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Taking Nutritional Supplements for Celiac Disease

For people with celiac disease, especially those recently diagnosed, eating gluten-free food and taking the right supplements is paramount. This article talks about the cutting edge nutritional research behind Nucleotide Nutrition’s food supplement IntestAid IB and how it is able to support a healthy small intestine.

Digestion and celiac disease

 

Our absorption of food and nutrients occurs mostly in the small intestine; it is here that we have thousands of tiny protrusions that line the small intestines called villi, which play a vital role increasing the surface area available in the gut for maximum absorption. However, in celiacs, these villi are destroyed and the intestinal wall damaged causing serious implications.

 

An allergic reaction to gluten, celiac disease (or gluten sensitivity) is a severe immune response which leads to inflammation of the small intestines and injury to the intestinal lining. Diarrhoea, abdominal bloating, vomiting and weight loss may be experienced from this reaction to gluten, and the consequential inability to properly digest food. As the villi are destroyed, the surface area is reduced and the intestinal lining is made smooth. Without the villi, absorption of dietary nutrients is made inefficient, leading to malnutrition. Many celiac sufferers are deficient in essential fatty acids, iron, zinc, vitamin D and K, calcium, magnesium and folic acid. If untreated, malnourishment and insufficient vitamins and minerals in the diet can cause osteoporosis (weakening of the bones and reduction of bone density).

 

 

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Are our modern-day diets depriving us?

Two leading health magazines published a review by health expert Dr Robert Verkerk. His observations of recent clinical research and food studies pertaining to a class of micro-nutrients, nucleotides, led him and other scientific experts to believe that western populations may well now find themselves to be deficient of nucleotides, due to modern-day diets and lifestyles.

 

Commonly known as simply ‘vitamins and minerals’, micronutrients are required in our diets, each in small quantities, for our bodies to function properly and carry out vital processes such as brain function and red blood cell synthesis. One particular category of micronutrients is becoming of increasing interest to researchers, considered now as ‘conditionally essential’; but may be regarded even more vital than this in the short future given its surplus of properties and activities ranging from its role in DNA repair, gut mucosal repair and immune function. This category, which is being seen less in our modern diets regardless of its incredible nutritional benefits, is of course nucleotides.

 

Where do nucleotides come from naturally?

Our bodies themselves can produce new nucleotides and ‘salvage spare parts’ when cell regeneration is required and even when they are in high demand. However nucleotides are also supplied to the body via our diets. When new cell synthesis is highest (this can be a requirement, for example, at times of rapid growth, stress, infection or injury) the body is unable to produce enough nucleotides self-sufficiently. Our food should provide us with the right ‘fuel’ our bodies need to respond to these times of pressure. Unfortunately foods high in nucleotides have somewhat been expelled from our modern diets over time; the highest sources of nucleotides can be found in offal and organ meats as shown in the diagram below (figure 1).

 

 

Figure 1; total nucleotide content of a range of meat and vegetarian protein sources. Analysis by Chemoforma/ProBio.

 

The food we do eat – protein such as chicken breast and other animal muscle – contains nucleotides, but not nearly as much as our ancestral diet of meat offal. The replacement of these important protein and nucleotide sources with our well-known fast-food and junk-food choices means we are depriving our bodies of the nutrients we really need to deal with our modern fast-paced lives. The vegetables that provide a source of nucleotides and other micronutrients are making less of an appearance on our plates too, which is bad news for our health.

 

The appropriate lifestyle and dietary changes through eating more of the right foods such as those in figure 1 can not only assist in improving your bowel health, immunity and prevent oxidative stress; but will also serve to thwart cardiovascular diseases (CVD) – coronary heart disease, stroke, peripheral arterial disease, and aortic disease – which are the biggest killers in the western world.

 

Although eating a varied and healthy diet consisting of a rainbow of vegetables, fruit, and lean meats may be an uncomplicated improvement for many to achieve; it may be difficult for people with certain allergies or diet restrictions to allow them a holistically healthy and balanced diet when it comes to dairy products, breads and wholesome carbohydrates. Lactose intolerance, gluten and wheat allergies affect many people, however by following a good and nutritious diet according to your food tolerances and taking a supplement such as IntestAid IB, will contribute to meeting the necessary demands of your body.

 

References:

NHD Magazine, ‘Nucleotides: Speculation on Lifestyle-induced essentiality’
Aug/Sept 2011

 

CAM Magazine, ‘Lifestyle-induces essentiality: science takes another look at nucleotides’
Sept 2011

IBS tips for bloating symptoms

This is such an inconvenient and uncomfortable symptom, which can be distressing when you want to look nice in your clothes, and nothing in the wardrobe fits. Other IBS symptoms can remain hidden, but bloating stands out, literally.

 

Our IBS & DIET fact sheet has been designed to help people with symptoms of IBS, this has been devised by dietitian and IBS expert Nigel Denby. The Fact Sheet advises on how diet and lifestyle may affect symptoms of IBS, and contains helpful tips and meal plans devised for the main symptoms that are affecting you the most.

 

 

In the dietary section, IntestAid IB, of the website you will be able to complete our IntestAid IB Nutritional Challenge questionnaire, so we can email this factsheet to you.

 

Meal plan for IBS symptom – Bloating:

Breakfast

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  • Probiotic mini-drink
  • Bowl of wholegrain cereal with semi-skimmed or soya milk,
    top with sliced fruit or dried fruit
  • Slice of wholegrain or granary toast with jam/honey/marmalade
  • Drink

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Snack

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  • Piece of fruit
  • Drink

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Lunch

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  • Meat, fish, egg or vegetarian sandwich on granary bread
  • Piece of fruit
  • Probiotic yogurt
  • Drink

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Snack

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  • Cereal bar
  • Drink

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Evening meal

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  • Grilled pork chop with honey and mustard glaze
  • Mashed potato add a little wholegrain mustard if liked
  • 2 servings of root vegetables
  • Drink

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Tips:

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  • Avoid fizzy drinks – including sparkling water.
  • Avoid green leafy vegetables, onions, garlic, beans, lentils and pulses, these are renowned gassy foods and best avoided.

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IBS Dietitian’s tips for Urgency symptoms

This is a very upsetting symptom, which makes one avoid busy and hectic situations like rush hour at a station, where finding a suitable convenience may be difficult.

 

Our IBS & DIET fact sheet has been designed to help people with symptoms of IBS, this has been devised by dietitian and IBS expert Nigel Denby.  The Fact Sheet advises on how diet and lifestyle may affect symptoms of IBS, and contains helpful tips and meal plans devised for the main symptoms that are affecting you the most.

 

In the dietary section, IntestAid IB, of the website you will be able to complete our IntestAid IB Nutritional Challenge questionnaire, so we can email this factsheet to you.

 

Meal plan for IBS symptom – Urgency:

 

Breakfast

Glass of cranberry juice

Bowl of cornflakes/rice krispies with semi-skinned or soya milk

Slice of white toast with jam/honey/marmalade

Drink

 

Snack

Melon chunks

Drink

 

Lunch

Jacket potato (leave the skin) with tuna, prawns or cheese

Drink

 

Evening meal

Poached white fish with buttered new potatoes

2 servings of root vegetables

Drink

 

Tips:

Have at least 8 cups of fluid.

If you cannot give up tea and coffee use decaffeinated versions.

Experiment with fruit and herbal teas – fennel, ginger and peppermint are renowned for easing digestive upsets.

Avoid foods and drinks containing the artificial sweetener sorbitol.

What the hell are hormones? – And why some people stay fat!

TV scientific programmes often have interesting and hard hitting topics, but use scientific terms that only the ‘experts’ understand. Since these programmes often carry messages that are vital to our health and well being, these messages needs to use language that we can all understand.

 

This article will try to bring to life the meaning of hormones, and we all have them, but sometimes they just don’t work as well as they should do!

 

Hormones are secreted by certain cells, which are located in glands, often a distance away from their intended target e.g. an organ or tissue. These hormones are sent to all areas of our body to regulate essential functions such as temperature, reproduction, growth, immunity and aging. It stands to reason that the hormone system is the hub of vitality, longevity and well-being. Very often in life, the message is more important than the messenger, and this is certainly true for hormones.

 

It is vitally important that the ‘message’ the secreted hormone conveys is released and arrives via the bloodstream to the target organ or tissue.

 

Did you know that nucleotides, some of the body’s most essential building blocks, are involved in the ‘bringing together’ (mediation) of hormone message?

 

An example of a situation, where the ‘message’ is not getting across, was in the recent BBC Horizon programme (The truth about fat) talked about hormones as being possible culprits for some people who find themselves unable to reduce weight. These two recently discovered hormones, which control our feelings of hunger and fullness, seem to work better for some people than in others.

 

The body’s building blocks, nucleotides, mentioned earlier in the article, will have their own ‘What the hell are….’ article soon. In the meantime, there is a handy little website www.nucleotides4health.org, which has a handy section ‘nucleotides 4 all’ that uses easy language to explain more about these essential nutrients.

 

Happy 1st Birthday Nucleotide Nutrition Ltd

I can’t believe it, but it’s now 12 months since Nucleotide Nutrition Ltd was formed to spearhead the development and marketing of the unique nucleotide formulas manufactured by our Swiss partners, Pro Bio.

 

We have faced many challenges as a start-up, not least the imminent introduction of the EU Health Claims regulations.  However, I am delighted to report that much has been achieved:

 

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  • Impressive results achieved in our elite sport pilot studies, with athletes tested in
    sprint and football simulations, using elite level doses of the Nutri-tide® formula.
  • This has resulted in our collaboration with a significant externally funded research
    project (see next bullet point). This new research programme originates from our
    ‘immunity and stress’ research using NuCell®IM.
  •  Collaboration with 3 year research project researching the effects of
    supplementary nucleotides, Nutri-tide®, under conditions of ‘high intensity stress’
    started in October 2012 at Liverpool John Moores University.
  • Innovation Voucher Award. Awarded by the Technology
    Strategy Board (TSB) to enable the testing of all our products for prohibited
    substances through the WADA recognised ‘Informed-Sports’ registration scheme.
  • E-commerce website.  Our food supplements can now be purchased directly from us,
    with multi-pack discounts, all postage free.  We have created affiliate partners and now
    operate a‘friends and family’ voucher scheme. Please feel free to use this voucher
    code (F&F25) to purchase products from our website see the link below. It gives
    an additional 25% saving over and above the multipack (e.g. 3 for 2) discounts.
    E-commerce website
  • Boots – In July IntestAid®IB moved up to the next shelf in the Healthy
    Digestion section at over 450 Boots stores.

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NuCell®IM – Immunity, recovery and energy/vitality  – Combines the exclusive and innovative Nutri-tide® nucleotide nutritional formula with vitamins, amino acids plus yeast extracts. The clinical trials and testimonials show this product provides excellent immune system support, and is suitable for people with stressful lifestyles, sportsmen and women, and mums 2 be.

IntestAid®IB – Digestive health – Combines the exclusive and innovative Nutri-tide® nucleotide nutritional formula with B vitamins, amino acid and prebiotic, fructo-oligosaccharide (FOS). The clinical trial and testimonials show that this product supports people with digestive health issues, such as IBS, and is suitable for people with restrictive diets and slimmers.

 

None of these achievements would be possible without the support of the following organisations and friends:

 

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  • Pro Bio – our Swiss manufacturing partners, who continue to supply the
    highest quality, unique and efficacious nucleotide-based nutritional
    supplements – A collaboration pioneering nucleotide supplementation
  • Sci-Tech Daresbury – who provide us with a prestigious home, valuable
    connections and friendly support
  • ANH Consultancy – whose expertise in the regulatory environment
    ensures our products remain compliant, check out their excellent newsletters.
    http://www.anh-europe.org
  • Liverpool John Moores University – for recognising the potential
    for nucleotides supplementation for athletes and enabling our involvement
    in such extensive research
  • Deane Biggart (creative director and owner) of db Creative Solutions
    all our corporate and packaging design and advertising
    www.be.net/deanebiggart
  • Webgineering – providing us with a window to the virtual world, and the tools
    to reach our potential customers http://www.webgineering.net
  • Eurocom Healthcare Communications– saw our potential and will now
    be providing marketing and creative communications support
    http://www.eurocomhealthcare.com

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If you would like to keep up with our activities, please sign up to our newsletter SIGN UP.  We regularly post articles that highlight new research in the ‘nucleotide’ world.  You’ll be amazed how many different ways these little nutritional blighters influence our continued good health!

 

I would love to hear from you too.

 

Best wishes

Rachel

IntestAid®IB on more UK High Street shelves!

Thanks to the phenomenal demand for our flagship product we are very pleased to announce that, as well as right here on this site, our customers can now find IntestAid®IB – the natural approach to supporting long-term Bowel Health – on even more shelves in their local high streets.

 

IntestAid®IB has been available from most larger branches of Boots, the UK’s leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer, since March 2009. In this time the number of Boots stores stocking IntestAid®IB has nearly trebled so you can be sure to find a pack in most prominent high street locations.

 

From 2012 onwards IntestAid®IB will be available in even more branches of Boots, currently 470, as well as all good independent health food stores up and down the country.

 

We are continually expanding the number of major retailers and the number of their branches that stock IntestAid®IB so be sure to check back here soon for more news on how to make it even easier for you to get your hands our unique bowel health solution.

 

If you would like us to inform you of your nearest participating retailer or if you have any problems finding a retailer in your area Contact us using our on-site contact form. We’ll be more than happy to point you in the nearest IntestAid®IB stockist to your location.