To Probiotic or To Not Probiotic…  Bacteria and The Gut

To Probiotic or To Not Probiotic… Bacteria and The Gut

Bacteria and The Gut

When I work with a client and it comes to probiotics my answer is never simple.  I use my intuition greatly as well as the clients feedback for clues when it comes to my recommendation for which probiotic would be best suited for them.  Some people, like myself, cannot tolerate any probiotic for a long while into the protocol.  

Many clients that I chat with are under the belief that they must “kill” off all the bad bugs and although we do want to rid the body of many of these culprits, it is not like we can go in with a nerf gun and have at it…

The idea is to push the bad bugs out by increasing the good.  We also want to look at which strains of good bugs do we want to add.  After all, too many good bugs can lead to bad things as well.   We want to think about all of the bi products that all the bacteria create as well as the fact that many of the by products are actually great at keeping inflammation down.

In one article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, according to the book Brain Maker ” These preventive  strategies are already well documented in high-profile scientific literature and can have a radical impact in reducing the incidences of the neurodegenerative illness.  Medical researchers already have knowledge that, if implemented, could slash the number of new Alzheimer’s patients here in the U.S. by more than half”.

What is it that this article was referring to in regards to prevention?  The Gut!

There have also been reports done suggesting that high blood sugar could be a serious factor to development of dementia.  I am talking about high blood sugar that is not considered on the diabetic radar yet.  

I am suggesting that rather than calling in reinforcements to pull the car out of the ditch (medication), perhaps we could slow down and pay more attention to the signs.


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Why am I talking about blood sugar when I was talking about the gut?  The same reason that I talk about blood pressure, SIBO or anxiety…  Because they are connected and it is becoming more and more obvious that those with poor gut health are more likely to struggle with all areas of health, including mental health.  

I have been at the bottom, you know that ugly place where you thought you knew what depression is until you are actually experiencing it first hand and let me tell you, it was far from pretty.  Once I was completely submerged in it, I began to really research and see just how connected my gut health was in relation to my mental well being.  I am not a doctor and if you need medication, that is not for me to judge.  I would recommend though that you take a close look at your gut health as well.  

I have also had a long list of symptoms such as depression, IC, IBS, candida, chronic migraines, joint pain and so on.  My point is that almost any symptom can and likely is a direct result of the health of your gut.  There is obviously a lot more to solving the puzzle to your ongoing health concerns and it id not gut a matter of digestion but also absorption among other things.

So, where to start…? 

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  1. Clean up your diet
  2.  Probiotic
  3. Water with sea salt
What Causes Leaky Gut?

What Causes Leaky Gut?


Why is Gut Health soooo important?

Gut health is imperative. Often the starting point of most symptoms. It is important for everyone, it is one of those things that we all have in common. Maybe your ultimate goal is weight loss, maybe you are exhausted all the time or have no energy to do the things that you used to or so badly want to, stomach pain, gassy, it always leads back to the state of your gut.

Of course, we all know that the gut is were certain things happen. We learn the basics at an early age. Food goes in, poop comes out. However, as easy as that sounds, it is much more complex and many are suffering due to the lack of gut care. Use of antibiotics, a stress (who doesn’t have some level of stress…?), environmental toxins and food choices are seriously affecting your overall health. Loads of ladies tell me that they eat the cleanest diet and yet they still have a chronic list of symptoms. The thing is that your gut needs to not only digest the food you eat but also and more importantly absorb it. Eating healthy food is just a portion of what you need to be doing to stay healthy. Eat as many cucumbers as you want but if your stress is uncontrollable and you are releasing excessive amounts of cortisol, it won’t due you any good. Same goes for supplements, or mostly I call, expensive pee… I see countless women purchasing loads of supplements looking for the next fix to their symptoms but if the body cannot absorb them; expensive pee.

What do you mean my gut is leaky?

Referred to as leaky gut, simply put means that the lining of your intestine, the section that acts like a barrier has become compromised and is not doing its job. Think of it like a fence that you put up to keep the neighbors kids out of your yard but a bunch of screws came loose over the winter and they keep crawling through to play. Those holes from the loose screws now let large particles to slip through the gut membrane and enter into the bloodstream. This is not ideal because the body does not understand and assumes that those particles are bad and turns on an immune response which then leads to a whole pile of issues such as food allergies and many autoimmune conditions.

What causes Leaky gut?

The way that foods are being processed plays a large role. The additives, pesticides, chemicals are not easily absorbed and so they can cause small tears in the lining. Grains especially are being processed in away that the body is unable to break them down and as weakening our digestive function. Sugar, aka white death is a massive trigger food as well. Refined foods, antibiotics, drinking alcohol, and of course stress are all culprits. I believe most women have many signs and signals from the body before they are willing to pay attention to their gut health and by the time that the do.

Ok, so how do I know if I have leaky gut?

The easy symptoms to identify by are bloating, diarrhea, gas, burping, constipation or diarrhea but those are the easy targets. Almost any symptom can be brought back to gut health. Why? Because symptoms are a reflection in most cases of inflammation and inflammation starts in the gut with those tears and particles escaping. Many people think that once they are in this cycle that they will never get better but I don’t believe that.

How can I test to see if I have leaky gut?

Almost everyone at some point will be considering what testing they should or can have done. If you suspect that you have leaky gut, you have several options if testing is something you want to pursue.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to have a colonoscopy or an endoscopy to check it out.
1. OATS test
2. Comprehensive Stool Analysis
3. Urine test – Lactose/Mannitol test
4. Blood test checking for IgG and IgA antibodies

How Do I Heal my Leaky Gut?

The biggest factor to consider here is the length of time that you ignored those signs and symptoms and double or triple it. It takes time to repair damage and most people give up before they are halfway there.

TIPS to start rebuilding the gut lining.

1. Avoid all processed food. NO sugar, NO gluten and NO dairy. These are the 3 basic major inflammatory foods. Once you run an IgG test you can remove an trigger foods as well.

2. Focus on healthy fats such as avacodo, coconut and nuts. Chicken stock is the BEST option. Boil for under 4 hours if concerned about histamine.

3. More often than not, as in always, stress is the leading contributor. You may not want to admit it and think that once your body is all better, you won’t feel stressed but you can chase the chicken and still won’t get anywhere until you work on your stress.

4. Supplements. This is very different for everyone but a good starting point is L-glutamine, probiotics and cod liver oil. L-Glutamine is great because it plays a role in rebuilding the structural lining of your gut. Probiotics replenish your good bacteria and push out all the bad stuff. Cod liver oil is getting more popular now and provides omega 3 fatty acids, which target inflammation and helps to lower it.

5. Work with a coach. Build a health team. SO many think they can do all of this on their own until it is too late and they are in the doctor’s office. The other thing I see often is once feeling better, women stop all the hard work they put in and wonder why they feel bad again. Hire someone professional and pay the same way you would to maintain your car to help you build a regime that works for you.

If you are looking for a coach to guide you with this, I can help!

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