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In a study conducted in the UK, researchers suggest that the routine use of probiotics have a preventative effect on necrotising enterocolitis (NEC) and late onset sepsis, in premature babies. They found the administration of multispecies probiotics significantly decreased risk and resulted in no safety issues.

Necrotising enterocolitis (NEC) remains a leading cause of mortality and morbidity in premature and very low birthweight infants.  Although further research is needed to conclusively determine the relationship between probiotics and the reduction of NEC, this work highlights how gut microbiotia improvements can result in positive health outcomes.

Claire Robertson, George M Savva, Raducu Clapuci, Jacqueline Jones, Hassan Maimouni, Eleanor Brown, Ashish Minocha, Lindsay J Hall, Paul Clarke


When the delicate balance of a child’s intestinal microflora is altered by antibiotics, the occasional illness, or unbalanced eating habits, can lead to uncomfortable digestive upsets, nutrient loss, and mood imbalances one of the best ways to help your child maintain a healthy intestinal flora is by including probiotic-rich foods in their diet and giving them a daily probiotic supplement. This will help them maintain healthy intestinal populations of Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, Enterococcus, and Saccharomyces species, while lowering the number of pathogenic microorganisms found in their gut.

Maintaining a healthy intestinal flora will also benefit school age children by supporting their immune systems. A regular probiotic supplement has been shown to help reduce the number of sick days from school due to ear, nose, and throat, respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal disorders.

Natural Factors B12 Methylcobalamin is the biologically active form of vitamin B12, the form most readily absorbed into the body. It is a water-soluble vitamin that is necessary for various bodily processes, including energy production, nervous system function, and production of genetic materials DNA and RNA. 

Are you getting enough?

The body needs small amounts of this nutrient, regularly. Historically it was difficult to cure anemia with B12 supplements because the nutrient couldn’t make it through the harsh environment of the GI tract. B12 injections have since been used effectively to treat anemia and increase energy. However, studies have shown that sublingual absorption of B12 improves bioavailability and speeds the body’s metabolism of these nutrients, providing an alternative to injections. 

Who needs B12?

There are some plant sources of B12, but the richest food sources are meat, eggs and dairy products. Vegetarians, vegans and children who don’t eat these foods, can have deficiencies of this nutrient. Seniors or anyone having difficulty with mood, nerves or sleep can benefit from B12 supplementation. Studies indicate a B12 deficiency doubles the risk of depression, and B12 may also help prevent Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. High doses of B12, administered under strict supervision, have produced good results in the treatment of sleep-wake disorders. Low levels of melatonin in the elderly may be related to low B12 status and supplementation may improve sleep quality, daytime alertness and concentration, while enhancing mood.

12 Reasons to recommend Sublingual B12 from Natural Factors

• Builds iron-rich, healthy red blood cells
• Protects the nervous system and all nerve endings
• Improves mood, prevent depression
• Enhances energy
• Supports DNA and RNA production
• Improves sleep quality
• Prevents dementia
• Supports a healthy heart
• Prevents pernicious anemia
• Supplements a vegetarian or vegan diet
• Enhances fetal development
• Easy to take and easily absorbed!



According to statistics around the world the number of seniors 65 years and older is expected to increase. This groups includes my parents which is why this topic is so important to me.  If you are like me, I want to make sure they are enjoying their later years, and pay attention to how they can maintain healthy and active lives.

Here are some tips for healthy living:

1) Keep them active

Encouraging our parents to stay active provides numerous benefits such as reducing the impact of illness and disease, improving mobility, flexibility and balance. An active lifestyle can also improve their sleep, reduce stress and encourage social interactions with likeminded people.

The social support from staying active can enhance their health status greatly. By joining a walking, dancing or biking group they can increase their social network.  It is beneficial to have friends and not only with people their age. It is important to interact with younger people too.  This has a positive effect by discouraging social isolation. Social isolation has been known to a risk factor for poorer general health.

You can also play a role in being active with your parents. It can be a round of golf, a walk around the block, or even dancing/playing a game like they used do for us when we were kids.

2) Healthy Foods

We all know that with age, the body changes. Appetites may decline and absorption of certain nutrients may also decrease. To adapt to changes in our parents it is important they consume a balance of healthy foods.

Encourage our parents to include in their diets:
- Healthy fats - from nuts, avocados, and fatty fish; for the maintenance of good health.
- Fibre and vitamins - from vegetables, fruits and whole grains. These will support digestion and cardiovascular health
- Protein - from beans, eggs, nuts, seeds, and chicken. Protein is needed for muscle and bone support.
-Water -plenty of water and other non-caffeinated beverages.

3) Support with natural products

Speak with you parents and/or their doctors about the changes in your parents health. Some products can benefit their health concerns related to cardivascular system the brain, the joints and the eyes.

Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oils are needed for the maintenance of good health, and also help support cardiovascular and brain health. These essential fatty acids have been shown to reduce serum triglycerides, promote healthy mood balance, and may be used in conjunction with conventional therapy, to help reduce the pain of rheumatoid arthritis in adults [1].

Coenzyme Q10 is an antioxidant needed for the maintenance of good health and helps maintain and/or support cardiovascular health [2].

Calcium supplementation, in combination with sufficient vitamin D intake, may reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis, in addition to a healthy diet and regular exercise [3].

Glucosamine helps relieve joint pain associated with osteoarthritis. It also helps protect against the deterioration of cartilage [4].

Lutein and zeaxanthin help reduce the risk of developing cataracts. They also maintain eyesight in conditions such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration [5].

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4) Regular checkups

Have your parents see their health care practitioner or doctor regularly to have check-ups. Early detection of health issues is so important in prevention and treatments of diseases.

5) Keep their minds sharp

Ask our them what they used to enjoy when they were young and (if safe) do it again!  Whether it's going to a concert, travelling, painting, or dancing, enjoy the excitment.  Or else try something new, whether it is learning a new language or improving computer skills, ongoing education is a great way to keep their minds sharp.

We all want our parents to live healthy and vibrant lives!

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[1]Health Canada. Natural Health Product – Fish Oil. Retrieved August 9, 2016 from
[2] Health Canada. Natural Health Product – Coenzyme Q10. Retrieved August 9, 2016 from
[3] Health Canada. Natural Health Product – Vitamin D. Retrieved August 9, 2016 from
[4] Health Canada. Natural Health Product – Glucosamine sulfate. Retrieved August 9, 2016 from
[5] Health Canada. Natural Health Product – Marigold Extract and Isolates (Lutein and Zeaxanthin). Retrieved August 9, 2016 from


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