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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.

The Many Health Benefits of Chlorophyll

Chlorophyll Benefits You In So Many Ways

Chlorophyll is a health food that has so many benefits for the human body. No wonder why its good for us, it’s essential to the process of photosynthesis known as “the building block for life”. Chlorophyll is found in nature in cells of almost all living things. It contains vitamin C, inorganic salt, and is alkalizing for the body. Did you know it’s available in a liquid form? This powerhouse supplement has many benefits. We recommend our clients have some liquid Chlorophyll on hand. Once you learn about it you will want to use it all the time. It’s simple to use, just add the drops of liquid chlorophyll to juice, water or any liquid you are drinking.

chlorophyll

Increases Oxygen in Your Blood
It’s been shown to increase oxygen uptake in the blood, which can increase energy, relieve fatigue and improve many blood disorders. Great for when you travel to high altitudes or for ski trips. Helps to combat dreaded altitude sickness. Click Here to read More about Acute Mountain Sickness and natural remedies. It’s recommended to start Chlorophyll a week prior to your trip to higher altitude.

Helps Fight Cancer
Studies have found that liquid chlorophyll can bind to potential carcinogens and interfere with how they’re absorbed within the human gastrointestinal tract. This helps stop the bad guys from being circulated throughout the body and reaching susceptible tissues, such as those within the joints or heart.

Read more about chlorophyll’s anti-cancer effects in a study published by NCBI that shows chlorophyll exhibits strong anti-mutagenic activity against a variety of carcinogens. Click Here

Speeds Up Wound Healing
Protects against infection by slowing down the rate at which harmful bacteria reproduce,thus making it beneficial for wound healing. It’s also been found to help lower inflammation caused by injuries or wounds,

Check out this study on chlorophyll’s anti-bacterial activity when used in wound healing, Click Here to read this study reported by Sheila Mowbrays in the British Medical Journal.

Improves Digestion and Detox
Improves detoxification is by speeding up waste elimination.

Protects Your Skin
There’s some evidence that chlorophyll benefits skin health due its antiviral effects, allowing it to help stop the development of cold sores and shingles. It aids in minimizing the effects of aging and maintaining healthy tissue by stimulating the anti-aging enzymes and encouraging healthy and youthful skin.

How Can You Get More Chlorophyll?

Top food sources are leafy green veggies such as arugula, wheat grass, leeks, parsley, kale, swiss chard spinach and sprouts. Other sources include blue green algae, chlorella and spirulina.

Try some liquid chlorophyll today, it’s so convenient to use. Just put 10 drops in your water and drink up, two times a day.

 

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.”

Leaky Gut Syndrome – Find Out If You Have It

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Leaky Gut Syndrome refers to an increase in intestinal permeability in the gastrointestinal tract. A healthy gut lining allows only specific components of food to pass through into the bloodstream. This is how nutrients enter the bloodstream and promote health.If you have a poor diet, stress, or are taking medications,your gut lining can become damaged over time. The result is a more permeable gut lining, which allows larger particles to enter the bloodstream while failing to properly absorb key nutrients.

Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky Gut Syndrome

Undigested food particles, gut bacteria, proteins, and toxic waste shouldn’t be able to enter the bloodstream. The small intestine functions as a selective barrier to toxins and large molecules, such as incompletely digested food particles. When the gut lining becomes compromised (or “leaky”) they do, causing negative consequences.

Leaky Gut Syndrome has become a big health problem. Chronic inflammation that results from a leaky gut is now thought to be responsible for allergy, autoimmune condition, and chronic disease.

How do You Know If You Have Leaky Gut?

Genova Labs has an Intestinal Permeability Assessment Test which directly measures the ability of two non-metabolized sugar molecules that permeate the intestinal mucosa.

 This test checks for an increase in intestinal permeability, which can indicate compromised barrier function of the small intestine. It works by you drinking a pre-measured amount of lactulose and mannitol (sugars). The degree of intestinal permeability  is reflected in the levels of the two sugars recovered in a urine sample collected over the next 6 hours.This test can be taken in the comfort of your home and comes with easy to follow instructions.

You must fast for 8 hours before beginning the test. We recommend you do the test first thing in the morning upon waking.

Leaky gut is common in disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease, food allergies, autoimmune disease, chronic skin disorders and chronic inflammation.

What Causes Intestinal Permeability?

Abnormal intestinal permeability can be caused by a number of different things, though the most common causes include:

  • Intestinal infection
  • Ingestion of allergenic foods or toxic chemicals
  • Overall poor diet
  • Trauma and stressful lifestyle
  • Over the counter pain relievers (NSAIDs)
  • Prescription drugs like antibiotics

If you Have Leaky Gut What Should You Do?

To heal leaky gut you should evaluate your diet. First, eliminate foods that may be contributing to Leaky Gut. Next incorporate foods that will help heal your gut. There are many over the counter supplements that can reduce your symptoms and heal your gut.

Check out our Leaky Gut Protocol by clicking here. 

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