What are Synbiotics?

Dr. Robynne ChutkanDr. Robynne Chutkan, an integrative gastroenterologist and best selling author of the “Microbiome Solution” was interviewed by Dr. Oz recently. She was talking about Irritable Bowel Syndrome, explaining how IBS can manifest both as IBS-C (with constipation) and IBS-D (with diarrhea). She went on to suggest than an excellent way to help both kinds of IBS is with synbiotics …. and tells you how to make your own at home.

What’s a Synbiotic?

Synbiotics are the dynamo combination of prebiotics and probiotics. Not only do they provide good food for gut bacteria but they also deliver significant amounts of live bacteria themselves. The probiotics are good, live bacteria for our gut while the prebiotics are the food for our beneficial gastro intestinal bacteria. She recommends synbiotics for both IBS-C and IBS-D.

How to make Synbiotics at Home

Dr. Chutkan explains how to transform your prebiotic foods into synbiotics at home. You start off by taking any prebiotic veggie and adding a teaspoon of salt. That’s it! So, chop up some carrots, asparagus, and onions and place then place them in a mason jar and cover them in water. Then add a teaspoon of salt and cover the jar with a paper towel and rubber band. Then let it sit on your counter for a week. They’ll keep for one month in your fridge. What happens is that all the good bacteria start to grow and turn your prebiotics into a synbiotic. It’s that easy to do at home!

What Happens when you don’t have time to make Synbiotics at Home?

Committing to eat fermented foods on a consistent basis may be difficult to achieve. Actually making synbiotics may be a challenge as well. That’s where our Perfect Pass Prebiotic and Probiotic Combination comes to the rescue. In reviewing many of our past blog posts, you’ll find that our philosophy on how to maintain a healthy gut synchronizes precisely with Dr Chutkan’s approach. We, too, encourage our clients to use a combination of prebiotics with probiotics, even when they don’t actually make the synbiotics at home, they create a similar environment in the gut by combining both pre and probiotics.

You need good gut bacteria, and lots of it to make a healthy microbiome. You know how important your gut bacteria is. You need to nurture it. You know, too, that a strong microbiome is constantly compromised by antibiotics, processed foods and environmental toxins. The bests way to nurture your microbiome is by feeding it. This will help increase the numbers. Yes, that’s right, you can feed your bacteria. This helps your microbiome grow strong and encourages the good bacteria to multiply. How do we do this? …by actually feeding it with prebiotics. Not all Prebiotics are the same There’s a difference between different types of prebiotics – like Inulin, FOS and PHGG. Inulin-type prebiotics include fructooligosaccharides (FOS), oligofructose, and inulin. Whereas PHGG is a galactooligosaccharides.

The preferred prebiotic type is galactooligosaccharides. Why? because they ferment slowly. When the soluble fiber ferments slowly, it doesn’t result in symptoms of gas and bloating which often happens with inulin and FOS which are known to cause digestive symptoms like gas and bloating as a result of their rapid speed of fermentation. That’s why our Perfect Pass Prebiotic PHGG is a pure galactooligosacaride – one that is known to ferment slowly and not cause any side effects. What’s more …. there’s valid clinical research to show how beneficial it is in combating SIBO as well as reducing symptoms of both diarrhea and constipation.

Why choose PHGG?

We prefer the prebiotic that is made from partially hydrolyzed guar gum (PHGG). The process of hydrolyzation slows down the fermentation process to insure the likelihood that your good bacteria has time to feed on it. The guar gum is already partially broken down with water. Guar gum that is used in Perfect Pass Prebiotic is highly purified and extensively researched. It dissolves easily and fully in water and it’s easy for everyone to use. There’s no smell, no taste and it breaks down easily.

Good Gut Solution Special Prebiotic Offer

Based on our confidence on how effective the synbiotic concept is, we encourage all our clients to consider using our PHGG prebiotic  with any probiotic of their choice. Right now when you buy Perfect Pass Prebiotic with any of these probiotics, you receive 10% off the probiotics. You can choose from Dr. Ohhira, VSL, Visbiome or Primal Defense. No coupon is needed, simply place both in your cart to receive the discount. Better still, when you purchase Perfect Pass Prebiotic with Perfect Pass Probiotic, our favored probiotic, you’ll get 15% off the probiotics. No coupon is needed, simply put both in your cart to receive the discount.

What you Need to Know about Drinking Water

Why is Drinking Water Important?

We all know that drinking plenty of water is essential for good health. We are made up of 75% water. It’s vital for a healthy liver, lymphatic system and our skin.  It flushes out toxins, aids in good gut health, maintains electrolyte balance, keeps our organs, muscles and tissue healthy. As warm weather approaches it’s even more important to up our water consumption.

Is Your Tap Water Safe? 

Our tap water contains toxic chemicals used in treatment and pesticides from ground water. If you are wondering what’s in your drinking water check out this site from EWG. The Environmental Working Group has a handy tool where you can look up the contaminants in your water by zip code.  http://www.ewg.org/tap-water/whatsinyourwater/CA/San-Diego-Water-Department/3710020/

 Tired of Spending Money on Bottled Water?

Bottled water is good in an emergency but should not be your only source of drinking water. Bottled water manufacturers aren’t required to publish their water quality tests, therefore you may not know exactly what you’re getting. Bottled water may be contaminated with plastic additives that migrate from the bottles when heated or frozen. 

That’s why we encourage our clients to consider using a water filtration system to provide clean water for you and your family at an affordable price. 

GGS-lifestyle-aquadomeGood Gut Solution wanted to offer our customers easy access to tasty, clean, healthy water at an affordable price. We recently formed a relationship with Multipure to make it easy for you. The Multipure Aquadome countertop system installs directly to your faucet and uses the exact same carbon block filter as the undercounter models. It reduces over 65 contaminants of health concern.

Since 1970, Multipure has been the industry leader and manufacturer of solid carbon block filter technology. Multipure Drinking Water Systems meet the highest industry standards. Their philosophy is that everyone should have access to high quality water, free of contaminants for families, children and pets. We feel the same. 


Yogurt May Not Provide Enough of the Probiotic Bacteria You Need

probiotics for good gut health - yogurt not enoughMany people who consider taking a probiotic for good gut health turn to yogurt. And while yogurt does typically contain some live cultures, often it’s not enough to make a difference in digestive health. Sometimes, the friendly bacteria in yogurt are not even alive at all. In addition, using yogurt as your sole source of probiotics could contribute to more gut complications than an individual already has, due to the excess sugar in many kinds of yogurt.

Taking a probiotic to keep the gut healthy is a great idea, but it’s imperative that you choose the right one. If you don’t, you could be taking a supplement that’s not working at all or setting yourself up for further health issues.

Why Yogurt Is Not a Reliable Source of Probiotics

Even though evidence strongly suggests that probiotics are good for intestinal health, the science behind the evidence is not without doubt. We know they benefit the gut by keeping a healthy balance of good and bad bacteria, but we’re still learning about the best ways to get friendly microbes to propagate and thrive in the intestines.

Contrary to what many people believe, yogurts are not the best source of probiotics. Sonia Michail, pediatric gastroenterologist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, said that although yogurt can be healthy, it’s “not a consistent or reliable source.” She goes on to say that even if yogurt is initially made with tons of good bacteria strains, they’re likely killed by yogurt’s low pH level.

In a 2010 study, yogurt that sat for 10 days in the refrigerator had only 30 percent of its probiotics left in the mixture. Many brands say that they contain “live cultures,” but they don’t usually express how many live cultures are inside, and they certainly don’t guarantee that those live cultures will remain by the time a consumer eats the yogurt. Research suggests that, for a yogurt to be semi-effective, it must have at lease 106 to 108 live cultures per gram of product. That’s a huge amount that most companies simply don’t offer.

Probiotic Supplements as a Better Choice

If you want to take a probiotic, you’re better off choosing a powder or powder capsule. Supplements like Perfect Pass Probiotic and Perfect Pass Prebiotic have been used in studies with good digestive health results. These probiotic powder supplements contain billions of live cultures, they’re created to withstand the probiotic’s trip through the acidic digestive system, and they don’t contain substances that could potentially feed bad bacteria and help it flourish.

Perfect Pass, can help with many digestive and intestinal issues like IBS, Crohn’s, colitis, and even minor stomach bugs. These probiotics and prebiotics are safe for kids and adults, and they can be just what you need to heal the gut and keep it healthy.

The Top 5 Reasons to Eat Fermented Foods

cabbage-711538_1920Our busy lifestyle can wreck havoc on our health. Long work hours, little to no leisure time, lack of sleep and a poor diet are all hallmarks of the busy Western lifestyle. It’s no wonder we suffer from a variety of ills, from mild digestive upset to chronic illness.

Studies have shown that populations with diets rich in fermented foods enjoy better health overall. Benefits such as better digestion, higher energy levels, and reduced incidences of chronic illness have been traced back to diets rich in fermented foods.

While most people imagine sauerkraut and kimchi when they think of fermented foods, Western favorites such as coffee, chocolate, wine, beer, yogurt, and some cheeses are also fermented. Here are five good reasons to eat fermented foods.

They are the key to good gut health. Fermented foods are rich in the friendly bacteria that nourish and replenish our gut microbiome. Ongoing research has demonstrated that populations that consume a diet rich in fermented foods experience less diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, and other digestive ailments.

Fermented foods aid in nutrient absorption. Since an unbalanced gut microbiome can limit the absorption of nutrients, fermented foods facilitate the absorption of nutrients by balancing the gut microbiome. Once your body is fully able to access all the nutrients in your food, you will notice a difference in your overall health.

They are natural probiotics. Fermented foods are rich in friendly bacteria, vitamins, and minerals. All of these elements combine to replenish and nourish the delicate gut flora that facilitates better overall health.

You’ll maintain a healthy weight. A 2011 study published in the Journal of Nutrition Research explored the benefits of Korean kimchi in overweight adults. The subjects who added kimchi to their diets enjoyed lower blood sugar, decreased blood pressure, lower body weight, and lower body fat percentages. Additionally, those who ate kimchi also had a lower waist-to-hip ratio, an important indicator of overall health.

They have natural prebiotic properties. Fermented foods such as sauerkraut also feed and nourish the gut flora, allowing them to proliferate.

By adding fermented foods to your diet, you’ll be enjoying the same health benefits that people around the world have enjoyed for hundreds of years. You’ll not only enhance your overall health, but you’ll also enjoy better gut health.

In some cases, food sources aren’t enough, especially if your diet is heavy in processed foods. A high-quality probiotic supplement combined with fermented foods can set you on the path to better nutrient absorption, better digestion and sleep, and increased ability to ward off colds and other infections.

You’ll need to travel no further than your supermarket or farmer’s market to enjoy the rich health benefits of fermented foods, and there is no price difference between fermented foods and conventional foods.

By adding fermented foods to your diet, you’ll enjoy the rich health benefits that people the world over have enjoyed for hundreds of years.

Build Better Bones with Probiotics

bones xrayA recent report in the British Medical Journal debated the role of calcium in maintaining bone strength as we age. In essence, the findings disputed the role of calcium in reducing the risk of bone fractures and osteoporosis in women over 50. At the same time, a growing body of research points to the role of probiotics in maintaining and improving bone strength. Probiotic supplements can help your body to absorb and utilize the calcium you need for healthy bones

Probiotics, otherwise known as the “good bacteria,” are present in our intestines. Poor diet, antacids (Tums), or proton pump inhibitors (Prilosec, Nexium) can all negatively affect the intestines’ ability to absorb calcium by inhibiting the growth of healthy gut flora.

Your intestinal health plays a significant role in your overall bone health. If your body cannot properly absorb calcium due to poor gut flora, your bones will eventually suffer.

The Bone-Gut Connection

Our bodies are equipped with gut flora-bone signaling “pathways.” Bacteria use these pathways to communicate with the bone cells that are responsible for remodeling our bone tissue.

These gut bacteria dictate the rate at which the signals travel along the gut flora-bone pathway and facilitate bone remodeling. The more “friendly” gut bacteria you have in your intestines, the more quickly these signals reach your bone cells, and the more quickly your bones will remodel and maintain their strength.

Better Bones Strength

The key to improving your bone strength doesn’t lie in guzzling glasses of milk or taking extra calcium supplements, but in probiotics. Foods such as yogurt and kefir are excellent sources of naturally occurring probiotics. Both of these foods help replenish the lactobacilli and bifidobateria strains that naturally reside in your digestive tract.

A healthy balance of probiotics improves bone strength by increasing calcium and magnesium absorption, and enhancing the absorption of phytoestrogens such as soy. Probiotics also break down the lactase (milk sugars) in milk, allowing your body to easily digest it without stomach upset.

If your diet has consisted mostly of gluten-rich foods, or if you’ve been taking medications such as antibiotics and antacids, there’s a good chance your gut flora could use some help in restoring their natural balance. Foods rich in probiotic properties and a high-quality probiotic supplement can work together to replenish your beneficial gut flora.

While the role of calcium in maintaining bone health is currently up for debate, the role of probiotics has emerged as a key factor in maintaining sound bone health. Probiotics, both in food and in supplements, restore the natural balance of your gut flora and allows your body to once again absorb the nutrients and minerals that are essential to bone growth.

A diet rich in probiotic foods such as yogurt, kefir, and dark chocolate all replenish our natural gut flora. A high-quality probiotic supplement used in conjunction with a healthy diet helps your body to maintain its healthy gut flora and allows you to maintain optimum health.