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By Susan Kapatoes, MHA, CPC

Type-2 diabetes is one of the most prevalent diseases in the world, affecting approximately 100 million Americans. It is characterized by a condition called insulin resistance, where the body cannot effectively use the hormone insulin to bring glucose (blood sugar) into the cells and muscles for energy. This causes glucose to accumulate in the blood at higher than normal levels, putting people’s health in danger.

Insulin is beneficial for appetite and blood sugar control. It helps transport glucose into the muscle cells to be used primarily for energy; it drives blood sugar to the brain which is the brain’s primary source of energy using about 150 grams/day. Insulin will also drive amino acids into muscle cells for protein synthesis and transport glucose into fat cells for storage.

Stress can interfere with our body’s ability to allow insulin to do its job. When we are under chronic stress, the body is producing high levels of cortisol. High cortisol blocks insulin function causing large fluctuations in blood sugar levels which leads to an imbalanced metabolism: we crave more calories (when blood sugar is low), so we take in more energy, but we’re not burning those calories as efficiently so we’re storing more energy which can also lead to weight gain.

Chronic imbalances with the metabolism eventually cause changes at the cellular level and this is where Amare Global enters the picture.

Mitochondria Fun Facts

Per Dr. Shawn Talbott, Chief Science Officer of Amare Global.

  • The mitochondria are very similar to the microbiome in our gut with its trillions of bacteria. Millions of years ago, the mitochondria were free living bacteria with which our bodies co-evolved.
  • At the present time, mitochondria are not bacteria, they are organelles inside our cells that generate energy. With metabolism, it consistently returns to the individual mitochondria which are the powerhouse of the cell. This where our calories actually get burned and energy is generated for cell metabolism and energy production.
  • If your metabolism is off because your insulin is being blocked, you get a lot of oxidative stress and inflammatory stress which sets off its own cascade of metabolic reactions at the cellular level which can lead to cellular damage.

Improve Stress Resiliency by Lowering Cortisol

Several of Amare Global products will help you to improve your stress resiliency by lowering cortisol. These products support many aspects of metabolism, e.g. MentaBiotics, MOOD+, and SLEEP+ help with appetite/cravings, digestion of food, absorption of nutrients, and improved function of metabolic hormones such as insulin/thyroid/cortisol.

People with diabetes also tend to also have high levels of inflammation, and several Amare products can help the body reduce inflammatory stress such as VitaGBX and OmMEGA.

People report back: “I’m losing weight”, “My appetite is changing”, and “I don’t feel this drive toward junk food anymore.”

These changes are occurring because of the normal restoration of the metabolic profile. The cells and tissues are communicating with each other in their own language which is the language of the hormones. This communication pathway is what we call the “axis.”

AMARE GLOBAL PRODUCTS

Amare Global offers natural solutions for your gut health and mental wellness. Our products help reduce feelings of anxiety, stress, and depression while lessening aches & pains and improving your sleep, diet, energy, and focus. Amare products will help to normalize the axis where the signaling and communication is taking place between the tissues and cells. This signaling is one-part cellular, one-part hormone, and one-part nervous system.

The goal is to lower stress levels as a way to lower cortisol levels so that insulin can do its job without interference from cortisol. The following Amare products can help you to increase your stress resiliency by lowering cortisol: MentaBiotics, MOOD+, SLEEP+, VitaGBX, OmMEGA.


MentaBiotics

  • Lowering stress and cortisol levels can be done directly in the brain by the effect of Suntheanine which is found in MentaBiotics. Suntheanine has been scientifically shown to increase Alpha brainwaves creating a ‘calm focus’ which helps us to deal with stress more effectively.
  • Probiotic strains matter! The Lactobacillus rhamnosus R11 found in MentaBiotics prepares our body and mind to have an ‘on-demand’ calming effect for stress resiliency (this is different than the Ashwagandha in Mood which has a ‘direct’ calming effect on the nervous system). The end benefit is that you improve your ability to be calm in the face of stress.

MOOD +

  • Key Ingredient is Ashwagandha by Sensoril. Acutely, people feel a calming effect in about one hour. Over the long term, taken as a regular supplement for at least 4 weeks, people start to see a modulation of their entire stress response profile. There is a lowering and normalizing of cortisol with an adjunct rise in anabolic hormones such as DHEA which is a precursor to testosterone.

SLEEP +

  • The Corn Grass in SLEEP+ provides a building block for your body’s own synthesis of melatonin. If you need melatonin, your body can use this to make as much as it needs. This means that you don’t wake up with the common ‘melatonin hangover’ the next morning because your body hasn’t fully metabolized the melatonin that you took in supplement form the night before.

VitaGBX

  • The phytonutrients within VitaGBX activate a whole series of cellular defense responses (CDRs) which will activate the Nrf2 pathway reducing oxidative stress. VitaGBX also includes nutrients that activate other CDRs including those that reduce inflammation (Nf-kB), increase longevity (SIRT1), enhance metabolism (MTOR), and stimulate cellular cleanup (autophagy). In addition, VitaGBX is a comprehensive formulation of 50+ nutrients including bioavailable vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.  

OmMEGA

  • OmMEGA™ is a high-potency, ultrapure blend of EPA and DHA Omega-3 fatty acids that is approximately 70% more omega-3 (EPA/DHA) than standard fish oils. EPA has been shown to protect our genes and cell cycle, reduce aggression, and improve focus and attention. DHA is a major building block of the brain. It greatly impacts cognitive function and may help to improve memory loss.


How to Use the Amare Global Products

Metabolism has a cascade effect throughout our entire body, and there is continuous cross-talk between our hormone systems. From a metabolic perspective, taking Amare’s products will be beneficial for optimizing your caloric expenditure, balancing blood sugar levels, and maintaining your weight control. Because these products are going to change how the hormones communicate with one another, your energy levels, mood, focus, and overall stamina will improve.

It is important to establish proper metabolism at the cellular level first by reducing the oxidative and inflammatory stress. Once we improve cellular function, then we can focus upon the metabolic level, and lastly, we can target the microbiome/gut-brain axis. In this way, we are getting to the root cause first and addressing the stress that is causing the imbalance.

Susan Kapatoes, MHA, CPC, is a nutritionist, holistic health practitioner, and certified professional coach. She is the owner of Inspire Your Journey LLC and a Wellness Partner with Amare Global, the Mental Wellness Company. She is accepting appointments at the SheBreathes Balance & Wellness Studio in Walpole, MA.  


Resource Links

Amare Global, MentaBiotics, MOOD+, SLEEP+, VitaGBX, OmMEGA

References

Harvard Publishing, (2011). Understanding the stress response – Harvard Health. [online] health.harvard.edu. Available at: https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/understanding-the-stress-response

Moloudizargari, M., Mortaz, E., Asghari, M. H., Adcock, I. M., Redegeld, F. A., & Garssen, J. (2018). Effects of the polyunsaturated fatty acids, EPA and DHA, on hematological malignancies: a systematic review. Oncotarget9(14), 11858-11875. doi:10.18632/oncotarget.24405

Murata M, e. (2001). Dual action of eicosapentaenoic acid in hepatoma cells: up-regulation of metabolic action of insulin and inhibition of cell proliferation. – PubMed – NCBI. [online] Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=EPA+IMPROVES+CELL+CYCLE

Lyon MR, e. (2011). The effects of L-theanine (Suntheanine®) on objective sleep quality in boys with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): a randomized, dou… – PubMed – NCBI. [online] Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22214254

Talbott, S. (2018). Science Deep Dive, Insulin/Thyroid Metabolism via GBX. [online] YouTube. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLg1kEZEEzo

 

 

 

 

 

 By Susan Kapatoes, MHA, CPC

The morning meals that I consume on a daily basis are vital to maintaining my gut health. Research shows that the health of your gut microbiome, which is made up of trillions of bacteria, fungi and other microbes, directly impacts your overall body health and state of mental wellness.

Most of your gut microbes are found in your large intestine and they are collectively referred to as the gut microbiome. These bacteria play a very important role in your health by helping to improve digestion and boost your immune system.

Your gut also has its own nervous system and contains more than 100 million neurons. Your gut and your brain are constantly in communication with each other. They can influence the chemistry of your mood, emotions, immune system, and long-term health. Once I started to pay more attention to my stomach and my dietary lifestyle, I noticed substantial improvements in a few different areas of my health. We are all aware when our tummy does not feel good, but do you notice when it feels great?

There are three major changes that I have observed since tweaking my diet. I now consume more fruits and vegetables, eat very little added sugar, have decreased my meat and dairy consumption, and take gut boosting supplements on a daily basis. This combination of eating a healthy diet plus taking high quality gut microbiome supplements has made a big difference in my life; I simply feel better, my stomach is calm, my mind is clearer, and my body has been improved on a physical level. Here’s what I noticed:

First, there was an immediate change in the quality and frequency of my bowel movements (BM’s). I became more regular on a daily basis, and regularity is essential for health. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed a change in my body’s metabolism. It is not what it used to be. I realize now that I have to be very careful with my diet if I want to have a pleasant experience in the bathroom. When the majority of my calories are coming from whole fruits, vegetables, grains, and nuts on any given day, then I am fine.

Second, my sugar cravings have decreased since I made the decision to consume very little sugar in my diet. When you crave sugar and start eating junk food instead of choosing a healthy alternative, this decision sets off a chain reaction in your body that has you wanting more and more junk food. You never truly feel satisfied because that unhealthy food is made of empty, non-nutrient calories.

Third, and perhaps most significantly, I now have a much cleaner tongue. I know that sounds like an odd thing to admit, but having a white tongue has always been a pet peeve of mine. I had tried countless remedies over the years and nothing worked. I had given up hope of ever having a truly clean tongue, but alas, this combination of modifying my diet plus taking the gut microbiome supplements has finally made the difference. Ironically, this was not the goal when I ventured onto the road of gut health, but having a clean tongue has been a surprising benefit. When you have a clean tongue on a consistent basis, you know you are doing something right!

Here are two morning recipes for a protein smoothie and a bowl of oatmeal that will boost your gut microbiome and taste good too. I have these nourishing foods every morning, which are a great way to start your day.

Morning Protein Shake

This delicious shake is gluten-free and dairy-free. The banana adds a nice consistency to the shake. Additional fruit can be added such as frozen mixed berries.

8 oz organic unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 Tbsp liquid chlorophyll
1 banana
Handful fresh spinach
1 scoop vanilla protein (Amare Global)
1 scoop MentaBiotics (Amare Global)

1. Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes.

2. As I drink the shake, I also take MentaSync and MentaFocus by Amare Global.

Morning Oatmeal

I look forward to this nourishing bowl of warmth every morning. It tastes great and is packed with superb nutrition.

1/4 c organic quick cook steel cut oats
1/4 c water
1 Tbsp almond butter
Handful frozen wild blueberries
1/4 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 tsp SeedFiber (Amare Global)
2 tsp SuperFood (Amare Global)

1. Cook oatmeal according to instructions.

2. Add blueberries, almond butter, and supplement powders. The wild blueberries are small in size and dethaw quickly from the heat of the oatmeal.

3. Add the almond milk for taste and consistency. Mix and enjoy!!


Amare Global 

The vision at Amare Global, the Mental Wellness Company, is to create a holistic mental wellness platform that connects a purpose-driven community of passionate people. Amare means “to love” and love is the universal language. Yet, in order to truly love others, Amare believes you must first start by loving yourself.

Taking care of yourself begins with the quality of your dietary lifestyle and the supplementation that you are consuming on a regular basis. Amare understands that the health of your gut also affects the state of your mental wellness.

GBX stands for the gut-brain axis which is the biochemical signaling that takes place between the gastrointestinal tract and the central nervous system, i.e. it is the communication highway between your gut and your brain.

MentaBiotics is advanced gut-brain nutrition made from unique strains of probiotics, prebiotics, and phytobiotics that have been scientifically shown to improve mental wellness.

MentaFocus uses antioxidants to support focus, mental sharpness, clarity, creativity, and cognitive functioning.

MentaSync contains a mushroom extract high in polyphenols to optimize the communication sync of chemical messengers between your brain and your gut.

GBX Protein contains a microbiome-boosting blend of plant protein that helps with appetite control, maintaining muscle mass, and supporting the health of your gut-brain axis.

GBX SeedFiber uses a variety of cold-pressed seed powders that feed your body at the cellular level to improve the diversity of your microbiome.

GBX SuperFood is a green phytonutrient powder providing the equivalent of three servings of fruits and vegetables per scoop (2 tsp). And it tastes great too!

Once you commit to a healthy eating routine, it will become easier and easier to follow. I have realized that eating healthy begins with having a healthy mindset. Once you have made up your mind that you want to feel better, you will continue to make smart food choices because you are literally rewiring your brain and your gut to make wiser decisions.

Susan Kapatoes, MHA, CPC, is a nutritionist, holistic health practitioner, and certified professional coach. She is the owner of Inspire Your Journey LLC and a Wellness Partner with Amare Global, the Mental Wellness Company. She is accepting appointments at the SheBreathes Balance & Wellness Studio in Walpole, MA.