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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.

uBiome-The Key to What Microbes Live in My Gut.

Follow me on my quest to get to the bottom of what bacteria live in my gut.

I’ve read for a long time that everyone should be taking probiotics,  Honestly though, I rarely have any digestion issues, stomach upset, irregular bowel movements or even bloating or gas. At times I think maybe I have a stomach of steel. It could be because I eat a very healthy diet and incorporate a lot of foods with naturally occurring probiotics in them on a regular basis. I’m not sure what resides in my gut. Is it good bacteria, bad bacteria or a mix of the two.

One thing is that I regularly consume fermented foods; kimchi, krauts, pickled products and fermented yogurt products. In fact, there are even times where I eat kimchi and sour kraut for breakfast on top of my eggs.

Probiotics are for people who have chronic gut conditions and weakened immune systems, I thought.

Then I started reading up on probiotics and the gut and realized the havoc that goes on when you take antibiotics. I knew about this. I definitely accepted the idea that everyone should take a round of probiotics once they finish their course of antibiotics. I even did the same thing for my two dogs whenever they finished a round of antibiotics for their chronic ear infections.

So, when I had to go on antibiotics last spring for a root canal I was ready. I loaded up on the probiotics during and after my procedure and felt I’d done my part.

Or, so I thought. I have to admit I did wonder if I had replaced all my gut bacteria which was wiped out by taking probiotics for a few weeks and eating raw goat yogurt.

Is all the fermented food really doing it’s job by bringing in hundreds of strains of bacteria? How will I really know?

uBiome Gut TestThen I heard about uBiome. It’s a way to check out these microbes in your gut. This test actually does a DNA sequencing of your microbes.

It names the microbes and tells you how many you have of each strain. That was exciting to me.

The uBiome Test Kit can be ordered at uBiome.com.

In the meantime I was intrigued by uBiome. I went on line and checked out their site to find out who uBiome was. The test looked pretty simple and user friendly.

Basically you just order a kit, test the site area, send it in and wait six weeks. They had multiple areas of your body you could test but I was just interested in the Gut Test for now.

My test arrived the same week. I read the instructions, which by the way, were simple to understand and even had pictures.

I realized that I would have to wait until the morning to take the sample with my first bowel movement of the day.

For now, I went on line and set up my account. Pretty simple.

Create a log in user name and password. Since I intended to take my sample the following morning I entered that as my sample date. You can always take your sample at a later date if you wish too.

The next morning I took the sample. This might sound a little gross but it was really more like a science experiment. Included in my kit was a sample swab. The test instructions said to swab the toilet paper I had used to include just the slightest change in color on the swab.

I did that. Step two; put the swab in the collection tube and stir it up for a minute. This small vial has some sort of clear liquid in it.

Finally, put on the cap and shake for a minute.

Done.

Next drop it in the pouch and place in the mailer which is already prepaid and addressed to the uBiome lab.

It was so easy!

Next, I just wait for my results.

The instructions say that uBiome will email me when they receive my sample and when my results are posted in my account.

I can’t wait. When I get the results I’ll share all the details with you.

Until then, try some kimchi for breakfast.

New Year, New Gut

Our New Years Gift to You, our valued Customer. 

Here’s an easy way to find out what’s in your gut so you can start the New Year ensuring you have a healthy digestive tract by making certain that your microbiome is teeming with lots and lots of good bacteria. 

Microbiome

How can you do that? 

uBiome Gut Test lets you take your health into your own hands. Their simple at home swab test literally takes 2 minutes, and valued at $89, is your first line of defense. 

And no need to pay for it now. For a limited time only, simply place an order with Good Gut Solution for supplements totaling $120 and add the sku for the uBiome Gut Test-uBiome-to your order. then use coupon code UBIOME1 to receive your complimentary test.

 uBiome was started in 2012 by researchers from Stanford, Oxford, and UCSF. They developed a simple, quick way to test the bacteria in your gut. See how you do it. Click Here for Instructions.

You see, your gut is made up of 100 trillion bacteria cells that have direct influence on your health. All these 100 trillion cells make up your unique microbiome.

Know what bacteria your unique microbiome consist of and then model your supplement program on what you learn from the test.

Here’s what you do to send it in.

https://app.ubiome.com

uBiome test kit instructions

*PLEASE NOTE

Remember to include your date of birth when you place your order. The uBiome lab needs that information for accuracy.

Did you know?

The systems the microbiome influence are tremendous, virtually every system in our body including:

  • Digestion
  • Immune system
  • Cognitive function
  • Nutrient Absorption

So with the intrinsic link between these systems and your microbiome, it makes sense to put this at the top of your priority list when looking at ways to improve your overall health.

What will be in my Ubiome Results?uBiome Results

Once the sequencing of your unique microbiome is complete you will receive an email. You simply log in to your account for a detailed, easy to understand report on your microorganisms.

uBiome uses DNA sequencing technology to identify specific individual bacteria strains. Your report will include detailed information on each of the bacteria found. This includes the name of each bacteria strain, the total number and what their function is in your body.

You can also compare your rmicrobiome results with the results of others. See how your microbiome compares with other groups; vegans, those taking antibiotics or those that smoke.

Why VSL3?

VSL#3 Probiotic 2 Pack Capsules VSL3 Can Help If You….

  • Have heavy stress
  • Have recently taken antibiotics
  • Drink a lot of alcohol
  • Eat a lot of sugar
  • Get recurring fungal infections

Did you know that if you do just one of these system stressors on a regular basis, your gut health could be compromised.  Microorganisms which reside in your gut can not be stimulated to grow by a change in diet alone. That’s why probiotics are necessary. Before your immune system gets out of wack, consider taking probiotics.

Why take VSL#3?

  • 10 times the strength of the average probiotic
  • Proprietary blend of 8 strains of live probiotic bacteria; multiple bacteria strains taken simultaneously provide a wider range of benefits than single strain probiotics.
  • The effects of probiotics are very strain specific; the strains of VSL#3 are backed by more than 170 published studies
  • Greater potency which ensures that bacteria survive the stomach acid and bile to colonize in your gut.
  • VSL #3 is now dairy-free for those people who suffer from milk allergies or lactose intolerance.

In 2014 the World Health Organization defined Probiotics as “live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.” VSL#3 meets the definition of a probiotic.

What are the results of VSL#3?

  • Maintains a healthy mucosal lining
  • Strengthens intestinal barriers
  • Strengthens the tight junctions
  • Improves immune system
  • Improves digestion

What Conditions Does VSL#3 Help?

If you are still wondering if VSL#3 could be right for you, take a look at these testimonials from those who have been helped by this product. VSL#3 is now available in three formulations, regular strength, double strength and packet form. It’s simple to take as a capsule or just add it to a beverage or smoothie.

Contact us if you have any questions about VSL#3 or need help with determining the best dose to take for your condition or symptoms.

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.

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Sheryl Cohen February 14, 2017