|Dr. Susan Kleiner,PhD,RD,FACN,CNS,FISS|
Digestive Health and Skin Care with Dr. Susan KleinerOn Wednesday February 21, 2013 I was privy to a webinar hosted by USANA Health Sciences that featured a talk on Digestive Health and Skin Care by Dr. Susan Kleiner who has an impressive set of initials next to her name. She holds a Phd, is a Registered Dietician, Fellow of International Sports Science, a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition and CNS. This a person who loves what they do and works as a consultant with Olympic and elite athletes to help them get and stay on track in their nutritional and performance needs. She is a Silver Director with Usana Health Sciences.
In a metaphor I have not been able to shirk for days, Dr. Kleiner began her illustrative talk explaining that digestion for the human being actually begins in the mouth and continues via "one long tube". She made a strong case that humans are essentially one long tube encased by the skin which acts as a passage way from the outside environment to the inner one. While it was a bit odd thinking of myself in that way, there was no denying that my awareness of my own gastro intestinal digestive tract became heightend this past week. Science can certainly be good for a kind of detachment from identification with the body in the way it picks systems apart.
Complexity of Absorption
accomplished before food enters the duodenum or at least should if you have spent an adequate amount of time chewing your food properly. While "wolfing" down your food down may occur from time to time, it's important to remember that we are not wolves thus we need to chew our food well so as not to suffer from indigestion.
The Landscape of the Body
So What Does This Have to Healthy With Skin? It's ProbioticsDr. Kleiner pointed out that we don't want to be absorbing contaminants but with so many of us living in urban areas what can be done? Probiotics work together with our immune system and probiotic cells are most heavily concentrated in the gut. They provide anti fungal, anti viral and anti bacterial protection, forming a physical barrier to hinder the invasion of yeasts and bacteria. Probiotic cells also share their genes with our digestive tract as they have a symbiotic relationship. Eating probiotic foods such as kimchee, pickled products, whole probiotic yoghurts help keep the healthy bacteria in balance. According to Kleiner, the two strains of cultures found in USANA probiotics have proven to be the most efficacious in study after study. So while it may look impressive to have several cultures in a probiotic, this doesn't mean that they are actually doing you much good. Inuline is important and found in Fibergy plus. Flax seeds are a good source of inuline and she recommends 1 to 2 tablespoons daily.
For Dr. Kleiner using USANA's Probiotic is a "non - negotiable" item for her patients and recommends it be taken every other day. It can be taken in water or in food although the temperature of the food should not be hot to preserve the beneficial properties of the strains. Grueling travel, hotel stays, variances in food quality and water can make a person uncomfortable and not feeling their best while on the road. The probiotics boosts the bodies ability to not only digest but keep a healthy balance of "bad" and "good" probiotics in the GI tract. If a person is experiencing bloating or gas the Digestive Enzyme is recommended. If fiber is an issue the Fibergy Plus is an excellent product because it provides the bulk the body needs in the form of insoluble fiber, and choline, a B vitamin essential as a neuro - transmitter. Every time you move or have a thought, choline or the lack of it, plays a role. Although I am not an egg eater myself, Dr. Kleiner pointed out that the idea that egg yolks contribute to high cholesterol is a fallacy and that as a nation we suffer from a choline deficiency by - 50%. This is an interesting observation given the increased statistics for Alzheimers and the amont of egg yolks dumped down the drain. Soy lecithin is another way to get adequate amounts of choline in the diet to insure that your noggin and motor skills function optimally. Choline also helps move nutrients into the cells and toxins or waste matter out.
MyHealthpak Beauty Edition and Sense Skin CareIn conclusion, Dr. Kleiner recommends Usana's MyHealthpak Beauty Edition and the Sense Skin care line for strong hair, nails, vision and healthy skin. The MyHealthpak Beauty Edition contains;
- Procosa a non- animal based version of chondontrin which is an anti -
inflammatory and important for skin health
- CoQ 100 important for maintaining metabolic function as we age
- Visionex for healthy eyes - the highest concentration of lutein is in the eye Adequate amounts help prevent macular degeneration and
loss of vision
- Proflavanol C 200- A hybrid formula patented by USANA that provides the cells with optimal bioflavanoids and C for the skin which has many demands placed upon it and has a high cell turnover.
- The topical nutrition that Sense skin care provides in the form of DSR
technology, Regenisomes, Proflavanol - T, Proteo - C help repair the skin.
The packaging is designed to not attract bacteria that can turn into
inflammation or acne.
Tips: Be sure to eat High Fiber foods daily such as carrots,winter
squash, dates, tomatoes, romaine, Bibb or Boston lettuce, whole grains
and cereals, fresh fruit with skin on it like apples, pears, fruit juices with the pulp, cabbage, yams and sweet potatoes. Feeding your skin with foods rich in anti oxidants such as almonds, dark chocolate, tomatoes, and rich in omega 3 fatty acids are a must. And don't forget the pickles!