Probiotics and Our Immune System with Ross Pelton

SporesWe are excited to share the latest information on the Microbiome with you where we interview Ross Pelton, the Scientific Director for Essential Formulas. He is a Health Longevity Coach, Pharmacist and Clinical Nutritionist. Today we asked Ross to talk to us about the role probiotics have in supporting our immune system.

In addition, Ross  is also a clinical nutritionist and helps people with diet, nutrition and natural therapies. He truly is an expert in his field.

In case you missed out, we have posted all our  interviews with Ross in one convenient place. He shared with us exciting new information on gut health, the Microbiome and the Pathobiome. Click Here to see all of our videos in the Microbiome Series.

How is Your Immune System Supported by Probiotics?

We asked Ross how spores in Dr. Ohhiras formula support our immune system. Heres what he had to tell us:

  • First of all the bacteria in Dr. Ohhiras probiotics support the growth and proliferation of your innate bacteria which gives them the capability of transforming your microbiome.

 

  • Spores produce Short Chain Fatty Acids. These are slightly acidic compounds produced by the probiotics which create an optimal acid balance in your intestinal tract. This acid balance supports the growth of good bacteria and suppresses  growth of the bad bacteria.

 

  • Spores also produce bacteriocins and defensins. Think of these as natural  antibiotics in your system.

 

  • Spores produce hydrogen peroxide which suppresses  the growth of candida yeast.

Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics have a broader number of different bacteria. A broader range of bacteria means a healthier microbiome and immune system.

 

Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics are truly unique, they have a different beginning than other probiotics on the market. Their spores are fed from natural ingredients like mountain spring water, organic fruits, and vegetables that have been fermented for three to five years.

Five Reasons Why You May Need to Boost Your Immune System

Have you had a hectic week? If so, your immune system may need a little TLC to get back to functioning properly and protecting you.

What do I mean by a hectic week?

  • Excess Stress
  • Lack of sleep
  • Poor diet
  • No time to exercise
  • Too busy to take your multi-vitamin
We have all been there. Sometimes due to life circumstances our health takes the back seat.
Don’t let that cause you to feel fatigued, run down or end up with a cold.
Maybe you have been sick or recently took a course of Antibiotics.
If any of these ring true to you…you should assume your immune system is weakened.
 
What can you do to immediately start boosting your immune system?

Give your Immune System a boost with Essential Vitamin & Mineral Multi spray.

Right now take advantage of our special on Vitamin Sprays, buy two & take 50% off the second spray.

It’s so easy to use, just throw one in your purse, backpack or car and take a few sprays whenever it’s convenient. 

How does it work?

When vitamins are sprayed directly into the mouth they are absorbed instantly through the mouth lining, side-stepping the digestive tract completely. 

Literally within seconds it’s delivered via the bloodstream to the various parts of the body for immediate use. 

Oral vitamin sprays has been shown to be up to 9 times more effective than swallowing pills or capsules.

How does your immune system become compromised?

  • Stress

When your body is reacting to emotional or mental stress it produces cortisol hormones. You may have heard of Fight or Flight. You need this for survival. This is okay on a short term basis but over time, when your stress is chronic, these extra cortisol hormones will put you at risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, digestive problems and a weak immune system. Your body will be in  a constant inflammatory state which weakens your immune system.

How does this work?

Your body is not putting energy into fighting a cold or healing because it’s just trying to survive. This is extremely taxing on our immune systems if it’s your chronic state.

If you don’t already meditate try out some techniques from an on-line Stress Management Program or even download a free meditation app on your phone. As little as five minutes a day can make a difference. Studies show that that when your body is in a calm relaxed state your immune function is increased.

  • Lack of Sleep

Research shows that not getting adequate sleep and even a short term loss of sleep has a significant impact on how the immune system functions. 

Recent research conducted by the University of Washington Health Sciences/UW Medicine found that sleep deprivation has the same effect on your immune system as physical stress.

In one study conducted 15 people stayed awake for 29 hours and their white blood cells were measured. What they found is that their immune system become hyperactive and produced elevated levels of white blood cells, the amounts were typical of what you would expect if you had an illness or disease.

Optimize your sleep and commit to at least 8 hours a night.

  • Poor diet 

You know that a whole foods diet with a variety of vitamins and minerals is the best way to have a healthy immune system but is not always possible. The fact is when we eat processed foods or those with too much salt, sugar and saturated fat, it really messes with the entire ecosystem!

Junk food causes the wrong bacteria and yeast to grow.

When your gut bacteria tilts towards a greater amount of bad bacteria you have less of the good bacteria. These trillions of microbes are what make up your immune system.

90% of your immune system resides in our gut.

This is why poor digestion goes hand in hand with weakened immune function and you aren’t able to fight off bugs like the cold and flu the way you should. Try supplementing with a reputable probiotic to tip the scale to the good bacteria.

  • Lack of exercise

Reduced exercise can cause your body to feel lethargic and run down. Movement can support your bodies natural detoxification process, keep your lymph moving, and give a natural boost to a weak immune system.

  • Not supplementing with a multivitamin 

Not getting adequate amounts of Vitamins, minerals and nutrients from your diet can lead to a depressed immune system. Take a multivitamin to fill in nutritional gaps. We recommend Perfect Pass Immune Formula. It comes in powder form or capsules.

If you have a hectic lifestyle and find you are constantly juggling work, children, families or school, just pick up a bottle of Essential Multi Vitamin & Mineral Spray and throw it in your bag. Anytime you feel your immune system could be compromised take a few sprays. It’s so convenient.

5 Reasons to Take Prebiotics

Our gut health is the cornerstone of a strong healthy body, immune system and optimal brain function. Supplementing our diet with probiotics is good for keeping our bacteria in balance. We want an abundance of good bacteria to crowd out the bad bacteria. Prebiotics are the best way to feed your good bacteria.

While it’s very important to take prebiotics to feed our probiotics, there’s compelling new research showing that prebiotics benefit our systems in many other ways.

Prebiotics have now become an important consideration in maintaining gut health.

Five Reasons You Should be Taking Prebiotics

  • Reduces Food Cravings
  • Intestinal Health – prebiotics increase bulk in stools & shorten the transit time in the intestines
  • Reduces Inflammation – encourages the growth of good gut bacteria which reduces symptoms associated with IBS, Crohn’s and IBD
  • Lowers Cholesterol – aids in the break down of cholesterol in the GI tract.
  • Strengthens Immune System – provides food for probiotics which increases good gut bugs.

Let’s talk about the benefit that prebiotics help with food cravings.

Recently Dr. Oz interviewed Dr. Frank Lipman who told us much more about this and how it actually works.

Dr. Lipman is considered a pioneer in functional and integrative medicine who has helped thousands of people increase their energy by combining modern medicine with alternative medicine.

Dr. Lipman is the founder and director of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City and an author of many New York Times-bestselling books.

Dr. Frank Lipman on why you should take prebioticsThere is an exciting new body of research from a 2016 study done by the University of Glasgow which shows that chemicals produced in the colon when eating fiber effect food cravings. Short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) produced through fermentation of non-digestible carbohydrates in the gut have a positive metabolic impact on our appetite.

This study shows how fiber can help with the most common barrier to weight loss..food cravings! Click Here to see the full interview.

Just as all probiotics are not the same, not all prebiotics are the same. The prebiotic that we like the best is PHGG. That stands for Partially Hydrolyzed Guar Gum.

Why PHGG

This prebiotic fiber is unique in comparison to other non galactomannan based fibers.

A prebiotic fiber is one that produces “short chain fatty acids” (SCFA) in the gut. The rate of production of SCFA’s is very important. They are produced via a fermentation process. If the fermentation happens rapidly (like inulin and others) the result is a lot of physically uncomfortable bloating and socially uncomfortable flatulence.

The fermentation process of PHGG is extremely slow in comparison to other fibers, so there is much more time to produce a higher total amount of SCFA’s and they are produced slowly, so there is much less gas and discomfort.

In a twelve week study done by The Department of Gastroenterology, Sapir Medical Center, Kfar-Saba, Israel in 2016  the results showed that PHGG helps Irritable Bowel Syndrome, with increases in the concentration of bifidobacterium and lactobacilli species and increases short-chain fatty acids in the colon. It also showed to have a positive effect on reducing blood cholesterol, controlling blood sugar levels and reducing acute diarrhea.

More about Short Chain Fatty Acids

There are basically three main types of Short Chain Fatty Acids – SCFA.

They are Acetates, Propionates, and Butyrates.

Of the 3 types of SCFA, the acetates and propionates are beneficial, but they tend to transfer through the walls of the intestine and get metabolized in muscle or liver.

Its only the Butyrates that remain in the digestive system and act as a food, energy source for the beneficial microflora.

If you are looking for a prebiotic derived from PHGG try taking Perfect Pass Prebiotic. It’s the best way to insure you are getting the most out of your probiotics. Right now take 15% off PerfectPass Probiotic when you buy it together with PerfectPass Prebiotic

 

Do You Know What Dysbiosis is?

You may have heard this term in relation to gut health and wondered what it exactly does it mean.

It means “microbial imbalance on or inside the body”.  This can be the root cause of many health problems, particularly when there is dysbiosis in the gut. Since the gut controls the brain and the immune system, one can only imagine what havoc it brings upon us when it’s out of balance.

Our gut contains millions of bacteria. Some good and some bad. It is important to have the right balance of bacteria so our bodies can function well. If the bacteria is out of wack, we can experience a wide array of very unpleasant symptoms.

What are the Symptoms of Dysbiosis?

    • Gastrointestinal problems such as yeast overgrowth (candida), IBS, food allergies, gas and bloating
    • Urinary problems such as chronic urinary tract infections
    • Chronic colds/coughs, and ear infections
    • Lack of energy
    • Rashes, including eczema, hives, rosacea, and acne.
    • Respiratory problems such as asthma, sinusitis, allergies.

What Causes Dysbiosis:

  • Poor Diet
  • Exposure to toxins
  • Too many antibiotics
  • Stress

Too often people just address one or two of these causes. In order for your symptoms to go away permanently it’s crucial to pay attention to all issues which cause imbalance.

First and foremost, uncover what the root cause of your symptoms are by taking a simple at home gut test. We like the tests offered by Genova and Doctors Data. These kits can be ordered based on what symptoms you are experiencing. If you need help determining what test is right for you just give us a call and we are happy to help.

How Can I Get My Gut Bacteria Back in balance?

Diet can be the most important factor in relieving dysbiosis. Eat whole foods that come from the ground and eliminate processed foods and sugar. We recommend the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. This Diet works by addressing the root cause of digestive disease. It heals the gut by calming down the  inflammation and re-balancing the gut bacteria.

Read more about the Specific Carbohydrate Diet by clicking here. Choose the version of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet that’s custom fit for your needs. Once you start the SCD it will become second nature. For ideas on what to make for meals give the Specific Carbohydrate Diet Recipe Book a try.

Alleviate stress by incorporating breathing techniques, meditation or yoga into your daily routine. There are many ways to incorporate stress reduction techniques in as little as five minutes a day. Check out some of the apps which can be downloaded on your phone for easy to use guided mediations and breathing exercises while you’re on the go.  Visit the Stress Help Center web site. There is a very cost effective special offer on the 8 Week Module. This simple to use program provides instruction which can done at your desk or your most comfortable living room chair.

Have you taken antibiotics in the last year?

Always supplement with probiotics during and after a course of antibiotics. The antibiotics clear out all your good gut bacteria. Microbiologist Kiran Krishnan has been researching gut health for over 10 years. His clinical trials show that just one course of antibiotics will eliminate all your good gut bacteria. If you do nothing to build up the good bacteria it can take over a year for your gut to return to normal.

During the cold and flu season you want your immune system functioning at optimal levels. Don’t waste any time in replenishing your good bacteria and building up your immune system. We advise our clients to take the Perfect Pass Probiotic before and during antibiotic use. For best results to rebuilding your immunity add Perfect Pass Immune Support after a course of antibiotics.

Can You Detox Naturally?

If you have a build up of toxins that is causing your symptoms consider detoxing with natural agents. Good Gut Solution recommends HVS Detoxosodes for removing specific toxins such as heavy metals, chemicals, parasites, molds and tobacco. Customize your detoxification program once you have your test results. Call us if you have any questions.

3 Reasons to Add Prebiotics to Your Daily Diet

Did you know that it’s recommended to get prebiotic soluble fiber in your diet every day?

When you take probiotics you really have to make sure you are feeding them as well.

Probiotics feed on and grow on prebiotic soluble fiber.

How can you add prebiotics soluble fiber to your diet?

  • Through whole uncooked plants such as chicory, jerusalem artichokes, garlic, onion and leeks
  • Through fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha and home made yogurt

Truthfully, though, most people don’t eat these foods on a daily basis.

That leaves the third method of getting necessary soluble fiber and that’s through a daily supplement.

According to a study by the Stanford Medical School, if we don’t get enough soluble fiber every day to feed our bacteria, the bacteria will obtain it on their own through breaking down the cells that form the tight junction in our intestinal lining. That’s right, they will start devouring these cells.

What happens when we don’t get enough Prebiotic Fiber?

Leaky Gut. This is when gut impermeability happens. Basically, harmful toxins from the foods we eat go into our bloodstream and cause us to feel sick by triggering an inflammatory response in our body.

What are the three reasons to supplement with Prebiotic Fiber?

1. An Increase in Healthful Bacteria

  • Selective stimulation of the growth and/or activity of one or a limited number of intestinal bacteria associated with health and well-being
  • Resistance to gastric acidity and digestive enzymes, which enables prebiotic soluble fiber to survive until it gets to the large intestine
  • Fermentation (digestion) by intestinal bacteria

Research shows  that supplementing with a variety of dietary soluble fibers types results in increases in Bifidobacteria, Lactobacillus, or both. These and other healthful bacteria improve health in a variety of ways.

By feeding on prebiotic soluble fiber, their primary food source, they increase in number and metabolic activity, which as a result produces short-chain fatty acids, vitamins, antioxidants, and bacteriocins.

Short-chain fatty acids do a number of significant things:

  • One type of short-chain fatty acid feeds the cells that make up the gut lining, helping to keep the cells healthy and thus supporting their barrier function. This type of short-chain fatty acid also regulates these cells’ growth and differentiation—factors that may contribute to the fatty acid’s role in helping to reduce the risk of colon cancer.
  • Other short-chain fatty acids are absorbed and transported to the liver, where they favorably affect glucose metabolism and also appear to inhibit cholesterol synthesis and regulate the deposit of fat.

Peter Swann, MD, FAAFP, FACOEM,

2. Improved Immunity

In elderly adults, supplementation with prebiotics showed an increase in natural killer cell activity:

  • increase production of an anti-inflammatory substance;
  • decrease production of two pro-inflammatory substances;

According to the author of one review article on prebiotic soluble fiber, many animal and human studies suggest that some aspects of innate and adaptive immunity of the gut and the entire immune system are positively affected by prebiotic supplementation.*

*Lomax AR et al., “Prebiotics, immune function, infection and inflammation: a review of the evidence,” The British Journal of Nutrition, vol. 101, no. 5 (March 2009): 633–658

3. Help for Complex Bowel Conditions

Prebiotic supplementation can offer significant help to people who face more challenging gastrointestinal conditions and may help to improve symptoms of IBS and IBD crohns and colitis.

In addition, prebiotic soluble fiber improves inflammatory conditions and the body’s response to certain infections. These “prebiotic effects” make this natural, non-invasive supplementation a smart choice.

Use Perfect Pass Prebiotic if you have any of the following:

  • high cholesterol,
  • overweight
  • digestive issue
  • osteoporosis
  • before and after antibiotic use

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