, naturally chelated minerals, trace elements, chlorophyll, and enzymes. Spirulina is also an abundant source of other potentially valuable nutrients, such as sulfolipids, glycolipids, phycocyanin, and superoxide dismutase.

Wheat Grass is a nutritious food source that can contain fiber, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. This grain should be included in the diet to provide general nutritional support and to reduce the risk of chronic disease.

Kelp is a type of seaweed that is a rich source of B vitamins as well as many naturally chelated minerals, including iodine and selenium. In addition to general nutritional support, kelp may also be a useful supplement for digestive support, respiratory support, antioxidant support, reproductive support, and weight management.

Spinach is a nutritious food source that contains fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Spinach and other vegetables should be included in the diet to provide general nutritional support and to reduce the risk of chronic disease.

Lecithin is a source of both phosphatydlcholine and phosphatydlserine. Phosphatydlcholine and phosphatydlserine are major constituents of cell membranes and are vital for normal cellular membrane composition and repair. Phosphatydlcholine also acts as a major delivery form of the essential nutrient choline. Lecithin may be a useful supplement for liver support, neurological support and cardiovascular support.

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Leaky Gut Syndrome

Nov 19, 2013 by EMYRALD SINCLAIRELonger-shelf-life

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
So many people suffer a variety of symptoms that could easily be prevented! Do you suffer from any of the following on a regular basis: Allergies, asthma, multiple sclerosis, Hashimoto’s, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, IBS, candida, constipation, diarrhea, ADD, poor memory, headaches, food craving, depression, anxiety, brain fog, joint pain, fatigue, congestion, acne, hives, or psoriasis? If you can say ‘yes’ then you most likely have leaky gut syndrome!

Ulcerative Colitis

It’s pretty much what it sounds like. Sometimes particles of partially digested food leak through the cell walls of the intestinal lining (your gut) into your bloodstream. Not only this, but also microbes, waste and toxins can leak out through these spaces.

What’s the Problem With This?

When foreign substances, like partially digested food, microbes, waste and toxins, enter your bloodstream, your body treats them like invaders that need to be conquered. Your immune system goes on red alert and sends out inflammatory chemicals designed to neutralize the threat. This also wreaks havoc on your intestinal lining which can lead to malabsorption of nutrients, overeating and eventually weight gain, to name a few potential results.

Eventually this partially digested food combines with antibodies to form immune complexes. They circulate through the bloodstream and are deposited in various tissues, leading to inflammation which then leads to rashes, joint pain, fatigue and skin problems. Add all these symptoms up and it can feel like your body is breaking down. Some people think this is simply ‘normal’ or part of the ‘aging process.’ Instead, it’s actually just symptoms of ‘leaky gut’ which can easily be prevented!

Additional consequences of leaky gut syndrome are:

Gas/bloating, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), food cravings, autism, weight loss resistance, osteoarthritis, muscle pain, shortness of breath, sinusitis, eczema, and rosacea.

Are you starting to realize how likely it is that most of us suffer from Leaky Gut Syndrome!?

How does Leaky Gut happen?

There are a variety of factors, when combined, lead to Leaky Gut Syndrome. In order to minimize your likelihood of getting leak gut syndrome or to heal from it if you do, you want to minimize anything that can cause or exacerbate it.

Factors include:

  • alcohol
    antibiotics
    antacids
    anti-inflammatory drugs like Tylenol
    bisphenol-A (BPA)
    candida
    dietary induced nutrient deficiencies
    gluten (this is the leading cause)
    high-sugar diet
    low-fiber diet
    pain medication
    regular intake of certain foods – Soy, Corn, Eggs, Dairy, Gluten, and Peanuts
    small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
    stress
    In order to completely remove the symptoms of leaky gut, you need to remove all the items listed above from your diet/lifestyle. We are bombarded on a daily basis with environmental toxins in our homes, in the air and within our foods. While you can easily (with a bit of work) remove certain foods from your diet (like soy, corn, gluten, and dairy), it’s also important to remove certain medications from your diet and reduce the stress in your life.

Lifestyle is important in regards to living a healthy life and many tend to forget the factors that contribute to a radiantly healthy life! Did you know that it’s easy to create gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free tasty delights to impress the guests? Do you want to learn how to take care of your body and mind to reduce stress, boost the immune system and increase energy?

Take care of your body and mind!

Sources:
JJ Virgin, The Virgin Diet (Book)

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Liver Essentials

by Shop Talk on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 7:50pm

The liver is a vital component of the human digestive system. There are over 5,000 identified functions including food metabolism, energy storage, waste removal, detoxification, immune system support and production of chemicals. Humans can not survive without a functional liver and liver disease is so prevalent it impacts one out of every ten Americans.

The liver stores and metabolizes fats and detoxifies the body by processing and eliminating toxins. It also manufactures and secretes a substance called bile, which helps support digestion and moves fats and body wastes into the intestines. When liver function is low, there can be a severe negative effect on a person’s overall health.

This organ is amazingly resilient and when cleansed and nourished properly it will easily return to normal function.

Our diets and lifestyles today are taxing our livers like never before.

Symptoms of liver overload:

  • Overweight; inability to lose weight;
    High cholesterol;
    High blood pressure;
    Frequent headaches or migraines;
    Skin blemishes, discolorations, warts and moles;
    Acne, psoriasis, eczema; oily skin; rashes;
    Upper and lower excessive gas;
    Poor or inadequate digestion, heartburn, acid reflux; bloating after eating;
    Bad breath;
    Coated tongue when going without food for half or full day;
    Constipation; diarrhea; Irritable Bowel Syndrome;
    Allergies to foods and chemicals; environmental sensitivity; chemical intolerance;
    Sugar cravings;
    Excessive alcohol intake;
    Itching;
    Diminished eyesight;
    Frequent or continued fatigue;
    Hormonal imbalance; low sex drive, impotence;
    Sluggish metabolism;
    Sleep disorders; insomnia;
    Excessive body heat;
    Poor protein utilization;
    Depression, unpleasant moods, mood swings, behavior swings or bi-polar disorder; anger;
    Liver cancer;
    Gall stones; gallbladder problems;
    Fatty liver;
    Low immune response; overburdened immune system;
    Recurring colds, fevers and mucus;
    Poor memory;
    Mental fatigue;
    Pre-mature aging;
    Pre-mature graying;
    There are many more symptoms associated with a poorly functioning liver, but these are some of the primary ones, and are directly related to liver overload.

LivEssentialsThis is where LiverEssentials comes in. These nutrients contained within this product will help cleanse and restore your liver to better health and function.

Microcrystalline Cellulose
• Aids in bio-availability of other nutrients
• Helps with disintegration or dissolvability of components within product

Picrorhiza Kurroa Root
• Ayurvetic
• Antioxidant, used for acute Hepatistis, Chronic Hepatitis
• Protects the liver against Psychotropics and other pharmaceuticals
• Aids in allergies, Asthma, Hypoxia which is a shortage of oxygen in the blood
• Increases cellular oxidation
• Helps with Vitiligio

N-Acetyl L-cysteine
• Supports immune system
• Powerful anti-toxin
• Neutralizes free radicals that damage cells and DNA
• Water soluable
• Helps boost Glutathione levels (the master anti-oxidant)
• Helps protect against pollutants such as cigarette smoke, air pollution caused from automobiles, herbicides, and damage done from overdoses of drugs such as aspirin, Tylenol etc.

Silipos
• Derived from Milk Thistle
• Easily absorbed and has activity shown to be more than 3 ½ times more effective than Milk Thistle alone
• In one study showed a faster return of liver function for 232 chronic hepatitis suffers than Milk Thistle
• Another study with Hepatitis B, both Hepatitis B and C, and Hepatitis C sufferers showed malandealdhyde levels improved by 36% and liver function increased by 15% and liver enzyme activity reduced – AST 17% – ALT 16%
• Research shows most effective for Hepatitis in higher doses although smaller doses improved helped

Schizandra Berry
Green Tea
• Chinese medicine
• Used for insomnia, hepatitis, allergic skin reactions
• Adaptogen so is good for the entire body
• Helps restore body damaged by stress, strengthens your entire constitution and helps body resist disease
• Helps detox and regulate liver function
• Increases metabolic activity
• Stimulates gastro intestinal tract, central nervous system, liver, kidneys, adrenals, lungs and immune system
• Antioxidant effective against chronic coughs, excessive sweating
• Supports the respiratory system
by Shop Talk Notes on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 7:50pm

The liver is a vital component of the human digestive system. There are over 5,000 identified functions including food metabolism, energy storage, waste removal, detoxification, immune system support and production of chemicals. Humans can not survive without a functional liver and liver disease is so prevalent it impacts one out of every ten Americans.

The liver stores and metabolizes fats and detoxifies the body by processing and eliminating toxins. It also manufactures and secretes a substance called bile, which helps support digestion and moves fats and body wastes into the intestines. When liver function is low, there can be a severe negative effect on a person’s overall health.

This organ is amazingly resilient and when cleansed and nourished properly it will easily return to normal function.

Our diets and lifestyles today are taxing our livers like never before.

Green Tea

Canada # 20436, US # 14785

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Matcha Constituent – Impacts Ulcerative Colitis

Matcha is the highest possible grade of Green Tea! Chi-Oka Matcha found in Unicity Matcha is the highest grade of ceremonial Matcha in the world. There are ceremonial grades and Food grades of Matcha.

Green Tea Constituent Impacts Refractory Ulcerative Colitis
Matcha FocusAccording to a double-blinded, placebo-controlled pilot study published in August 2013, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a constituent of green tea, improves symptoms in individuals with refractory ulcerative colitis. It is estimated that about one million people are affected with ulcerative colitis in the U.S.
Twenty subjects with mild to moderate ulcerative colitis received 400 mg of total EGCG (Polyphenon E) daily, 800 mg of total EGCG daily or a placebo for 56 days. The investigators evaluated the subjects at the beginning of the study and again after the intervention period using the ulcerative colitis disease activity index and the inflammatory bowel disease questionnaire.
Ulcerative ColitisThe researchers determined that 66.7 percent of the subjects who received EGCG responded to treatment compared to no patients in the placebo group. Additionally, the investigators showed that 53.3 percent of the subjects achieved remission in the EGCG group compared to no subjects in the placebo group.
The researchers concluded, “This agent [EGCG] holds promise as a novel option for the treatment of patients with ulcerative colitis with mild to moderately active disease.”
Reference:
Dryden GW, et al. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2013;9:1904-12.

‘Miracle’ High-Protein Super Food..ChloraPlasma Plus

ChloroPlasma PlusChloraPlasma Plus..Source of Spirulina and Chlorella. These Ingredients, Now Considered a ‘Miracle’ High-Protein Super Food…
July 4, 2011 at 8:15am
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Imagine a plant that can nourish your body by providing most of the protein you need to live, help prevent the annoying sniffling and sneezing of allergies, reinforce your immune system, help you control high blood pressure and cholesterol and help protect you from cancer. Does such a “super food” exist?

Unicity’s Chloroplasma Plus is considered a ‘Super Food’ packed with Spirulina, Chorella and Enzymes!

Yes. It’s called spirulina.

Unlike plants you may grow in your garden, this “miracle” plant is a form of blue-green algae that springs from warm, fresh water bodies.

Spirulina vs Chlorella — Similarities and Differences

Chlorella is another form of algae that is sometimes confused with spirulina. The fundamental difference between spirulina and chlorella is that spirulina is many thousands of years older and does not possess the hard cell wall that makes chlorella closer to being a plant than algae.

Chlorella is an excellent way to detoxify your body from mercury, which most of you are contaminated with if you’ve ever had dental fillings, received a vaccine, used certain types of cookware or eaten fish. Spirulina simply is unable to remove heavy metals like chlorella as it lacks a cell membrane.

Chlorella has also been proven to be of benefit to those who suffer from degenerative disease. This report, however, will focus on the specific benefits that can be attributed to spirulina in particular.

Spirulina History — Could This Super Food Help End World Hunger?

Spirulina is a simple, one-celled organism that got its name from the Latin word for ‘helix’ or ‘spiral’ because of its spring-like physical characteristic. Its scientific name is Arthrospira platensis, and it belongs to the cyanobacteria family.

The use of spirulina as a food source dates all the way back to 9th century Chad and it is believed spirulina was used by the Aztecs in 16th century Mexico. Historical records report the harvesting and selling of cakes made from spirulina harvested from Lake Texcoco. It was rediscovered in the 1950’s in the same place where it has said to have its origins by a European scientific mission. The spirulina was being harvested and sold in dried flat cakes called, “dihé” at the local markets where natives would use it as a staple for many of their meals.

Spirulina didn’t come into commercial production until the 1970’s when a French company began the first large-scale spirulina production plant. Within a few years, America and Japan began producing their own spirulina.

Today, these nutrient-rich algae are being used around the world to help treat illness and are being seriously discussed as a sustainable source of food with the potential to end world hunger. Unlike most plants, which need to be cultivated and nurtured, spirulina is a survivor, able to withstand extreme temperature variations and neglect and still thrive. According to studies, spirulina is being successfully used to treat a wide variety of ailments, including those who’ve been poisoned by arsenic-contaminated water.

How Spirulina Helped Save Millions from Arsenic Poisoning

Most of us take clean, healthy drinking water for granted. Unfortunately, in some countries like Bangladesh, it is a luxury. As I stated in this previous article, much of the Bangladesh water supply is loaded with arsenic and up until the mid-1990s, little could be done to treat dying arsenic poisoning patients.

Bangladeshi researchers conducted a three-month-hospital-based study where spirulina was given to 33 patients while 17 received placebo doses. 82 percent of those taking spirulina showed tremendous improvement.

An Immune-System Power-Boost — Spirulina’s Impact on Candida and AIDS

According to a study done by the Department of Aquataculture in Taiwan, spirulina shows significant immune-boosting properties. Researchers exposed white shrimp to seawater containing a hot-water extract of spirulina before transferring them to seawater with a pH level of 6.8. The control group was not exposed to spirulina.

The shrimp exposed to the spirulina seawater showed a faster and more promising recovery rate to the high levels of pH than those not given the dose of spirulina first.

Now, let’s take a look at what this immune-system boosting power can mean for you:

Candida

If you have an autoimmune disease such as Crohn’s disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, Lupus or fibromyalgia, chronic candida yeast can both cause and worsen your symptoms. Spirulina has been shown to encourage and support the growth of healthy bacterial flora in your gut, which can help keep candida overgrowth under control.

HIV and AIDS

Drugs such as AZT used to treat HIV and AIDS patients can actually cause the symptoms they are supposed to cure. However, spirulina has been shown to help inactivate the human immunodeficiency virus associated with HIV and AIDS.

Nothing to Sneeze At

If you suffer from seasonal or perennial allergies, you’re not alone. Millions of people are allergic to pollen, ragweed, dust, mold, pet dander and a myriad other environmental contaminants, ensuring the makers of Kleenex will always stay in business.

Unfortunately, many people who have allergic rhinitis treat it with prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs that often do more harm than good. Antihistamines are designed to suppress your immune system, which leads to decreased resistance to disease and dependence on the drug. Certain asthma drugs have been linked to serious side effects as well.

This is where natural methods such as the use of spirulina come in. According to one study, patients treated with spirulina reported relief of symptoms commonly associated with allergic rhinitis, such as nasal discharge and congestion, sneezing and itching when given spirulina.

Balances Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (hypertension) is a serious health concern that affects millions of Americans today. If you have high blood pressure, you are at increased risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke.

The good news is, following a healthy nutritional plan, getting adequate exercise and applying stress modification techniques such as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) can help normalize blood pressure and get you back on track to optimal health. According to a study done by the Department of Biochemistry in Mexico, 4.5 grams of spirulina given each day, was shown to regulate blood pressure among both women and men between the ages of 18-65 years with no other dietary changes made during the 6 weeks the experiment was run.

For more information about high blood pressure and how to normalize it without resorting to potentially dangerous drugs, please see this link.

Help to Normalize Cholesterol Naturally

Are you on a cholesterol medication? Tens of millions of people take cholesterol-lowering medications every day and, according to “experts”, millions more should be taking them, including children! If you are skeptical about this recommendation please see this page, which contains a list of articles addressing the dangers of statin drugs.

Statin drugs are responsible for a host of unwanted and dangerous side effects including:

Sexual dysfunction

Anemia

Immune depression

Acidosis

Pancreas or liver dysfunction (including a potential increase in liver enzymes)

Cataracts

Increased cancer risk

Cholesterol-lowering medications have also been linked to severe muscle problems such as polyneuropathy (nerve damage in the hands and feet) and rhabdomyolysis (a serious degenerative muscle tissue condition). There is even evidence to suggest that taking statins can increase your risk of developing Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Thankfully, there are natural ways to lower your cholesterol. Avoiding fructose and grains, and getting appropriate exercise top the list, but spirulina may also help. According to a study done on elderly male and female patients ages 60-87, those given 8 grams of spirulina per day for 16 consecutive weeks showed lower cholesterol levels than those who were given a placebo.

Lowers Stroke Risk

Those with sickle-cell anemia or congenital heart defects are at greater risk for a condition called brain ischemia or cerebral ischemia. Brain ischemia refers to a lack of blood flow to your brain, which causes oxygen deprivation and can lead to a stroke. Just ten seconds of interrupted blood flow to your brain can cause unconsciousness and lead to serious health consequences.

In a study done by Dr. Andhra Pradesh of the Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology in India, it was found that a dosage of 180mg of spirulina had a protective effect on the brain and nervous system of rats exposed to high amounts of free radicals, compared to rats not given the spirulina before the experiment. This lab test shows the promising effect of spirulina on stroke prevention.

Helps Reduce Cancer Risk

Cancer is the leading killer of adult Americans under 70 and in the case of this frightening disease, prevention is worth much more than a pound of cure. It could literally save your life.

My first recommendation in cutting your cancer risk is to eliminate sugar/fructose, grains, and processed foods from your diet. Additives such as fructose feed cancer cells and help them to thrive. I also recommend healthy sun exposure, which will boost your levels of natural vitamin D and help cut your cancer risk by half!

But spirulina may have potential benefits here as well. According to a study done in China, selenium-infused spirulina inhibited the growth of MCF-7 breast cancer cells.

Healthy for Vegetarians —

When you think of protein, you probably imagine sitting down to a meal of organic eggs or grass-fed beef or maybe even drinking a whey protein shake.

If you’re a vegetarian, you may turn to plant-protein sources such as nuts, beans, lentils and soy products. Unfortunately, soy is not the health food it claims to be. None of the above-mentioned sources of protein compare to the protein punch delivered by spirulina. Spirulina is 65-71 percent complete protein compared to beef, which is only 22 percent, and lentils, which is only 26 percent.

In addition to being protein-rich, spirulina is an excellent source of vital amino acids and minerals easily assimilated by your body.

Optimal Spirulina — Types and Dosing

There are many types of spirulina out there so it is important to do your homework before making a purchase. Since spirulina grown in an uncontrolled environment has the potential to become contaminated with heavy metals and other toxins, it is important to choose organic spirulina from a reputable source.

Spirulina comes in capsules, tablets, powders and flakes. Dosing depends on what you plan to use spirulina for and to whom it is given. Here are some typical recommendations:

Remember to increase your intake of spring or filtered water when taking spirulina to help it absorb into your system.

An Important Note on Dosing

In addition to being your powerhouse of essential vitamins and minerals, spirulina is a potent detoxifier. For that reason, it is best to start with a small dose and work your way up.

For example, if you are an adult who wishes to take the typical maintenance dose of 10 grams per day, you would benefit from beginning with one quarter or half this dose to start. Once you see how your body responds, you can then gradually increase your intake to the full recommended dose.

Potential Adverse Reactions

Spirulina is a safe source of protein, nutrients, vitamins and minerals that has been used for centuries. Though there are no known side effects associated with spirulina.

<h3>Chloraplasma Plus </h3>is exactly that PLUS! In this formula you will find it also contains an important enzyme profile put there to help your body disgest the Chorella and to improve your overall digestive process. Taking just 2 a day will help improve immune function and give you that sense of overall well-being. Using up to three or four times the recommended daily dose will help pick you up and fight any of those nasty flu bugs that fly around every year. So if you are suffering use more and if you want to protect yourself everyday use the recommended daily dose. by Darlene Long

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