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WE KNOW THAT HEALTH AND VITALITY START IN THE GUT, BUT WHY IS THE MICROBIOME SO IMPORTANT?
Firstly, lets understand the term ‘MICROBIOME’. It is a symbiotic community of microorganisms that populate our skin, eyes, mouth, nose, ears and most importantly our gut.
Balancing this healthy colony of bacteria (microorganisms) is not only critical to help us survive but also to thrive. The gut is often referred to as the second brain and some would argue it controls more than our actual brain. Therefore, like our brain… its super important that we look after it or it may not support us when we need it most.
Our gut health and the microbiome influence nutrient absorption, hormone balance, inflammation and detoxification. An unhealthy gut may lead to many health concerns. These could include bloating, constipation or diarrhea, skin conditions, hormonal abnormalities, mood disturbances, lowered libido, weight gain, poor sleep, low energy, hair loss or unwanted growth, blood sugar imbalance, inflammation and much more.
Vitality Switch™ has been carefully created using the highest quality, locally sourced and (where possible) organic ingredients to help support the growth and proliferation of good bacteria while selectively eliminating the bad bugs.
It also helps to provide our growing micronutrient demands and aid in healing gut permeability (leaky gut) which often leads to inflammation, hormone dysregulation and ill health.
WHAT IS LEAKY GUT AND WHY IS IT SUCH A BAD THING?
Absorbing nutrients from digested food into our body and keeping toxins and chemicals out is one of the main roles of our Gastrointestinal Tract (GI). However, when the permeability of the gut wall becomes compromised (Leaky Gut) and larger particles of undigested food, endogenous toxins like Lipopolysaccharides (LPS) and chemicals from our environment get into our blood stream, the health of our body can rapidly decline.
Essentially these large undigested food particles and toxins are not recognized by our body and we consider them invaders or foreign objects.
Ever wondered how you can eat something your whole life and feel fine, then one day you don’t?
This may be because a large undigested particle of that very food has gotten into your blood stream as your gut wall has deteriorated. Now your body has reacted by setting off an inflammatory immune response to destroy this invader.
We need to eliminate these pro-inflammatory foods (See our article “5 worst foods for gut health”) and replace them with nutrient rich gut healing wholefoods like those found in Vitality Switch™.
WHY USE MARINE COLLAGEN IN VITALITY SWITCH™?
Collagen has been consumed for millions of years by our hunter gatherer ancestors. In fact, bone marrow was often a prized part of the hunt and fishermen would make bone broth (soup) from the remains of the fish bones and skin because they instinctively knew of the healing properties of collagen.
This unique protein is high in hydroxy proline and glycine which helps rebuild connective tissue. This includes bones, ligaments, tendons, skin, hair, nails, and most importantly… the gut!!
Wild Caught Deep Sea Marine Collagen was intentionally selected because it is more sustainable, has less impact on the environment and up to 150% more bioavailable than bovine or porcine collagen.
In Vitality Switch™ we use the skin and bones of wild caught deep sea snapper that have been harvested for meat. This means there is virtually no impact on the environment. Our marine collagen has a molecular weight much smaller (less than 2000 Daltons) than other collagen types which allows for the greater absorption. It also contains significantly higher naturally occurring Hydroxyproline which plays the most critical role in tissue regeneration.
But Don’t We Produce Enough Collagen From The Protein We Consume?
We are born with an abundance of collagen and we keep producing it into our late 20’s and early 30’s. However, after this age our collagen production starts to decline, right around the time the first wrinkles start to appear, our mobility starts to suffer, or our gut health starts to play up.
After age 30, our collagen level drops 1%-2% every year.
By age 40, we have lost 10%-20% of our collagen. By 50, we are down 20%-40%. By the time we hit 60 – well, you get the picture. The way we look, feel and function starts to really suffer.
Therefore, it’s critically important to start supplementing with collagen as early as possible to reduce the degradation of our own collagen and support the demand for this essential protein.
Its even more important to make sure you get high quality absorbable collagen like that found in Vitality Switch™.
WHY IS GLUTAMINE USED IN VITALITY SWITCH™?
Glutamine is great for muscle recovery which is an important part of why you would use Vitality Switch™. It also helps support brain function, your immune system and gut health.
Glutamine is a conditionally essential amino acid that helps feed the cells of your gut wall the energy they need to repair and rebuild. Glutamine helps remove a toxic by product called ammonia and modulates LPS which may lead to a reduction in inflammation in the intestinal tract.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE SUPER GREENS BLEND USED IN VITALITY SWITCH™?
Vitality Switch™ is all about bringing back your VITALITY!! To achieve this heightened level of exuberance and liveliness you are going to need sufficient micronutrients.
Micronutrients are responsible for thousands of biological processes of health and wellness. One of these is energy metabolism. In fact, macronutrients (carbs, protein and fats) are of little value if you are chronically deficient in micronutrients. You simply won’t digest them, absorb them or use them to their fullest.
The biologically active naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, polyphenols, tannins, proanthocyanins, lignin’s, chlorophyll, isothiocyanates, sulforaphanes and other antioxidants found in our Super Greens Blend, are going to help revitalize your body and transform the way you look, feel and function from the inside out.
WHAT IS THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE SUPER GREENS BLEND AND NRF2 DETOXIFICATION?
Firstly, lets discuss what Nrf2 (Nuclear factor like-2) is and how it benefits the human body. Nrf2 increases the expression of powerful endogenous antioxidant proteins (glutathione, superoxide dismutase etc) that protect against oxidative damage triggered by stress, toxicity, mould, injury, inflammation and more.
Without the proper activation of Nrf2 our body would quickly become a toxic soup of inflammatory compounds that disrupt our bodies balance and we would spiral into a rapid state of disease.
Aging and high levels of physical, chemical and emotional stress are associated with the loss of progesterone in women and testosterone in men. When these key hormones are depleted it causes an imbalance of estrogen in the body. This state of estrogen dominance is one of the major factors associated with degenerative disease processes, weight gain, lethargy, low mood, anxiety, decreased libido, headaches, thyroid dysfunction and much more.
Vitality Switch™ contains a Super Green blend plus turmeric which is high in naturally occurring compounds that help maintain proper Nrf2 activation. This leads to better detoxification, reduced inflammation and a reduction in DNA damage which then leads to better cell function creating a healthier, happier and more vibrant human being.
WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS USED IN VITALITY SWITCH™?
Medicinal Mushrooms have been used in traditional remedies for centuries.
Vitality Switch contains a blend of 7 different organic medicinal mushrooms that have been clinically proven to help humans adapt to the increasing level of stress in our environment. This mushroom blend of Cordyceps, Reishi, Shiitake, Lions Mane, Turkey Tail, Chaga and King Trumpet are high in naturally occurring beta glucans, l-ergothioneine, erinacines, polysaccharides, anthraquinones and phenolic compounds.
These super fungi help enhance our body’s immune response and support natural healthy cell turnover. In doing so they may reduce the signs of ageing, improve gut health, enhance detoxification, support brain function, reduce inflammation, improve blood sugar management, regulate cortisol, balance cholesterol, improve cardiac output and so much more.
Medicinal Mushrooms are a unique, healthy and beneficial way to help achieve true vitality. This makes them a perfect addition to Vitality Switch™.
WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE ADDED TO VITALITY SWITCH™ TO ENHANCE DIGESTION AND NUTRIENT ABSORPTION?
With every product we produce we take a holistic approach to solving a health, wellness and performance problem.
With Vitality Switch™ we have provided a nutrient dense superfood blend to support your goals. However, why stop there.
What if we could also enhance the absorption of nutrients from your own foods on top of what we have supplied?
Now that really would provide VITALITY!!
To achieve this, we have added a carefully considered blend of digestive enzymes containing Lipase, Protease, Bromelain and Papain. Lipase will help breakdown your LCFA’s (Long Chain Fatty Acids) into MCT’s and SCT’s. This not only boosts bioavailability but enhances the health benefits of those fats.
Proteins can be difficult molecules for our gut to dismantle into smaller more usable peptides or amino acids. The addition of protease will enhance your body’s digestion and assimilation of protein for greater cell regeneration, recovery and healthy hormone production.
Bromelain and Papain have also been added to help with digestion and support the reduction of inflammation systemically. There are dozens of peer reviewed studies supporting the health promoting benefits of these naturally occurring proteolytic enzymes.
Both have been used traditionally to reduce the symptoms of bloating, gas and flatulence, swelling of the bowel and for natural pain relief. Therefore, they may provide benefit to people suffering with irritable bowel (IBS), crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, coeliac disease and general gut discomfort.
CAN VITALITY SWITCH™ HELP FIGHT SIBO (SMALL INTESTINAL BACTERIA OVERGROWTH), PARASITES, H-PYLORI AND OTHER BAD BUGS?
In a word YES!
We have added natural anti-bacterial herbs including Oregano and Rosemary for this reason. Both plants contain antioxidant compounds that help kill infections, bacteria and viruses. That means they are particularly helpful at preventing or reducing the symptomatic relief of colds, flus, food poisoning and other pathogenic health issues that could adversely affect your gut.
The naturally high levels of carvacrol and carnosol in these two herbs enhance liver detoxication, support bile production for better digestion, improve blood sugar management and help with apoptosis of mutagenic cells. This means they may reduce pre-cancerous cells and help regenerate new youthful healthy cells… truly bringing back your VITALITY!!
IS IT IMPORTANT TO REBUILD THE GOOD BACTERIA WITH PROBIOTICS?
Like any successful army… once you take out the bad guys (bad bacteria) you want to put some peace keepers (good bacteria) in place. This strategy is sometimes referred to as a weed and refeed approach as you are weeding out the bad and refeeding the good.
We have carefully and specifically chosen three incredibly healthy bacteria for their synergistic nature. Firstly, Saccharomyces boulardii was chosen for many reasons including its Candida killing benefits. With our population rapidly increasing in candida overgrowth leading to inflammation, irritating skin conditions, brain fog, poor gut health and hormonal dysfunction, you will find S. boulardii to be your frontline defence in supporting your gut health and microbiome.
Secondly, we’ve added Lactobacillus rhamnosus. This super healthy pro-biotic has some incredible research behind it for multiple health concerns including the prevention of weight gain, improved blood sugar management, enhanced liver function and gut health. It may also kill and stop the adherence of Candida as well as Clostridium difficile that can lead to colitis and diarrhea.
L. rhamnosus may also help populate our Bacteroidetes. These are the good bacteria that may be responsible for improving micronutrient absorption and reducing the incidence of weight gain, obesity and diabetes.
Finally, we couldn’t go past the patented Lactospore®. This Bacillus coagulans MTCC 5856 is a strain of good bacteria that has more than a dozen published studies supporting its health benefits. This unique strain produces natural anti-biotic like compounds called bacteriocins which knock out the bad bugs and support the good.
Lactospore® is particularly helpful in the production of B vitamins and the management of healthy cholesterol. In addition to this several studies have shown B. coagulans may reduce the symptoms of irritating skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. B. coagulans It is often found in traditional foods such as Sauerkraut, Kimchi and some yoghurts.
The most important thing all three of these probiotics above have in common is their ability to defeat pathogens that are intent on causing you harm and support the good bacteria that will enhance the way you look, feel and function.
They are very tolerant to harsh environments which means they do not require refrigeration. In fact, you could even cook with them.
WHAT ELSE IS ADDED TO VITALITY SWITCH™ TO HELP WITH ABSORPTION AND BIO-AVAILABILITY?
It is important that all these super nutrients get absorbed so they can produce all the benefits discussed. To ensure this happens we have added Shilajit and Quercetin.
Shilajit is a fluvic and humic mineral compound that provides all the microminerals required to enhance the bioavailability of wholefoods.
It is a natural anti-inflammatory which may help reduce the symptoms of IBS and joint pain. It has also been shown to support healthy sex hormone production which may bring back your passion and fire. This is the essence of Vitality Switch™.
Quercetin is a powerful anti-oxidant that has biofilm disrupting benefits which will enhance nutrient absorption and reduce inflammation.
Let’s take a step back and ask the question… what is biofilm? A biofilm is formed by extracellular polymers that act like a glue and create a physical barrier around colonizing bad bacteria, parasites, fungus, etc.
Once a pathogen colonizes and begins to form biofilm, it becomes harder to detect and remove; especially the longer it is present.
Not only do biofilms shield the pathogen from our own immune system but they also accelerate the growth and dispersion of the pathogen throughout the GI tract. Simultaneously they provide an environment for new pathogens to attach and grow while they prevent the absorption of nutrients.
As quercetin and several other compounds in Vitality Switch™ breakdown the biofilm and assist in the removal of these bad bacteria, you will naturally enhance your nutrient absorption resulting in greater health and VITALITY!!
IS THERE ANYTHING IN VITALITY SWITCH™ TO IMPROVE YOUTHFULNESS, REVERSE MENTAL DECLINE AND REDUCE BRAIN FOG?
For sure… the whole formula!
Vitality Switch™ is full of the planets most powerful anti-oxidants. This means reduced oxidative stress on all cells including DNA. If we reduce the damage to our DNA and telomeres we are more likely to reduce the speed of age related decline both physically and mentally.
Astragalus membranaceus root is plant that has thousands of years of traditional use in Chinese medicine as a Qi tonifier. This means it boosts ‘life energy’ or ‘life force’. It is also a powerful adaptogen and immune enhancer with many other well researched benefits including reduced shortening of telomer length and memory enhancement.
Astragalus also enhances performance, supports recovery and reduces fatigue… giving you back your VITALITY in the gym, on the court or in the park.
Why Is There No Barley Grass Or Wheat Grass In Vitality Switch™ Like Most Other Green Formulas?
Wheat and Barley have only recently been cultivated and included in our diet from an evolutionary perspective. They weren’t part of our main food supply until approximately 1200 – 7500 years ago.
Even during this time there is no record of them being eaten as grass. In fact, grasses (barley and wheat included) were left for the ruminants (sheep, cattle, pigs, goats etc) to forage since they have four stomach chambers which enable them to digest grass in a way humans cannot.
The addition of Barley and Wheat Grass is relatively recent health kick that started with Charles Schnabel around 80 years ago. He and some colleagues discovered that these forms of cereal grass reached peak nutrient density for just a few days in early spring. This was termed “The Jointing Stage” and the grass must be harvested at this particular time and quickly dried or frozen to preserve the nutrients.
We are not convinced these practices still take place today and we are not confident the addition of grasses from cereal grains is the best way to bring back your vitality.
As a side benefit… leaving grass for the sheep, cows and horses means Vitality Switch™ doesn’t have that distinctive lawn clipping taste that many other Green supplements do. 😊
IS VITALITY SWITCH™ 100% NATTY (NATURAL)?
The entire Switch Nutrition™ range contains zero artificial sweeteners, colours, preservatives or additives. We pride ourselves on helping not harming.
IS VITALITY SWITCH™ GLUTEN, LACTOSE & SOY-FREE?
The entire Switch Nutrition™ range contains zero gluten, soy or lactose. We find these food allergens may be the cause of numerous health conditions for many people. For this reason, we test every single batch for contamination so we can guarantee these substances are not present in our products.
DOES VITALITY SWITCH™ CONTAIN ANY ADDED SUGAR?
However, some of the plants and herbs contain naturally occurring polysaccharides to support immune function and boost your vitality.
IS VITALITY SWITCH™ KETO FRIENDLY?
The entire Switch Nutrition™ range contains zero added sugar so can all be used on a Ketogenic of Low Carb High Fat diet.
WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM USING VITALITY SWITCH™?
Anyone looking to…
CAN I USE VITALITY SWITCH™ IF I AM PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING?
Even though Vitality Switch™ is a Natural whole food formula. You would need to check with your primary care provider before using any nutritional supplementation.
CAN CHILDREN USE VITALITY SWITCH™?
Unfortunately we cannot recommend Vitality Switch™ for children under the age of 15. You would need to check with their primary care provider.
WHAT TIME OF THE DAY SHOULD I USE VITALITY SWITCH™?
Anytime you are looking for a healthy boost. We recommend using it upon rising or with your first meal of the day.
HOW MUCH OF EACH INGREDIENT IS CONTAINED IN VITALITY SWITCH™?
Every Switch Nutrition product is completely 100% open label. This means all ingredients are fully disclosed at the actual level used.
Many other companies suggest that proprietary blends (where they hide the actual levels of ingredients) are needed to protect their intellectual property. We are so confident in the superior quality achieved through our ingredient selection process that we do not need to hide behind proprietary blends.
CAN I USE VITALITY SWITCH™ WITH ANYTHING ELSE FOR GREATER BENEFITS?
You can add Vitality Switch™ to Amino Switch™ for superior muscle recovery and regeneration. You could also mix Vitality Switch™ with Adrenal Switch™ before bed to help your overnight recovery and detoxification processes.
You may even consider adding Vitality Switch™ into Keto Switch™ then sipping it during Intermittent Feasting (IF) to further help promote apoptosis of mutagenic cells and support micronutrient demand.
CAN I ADD VITALITY SWITCH™ TO MY PROTEIN SHAKE TO MAKE IT INTO A SNACK REPLACEMENT?
If you are going to have a protein shake between meals as a snack it will generally be deficient in micronutrients and Vitality Switch™ will be a great way to make up for this. You might even like to make some tasty protein bliss balls using Vitality Switch™, Adrenal Switch™ and other whole food ingredients.
CAN I COOK OR HEAT VITALITY SWITCH™?
While the probiotics used in Vitality Switch™ are shelf stable up to 50oC. We wouldn't recommend intentionally heating the product beyond this temperature.
CAN I USE MORE THAN ONE SERVING OF VITALITY SWITCH™ PER DAY?
If you are under significant physical or emotional stress, or lacking dietary micronutrients then you can have up to three serves per day to provide additional nutritional support your body needs.
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