Not on Top of Your Game? It Could Be Microbiome Dysbiosis

The Natural Pharmacist, Ross Pelton

Natural Pharmacist Ross Pelton

Ross Pelton,  The Natural Pharmacist talks with us about the Microbiome, dysbiosis and pathobiome. Click Here to see his interview.

Our gut microbiome is made up of over 100 trillion organisms, it’s a delicate balance which is made up of both good and bad bacteria. Hopefully more good.

What is Dysbiosis?

 Essentially it’s when your good gut bacteria is out of balance with your bad gut bacteria. When the good outweighs the bad you have dysbiosis. Ross calls Microbiome dysbiosis the ‘pathobiome’.

When you have dysbiosis or a ‘pathobiome’ you will experience symptoms.

What are the pathobiome Symptoms?

  • gas
  • bloating
  • diarrhea
  • constipation

When you have these symptoms it’s important not to ignore them.

These symptoms are your bodies warning signs.

Think of them as red flags that something is wrong.

What does a pathobiome lead to?

  • gastrointestinal disorders like IBS, Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis
  • extraintestinal disorders such as asthma, allergies, heart disease and obesity
  • mood disorders such as depression and anxiety

ADResearch compiled by the US National Library of Medicine from over 90 different studies in the last 10 years states that, “there is growing evidence that dysbiosis of the gut microbiota is associated with the pathogenesis of both intestinal and extra-intestinal disorders.”

Why do people get an upset microbiome?

  • Antibiotics are the #1 reason; antibiotics kill all the good bacteria.
  • Acid suppressing drugs; too low levels of acidity encourage the growth of bad bacteria
  • Steroid drugs
  • Birth control
  • Chemotherapy
  • Diet consisting of processed food and high in carbohydrates.
  • Pesticides in agricultural food supply
  • Environmental toxins: mercury, lead and arsenic
  • Chlorinated water which kills bacteria; good and bad
  • Not feeding your probiotics; you need to fertilize the good bacteria with prebiotic foods or a prebiotic supplement

“Remember every time you eat you are feeding 100 trillion guests.” thats good advice from Ross Pelton.

The Natural Pharmacist, Ross PeltonStay tuned for part 3 of our talk with Ross Pelton on Gut Health coming in two weeks.

Ross Pelton is a pharmacist and a true expert on pharmaceutical drugs and their life-altering side effects. He is also a clinical nutritionist and helps people with diet, nutrition and natural therapies.

He truly is an expert in helping his clients integrate the best of both worlds to improve their health.

Check him out on Facebook, The Natural Pharmacist.

5 Symptoms that You Need Digestive Enzymes

Digesting our food is something we all take for granted. The truth is that digestion is a key factor in maintaining good health.

One of the many reasons that people develop digestive symptoms and possibly serious illness is that our digestion is out of balance.

What does that have to do with Digestive Enzymes?

Our digestive enzymes are the work horses that help us break down our food.

Unfortunately, as we age our digestive enzymes start to deplete.

Did you Know?

  • After the age of 40 our pancreas secretes smaller amounts, about 25% less enzymes.
  • By the age of 70 we may only be producing one third of the amount of enzymes that we need.

Why do we need Enzymes?

Digestive enzymes are typically secreted by our pancreas to break down the nutrients in our food.

Enzymes are also found in the foods we eat.

Unfortunately, its not as easy as it sounds.

Why?

When foods are processed and cooked they are stripped of their naturally occurring enzymes.

Our pancreas doesn’t always cooperate and produce enough enzymes that are needed.

This results in a number of symptoms.

Here are 5 symptoms that are often associated with not having enough Digestive Enzymes:

  • Gas and bloating after meals
  • The sensation that we feel full after eating a few bites of food
  • Undigested food in our stool
  • Stool changes, like floating stools or fat floats
  • Digestive Disorders like IBS, colitis, Crohn’s, acid reflux, and lactose intolerance

Here’s where enzymes comes into play. If our body is not digesting properly and assimilating all the nutrients we take in, we simply don’t receive all the necessary benefits we could be.

Supplementing with digestive enzymes will help if you are experiencing any one of these symptoms.

Eating a healthy diet is not always easy and maybe not the most economical.

However, we make this a priority because it’s important to nourish ourselves with all the vitamins and nutrients that a balanced, possibly plant based diet offers.

We can help our body process food, reduce our discomfort and allow us to reap all the nutritional benefits from our diet.

How can we benefit from digestive enzymes?

  • Helps food digest
  • Increases nutrients absorbed into the body
  • Helps our foods to be used as fertilizer for our gut bacteria
  • Kicks our digestion into high gear to deal with processed foods and foods which may cause inflammation

A 2016 study conducted by National Center for Biotechnology Information tells us that enzyme replacement for those suffering with digestive disorders such as Crohn’s is a possible therapeutic option.

Both enzyme therapy and probiotics offer an advantage to the management of such disorders.

PerfectPass Digestive EnzymesWe offer many different enzymes but the one that stands out to be different from the others is Perfect Pass Digestive Enzyme formula.

Why is Perfect Pass Digestive Enzyme Different?

It contains ox bile.

This is exactly what it sounds like. It’s the bile from oxen.

Ox bile is chemically similar to our own bile, and our bodies have no trouble using it alongside our own bile for the exact same purpose.

What are the benefits of ox bile?

Bile is what your body produces to help you digest the fats you eat. Ordinarily, your liver excretes the bile, then stores it in your gallbladder to use later. The bile helps breakdown the fats you consume allowing your body to absorb fat soluble nutrients.

If you’re deficient in bile, you may not be properly digesting fats which can lead to feeling constipated.

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Intestinal Repair Capsules to the Rescue

Do you sometimes experience discomfort in your tummy and you don’t know why?

Perhaps you try and relate it to something you’ve eaten? Maybe you ‘over’ ate, partied hard or are under a lot of stress …. could be many reasons but you don’t really know what it’s all about and what’s worse is that it doesn’t go away as quickly as you expected.

Intestinal Repair Caps BiogenesisThat’s when Intestinal Repair Capsules are the perfect answer to help get rid of your symptoms, no matter what caused the sudden symptoms you experience.

Why?

When you look at the ingredients in this great formula you can tell why.

To start with it has 2000 IUs of Vitamin A Palmitate, the one that is absorbed better by the body and known to help nausea and diarrhea and 100 IUs of Vitamin E Succinate. This type of Vitamin E is a form of vitamin E that contains a chemical alpha-tocopheryl known to have antioxidant effects that can help counteract any harmful toxins you may have been exposed to.
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Then there’s Glutamine, which is an amino acid used as fuel by the cells that line the intestines to keep them healthy. It has been shown to heal Leaky Gut. Glutamine levels can be depleted when the body is under prolonged stress leaving you vulnerable to Leaky Gut.

In addition to Glutamine this product has other standout ingredients such as:

N-acetyl glucosamine
It helps to heal the tight junctions in the gut. These are the spaces between the intestinal cells. The health of these cells is crucial. When they are not functioning healthy, food particles can leak out of the intestines and get into the blood stream. This is toxic to our systems and know as Leaky Gut Syndrome.

Quercitin
A very potent antioxidant. Antioxidants fight against free radicals which are the chemically reactive compounds that damage cell membranes and DNA and also cause cell death. It helps to lessen the effects of oxidative stress on the body. Oxidative stress takes place in all of us but is increased by things like a poor diet, high levels of stress, a lack of sleep and exposure to chemical toxins.

Cat’s Claw
Helps reduce pain and inflammation. Dr Axe says that cat’s claw is one of the best antiviral herbs to boost the immune system and fight infection. It’s used to treat many digestive disorders like colitis, diverticulitis, gastritis, hemorrhoids, stomach ulcers and leaky gut.

Okra
High in fiber, vitamin C and folate and also helps with pain related to inflammation. 

Glucosamine
Has a role in healing the gut because it forms a major part of the mucosal layer in the GI tract. It works to help heal inflamed, damaged soft tissues of the gut.

Zinc Glycinate
Helps to promote healing and strengthen the immune system. It promotes a feeling of well being and reduces stress.

If your symptoms are persistent or if you suspect you have Leaky Gut Syndrome, you can always take the easy to administer Genova Lab Intestinal Permeability home urine test to find out more.

What Can You Eat..When You Can’t Eat Anything?

What’s the Best Diet if you are Suffering with Crohn’s?

For many of the millions of people suffering with Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis this is a question that they ask themselves at every meal. Many sufferers are looking for a way to modify their diet to help reduce symptoms. Through trial and error and eliminating foods one at a time you slowly begin to figure out what works and what doesn’t work. The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation is hoping to shed some light on the subject.

The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation (CCFA) have implemented many new studies which will change our understanding of how diet can be altered to improve the quality life. What should you eat? Soon, we will have new treatment tools that incorporate diet modification.

One such study was launched last year by the Microbiome Initiative under CCFA. This study called FARMM, Food and Resulting Microbial Metabolites has set out to compare a Western diet, a vegan diet, and one formulated to treat Crohn’s disease in children. This research partnership between the CCFA and the Perlman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania will be a powerful tool for nutritional therapy.

Volunteers in the study followed one of the randomly assigned diets for two weeks. Each individual was tracked by researchers to determine how their gut microbes were affected. “FARMM will advance our understanding of the complex relationship between our gut, and the small molecules they produce that end up circulating throughout our body,” explains Gary Wu, MD and Professor in Gastroenterology at the Perlman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The hope is to achieve a broader view of how a specific diet works to introduce remission in patients with Crohn’s disease.

Currently there is little information on how diet affects Crohn’s Disease. Most physicians and patients are very uncertain about what dietary changes to make. CCFA hopes to have critical new information within 3-5 years that can be used to educate healthcare providers and patients on how to use diet and nutrition to improve health, reduce symptoms and prevent malnutrition.

For more information on studies and clinical trials near you visit the CCFA website. 

Former Soccer Star Raises Awareness for IBD

Brandi Chastain, IBD, IBDGamePlan.com

Brandi Chastain Raises Awareness for IBD

Brandi Chastain, former soccer star who played for the  United States women’s national soccer team from 1988 to 2004, is raising awareness for a new site called IBDGamePlan.com. The site is full of helpful tools and resources for living a normal life with IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease). The site has valuable information about Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, gastrointestinal specialists in your area and guidelines to help you manage your condition.

When Brandi Chastain is passionate about a cause she steps up to the plate to give back. Earlier this year the Concussion Legacy Foundation announced that Brandi Chastain,  will donate her brain to the foundation, whereupon it will be studied by researchers from the C.T.E. Center at Boston University, one of the foremost pioneers in the field.

It’s no surprise that when her son was diagnosed with Crohn’s last year, at the age of 9, that Brandi went above and beyond to raise awareness. “It’s crucial to have team support and a game plan” says Brandi. Read the full story here about the IBDGamePlan.com site launch. Brandi will be sharing her story through the site to raise awareness and provide helpful information and support.