Gut Health

Healing Leaky Gut and Dysbiosis with Kiran Krishnan

Kiran Krishnan is a Microbiologist with over 20 years experience in the probiotics industry. In this webinar we did in May, Kiran talks about leaky gut, the microbiome, gluten, the immune system & supplements for a leaky gut.

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 03:20 Introduction to WWC
Min 04:05 Kiran Krishnan & his work
Min 08:35 Leaky gut progression
Min 13:13 Effects of a leaky gut
Min 17:15 Effects of stress on the gut
Min 20:40 Symptoms of a leaky gut
Min 23:30 Is leaky gut genetic?
Min 27:15 Gluten & Megaspore
Min 33:25 Eating right
Min 35:50 Megaspore
Min 43:20 Getting the right probiotic
Min 48:25 GI Restore supplement
Min 50:25 Taking probiotics for bloating
Min 54:30 GI Assist supplement & gut restoration kit
Min 1:01:00 Parasites & leaky gut
Min 1:04:35 Candida, immune deficiency & breastfeeding while on probiotics
Min 1:11:00 Histamine

Resources:

Megaspore 
Gut Restoration kit 
Gut Infection kit 
GI Restore powder 
GI Assist 
Atrantil 
Healing Gut & Oral Infections With Herbs with Rachel Fresco 
Why Chronic Bloating Happens with Eric Rieger

Here's the video version of the interview with Kiran Krishnan:

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Are You Dangerously Low in Magnesium?

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Without It You Can’t Build Hormones or Clear Toxins

Magnesium deficiency is one of the most overlooked nutrient deficiencies in our modern-day world. Magnesium is not included on nutrition facts labels and is rarely tested for in routine blood work, literally leaving this important mineral “out of sight, out of mind.”

However, shocking new research indicates that up to 50 percent of Americans are deficient in magnesium! (1) This has significant health implications because magnesium is needed to carry out over 300 different biochemical reactions in the body, including those involved in hormone production and detoxification. In fact, the health benefits of magnesium are endless.

Read on to learn about the importance of magnesium for managing stress, building hormones, and promoting detoxification, and which type of magnesium is the most bioavailable in the body. 

Why are We So Deficient in Magnesium?

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body; without it, life would not exist!

However, magnesium deficiency currently afflicts a record number of people in our population. Why have we collectively become so deficient in this critical nutrient? There are five main reasons why many of us are suffering from magnesium deficiency nowadays.                           

  1. Stress
  2. Poor nutrition
  3. Soil depletion
  4. Chronic gut problems
  5. Medications that deplete magnesium

Stress

Our bodies rapidly use up magnesium during times of stress to rev up our nervous systems. Unfortunately, modern-day life is full of stressful activities, many of which we experience daily, such as working and commuting.

To make matters worse, drinking coffee and other caffeinated beverages to help our bodies manage stress and keep up with the daily grind further depletes magnesium.

Given the amount of stress many of us face and the amount of coffee we drink as a nation, it's no wonder we are magnesium deficient!

Poor nutrition

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The Standard American Diet (SAD) is rich in refined flours and junk food that has had most, if not all, of their magnesium removed during processing. In fact, the three “staple foods” of the SAD diet – refined grains, vegetable oils, and sugar – typically have had between 80 and 100 percent of their magnesium removed!

This means that many people are eating a diet that is very low in magnesium. To make matters worse, very few people consume the food sources of magnesium that are naturally rich in magnesium, such as dark leafy greens, legumes, and nuts. 

Nutrient-depleted soils

Research indicates that magnesium content in vegetables has declined between 25-80% over the past 60 years due to increasing nutrient depletion of our soils.

Pesticides used in industrial agriculture kill soil organisms that provide nutrients to plants, and synthetic fertilizers diminish mineral absorption by fruits and vegetables. This leaves us with a product that may look healthy, but is quite nutrient-poor. 

Chronic gut problems

Chronic gut problems, such as small intestinal bacterial growth (SIBO) and leaky gut, compromise magnesium absorption and may lead to magnesium deficiency.

On the flip side, leaky gut can impair magnesium absorption by compromising cell membrane integrity, further exacerbating magnesium deficiency. Unfortunately, leaky gut syndrome is one of the most overlooked health problems.

Medications that deplete magnesium

Antibiotics, diuretics, birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy, antacids, and corticosteroids all deplete magnesium. Considering that 55 percent of Americans regularly take at least one prescription medication, it is no wonder we are magnesium-depleted! (2)

Magnesium Benefits

It is abundantly clear that Americans need more magnesium. Without adequate magnesium, the 300 biochemical processes in the body that rely on this nutrient cannot function properly.

Magnesium deficiency has especially significant implications in the management of stress, hormone production, and detoxification.

Magnesium reduces stress, improves insulin sensitivity, and balances hormones

Always rushing, stressing, and feeling overwhelmed?

Then your body may be using up magnesium at a rapid rate! When the body is under stress, cells dump magnesium into the bloodstream. Prolonged stress thus depletes magnesium, resulting in a deficiency of this critical nutrient. Maybe that’s why magnesium supplements are on demand nowadays.

Fortunately, magnesium supplementation not only replenishes magnesium stores that have been depleted by stress but also helps reduce anxiety in the first place!

Magnesium beneficially modulates a structure called the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis, the body’s primary stress response system. When stress is high, the HPA axis is overactive, resulting in high cortisol and anxiety. Magnesium, on the other hand, reduces over-reactivity of the HPA axis, lowering cortisol and promoting relaxation. (3)(4)

Magnesium regulates insulin, a hormone produced in the pancreas that controls the amount of glucose in the blood. Insulin resistance is a condition in which continuous exposure to high blood sugar causes cells to become less responsive to insulin. Magnesium deficiency is associated with insulin resistance. (5)

Magnesium supplementation, on the other hand, normalizes insulin secretion and lowers blood sugar, helping to improve insulin sensitivity. (6) Improved insulin sensitivity may, in turn, reduce food cravings and promote sustainable weight loss. In fact, magnesium is so effective at lowering blood sugar that it is often referred to as "nature's metformin!"

Without It You Can’t Build Hormones or Clear Toxins

Magnesium is essential for the production of steroid hormones, including estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.

It also helps prevent estrogen dominance by regulating Phase II liver detoxification, a process by which estrogen metabolites are made water-soluble so that the body can excrete them in urine or stool.

A lack of magnesium makes the liver unable to complete Phase II detox, potentially causing estrogen dominance and associated symptoms such as PMS, weight gain, and fluid retention. Magnesium deficiency is linked to PMS, and supplementation may help alleviate PMS symptoms. (7)(8)(9)

Finally, magnesium is required for the production of thyroid hormone. (10) If you are struggling with hypothyroidism despite adequate intake of iodine, selenium, vitamin A, and vitamin D, it may be time to try a magnesium supplement!

Magnesium is required for detoxification

Magnesium plays a crucial role in your body's detoxification processes. It helps in the whole body detoxification that is supported through several mechanisms:

  • Magnesium is involved in the production of ATP, the cellular energy currency that fuels biochemical processes that modify and remove toxins from the body.
  • Optimal magnesium status prevents the accumulation of heavy metals in the body.
  • Magnesium is needed to produce glutathione, the body’s most powerful detoxifier. 

High levels of energy are needed for the function of sodium/potassium ATPase, an enzyme that uses ATP to pump sodium ions from cells and potassium ions into cells. This movement of sodium and potassium is coupled to the movement of nutrients, minerals, and toxins in and out of cells. A lack of magnesium inhibits ATP formation, thus reducing the activity of the ATPase and the processing and removal of toxins.

Research indicates that we are exposed to heavy metals, such as lead and mercury, in ever-increasing amounts due to industrial pollution, contaminated seafood, and dental amalgams. Due to their structural similarity to magnesium, heavy metals preferentially bind to receptors and are incorporated into tissues that generally have an affinity for magnesium.

A deficiency of magnesium leaves you susceptible to heavy metal toxicity and its associated adverse health effects, including fatigue, neurological damage, digestive problems, allergies, depression, and anxiety. This makes it all the more critical that you flood your body with magnesium! An optimal magnesium status will leave less room in your body for heavy metals and prevent the development of heavy metal toxicity. 

Finally, glutathione, the body's most potent natural detoxifier, relies on magnesium for its synthesis. A lack of magnesium lowers glutathione production and inhibits Phase II liver detoxification, the process by which toxins are made water-soluble and prepared for excretion from the body.

How do I know if I’m deficient in magnesium?

If you struggle with chronic stress, eat a diet high in processed foods, take pharmaceutical drugs, or have chronic gut issues, it is fair to say that you may suffer from magnesium deficiency.

However, the best way to clinically confirm magnesium deficiency is with a red blood cell (RBC) magnesium test. Only 1 percent of total body magnesium is extracellular, and it is tightly regulated by many factors, including parathyroid hormone.

RBC magnesium is a better index of magnesium status than serum magnesium because RBCs contain appreciable amounts of magnesium.

How much magnesium do I need?

The Recommended Dietary Allowance for magnesium is 320 mg per day for women; however, many women may need more magnesium, especially if they have gut health issues or are on medications that deplete magnesium. Finding the right dose of magnesium for your body may require a bit of self-experimentation.

What type of magnesium should I take?

There are many types of magnesium supplements available on the market; however, many of them are very poorly absorbed and thus ineffective for rectifying magnesium deficiency.

Magnesium citrate, commonly recommended for those with constipation, and magnesium oxide have very low bioavailability and are not suitable for correcting a deficiency.

The most bioavailable form of magnesium is magnesium bisglycinate, a chelated form that is ideal for those looking to correct a deficiency. We are very excited to offer this product in the form of a magnesium chelate powder that is highly bioavailable, tastes great, and doesn’t cause digestive upset. 

You can also boost your magnesium level by increasing your intake of magnesium-rich foods such as cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, bok choy), almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, cashews, dark chocolate, swiss chard, buckwheat, fish, okra, and bananas.

Chelated Magnesium Powder

Make extra magnesium a part of your daily routine.I drink mine while making dinner so that it's a habit. 

Many women need 600 mg of magnesium a day, which is more than your multivitamin contains. Magnesium helps in preventing headaches, menstrual cramps and more.

 

Why Chronic Bloating Happens with Dr. Eric Riege

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Dr Eric Rieger is an anesthetist and registered nurse. He is our guest this week where we talk about bloating, SIBO, IBS, gut bacteria, causes of chronic bloating, and polyphenols.

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 02:55 Causes of SIBO
Min 05:55 Dr. Rieger's health history
Min 08:45 Archaea bacteria in the small bowel
Min 11:20 Other bacteria found in the bowel
Min 13:50 Chronic bloating & foods that feed bloating
Min 20:15 Resetting & intermittent fasting
Min 23:10 Foods that increase bloating (FODMAP foods)
Min 29:30 Polyphenols
Min 34:50 Using Atrantil

To learn more about Dr. Eric Rieger & Atrantil, visit this website and follow them on social media:
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Here's the video version of the interview with Dr. Eric Rieger:

Bye Bye Bloating Kit

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Most Bloating is Caused by This...

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What is causing your bloating and how to get rid of it for good

According to Dr. Eric Regier, about 96% of cases of bloating are due to SIBO.

SIBO is Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. There should be a very small amount of bacteria and the small intestine, and a large amount in the large intestine. Due to the reasons we’ll cover below, an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine can occur.

Symptoms of SIBO include: bloating, gas, abdominal pain, constipation and/or diarrhea.

What Causes SIBO?

  1. Dysfunction of Migrating Motor Complex

Sweeps the small bowel

Due to, usually, food poisoning, but can also be due to hypothyroidism, c difficile, Lyme bacteria, opioid use, antibiotic use, giardia

In cases of food poisoning, the toxin produced by the poisonous bacteria damage the nerves that facilitate the migrating motor complex. The body can then create an antibody against this toxin. But unfortunately, at the same time, it will produce an antibody against a protein that helps keep the tight junctions of the intestine tight. When this protein is attacked, you can end of with chronic leaky gut.

2. Anatomical Blockages

Due to surgical adhesions, endometrial adhesions, fistulas, diverticula

3. Low stomach acid levels

Acid kills bacteria

Stress, hypothyroidism and use of acid-blocking medications

4. Ileocecal Valve malfunction

If this valve between the small and large intestine is absent or not working, bacteria from the large bowel can backflow into the small intestine. The valve can be irritated by ‘stimulating’ foods like coffee, tea, soda, spicy food, sugar, chocolate, processed foods and popcorn.

According to Dr. David Williams, Saccharomyces cerevisiae in the form of lactic acid yeast wafers can help for diarrhea symptoms related to SIBO.

According to Dr. Craig Maxwell, Magnesium Chelate and a good probiotic can help.

Also local massage for a few minutes on your right lower abdomen about 15 degrees and down from your hip bone can help.

SIBO Has a Cousin…

SIBO has a cousin called SIFO (I’m not making this stuff up!) which stand for Small Intestinal Fungal Overgrowth. SIFO is similar to SIBO except it’s defined by an overgrowth of fungus in the small intestine.

Some additional symptoms related to include: belching, nausea, confused thinking, headaches, fatigue and joint pain.

If your SIBO symptoms are not going away with treatment, SIFO could be the culprit, and an anti-fungal approach with a functional practitioner may be needed.
 

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Diet for SIBO Symptoms

When you eat foods, the bacteria in your small intestine may be ‘fed’ as well, and the byproduct of their feasting can be gas.

The bacteria that has overgrown in your gut varies from person to person. Therefore the foods that irritate SIBO vary as well.

While you go through treatment, it’s important to find the foods that won’t aggravate your symptoms, and the amounts.For example, you may tolerate eating a few grapes, but not a whole bowl of grapes.

The diet I most recommend experimenting with is the low FODMAP diet. FODMAP stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols.

That’s a mouthful! Basically FODMAPs are foods that contain indigestible starches, and the bacteria in your body will ‘ferment’ them to break them down. The byproduct of that fermentation is gas.

If you want to avoid the gas, you can avoid the high FODMAP foods that irritate your certain bacteria, and instead choose low FODMAP foods.

Two great resources I’ve found for FODMAP information are:

Monash University - The researchers at this Canadian university developed and trademarked The Low FODMAP diet.

Kate Scarlata - Kate is a registered dietitian nutritionist and author who has developed some handy checklists and useful guides for avoiding high FODMAP foods.
 

Protocols for SIBO Symptoms

The treatment of SIBO can be a slow and winding road due to the different causes of SIBO and the different bacteria that may be involved. But if you don’t want to live with the digestive symptoms you’re currently experiencing, it’s best to start somewhere!

In my opinion, you’ll get the best results when working with a functional medicine coach. A provider can run a SIBO breath test, a stool test, and any other tests that may be needed in your case. She can get specialty supplements that may be difficult to get otherwise. And lastly, dealing with a chronic condition that may be slow to respond is emotionally draining, and having a coach to talk to can keep you moving forward.

Let’s look at a few supplements that can help with bloating / SIBO:

Oregano Oil- Oregano oil is the potent essential oil of the oregano plant. It can help for both SIBO and SIFO. It is often combined with other antimicrobial and anti-fungals like thyme oil and grapefruit seed extract.

This is a ‘hot oil’ so you’ll need to dilute it in a carrier oil if used on your skin or take in a capsule internally. We carry a blend of thyme, oregano and other supportive essential oils in capsule form in GX Assist in our doTERRA shop.

Atrantil- Atrantil is a mix of whole peppermint and extracts from the Quebracho and Conker Tree. The combined mechanisms of these ingredients:

  • Relax intestinal cramping

  • Soak up hydrogen gas

  • Stop production of methane bacteria

  • Disable / kill troublemaking archaebacteria.

You can purchase this product on our shop, and you’ll receive a discount for buying three or more.    

Ginger- If you’ve managed to rid yourself of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, you need to keep it clear now! Ginger can help stimulate the Migrating Motor Complex (MMC) we learned about earlier. I like this Chewable Ginger by Natural Factors. We also carry ginger oil (it’s so yummy) in our doTERRA shop.

Other substances that stimulate the MMC are: 5-HTP (OTC supplement) and LDN (low dose naltrexone- by prescription only).

Activated Charcoal- While activated charcoal won’t cure your SIBO, it will sure help relieve it! Activated charcoal can absorb the gas within its porous structure.

Probiotics -

Not all bloating is due to SIBO. Bloating can also come from a sudden change in diet, like adding vegetables suddenly or eating beans for the first time in months. Since I now rarely eat gluten-free pasta and pizza, I find that I react strongly to it and become bloated.

I think the site PaleoLeap.com sums it up well, “Either you’re eating a type of fiber that you don’t have enough of the right gut flora to digest, or you’re eating a type that they like too well, so you get overgrowth problems. For example, this study found that flatulence was “associated with instability of the microbial ecosystem:” the gut flora of patients with bad gas actually responded differently to their food, potentially causing the problem.”

This is why adding a good probiotic is helpful. Some probiotics will actually feed the bacteria in the small intestine and cause bloating. But spore-based probiotics will not. The probiotic that is our hands down favorite is MegaSpore.

This is a recent testimonial from a new MegaSpore user who had bloating for 20 years:

“I've had IBS for over 20 years and NOTHING has helped until NOW.

RESULTS: BLOATING, gone! I no longer have explosive diarrhea in the morning but have normal, well-formed stools that sink in the toilet, 2 to 3 times per day!!! AMAZING PRODUCT!!!!”

Antibiotics and Prescription Antifungals-

If you’re not having success after using herbal treatments, prescriptive options are available as well through your doctor.

Conclusion:

Though there can be a little trial and error on the road to healing your gut, the results are well worth it! Running to the bathroom, being too bloated to exercise or even move...this is not what life is about!

Bye Bye Bloating Kit

Get a curated kit of highly effective bloating products that work synergistically for chronic bloating. Us the coupon code HEALTHYGUT15 for $15 off now.

These three products work synergistically to eliminate the source of over 90% of chronic bloating! Each kit comes with an easy-to-follow PDF guide and 30 day money back offer through our shop.

Learn more here...

 

The Lyme Solution with Dr. Darin Ingels

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Dr. Darin Ingels is a naturopathic physician, clinical microbiologist and immunologist with a speciality in Lyme disease.  He previously came on to the show to talk about mold and has authored the book "The Lyme Solution".

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 02:00 Introducing Dr. Darin Ingels
Min 03:15 The basics & myths of Lyme disease
Min 06:45 EMF & Lyme disease
Min 09:00 Lyme symptom diagnosis vs testing
Min 14:30 Dr. Ingels 5-part immune boosting plan
Min 19:00 Dr. Ingels's book & resources
Min 22:00 Quick fixes to Lyme disease

To learn more about Dr. Darin Ingels, visit his website here and follow him on social media:
Facebook 
Twitter 
Instagram

Pinterest 

Resources:

Dr. Darin Ingels on Mold Week 
The Lyme Solution book
Free chapter of The Lyme Solution book
Free recipe book

Here's a video version of the interview with Dr. Darin Ingels:


Work With Us!

We would be honored to work with you as a private client. We provide testing and coaching options to women in most every state and country. Come chat with us on a free consultation to see if it’s a fit.

Reversing Chronic Disease with Paleo Habits with Lindsay Christensen

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Lindsay Christensen is a nutritionist, health coach & health writer. She's our new staff writer at WWC. In this episode we talk about Lindsay's chronic childhood illness, diagnosis, the different treatments she's taken and how taking a paleo approach has made a difference for her.

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 01:35 Introducing Lindsay Christensen
Min 03:55 Lindsay's health history & recovery
Min 10:35 Lyme infection
Min 14:50 The ancestral approach to healing
Min 19:45 Lindsay's diet
Min 25:05 Being diligent with your health
Min 27:20 The circadian rhythms
Min 36:35 Lindsay's favorite botanicals & binders
Min 41:20 Intermittent fasting
Min 46:00 Lindsay's resources

To learn more about Lindsay Christensen, visit her website here  and follow her on social media:
Facebook 
Instagram 
Twitter 

Resources:

WWC Supplement Shop 
The Best Supplements for Leaky Gut
Gut Restoration kit

Here's the video version of the interview with Lindsay Christensen:


Work With Us!

We would be honored to work with you as a private client. We provide testing and coaching options to women in most every state and country. Come chat with us on a free consultation to see if it’s a fit.

The Best Supplements for Leaky Gut

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Hippocrates, the famous ancient Greek physician and “Father of Medicine,” is famous for having said, "all disease begins in the gut." This profound statement, made over 2,000 years ago, could not be more relevant today!

A growing body of scientific research indicates that the health of the gut is crucial for the maintenance of our overall wellbeing, regulating a diverse range of functions including digestion, immunity, and hormonal balance.

Factors that disrupt our gut health, such as dysbiosis and intestinal permeability ("leaky gut"),  predispose us to a wide variety of health problems. Considering the far-reaching impact of the gut on our overall health, enhancing gut health should be a priority for anyone looking to optimize their wellbeing! 

The million-dollar question is, what is the best way to optimize our digestive health?

With the number of probiotics, digestive health supplements, and diet plans out there, it can be hard to know where to begin. Fortunately, the answer needn’t be complicated!

A large body of evidence indicates that soil-based probiotics, the beneficial yeast Saccharomyces boulardii, and select nutrients and herbs effectively repair damage sustained by the intestinal barrier, restore balance to the gut microbiome, and quench gut inflammation.

Leaky Gut and Dysbiosis: Modern-day Epidemics

When addressing gut health, we need to consider two factors: The integrity of the intestinal barrier, which consists of the epithelial cells that line the tube that is the digestive tract, and the gut microbiome, the collection of microorganisms that reside in the gut.

The gastrointestinal tract serves two primary purposes; it acts as a barrier to the external environment and serves as a portal of entry for nutrients into the rest of the body. The functions of the gut microbiome, on the other hand, are many:

  • gut microbes regulate the breakdown and absorption of nutrients from food
  • modulate the immune system (80 percent of which resides in the gut!)
  • protect us from pathogens
  • produce hormones and neurotransmitters that affect our metabolism and mood

When external factors disrupt the integrity of the intestinal barrier and the gut microbiome, leaky gut and dysbiosis occur.

Leaky gut is a condition in which the lining of the small intestine becomes damaged, causing undigested food particles, toxins, and bacterial products to “leak” from the intestine into the bloodstream, prompting an inflammatory response.

Dysbiosis occurs when the balance of “good” and “bad” bacteria in the gut is disrupted, resulting in the proliferation of “bad” bacteria.

Leaky gut and dysbiosis underlie not only many of the gut health issues faced by people today, such as:

  • Heartburn
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Bloating

but also a wide variety of chronic health conditions including:

  • Autoimmune disease
  • Depression
  • Heart disease
  • Hormonal imbalances. 

The Link Between Gut Health and Hormones

Gut health is one of the most overlooked factors underpinning hormonal imbalances.

Despite the lack of attention given to leaky gut and dysbiosis in the conventional medical system, a rapidly growing body of research indicates that gut health is fundamentally linked to hormonal balance. Fascinatingly, gut microbes produce hormones and neurotransmitters that are identical to those produced by humans; this means that imbalances in the gut microbiome can have significant effects on our hormonal balance. (1)

Many hormonal conditions have been tied to the gut microbiome, including the following:

  • Hashimoto’s disease: Patients with Hashimoto’s disease have significantly altered gut microbiotas compared to healthy controls. (2)
  • Hypothyroidism: Non-autoimmune hypothyroidism is also linked to the gut microbiome. Gut microbes are responsible for converting thyroid hormone (T4) into its most active form (T3). A lack of beneficial microbes may impair this conversion and promote hypothyroidism. (3)
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS): Disruption of the gut microbiome composition and leaky gut have been linked to PCOS, a hormonal condition that is rapidly increasing in prevalence among women of reproductive age. (4
  • Weight gain: An imbalance between beneficial and pathogenic gut microbes can enhance energy harvest or the number of calories extracted from the diet. This promotes fat accumulation and weight gain. (5)
  • Menopausal symptoms: An altered gut microbiota may also be responsible for menopausal symptoms, including insulin resistance, weight gain, and osteoporosis. (6)

In addition to regulating hormonal balance in a variety of health conditions, gut microbes and an intact intestinal barrier are required for the absorption of nutrients involved in hormone production. These include iron, zinc, magnesium, vitamin A, and vitamin D.

Clearly, correcting a leaky gut and dysbiosis is essential not only for reversing gut symptoms but also for preventing chronic diseases, hormonal imbalances and for promoting long-term health. Unfortunately, the conventional medical approach to treating these conditions leaves much to be desired. 

The Problem With the Conventional Approach to GI Issues

A recent survey of 2,000 Americans has found that 74% of them live with gastrointestinal symptoms such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. (7)

Understandably concerned about their symptoms, many people turn to their primary care physicians or conventionally-trained gastroenterologists, who often prescribe pharmaceuticals such as antibiotics or antacids. Unfortunately, while these medications may alleviate GI symptoms in the short-term, they fail to resolve the underlying causes of digestive discomfort.

For example, antibiotics lower levels of beneficial bacteria in the gut, increasing the risk of intestinal dysbiosis and yeast overgrowth. Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), a class of drugs commonly prescribed for GERD, also alter the composition of the gut microbiota and increase the risk of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. (8)(9)

While pharmaceuticals have their place, they are not the answer for building lasting digestive system health. To truly optimize digestive health, we need to correct two of the underlying causes of GI issues – intestinal dysbiosis and a leaky gut.

Fortunately, we have several powerful natural allies available that can assist in healing the gut – soil-based probiotics, Saccharomyces boulardii, and select nutrients and herbs. Together, these products work synergistically to restore balance to the gut and revive your health!

Soil-based Probiotics Re-establish a Healthy Microbiome

A healthy gut microbiome is a must if one wishes to create a resilient digestive system!

As awareness of the gut microbiome has grown, probiotics have gained increased popularity among healthcare professionals and the public. Probiotics, which are live bacteria and yeasts that confer health benefits to the human host, can be found in probiotic supplements and fermented foods.

Most commercially-available probiotic supplements contain a combination of Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria; unfortunately, this poses a problem because these probiotic strains are often rendered inert by the acidic environment of the stomach before they've even had the opportunity to reach the intestine.

However, this doesn’t mean you should give up on probiotics altogether! Soil-based microorganisms (SBOs), spore-forming beneficial bacteria commonly found in soil, are an excellent alternative to Lactobacilli- and Bifidobacteria-containing probiotics because they survive the acidic environment of the stomach and arrive intact to the colon, where they exert a wide range of health benefits. 

SBOs have long comprised a vital part of the human gut microbiome. Our ancestors were exposed to large amounts of soil-based microorganisms due to their close contact with nature. These beneficial bacteria have only recently gone missing from our guts due to our processed diets, lack of exposure to nature, and obsession with over-cleanliness.

Research conducted on modern-day hunter-gatherers, who live lives similar to those of our ancestors and are exposed to large numbers of SBOs, suggests that the great diversity of their microbiomes compared to those of industrialized humans plays a significant role in their excellent health, vitality, and extremely low rates of chronic diseases. (10)(11)(12)

In addition to epidemiological evidence, we also have a wealth of scientific research supporting the health benefits of soil-based microorganisms:

  • Antimicrobial effects: Bacillus coagulans, an SBO, secretes a compound with antibacterial activity against intestinal pathogens. Bacillus subtilis, another SBO, produces an antibacterial compound that targets H. pylori. (13)(14)
  • Strengthens the immune system: Animal research has found that Bacillus subtilis promotes the development of gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT), a component of the immune system that protects the body from infection. (15) B. subtilis also stimulates the immune system by upregulating macrophages and natural killer (NK) cells, as well as by activating TLR2 and TLR4 cell receptors which recognize intestinal pathogens and encourage their clearance from the body. (16)(17)  
  • Produce antioxidants: The SBO Bacillus indicus produces carotenoids which have antioxidant effects in the body. These carotenoids also happen to be significantly more bioavailable than carotenoids from other sources such as orange- and yellow-pigmented foods. 

Saccharomyces boulardii Fights Infection and Enhances Immunity

Saccharomyces boulardii  is a beneficial yeast that makes an excellent adjunct treatment to soil-based probiotics for restoring a healthy microbiome, fighting infection, and improving the intestinal immune system.

Traditionally, S. boulardii has been prescribed for the treatment of diarrheal diseases caused by bacteria. However, a growing body of research indicates that S. boulardii’s health benefits are extensive and encompass a wide variety of gastrointestinal and inflammatory conditions. 

  • It inhibits the growth of intestinal pathogens, including bacteria and parasites. (18)(19)
  • It stimulates secretory IgA (sIgA) production, which enhances the intestinal immune system and helps defend the gut against infection. (20)
  • It enhances the intestinal epithelial barrier, decreasing intestinal permeability (aka “leaky gut”). (21
  • It reduces inflammation by decreasing the expression of pro-inflammatory cell signaling molecules, including IL-8, IL-6, IL-1β, TNF-α, and IFN-γ. 

The vast spectrum of health benefits offered by Saccharomyces boulardii makes it an all-star probiotic! When combined with soil-based probiotics and other gut-healing ingredients, this beneficial yeast has the power to bring your gut, and thus your entire body, to a whole new level of health!  

The Healing Power of Nutrients and Herbs for Leaky Gut

While probiotics are key for restoring healthy gut function and optimizing our health, herbs and nutrients also provide relief for nagging gut symptoms. Listed here are just a few nutrients and herbs that have beneficial effects on gut health. 

Nutrients for leaky gut:

L-glutamine


L-glutamine is an important fuel source for cells that rapidly turn over, such as the epithelial cells of the gastrointestinal tract. Supplementation with L-glutamine supports intestinal barrier function and helps repair leaky gut. (22

 

Zinc Carnosine


Zinc Carnosine, a compound composed of the mineral zinc attached to the molecule carnosine, enhances the integrity of the intestinal barrier and stimulates gut repair processes, helping to heal stomach ulcers and leaky gut. (23)

 

Quercetin


Quercetin, a polyphenol found in a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, increases the expression of proteins that “bind” intestinal cells together, enhancing intestinal barrier function and preventing leaky gut. (24

Herbs for Leaky Gut

 

Aloe vera


The gel of the aloe vera plant has both emollient and antibacterial properties. This makes it useful both for healing existing stomach ulcers and for killing H. pylori, the pathogenic bacterium implicated in stomach ulcer development. (25

Marshmallow


No, this is not the type of marshmallow you put on a stick and roast over a campfire! The marshmallow I’m referring to here is the root of the Althaea officinalis plant. It has a mucilaginous texture that is soothing to the gut lining and helps relieve gastrointestinal inflammation. 

Okra extract


Okra extract, produced from the edible green seed pods of the okra plant, has been found to inhibit the adhesion of H. pylori to stomach tissue and may be useful in the treatment of stubborn H. pylori infections. (26) Okra is also a rich source of fiber which feeds beneficial bacteria in the gut and lubricates the intestines, helping to prevent and reverse constipation. 

Conclusion

While conventional medicine primarily offers only symptomatic management of gut health issues, nature has provided us with an abundance of tools that can help us resolve the underlying causes of gut dysfunction and create a foundation for optimal health!

Soil-based probiotics, Saccharomyces boulardii, and herbs and nutrients work together to rid the gut of pathogens, re-establish a healthy microbial balance, strengthen the intestinal barrier, and soothe inflammation. These powerful ingredients can be found in three products offered through our website: MegaSporeBiotic, GI Soothe, and GI Assist. 

Start Healing Your Gut in 30 days

 The Gut Restoration Kit includes: MegasporeBiotic, GI Revive and GI Assist.

The Gut Restoration Kit includes: MegasporeBiotic, GI Revive and GI Assist.

Our Gut Restoration Kit includes the best ingredients to soothe a compromised gut. It also comes with a PDF guide of simple diet and lifestyle adjustments you can make to maximize your results.

Each Gut Restoration Kit contains:

  • 1 MegasporeBiotic (soil-based bacillus probiotic)
  • 1 GI Revive (drink powder of soothing herbs and supplements)
  • 1 GI Assist (Saccharomyces boulardii)
  • 1 PDF Guide to Leaky Gut Do's and Don'ts

Through May 31, 2018, you'll also receive:

  • 3 Live Training Webinars in June on: best habits to heal leaky gut, bloating, and next best steps on restoring your gut health
  • 3-day sample pack of Atrantil herbal bloating supplement
  • $200 off an initial private consult to uncover your root causes of leaky gut

We ship to most anywhere in the world and offer an additional 15% discount on three or more kits. Order $150+ and get free shipping within the US! Buy here.*

*Limited kits available for the May 31 bonus deadline. If you'd like to join us for the June Gut group, order today!

 

 

Herbs That Will Rock Your World with Jane Barlow-Christensen

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Jane Barlow Christensen is a master Herbalist and co-founder of Barlow Herbal. Her father, Max G. Barlow, worked with Dr. ET Krebs Jr and Dr. Hulda Clark, inventor of the Essiac formula.Jane loves everything natural, holistic, wellness, fitness, and nutrition oriented. In this episode we talk about herbs, Lomatium, virus infections, and Jane's supplements.

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 02:25 Introducing Jane Barlow
Min 05:10 The art of putting herbs together
Min 09:35 Jane's Lomatium formula
Min 16:00 Munityboost 
Min 23:35 Jane's turmeric formula
Min 26:55 Chlorella & spirulina
Min 31:35 Heartlove supplement - includes cayenne pepper, cinnamon, & slippery Elm
Min 36:35 Brain Glow 
Min 42:15 Jane's parasite products & resources

To learn more about Jane Barlow, visit her website here and follow her on social media:
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Resources:

Here's the video version of the interview with Jane Barlow.


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Healing Gut & Oral Infections With Herbs with Dr. Rachel Fresco

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Dr. Rachel Fresco is a doctor of Chinese Medicine out of California. She's also the founder and President of Bio-Botanical Research. In this episode we talk about her formulations, biofilms, gut infections, essential oils, oral health, and eating healthy.

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 02:00 Introducing Dr. Rachel Fresco
Min 03:58 Dr. Fresco's Biocidin® formula
Min 09:40 Biofilms
Min 14:55 Microbial blends
Min 20:30 Olive leaf extract & essential oils
Min 25:00 Using Biocidin
Min 29:00 Binders
Min 32:15 Biocidin Throat Spray
Min 38:20 Marcons
Min 40:15 Dentalcidin & oral health
Min 46:53 Amalgam filling & detoxifying
Min 52:45 Eating healthy
Min 64:40 Dr. Fresco's resources

To learn more about Rachel Fresco and her company Bio-Botanical Research, visit her website here and on Facebook 
 

Resources:

Here's a video version of the interview with Dr. Rachel Fresco:


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Epstein Barr Virus - Could You Have It? With Dr. Kasia Kines

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Dr. Kasia Kines is a Doctor of Clinical Nutrition and the CEO of EBV Educational Institute who specializes in the Epstein Barr virus (EBV). Her new ground breaking book on EBV combines medical research with practical applications, written both for the medical community and the lay person in mind. The book will be released in late spring/summer 2018. In this episode we talk about the EBV, Mononucleosis, testing, childhood infections & recovery.

 

 

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 02:35 Introducing Dr. Kasia Kines

Min 04:48 How Dr. Kines got into EBV specialization

Min 06:35 Testing for EBV & seeking treatment

Min 10:00 The connection between EBV & other conditions

Min 11:50 How many people have EBV?

Min 15:00 Mononucleosis (mono)

Min 19:05 Childhood infections & lab testing for EBV

Min 27:30 Botanicals & superfoods for helping with EBV

Min 35:00 Flipping your health script

Min 36:50 Olive-leaf extract

Min 40:35 Dr. Kines newsletter & freebies

Min 46:35 EBV recovery

To learn more about Dr. Kasia Kines, visit her website here and follow her on social media:

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Resources:

Here's a video version of the interview with Dr. Kasia Kines:


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Case Study: A Functional Approach Hormones and Gut

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How Functional Health Coaching Treats Mood, Gut and Hormones in an Integrated Way

The Symptoms

When Emily joined our coaching program, she was struggling with depression, anxiety, fatigue, and brain fog. She said that she did not have the energy to improve her diet or exercise regimen to support her health. She feared that trying to make major changes could have the potential to elicit panic attacks that would prevent her from moving forward.

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Photo by Jason Briscoe

Emily felt “tired almost all of the time.” Up until a few years before joining our functional coaching program, she had lived an active life. She had spent years gaining her education and working as a public health professional. And, at 38-years-old, she found herself barely making it through the day.

Emily had resorted to some of the most common coping mechanisms available: coffee in the morning to give her enough energy to get going, and alcohol at night to help her sleep.

Emily had resorted to some of the most common coping mechanisms available: coffee in the morning to give her enough energy to get going, and alcohol at night to help her sleep.

She suffered from symptoms of gas, bloating and indigestion. Her symptoms eased when she was strict about her diet but returned whenever she wavered slightly. 

The First Steps

The first thing we advised Emily to do was to take the huge step of removing coffee and alcohol from her diet. Within a matter of a couple of weeks, she was amazed at how much better she felt, just from those small changes. While this is not always as impactful for everybody as it was for Emily, it does show that sometimes a couple of small tweaks can have big effects.

The Labs

As Emily made those early changes to diet, we ran a handful of functional labs, including:

  • DUTCH Complete hormone panel

  • Comprehensive thyroid panel

  • GI-Map stool pathogen test

  • Micronutrient (vitamin and mineral) test.

The Test Results

The test results showed that Emily was quite deficient in the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol is the primary stress hormone but it is also responsible for providing a sense of energy and plays an important role in regulating the circadian rhythms controlling sleep/wake cycles.

Emily was also very low in all of her female sex hormones (the estrogens and progesterone) and she was also very low in melatonin, a hormone that helps promote restful sleep.

Emily's thyroid appeared to be slightly sluggish and she was deficient in seven different important micronutrients.

Her stool test detected two different parasites, an overgrowth of two different opportunistic yeast species, suppressed immune response in the small intestines, and a very strong sensitivity to gluten-containing foods.

Part of the Hormone Report

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Stool Test Results

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The Protocol

Emily remained free from coffee and alcohol and began to adopt a gluten-free diet.

She started doing moderate exercise, managing her stress levels, eradicating gut pathogens through an herbal protocol, and supporting her healthy hormone balance through diet, herbs, and lifestyle changes.

She introduced some herbal tinctures such as black cohosh, red clover, vitex, and motherwort to support her female hormone levels. She used a product called Adrenotone from Designs for Health to support the adrenal glands and the balance of stress hormone production through the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis.

Emily supported her micronutrient balance through the introduction of a complete mineral support formula and used the Designs for Health GI Microb-X product as one of the antimicrobial blends for eradicating infectious microorganisms. She also introduced Megaspore probiotic to rebuild beneficial gut flora and to support the immune system. 

For dietary support, Emily began seed cycling and introduced more healthy fats into her diet. She also incorporated detoxification strategies such as dry brushing and rebounding into her daily routine to help her move toxins out of the body in a natural way.

The Transformation

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Photo by Patrick Hendry

As Emily gained energy, she was able to reintegrate exercise into her life and she enjoys mountain biking and outdoor sports of many kinds.

After six months on the coaching program, Emily reported feeling better than she had in years despite experiencing some extreme stress, including the sudden death of her partner’s mother.

Over the course of her six months on the program, Emily gained enough energy and mental clarity to make big decisions about her life, including the purchase of a new home and a desire to have a baby.

Emily is now thriving, pregnant, happy in her life, and excited about her future.

 

 

Are You Ready for Your Transformation?

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My Real Life Healing Journey with Jaclyn Renee

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Jaclyn Renee is a holistic health coach specializing in digestion & hormone health. She's our special guest this week because she is one of our clients in our coaching program. We talk about her health journey, diet, testing and hormones.

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 03:00 Introducing Jaclyn Renee Fracchia
Min 05:05 Jaclyn's health history before WWC
Min 07:15 Jaclyn's digestive issues as a child
Min 10:10 Jaclyn's diet & eating habits
Min 15:45 Testing & results
Min 22:25 Re-testing
Min 25:10 Thyroid, hormones & heavy metal testing
Min 31:00 Jaclyn's private coaching practice
Min 35:17 Jaclyn's free guide to healing the gut

To learn more about Jaclyn Renee, visit her website here and follow her on social media:

Facebook page 

Private Facebook Group for women with digestive issues
Twitter 
Instagram 
Pinterest 

Resources:

Leaky Gut Solutions webinar
Get the free 5-Day Beat The Bloat - A Guide To Healing The Gut by joining Jaclyn's JRWCrew Group on Facebook


Work With Us!

We would be honored to work with you as a private client. We provide testing and coaching options to women in most every state and country. Come chat with us on a free consultation to see if it’s a fit.

The Benefits of an Elimination Diet with Jessica Stopard

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Jessica Stopard is a Holistic Nutritionist & health coach from Canada. She discovered that the elimination diet made a big difference for her and for her clients. In this episode, we will be discussing what the elimination diet is, food sensitivity testing and healing the gut.

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 02:00 Introducing Jessica Stopard
Min 05:35 Transitioning into holistic nutrition
Min 09:15 What is the elimination diet?
Min 13:20 Who is this diet for?
Min 16:25 Benefits of the elimination diet
Min 20:00 Reintroducing foods, food sensitivities & food addiction
Min 23:45 Case stories of using elimination diets
Min 29:35 Foods to have in your diet
Min 33:20 Jessica's holistic nutritional approach
Min 34:45 Testing for food sensitivities
Min 43:10 Jessica's free guide & resources

To learn more about Jessica Stopard, visit her website here and follow her on social media:
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Instagram 
YouTube 

Here's the video version of the interview with Jessica Stopard:

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Best Protocols for Gut Infections with Ann Melin

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Ann Melin is our lead health coach at Women's Wellness Radio and a certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Clinical Nutritionist, a Clinical Master Herbalist, and a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner. In this episode we talk about gut health, gut infections, and the best treatment protocols.

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 01:35 The connection between gut health & hormone health
Min 05:20 Symptoms of gut infections
Min 11:00 Why you need to address gut parasites
Min 14:35 Gut healing protocols & lab testing
Min 22:50 SIBO & GI map tests
Min 27:10 Links between gut parasites & other diseases
Min 30:10 Getting treatment for chronic conditions
Min 38:00 Treating gut parasites (candida, SIBO)
Min 41:35 Herbs & supplements for gut health
Min 45:20 Steps to WWC coaching

Resources:

Free “mini Spark Case Review” with Bridgit. You will receive a link to schedule after completing the form.
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Beautycounter products - non-toxic line of beauty products

Here are more resources for SIBO, parasitic infections and Candida:

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Bridgit Danner,

Founder of Women's Wellness Collaborative