Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Improve Your Gut Health With Amylase!

As new research places an increasing emphasis on gut health and digestion as a component of optimal health. Digestive enzymes are an important part of this equation as they are essential for getting the nutrients out of the food you eat. Amylase is one of three major enzymes responsible for digesting food and extracting nutrients from the body. Amylase breaks starch down into isomaltose and maltose, two sugar units, as well as other key enzymes. Foods high in starch like bread, corn, and grains, require optimal amylase levels for digestion and metabolism. Without it, the potential fuel from these foods goes to waste.

Amylase deficiency can result in impaired metabolic function, specifically of carbohydrates. Larger molecules cannot be effectively broken down leading to unbalanced blood sugar.

Reasons to supplement with Amylase:

- Improved Digestion

- Increased Energy Levels

- Reduced Inflammation

- Improved Blood Sugar

- Anti-Aging Effects



 


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Weight Loss & the Immune System


Extreme Exercise

Vigorous exercise may potentially lower your immune functioning. Olympians -- who often engage in extreme exercise during peak training months -- report having a lower resistance to upper respiratory tract infections, colds and sore throats. According to a 2001 literature review by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, over-training is associated with physical illnesses. Thus, the intensity of your workout or calorie expenditure is indicative of your infection risk.

Moderate Caloric Restriction

Moderate caloric restriction increases longevity and boosts the immune system to chronic conditions, according to Michigan State University. However, researchers found greater calorie consumption and fat reserves yield a better prognosis in flu outcomes. The flu naturally curbs the body’s appetite, but subsequent eating behavior can dictate the rate an individual overcomes the flu. According to the MSU study, mice engaging in a calorie-restricted diet lost more weight, possessed longer recovery times and revealed increased mortality rates than their non-restricting counterparts.

Overweight Status

Overweight status is a risk factor for poor immune functioning. Fat tissue generates immune hormones. Specialized immune hormones called cytokines react to areas of infection and bodily injuries. According to University of New Mexico researcher Len Kravitz, excess body fat can cause these hormones to overreact, contributing to chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is associated with diabetes and heart disease. Weight loss decreases the circulating immune hormones contributing to this inflammation.

http://www.livestrong.com/article/479646-does-losing-weight-lower-your-immune-system/