Nutritional Concepts Inc.
In This Issue
Immune Boosting Broth
Pilgrim Snacks
Food Focus: Folate
Taking An Antibiotic
Recipe du Jour.

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November 2, 2009

Dear Valued Client,

We will have several special Thanksgiving surprises, including this issue's Pilgrim Snacks.

What may surprise some, but not us, is the study confirming antioxidants' role in overcoming influenza's damaging effects. Find the entire study in eNews Updates below. 

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Pilgrim Snacks
 Eat snacks like the Pilgrims did for one month. Are we crazy?
This is exactly what my granddaughter's second grade class is doing right now. Her teacher is asking that every student bring in a Pilgrim-like snack for one month. The lesson is to help the students appreciate the living conditions on the boat ride over to the Americas.

This got us to thinking. What exactly did the Pilgrims eat and can we learn from it? It also begs the question: would it be worthwhile for us to eat Pilgrim Snacks during Thanksgiving month?
Food Focus
 Folate (Folic Acid, 5 Formyltetrahydrofolate, 5-methyltetrahydrofolate)
This B-vitamin has been the topic of copious amounts of research and discussion over the last two decades because of its ability to prevent birth defects and subsequent fortification in grains in many countries around the world.

Folate-rich foods are not evident in Western diets, which is why fortification is necessary. Here is a list of folate rich foods (starts with the highest):
  • Bakers Yeast (not for those suffering from yeast imbalance, overgrowth, or candida albicans)
  • Brand Name Sugar Cereals (fortified)
  • Brand Name Low Sugar Cereals (fortified)
  • Goose, Duck, Turkey Liver
  • Wheat Germ (not for gluten intolerant persons)
  • Beans (dried)
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Orange/Grapefruit Juice (fortified; prohibited for those on certain medication such as statins and antihistamines)
  • Spinach and other Leafy Greens
So the questions becomes, should you supplement with folate and with how much?

Understanding the Essential Folate

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Taking An Antibiotic
While we have posted this protocol numerous times, it bears repeating because we have had numerous inquiries recently.

Unless your malady is cultured and confirmed to be a bacterial infection, taking an antibiotic not only hurts you by destroying all of the beneficial bacteria in your gut, it also hurts the rest of us. The more antibiotics that are taken needlessly, the more antibiotic resistant bacteria take hold.

If your infection is bacterial, here are steps to minimize the damage:
  1. Have your doctor culture your infection against several antibiotics to find which is the most effective. This will shorten the dosing cycle and lessen the damage to your digestive tract.
  2. Take sacchromyces boulardii (a beneficial yeast) with every antibiotic dose. This lessens the damage done to your healthy bacteria. Continue for two weeks after antibiotics are stopped. Ask us for a suggestion for quality brands.
  3. Double your daily dose of probiotic. Take at least two hours away from antibiotic. This helps repopulate your good bacteria.
  4. Make sure you are supplementing with the following nutrients: Vitamin C with Quercetin, Vitamin D3, Zinc, Cod Liver Oil.
  5. Avoid cow's milk and sugary/yeasty/moldy foods that would increase the possibility of a yeast overgrowth.
Every time you take an antibiotic, you are more likely to have bacteria that antibiotics won't kill. Be very selective when taking them.

Have a happy, healthy day.

Bonnie, Steve, and the staff at Nutritional Concepts Inc.