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uBiome-The Key to What Microbes Live in My Gut.

Follow me on my quest to get to the bottom of what bacteria live in my gut.

I’ve read for a long time that everyone should be taking probiotics,  Honestly though, I rarely have any digestion issues, stomach upset, irregular bowel movements or even bloating or gas. At times I think maybe I have a stomach of steel. It could be because I eat a very healthy diet and incorporate a lot of foods with naturally occurring probiotics in them on a regular basis. I’m not sure what resides in my gut. Is it good bacteria, bad bacteria or a mix of the two.

One thing is that I regularly consume fermented foods; kimchi, krauts, pickled products and fermented yogurt products. In fact, there are even times where I eat kimchi and sour kraut for breakfast on top of my eggs.

Probiotics are for people who have chronic gut conditions and weakened immune systems, I thought.

Then I started reading up on probiotics and the gut and realized the havoc that goes on when you take antibiotics. I knew about this. I definitely accepted the idea that everyone should take a round of probiotics once they finish their course of antibiotics. I even did the same thing for my two dogs whenever they finished a round of antibiotics for their chronic ear infections.

So, when I had to go on antibiotics last spring for a root canal I was ready. I loaded up on the probiotics during and after my procedure and felt I’d done my part.

Or, so I thought. I have to admit I did wonder if I had replaced all my gut bacteria which was wiped out by taking probiotics for a few weeks and eating raw goat yogurt.

Is all the fermented food really doing it’s job by bringing in hundreds of strains of bacteria? How will I really know?

uBiome Gut TestThen I heard about uBiome. It’s a way to check out these microbes in your gut. This test actually does a DNA sequencing of your microbes.

It names the microbes and tells you how many you have of each strain. That was exciting to me.

The uBiome Test Kit can be ordered on Good Gut Solution’s website and right now if you spend $120 on supplements you can get the uBiome test for free.

That sealed the deal for me. I ordered my usual supplements, made sure it included enough to get the free test, and added the test to my cart. The coupon code for the free test is UBIOME1. Don’t forget to add your date of birth in the space provided when you add it your basket.

In the meantime I was intrigued by uBiome. I went on line and checked out their site to find out who uBiome was. The test looked pretty simple and user friendly.

Basically you just order a kit, test the site area, send it in and wait six weeks. They had multiple areas of your body you could test but I was just interested in the Gut Test for now.

My test arrived the same week. I read the instructions, which by the way, were simple to understand and even had pictures.

I realized that I would have to wait until the morning to take the sample with my first bowel movement of the day.

For now, I went on line and set up my account. Pretty simple.

Create a log in user name and password. Since I intended to take my sample the following morning I entered that as my sample date. You can always take your sample at a later date if you wish too.

The next morning I took the sample. This might sound a little gross but it was really more like a science experiment. Included in my kit was a sample swab. The test instructions said to swab the toilet paper I had used to include just the slightest change in color on the swab.

I did that. Step two; put the swab in the collection tube and stir it up for a minute. This small vial has some sort of clear liquid in it.

Finally, put on the cap and shake for a minute.

Done.

Next drop it in the pouch and place in the mailer which is already prepaid and addressed to the uBiome lab.

It was so easy!

Next, I just wait for my results.

The instructions say that uBiome will email me when they receive my sample and when my results are posted in my account.

I can’t wait. When I get the results I’ll share all the details with you.

Until then, try some kimchi for breakfast.

Do You Have Leaky Gut? Find Out

What is Leaky Gut?

In a nut shell it’s intestinal permeability. People with leaky gut experience symptoms within a short time after eating.  Symptoms like stomach upset, gas, bloating and fatigue.

How Does Leaky Gut Happen?

Leaky gut occurs when your gut lining breaks down. This allows proteins, gluten, undigested foods and even bad bacteria to leak into your bloodstream.

What happens next?

Your body creates an immune response; this response is what causes you to feel ill after you eat and lethargic.

Leaky gut left over time causes your body to be in a constant state of inflammation.  Left untreated this inflammation contributes to chronic illness such as cardiovascular disease, cancer,  auto-immune disorders, mood disorders, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and allergies.

What Causes Leaky Gut?

Leaky Gut can be caused by any of number of things. Here’s the most common:

  • poor diet
  • alcohol
  • stress
  • antibiotics
  • intestinal bugs
  • sugar

What’s the Solution?

First and foremost, find out about your gut health.  If you think you may  have Leaky Gut; take the at home Genova Lab Intestinal Permeability urine test. If you do have Leaky Gut start by repairing the gut.

Leaky Gut Formula has been shown to be extremely helpful in repairing the gut lining. Also, consider Intestinal Repair Capsules.

Crowd out the bad bacteria with good bacteria. Start taking a Probiotic and a Prebiotic. Leaky Gut responds extremely well to the combination of PerfectPass Prebiotic and PerfectPass Probiotic. Together they increase your good bacteria diversity as well as help to eliminate bad bacteria.

Give your digestive tract a break so it can focus on repair by using digestive enzymes; Perfect Pass Digestive Enzymes help digest  food when taken with meals and will reduce inflammation when taken between meals.

Now, take a look at your diet choices.

A very close look.

Are you eating refined carbohydrates, processed convenience foods or foods with hidden sugars.

With a Leaky Gut, these foods will continue to wreak havoc on your system and you will have a tough time healing.

Check out this book by Elaine Gottschall; Breaking the Vicious Cycle. This is an excellent resource for recipes and tips on how to reduce inflammation and heal your gut through foods.

In the meantime for more information on Leaky Gut, watch this short video of Microbiologist Kiran Krishnan. Kiran explains how they  performed a clinical trial measuring the toxic response of persons with Leaky Gut Syndrome before and after taking a 60 day course of probiotics. The trial participants were cured of their intestinal permeability after the 60 days! The spores of probiotics are the same soil based spores that you can find in Perfect Pass Probiotics.

VitaPlan Autoship Program

VitaPlan Autoship Automatic Reorder Program

VitaPlan Autoship Program to reorder vitamins on a regular basis

It’s never been easier to get your supplements and earn Bonus Points as well.

Good Gut Solution’s VitaPlan Autoship Reorder Program, guarantees that you get your supplements and vitamins every 30, 60 or 90 days!

And now, you will also earn reward points with every order!

With the VitaPlan Autoship Reorder Program, its all up to you.

  • You have 100% secure shopping and total control over your account.
  • You even decide your own delivery schedule.
  • No need to call to change what you want to order, how often you want to order, or even change the credit card you want to use.

Here are some of the benefits of the VitaPlan Autoship Reorder Program:

  • change the quantity and products you receive
  • decide when you receive each product
  • re-order additional products any time
  • add or change credit cards and update payment information
  • receive notifications if your credit card expires
  • e-mail when your products have been shipped
  • notifications when your credit card has been billed
  • cancel whenever you wish!

Setting up VitaPlan takes seconds: when you place your next order, simply set up a user name and password and then select the schedule of your choice. It’s that easy!

Your credit card will be automatically billed for your selected order every one, two, or three months, and you’ll be notified when you have been charged and when your products have shipped.

The VitaPlan Autoship program works in conjunction with our free shipping offers, meaning you can take advantage of free shipping on all orders over $69 on every order you make, saving you money!

Our cold items do require $10.69 handling charge.

What’s really convenient is that we are able to accept Paypal and Amazon Payments for the VitaPlan Program, making it even easier to select the method of payment you wish to use for your supplements and vitamins when you need them.

AMAZON PAYMENTS & PAYPAL PLEASE NOTE:
The first order must be made with a credit card, but after that both Paypal and Amazon Payments are on-going payment options.

This partnership will ensure a truly seamless and secure ordering option from Good Gut Solution.

Get started with our VitaPlan Autoship program the next time you order probiotics or other supplements and vitamins and never worry about running out again.

Questions? Please email Help@GoodGutSolution.com

Probiotic & Prebiotic Awareness on the Rise

The Probiota Americas Conference in Chicago this past month produced exciting new information on probiotics and consumers awareness of their benefits. Some hopeful information came from a recent survey by AIDP which measured consumers usage of prebiotics and probiotics.

Probiotics & Prebiotics in our MicrobiomeWhat we learned is that the word is getting out.  In an article by Hank Schultz, he talked about the survey results. “In a poll of 400 dietary supplement users, it was revealed that more than 38% would be very likely or somewhat likely to try a prebiotic with strong digestive and immune health benefits. The survey also showed that 44% of these consumers had tried a probiotic supplement. Further results showed that more than 60% of respondents would be interested in buying a product that contained both a prebiotic and a probiotic.” This reflects a better understanding of the role these supplements have in digestive and immune wellness. 

Furthermore consumers would be more likely to try a product that was backed by research and human clinical trials. The vast majority of solid probiotic research has occurred in just the past 3 years with the conclusion of the largest consortium of scientific research on the human gut ecology called Human Microbiome Project. For the latest findings and research in relation to probiotics check our Microbiome Series with Microbiologist Kiran Krishnan.

What is the Difference Between a Probiotic and Prebiotic?

We know that feeding the existing bacteria is just as important as introducing new bacteria in the gut. Prebiotics stimulate the growth and maintenance of our beneficial gut microbiota. Probiotics increase the diversity of our bacteria and increase its numbers. Our clients have reported the most improved results when taking both a prebiotic and probiotic together for a two-three month period.

Role of Probiotics in the Microbiome

What is the Role of Probiotics in the Microbiome?

The answer to the question has changed quite a bit over the last three to five years. We talked with Microbiologist Kiran Krishnan about how our understanding of the role of probiotics has shifted based on the latest research.  To listen to our interview with Kiran check out the latest installment of Good Gut Solutions Microbiome Series.

Kiran explained to us that 10 years ago scientists who studied probiotics would tell you that probiotic therapy is used to reseed the gut with good bacteria.  The idea was to grow these bacteria up in large factories, encapsulate them, put them in products, and you would reseed your gut with these good beneficial bacteria. The idea was that this was going to shift the balance between good and bad bacteria.

What Does the Latest Research on Microbiome Tell Us About How We Absorb Probiotics?

Now through research we know that this was developed prior to any understanding of the microbiome at all. We now know that really can’t reseed you gut. We now know that by a few years after birth, you have your full established microbiome. At that point, you can’t really reseed your microbiome with different organisms, especially lactobacillus and bifidobacter because those are the predominant organisms that you get from mom in the birthing process.

The idea of taking multiple different strains, growing them up and reintroducing them every day to try and reseed your gut just doesn’t work anymore. We know that most of those bacteria just die as they pass through the gastric system.

That being said, there are a number of lactobacillus, bifidobacter based products that have clinical evidence that they do have positive impact in the gut. Our understanding is that they provide symptomatic benefits. They’re not going and living in the gut. They’re actually just passing through. As they move through, certain strains have the ability to modulate the immune response because most of your immune tissue resides in the gut.  

What is the Difference in Treating Symptoms or Repairing the Gut With Probiotics?

With probiotics that treat the symptoms, the probiotics go in, they create a metabolic response, and then they come out in fecal matter. That’s why when you stop taking a lot of those probiotics, the symptoms that you’ve been dealing with come right back. You’re not really fixing the core issue.

Probiotics that treat symptoms are not probiotic by the scientific definition  because they don’t create a functional change in your gut permanently. What they do is they create a metabolic response in your gut as you consume them. This metabolic response will make you feel better immediately by alleviating stomach pain but as soon as you stop taking them the symptoms will return. This indicates that we’re not creating a functional change in the microbiome, and we’re not curing the problem.

What we really want to focus on is probiotic therapy. Is there a type of bacteria that has the ability to go in, survive through the gastric system, actually live in the gut, and create a functional change both to the microbiome and the immune system?

Is there a way to actually eliminate problems like IBS, Crohn’s, colitis, allergies, asthma, those kind of things, rather than just trying to manage the symptoms. That’s the big difference. The answer is yes.

Spore Based Probiotic Therapy Performs Long Term Benefits

Spore-based organisms are quite interesting. They’re one of the few organisms that fit the current definition of probiotic bacteria. The WHO (World Health Organization) has established what a probiotic is. Number one, it has to be a live microorganism. So you have to be able to show that it survives through the gastric system and gets to the intestines alive. It has to be one that can colonize and create a beneficial change for the host in terms of host microflora. These Bacillus spores have been studied extensively in human clinical trials and have a very long history of use. 

Kiran Krishnan, gut bacteria, human microbiomeStay tuned for our next Installment in the Microbiome Series. We will explain exciting findings on Spore Based Probiotic Therapy. If you haven’t tried spore based probiotics yet we urge you to do so. Our clients have the best results when they are taken for a two-three month period.

 

 

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Sheryl Cohen January 11, 2017