Adrienne’s Journey: The Power of Turmeric

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Outside San Antonio, Texas, Adrienne began a fine day in July 2018 as she usually does, riding the ring with her horse Dusty.

But what happened next wasn’t usual.  Spooked, Dusty reared up and threw Adrienne to the hard ring floor. “I shattered my ankle and my talus and several bones in my lower leg,” she recalls.

Adrienne’s road to recovery was long and arduous. She needed five surgeries to reconstruct her right ankle and years of physical therapy to relearn how to walk. And she struggled to get back to the life she once had. According to Adrienne, “I have a lot of bone death. I have a lot of necrosis and have a lot of arthritis.”

Adrienne found it too painful to ride or work. “I was very limited mobility-wise. I couldn’t stand for very long.  I couldn’t walk very far,” she said.

But the most challenging part for Adrienne was struggling to care for her three young children. “You don’t think about the things that are easy to do until they’re not easy to do anymore.”

Another frightening part of Adrienne’s medical ordeal was the health-threatening medications she took every day to deal with her pain and inflammation.

Meloxicam is a prescription medication, and I was put on it for the constant pain and inflammation,” Adrienne explained. “My doctor was concerned; he just said you know you’re basically one minute away from a heart attack.”

Fortunately, Adrienne’s doctor had a plan, “My doctor actually said I would really like to get you off of that meloxicam, and I would love for you to try turmeric.”

Yes, Adrienne’s doctor recommended Turmeric to help with swelling and inflammation and replace one of the toxic medications threatening Adrienne’s health. “I was surprised that my doctor recommended trying something other than a prescription.  I trusted that he wanted the best for me physically, and so I figured it would be worth a shot,” she said. 

But, Adrienne’s doctor didn’t suggest just any turmeric. “He told me, ‘Don’t just go to the store and get something. You want something that’s high quality with at least a thousand milligrams.” Adrienne explained. “Stonehenge was at the top of the list, so I figured I’ll give that a shot.”

It didn’t take long – precisely ten days – for Adrienne to feel how Stonehenge Health’s Turmeric with Ginger was working. “I really didn’t expect to get quite the benefits that I did from it,” Adrienne said. “I’m able to go and do a lot of stuff that I never thought I would be able to do. And a lot of it is because I don’t have the inflammation that I used to have.”  

And the best part, Adrienne is finally able to be the mother she used to be. My youngest daughter has just now gotten to the point where she will ask me to tuck her in at night because she finally realizes that it’s not such a big deal for me to go up the stairs anymore, and for several years I couldn’t do it,” Adrienne said.

Adrienne is back to work, back to riding, and back to living her life fully. “Turmeric with Ginger lets me go about my typical day, which doesn’t sound like that big of a deal, but for me, it’s a really big deal.”

Turmeric with Ginger

Stonehenge Health’s Turmeric with Ginger is a powerful blend containing 1,600 milligrams of turmeric curcumin complex with 140 milligrams of ginger root extract. BioPerine has been added to improve bioavailability, ensuring your body gets the maximum daily benefit possible.

Add daily exercise and a positive attitude, and you’re well on your way to a more mobile, happier, healthier life!

Ask your doctor if adding Turmeric with Ginger to your daily health and wellness routine could be right for you, and confirm with your doctor before you stop taking prescription medications.

Turmeric with Ginger has helped thousands of people, and it could just want your body needs to help reduce inflammation and get you back doing the things you love, just like it helped Adrienne.

6 Signs You May Have Chronic Inflammation & What to Do About It

If you’re focused on keeping yourself healthy for now and as you age, then there’s one thing you should pay close attention to, perhaps more than anything else, and that is chronic inflammation. 

Inflammation is a good thing. It’s a self-limiting response to infection or injury. For instance, if you sprain your ankle, your body signals to your immune system that it’s injured and that repair is needed. You’ll see and feel redness, warmth, and swelling in the injured area. But once the inflammatory response has done its job and the injury heals, the inflammation should disappear. 

Chronic Inflammation is Different

Inflammation becomes “chronic” when the inflammatory response won’t shut down once the injury heals and can last for months to years. And when that happens, tissue in your joints and organs slowly degrades, and scar tissue builds.

Beyond pain, chronic inflammation can cause permanent damage and affect your life span. Not surprisingly, chronic inflammation is linked to many chronic diseases, affects about 40% of the population, and increases as you age.

Signs of Chronic Inflammation

1. Stomach Pain

Chronic inflammation can lead to chronic stomach pain for a few reasons. First, several inflammatory diseases originate in the gut, such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and gastritis. Secondly, research shows that your stomach is highly sensitive to even low levels of inflammation.

2. Fatigue

This fatigue isn’t the staying up late and missing sleep kind of tired. This is exhausted all the time, no matter how much sleep you get. Fatigue is similar to the way you feel run down when you are sick. Your immune system uses a lot of your natural energy when it remains active and works overtime to regulate itself.

3. Skin Conditions

Skin conditions like psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis occur when your immune system triggers the inflammatory response to attack skin cells. Rashes, red itchy patches, and scales are common in various autoimmune diseases known for causing systemic inflammation.

4. Depression

Certain inflammatory compounds can cross the blood-brain barrier and decrease serotonin and dopamine levels in your brain, altering its function and mood regulation. Furthermore, the hormone cortisol released during the fight-or-flight stress response can further exacerbate the risk for depression.

5. Nose and Throat Mucus

Do you find yourself constantly needing to blow your nose or clear your throat? 

Mucus is good when it’s part of the immune response to toxins, bacteria, fungus, and viruses. Mucus protects the cells in the respiratory, urogenital, and digestive systems and keeps your nasal cavity from drying out.

Several inflammatory diseases, allergies to foods, and environmental factors can trigger mucus production. Mucous cells that are consistently irritated can cause chronic mucus production.

6. Body Aches

The most prominent and common signs of chronic inflammation are consistent pain and stiffness in your muscles and joints. Immune cells produce inflammatory chemicals called cytokines that trigger the inflammatory response. These chemicals are present at high levels in diseased joints and tissue linked to classic inflammatory diseases such as fibromyalgia, diabetes, and arthritis.

If any of these symptoms are regular and uncomfortable occurrences for you, talk to your doctor about getting a diagnosis and treatment plan.

Ways to Minimize Chronic Inflammation

More and more health experts agree that eliminating excessive, long-term inflammation helps keep your joints and muscles pain-free and your organs in better working order. Here are four ways to help you minimize chronic inflammation…

1. Control Your Stress

Incorporate stress-reducing activities into your daily routines,  such as walking, yoga, meditation, and deep breathing.

2. Sound Sleep

Sleep is one of the most effective stress reducers. Regular sleep restores your body, improves your focus and judgment, and helps balance your mood. You are better able to cope when you are well-rested.  Getting seven to nine hours per night is essential.

3. Exercise

From walking to lifting, exercise offers your body and mind a wealth of benefits, including helping your body fight inflammation.  When you move your muscles, they release a protein called Interleukin 6 (IL6) that helps suppress inflammation-causing chemicals.

4. Eat This…

Foods such as apples, grapes, chocolate, and olive oil are rich in antioxidants and polyphenols that may help protect and reduce chemicals in your body that cause chronic inflammation.

Some foods have been shown to support a healthy inflammation response, like Turmeric specifically. 

But, unless you absolutely love the taste of Turmeric, you may not be able to use enough in your cooking to make much of a difference in your overall health. You see, the compound that gives Turmeric its anti-inflammation ability is curcumin. In numerous studies, curcumin has been found to fight against the inflammation caused by arthritis, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses. 

Turmeric supplements provide higher levels of curcumin than the spice alone. Stonehenge Health’s Turmeric with Ginger is a potent 1,600mg of Curcumin Longa Root Extract with 95% Curcuminoids, Ginger Root Extract, and BioPerine® to maximize absorption and help reduce inflammation and joint pain.

Take Turmeric with Ginger daily as part of an overall healthy lifestyle. 

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The 10 Worst Foods for IBS

For many people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), symptoms may be triggered by specific foods. What triggers your symptoms may be different from what triggers the symptoms of fellow sufferers, but these 10 foods are likely culprits for anyone with IBS.

1. Gluten

Although gluten is often unfairly demonized, it’s fair to say that gluten can be a major trigger for IBS. Gluten is a type of protein found in certain grains, including rye, wheat, and barley. Many people who have IBS are also gluten intolerant and may experience symptoms like bloating, cramps, and diarrhea.

2. Fried Foods

Fried foods are high in fat and can be particularly hard on the digestive systems of people who have IBS. Frying food makes it more difficult to digest, so other cooking methods are recommended for people with IBS and other gastrointestinal problems.

3. Caffeine

Coffee and other drinks containing caffeine stimulate the intestines and can cause diarrhea. Instead of consuming drinks with caffeine when you need a little boost, go for a brisk walk.

4. Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners are found in sugarless gum, candy, and diet drinks. Commonly used artificial sweeteners include acesulfame potassium, aspartame, and sucralose, and since these and other sugar substitutes are difficult for the body to absorb, they can easily trigger IBS symptoms.

5. Alcohol

Many people with IBS have trouble drinking alcohol because of how their body digests it. The dehydrating effects of alcohol are also problematic for people with IBS. If you enjoy drinking alcohol, stick with gluten-free beer, or enjoy a cocktail mixed with soda water.

6. Broccoli and Cauliflower

While broccoli and cauliflower are healthy vegetables, they’re not always ideal for people with IBS. These vegetables are among the hardest for people to digest, and when they’re broken down in the intestines, they produce gas and may cause constipation.

7. Insoluble Fiber

Insoluble fiber is that which can’t be digested. Although it adds healthy bulk to your diet, insoluble fiber can make diarrhea worse for people with IBS. Soluble fiber, which is found in grains, root vegetables, legumes, and berries, is a better choice if you have digestive woes.

8. Dairy

Dairy products contain fat, which can worsen diarrhea. They also contain lactose, and since many people with IBS are also lactose intolerant, dairy products may need to be restricted. Suitable dairy substitutes include rice, soy, or nut milks and cheeses.

9. Beans and Legumes

For some people, beans and legumes can help reduce constipation by increasing the bulk in the stool. But they’re also notorious for causing gas, cramping, and bloating, especially in people with IBS. Different varieties can produce different results, so trial and error may help you find which types you can safely eat.

10. Processed Foods

Highly processed foods like bread, crackers, sweets, and chips contain high levels of fat, sugar, preservatives, and other additives that can cause problems with digestion. Choosing mostly fresh, whole foods is the healthiest way to eat whether or not you have IBS.

Everyone’s IBS triggers are different, and once you know what yours are, staying away from those foods will help you remain as symptom-free as possible. Regardless of what you eat, a daily probiotic like Stonehenge Health’s Dynamic Biotics can help you maintain optimal gut flora balance for better digestion and fewer IBS symptoms.


How to Stop Urinary Tract Infections Before They Start

Urinary tract infections, or UTIs, are common in women, especially as we age. Unfortunately, UTIs are commonly over-diagnosed and over-treated with antibiotics, which can lead to antibiotic-resistant organisms.

Urinary tract infections have a number of causes. A UTI may result when urine pools in the bladder due to an obstructed urinary flow, and the pooled urine grows bacteria. It can also occur when harmful bacteria cling to the urethra and make their way to the bladder. Other causes include sexual activity and a lack of estrogen in the lining of the vagina, which helps protect against UTIs.

Symptoms of a UTI include frequent urination, an urgency to urinate, and a burning sensation that accompanies urination. In elderly women, confusion is a common symptom of a UTI, and it’s often the only symptom. Left untreated, a UTI can lead to a kidney infection, which can be very dangerous, even life-threatening.

How to Prevent UTIs

Prevention is best when it comes to urinary tract infections, especially for older women and those who tend to get them often. Here are the best ways to prevent a UTI.

Stay well-hydrated.
Adequate hydration helps you produce plenty of urine to dilute and flush bad bacteria from the bladder and urethra. Avoid sugary drinks and stick to water for most of your fluid intake.

Take vitamin C.
Vitamin C helps make your urine more acidic, which may prevent the growth of bad bacteria. Get vitamin C from citrus fruits, berries, and leafy greens, or take a 500-to-1,000 milligram supplement each day.

Eat (or drink) cranberries.
Perhaps one of the most well-known anti-UTI measures is consuming cranberries, which prevent bacteria from adhering to the lining of the urinary tract. Eat dried cranberries, add them to salads or rice, or drink a little unsweetened cranberry juice each day.

Wipe from front to back.
Bacteria hang out around the anus and wiping from back to front can introduce them to your vagina, where they can migrate to the urinary tract.

Urinate after sex.
During sex, bacteria are introduced into the vagina. Urinating afterwards helps to flush it out.

Avoid feminine deodorant products.
The best way to stay fresh is to shower often with mild soap and water. Products like douches, deodorant sprays, and powders can cause a UTI and other problems.

Apply estrogen vaginal cream.
If you’ve gone through menopause, you have less estrogen in your body, which can cause vaginal dryness and promote infection in the urinary tract. Estrogen creams help balance your pH so that good bacteria will flourish.

Take a probiotic. Probiotics are live “good” bacteria in your body that are involved in numerous functions to keep you healthy. According to Harvard University Medical School, taking a daily probiotic may help prevent UTIs by preventing bad bacteria from growing in the vagina. Stonehenge Health’s Dynamic Biotics contains all nine of the most important bacteria strains recommended for women.

If you get a UTI despite preventive measures, treating it early on is the best way to prevent severe symptoms and complications. If you have symptoms of a UTI, pay a visit to your doctor and consider starting a daily probiotic routine.





5 Easy Steps to Improve Your Liver Function

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Your liver works hard to remove toxins from your body and plays a key role in your metabolism, circulation, hormonal balance, and healthy digestion. It detects the presence of toxic substances like heavy metals and by-products from the breakdown of medications and either converts them into harmless substances or releases them into the bowels so they can be expelled from the body. Continue reading “5 Easy Steps to Improve Your Liver Function”

Top 10 Terrible Foods for Digestive Health

As we age, our digestive systems can get out of whack. Foods that we used to eat with impunity now keep us up all night with heartburn and indigestion. Even seemingly harmless foods can do a number on your gut health. Avoiding foods that cause problems for you is the best way to deal with an unhappy digestive system. Here, then, are the top ten culinary culprits that could be causing your recurring digestive troubles.

1. Coffee

Coffee irritates the lining of the stomach, and it can cause heartburn, acid reflux, and constipation. Research shows that it’s a combination of substances in the coffee that lead to stomach problems, including caffeine, catechols, and chemicals are known as N-alkanoly-5-hydroxtryptamides.

2. Grease

Grease is difficult to digest, and greasy, fried foods are major gastrointestinal irritants. People with even a slight digestive sensitivity can get intense heartburn and acid reflux after eating anything greasy or deep-fried.

3. Processed Foods

Highly processed foods–including many of our packaged favorites like soda, chips, cookies, and white bread and pasta–are loaded with simple carbohydrates, which move through the digestive system quickly and leave behind a bloated feeling with potentially painful cramps and gas.

4. Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners may be better for your waistline than real sugar, but they wreak havoc in your gut. Artificial sweeteners cause inflammation, bloating, gas, loose stools, anal leakage, and diarrhea.

5. Corn

Corn contains a lot of cellulose, which is a fiber that the human digestive system can’t break down. Corn in small amounts usually won’t create too many problems, but when it’s eaten in larger quantities, corn can cause cramps and gas as it moves through your system undigested.

6. Acidic Fruits

Oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and tomatoes are acidic fruits that can irritate the daylights out of your stomach lining and cause painful acid reflux. If you’re going to eat these fruits, don’t do it on an empty stomach, which only makes things worse.

7. Raw Vegetables

Veggies are good for you, and you certainly don’t want to reduce your vegetable intake, but you might want to cook them before you eat them. Raw vegetables contain the same type of insoluble fiber that makes corn problematic, and eating them can lead to gas, bloating, cramps, and diarrhea.

8. Alcohol

Alcohol relaxes the sphincter muscle in your esophagus, which can cause acid reflux and heartburn. Alcohol also prevents the optimal absorption of nutrients, and it can inflame the lining of the stomach, causing cramping and diarrhea.

9. Chocolate

Chocolate is a diuretic, which means that it can cause loose stools or diarrhea. A number of underlying conditions can make you sensitive to one or more ingredients in chocolate, which can lead to cramps, a stomach ache, gas, nausea, or vomiting after eating it. Lactose intolerance, allergies, and irritable bowel syndrome can all put chocolate on your must-avoid list.

10. Chili Peppers

Chili peppers be responsible for heartburn after you consume them is almost a given once you pass the age of 50. Chili peppers can burn your esophagus and bring you pain for hours after eating them. But if peppers don’t cause you any noticeable pain, keep eating them. Capsaicin, which is the compound that gives peppers their heat, has a number of benefits to your digestive system, including helping to repair damaged stomach lining and protect against ulcers.

Improve Your Digestion with Supplements

According to Harvard Medical School, digestive enzymes are particularly helpful in combating digestive problems when the digestive system’s natural production of enzymes is low due to a health condition like cystic fibrosis or pancreatitis.

For common gut problems like irritable bowel syndrome or heartburn, probiotics can provide relief from these symptoms. In addition to avoiding gut-wrecking foods, taking a daily probiotic promotes healthy populations of helpful gut bacteria that can improve not just your gut health, but your overall health as well.

Stonehenge Health’s Dynamic Biotics, Incredible Digestive Enzymes, and Prebiotic Complex can be an important part of your gut health regimen, improving your digestion and comfort for whatever life has in store for you.


How B. Lactis Improves Your Gastrointestinal Health

In your digestive tract is a veritable zoo of microorganisms, a complex community that works together to keep things moving gracefully through your digestive system. Your gut flora plays a major role in your digestive health and your overall wellbeing.

According to the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, your gut bacteria supplies essential nutrients to the body, synthesize vitamin K, promote healthy nerve function in the gut, and play a role in the formation of new blood vessels. An imbalance of gut microbes can lead to a range of chronic diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease, and it increases the risk of obesity and cancer.

B. lactis is a subspecies of B. animalis, a rod-shaped bacterium that’s essential for optimum GI tract function, and it’s an important component of Stonehenge Health Dynamic Biotics. Here’s what the research says about B. lactis.

B. Lactis Helps Prevent Gastrointestinal Infections

Studies in mice show that B. lactis protects against Salmonella infection, and it reduces the severity of Salmonella infections that do occur. Another study found that B. lactis reduces the severity of E. coli infections, and still another showed that it protects against Toxoplasma gondii infection. In patients with symptomatic H. pylori infection, B. lactis reduced treatment side effects and improved recovery rates.

B. Lactis Reduces Inflammation

When it was added to yogurt after fermentation, B. lactis was found to have powerful anti-inflammatory properties in healthy adults. It was shown in another study to prevent or reduce inflammation in elderly individuals, and it was found to reduce epithelial damage in mice with colitis.

B. Lactis Promotes Digestive Health

In a study of healthy adults without a diagnosed gastrointestinal disorder, B. lactis improved digestive discomfort.

A study of healthy women found that probiotic fermented milk containing B. lactis decreased the frequency of GI symptoms, and another study found that healthy adults with abdominal discomfort who took B. lactis supplementation for four weeks enjoyed more frequent bowel movements.

In a study of rats with NSAID-induced GI damage, B. lactis improved the recovery rate of the stomach mucosa, and it prevented more serious damage to the mucosa from occurring.

B. Lactis Improves Diarrhea and Constipation

A number of studies show that supplementation with B. lactis shortens the duration of acute diarrhea, decreases its frequency, and even prevents it from occurring in the first place.

In a study of women with constipation who consumed fresh cheese enriched with B. lactis, researchers found beneficial effects on defecation strength and frequency. A similar study found that fermented milk containing B. lactis increased stool frequency and consistency in adult women with constipation.

B. Lactis Improves Symptoms of Colitis and IBS

A few studies have now shown that B. lactis improves symptoms of colitis and irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS. In rats with colitis, B. lactis had anti-inflammatory effects that reduced the frequency of diarrhea. And in mice with colitis, B. lactis restored intestinal permeability, cytokine levels, and colonic goblet cell populations.

In people with constipation-predominant IBS, B. lactis reduced discomfort and bloating and improved constipation.

Stonehenge Health Dynamic Biotics Promotes a Healthy Gut

A healthy population of microorganisms in your gastrointestinal system can help improve skin conditions like eczema, prevent urinary tract and vaginal infections, improve your immunity against viral and bacterial illnesses, and increase your energy levels.

B. lactis is just one of the 16 probiotic strains that make Stonehenge Health Dynamic Biotics so effective for promoting optimal digestion and keeping your gut bacteria balanced for better overall health and gastrointestinal comfort.


The Role L. Gasseri Can Play in Your Weight Loss Journey

It’s not so easy to lose weight at 50 as it was at 30 but dropping even just 10 percent of your body weight can dramatically improve your overall health and help you live longer.

Unfortunately, there are no miracle magic cures for weight loss, but the good news is that certain supplements can help. Dynamic Biotics is a probiotic supplement that includes the daily dose of L. gasseri that your body needs, a highly beneficial bacteria that has a wide range of health benefits, including promoting weight loss.

What is L. Gasseri?

L. gasseri is a unique species of probiotic. It produces lactic acid, which supports healthy GI tract function, and it helps maintain leptin levels in the body, which can decline during weight loss. Low leptin levels trigger the body to conserve energy by slowing metabolism.

A large number of studies show that L. gasseri can help promote weight loss. One, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, found that participants who consumed fermented milk, a source of L. gasseri, every day for 12 weeks showed significant decreases in BMI, waist and hip circumference, and body fat mass. The control group showed no significant decreases.

Another study, published in the Korean Journal of Family Medicine, found that L. gasseri supplementation reduced body weight and waist and hip circumference in obese adults. In a similar study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, adults with obese tendencies who consumed L. gasseri lost a significant amount of abdominal visceral and subcutaneous fat and enjoyed reduced overall body weight.

Improved Metabolism Prevents Weight Gain

L. gasseri doesn’t just improve weight loss. It also prevents the accumulation of abdominal fat, according to a study published in the journal Lipids in Health and Disease. Researchers believe this may be because L. gasseri suppresses lipid absorption in the small intestine and promotes optimal metabolism.

Eat Less, Exercise Longer, Weigh Less

Another way in which L. gasseri can help with weight loss is by naturally decreasing food intake, according to a study of the effects of L. gasseri on rats. Another study, published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, found that it also combats exercise fatigue to help you move longer and lose more weight.

Strong Immunity is Key for Weight Loss

Strong, healthy immune cells in mice promote the formation of brown fat, or healthy fat, which is a powerhouse for burning excess body fat, according to a University of California study. L. gasseri has been shown to enhance cell-mediated immunity in older mice populations to help keep the immune system healthy with age.

Diet, Exercise, Probiotic: A Healthy Lifestyle for Weight Loss

Losing weight–and keeping it off–requires permanent lifestyle changes that promote a healthy body, including getting regular exercise, eating a healthy, mostly plant-based diet. L. Gasseri is found naturally in kefir, kimchi, miso, tempeh, and other highly healthy, fermented foods, but if these aren’t your thing, an easy to take daily supplement like Dynamic Biotics re-balances and re-cultures your gut bacteria for optimum health and better weight loss.