Dr. Pamela Nathan DHM L.Ac. has been delivering health to your front door since 1998. Happy patients in over 78 countries. Want an Appointment? Book Now

Free Shipping Over $69**

Shopping Cart

Your cart is currently empty.

How Healthy is Your Microbiome?

Your microbiome consists of the 100 trillion microbial cells that you have in your gut. Find out if your’s is healthy today.

It’s an exciting time in gut health. Everyone is talking about their microbiome these days. There’s so much information available about how to improve digestion and how to get more good gut bacteria. There’s also a number of ways you can test your gut to see if anything could be out of balance. This is an important first step in determining your gut health. That’s right, I’m talking about an at home stool test.

The demand for probiotics has increased by leaps and bounds in the past five years making probiotics the number three most commonly used supplement. Sales for fermented foods, kombucha, yogurt, kefir and probiotic fortified products have become one of the fastest growing markets for grocery store and health food retailers. It seems everyone is trying to get more good gut bacteria. One thing that’s often overlooked is finding out what bacteria you currently have in your gut. The most important first step in identifying what’s going on in your gut is to take a stool test.

Thankfully there is a number of good test on the market that can inform you about your gut and help you uncover some reasons why you may be experiencing digestion problems. We recommend Genova Diagnostic Tests to uncover any GI problems and evaluate nutritional deficiencies. Click Here to Read More about the different tests they offer.

Do you sometimes feel bloated, gassy or have stomach pains after eating? It could be over indulgence or one too many holiday cookies, but, it could also be your bodies way of telling you that you need to do some further investigation.

If one or a combination of these symptoms occurs fairly regularly, it warrants further investigation. Taking an at home test is an easy, non-invasive way to detect if there are imbalances in gut bacteria, parasites or even a yeast overgrowth, commonly known as Candida. It’s so easy to do.

What Does an At Home Stool Test Help You Determine?

  • Reasons for nausea, vomiting and bloating
  • Why you have loss of appetite
  • Abdominal, cramping and diarrhea causes
  • Absorption of nutrients
  • Parasites
  • Infections from bacteria, viruses, or funguses
  • Liver problems
  • Pancreatic function
  • Digestive conditions such as Crohn’s and Colitis

For a complete listing of all the tests we offer click here. 

Our favorite for comprehensive gut analysis is the Genova Lab Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis CDSA and Parasitology 2.0.    

Another great test from Doctors Data is the Comprehensive Stool Analysis (CSA) w/Parasitology.

Remember, your body may be trying to tell you that there’s a problem in your gut. Take note of your symptoms and don’t delay. Chronic discomfort, excessive gas, and bloating don’t have to be a regular part of your life. Take the home test today to find out more about what’s going on in your gut.

Probiotics and Prebiotics for Gut Health

It’s Important to Take Both Prebiotics and Probiotics – Learn Why

Perfect Pass Prebiotics & ProbioticsProbiotics ranked as the third most commonly used supplement in a study by the National Health Statistics Report. It’s not surprising, probiotic research has been at the forefront of preventative medicine and study for the past 5 years. We’ve learned the importance of gut health and how it influences every system in our body from our gastrointestinal tract to our neurotransmitters. We know we need to keep on top of our health by supplementing with probiotics from time to time, especially after going on antibiotics.  For some people probiotics are necessary on a daily basis to manage a GI condition. Just about everyone knows the importance of having good gut bacteria these days. What few people know about though, is the importance of prebiotics.

Prebiotics are the food for our good gut bacteria. It’s actually easier to grow the bacteria already in our gut, keep it strong, and increase our good gut bacteria by feeding it with prebiotics, also known as fiber.

What exactly are Prebiotics?

Prebiotics act as a “gut fertilizer” to feed the good gut bacteria in our GI Tract.  They are a type of indigestible fiber called oligosaccharides which are found in certain plant foods. Some of the plants that contain oligosaccharides are jerusalem artichokes, dandelion greens, onions, jicama and asparagus.

The recommended amount of this fiber is at least 25 grams every day.

If it seems difficult to get prebiotic fiber in your normal daily diet then you may want to consider taking a prebiotic supplement.

We recommend Perfect Pass Prebiotics to all of our clients taking probiotics. Over the past few years many of our clients were able to lower their dose of probiotics once they were taking Perfect Pass Prebiotics. This brand stands out from the others because it’s made from partially hydrolyzed guar gum, known as PHGG. Read More about the benefits of PHGG by clicking here. This type of prebiotic doesn’t cause any side effects and can be safely used by people who have SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth). It also reduces the symptoms in patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Click Here to learn more.

It’s the perfect fertilizer for your good bacteria to grow.

If you haven’t used Perfect Pass Prebiotics yet, now is the time to try it. Pair it wth any probiotics you are taking to grow the numbers of good bacteria in your gut and increase their efficacy. We recommend the Combo Pack.

Why Dirt Is Good

 

Good Dirt Why is Dirt in our Environmnet so Good For Us?

Microbiome Experts, Jack Gilbert, director of the University of Chicago Microbiome Center, and Rob Knight, director of the University of California Center for Microbiome Innovation, along with science writer Sandra Blakeslee recently wrote a book explaining how the environment interacts with our Microbiome. In their book “Dirt is Good”  they go on to explain scientific findings which show how good for us dirt is. “Exposure to natural healthy bacteria in the environment is really important for training our immune system and making sure it doesn’t go really haywire and attack us,” explains Jack.

This means that the more dirt you expose your children to at a young age, the better off their immune system is. Let them play outdoors in nature, in the ocean, streams, and on playgrounds. Let them play with animals. Getting dirty is a good thing. Another suggestion is to not go overboard in sterilizing everything they come in contact with or put in their mouth.

Not only do the microbes in your gut affect your immune system but they also play a role in almost every system in your body. Click Here to read more about your microbiome.

Scientists have found that your gut plays an important role in your brains neurotransmitters. Did you know that over 90% of serotonin is produced in your gut?

Having a balanced microbiome is crucial for gut health too. It plays a role in your metabolism, your propensity towards certain food cravings, obesity, and even Type 2 Diabetes.

Click Here to Read More about the book “Dirt Is Good.”

Dangers of NSAID’s

While pain medication has its uses, the dangers of over the counter pain med’s (NSAID’s) is too great to ignore. These dangers include risks for your heart, gastrointestinal tract and kidneys.

 

Serrapeptase

If you are in need of an alternative, try Serrapeptase.

Serrapeptase is an enzyme widely used to treat pain and inflammation. It also has other potential health benefits like lowering heart disease risk and protecting the brain from Alzheimers. 

Serrapeptase works by promoting the breakdown of fluid caused by injury.  This aids the body in draining harmful substances from places that you have inflammation. It also inactivates toxins that cause swelling and pain.

 

You can safely use serrapeptase for inflammation caused by arthritis, trauma, carpal tunnel syndrome, sinusitis or bronchitis. 

5 Key Dangers of NSAIDs 

Damage the Gut – NSAIDs all share the same most prevalent side effect — damage to the gastrointestinal tract, which doesn’t just mean your stomach. It also includes possible threats to your esophagus and small intestine. When NSAIDS damage the gut lining this leads to inflammation.

NSAIDS can cause ulcers – According to gastroenterologist Byron Cryer, MD, a spokesperson for the American Gastroenterological Association, more than half of all bleeding ulcers are caused by NSAIDs.

Higher Risk of Kidney Failure –  The most common renal complication caused by NSAIDs is fluid retention, which leads to edema. Edema is swelling caused by excess fluid being trapped in your body’s tissues. NSAIDs also encourage the body to hold on to sodium which can lead to varying degrees of reduction in kidney function.

Serious Allergic Reactions – Some people are actually highly allergic to NSAIDs. For these individuals, the dangers of NSAIDs can include experiencing a scary shortness of breath. For an asthma sufferer, the risk of experiencing serious allergic reaction to NSAIDs is even higher. Other allergic reactions can include wheezing, rashes and throat swelling.

Increased Risk of Heart Failure – Scientists from the University of California, Davis, have uncovered some of the reasons why these drugs can harm heart tissue. NSAIDS can cause cardiac cells to die when taken for prolonged periods of time. Click Here to read more.

Heal Your Body with the Proper Ph Balance

Why is Ph Balance So Important?

When your body has the proper pH levels, your systems cells are oxygenated and better prepared to heal any health concerns on their own. If cells are energized, you have a stronger immune system, can fight disease and squash cancer cells and able to detoxify and illuminate waste in a more productive way.

How Does Ph Work?

The pH of your blood is between 7.25-7.45, if your blood’s pH falls below or above that range, you will use a large amount of energy in trying trying to maintain pH levels. This leads to deficiencies and health disorders. It’s really easy to test your bodies Ph levels.

Litmus Paper is the best and most convenient way to test your bodies Ph level on a daily or weekly basis. It’s sold in a package of 15 feet, you will use about 1/2 inch – 1 inch per test. Each Litmus paper dispenser is good for 150 – 200 tests.

 

Check your Ph with Litmus paper

What’s Your Ph? Find Out Today

The best way to maintain optimal pH levels is through the foods you eat and the liquids you drink.  For your diet, if you follow an 75/25 rule, 75% alkaline foods and 25% acid, you should experience an equilibrium. Perfect body pH is 6.4, above is alkaline and below is acidic. It is important that your daily dietary intake of food naturally balances your body pH.

Click here to see which foods are more acidic and which increase your alkaline.

Keep in mind that the foods must be organic because ALL pesticides are very acidic.

Copyright © 2018 Ecology Health Center / Crohns.net - HealthyLifeUSA.