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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.

Boost Your Glutathione Levels While You Detox

RegActiv Detox & Liver HealthReg’Activ – Detox & Liver Health is a probiotic that supports healthy liver function and is more than just your average probiotic because it produces primary, crucial antioxidants, aids in detoxing and boosts your immune system.

This probiotic from Dr. Ohhira contains the revolutionary probiotic strain Lactobacillus fermentum ME-3. Studied for over 20 years, ME-3 has been found to support healthy glutathione levels – a key to healthy liver function

Glutathione is the body’s “Master Antioxidant.” It is used by every cell in the human body, and it’s absolutely vital for hepatic function. Compared to all other organs, glutathione is found at its highest concentrations in the liver. That’s because liver cells rely on antioxidant glutathione during normal detoxification activities.

Click Here to Learn More about Glutathione Benefits from Dr. Ross Pelton.

Reg’Activ – Detox & Liver Health pairs this powerhouse probiotic strain with additional, liver health nutrients:

  • L-selenothionine – Promotes healthy levels of the enzyme glutathione peroxidase, which supports liver tissue health*
  • L-methionine & N-Acetyl-cysteine – Act as glutathione precursors
  • Milk thistle extract  – Supports production of super antioxidant enzymes in the liver

Why is Glutathione so important?

  • Increases antioxidant activity
  • Reduces free radicals
  • Promotes a healthy immune system
  • Recycles antioxidant activity
  • Metabolizes and detoxes agricultural toxins from pesticides
  • Protects against free radicals
  • increases longevity

We all make glutathione naturally but it’s often depleted because of:

  • stress
  • poor diet
  • drinking alcohol
  • taking prescription drugs
  • taking pain relievers like acetaminophen
  • environmental toxins from pesticides and drinking water

Even in healthy individuals, the body begins to produce less glutathione as it ages.
After the age of 20 glutathione declines at about 1% per year.

Click Here to read a study correlating high glutathione levels measured in centenarians.

This ME-3 strain is a relatively ‘newly discovered’ probiotic strain. It is now patented for it’s special ability to boost glutathione levels. It is a multi-tasking probiotic strain.

The glutathione-boosting aspect is not typical of most probiotics.

ME-3 raises glutathione naturally. The recommended dose is 2 capsules per 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.”

VSL#3 Induces Remission for Ulcerative Colitis

VSL#3 probiotic-mixture induces remission in patients with active ulcerative colitis.

An article published in the National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health last year showed that the results of a human clinical for the treatment of patients with mild to moderate Ulcerative Colitis. Patients were given VSL#3 for 6 weeks. At the end of the 6 week period those patients had a remission rate of 77% with no adverse side effects.

VSL#3 Probiotics

VSL#3 Probiotics

How Does VSL#3 Probiotic Work?

Many probiotic formulas contain beneficial bacteria, but due to differences in types of bacteria and preparation of the products, these bacteria die off from varying conditions throughout the GI tract and never make it to the place they need to be. Studies shows that probiotics from VSL#3 do make it to the colon, which is the area they need to reach to be effective.

A study conducted with VSL#3 confirms that maximum bacterial colonization of the gut occurs within 20 days.

Prebiotic Fiber with PHGG

Prebiotic Fiber

It’s not really one of those things where you can just take it for a few weeks and think you are good to go. You are essentially adding new bacteria to your gut to recolonize it.

We find most of our clients have the greatest success when pairing VSL#3 with a prebiotic fiber containing partially hydrolyzed guar gum to help feed the probiotics so they grow and multiply in numbers.

Another study conducted on children with Ulcerative Colitis also showed promising results. One 4 week study, conducted on children with UC, found that after the 4 week period where treatment included steroid therapy along with either VSL#3 or placebo, 92.8% in the VSL#3 group achieved remission, compared with only 36.4% in the placebo group.

To maintain the remission, the researchers gave the children 5-ASA along with either VSL#3 or placebo. They then monitored the children over the next 12 months, and found that 73.3% of those who had 5-ASA and placebo experienced a relapse, compared with only 21.4% of those who were taking 5-ASA and VSL#3. This study also reported no adverse side effects from VSL#3.

For more studies on VSL#3 helping with management of Ulcerative Colitis click here. 

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