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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.

Pamela Nathan Gut Health Series Interview

Pamela Nathan’s Interview with Leah Kline

I recently participated in Leah Kline’s Gut Health Symposium. What a great panel of speakers she interviewed. There was so much to be learned from so many different experts talking about many different aspects of gut health. Not only was the information invaluable but there were lots of free giveaways as well.

Leah was curious to hear about how I was introduced to holistic medicine. Then she went on to ask me about my current ‘pet’ topics, like, how our understanding of what probiotics really are has changed since the completion of the Human Microbiome Project, as well as why I think prebiotics are so important with today’s challenges in maintaining excellent gut function.

Here’s the interview in case you missed it.

Probiotic & Prebiotic Awareness on the Rise

The Probiota Americas Conference in Chicago this past month produced exciting new information on probiotics and consumers awareness of their benefits. Some hopeful information came from a recent survey by AIDP which measured consumers usage of prebiotics and probiotics.

Probiotics & Prebiotics in our MicrobiomeWhat we learned is that the word is getting out.  In an article by Hank Schultz, he talked about the survey results. “In a poll of 400 dietary supplement users, it was revealed that more than 38% would be very likely or somewhat likely to try a prebiotic with strong digestive and immune health benefits. The survey also showed that 44% of these consumers had tried a probiotic supplement. Further results showed that more than 60% of respondents would be interested in buying a product that contained both a prebiotic and a probiotic.” This reflects a better understanding of the role these supplements have in digestive and immune wellness. 

Furthermore consumers would be more likely to try a product that was backed by research and human clinical trials. The vast majority of solid probiotic research has occurred in just the past 3 years with the conclusion of the largest consortium of scientific research on the human gut ecology called Human Microbiome Project. For the latest findings and research in relation to probiotics check our Microbiome Series with Microbiologist Kiran Krishnan.

What is the Difference Between a Probiotic and Prebiotic?

We know that feeding the existing bacteria is just as important as introducing new bacteria in the gut. Prebiotics stimulate the growth and maintenance of our beneficial gut microbiota. Probiotics increase the diversity of our bacteria and increase its numbers. Our clients have reported the most improved results when taking both a prebiotic and probiotic together for a two-three month period.

Ask a Microbiologist: 7 Surprising Scientific Facts About Probiotics

7 surprising facts about probiotics

When it comes to probiotics, there are plenty of marketers clamoring for attention. From billions of strains to special coatings–we’ve heard it all. But if you ask for scientific proof, those voices die down. What gives?

Kiran Krishnan, a renowned microbiologist, is a part of a group of doctors and researchers hired to investigate and conduct clinical trials around the “next generation” of probiotics. Just in time, too. Their 10-year intensive study coincides with the Human Microbiome Project (HMP), a massive nationwide research project with a focus on microorganisms’ effects on human beings. Krishnan is the scientist behind Perfect Pass Probiotics.

We recently sat down with Krishnan and he gave us an inside look at 7 scientific facts about probiotics.

 

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Facts about Baby’s Gut Microbiota

Baby's Healthy Gut Microbiome                                                                                                                                            The Human Microbiome Research 2008-2013 has taken the scientific community by storm. In actual fact, investigation into the gut microbiota and it’s role in human health is just beginning. April 2015’s edition of Townsend Letter News tells us that 2014 Canadian Reviewers say “Whether the altered microbiome causes the disease or is the disease affecting the microbiome remains an issue of debate… future research should incorporate extended microbiota analyses, detailed nutrition assessments, and longitudinal measures of disease conditions throughout childhood.”

Now we know for a fact that the establishment of a baby’s gut microbiota has to do with a number of prenatal and postnatal factors. It’s a diverse microbiome that helps with immune system development, protects against pathogens, and helps digest food. Some gut bacteria even have profiles have been linked to immune-related illnesses like asthma, allergic disorders and chronic immune-mediated inflammatory diseases.

According to recent findings, babies are exposed to beneficial gut bacteria in the womb. DNA from Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, both of which are normal residents of a healthy gut, have been found in placentas. Bifidobacteria have also been found in meconium, amniotic fluid, fetal membranes, and umbilical cord blood taken from healthy mothers and infants.

Here are some more interesting findings about a baby’s gut microbiota:

  • It’s very interesting to note that factors that change the mother’s microbiota during pregnancy also affect a baby’s commensal bacteria composition after birth.
  • We also found out that if a woman uses antibiotics around the time of birth, there is a delayed colonization by Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus species in the baby.
  • Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus counts were also lower in baby monkeys whose mothers were stressed during pregnancy.
  • Reduced levels of Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus correlate to higher risk of allergic conditions, irritable bowel, and inflammatory bowel disease.
  • We also now know that the birth process itself is a major factor in the establishment of a baby’s microbiota.

“A number of studies have described altered fecal or intestinal microbiota profiles in cesarean section-delivered infants beginning at 1 day after birth and persisting to 6 weeks, 6 months, and even 7 years of age.”

“Vaginally born infants typically have more microbial diversity in their Gl tract and a higher incidence of Lactobacillus, Prevotella, and Sneathia — all of which are normal inhabitants of a woman’s vagina. Cesarean-delivered babies have high levels of skin microbes, less Bifidobacteria, and less microbial diversity.”, say our Canadian reviewers.

These microbiome alterations may contribute to Cesarean-delivered children’s higher incidence of immunological disorders. Children born by C-section have a 20% higher risk of asthma, a 10% greater risk of developing juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and about 40% greater risk of developing other immune defects, according to a 2014 Pediatrics study. These conclusions were based on data from 2 million Danish children born between 1973 and 2012.

A baby’s diet also influences gut microbiota. Commensal bacteria thrive in breast-fed infants. Breast-fed infants had more than twice the number of Bifidobacterium cells in their stool, compared with formula-fed babies in a 2011 study. Other studies report that C. difficile, a Gl pathogen, is more prevalent in formula-fed infants.

This is exciting times we live in. Cutting edge information about the true nature of our digestive tract, the importance of a baby’s gut microbiota and how to keep it healthy throughout adulthood has just begun.

References:
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Bezirtzoglou E, Tsiotsias A, Welling GW. Microbiota profile in feces of breast- and formula-fed newborns by using fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) [abstract]. Anaerobe. December 2011; 17(6):478-482. Available at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/ S1075996411000333. Accessed February 2, 2015.
Munyaka PM, Khafipour E, Shia J-E. External influence of early childhood establishment of gut microbiota and subsequent health implications. Front Pediatr. October 2014;2:Article 109. Available at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4190989/pdf/fped-02-00109.pdf. Accessed January 16, 2015.
Ringgaard A. Giant study links C-sections with chronic disorders [online article]. ScienceNordic. December 9, 2014. http://sciencenordic.com/giant-study-links-c-sections-chronic-disorders. Accessed January 10, 2015.
Sevelsted A, Stokholm J, Bonnelykke K, Bisgaard H. Cesarean section and chronic immune disorders [abstract]. Pediatrics. January 1, 2015;135(1):e92-e98. Available at http://pediatrics. aappublications.org/content/135/1/e92.abstract. Accessed January 16, 2015.

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Sheryl Cohen December 30, 2016