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Many people do not realize the significance of gut health and how it relates to the well being of the entire body. Gut Health is another term for the healthy balance of good bacteria in our digestive system. (Otherwise know as microbiome) I have been learning so much about the importance of gut health and how it can prevent disease.
The gut microbiome plays a very important role in your health by helping control digestion and benefiting your immune system and many other aspects of health. An imbalance of unhealthy and healthy microbes in the intestines may result in many health issues as well as serious diseases.
When your gut health is compromised, the bad bacteria in your gut can grow and result in infections such as helicobacter pylori. This nasty bacteria lives exclusively in the human stomach and is the only known bacteria able to survive and grow in such an acid environment.
Helicobacter pylori induces a range of symptoms such as fatigue and constant stomach pain and discomfort. It also causes stomach ulcers and can also lead to deadly diseases such as stomach cancer. In fact, it is responsible for 60-90% of gastric cancers. Given these estimates, it is possible that Helicobacter pylori claims more lives each year than car accidents. That is extremely scary!
Migraines, Parkinson’s disease, cardiovascular problems and certain immune diseases have also been linked to Helicobacter pylori infection.
This infection responds poorly to antibiotics, but thankfully, there are supplements available for helicobacter pylori treatment. Infections such as this one can be prevented by taking precautions, such as the proper nutritional supplements.
There are natural supplements that you can take daily to help prevent these types of dangerous infections. One of these recommended supplements is a natural product which has been used since ancient times as an antiseptic and remedy for a range of stomach ailments: mastic gum (pistacia lentiscus).
Several clinical studies have shown that mastic gum inhibits or eliminates H.pylori as well as other bacteria and fungal infections. Mastic gum is a safe, effective and natural nutritional supplement, free from side-effects.
There is so much to learn about gut health and how it ties into the way our entire body functions! It is all very interesting to me, and I plan to keep researching ways to keep myself and my family as healthy as possible!
Did you know that acid reflux can occur when your gut health is out of balance? This is something that I have only recently learned. My husband has suffered from acid reflux for most of his adult life. I always assumed it was just from overeating, and/or eating too much, which is definitely a part of the problem.
Acid reflux is directly linked to your gastrointestinal tract. It occurs when the acid from your stomach comes back up your esophagus. This can cause great discomfort, and it can damage your esophagus if it happens often enough.
To get relief from his acid refux, my husband always gobbles down antacids and heartburn medications. He has tried every brand and formula on the market. The one thing we had never thought of for acid reflux relief is probiotics.
I take a daily gut health supplement for my own health because I seem to get recurrent urinary tract infections and digestion problems, and they have really helped to combat my problems, but my husband had never tried any form of probiotics until his doctor suggested it.
My husband's doctor suggested that my husband needed to change his diet by eliminating soda, alcohol, caffeine, coffee, certain juices & sauces, and spicy foods, and start taking probiotic supplements.
The doctor explained that that heartburn (or acid reflux) may be a symptom of an unbalanced gut bacteria. He also suggested that over-the-counter acid reflux medications and antacids could actually cause an imbalance of gut microflora (the good bacteria that our bodies need.)
Antacids and heartburn medications may be wiping out the good bacteria in your body in their effort to make up for the absence of acid in the stomach. It all started to make sense to my husband. We immediately ordered a few bottles of the highly recommended anti-acid reflux formula probiotics that the doctor suggested.
After about one week of taking these probiotics and changing his diet, my husband has definitely noticed a difference. He has not needed any antacids or heartburn medications at all. I am thankful that we have an educated doctor who took the time to explain the link between gut health and heartburn!
I wish I had known about the benefits of amber teething necklaces when my own babies were teething. I went through a lot of baby tylenol, and I feel so guilty putting chemicals into my sweet babies rather than trying a natural remedy. Oh well, I cannot change the past, but I can learn from it.
My sister is a hug fan of amber teething necklaces, and her favorite brand so far is Baltic Essentials. Her six-month old daughter, Ivy, is teething right now and this miraculous necklace has been a saving grace for both baby and mother.
Teething is no fun...but Ivy's new Amber teething necklace brings her fast pain relief
In the photo above, baby Ivy is sporting a Baltic Amber polished lemon Pink Rose Quartz teething necklace. Each baltic amber bead contains succinate acid which has been used for centuries for inflammation. The amber gently warms with the body temperature when worn as a necklace or bracelet on baby, child, or adult. The oils are released and absorbed into the body for a healing effect.
This beautiful Baltic Amber necklace is made for babies and toddlers. It helps sooth inflammation, reduces teething symptoms, fever, fussiness, red cheeks, drooling, insomnia, and more. Baltic Amber also contains immune boosting properties.
Baltic Essentials necklaces are not meant to chew on, the Amber releases microscopic amounts of oil, as it warms with the body's natural temperature, that is absorbed into the skin and bloodstream. Baltic Amber contains succinic acid (anti-fever, anti-inflammatory), the compound that gives Baltic Amber necklaces the therapeutic quality. For children under 3, necklaces should be removed when unsupervised. Remove during bath and when swimming.
Baltic amber is an organic substance, a “fossil resin” produced by pine trees which grew in Northern Europe.
When Ivy first showed signs of teething (about 3 weeks ago) she was very cranky and cried so much. She is usually such a calm and happy baby. About a half an hour after my sister placed the necklace on Ivy's neck, she was content and smiling. I could not believe it!
Baltic Essentials also has many other pieces that would make perfect and much appreciated holiday or anytime gifts for somebody special! I suffer from anxiety, and sometimes I am too overwhelmed to even grocery shop.
After reading upon the benefits of Baltic Essentials, I wanted to try out one of their bracelets, so I went with the Amber polished lemon Pink Rose Quartz since it worked so well for baby Ivy.
Not only is this bracelet beautiful in itself, but it truly works. I am not sure how it works to calm my nerves, but it really does. Now, I won't even attempt to leave home without it. I only remove it for showering or swimming.
I also really love this unique and fun statement necklace. It is the Baltic Essentials Chakra Tree of Life Quartz Necklace.
The stones in this mix include: rose quartz, red agate, orange aventurine, blue turquoise, blue lapis lazuli, purple amethyst.
* Pink Rose Quartz: Helps to ease the loss, calm stress, helps with low confidence & quells anger. (Taurus, Cancer, Birthstones, April, May, June, July Birth months)
* Amethyst: relieves stress and strain, soothes irritability, balances mood swings, dispels anger, rage, fear and anxiety. Alleviates sadness and grief, and dissolves negativity. (Aries, Sagittarius, Aquarius, Pisces Birthstones: November, December, January, February, March, April)
* Lapis Lazuli aids in stress, anxiety, and ADHD (February, March, November, December, Birthstones - Zodiac Pisces, Sagittarius)
* Turquoise: Aids in purification and detoxification. Air purification for asthma and allergies. (September, February, March, October, November, December Birthstones - Zodiac Scorpio, Pisces, Sagittarius)
* Aventurine: Promotes a feeling of well-being and self-worth (Aries birthstone, March, April Birth months)
* Red Agate helps to calm the emotions. It cleanses the lymphatic system and the pancreas. Can be so helpful for dizziness, headaches and impaired balance. (Aries, Gemini, Scorpio, Capricorn, birthstones. March, April, May, June, October, November, January, February birth months) While the stones are pure, they are natural and from the earth and may vary in color or size.
After reading about all of the above benefits, it is no wonder I feel on top of the world when I wear this necklace! (I had just thought it was pretty!)
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