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Bugs as Drugs?

The “next big thing” in science (and medicine) is the concept of microbiome modulation to improve health and reduce (cure?) disease.

Below is just a short list of some areas in which the pharma and biotech industries are focusing – but some leaders in the nutrition industry are already harnessing the microbiome to support the gut-brain-axis and optimize mental wellness.

Oncology Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer, Melanoma, Renal Cancer, Bladder Cancer

Immuno-Inflammatory DiseasePsoriasis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Atopic Dermatitis, Food Allergy, Type I Diabetes

Neuro-Inflammation/DegenerationMultiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease

Neuro-CNS Autism, Anxiety, Depression

Metabolism Malnutrition, Type II Diabetes, Obesity, Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, Heart Disease

Vaccines Oral vaccines for autoimmune disease, infectious disease, and cancer; conditioning responses to current vaccines

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Eat Like a Hadza?

Here’s a very nice article discussing the pros/cons of trying to eat diet more similar to our “hunter-gatherer” ancestors.

The example here is the Hadza tribe of Tanzania – which has been shown in previous research to have a much more diverse microbiome due to their massive intake of dietary fiber (approximately 100-150 grams of fiber per day – compared to the paltry 10-15 grams that most Americans actually ingest daily and the 20-40 grams recommended by the Institute of Medicine).

Eating “more” fiber is one of the most important general dietary approaches that you can take to nourish your gut microbiome – but there are also “targeted” approaches that employ specific probiotic bacteria, prebiotic fibers, and phytobiotic nutrients to restore microbiome balance and optimize gut-brain-axis function.

Read the full article HERE and see some of my highlights below:

This fascination with the gut microbiome is increasingly drawing the support of mainstream science. Researchers suspect that changes in the microbiome can affect virtually everything about health, including mental health. A handful of studies have even linked changes in gut bacteria to depression and anxiety.

Dr. Shawn Talbott, Ph.D., a nutritional biochemist who studies the microbiome, gut-brain-axis, and mental wellness, told CareDash that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables along with a probiotic and prebiotic supplementation regimen could improve gut microbiome diversity.

“In general, ‘more diversity’ is better than ‘less diversity,’” said Dr. Talbott. “The best way to promote microbiome diversity is to eat a lot of high-fiber foods, like the Hadza do, on the order of 10x what a typical American might consume.”

Dr. Talbott says he wouldn’t necessarily recommend the Hadza diet, but he does suggest that people should consume a wide range of high-fiber fruits and vegetables as well as whole grains.

“Eating fewer processed foods and more “whole” foods has been associated with a wide range of health benefits and reduced risks for every modern disease including cancer, heart disease, obesity/diabetes, irritable bowel diseases, depression, and many more,” said Dr. Talbott. “We’re learning that many of these health benefits are mediated through interactions of the diet with microbiome, immune and inflammation pathways.”

Amare in Boston – Dec 2

I’m just wrapping up a great couple of days at the American College of Nutrition Annual Scientific Conference in Washington DC.

I presented some new research data showing how Probiotic/Prebiotic supplements can positively impact Microbiome Balance and how Astaxanthin can reduce both Depression and Fatigue.

Our own Amare FundaMentals products were shown in a pilot study to increase “good” bacteria (Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus) by a factor of 3-10x!

These are the kind of research-validated solutions that Amare Global is bringing to the world to positively impact Mental Wellness.

If you’re in the Boston area on Dec 2, please come out to hear more about what we’re up to.

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Top Energy Boosting Nutrients for Long Winter Days

Last Friday, I visited the set of Fresh Living on Salt Lake City’s KUTV (CBS Channel 2) to talk about foods for boosting energy during the long and dark winter days.

You can see the video interview HERE and read some tips below.

The “healthy energy drink” that I referred to on the show (that contains all of the nutrients that I recommended) is Amare Global’s “Energy+” (which I also formulated) is unique because it not only improves physical energy and mental acuity, but also mental awareness (an extremely beneficial effect if you’re looking to feel good and get things done).

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Daylight Savings time ended this past Sunday (November 5) – which means we “fall back” and gain an hour of sleep (hooray!) – but it also means that the days are getting shorter and we’ll be in the dark more often (boo!), which can sap energy levels and leave us feeling sluggish and fatigued.

As busy and productive people with over-scheduled, stressful lifestyles (sometimes combined with little quality sleep and poor eating habits), it is no wonder so many of us feel drained. For a lot of people, saying that you “feel tired” can be a signal that we’re actually over-stressed and emotionally burned-out.

Too many people try to “treat” this fatigue with high-sugar and high-caffeine energy drinks – which inevitably leads to the familiar “rush” followed later by a “crash” in both energy and mood levels. These same energy drinks can also interfere with restful sleep cycles – so you wake up even more tired and exhausted the next day.

Instead of masking your fatigue with sugar/caffeine, a more effective and healthier approach is to address the underlying causes of fatigue – so your energy levels are high all day long and your sleep is restorative and rejuvenating at night.

To help keep energy levels high all day long, we want to manage 3 important aspects of our underlying physiology: Hydration, Circulation, and Transmission.

Hydration – in many cases the fatigue you feel during the common “mid-afternoon slump” is actually dehydration – so chugging a glass of cold water can be just as effective in restoring energy levels as drinking an energy drink, eating candy bar, or hitting the coffee shop. Staying hydrated all day long by sipping on water or low-sugar fluids can keep you from getting dehydrated in the first place. Having just a little sugar (~5-grams) can actually speed absorption of water from the gut into the bloodstream (enhancing hydration compared to plain water) – but having a lot of sugar (~40-grams) such as in a soda or energy drink can slow down absorption, thus delaying hydration.

Circulation – our blood delivers oxygen and nutrients to our muscles, organs, and brains – so if we want the highest levels of physical and mental energy, we need to ensure optimal blood flow. We want our circulatory system to function less like the Pony Express (slow) and more like FedEx (fast!) – and a great way to enhance blood flow is with Pomegranate Juice and Matcha Green Tea – both of which have been shown in research studies to open up blood vessels and enhance blood flow to muscles (supporting physical performance) and the brain (supporting mental performance).

Transmission – feeling mentally sluggish with brain fog and concentration deficits can lead us to feel completely exhausted and even a bit depressed, especially at this time of year as we head into the high stress Holidays. By managing the balance between crucial brain neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine – we can not only feel more energetic, but also generally happier and more stress resilient. Brightly-colored fruits are high in Flavonoids – specialized phytonutrients that can both improve blood flow and optimize neurotransmitter balance. Citrus fruits, apples, grapes, and berries are rich sources of flavonoids – and higher intakes of these foods have been associated with improved brain health and reduced risk of age-related dementia. A popular “energy tea” from the Amazon uses Guayusa Leaf to increase neurotransmitter levels and “mental awareness” without causing the tension and stress response (epinephrine) found with high caffeine beverages such as coffee.

As the days get shorter through the winter months, we can keep our energy, mood, and productivity levels high by focusing on staying hydrated, enhancing blood flow, and optimizing neurotransmitter balance. Not only are these approaches effective for helping us feel our best, they’re scientifically proven to help us live longer and healthier.

About the Author: Shawn M. Talbott, PhD, CNS, LDN, FACSM, FAIS, FACN (www.ShawnTalbott.com) is a nutritional biochemist and exercise physiologist who studies nutritional psychology (how food components can improve physical performance and mental wellness). He is the award-winning author of 13 books and a former “World’s Fittest CEO” whose work has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, The TED stage, and The White House.

Stress in America – Highest Ever!

The American Psychological Association (APA) released their annual “Stress in America” survey results this week – showing that stress levels in the USA are at their all-time highest.

As in previous years, some of the most prevalent sources of stress are money (62%) and work (61%) – but this year, the “future of the nation” was also noted as a significant source of stress (63%) – no matter what side of the political aisle you’re on.

Among general findings, as is the case every year since the survey began, women reported significantly higher stress levels than men (5.1 vs 4.4 on a 10-point scale, where 1 is “little or no stress” and 10 is “a great deal of stress”).

There are lots of natural healthy ways to deal with stress – including any of steps in the SENSE program steps that I’ve been writing about for more than a decade:

S = Stress Management

E = Exercise

N = Nutrition (including Supplements)

S = Sleep

E = Evaluation

It’s important to manage our biochemical response to stress – because unrelenting chronic stress can lead to problems with both Mental Wellness (depression, anxiety, burnout) and Physical Health (obesity/diabetes, heart disease, cancer).

Amare in Denver This Saturday!

Register here = https://www.eventbrite.com/e/amare-global-pre-launch-tour-denver-co-tickets-38825174141

Join Amare for our FIRST EVER event in Denver, CO!

Date: Saturday, November 4th

Time: 9 AM – 5 PM

Location:

Denver Marriott Westminster

7000 Church Ranch Blvd

Westminster, CO 80021

 

Speakers:

CEO, Hiep Tran

CSO, Dr. Shawn Talbott

President of Sales, Rich Higbee

Founding Wellness Partner, Pat Hintze

 

Come join us for fun, education and inspiration!

Amare, the Mental Wellness Company, is a new Direct Sales company in its pre-launch phase. Our vision is to empower people to live happier and healthier lives through our natural mental wellness products and mindfulness platform.
Mental wellness is misunderstood. For too long, we have been taught that mental wellness is all in your head. New science shows that a key contributor to anxious emotions, inability to focus or feeling depressed is determined by what is going on in our second brain – our gut.

Introduction to Amare 9 AM – 12 PM

Invite guests to come learn about:

  • The gut-brain axis and its relation to mental wellness
    • New, revolutionary products scientifically formulated to help with occasional depression, anxiety, inability to focus, poor attention and other issues that impact your overall mental health
    • The Amare mission and platform that will positively impact the lives of millions of people around the globe

Break for lunch (12 PM – 1:30 PM)

Learn how to share Amare Products 1:30 PM – 5 PM

  • Get additional product training from Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Shawn Talbott
    • Discover how to share Amare with others
    • Learn from Founding Wellness Partner Pat Hintze how to use the Amare Strive for Life Success System
    • Find out how you can cover the cost of your own products and generate additional income
    • Learn about all of the tools that are available to help you be successful in Amare including our revolutionary social media system for sharing Amare

Hotel Accommodations

We have arranged a courtesy block at the Denver Marriott Westminster.

To book your room, please call the Marriott reservation line at 1-800-228-9290 or (720) 887-1177 and refer to the reservation as Amare Global.

You may also book online using the link below:

https://aws.passkey.com/go/AmareGlobal

Rate for Standard Guest Room: $126

Please note that reservations must be received by Friday, October 20th. Anything requested after this date will be based on space and rate availability of the hotel.

If you should have any questions, please reach out to Tiffanie via call, text or email @ 949-698-8635 / ttellez@amareglobal.com

Anxiety Epidemic

Kind of a crappy week…

Last Wednesday, the NY Times ran very comprehensive story about the epidemic of anxiety among American teenagers – definitely worth a read = https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/magazine/why-are-more-american-teenagers-than-ever-suffering-from-severe-anxiety.html?_r=0

Unfortunately, the Times article made no mention at all of the very close link between the microbiome or gut-brain-axis and depression/anxiety – a glaring omission, especially given the cutting-edge science in the area and the dramatic improvements in anxiety and depression that are possible with proper microbiome balance and gut-brain-axis communication.

This past Sunday, a 14-year-old Freshman at my son’s high school passed away – having taken his own life.

This coming Saturday, I’ll be helping to dedicate a new rowing shell to my college crew team in memory of our boat-mate who took his own life earlier this year.

Like a lot of people (too many people), this weekend will be a balance of the emotional “highs” of sharing memories with some of my closest friends, with the “lows” of many of those memories involving people who are no longer with us.

Mental Wellness is perhaps THE health challenge of our time – and I’m so privileged to be part of a movement that is DOING something to help others.

If you know anyone who is struggling with any form of mental wellness challenge, please do me 2 favors:

  1. Check out what we’re up to at Amare Global
  2. Check out the tips about suicide that my son’s school sent out (below) – and share them with others

Teen suicide is one of the most challenging topics for people to discuss, but it can’t be ignored. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that incidences of teen suicide have been increasing in recent years. Teens have a lot of pressure on them, with everyone from parents to teachers and coaches placing higher and higher expectations on their academic and extracurricular pursuits.

Many of you have asked for resources to help your children through this very difficult time. Below are some general guidelines to help you through this process.

Communication is very important:

  • be open and honest; use the words ‘dead’ or ‘death’
  • be honest and open with children about the suicide. Use language    the child understands and that you are comfortable with
  • to avoid stigma use the word ‘suicided’ or took their life rather than committed suicide. This avoids reference to a crime
  • answer facts in short simple sentences without unnecessary detail
  • respect their views with non-judgemental responses.

Emotions and Actions

  • give comfort, hugs, and reassurance as needed by your child
  • stick to day to day routine and schedules as much as possible
  • reduce change to a minimum
  • allow your child to express all emotions in a safe way, e.g. find healthy ways to vent anger, it is okay to cry; emotional storms only last a short time.
  • make time for just being together, take time out to just be together.

Some Important Ideas to Share with a Child About Grief Are:

  • there are no right or wrong ways to experience grief
  • there is no secret method that will take your grief instantly away
  • there are no rules about grief; everyone grieves differently in their own way and in their own time
  • there is no timetable for grief
  • though it might seem hard to believe, it does gradually get easier to handle
  • take all the time and space you need to grieve in your own way for as long as it takes
  • invite peers over, encourage friends to spend time with them and offer support

You may also find the following document on Teen Suicide a valuable resource:

http://www.sptsusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/When_a_Child_Friend_Dies_By_S

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Running Program – Week 7

Hi Runners – here is the plan for week 6 – it’s our “distance” week!

The last 2 weeks, we have been focusing on Fartleks for our intervals and hills – but during this week we will focus on Long Slow Distance (LSD) to get every ready for the length of the event on October 28 (next week, which is the week before our event, we will be “tapering” with only a few short runs so you’re fully recovered and ready to run hard).

On October 28, we will have a challenging half-marathon (13.1-mile) course for you around Draper.

Your goal this week is to do 3 LONG runs – basically focusing on the distance that you’re covering and NOT on your speed or intensity.

Remember that our rating of perceived exertion (RPE) during LSD should be between 5 and 7 (on a 10-point scale) – so you’re likely to be running at a speed that feels “too easy” (especially at the beginning of your workout). This is the “slow” part of LSD – and the reason that we run at this low intensity is to train our body to burn fat more efficiently.

How long is “long”? Considering that the event in 13.1 miles, you should shoot for your 3 runs to cover at least 10-11-12 miles this week (I suggest to have at least a day off between each of these runs).

We are 2 weeks away from our “race” on October 28 (LSD this week and “taper” next week) – so please send Shawn and Julie any questions?

Amare in Utah Oct 14

Amare Global – The Mental Wellness Company, will be visiting Utah on October 14.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/amare-global-sandy-utah-tickets-38672600790

Date: Saturday, October 14th

Time: 10 AM – 5 PM

Location: Salt Lake City Community College @ The Miller Campus
9750 South 300 West, Sandy, Utah 84070

Speakers:

CSO, Dr. Shawn Talbott

President of Sales, Rich Higbee

Founding Wellness Partner, Pat Hintze

Come join us for fun, education and inspiration!

Amare, the Mental Wellness Company, is a new Direct Sales company in its pre-launch phase. Our vision is to empower people to live happier and healthier lives through our natural mental wellness products and mindfulness platform.
Mental wellness is misunderstood. For too long, we have been taught that mental wellness is all in your head. New science shows that a key contributor to anxious emotions, inability to focus or feeling depressed is determined by what is going on in our second brain – our gut.

Introduction to Amare

10 AM – 12 PM

Invite guests to come learn about:

• The gut-brain axis and its relaton to mental wellness
• New, revolutonary products scientfically formulated to help with occasional depression, anxiety, inability to focus, poor attention and other issues that impact your overall mental health
• The Amare mission and platorm that will positvely impact the lives of millions of people around the globe

Break for lunch (12 PM – 1:30 PM)

Learn how to share Amare Products

1:30 PM – 5 PM

• Get additional product training from Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Shawn Talbott
• Discover how to share Amare with others
• Learn from Founding Wellness Partner Pat Hintze how to use the Amare Strive for Life Success System
• Find out how you can cover the cost of your own products and generate additional income
• Learn about all of the tools that are available to help you be successful in Amare including our revolutionary social media system for sharing Amare

Getting Real About Mental Wellness

In honor of World Mental Health Day tomorrow (October 10), please read and share this article about Michael Phelps’ challenges with depression and anxiety.

https://www.menshealth.com/health/michael-phelps-anxiety-and-depression

It’s important for people to realize that we ALL encounter mental wellness challenges – whether for ourselves or for those around us – and we need to understand that we’re not alone and there are a WIDE variety of natural options that can help.

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