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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. 

Here’s what you need to know about Men’s Multi-Vitamins

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Men and women have different requirements when it comes to nutritional support. Vitamin Code Men’s Formula is a comprehensive multi-vitamin with specific nutrients to support prostrate health, mental and physical energy and heart health.

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Glutathione – Why It’s So Important

Reg’Activ, the Probiotic that is known to produce Glutathione.

Ross Pelton, Essential Formula’s Scientific Director recommends taking Dr. Ohhira’s Professional Probiotics along with Reg’Activ Probiotics. Here’s why… “These two probiotics work together very synergistically. They both provide gut benefits while at the same time working differently to promote rapid microbiome restoration”.

“I personally take two of the Reg’Activ capsules daily along with 2 capsules of Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics”, he says.

Lactobacillus Fermentum ME-3

Reg´Activ contains the revolutionary probiotic strain Lactobacillus Fermentum ME-3. Studied for over 20 years, This ME-3 strain supports healthy glutathione levels. Glutathione is the body’s “Master Antioxidant” that is used by every cell in the human body. It’s particularly vital for heart health.
Reg'Activ Probiotics strain produces glutathione

Listen to Ross Pelton explain why this probiotic strain is so unique and how it works synergistically with Dr. Ohhira’s Professional Probiotic. Ross also shares his therapeutic dosage levels, and safe dosage levels for children.

There are 3 Unique Reg’ Activ formulas tailored to meet different needs.

Reg´Activ Cardio Wellness Formula

This formula pairs this powerhouse probiotic strain with additional heart specific nutrients:

  • B vitamins-Helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels already in the normal range
  • Coenzyme Q10  – Supports healthy energy production in heart muscle tissue

Reg´Activ Detox and Liver Health Formula 

This probiotic strain is pared with additional liver health nutrients:

  • L-selenothionine (easy-to-digest selenium) – 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

Reg’ Activ Immune & Vitality Blend

A Japanese strain called Lactobacillus brevis KP08, which supports the health of the immune system, is added to this formula along with:

  • L-Carnitine tartrate – Supports healthy energy levels
  • Essential B vitamins – Additional support for healthy energy and metabolism
  • Vitamin C – Well-known support for a healthy immune system

Reg’Activ  Recommended Dosage:

2 capsules daily, 30 minutes before a meal.

For optimal digestive health, pair this product with 2 capsules daily of Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics Professional Formula.

If you are wondering about giving probiotics to children and what their dosage should be be sure to watch our interview with Ross.

Click Here to be directed to all of our interviews with Ross Pelton on exciting new discoveries about your microbiome and the benefits of probiotics.

Decrease Chronic Inflammation Now

Decrease Chronic Inflammation Nowinflammation is the root cause of disease

Chronic inflammation is your body’s  immune response to a barrage of environmental, physical and mental invaders. These stressors could be from things like poor diet, toxic chemicals and stress. Research has shown that inflammation in your gut can be the cause of inflammation in your joints and your brain.

What are Some Causes of inflammation?

Poor dietary choices such as processed foods, factory farmed proteins, sugary drinks, trans fats and certain unhealthy saturated fats

  • Gut health issues
  • Food sensitivities
  • Excess alcohol
  • Chronic infections (bacteria, viruses, yeast, parasites)
  • Stress and exhaustion
  • Sedentary lifestyle

What are the Results of Chronic Inflammation?

Over time, chronic inflammation wears out your immune system, leading to chronic diseases and other health issues, including cancer, asthma, autoimmune diseases, allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, osteoporosis and premature aging.

Unfortunately, these challenges are often treated with drugs, which may provide temporary relief from the symptoms, but do not treat the root of the problem. In addition, these drugs (and their side effects) sometimes only add to your health problems.

How Can You Reduce Chronic Inflammation?

  • Focus on gut health
  • Eat a plant based diet or as close to as possible
  • Identify and address food sensitivities
  • Identify any chronic gut issues such as bad bacteria, viruses, yeast or parasites
  • Destress, relax and rest more
  • Reduce toxins in your food, home and personal care products

Click here for 10 Ways to fight Chronic Inflammation

How Can You Find Out the Root Cause of Your Inflammation?

With the help of Genova Diagnostics you can figure out where inflammation in your gut may be coming from. They offer easy to use at home gut tests such as the Genova Lab Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis and Parasitology,  which will identify parasites, abnormal bacteria, yeasts and other gastrointestinal issues. The Intestinal Permeability Test will help you determine if you have Leaky Gut.

Testing gives you invaluable information to help you create a game plan that targets the root of inflammation.

Some supplements that help with inflammation are; Probiotics, Co-enzyme Q10, carotenoids, fish oil, selenium, vitamins C, D and E.

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
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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

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