Are You Fit to Survive These Trying Times? with Kat James and Antoinette Caruso

In summary:

–   An excess of environmental toxins and the overuse of pharmaceuticals may contribute to chemical imbalances and gut damage.

–   An imbalanced immune system may be unresponsive to probiotics, but colostrum may help to promote gut health and recolonize the gut with healthy bacteria.

–   Colostrum with liposomal delivery, used in conjunction with fermented foods, is one lifestyle strategy to encourage gut health.

–   Along with colostrum supplementation, eating a balanced diet that focuses on organic foods can lay the foundation for core immune resilience and good health.

Surviving in these difficult times comes with its own challenges, but an overuse of pharmaceuticals, the prevalence of environmental toxins, and inaccessibility to organic, clean food and water can cause problems in the gut and overall health. Kat James spoke with nutritionist Antoinette Caruso to learn more about the importance of colostrum and nutrition in maintaining homeostasis (balance).

Caruso discussed her experience following her husband’s passing which was impacted by the use of pharmaceuticals. She studied Western herbalism and Chinese medicine, gaining certifications as a nutritional therapy practitioner and gluten practitioner. Her practice focuses on prescribing foods and nutrients as alternatives to pharmaceuticals. In her study and practice, Caruso has found that the overuse of common pharmaceuticals may contribute to biochemical imbalances and disrupt core resilience.

According to Caruso, Western medicine can be reductionist and singularly minded, which often results in the over-prescription of pills and pharmaceuticals. These effects become even more pronounced when there are excess toxins in the environment. The combination may wear down the microbiome, which may then contribute to health issues. Looking to ancient diets and modalities shows that proper eating played a crucial role in maintaining health and promoting a healthy internal environment. An excess of antibiotics, prescription drugs, and other synthetic medications may contribute to imbalances within the body.

Without that basic balance within the immune system, even taking probiotics may be ineffective. Rebuilding or regaining that balance within the immune system and gut can be problematic. While eating right is the key, not all foods are created equal. For example, fruits and vegetables that are not grown in organic soil may contain trace amounts of glyphosate, a common type of herbicide. This can potentially harm the gut microbiota and cause health issues.

Much of the processes within the body and immune system come down to bacteria, but many people may not have enough bacteria or the right bacteria to support healthy immune function. Caruso recommends starting with taking colostrum supplements. Colostrum may help to promote healing within the gut and support the growth of “good” bacteria. Along with colostrum supplements, Caruso suggests recolonizing bacteria within the gut with the right foods. Those who are metabolically challenged may also want to reconsider bread, grains, and carbohydrates in general. These foods get converted into sugars, which may harm gut bacteria populations, cause blood sugar fluctuations, and contribute to vulnerabilities.

Colostrum can be taken as foundational supplement and be included in an overall healthy nutrition plan, and Caruso stresses the importance of getting colostrum that contains growth factors. Certain colostrum supplements may not contain growth factors, which oxidize over time, reducing their efficacy. Non-liposomal colostrum supplements also degrade and break down in the stomach before they can reach the gut and produce their effect, which is why Caruso recommends colostrum supplements that use a liposomal delivery system, like Colostrum-LD from Sovereign Laboratories. With liposomal delivery, colostrum particles are enveloped in a layer creating a liposome, a type of lipid, or fat. This stabilizes the colostrum and reduces oxidation. The lipid layer also protects the colostrum from the stomach acids and enzymes, allowing the components to reach the gut intact. 

To take colostrum, Caruso recommends taking one tablespoon on an empty stomach in the morning, which allows it to bypass stomach acids and reach the gut. That means no food for twenty minutes after taking the colostrum. From there, you may take another tablespoon at night, right before bed. This allows the colostrum’s growth factors to be most effective while the body is undergoing its normal regenerative processes during sleep.

Colostrum’s unique combination of proteins, enzymes, protease inhibitors, lactoferrin, growth factors and other nutrients make it a multifunctional supplement for physical health and well-being. Mental and emotional health are also important to core resiliency. Serotonin, dopamine, and other chemicals involved in balancing mood are synthesized in the gut. Toxins, a leaky gut, and other issues can prevent proper synthesis of these mood hormones, but colostrum helps nourish the gut bacteria that are responsible for synthesizing these hormones and the B vitamins. Sealing the junctions in a leaky gut can help to prevent the absorption of toxins and toxins from “bad” bacteria into the bloodstream. Probiotics also play an important role in gut health. These can be obtained from supplements or fermented foods. Combining fermented foods with colostrum can promote good gut health, which may then contribute to positive changes in the brain and central nervous system.

Bovine colostrum has generated a lot of interest for its potential influence on human health. Clinical studies are accumulating data which may influence and increase its use as foundational supplement that everyone can take to support immune resiliency and whole-body homeostasis.

Learn more about colostrum or try Colostrum-LD for yourself.