Feature Blog: Digestive Health During Seasonal Transitions

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by Erin Stokes, ND, Medical Director at FoodState®

Autumn is the season of harvest, as well as a time of transition. We see evidence of this transition everywhere, as the days become shorter and the nights grow longer. Leaves change color and fall from the trees, and animals prepare for the upcoming winter by gathering food.

What are humans doing to adapt to the seasonal change? Usually, not much.

At this time of year, our bodies need more sleep (but we often don’t get it), and it’s also an ideal time to focus on optimizing digestive function. Between 60-80% of immune cells are located in and around the gastrointestinal tract. So, it stands to reason that a healthy GI tract is an excellent way to prepare ahead of time for winter’s immune challenges.

It’s a concept called seasonal therapeutics. No matter which season it is, there is always an emphasis on being proactive to get ahead of seasonal challenges.

Here are a few ways to support your patient’s digestive and overall health during the fall season:

  1. Avoid individual food allergens and high glycemic load carbohydrates. Focus instead on whole foods with a strong emphasis on increasing vegetable intake. This is a good time of year to help people identify those food allergens and sensitivities. Food allergens can be identified with an elimination diet, or alternatively, some prefer to selectively eliminate the most common offenders one at a time, such as gluten or dairy.
  2. Support a healthy inflammatory response in the GI tract with herbs such as tumeric root, boswelia serrate, and ginger root.
  3. Depending in the individual, consider proactively increasing frequency and/or potency of probiotics when moving into the Autumn months. Some individuals may need additional immune support as the seasons transition. One way to improve digestive and immune support is with probiotics.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Posted with permission from Innate Response™

Tackle Cold and Flu Season

Cold and Flu


As the temperature starts to drop, so does your immune system. From cold temperatures and holiday stresses to being stuck inside all day and night with everyone’s germs, that chill in the air can spell sickness for you and your family. Silver has been used for centuries for its antibacterial and anti-viral properties, and Sovereign Silver is a high-quality colloidal silver supplement with a fine particle size that allows for maximum absorption. With many different sizes to choose from, you can protect you and your family from the common cold and other harmful bacteria and viruses.

Travelling for the holidays? Try the Sovereign Silver Fine Mist Spray to protect yourself from the germs that circulate through the airport and plane. Its convenient 2 oz. size is even TSA approved! Try the 2 oz. Dropper Bottle as well, which is great for general immune support in a convenient carry-on size. If you’ve got a sinus infection from all of the dry, heated air inside, the Vertical Mist Spray is great for moistening nasal passages while killing bacteria and viruses.

If a nasty cold or flu is making its way around your family, knock it out at the first sneeze with the extra-large 32 oz. Family Size Bottle. Because silver’s half-life in your lymphatic system is only 15 minutes, it’s necessary to take a dose of Sovereign Silver every 15 minutes for 3-5 hours so that your immune system can regain the upper hand and fight off any infection quickly and effectively. The recommended dosage of Sovereign Silver is 1 tsp for a 100 lb. individual, and an additional teaspoon for each additional 40 lbs. This extra-large bottle size means that you can take the recommended dosage without having to worry about running out.

For cuts, scrapes or burns, the First Aid Gel is an invaluable addition to any first aid kit. This soothing gel works in four different ways to help your wounds heal fast by reducing pain, calming inflammation, fighting infection and promoting healing of the skin.

Help Beat The Winter Blues With These Products


With the winter storms beating down on much of the country, driving temperatures below zero and forcing everyone to stay inside, it’s easy to feel like the winter blues have fully taken hold. But the winter blues (also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder) don’t have to bring you down.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s tied to the change in seasons in people with normal mental health. SAD is generally caused by the lack of sunlight and reduced activity prevalent during the depths of the winter season, which can mess with your circadian rhythm and make you feel more tired than usual. If you seem to feel tired, moody and sapped of energy as soon as the days shorten, you may suffer from SAD. While it may feel like you’re never going to be able to enjoy the outdoors again, there are many steps you can take to help combat the winter blues and feel just as sunny as a summer day.


Exercise and other regular physical activity can boost endorphin production, relieving the stress and anxiety that can build up during the long, winter months. Even if it’s just the gym, as little as 30 minutes a day of exercise can help you beat the winter blues (and get you ready for bikini season!).

Light Therapy

Light therapy, either in the form of an indoor light box or exposure to sunlight does wonders for helping reset your circadian rhythm and helping stave off the symptoms of winter depression. If you can’t afford a light box, even opening your blinds to let more sunlight in during the day or taking a brisk walk for a few minutes outside can help make you feel better.

Vitamin D

80 to 90% of the Vitamin D that the body gets is through sunlight exposure, so when we’re stuck indoors, we lose out on this important vitamin that supports bone, cardiovascular and immune health, among other things. If you can’t make it outside, it might be important to take a Vitamin D supplement to help prevent a depressed mood. Try Innate Response’s Vitamin D 5,000 capsules for a high-potency, whole-food blend of Vitamins D and K, or Genestra’s D-Mulsion 1,000 for a great-tasting and easy-to-take liquid.


If you can’t hit the gym, or your winter blues are just too much for a sunny walk outside, it might be helpful to try the following supplements to help boost brain function and mood:

  • Mood Response by Innate Response: Mood Response provides a blend of the most powerful supportive and well researched botanicals to promote optimal mental and emotional health.
  • 5-HTP by Pharmax: 5-HTP is a direct precursor to seratonin, and can help balance mood and support sleep during the short days.
  • Melatonin Spray by ReadiSorb: This liposomal form of Melatonin allows for higher absorption to help regulate mood and sleep.
  • SAMe by Metabolic Maintenance: This supplement can be used to help alleviate the symptoms of depression, anxiety and fatigue.
  • Finest Pure Fish Oil by Pharmax: This great-tasting fish oil is a great source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids, which are great brain health support and may help alleviate symptoms of depression.











Enzymes 101: Help Beat The Bloat This Holiday Season


As the holidays roll on, our free time suddenly becomes filled with dinners, parties and potlucks. All that eating can put a strain on even the most ruthlessly efficient digestive system, and enzymes can help our bodies process all of the gluten-, sugar- and fat-laden holiday food that keeps getting set out on the office counter. If you’ve ever taken Beano, you’re already well acquainted with digestive enzymes and their wonders, but there’s so much more to these little catalysts than keeping the gas at bay when you’re forced to eat your aunt’s 12-bean salad at the family reunion.

You’ve probably heard the word enzymes thrown around as something that’s important for good health, but in order to figure out what it means, and how important enzymes are for digestion, we’ll first have to crack open our 9th-grade chemistry books: Enzymes, at their most basic, are molecules that act as catalysts to speed up chemical reactions in living organisms. They are present in all living cells, and help regulate every biochemical reaction that happens in the human body.

When it comes to digestion, enzymes are the catalyst that help break down the food you eat into its constituent nutrients (amino acids, sugars, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals) so they can be used by your body to fuel all of its processes. Without enzymes, your body would still process the food you eat—eventually. Instead of taking days, enzymes make this process happen in hours so that the food you eat can provide nutrients to your body instead of rotting in your intestines.

The three most important digestive enzyme types are amylases, which break down starches into simple sugars, proteases, which break down proteins into amino acids, and lipases, which break down fats. Humans produce these enzymes in the mouth, stomach and intestines, but they are also present in our food in its raw form—Papain (from papayas) and Bromelain (from pineapples) are two of the most well-known plant-based enzymes that our body doesn’t produce. Chronic stress, low stomach acid, aging, and gut inflammation can decrease our body’s ability to product enzymes on its own, and the modern American diet full of overcooked, over-processed, under-chewed, enzyme-deficient food only adds to our body’s inability to process what we eat.

This lack of enzymes and inability to efficiently digest food is what leads to the gas, bloating, heartburn and feeling of a rock in our stomach that we all know and hate. Because our body has to work so much harder during digestion, enzyme deficiency can also lead to the dreaded food coma. For some, a change in diet and even chewing more can help alleviate the enzyme deficiency, but most people find that they need additional supplementation from outside sources.

Enzymes supplements usually come from three main sources: Fruit (papain and bromelain), animal (pancreatin), or fungus. Fungus-based sources tend to be the most stable, and encompass a broad spectrum of enzymes, so look for a supplement that uses an extensive blend.

You’ll want to take your digestive enzymes with meals so that the enzymes can be used by the body as its digesting your food. Systemic enzymes may be taken between meals to replenish enzyme stores in the rest of your body.

Our favorite enzyme products come from Transformation Enzymes. TEC uses the highest-quality enzymes available in broad-spectrum, synergistic blends for a variety of digestive problems. These are our three favorite TEC products:

  • Digest: Digest is Transformation’s flagship product, and is a wonderful blend of essential enzymes to help digest all food molecules, from proteins and fats to carbohydrates and lactose. If you’re trying digestive enzymes for the first time, this is the most comprehensive blend available. Digest is available in 60 count, 90 count and 120 count bottles.
  • DigestZyme: With its smaller capsule DigestZyme is a great introduction to digestive enzymes. This gentle formula includes probiotics to further aid proper digestion. DigestZyme is available in 120 count and 240 count capsules, or a powder that can easily be mixed with food.
  • Gastro: Gastro is a complex, active enzyme formulation that is designed to alleviate occasional gastrointestinal discomfort, improve digestive function, and strengthen epithelial cell vitality in the gut.