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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.

This Is What You Need To Do To Detox

It is that time of year when everyone is thinking or talking about detoxing. Some people like to do fasts, others juice cleanses. Everyone’s heard about the Master Cleanse, that’s the one where you drink water mixed with lemon, cayenne and maple syrup. A lot of doctors actually think the the Mater Cleanse is dangerous as it doesn’t give the body the nutrients it needs to support it. While you detox it’s important to nourish your body and support your liver function.

What if I told you that you could detox without adhering to a special diet?

That sounds good, right? Well, you can actually. You can detox easily and effectively while you continue to eat a balanced diet. Of course you should still eat a clean diet, with hormone free and chemical free proteins and organic fruits and vegetables. It goes without saying that you should also avoid sugar and processed foods while you are detoxing.

How can you detox in a safe, healthy way without starving yourself or depriving yourself of key nutrients?

One way to do it is by using homeopathics to detox. The HVS Homeopathic line was created 30 years ago by Dr. Kratz. His formulations are designed to rid your body of toxins at a cellular level. Each formulation is prepared with five potencies in a pure water base, totally harmless for your body and without side effects.

It was after Allen Kratz, PharmD explored the depths of both conventional and complementary medicine that he developed a therapeutic line of formulas to eliminate harmful substances from the body such as heavy metals, chemicals, parasites, molds and tobacco. Down the road these toxins may contribute to health problems.

How do homeopathics work?

The homeopathic line from Kratz is made up of individualized formulas called Detoxosodes. It works under the assumption that the “toxin” in the formula will affect the body by “training” it to recognize the harmful substance and ultimately purging it. The formulas contain small amounts of the substance that have been targeted for elimination.

The usual protocol is to take the Detoxosode for about two weeks to clear the unwanted substance and return your body back to homeostasis.

Dr. Kratz also designed Adaptosode and Biosode homeopathic formulations to serve as a support system while you detox. The Adaptasode formulas are also used for relief of fatigue, weariness, and to assist your body systems while purging these nasty invaders. The Biosode formulas are designed to support cell regeneration during this process.

The formulations created by HVS can be chosen to customize a cleanse.  Click Here for a complete list of HVS Detoxosode formulas.  

It is important that you are working with a health care practitioner to guide you in this process. Call us and we can recommend which formulas are right for you. The homeopathic line of HVS Detoxosodes are only available by phone oder.

If homeopathics are not right for you Garden of Life has a great one week Raw Cleanse Kit.

If you suspect you have toxins or parasites that are at the cause of your symptoms it’s a good idea to take a home test to get to the bottom of what unwanted organisms are in your system. Click here for the compete line of Doctors Data  and Genova at home tests.

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.

What Your Poop Can Tell You

“At Home” Stool Tests Enable You to be Your Own Health Advocate

Have you ever taken an “at home” stool test? Ever wondered what an analysis of your poop can tell you? There’s no need to be intimidated, its actually a very simple way to identify problems within your gut.

What if I told you it’s the best way to learn about your health and to shed some light on the root cause of symptoms you may be experiencing. Everyone should consider testing as the first step in finding out more about the health of your gut and systems. 

Dr's Data testWhat Does a Dr.’s Data At Home Stool Test Help Determine? 

  • Digestive conditions such as Crohn’s and Colitis
  • Abdominal, cramping and diarrhea causes
  • Reasons for nausea, vomiting and bloating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Absorption of nutrients
  • Parasites 
  • Infections from bacteria, viruses, or funguses
  • Liver problems
  • Pancreatic function

How is Dr.’s Data Test Different From Other At Home Stool Tests?

Doctor’s Data labs have been examining stool samples  for over 40 years.  Doctor’s Data became the first lab in the functional medicine industry to introduce MALDI-TOF (Matrix- Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Time of Flight) as a method of identifying bacteria and yeast in stool culture. MALDI-TOF works by measuring the unique “fingerprints” of our microorganisms. This spectra is then compared to a reference database for verification and identification.

What Makes the MALDI-TOF a Superior Measure for Stool Testing?

Doctor’s Data utilizes MALDI-TOF in combination with “high-complexity” culture for rapid, accurate and reliable identification of hundreds of gastrointestinal bacterial and yeast species, and even subspecies. The MALDI-TOF reference database is the most expansive and is growing by about 100 species per month. To date they have identified over 180 yeast species; 65 of these are Candida alone. This ability to differentiate is extremely important since some patients may have up to 6 or 7 different strains.

Why Stool Test?

When you’re considering an at-home stool test ask yourself this question; will knowing the results of this test change my treatment plan? If not, maybe you can skip the collection. If you’re like most people, you know that your poop holds information that could very well be the key to good health. Collecting it and shipping it off could be the easiest way to gather helpful information that will put you on the right path for a treatment plan.

When you are looking for clues for any digestion issues or concerns, start by being your own health detective and try the Doctors Data Comprehensive Stool Analysis with Parasitology test. The results could end up saving you time and money while enabling you to focus on a treatment plan tailored to your specific issues. 

At Home Testing for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

How do You Know if You Have Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS or other Chronic Digestion Issues?

At home diagnostic testing can help you uncover the cause of poor digestion. If you have problems with bloating, constipation, stomach cramps and irregular bowel movements this is a red flag!

Your body is telling you that something is off with your digestion. We know that our digestion is the key to good health both physical and mental.

So, what should you do when you experience symptoms?

Do you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome?Diagnostic testing should be the first step towards addressing what is at the root of your imbalance.

Just recently, a study led by Frederik-Jan van Schooten, PhD, found that a breath test had an 89.4% success rate in predicting IBS on a group of 170 subjects.

“Now we know which chemicals in breath have diagnostic information that we can use to develop noninvasive tools to follow the disease and to steer therapeutic interventions. The article said that testing can make a huge difference in the quality of life for those suffering with gastrointestinal disorders. 

Home Testing for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

At home tests are non-invasive and simple to use; most require urine, saliva or stool samples. A few do require you to have blood drawn and that should be done at a clinic. These tests are a great way to gain knowledge and empower yourself to treat the cause of what is out of balance.

Once you learn of your imbalances and make the necessary changes you can monitor your own progress to keep yourself in optimal health.

 

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Sheryl Cohen February 14, 2017