Tune in to my talk with expert Rachel Fresco as we discuss how to handle gut infections, why taking only probiotics is often not enough, and the super detox power of binders for helping heal your gut.
Kiran Krishnan is a Microbiologist with over 20 years experience. In this webinar, Kiran talks about leaky gut, the microbiome, gluten, the immune system & supplements for a leaky gut.
A growing body of scientific research indicates that the health of the gut is crucial for the maintenance of our overall well-being, regulating a diverse range of functions including digestion, immunity, and hormonal balance. Learn how to better support your digestive system!
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
Here's a video version of the interview with Dr. Rachel Fresco:
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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
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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
Jessica's Free Beginner's Guide to Food Sensitivities
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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
Here are more resources, outlining our testing protocols for other nasty gut issues, including SIBO, parasitic infections and Candida.
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Bridgit is trained in functional health coaching and has worked with thousands of women over her career since 2004. She is the founder of Women’s Wellness Collaborative llc and HormoneDetoxShop.com.
Caroline Stahlschmidt is a Certified Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Practitioner (FNLP) and is a practicing functional nutritionist at the Functional Nutrition Alliance (FxNA) Clinic. She was diagnosed with Hashimoto's but has learned to thrive with her autoimmunity through diet and lifestyle modifications. In this episode we talk about thyroid, nutrition and advanced issues about thyroid markers.
Here's what you'll hear:
Min 00:40 Results of our podcast survey
Min 06:05 Introduction to Caroline Stahlschmidt & her Hashimoto's diagnosis
Min 08:15 Factors that contributed to Caroline's Hashimoto's
Min 10:00 Unhealthy guts & your poop
Min 13:30 High TSH levels
Min 19:00 The Epstein Barr virus
Min 22:00 Caroline's evolution of symptoms
Min 26:40 Getting enough sleep & rest
Min 31:55 Nutrition & diet for good health
Min 41:05 Yoga & Caroline's healing journey
Min 47:05 Caroline's resources & work
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There are trillions of bacteria in your gut (1) and they are busy either keeping your hormones in balance or helping your hormones fail you. What is happening in your gut?
Ann Melin is a functional health coach and my colleague in the Restore Your Radiance Program, which we discuss in this episode. She's our guest this week where we talk about the program and issues we have come across recently in our practices.
While we are no longer offering this particular program, we still provide private coaching and cutting-edge test reviews. You can learn about our current coaching programs here.
Here's what you'll hear:
Min 02:10 Ann Melin's work in the Restore Your Radiance Program
Min 05:30 Bridgit's work in the Spark Case Review Program
Min 08:35 Challenges/road blocks to good health
Min 12:30 Health profiles of women in the program
Min 17:55 Thyroid issues among women
Min 21:05 Gut issues among women
Min 23:10 Interacting with other health practitioners
Min 27:10 What the program offers & follow-ups
And here's a video version of the interview on YouTube.
Our guest this week is Jen Broyles, a health coach specializing in digestive health. In this show we will talk about gut health and how to heal a damaged gut.
Jen Broyles struggled with digestive problems including IBS for 10 years, and after seeing many doctors and doing numerous tests without getting answers decided to leave pharmaceutical sales and go into school to study nutrition.
She talks about among other things how to eat better and take care of gut health, the benefits of listening to your body and giving your gut a break by cutting out some of the foods you've been eating.
Jen Broyles also talks about the different diet protocols designed for gut health and gut healing and finding the right one for you.
She also gives her recommendations on some books on the SCD and GAPS diets, types of self care activities to engage in, recommendations on essential oils for digestive support and supplements to take to aid in digestion.
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I took me about 2 minutes to gather up a bunch of my fav supplements. Which didn't surprise me too much as I'm a connoisseur of supplements! If I learn about something new, I like to try it. There is rarely a supplement I recommend to clients that I do not have personal experience in taking.
What I find interesting about this collection of ten favorites, is that only 3 are in pill form. So many people complain about not liking to take a lot of pills. You don't have to take pills! Most everything comes in a topical form or a liquid form.
Also many people tell me that they want to eat to get their vitamins. That's all well and good, but as Mira and Jayson Calton point out, of the handful of most popular diets, including paleo, none delivered 100% of our daily micronutrient needs. However, with some of the above supplements, you can drink your nutrition in a tasty beverage.
The following products are in no particular order. They are all fabulous. They cannot all be found over-the-counter. Some are available only through providers.
If a product is meant to be sold only through providers, DO NOT attempt to buy it on the internet. You do not know what you are really getting in these cases. I will detail more about how to get each below.
1. Aloe Vera Juice, whole leaf by Lily of the Desert
The one picture above is not whole leaf, but I later learned whole leaf is best (although inner filet is closely comparable.) The whole leaf contains more variety of beneficial compounds.
Aloe is an amazing tummy soother, gut lining healer, stem-cell stimulating miracle food, and a great wing-man to get your other herbs and supplements. It's so powerful!
You can buy it at your local natural foods store. Keep it in the fridge and drink it within a few weeks for best taste. You can take an ounce or two twice daily. As mentioned above, pair it with your supplements for better absorption. Sometimes I like to put in shot in a glass of water. You could also add it to a smoothie or green drink. It has a bit of a sour taste.
2. Natural Calm by Natural Vitality
This is a new magnesium I tried, and I don't 100% love the taste and effervescence, but it is a popular one, and it's a good example of a great way to get magnesium. You mix it into water, and it is well absorbed. Magnesium is very good for women's hormones. It helps us make progesterone and avoid cramps and PMS.
You can buy this at your natural grocery store. Take up to 600 mg/ day in divided doses. Start will a smaller dose to watch for reactions. As with all supplements, ask your doctor if on prescriptions or if dealing with a special health concern.
3. Mega Spore Biotic
This probiotic is sweeping our Functional Diagnostic Nutrition community! It is spore-based (picture those tiny bits of mold you see on rotting produce) which is better for colonizing the colon.
I am unfortunately one of those people who doesn't necessarily feel a ton different on probiotics, but I do have a success story. I had an irregular bacteria profile on my stool test, and took Mega Spore. My bacteria was normalized on the re-test.
One thing I learned about probiotics this year is that taking it twice a day can have added benefit. And taking it at night can help you have a nice BM the next day, as all that bacteria helps make for bulky stool.
This product is not cheap and is sold only through providers. Once you have a provider, you can re-order online. See more here.
4. GI Revive by Designs for Health
This formula was suggested to me by my mentor in the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition program. I love it. It is so soothing for my gut. I would imagine it would be very nice for those people who feel it's hard to push out their bowel movement. And it's good for anyone healing leaky gut or Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
This product is only sold through practitioners. I would suggest 1 scoop a day in water for maintenance, and twice daily for added therapeutic value.
5. O.N.E. Multivitamin by Pure Encapsulations
I discovered this multi this year and I've been recommending it ever since. It's a good price point on a well-formulated one-a-day. The B vitamins are methylated / activated, there's lots of zinc, and bit of iodine.
My one problem with this formula is that the high amount of zinc can make me nauseous, so I have to take it with a large meal. Unfortunately when I try to remember at dinner, I sometimes forget. It's sold through practitioners. Learn more here.
6. Gelatin powder by Great Lakes
I'm really crazy about this easy-to-use gelatin powder. You can use it to make jello treats with the kids, or make it into a cup of broth.
This grass-fed collagen and gelatin powder is good for building the gut, calming the nerves and nourishing skin an nails. I've have seen it only once locally at a co-op. Mainly it is found online.
7. Vitamin D3 + K2 by Thorne
Vitamin D is still a nutrient most people don't get enough of, even though we know more about it now. If you are dealing with low immunity, Seasonal Affective Disorder, inflammation or an autoimmune disease, pay special attention. I like to see vitamin D in the 60-80 range on a blood test.
This vitamin D is in the right form, and is paired with K2 for best absorption. It's in an easy dropper, so you don't need to take a pile of pills. I like 5,000 IU a day for maintenance, but you can safely go up to 20,000 IU day temporarily if you are trying to correct a big depletion.
This product is sold through practitioners.
8. Omega Co3 by Apex Energetics
Apex has very well-formulated products, and this Omega Co3 has become the staple fish oil in our house. It tastes delicious, and has lots of co-factors to help absorption. My son takes it very well.
Fish oil helps us burn fat, have a smart brain, and ward off colds. It is very important for pregnant and breastfeeding women, to build baby's brain. It is sold through practitioners.
9. Adapt Align by Biomatrix
This is a diverse adrenal support, with adaptogens, key vitamins and glandulars. When I was taking it more regularly, it really seemed to help. I was taking two in the morning, and then another two at lunch before my afternoon slump. This one is sold through practitioners as well.
10. Resvero Active and Tumero Active by Apex Energetics
I snuck in a two for one on this last one! These two are often paired together, as they are both natural anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories that seem to have a synergy when dosed together.
The first time I took Tumero Active, I couldn't believe that my body felt less achy within an hour. Taking it over the course of a month, some heightened brain fog I was experiencing went away.
The Tumero and Resvero together are often recommended for autoimmune conditions and runaway inflammatory conditions. I recently had a client take them together for her stubborn plantar fasciitis. She was very pleased with the outcome.
These products are sold through practitioners, especially functional medicine practitioners.
I had a lot of fun writing up this list! Hope it's helpful to you. Feel free to share your questions or comments below.
Boiling a chicken carcass or some beef knuckles is an important thing to know how to do. You can get a great quantity of delicious and nutritious broth to use while cooking rice, making a soup, or just to enjoy on its own. You can learn more about doing it the proper way here at our video.
But sometimes I am out of fresh broth, or don't have time to deal with un-thawing frozen broth. Enter...the easiest broth ever.
This is so easy you can make it a couple times a day without any trouble. The whole thing takes about 3 minutes!
- 1 T Great Lakes unflavored beef gelatin 'collagen joint care' (find online or at some health food stores)
- A few dashes of ground black pepper
- A few dashes of garlic powder
- Two generous pinches rock sea salt, or several dashes of fine sea salt
- Set 12 oz. of water to boil
- When it's near to boiling, add 1 T cold or room temp. water to your mug
- Add the 1 T gelatin and mix immediately
- Add the pepper, salt and garlic
- Pour in the boiled water and stir
This is a nice, savory cup of broth with many health benefits:
- The salt is good to boost to a healthy level of blood pressure and circulation in (common) cases of low adrenal function. It can give you a little pick-me-up.
- The gelatin powder has a good amount of protein (11 grams) needed to steady our blood sugar.
- Gelatin also has many beneficial amino acids, including glycine, which is calming, and glutamine, which helps heal the gut lining.
- Fluids: we all need more, right? Two cups a day gets you 24 more oz., giving you energy and flushing out waste.
I am currently experimenting to see if two mugs a day will help my lower bowel function. Many people report healthier hair and nails as well.
Do you have any broth experiences to share?