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Is Chewing Gum Bad for You? (One Ingredient Is Linked to Gut Destruction)

Disturbing side effects of chewing gum.  Alternative bad breathe ideas and reasons why you should rethink putting gum in your mouth.
Gut Destruction

Chewing gum manufacturers have been turning to an ingredient called titanium dioxide for years. Now used in nanoparticle form, this extremely tiny metal compound is posing some serious emerging health threats. This is probably the scariest reason to avoid gum.

Generally recognized as safe by the Food and Drug Administration, this compound is often used in nanoparticle form to create a bright white pigmentation in paints, plastics … and chewing gum. (2) It’s also found in tons of other foods, like candies and powdered white sugar (donuts!) and even bread. Although it’s allowed on store shelves and considered safe, scientists are starting to paint a different picture.

In fact, a 2017 study published in the journal NanoImpact shows that nano-titanium oxide ingredients like titanium dioxide can severely impact gut health. Researchers exposed small intestinal cells to a meal’s worth of nanoparticles over four hours (acute exposure) or three meal’s worth over five days (chronic exposure). What they found is a bit shocking.

Chronic exposure to titanium dioxide nanoparticles in the diet:

Weakened the intestinal barrier
Slowed down metabolism
Triggered inflammation
Weakened the gut’s defense against pathogens

Blocked nutrient absorption of key nutrients like iron, zinc and fatty acids
The nanoparticles actually blunted the effectiveness of the small intestines’ microvilli. Microvilli are tiny projections that jut off of small intestinal cells and work to absorb nutrients our bodies need to survive. (3)

People also face this type of titanium dioxide exposure through toothpaste, and it’s even sometimes used to created a smoother texture in chocolates and to create a brighter appearance in skim milk.

In 2012, Arizona State University found that titanium dioxide nanoparticles turned up in five percent of products tested, including Twinkies and mayonnaise samples. Under public pressure, Dunkin Donuts stopped using nano-titanium dioxide in its donuts’ powdered sugar in 2015.

“To avoid foods rich in titanium oxide nanoparticles you should avoid processed foods, and especially candy. That is where you see a lot of nanoparticles,” — Gretchen Mahler, PhD, study co-author and assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Binghamton University, State University of New York. (4)

Beyond that, many chewing gum products contain emulsifiers to retain flavor and keep gum from sticking to your teeth. (5) The trouble is, many emulsifiers act almost like detergent in your digestive tract, throwing off the natural balance of your gut flora. In fact, research in lab animals suggests certain emulsifiers used as food additives could contribute to colon cancer development.

Is Chewing Gum Bad? More Reasons to Stop

Migraines

For children and adolescents dealing with vicious migraines and tension headaches, the natural solution could be right under their noses: Stop chewing gum. A small study published in Pediatric Neurology discovered that nixing gum led to significant improvements in 26 out of 30 adolescents in the study. Amazingly, 19 of them experienced complete headache resolution. No pills, no treatments — they just stopped chewing gum. (6)

If you’re trying to figure out how to get rid of a migraine naturally, your gum habit is a great place to start. In tweens and teens, common proven headache triggers include stress, lack of sleep, hot weather, video games, noise, sunlight, smoking, skipping meals and menstruation. Now we can add gum to the list. Researchers aren’t sure if it’s the artificial sweeteners or a TMJ issue related to gum and headaches, but the good news is we can stop many headaches with this simple step. (7)

Sinister Sweeteners

You’d expect fake sweeteners like aspartame in diet soda, but chewing gum? Come on! Different chewing gum companies turn to ingredients like aspartame, sorbitol, high-fructose corn syrup, acesulfame K, sucrolose and xylitol. Some actually use multiple fake sweeteners in a single gum product.

These ingredients are linked to serious health issues like tooth decay, liver fat buildup, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, leukemia, lymphoma, kidney tumors and more. Acesulfame potassium, also known as acesulfame K, is among the most common artificial sweeteners detected in breast milk. That’s troubling, since the ingredient is also linked to thyroid dysfunction. Sucralose harms the gut, throwing off healthy levels of enzymes and disrupting the microbiome. (8)

While xylitol and sorbitol may seem more natural, these processed sugar alcohols aren’t absorbed well by the body and cause an allergic reaction for those who have a sensitivity to it. And then there are the digestive sugar alcohol and xylitol side effects, including bloating, gas, cramping and diarrhea. And get this: Its laxative effect is so pronounced that it’s actually part of the chemical makeup for many over-the-counter laxatives.

Special note to dog owners: Xylitol and other sugar alcohol-based sweeteners are life-threatening toxins to dogs. Be mindful of breath mints, candies, sugar-free gum, frozen desserts and other foods when your pets are around. (9)

Better Bad-Breath Fighters & Gum Alternatives

Bad breath is a good excuse to reach for gum, but as you can see, the side effects are bad news, especially for your gut. Luckily, there are better ways to cope. After ruling out potential underlying issues for bad breath, you can turn to these things to naturally improve your breath:

Eat parsley.
Drink enough water, especially tap into the benefits of lemon water.
Learn how to safely tap into peppermint oil benefits.(Not recommended for young children.)
Learn about oil pulling with coconut oil.
Avoid grains and added sugars.
Final Thoughts on ‘Is Chewing Gum Bad for You?’
American played a huge role in spreading the popularity of chewing gum all around the world.
However, today’s ingredients include fake dyes and flavors. But perhaps most concerning is nanoparticle-sized titanium dioxide, an ingredient used in everything from gum, candy and bread to paint and plastics.
Nano-titanium dioxide helps create a vibrant white color, but scientists now show that it can impact small intestinal cells in a way that blocks absorption of key nutrients, slows the metabolism, increases inflammation and weakens the gut’s ability to protect against dangerous pathogens.
Chewing gum is also linked to migraines and tension headaches in children and adolescents.
There are still some chewing gum companies that rely on old-fashioned, real-food ingredients, but they are sometimes harder to come by.

Source: www.draxe.com

Allergy Testing Explained

Allergy testing At a Glance

I’m all about questions and explaining why. When we understand “Why” we do things, programs or guidelines become easier to follow and results tend to be easier to maintain when education is behind our actions.  Let me help you stop the guess work and customize your eating and supplement plan so you can be the best version of yourself you can be!!!

Formal name:
Allergen-specific IgE Antibody Test
Why Get Tested?
To help diagnose allergies; sometimes to monitor the effectiveness of immunotherapy (desensitization) treatment
When to Get Tested?
When you have symptoms such as hives, dermatitis, nasal congestion, red itchy eyes, asthma, or abdominal pain that your health care provider suspects may be caused by an allergy
A Sample is Required
A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm or finger prick at home test.

No Test Preparation Needed

What is being tested?
Immunoglobulin E (IgE) is a class of antibody (immune protein) associated with allergic reactions. It is normally found in very small amounts in the blood. This test measures the amount of allergen-specific IgE in the blood in order to detect an allergy to a particular substance.
IgE is an antibody that functions as part of the body’s immune system, its defense against “intruders.” When someone with a predisposition to allergies is exposed to a potential allergen such as food, grass, or animal dander for the first time, that person becomes sensitized. The person’s body perceives the potential allergen as a foreign substance and produces a specific IgE antibody that binds to specialized mast cells in the skin, respiratory system, and gastrointestinal tract, and to basophils (a type of white blood cell) in the bloodstream. With the next exposure, these attached IgE antibodies recognize the allergen and cause the mast and basophil cells to release histamine and other chemicals, resulting in an allergic reaction that begins at the exposure site.
Each allergen-specific IgE antibody test performed is separate and very specific: honeybee versus bumblebee, egg white versus egg yolk, giant ragweed versus western ragweed. Groupings of these tests, such as food panels or regional weed, grass, and mold panels, can be done. Alternatively, the health practitioner may pick and choose selectively from a long list of individual allergens suspected of causing a person’s allergies.

When is it ordered?
One or more allergen-specific IgE antibody tests are usually ordered when a person has signs or symptoms that suggest an allergy to one or more substances. Signs and symptoms MAY include:

**Fatigue is number one symptom!**
* Hives
* Dermatitis
* Eczema
* Red itchy eyes
* Coughing, nasal congestion, sneezing
* Itching and tingling in the mouth
* Asthma
* Abdominal pain or vomiting and diarrhea
* Bloating, excessive gas
* Skin breakouts
* Sluggish
* Stomachache, discomfort within 30 mins of eating
* Trouble concentrating, brain fog

A test may also be ordered occasionally to help evaluate the effectiveness of immunotherapy or to determine whether a child has outgrown an allergy.

Sources:
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: What are allergies?
American College of Allergy, Asthma,
American Academy of Family Physicians: Food Allergies
Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN)
Nemours Foundation: All About Allergies
American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology: What is Allergy Testing
American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology: Tips to Remember: Allergy Testing
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Women’s Multi Vitamin 40+

Ortho Multi Women 40+
Protocol for life Balance
120 Capsules $30.00

-Iron-Free Formula for Post-Menopausal Women*
-With Cranberry and Superfruits – Acai, Mangosteen and Pomegranated
-A Dietary Supplement
-Vegetarian/Vegan
Iron-Free Ortho Multi™ Women’s 40+ provides balanced nutrition for the support of total body wellness for menopausal and post-menopausal women.* In addition to a full range of daily vitamins and minerals, Ortho Multi™ Women’s 40+ supplies free radical fighting ingredients such as CoQ10, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Lutein and Lycopene to help fight the ravages of aging.* Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Boron, Vitamins D and K have also been included as key bone building nutrients. This comprehensive and completely vegetarian formula features chelated minerals, as well as coenzyme forms of B6 and B12 for enhanced bioavailability.

Servings Per Container: 30
As a dietary supplement, take 4 capsules daily in divided doses with meals or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.

Serving Size: 4 Veg Caps
Amount Per Serving
Vitamin A … 10, 000IU 
(100% as Beta-Carotene)
Vitamin C … 300mg
(from Calcium Ascorbate and Ascorbyl Palmitate)
Vitamin D … 1, 000IU 
(as Ergocalciferol)
Vitamin E … 200IU 
(as d-alpha Tocopheryl Succinate)
Vitamin K … 80mcg 
(as Menaquinone K2 and Phytonadione K1)
Thiamine … 25mg 
(from Thiamine HCI)(Vit. B-1)
Riboflavin … 25mg 
(Vitamin B-2)
Niacin … 30mg 
(Vitamin B-3)(as Niacinamide and from Inositol Hexanicotinate)
Vitamin B-6 … 25mg 
(from Pyridoxine HCI and Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate (P-5-P))
Folate … 800mcg 
(as Folic Acid)
Vitamin B-12 … 200mcg 
(as Methylcobalamin)
Biotin … 300mcg
Pantothenic Acid … 50mg 
(from D-Calcium Pantothenate)
Calcium … 250mg 
(from Calcium Carbonate (Aquamin® TG Red Algae Sea Minerals) and Calcium Ascorbate)
Iodine … 150mcg 
(from Potassium Iodide)
Magnesium … 100mg 
(from Magnesium Citrate and Aquamin® TG Red Algae Sea Minerals)
Zinc … 15mg
(from from Zinc Bisglycinate)(TRAACS®)
Selenium … 200mcg
(from L-Selenomethionine)
Copper … 1mg
(from Copper Bisglycinate)(TRAACS®)
Manganese … 2mg 
(from Manganese Bisglycinate)(TRAACS®)
Chromium … 120mcg 
(from Chromium Picolinate)
Molybdenum … 75mcg 
(from Sodium Molybdate)
Potassium … 25mg 
(from Potassium Chloride)
Cranberry … 100mg
(Vaccinium macrocarpon)(Fruit)(Standardized to min. 6% Quinic Acid)
Pomegranate Extract … 50mg
(Fruit)[min. 40% Punicalagins (Punicosides A and B)]
Organic Acai … 50mg
(Euterpe oleracea)(Fruit Skin and Pulp)
Mangosteen Extract … 50mg
(Fruit Peel)(Garcinia mangostana)(min. 10% Mangostin)
CoQ10 … 30mg 
(Coenzyme Q10)
Alpha Lipoic Acid … 30mg
Choline … 25mg 
(from Choline Bitartrate)
Inositol … 25mg
Aloe Vera … 25mg 
(Leaf)(200:1 Concentrate)
Lycopene … 500mcg 
(from Natural Tomato Extract)
Lutein … 500mcg 
(from Marigold Flowers)
Other Ingredients: Cellulose (capsule), Cellulose Powder, Stearic Acid (vegetable source) and Silica.
CAUTIONS/INTERACTIONS: Iodine may occasionally cause an allergic reaction in some individuals. This product contains Vitamin K, which is contraindicated in individuals taking warfarin. Some ingredients in this formula may affect the absorption or metabolism of medications. If you are taking any pharmaceutical medications, consult your healthcare practitioner before taking this product. If you are pregnant or lactating, consult your healthcare practitioner before taking this product.