Probiotics-Therapy for Overall Health

Good Gut Solution interviewed Kiran Krishnan this week on all the latest research and findings on the Microbiome.

Kiran Krishnan, Microbiologist

Kiran Krishnan is a Microbiologist & Chief Scientific Officer of Microbiome Labs. Kiran is a frequent lecturer on the Human Microbiome at Medical and Nutrition Conferences worldwide. He is currently involved in 4 clinical trials on probiotics and how they relate to overall health.

Over the last 12 years Kiran has been focused on the study of the Human Microbiome.

I was grateful to have the chance to talk with Kiran about his latest research and ask him some important questions about his current understanding of the microbiome.

We have a lot of new information that we’ll be sharing  with you over the next coming weeks.

What are the newest findings on the Human Microbiome?

As you know, there are trillions of bacteria living in your gut.  Most of these trillion microorganisms have been there practically from the day you were born. What you may not know, however, is exactly how they have a profound effect on your health.

When your gut is out of order, it is a primary cause of many non-infectious diseases such as autoimmunity, allergies, asthma, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. ​​​​​​​

  • 100 trillion microorganisms occupy your gut
  • 99% of reactions for human function are controlled by your gut. 
  • 80% of your immune tissue is found in the gastrointestinal tract.

Overwhelming scientific evidence illustrates the critical role these microbes play in both the function and dysfunction of the immune system and overall well being.

We asked Kiran why probiotics are such an important therapy for overall health. Here’s what he had to say.

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Fermentation – It’s Good For the Gut

Fermented foods are all the rage these days. Just go to any farmer’s market and you’ll find at a least a few vendors selling fermented vegetables, pickled kimchi’s, kombucha and gut ciders.

How do these fermented foods help improve your gut health?

It helps to think of the process used to create fermented foods as the same process your gut uses to digest foods. Think of your digestion as your internal fermentation system.

Historically the fermentation process was used as a method to preserve foods. It’s history goes back thousands of years and across many cultures.  The fermentation process works by producing short chain fatty-acids which prohibit harmful bacteria from growing.

At the same time these short-chain fatty acids produce the ideal pH to encourage good bacteria to grow.

This is the reason adding fermented foods and probiotics to your diet is a great way to improve the environment in your gut.

One probiotic on the market, Dr. Ohhira’s Professional Formula, takes this fermentation process a step further by feeding their 12 strains of bacteria for five years.

We talked with Ross Pelton, the scientist for Dr. Ohhira’s probiotics, about the fermentation process and how it works in our digestive system.

 

He says that the first step in changing your ‘pathobiome’ (unhealthy microbiome) into a healthy microbiome is to change the environment.

You need to replace the environment by changing the acid balance so it’s no longer favorable to bad bacteria.

Listen to more of Dr. Ross Pelton’s interviews on the microbiome by clicking here.

Stay tuned for our next segment in a few weeks.

 

Ross Pelton’s Video Series on the Human Microbiome & Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics

Good Gut Solution Health Corner

Culinary Expert and Health Coach, Sheryl Cohen interviews doctors, authors,

nutritionists, wellness experts, and other prominent leaders in the probiotics

and natural health arena.

The Human Microbiome & Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic Formulas

We are excited to share our Microbiome Series with you where we interview Ross Pelton, the Scientific Director for Essential Formulas. He is a Health Longevity Coach, pharmacist and clinical nutritionist.

Ross is a true expert on pharmaceutical drugs and their life-altering side effects. He helps his clients integrate the best of both worlds to achieve improvement in their health.

In addition, Ross  is also a clinical nutritionist and helps people with diet, nutrition and natural therapies. He truly is an expert in his field.

He is  an author of 6 books on multiple health subjects focusing on the topic of drug-induced nutrient depletions.

He shares with us exciting new information on gut health, the Microbiome and the Pathobiome.

If you want to change your Microbiome these videos will explain how you can create and maintain a healthy Microbiome.

What is the Human Microbiome Project?

Microbiome Dysbiosis

Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics-The Multi-Strain Formula and why they are so special

How Does Fermentation Affect our Gut and How is it Related to Probiotics

 

Genova’s GI Effects Stool Test is the Best

I’m sold on Genova Lab’s GI Effects Stool Test.  It really is the best …and I’ll tell you why.

I’ve been using this lab for over 30 years now, if you can believe that.  They’ve really made great strides in staying up-to-date by including state-of the-art testing options in this test. I started using GI Effects profile a lot recently and find it to be extremely informative.

In previous years, their stool tests that  I ran for my patients were cultures only. Now they make use of PCR testing as well. You see anaerobic organisms don’t grow in culture, so having DNA testing is far more accurate.

What is PCR testing?

DNA Sequencing used in GI Effects Stool test
PCR stands for Polymerase Chain Reaction.

It is used to amplify selected sections of DNA or RNA for analysis. Previously, this procedure required cloning of the segments of interest into vectors for expression in bacteria. It took weeks.

But now, PCR is done in test tubes. It only takes a few hours. This means that this advanced stool test is able to provide immediate, actionable clinical information.

It helps in evaluating the course of action needed to manage various types of gut conditions like irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS, Crohns, Colitis IBD and other Malabsorption Disorders

Their PCR molecular assay is optimized for stool testing. It assesses 24 commensal bacteria associated in scientific literature with health and disease. It gives us valuable insight into the human microbiome.

I’m also very impressed by the enhanced test reporting that they do. On the very first page there’s an overview that you can understand at a glance. It highlights biomarkers in three main areas of gut health: Infection, Inflammation, and Metabolic Imbalance. This makes it very easy for lay people to understand and to see what areas need attention.

I also like that the GI Effects Comprehensive Profile includes very important markers:

(a) Calprotectin.
This is an invaluable biomarker that can effectively differentiate between Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

(b) Ova & Parasite Detection.
They use the gold standard for parasite identification.

You can choose as to whether you want a 1 or 3 day collection, based on how likely there is an issue relating to parasitic infection.

If low or no suspicion of parasites, then a one day sample is adequate.

Only if there is a high likelihood of parasites that a 3-day sample collection is needed.

Add-On Options to GI Effects Stool Test

I like the way they make certain valuable add-ons available.

Some pathogenic bacteria testing can be extremely expensive. So, by excluding them in the original test, but offering them as ‘add-on’s’ is a great idea.

The specific bacteria add-on tests that can be run are:

  • Clostridium difficile,
  • Campylobacter,
  • Escherichia coli EIA,
  • Helicobacter pylori EIA and
  • Fecal Lactoferrin.

Zonulin Tests for Intestinal Permeability

Their most recent add-on is Zonulin.

Zonulin is a protein modulator of intestinal tight junctions that is used to assess intestinal permeability.

Up until now, the only way we could test for intestinal permeability was by using a stand alone test … another expense and not a very pleasant procedure.

We had to drink pre-measured amounts of lactulose and mannitol and then evaluate the degree of intestinal permeability or malabsorption that was reflected in the levels of the two sugars recovered in a urine sample that needed to be collected over the next 6 hours.

We know from recent peer-reviewed literature about the significant role that intestinal permeability plays in many chronic gut problems, particularly Leaky Gut with symptoms like bloating, gas and cramps.

Intestinal Permeability will also have an impact on IBS, food sensitivities, joint pains, skin rashes and auto immune conditions.

Then there’s added problems associated with intestinal permeability for Cardio-metabolic diseases like type 1 and 2 diabetes, obesity, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and even insulin resistance.

Being able to add the Zonulin test on to the GI Effects Profile is a win. One less test, added financial savings and less hassle.

 

Heart Health – Just a Spray Away

https://www.crohns.net/page/C/PROD/Acid_Reflux/DNA1025Heart Health is Extremely Important

Heart disease is not inevitable; in fact, it’s absolutely preventable in most cases.

The health of your blood and blood vessels is influenced daily by lifestyle.

Diet, stress levels and activity levels all influence our heart health.

Gut health and Heart Health go hand in hand.

Both are vital for keeping us healthy and happy.

Most cardiovascular disease occurs due to chronic deficiency of certain nutrients.

With proper supplementation; specifically the B vitamins, taurine, and coenzyme Q-10 you can help prevent cardiovascular disease. These are critical micronutrients to support cardiac function.

 Our Cardio Spray is a quick, economical and easy way to add those additional important nutrients into our daily regimens effortlessly.

Here’s what’s in Heart Health Spray:

  • Coenzyme-Q10

The holly grail of heart healthy supplements, CoQ10 has strong potential  for prevention and treatment of heart ailments by improving cellular bioenergetics, acting as an antioxidant and cleaning up free radicals.

A supplement of CoQ10 is  essential to restore natural levels of CoQ10 if you are taking Statins. Statins lower our bodies natural ability to produce CoQ10.

  • Magnesium

All enzymatic reactions involving ATP require magnesium.Research has told us that magnesium deficiency is a reliable predictor of those with congestive heart failure

  • Taurine

This amino acid shown to improve cardiac function. Taurine will strengthen your heart muscle cells, protect those cells from damage and reduce your risk factors to  atherosclerosis

  • Ribose

Ribose  supports the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) levels in cardiac  muscle. ATP also aids the heart’s muscle contraction. The more forcefully the heart contracts, the better it pumps.

  • Folic acid

It helps the body utilize vitamin B12 and amino acids. Folate, of all the B-vitamins, plays the most critical role to reduce the levels of homocysteine in the blood, a compound that has been linked with an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.

  • Selenium

Selenium rich foods prevent oxidative damage to the body’s cells reducing inflammation and lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease. People with low levels of selenium have been shown to be at higher risk for cardiovascular disease.

Plus vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, D, E

Spray two times daily.