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Why Should You Take a Stool Test?

GI symptoms are your bodies way of warning you that something is wrong.

If you have ongoing intestinal symptoms  that’s your body’s way of telling you that your gut is out of balance.

Yes, the signs and symptoms you are experiencing are your body’s warning system. These red flags are asking you to pay attention to your body. The very first step you should take is an easy to do, ‘at home’ stool test.

Did you know that Gastrointestinal or GI problems are usually the most common reasons that people look for medical attention.

Stool testing gives you invaluable information about what’s going on in your gut. Maybe you are experiencing symptoms like diarrhea, gas, constipation or bloating. If so, it’s a good idea to find out what’s going on in your gut so you know where to start in repairing it.

Without this valuable information it’s a guessing game and you can waste hundreds of dollars trying different protocols to heal your gut, without getting to know what the cause is.

We recommend Doctor’s Data Comprehensive Stool Analysis to help you understand the underlying reasons for your symptoms.

What Does a Doctors Data At Home Stool Test Help You Determine?

  • Reasons for nausea, vomiting and bloating
  • Why you have loss of appetite
  • Abdominal, cramping and diarrhea causes
  • Absorption of nutrients
  • Parasites
  • Infections from bacteria, viruses, or funguses
  • Liver problems
  • Pancreatic function
  • Digestive conditions such as Crohn’s and Colitis

How is Dr.’s Data Test Different From Other At Home Stool Tests?

Doctor’s Data labs have been examining stool samples  for over 40 years. Doctor’s Data became the first lab in the functional medicine industry to introduce MALDI-TOF (Matrix- Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Time of Flight) as a method of identifying bacteria and yeast in stool culture. MALDI-TOF works by measuring the unique “fingerprints” of our microorganisms. This spectra is then compared to a reference database for verification and identification.

What Makes the MALDI-TOF a Superior Measure for Stool Testing?

Doctor’s Data utilizes MALDI-TOF in combination with “high-complexity” culture for rapid, accurate and reliable identification of hundreds of gastrointestinal bacterial and yeast species, and even subspecies. The MALDI-TOF reference database is the most expansive and is growing by about 100 species per month. To date they have identified over 180 yeast species; 65 of these are Candida alone. This ability to differentiate is extremely important since some patients may have up to 6 or 7 different strains.

Click Here to Read More about the MALDI-TOF stool analysis technology.

All of Doctors Data CSA tests use the MALDI-TOF technology. Heres what Sandra Richter, Director of Bacteriology in the departments of Clinical Pathology and Molecular Pathology at The Cleveland Clinic, had to say about it. “It is clear that this is a giant step forward in the accuracy and speed of organism identification routinely reported by the lab.”

Click Here to see the Doctor’s Data CSA tests that we offer.  If you have any questions about which test is right for you, email us or call us at 877.240.7528 and we will be happy to help and answer your questions.

How Can You Fix Your Gut? Bacillus Spores

Bacillus Subtilis

What are Bacillus Spores?

Bacillus subtilis is a bacteria that is commonly found in water, soil, air and decomposing plant residue.

This spore has an extraordinary ability to survive harsh environments such as extreme heat and acidity. More importantly this spore is found in your gut. 

In fact, it’s one of the “good guys”. You want bacillus subtilis spores in your gut.

These are the spores which produce endospores that make positive changes to your gut and support your immune system.

You’ve probably heard that increasing the diversity of your gut microbes is a good thing. You’ve maybe even taken different formulas of probiotics. Maintaining a proper ratio of good spores in your gut is crucial for maintaining good gut health and a strong immune system.

That’s a big reason why many people take probiotics for conditions like Leaky Gut, IBS, Crohn’s, and Ulcerative Colitis. If you have been taking probiotics and still not finding relief you may want to consider taking Bacillus Subtilis spores and here’s why.

Why Bacillus Spores?

  • Bacillus Spores are resistant to the harsh stomach acid environment which allows it to get into the digestive system and do its work.
  • Bacillus Spores are able to suppress the growth of harmful bacteria.
  • Bacillus Spores strengthen the mucosal lining and enhance the growth of other good strains such as lactobacillus spores in the gut.
  • Bacillus spores significantly repair damage to the intestinal lining in the gut. These tight junctions, when not performing optimally, allow toxins to leek into the bloodstream. (Leaky Gut) Click Here to Read More
  • Bacillus spores play a role in reconditioning the body’s metabolism. When combined with a diet rich in healthy fibers and low sugar, this spore turns the body into a fat burning machine. Microbiologist Kiran Krishnan has been studying spores for the last 15 years, he says, “If there wasn’t reason enough before to improve gut health, this probiotic spore might now be the one “magic pill” we’ve been seeking for long-term, healthy and sustainable weight management”

Which Probiotics Contain Bacillus Spores?

We recommend Perfect Pass Probiotics to our clients. Perfect Pass contains 3 pharmaceutical grade strains of bacillus spores.

These bacillus spores are able to survive stomach acid. They make lasting changes in the gut to heal the gut and provide relief of symptoms.

Each of these bacillus spores has a distinct function and synergistically contributes to the combined effectiveness of this probiotic.

Click Here to Read More

Probiotics and Our Immune System with Ross Pelton

SporesWe are excited to share the latest information on the Microbiome with you where we interview Ross Pelton, the Scientific Director for Essential Formulas. He is a Health Longevity Coach, Pharmacist and Clinical Nutritionist. Today we asked Ross to talk to us about the role probiotics have in supporting our immune system.

In addition, Ross  is also a clinical nutritionist and helps people with diet, nutrition and natural therapies. He truly is an expert in his field.

In case you missed out, we have posted all our  interviews with Ross in one convenient place. He shared with us exciting new information on gut health, the Microbiome and the Pathobiome. Click Here to see all of our videos in the Microbiome Series.

How is Your Immune System Supported by Probiotics?

We asked Ross how spores in Dr. Ohhiras formula support our immune system. Heres what he had to tell us:

  • First of all the bacteria in Dr. Ohhiras probiotics support the growth and proliferation of your innate bacteria which gives them the capability of transforming your microbiome.

 

  • Spores produce Short Chain Fatty Acids. These are slightly acidic compounds produced by the probiotics which create an optimal acid balance in your intestinal tract. This acid balance supports the growth of good bacteria and suppresses  growth of the bad bacteria.

 

  • Spores also produce bacteriocins and defensins. Think of these as natural  antibiotics in your system.

 

  • Spores produce hydrogen peroxide which suppresses  the growth of candida yeast.

Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics have a broader number of different bacteria. A broader range of bacteria means a healthier microbiome and immune system.

 

Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics are truly unique, they have a different beginning than other probiotics on the market. Their spores are fed from natural ingredients like mountain spring water, organic fruits, and vegetables that have been fermented for three to five years.

Probiotic Spores Produce Antioxidants in the Gut

Antioxidants are produced in our gut by the Bacillus endosporeWhat’s the Role Probiotics Play in Producing Antioxidants?

We asked our friend, Kiran Krishnan, microbiologist and gut health expert, if probiotics produce antioxidants in the gut. We were curious about how probiotics can produce antioxidants, which ones are produced and how you can benefit from these amazing nutrients. Scroll to the bottom of this post to see our interview with Kiran on this fascinating topic.

Kiran has specialized in gut health for the past 17 years. He has gathered a wealth of knowledge on probiotics and how they affect our microbiome from his research and the latest clinical trials.

Here’s what Kiran had to say, “There’s only one type of probiotic strain that can produce antioxidants and that’s the strains of the Bacillus family.

It’s true the Bacillus endospore strains produce antioxidants in the gut.”

Here’s how they work; they take incoming food and convert them into antioxidants and other useful nutrients such as Methylated B Vitamins.

Lets take a look at the antioxidants produced in our gut with Bacillus Spores.

Ubiquinol

  • Supports optimal cardiovascular function
  • Boosts your energy and stamina levels over the long term
  • Supports optimal energy production in the mitochondria in all cells
  • Reduces the normal signs of aging by preventing damage caused by oxidative stress and free radicals
  • Enhances the support of your immune and nervous systems
  • Helps tissue cells generate energy and protect against damage from free radicals and oxidative stress

Quinone

  • Decreases inflammation and free radicals
  • Creates new mitochondria
  • Improves memory and reasoning
  • Neuroprotective against Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Cognitive Injuries
  • Improves sleep, mood, and fatigue
  • Improves immune health

Lycopene

  • Protects your body from toxic pesticides found in foods and chemicals such as MSG
  • Slows down several types of cancer
  • Protects your eyes from oxidative stress and cataract development
  • Boosts heart health
  • Relieves oxidative stress in the bones
  • Counteracts cell damage to the brain caused by aging

Vitamin K2

  • Reduces osteoporosis and deteriorating bones
  • Slows artery hardening
  • Inhibits growth of cancer

Beta Carotene

  • Boost your immune system protect your skin and eyes
  • Lowers chances of developing heart disease
  • Protects against cancer

Watch Kiran Krishnan’s video about antioxidants here.

Stay tuned for Part 4 of our Microbiome series with Kiran Krishnan. We will be asking Kiran about the role of probiotics for those with Autism.

Fermentation – It’s Good For the Gut

Fermented foods are all the rage these days. Just go to any farmer’s market and you’ll find at a least a few vendors selling fermented vegetables, pickled kimchi’s, kombucha and gut ciders.

How do these fermented foods help improve your gut health?

It helps to think of the process used to create fermented foods as the same process your gut uses to digest foods. Think of your digestion as your internal fermentation system.

Historically the fermentation process was used as a method to preserve foods. It’s history goes back thousands of years and across many cultures.  The fermentation process works by producing short chain fatty-acids which prohibit harmful bacteria from growing.

At the same time these short-chain fatty acids produce the ideal pH to encourage good bacteria to grow.

This is the reason adding fermented foods and probiotics to your diet is a great way to improve the environment in your gut.

One probiotic on the market, Dr. Ohhira’s Professional Formula, takes this fermentation process a step further by feeding their 12 strains of bacteria for five years.

We talked with Ross Pelton, the scientist for Dr. Ohhira’s probiotics, about the fermentation process and how it works in our digestive system.

 

He says that the first step in changing your ‘pathobiome’ (unhealthy microbiome) into a healthy microbiome is to change the environment.

You need to replace the environment by changing the acid balance so it’s no longer favorable to bad bacteria.

Listen to more of Dr. Ross Pelton’s interviews on the microbiome by clicking here.

Stay tuned for our next segment in a few weeks.

 

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