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Dysbiosis – How Do You Know If You Have It?

DysbiosisDo you Know What Dysbiosis of the Gut is?

Dysbiosis is an imbalance in your gut flora caused by too few beneficial bacteria and an overgrowth of bad bacteria, yeast, and/or parasites.

Dysbiosis can be caused by parasites, an overgrowth of yeast such as Candida albicans, or overgrowth of bad bacteria. When there is an imbalance of our gut organisms, a predominance of bad bacteria, the gut becomes out of balance. In healthy people, the immune system can be weakened by bad nutrition, chemical toxins, stress, food allergies, drugs, or poor diet. This allows the unfriendly organisms to multiply and slowly weaken your immune system.

Overtime, the intestinal wall, which is the protective mucous membrane, can start to leak, this is called intestinal permeability or “leaky gut.” The toxic byproducts can now pass through the wall into the bloodstream and affect other parts of the body. The immune system reacts by forming antibodies against these larger foreign invaders; in some people this can lead to autoimmune diseases.

What are the Common Causes of Dysbiosis?

Drugs: Antibiotics alter the intestinal flora and cause increased risk of overgrowth by opportunistic bacteria or fungi and antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) cause gastrointestinal mucosal inflammation and lesions leading to increased permeability of the gut. Oral contraceptives, hormone replacement therapy (HRT), steroids (asthma medications or prednisone) can also cause overgrowth of unfriendly organisms by interrupting the balance in microflora.

Diet and digestion: Poor digestion caused by eating too quickly or through a lack of enzymes, contributes to overgrowth by providing additional food sources from undigested food particles. Diets high in alcohol, refined carbohydrates, and sugars provide nourishment for the yeast and fungal organisms.

What are the Health Consequences of Dysbiosis?

A leaky gut can lead to the production of antibodies by the immune system. The antibodies may get into various tissues and trigger inflammatory reactions when a particular food is consumed or the microbe is encountered. If this inflammation occurs in a joint, rheumatoid arthritis develops; if in the brain, myalgic encephalomyelitis (chronic fatigue syndrome) is the result; in the blood vessels, vasculitis; in the gut, colitis or Crohn’s disease; in the lungs, asthma is triggered.

Dysbiosis and leaky gut can also cause the malabsorption of many important minerals and micronutrients. The inflammatory process damages can block the absorption of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids causing a deficiency.

What are the Symptoms that your Gut Bacteria is Out of Balance?

  • Bloating, flatulence, belching, and heartburn after meals
  • Feeling overly full after eating
  • Indigestion, constipation, and diarrhea
  • Ongoing yeast infections or intestinal parasite infections
  • Diarrhea and nausea after taking supplements
  • Chronic vaginal irritation
  • Fatigue
  • Stools that appear greasy
  • Dilated capillaries in the nose and cheeks
  • Iron deficiency
  • Skin that bruises easily
  • Acne and other skin irritations that aren’t caused by adolescence
  • Cracked or weak fingernails
  • Undigested food in stool
  • Get a Diagnosis

What Can You Do?

Take a home urine test for ‘Intestinal Permeability‘ from Genova Lab that will determine if you have Dysbiosis.

Treatment Options

There are three parts to treating dysbiosis: 1) restore the friendly organisms to the intestine, 2) starve out the bad organisms, and 3) kill off the unfriendly organisms with natural antimicrobial therapies.

1) Restore the friendly intestinal flora.

A bowel colonized with healthy organisms will maintain a proper pH, properly utilize vitamins, minerals, and proteins. It’s so important to feed the good bacteria with a probiotic. We recommend Perfect Pass Prebiotic  and Perfect Pass Probiotic.   

It’s a good idea to incorporate fermented fermented foods in your diet. Fermented foods include home made yogurt and kefir (cultured milk products), miso and tempeh (fermented soy foods), fermented vegetable juices, or sauerkraut.

2) Starve the unfriendly organisms.

Avoid consuming the foods that nourish and support the growth of candida and other yeast forms.

Avoid all sugars (including honey and maple syrup) and refined carbohydrates such as pasta, breads, pastries, white rice, noodles, etc. Also eliminate alcohol, fruit juices, processed meats, dried fruits, and malt products. Avoid eating or drinking any foods or beverages that you may be allergic or sensitive to.

Eat fresh fruits in moderation (up to 3 to 4 servings daily) You can freely eat vegetables, fish, and meats (hormone- and antibiotic-free), raw nuts and seeds.

Incorporating Digestive enzymes play an important role here, as well. Efficient digestion leaves less metabolic waste for the bad micro-organisms to feed on.

Perfect Pass Digestive Enzymes work in two ways; they support healthy digestion when taken with meals and reduce inflammation when taken between meals.

3) Kill the unfriendly micro-organisms.

Candida and other yeasts and fungi can be killed with natural anti-fungal remedies, including essential oils, herbs and fatty acids

Oreganol is an excellent anti-fungal. So is O’Leave Olive leaf extract.  Grapefruit seed extract is also reported to have powerful antimicrobial activity. We recommend Citracidal Grapefruit Seed Extract.  Another good support for yeast overgrowth is Caprylic Acid, it’s derived from fatty acids of coconut oil.

Berberine is effective in the internal and topical treatment of candida. Studies show that berberine inhibited the growth of Candida albicans as well as 10 other fungi.

The dysbiosis protocol and diet should be followed for six to eight weeks. After this time keep your refined carbohydrates and sugars to a minimum and take probiotics and prebiotics on a regular basis. For the first year, repeat the dysbiosis protocol for a period of one month, every three to four months. Afterwards, repeat once or twice a year to maintain gut health throughout your life.

Diseases Associated with Dysbiosis and Leaky Gut

  • Crohn’s disease
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • ulcerative colitis
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • diabetes
  • lupus
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • fibromyalgia
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • eczema
  • blepharitis (crusty, red eyelids)
  • bladder infections
  • psoriasis
  • sinusitis and allergies
  • multiple sclerosis
  • vitiligo

Could You Have SIBO?

Take Genova's Gut Test to Find Out If You Have SIBO

Could You Have Sibo? Found Out if SIBO Is the Cause of Your Digestive Problems

SIBO is actually an acronym for a digestive condition called  “small intestinal bacterial overgrowth,” which points to excessive bad or pathogenic bacteria in the small intestine.

The small intestine is known to have relatively low levels of bacteria. The highest numbers of bacteria are usually found in the large intestine

The small intestine is where the food you eat is combined with digestive juices. This is also the place where absorption takes place. This area of your digestive tract is the longest section. If you are suffering with SIBO or Small Intestine Bacterial Ovegrowth, your nutrients are not absorbing properly.

What are the Symptoms of SIBO?

  • gas
  • bloating
  • pain
  • malabsorption of nutrients

Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth is often treated in Western Medicine with antibiotics. Unfortunately the antibiotics kill off the good bacteria.  Countless studies have shown that a good balance of healthy bacteria is necessary for a healthy gut

Find Out If You Have SIBO

The Genova Lab’s Breath Test can be done in the privacy of your home. It will identify whether there is an overgrowth of bad bacteria in your small intestine or not.

How Can You Reduce The Symptoms of SIBO?

  •  Partially Hydrolyzed Guar Gum PHGG is the one prebiotic that does not feed bad bacteria and may be used successfully to increase probiotic diversity. Perfect Pass Prebiotic is odorless and tasteless and easy to take in water.
  • Perfect Pass Probotic contains three human strain, bacillus spores, that will survive through the stomach acid 100% of the time. It is suitable for those suffering with SIB0
  • Effective antimicrobials include Oregano oil, Grapeseed extractOlive leaf extract and Berberis. 
  • Consider taking Enzymes on a regular basis in between your meals. They help repair the gut lining.

Inflammation – An Essential Life Process

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INFLAMMATION: The essential life process that may be killing you!

Swelling, pain, heat, fever, redness, does this sound like a “good” thing to you?

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Ron Jahner Naturopathic CoachMost of us feel alarmed and are worried when we see these symptoms in ourselves or our loved ones.

And yet, these are all signs and symptoms of a healthy immune system response to trauma or infection!

Inflammation is actually the key process our body uses in fighting against infection, reversing tissue damage and preparing the way for healing a repair.

Inflammation is an absolutely vital, important life function of a health immune system.

Why is Inflammation Bad For You?

Well, it’s also true that inflammation is a key predisposing factor in almost all chronic diseases which disease, cancer, diabetes and long-term infections, chronic digestive tract disorders and auto-immune disorders.

Out of control inflammation is the killer!

The key is understanding how inflammation serves you and what occurs when it becomes a problem.

Let’s use the example of an urban renewal project. You have a number of old, run-down, damaged buildings and your job is to create a beautiful new complex on the site.

What has to happen first?

Well, of course, someone is going to have to tear down the old buildings to make way for the new. This is really the beginning of a 4 step process.

  1. First, blow up or demolish the old buildings.
  2. Secondly, clear up the debris by loading it up and hauling it away.
  3. Thirdly, assemble quality building materials using a skilled crew, and,
  4. Finally, assemble the brand new construction.

In general, inflammation is the key mechanism in your body’s immune system corresponding to the first step in the “tissue-renewal” process.

Inflammation is the essential process that targets infectious agents and damaged tissue for “demolition”. It does this in many ways with a complex biological cascade of molecular and cellular signals and substances that ultimately destroy damaged cells, kill viral and bacterial pathogens all while it also increases circulation!

This sets up steps #2 & #3 of our “tissue-renewal” project. It  transports debris out of the affected area and allow vital nutrients and healing factors back in.

The end result of all these complex processes is that the affected area is ultimately prepared for tissue regeneration and healing.

However, what would happen in our urban renewal project if all we ever did was just keep blowing things up?

  • What if we never hauled out the debris or just erected high screens around the area so no one could see the mess?
  • What if we just cover the whole area with dirt and some sod and pretend theirs no damage underneath?
  • What if we just build really cheap structures on top of this mess that fall apart as fast as we build them?

Is this going to work out well? ….. Of course not!

And, essentially, this is what happens when inflammation is not handled properly in the body and gets out of control.

Unfortunately, current medical thinking is that inflammation is the problem, not part of the natural immune response solution, so let’s just “turn it off” with steroids or other anti-inflammatory drugs!

This is sort of like stopping the demolition crews in the middle of the job and then still expecting quality buildings to show up as if by magic! It’s just not going to work.

When inflammation is arbitrarily blocked before it’s job is done, the underlying issues remain and continue unchecked to produce a bigger problem later on.

Look at heart disease as an example. Arterial tissue becomes damaged due to improper diet, emotional distress, lack of sleep, lack of proper exercise, etc.

Inflammation targets this damaged tissue to clean it up and prepare for healing.

Just “turning off” the inflammation doesn’t change the underlying condition anymore than giving an athlete a steroid injection in a damaged knee so they can keep playing fixes the underlying injury. In fact it opens it up to further harm.

When the damage continues in the circulatory system, the body sends cholesterol to the damaged area as a sort of “band-aid” to cover over the lesion and prevent further damage.

Again, just shutting down cholesterol doesn’t help the underlying condition and may make it much worse!!

So, what is the solution to chronic Inflammation?

In our urban renewal program, what would you do if the demolition team was not up to the amount of work needed to demolish the old structures?

What if the roads in and out of the work site were congested or there weren’t enough dump trucks to haul the debris?

This is the kind of thinking that a holistic approach to healing uses to deal with inflammation!

So, instead of shutting down inflammation, how do we help it do it’s job so it can stop naturally?

Here are the strategies I have used in some 30 years of work as a naturopathic health consultant:

  1. HYDRATE!! – Fluids, fluids, fluids. Drink at least 1 liter of water per 50 pounds of body weight daily to enhance the circulatory function inflammation requires to do its job.
  2. REST! – Inflammation is a healing-immune function. It requires the parasympathetic (resting) nervous system state to do it’s job. Most people never get the amount of quality sleep and rest the body requires to be healthy, especially when it is damaged or ill.
  3. NO SUGAR! – Eliminate refined carbohydrates that create havoc in the body’s digestive tract and metabolic function. Quality proteins and vegetables, especially vegetable juices, to provide easily – to – absorb nutrition to support immune functions.
  4. ENZYMES! – This is the first line of defense to help inflammation do its job. After you hydrate, rest and eliminate sugars, taking supplemental enzymes can have a miraculous effect on clearing inflammation and supporting healting.However, it requires a particular form of enzymes called “proteolytics”. These are concentrated protein digesting enzymes without the hydrochloric acid or bile salts or fiber in many digestive enzyme products.And you take them on an empty stomach, even hourly, and not just with food as you would digestive enzyme products.
  5. B-12 – Vitamin B-12 has enormous potential to help with inflammation and stress. It can be take frequently in a crisis to help speed up healing and tissue repair.
  6. BOSWELLIA – TURMERIC – GINGER. – These three herbal products have been used for generations to help reduce inflammation naturally while supporting the body’s healing processes.Taken as tea or in capsules they are often prescribed in Ayuvedic and Traditional Chinese medicine.
  7. Flavonoids are key nutritional pigments (red, yellow, orange, blue) found in natural foods, often with Vitamin C ascorbate complexes, which have been used extensively for enhancing immune response and reducing inflammation naturally.Flavonoids are very high in anti-oxidant activity and help neutralize free radical damage in tissues.
  8. EFA’s Essential Fatty Acids, oils that are necessary for health healing and regulating inflammation. These include Omega 3 and Omega 6 oils such as high-quality fish oil, virgin olive oil, Evening Primrose oil, sesame oil, etc.
  9. ATTITUDE! This may be the most important factor of all because it often enhances and makes everything above work effectively.Neutralizing the body’s stress overload with breathing techniques and emotional releasing processes can dramatically reduce inflammation and promote healing.

Yes, inflammation can be a curse, or it can be a wonderful blessing.

Which it is for you is often in your control.

Nurture the immune system’s inflammatory mechanisms well and it will protect and heal you.

Ignore it at your peril.

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Ron Jahner is a Naturopathic Healer, Coach, Trainer & Educator with 30+ years of experience in natural healthcare. Find him on Facebook,

5 Symptoms that You Need Digestive Enzymes

Digesting our food is something we all take for granted. The truth is that digestion is a key factor in maintaining good health.

One of the many reasons that people develop digestive symptoms and possibly serious illness is that our digestion is out of balance.

What does that have to do with Digestive Enzymes?

Our digestive enzymes are the work horses that help us break down our food.

Unfortunately, as we age our digestive enzymes start to deplete.

Did you Know?

  • After the age of 40 our pancreas secretes smaller amounts, about 25% less enzymes.
  • By the age of 70 we may only be producing one third of the amount of enzymes that we need.

Why do we need Enzymes?

Digestive enzymes are typically secreted by our pancreas to break down the nutrients in our food.

Enzymes are also found in the foods we eat.

Unfortunately, its not as easy as it sounds.

Why?

When foods are processed and cooked they are stripped of their naturally occurring enzymes.

Our pancreas doesn’t always cooperate and produce enough enzymes that are needed.

This results in a number of symptoms.

Here are 5 symptoms that are often associated with not having enough Digestive Enzymes:

  • Gas and bloating after meals
  • The sensation that we feel full after eating a few bites of food
  • Undigested food in our stool
  • Stool changes, like floating stools or fat floats
  • Digestive Disorders like IBS, colitis, Crohn’s, acid reflux, and lactose intolerance

Here’s where enzymes comes into play. If our body is not digesting properly and assimilating all the nutrients we take in, we simply don’t receive all the necessary benefits we could be.

Supplementing with digestive enzymes will help if you are experiencing any one of these symptoms.

Eating a healthy diet is not always easy and maybe not the most economical.

However, we make this a priority because it’s important to nourish ourselves with all the vitamins and nutrients that a balanced, possibly plant based diet offers.

We can help our body process food, reduce our discomfort and allow us to reap all the nutritional benefits from our diet.

How can we benefit from digestive enzymes?

  • Helps food digest
  • Increases nutrients absorbed into the body
  • Helps our foods to be used as fertilizer for our gut bacteria
  • Kicks our digestion into high gear to deal with processed foods and foods which may cause inflammation

A 2016 study conducted by National Center for Biotechnology Information tells us that enzyme replacement for those suffering with digestive disorders such as Crohn’s is a possible therapeutic option.

Both enzyme therapy and probiotics offer an advantage to the management of such disorders.

PerfectPass Digestive EnzymesWe offer many different enzymes but the one that stands out to be different from the others is Perfect Pass Digestive Enzyme formula.

Why is Perfect Pass Digestive Enzyme Different?

It contains ox bile.

This is exactly what it sounds like. It’s the bile from oxen.

Ox bile is chemically similar to our own bile, and our bodies have no trouble using it alongside our own bile for the exact same purpose.

What are the benefits of ox bile?

Bile is what your body produces to help you digest the fats you eat. Ordinarily, your liver excretes the bile, then stores it in your gallbladder to use later. The bile helps breakdown the fats you consume allowing your body to absorb fat soluble nutrients.

If you’re deficient in bile, you may not be properly digesting fats which can lead to feeling constipated.

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Digestive Enzymes are Important

Most people will benefit from supplementing their diet with digestive enzymes. Some of the immediate benefits you’ll notice are regular bowel movements, decreased gas, speedier emptying of the stomach, feeling less full after meals.

Enzymes are found naturally in raw fruits and vegetables. Once they are cooked or processed the enzymes are lost.

How Can You Get More Digestive Enzymes?

  •  Eat raw food
  •  Supplement with digestive enzymes before each meal
  •  Supplement with proteolytic digestive enzymes on an empty stomach

6 More Reasons to Supplement with Digestive Enzymes

  • Increase the amount of nutrients your body can utilize
  • Help break down your food to be utilized by your good gut bacteria.
  • Give your overworked, weary digestive processes a vacation so it can rest and rebuild
  • Strengthens weakened digestion caused by a less than perfect diet, eating processed foods and stress of a modern lifestyle.
  • Combat the decline of our enzymes which occurs naturally in aging. Our digestive enzymes drop to about 50% starting as early as age 30.
  • Helps the immune system control pathogens and parasites by reducing bacteria and improving circulation
  • Back in 2004, research from the National Enzyme Company showed that taking supplements of enzymes improves digestion.

Here’s what’s really strange:

The study found that availability of glucose increased 400% in the healthy digestive system mode, and 700% in a model for impaired digestion.

Interesting, eh?

The findings provided scientific confirmation for what we only previously suspected from patients telling us:

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