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PINK EYE~ IT’S NOT JUST A CHILDHOOD INFECTION

PINK EYE~ IT’S NOT JUST A CHILDHOOD INFECTION

PINK EYE~ IT’S NOT JUST A CHILDHOOD INFECTION By: Allie Might, FMC, INHC, ATT   Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is often associated with childhood infections, as we have all probably had a classmate or even ourselves that contracted this during our school years. However, it’s 

APRIL HEALTH AWARENESS~ AN INTODUCTION TO OUR TOPIC OF THE MONTH

APRIL HEALTH AWARENESS~ AN INTODUCTION TO OUR TOPIC OF THE MONTH

APRIL HEALTH AWARENESS~ AN INTODUCTION TO OUR TOPIC OF THE MONTH By: Allie Might, FMC, INHC, ATT   April is an interesting month when it comes to health and wellness. It’s Public Health Awareness Month, but as always, awareness months are always sharing and overlapping. 

The Greatness of Green Tea!!!

The Greatness of Green Tea!!!

The Greatness of Green Tea!!!

Dr. Claire Arcidiacono, ND

 

Green tea is everywhere these days! Green tea is found in everything from tea bags to lattes and even ice cream! But as we all know these forms are chock full of sugar and additives that aren’t exactly very good for us. So what forms of green tea do we recommend? Green tea is available in tea form, tincture form and even in capsules. Personally I recommend choosing either a tincture or capsule form since they tend to be more concentrated in that form.

Green tea has been studied and been found to have many health benefits. Green tea has been found to help strengthen the immune system. Green tea has also been found to inhibit the growth of Helicobacter pylori. Additionally green tea has been found to be effective when used to treat influenza, Herpes and adenovirus. Green tea has also been found to be effective in treating diarrhea. (1) In addition to helping against different viral infections green tea has also been found to be antifungal and is effective against Candida albicans. (2)

One topic that people frequently call with questions is regarding the topic of how to increase their White blood cell count or their immune system. Studies have found that when green tea is used for 14 or more days it can increase the white blood cell count. In one study they were particularly looking at leukocytes and found that they increased after 14 days of green tea use. (3) Other studies have found that green tea can help to increase natural killer cells and macrophages both of which are important parts of the immune system. (4)

Green tea does much more than just help our immune system fight infections – in fact studies have found that the EGCG that is found in green tea can inhibit the release of both histamine and leukotrienes. Both of these are important when it comes to both allergies and asthma. Studies have found that green tea is able to help with inflammation and can help to reduce pro-inflammatory cytokines. (5)

In addition to being antibacterial studies have also found that green tea can enhance the activity of certain antibiotics thus making them more affective. For example studies have found that green tea can enhance the effects of tetracycline in its use against staphylococci. (6)

Green tea does even more than help us fight against pathogens or bad guys! A 2017 study found that green tea may help improve overall brain health, memory and even improve our mood. (7) A more recent study from 2020 found that those who used green tea had a 64% lower chance of cognitive impairment. (8)

Green tea has also been found to help metabolism and to help with our cholesterol. (9) In fact a 2022 study found that green tea use was associated with a 44% lower chance of abdominal obesity. (10)  An interesting study from 2021 found that those who use green tea had a 62% lower risk of death. (11)

Overall green tea has many benefits. But how do you know which one to take? Invite has 2 forms of green tea, tincture or concentrated liquid form and capsules.  To help decide which one is best for you there are some questions that can be helpful. The first question is do you prefer liquids or capsules? Are you sensitive to caffeine? What are your overall goals? Are you on any medications? Invite green tea tincture is a liquid and decaffeinated.  That makes it a great choice for anyone who prefers liquids or who would prefer to eliminate caffeine. For anyone who is still confused I just want you to remind you that you can always talk to an Invite nutritionist to help find the right products to reach your goals!

 

Our next topic will be Bronchitis!

Sources:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2855614/
  2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/14688042/
  3. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26259232/
  4. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213453022000465
  5. https://bjbas.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s43088-024-00464-2
  6. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15155186/
  7. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28899506/
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7640442/
  9. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11332-022-00955-8
  10. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11332-022-00955-8
  11. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7903984/

The Common Cold!

The Common Cold!

The Common Cold! Dr. Claire Arcidiacono, ND   Today we will be talking about something everyone knows about and that topic is the common cold! Having a cold is probably one thing that both children and adults understand. But what cause’s a cold? Well when 

FRUITS~NATURE’S TREAT

FRUITS~NATURE’S TREAT

FRUITS~NATURE’S TREAT By: Allie Might, FMC, INHC, ATT   Fruit is one of those groups that we all know and love. In my experience, it’s always that food that most people don’t seem to have problems getting into their daily diet. However, let’s explore this 

Understanding the Complexity of Asthma

Understanding the Complexity of Asthma

Understanding the Complexity of Asthma

Dr. Claire Arcidiacono, ND

 

As I mentioned in my prior blog today I will be talking about a well-known respiratory condition. That condition is Asthma. Let’s take the time to go over just how common it is, shall we? Approximately 7.7% of Americans have asthma. That amounts to about 24.9 million Americans. Of those approximately 20.2 million are adults and 4.6 million are children. Asthma appears to be more prevalent in females. (1)

But what exactly is asthma? When you have asthma your airways become swollen and the pathway for air to travel comes narrow. There may be extra mucus in the airway. As you can probably guess this narrowing of the air passageway can make breathing difficult. Please see the attached picture for a side by side comparisons between a normal airway and in inflamed asthmatic airway. (2)

While symptoms of asthma can vary from person to person there are some common symptoms you can experience.  These include shortness of breath, wheezing when exhaling and coughing/ wheezing attacks that can be made worse when you have a virus. Other symptoms can include chest tightness or pain. There may be trouble sleeping due to shortness of breath and coughing. Symptoms of asthma may flare up due to exercise, occupational irritants and by allergens such as pollen or pet dander. I would also like to point out that while some people have symptoms only under certain conditions such as during physical exercise others will have symptoms all the time. (2)

While the cause of asthma is unknown we do know what the most common risk factors for asthma include.  One major risk factor for developing asthma is a family history. Having a family history of asthma can make up to 6X more susceptible to asthma. Children and adults that are overweight or obese are also at an increased risk for asthma. People who have a history of smoking or were exposed to 2nd hand smoke are also at risk.  Certain allergies such as eczema and hay fever seem to be risk factors for developing asthma. Certain viral infections can increase the risk of asthma. Both air pollution as well as work place exposers are risk factors as well. (3)  Asthma symptoms may be triggered by cold air. Certain medications such as beta blockers and aspirin may trigger asthma symptoms. Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) may also trigger asthma symptoms. Strong emotions, stress and even being in the cold can all trigger asthma symptoms. Even certain preservatives may trigger asthma symptoms. (1)

While some people may not consider asthma to be “series” I want to emphasize that yes asthma can have some series complications. In fact each year more than 3,500 people die from asthma. And in fact approximately 60% of adults and 44$ of children with asthma have poor control over their illness. (1) Complications from asthma can also include a permanent narrowing of the bronchial tubes which can affect how you breathe. Flare-ups can also lead to missed school or work and even interfere with activities of daily living such as sleep. There may also be side effects from long term use of medications used to treat asthma. Lastly asthma can lead to fatigue and even poor mental health. (4)

Asthma is treatable. While it is important to follow your doctors treatment plan there are things you can do to help improve your respiratory health.

  • Elimination diets are a great way to determine if something you are eating is making your asthma flare up. It is well known that certain preservatives can trigger asthma. By doing an elimination diet you eliminate these preservatives and thus can determine if doing so helps your control over your asthma. (5)
  • NAC is one of those supplements that comes up quite frequently. Studies have found that NAC is potentially anti-asthmatic. (6) In other words NAC is found to help stabilize the lungs when you have asthma. NAC has also been helpful in reducing mucus formation which as I mentioned in asthma there may be excess mucus. (7)  Please see Invite’s NAC and our Detox Hx as well as the Daily Detox Powder!
  • Quercetin has been found in studies to be protective against asthma symptoms. It has also been found to help protect against airway fibrosis. (8) Please see Invite’s Quercetin formula!
  • Magnesium! I bet you’re saying magnesium again Dr. Claire? Well magnesium is going to pop up a lot in my different blog series. It’s just one of those things that seems to do everything. Magnesium has been found in studies to help reduce symptoms of asthma and even help to improve lung volume.  Interestingly enough those with more severe symptoms appeared to benefit the most. (9) Please see Invite’s extensive line of magnesium products!
  • Vitamin D has been shown in studies to help reduce asthma symptoms! (10) Please See Invite’s Immunity Hx (this was the product highlight I did not long ago!) as well as Invite’s extensive line of Vitamin D!
  • Black Seed will be the next product highlight! Look for that blog soon!

Sources:

  1. https://acaai.org/asthma/asthma-101/facts-stats/
  2. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/asthma/symptoms-causes/syc-20369653
  3. https://www.lung.org/lung-health-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/asthma/learn-about-asthma/what-causes-asthma
  4. https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/asthma
  5. https://www.webmd.com/asthma/food-allergies-and-asthma
  6. https://bjbas.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s43088-021-00188-7#:~:text=Conclusions,eosinophil%20infiltration%2C%20and%20oxidative%20stress.
  7. https://clinicaltrials.ucsf.edu/trial/NCT03822637#:~:text=Historically%2C%20studies%20of%20mucolytics%2C%20like,those%20with%20significant%20mucus%20impaction.
  8. https://karger.com/pha/article-abstract/108/5/432/853230/Quercetin-Alleviates-Asthma-Induced-Airway?redirectedFrom=fulltext
  9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9543098/#:~:text=in%201990%20studied%20the%20bronchodilating,signs%20and%20symptoms%20%5B7%5D.
  10. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8389855/