When Antibiotics Upset the Gut, Prebiotics Report for Duty

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) define antibiotics as “medicines that fight infections caused by bacteria in humans and animals by either killing the bacteria or making it difficult for the bacteria to grow and multiply.”

The Rarely Discussed Side Effects of Antibiotics

You may be well aware of the wonders of antibiotics and likely have experienced their ability to deliver sickness a knockout, but do you know the less than glamorous side of antibiotics?

  • Fact: “Your gut houses about 80% of the body’s immune cells,” which is a monstrous issue when “antibiotics damage your child’s gut bacteria [and] causes an imbalance called dysbiosis.”
  • Fact: Common side effects of antibiotics include rash, nausea, diarrhea, and yeast infections.

Healthline released an article entitled 5 Frightening Consequences of Overusing Antibiotics where they spotlight the following:

  • “Antibiotics Increase Fatal Diarrhea Cases in Children”
  • “Antibiotics Can Upset Sensitive Gut Flora”
  • “Antibiotics Help Teach Good Bacteria to Go Bad”
  • “Antibiotics Are Increasing Cases of Untreatable Gonorrhea”

Prebiotics Move Into the Spotlight

This is not a conversation on whether or not the world needs antibiotics because the answer is a loud and resounding yes!



Start Treating Your Heart Like You Can’t Live Without It

February is American Heart Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • “Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States.”
  • “One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease.”
  • “About 18.2 million adults age 20 and older have CAD [Coronary Artery Disease].”
  • “In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds.”
  • “About 1 in 5 heart attacks are silent–



Spoiler Alert: Breakfast Isn’t What You Think

For many, breakfast implies an early morning meal. If you don’t eat your first meal until closer to noon, you’ll likely call it lunch. But in actuality, breakfast means “to break the fasting period of the prior night.” By definition, breakfast is the first meal you eat after your longest rest and whether that meal is at 6 am or 2 pm doesn’t matter.

Reprogram Your Breakfast Mindset 

You’ve likely heard loved ones, teachers, commercials, and countless other sources preach the importance of starting each day with a healthy breakfast.



Bowels: Remove the Taboo & Embrace the Importance

“Die of embarrassment” and “racked with pain” are two common expressions that alone are bad enough, but together they’re toxic and paralyzing. 

Embarrassment is a reality that makes you exit social situations and knocks down your self-confidence. While pain cripples you, demolishing your ability to live a quality of life you desire and draining your well of positivity until the darkness you’re left with cloaks your world and extinguishes your light. Given all this, it’s no surprise that the collision of embarrassment and pain often triggers mouths to close and silent suffering to commence–



Wound Care is an Inside Job

When you think of a wound, Neosporin and bandaids often jump to the forefront of your mind. But what about amino acids?

“Arginine is a non-essential amino acid that appears to enhance wound repair and immune function. Arginine supplementation in surgical patients results in higher collagen deposition, protein accumulation, and immune activity compared to controls.” ~ nata.org

“Immunonutrition is already known to decrease wound complications, and there is evidence which suggests that in certain circumstances, it improves the process and efficiency of wound healing.


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Break It Down By Properly Fueling Up

Amino Acids are explained repeatedly as the ‘building blocks’ of protein. Although this is 100% true, that description doesn’t do the importance of amino acids justice. You may hear the word protein and think, “I get plenty of that!” But in actuality, “it has been reported that patients with liver cirrhosis suffer from protein malnutrition despite taking in adequate food.” You may hear that and say, “well, I don’t have liver cirrhosis, so I’m still not concerned about amino acids.” To that I ask you,



Amino Acids: Coaching Protein & the Body to Victory

“I have been plagued with anxiety for most of my adult life, since September 11th, when I was in New York, NY, and only now am I physically finding my stress needs met.” This quote is a testimonial for AminoPower Advanced, a Truehope supplement that provides the body and brain with the ideal balance of amino acids for mental and physical well-being.

Many people have heard of amino acids, but a smaller percentage of people know that amino acids “form the building blocks of proteins that make up 75% of the body.” Amino acids assist with “almost every body function,



The Men Who Hide the Pink Ribbon

Odds are, you thought of breast cancer when you read pink ribbon in the title. That’s powerful. Two words that individually conjure visions of crayons and hair ties immediately change their meaning and people’s internal imagery and dialogue when combined. When those two words, pink and ribbon, sit together, images of fundraiser efforts, brave faces, fearless supporters, pink this, and pink that race to our mind’s forefront. And if we’re honest, most think female. Some even refer to breast cancer as “women’s disease.”

Thinking of breast cancer as a women’s disease carries massive consequences.



Hand Sanitizer May Not Be as Handy as You Think

COVID-19 is not the world’s first pandemic, and it won’t be the last.

Remember the old days when we used to eat birthday cake after someone carefully blew all over it, releasing spit shrapnel and hot air in an effort to extinguish birthday candles? How about when the world didn’t look like a sea of ninja impersonators, with floral patterns and color-coated masks, and everyone didn’t apply hand sanitizer as often as they breathe?

The landscape in which we live is not the same as it was one year ago.



Brush the Teeth You Want to Keep ~ Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss uses humor to hit home an incredibly important point: Once baby teeth fall out and permanent teeth pop up, you don’t get another shot at growing more teeth.

The Importance of Your Pearly Whites

As DentalHealth.org points out, teeth help us:

  • Chew and digest food
  • Talk and speak clearly
  • Give our face its shape
  • Boost our confidence, which affects our social lives, careers, and relationships
  • Live longer
    • “Research has found that the number of teeth we have is strongly linked to how long we live.