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How To Get the Most Out Of Your At Home Gut Test.

A yearly gut test is a really good idea if you want to know things about what resides in your gut. Your gut health is the most essential component to disease prevention and longevity.

What's in your gut?Your immune system lives in your gut, and most importantly your body’s ability to produce hormones is affected by your gut. Essentially you need to make sure it’s running properly before you have any symptoms. That’s why a yearly gut test ought to be done as a check up. 

A great test to take for yearly maintenance is the Doctors Data Comprehensive Stool Analysis Test.  or Genova Labs’ Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis.

Maybe you have constipation, gas, bloating, brain fog, diarrhea or chronic stomach pain. This could be due to a bacteria, yeast or a fungal overgrowth, or maybe even a parasite that you picked up on your travels. A gut test will also indicate that you may have a bacteria imbalance and need more good bacteria. We suggest Genova Comprehensive Parasitology or Doctors Data Comprehensive Parasitology Test. Both companies offer similar labs.

If you’ve already had a gut test and found your good bacteria levels to be low you may have started taking prebiotics and probiotics. If it’s been at least three months since you’ve been taking them, now is a good time to recheck.

You want to make sure that your probiotics are working to bring in more good bacteria and it’s actually taking up residency in your gut. A gut recheck ought to be a way to ensure that you’re taking the right probiotic for you and also let you know if you need prebiotic fiber to fertilize the probiotic.

If your previous assessment results have shown that you have candida, and you followed a protocol and change of diet, you can retest to make sure the protocol has worked and the candida is under control.  At this point you will know if you should continue with the protocol.

Do you know that there is a specific parasite test? There’s a great one from Genova Diagnostics. 

If you tested positive for parasites you most likely followed a protocol to cleanse the digestive tract and then recolonized your gut and strengthened your immune system. Once the treatment protocol is finished you need to retest to ensure the parasites are gone.   

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Why is Everyone Talking About Fermented Foods?

Have You Heard about the Benefits of Fermented Foods?

Fermented foods greatly assist the gut by strengthening the lining of the digestive tract. Eighty percent of the immune system is made in the gut, so they also help to keep us healthy. Fermented foods contain natural probiotics and are a perfect way to help keep the good bacteria thriving. They create lactic acid that kills pathogens. Good bacteria crowd out the bad bacteria such as candida. Candida, or yeast, can become overgrown and cause a myriad of physical and behavioral problems.

What Are Fermented Foods?

fermented foods

Fermented foods are foods that have been soaked in salt, spices, water, and a probiotic starter. Fermentation foods are predigested, so they help make food easier to digest. They offer beneficial probiotic microbes, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. Many foods can be fermented such as grains, vegetables, fish, and dairy. Salt stops the harmful microbes that can spoil food, so we see fermentation as a method to preserve before canning existed.

What Are Fermented Food Sources?

The most commonly known fermented food sources are from dairy. Most people think of yogurt, sour cream, and kefir as top choices. Homemade products are best. Beware of commercially made yogurt because pasteurization destroys many of the natural nutrients and enzymes you need. They also are known to contain a lot of sugar. The fermentation will help predigest some of the proteins and consume lactose in dairy products.

Fermented vegetables and grains are more tolerated by the digestive tract. Click Here for DIY Recipe. The bacteria from fermented vegetables also help with detoxification. Any vegetable can be fermented. Additionally, anything that increases the good bacteria in the gut will help to fight the bad. Sauerkraut is fermented cabbage and is one of the oldest known sources.

fermented cabbOnly small amounts of fermented foods are necessary for positive results. In fact, if you have a lot of candida overgrowth and you eat too much, the candida may die off so quickly that it can cause you extreme fatigue, headaches, and flu-like symptoms. Just a tablespoon or two per day in the beginning may be enough for positive benefits without any negative reactions. Read more about candida and die off reactions.

There are natural, food-based, fermented supplements which are also available, and can help with detoxification. Many recipes can be found online on sites such as, http://nourishedkitchen.com/fermented-foods-for-gut-health/.

Toxins in Your Water

What are the Toxins Lurking in Your Home Water Supply?                        

Toxins in your drinking water

A compromised immune system is easily affected by drugs and other chemicals. Chlorine (bleach) is one of the chemicals added to your home water supply by your city’s water company that is used to “clean” our water. Currently, most cities have started adding ammonia to make the chlorine “stretch” further because chlorine is more expensive. The downside is that ammonia is another poison to the human body.

Good bacteria in the gut is destroyed by chlorine. The water that we bathe and shower in is easily absorbed through the pores of the skin. Heat from a hot bath or shower opens the pores to allow absorption of toxins in the water, additionally, the vapors can directly enter the respiratory system, carrying harmful bacteria and toxins. The skin is the body’s largest organ.

Water sources contain heavy metals or are added to them. Aluminum sulfate is used to treat public water. It is extremely toxic to the brain. Lead from old pipes and other sources is commonly found in drinking water. Lead affects DNA cell function, muscle control, and memory. If your home is newer it may be safe but schools and many public buildings have not all replaced their old lead pipes from which we drink. Even newer PVC pipes may still have old lead joints. Lead is toxic to the brain, especially in children. It is associated with aggressive behavior, poor learning, memory issues, and anxiety.

The American Dental Association has convinced many cities to put fluoride into drinking water. Fluoride is a known neurotoxin and increases the absorption of lead. As water flows through pipes it pulls lead along with it. Once fluoride is in your body it assists the absorption of lead into your tissues, including your brain tissue. Children and those with a compromised immune system are even more susceptible to the damaging neurological effects of lead.

What Can You Do to Filter Out Toxins in Your Water?

For accurate testing contact the National Testing Lab in Cleveland, Ohio. Price ranges are $25-$200, depending on what you need to test for.

Learn about top quality water filtration (http://santeforhealth.com/ )  for drinking, bathing, and your entire home needs. Chemicals and heavy metals are removed from these filters up to 99% (except fluoride which is difficult to remove). Your need for filtration depends on your water.

GGS Multipure AquadomeInstall a water filter. You can affordably protect your drinking water supply by installing an under the counter or over the counter model. Once you know what contaminants are in your water you may be able to better choose the right system for you. Multipure water systems are easy to install and reduce lead, chlorine and other contaminants. 

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