July 28 was Parents’ Day! Give Them the Gift of Bone Health

One in every three individuals age 65 or older will suffer from a fall. These falls result in injuries as minor as a scratch but can be much worse resulting in hip fractures, head injuries and in some cases even death. Understanding who is at risk for falling and what steps to take to help prevent falls from occurring can be potentially life saving. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in older adults and 20 to 30 percent of falls result in moderate to severe injuries. 

The risk of falling increases with age and individuals 75 and older who suffer from a fall are more than 4 times as likely to be admitted into an elder care facility, if they are not currently residing in one. 

Though the outcomes of falls can be devastating, the risk of falling can be decreased with a few simple interventions. Scientists have linked a number of personal risk factors to falling. The greatest risk for falling, resulting in nearly 30 percent of all falls are accidents and a person’s environment. Many extrinsic factors such as bad lighting, staircases and uneven surface can be corrected to help eliminate falls. These are just a few of the many risk factors the elderly face on a daily basis.  

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention it is estimated that every 14 seconds a senior citizen is treated for injuries caused by a fall, every 29 minutes one of them dies following a fall.  That means that more than 5,000 fall-related injuries occur everyday in the United States and every year more than 2 million older individuals are admitted to the hospital for treatment. 

In 2012 it was reported that fall injuries cost over $36 billion and this number is expected to rise by $20 billion in the next six years.  

The graphic below shows the percentages of fatal and non-fatal fall injuries that occur in adults 65 and older. 

Other Risks Include:

  • Gait/Balance Issues
  • Weak Muscles or Fragile Bones
  • Dizziness
  • Vision Problems 
  • Confusion 
  • Certain Medications

Aging naturally causes bones to get weaker and more brittle, which may lead to weaker body support. Kirkman’s 60 to 90 Bone Health Advanced Formula is specially formulated to support strong bones and teeth and help maintain and/or improve bone strength for seniors. There is evidence in human intervention studies that vitamins K and D, a classic in bone metabolism, work synergistically to improve bone health. Boron is also included based on studies that indicate that boron improves body stores of calcium and magnesium and improves bone density. Boron accomplishes this by aiding the body’s retention of these minerals and limiting their urinary excretion.

If you missed our recent promotion for the Bone Health Advanced Formula for Parents’ Day, take this opportunity for another chance to get this great product! We are re-running our Buy One Get One Free promotion again on July 31, 2019.

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We’re Updating Our Labels!

Kirkman® has a new design for our labels. Over the next year, you will see more of Kirkman’s products relabeled with our new label design until we replace labels on all of our Kirkman® branded products.

 New elements of the new design include:

  • Gold banding to highlight important visual areas and information.
  • Icons or graphics that identify the free of status for six common allergens including gluten, casein, dairy, eggs, nuts and GMO.
  • More visible “Gluten Free” and content description text (i.e. 360 vegetarian capsules).
  • A QR code linked to Kirkman’s website.

You may see some products where an alpha designation has been added to the product number, which is strictly for Kirkman’s accounting of its market channel.

We will also be changing the bottle sizes of some products to consolidate our bottle inventory, which will result in faster delivery of products to you.

Perhaps the biggest design change is the replacement of our Ultra Tested® seal with our Purity Tested® seal that we think customers will understand and like better.  The new Purity Tested seal will certify the exact same protocol for testing 900+ environmental contaminants as our Ultra Tested® seal. 

Also, all product formulas will remain the same for each product number.     

We hope you like our new design and we’d like to know if you do. Please e-mail us your comments to webmaster@kirkmangroup.com.

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It’s World Microbiome Day – June 27 • Today Only – Take 50% Off Our Microbiome Line

Today is the 2nd annual World Microbiome Day!

A lot has been written about the human “microbiome,” the trillions of microorganisms including bacteria, fungi and viruses in the body, that scientists say may hold important answers for our health issues. 

But there’s more to the story about “microbiomes.”  These communities of bacteria also live in plants, animals and are ubiquitous in the environment.

Sponsors of World Microbiome Day hope to raise public and research interest in the importance of “microbes” and the positive impact they can have on the world. 

This event was launched by the SFI Research Centre APC Microbiome Ireland, a research center supported by the EU-funded project Microbiome Support and the European Food Information Council.  A full schedule of events is planned in countries around the world to celebrate World Microbiome Day.

The theme of this year’s event is “Antibiotic Resistance,” which according to organizers, was chosen to turn a spotlight on the fact that overuse and misuse of antibiotics can lead to bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics making them ineffective.

In the U.S., research interest in the microbiome has been, in large part, prompted by results of the Human Genome Project, a 13-year, $2.7 trillion initiative to map the human genome. During the long course of this international project, researchers became more aware that humans are not just a product of their genes but that our genetic material may also be importantly impacted by the genomes of the body’s bacterial inhabitants.

In 2017, Kirkman® introduced a three-product microbiome regime based on what most scientists agree is required for microbial balance, which involves removing microbes that could be problematic and adding good microbes that support a healthy microbiome.

These products include:

          

Microbiome Toxicity Control (#4538-120)

This product is a hypoallergenic blend of natural ingredients known to support the body’s detoxification pathways. These natural pathways are mechanisms for removing environmental contaminants, which can invade the body from toxins in the air, water, food or other environmental sources.

Microbiome Probiotic 8-Strain Blend (#4465-060)

Though a thorough genetic evaluation is needed to fully analyze the current state of a person’s microbiome, adding beneficial bacteria by taking a high strength probiotic is a strategic way of getting a good “head start” toward a healthy microbiome. The two most important groups of
beneficial bacteria residing in the intestines are the Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species, which this product features.

Microbiome Broad Spectrum Enzyme w/DPP-IV™ (#4234-120)

In situations where undigested protein fragments are left in the gut, a healthy microbiome can become unhealthy because of the disrupted messaging that has resulted. Individuals particularly sensitive to these undigested protein fragments can experience very negative responses, which often manifest themselves as pain or negative behavior. DPP-IV™ can support the digestion of these undigested protein fragments and help prevent these undesirable responses.

Microbiome Broad Spectrum Enzyme with DPP-IV™ provides a comprehensive “foundation” of supplemental enzymes to support optimal digestion. Each enzyme works independently, but also in a complementary role to optimally impact digestion of all dietary components.

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Kirkman® Adds CBD Hemp Oil Tincture to Its Hemp Oil Product Line

Kirkman® has just added CBD Full Spectrum Hemp Oil for Discomfort, Anxiety and Stress (#0978-001) to its hemp oil product line.  It offers full-spectrum hemp phytocannabinoid extract, with 16 mg of CBD (cannabidol) per serving.  The oil, which is coconut based, has a delicious vanilla/almond flavor.  It can be taken on the tongue or sublingually with the dropper provided.

Kirkman® tests its CBD oil for THC (so it’s below the legal limits), 950 environmental contaminants, 24 heavy metals and common allergens.   These laboratory tests ensure that our CBD oil is consistent from batch to batch.

Why Buy Kirkman’s Hemp Oil Products?
The quality of hemp oil products in the marketplace varies widely. Concerns of both
buyers and sellers of hemp oil products include:

    • consistency in efficacy – the product works one time and then not the next;
    • consistency in ingredients – contents that don’t match the label claim including more THC than stated; and,
    • unwanted contaminants from heavy metals and pesticides because of the organic nature of the ingredients.

Kirkman’s quality of cannabinoid (CBD) products is superior to other cannabinoid products in the marketplace because of the rigorous laboratory testing to which it is subjected.

Kirkman® applies its “Purity Tested 950+” laboratory testing protocols that require each hemp oil product to be tested for more than 950 environmental contaminants including pesticides and other potentially harmful chemicals and also 24 heavy metals. No other supplement company in the world offers this degree of purity testing.

Other products in our Kirkman’s hemp oil product line include: 

 

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Double the benefits: It’s Why We Put Vitamin D In Our Signature Probiotic

By Kulani Mahikoa
Executive Vice President
Kirkman Group, Inc.
 

Vitamin D and probiotics have great synergy.  Both are powerful immune system supporters and in the gut, when taken together, they strengthen each other’s health benefits.   

Kirkman’s Pro-Bio Gold™ with Vitamin D-3, offers our proprietary and most popular probiotic blend (Pro-Bio Gold™) with 1000 IUs of vitamin D-3. 

Studies have shown that the vitamin D pathway is potentially an important modifier of the effects of intestinal flora (probiotics) in the digestive tract.  For example, in one study, mice that lacked vitamin D receptors, which prohibited their ability to absorb vitamin D, showed compromised intestinal health.  Researchers also found a decrease in homing of T-cells to the gut affecting normal, healthy bacterial flora[1].

Conversely, if the gut is compromised by unhealthy bacteria, this can interfere with vitamin D metabolism and absorption[2].

Pro-Bio Gold with Vitamin D-3 offers seven strains of beneficial bacteria for broad spectrum coverage.  These include Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Bifidobacterium lactis, Lactobacillus casein, Lactobacillus plantarum and Streptococcus thermophiles.

According to the Environmental Working Group, based on a 2014 analysis of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), more than half of the general population is vitamin D deficient regardless of age[3]. A serving also offers more than the Institute of Medicine’s recommended daily intake (RDI) of vitamin D-3, which is 400 IUs, but in-line with its cautionary upper intake levels of 1,000 IUs for babies and toddlers and 4000 IUs for anyone 9 years of age or older. 


[1] Savidge, T. (2009). Faculty of 1000 evaluation for Failure of T cell homing, reduced CD4/CD8alphaalpha intraepithelial lymphocytes, and inflammation in the gut of vitamin D receptor KO mice. F1000 – Post-publication peer review of the biomedical literature. doi:10.3410/f.1145846.602931

[2] Harvard Health Publishing. (2018, May 23). 9 things that can undermine your vitamin D level. Retrieved from https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/9-things-that-can-undermine-your-vitamin-d-level

[3] Appendix B: Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies in the U.S. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.ewg.org/research/how-much-is-too-much/appendix-b-vitamin-and-mineral-deficiencies-us

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Are You Getting Enough Vitamins and Minerals? Research Shows that Most Americans Aren’t

By Kulani Mahikoa
Executive Vice President
Kirkman Group, Inc.
 

After years of cajoling by the food and nutrition industry to eat a balanced diet to get the nutrition we need to stay healthy – we aren’t.

What Nutrients Aren’t We Getting?

Whether because of our busy lives, ignorance or personal preference, Americans aren’t making healthy food choices, consequently we can’t rely on food to provide us with adequate nutrition.

Studies show, for example that about 75% of the US population (ages ≥1 year) do not consume the recommended intake of fruit, and more than 80% do not consume the recommended intake of vegetables[1]. Intakes of whole grains[2] are also well below current recommendations for all age groups, and dairy intake is below recommendations for those ages 4 years and older[3].

The most recent US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which surveyed 16,444 individuals four years and older, showed that 94.3% of the US population did not meet the daily requirement for vitamin D, 88.5% for vitamin E, 52.2% for magnesium, 44.1% for calcium, 43.0% for vitamin A, and 38.9% for vitamin C. For the nutrients in which a requirement has not been set, 100% of the population had intakes lower than the allowable intakes for potassium, 91.7% for choline, and 66.9% for vitamin K. The prevalence of inadequacies was also low for all the B vitamins and several minerals, including copper, iron, phosphorus, selenium, sodium, and zinc.  This survey also confirmed that we love sugar and salt too much – and we consume way more than what’s good for us.

A Role for Dietary Supplements

The data points to the important role that dietary supplements can have in helping us get the daily vitamins and minerals we need[4].

We recommend that you start with a multi-vitamin that offers a broad spectrum of vitamins and nutrients.  Kirkman® offers a wide variety of multi-vitamin/mineral products as well most vitamins and minerals in several forms (capsule, tablet, powder or liquid) and various strengths.

To develop a more targeted personal nutritional program, we recommend that you start with a nutritional status lab test that will tell you exactly what are your nutrient levels.  You can either ask your doctor to prescribe the lab test or buy a home test kit.  They are readily available on the Internet.  This will give you great information on what vitamins and minerals you personally need to address.  Kirkman® also offers a wide selection of both single vitamins and minerals to address specific nutrient shortfalls that you may need to address.


[1] US Department of Health and Human Services and US Department of Agriculture. 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans December 2015. Available at: https://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/. Accessed 4/23/18.

[2] Whole Grains. (2019, January 2). Retrieved from https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/food-beverages/whole-grains

[3] Bailey RL, Fulgoni VL, 3rd, Keast DR, Dwyer JT. Examination of vitamin intakes among US adults by dietary supplement use. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2012;112(5):657-663 e654.  (PubMed)

[4] Micronutrient Inadequacies in the US Population: an Overview. (2019, June 14). Retrieved from https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/micronutrient-inadequacies/overview

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Recipes for Great Summer Picnics

Things are finally starting to feel like summer!  The kids are getting out of school, the weather is warming up, and the days are getting longer.  Summer is a great time to refresh, slow down and reboot from your usual hectic schedule! 

 

What better way to kick-start the summer than by planning a family picnic?  It’s a chance to enjoy the weather, add a twist to family lunch or dinner and the best part?  Very little time spent in the kitchen!  Take a look at these great picnic ideas to try out this summer that are guaranteed to be lasting memories for years to come!

 

Here is a great, light summer salad that is quick and easy to make.  It is a great dish to take to a BBQ or on a picnic.  Add personal servings in a Mason jar for easy serving, and top with your favorite dressing or this homemade Jalapeño dressing!

 

Grilled Chicken Avocado Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds chicken breast, grilled and diced
  • 2 avocados, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1-cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1-cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½-cup corn kernels (if canned – drained, if frozen – thawed) (Optional)
  • ½-cup diced white onion
  • ¼-cup thinly sliced fresno peppers, deseeded

 

Jalapeños Dressing

Ingredients:

  • 2-cups greek yogurt
  • 2 jalapeños, roughly chopped
  • 1 large handful of cilantro
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-teaspoon salt
  • ⅛-teaspoon black pepper
  • Juice of 2 limes

 

Directions:

  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse until well combined. Set aside.
  2. Combine all salad ingredients and 1-cup of salad dressing in a large bowl, or individual serving in a Mason jar. Gently toss until the ingredients are coated in dressing.
  3. Cover and refrigerate.

 

What picnic is complete without a sandwich of some kind?  We’ve added a twist with these pinwheels that are a kid-favorite and so easy to make!  An added bonus is they are easy to customize, which means each member of the family can have their own favorite ingredients!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1-cup turkey, or favorite sandwich meat
  • 4-ounces baby spinach
  • 1-cup hummus
  • 7-ounces red pepper, roasted (optional)
  • 4 gluten-free tortillas or flatbread

 

Directions:

  1. Take one gluten-free tortilla and spread hummus
  2. Layer the turkey, baby spinach and red peppers as flat as possible
  3. Tightly roll the tortilla.  Cut into pieces. Enjoy!

 

Take a look at this quick and easy dessert recipe that you can make ahead of time!  Cut into bite-sized pieces for an even more convenient picnic dessert.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½-cups Paskesz Real Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 2-teaspoons coconut oil
  • ¾-cup vegan gluten free brown rice crisp cereal

 

Directions:

  1. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or wax paper. Set aside at room temperature.
  2. Melt the chocolate using the double boiler method, or do the following: add chocolate chips and coconut oil to a medium, microwave-safe bowl (large enough to add cereal later). Heat in 20-second increments until softened, stirring in between heating increments, until smooth.
  3. Add cereal to melted chocolate. Using a rubber spatula, stir and fold until well incorporated. Pour this mixture into the prepared baking pan. Using the spatula, smooth into an even layer.
  4. Transfer the pan into the freezer and freeze for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Remove from freezer and allow to thaw for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Cut into squares and enjoy!

 

 

An easy go-to option for any summer dessert is a nice, seasonal fruit salad!  You can add you and your family’s favorite fruit and mix it up in a big bowl and enjoy a healthy and sweet option.  To mix things up, try making fruit skewers!  You can add your favorite fruit to a skewer pack into your picnic!

 

We’d love to hear if you have tried any of the recipes included in the Kirkman Family Newsletter!  Let us know what you think, or post a photo on our Facebook Page!

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