03 January 2013

Healthy Gut = Healthy You!

There is a microbial zoo living inside you, literally trillions of microscopic organisms―more than 10,000 different kinds of them―all co-existing with each other and you.

In fact they outnumber you ten to one and ninety percent of the genetic material, (DNA and RNA) in your body is not yours, it belongs to the bacteria that is located mostly in your gut, but some also live on your skin and even in your nose.

Exactly what those different life forms do has been the subject of some exciting research in recent years, and while a few of these organisms can sometimes wreak havoc with your system, the majority of these little "bugs" are good, helping you digest your food, stay protected from infections, and even keeping your immune system properly regulated to fend off autoimmune diseases like asthma, allergies, and diabetes.

The community of microbes living on and in your body is unique to you – like your fingerprints – and is now being regarded as a key contributor to your overall health.

More and more, science is finding that teeny tiny creatures living in your gut are there for a definite purpose. Known as your microbiome, about 100 trillion of these cells populate your body, particularly your intestines and other parts of your digestive system.

Although some of these bacteria can make you sick, the majority are good, and they work together as to aid your digestive system and keep you well. Beneficial bacteria, better known as probiotics, along with a host of other microorganisms, are so crucial to your health that researchers have compared them to "a newly recognized organ." We now know that your microflora influence your:
  • Immune system function
  • Brain development, mental health, and memory
  • Obesity
  • Genetic expression 
  • Risk of diseases, including autoimmune disease, cancer, diabetes, and autism
According to the featured article in Time Magazine:
"Our surprisingly complex internal ecology has been a hot topic in medicine lately. Initiatives such as the Human Microbiome Project, an extension of the Human Genome Project, have been working tirelessly to probe potential links between the human microbiota and human health, and to construct strategies for manipulating the bacteria so that they work with us rather than against us.

...They've been linked to a range of nasty conditions, including obesity, arthritis, and high cholesterol. Now, two newer areas of research are pushing the field even further, looking at the possible gut bug link to a pair of very different conditions: autism and irritable bowel disease."
Most people, including many physicians, do not realize that 80 percent of your immune system is located in your digestive tract, making a healthy gut a major focal point in your efforts to achieve optimal health. In fact, the root of many health problems is related to an imbalance of intestinal bacteria.  

The beneficial bacteria in your gut has actually been found to help prevent allergies by training your immune system to distinguish between pathogens and non-harmful antigens and respond appropriately – and this may be one reason why they also appear so beneficial in conditions like allergies, asthma, and eczema

 Like it or not, the bugs in your gut have a lot to say about your health!  This is why I frequently test patients gut function for common complaints such as fatigue, migraines, mood disorders, depression, anxiety or insomnia, ecezma, allergies, asthma, autism, and even trouble with concentration & memory.  Getting the gut bugs back into proper balance is critical to your overall health and especially the health of your immune system.  The simplest way to jump start your overall health is pay attention to the gut...  Eliminate sugar and refined flours from your diet and add a high dose probiotic to you regimen.  You'll be well on your way to a happy and helpful intestinal "zoo"!

http://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/the-gut-brain-connection
http://www.mercola.com/
http://www.metametrix.com/test-menu/profiles/gastrointestinal-function/dna-stool-analysis-gi-effects
https://wsunews.wsu.edu/pages/publications.asp?Action=Detail&PublicationID=32253&TypeID=1

16 comments:

  1. Great post, I wish more physicians followed your advice. I use a similar strategy with my patients with excellent results. At the source of many inflammatory and immune responses are dietary causes. My personal top two for the diet are eliminating or reducing sugar and gluten, and my number one supplements are pro or pre-biotics to re-balance the healthy gut flora.

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  2. Great stuff here. The information and the detail were just perfect. Many thanks for this very useful information you have provided us.

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  3. What would you recommend for a "high dose probiotic" and for Prebiotics?

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  4. My absolute fabs are Prothera's Klaire ther-biotic complete and for more intensive support, Klaire there-biotic detox support (https://www.protherainc.com) They are professional grade, high potency and bottom line is they work! Ordering online can be done through there website with physician access code: 618

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    1. Can that code still be used at this point? Because I am needing some of that probiotic as well.
      Thanks!
      -Leia

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    3. Yes, indeed, Leia, use code 618 at protherainc.com and start by going to Authorized patients Register Here....

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  5. Hi Jill, I tested positive for one copy of the C6777T gene mutation and I could possibly have sensitivities to Histamines. Can you recommend a safe probiotic for me.

    Thank you,

    Mary Benoit

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  6. Hi Mary, you should be safe with bifidobacter sp and/or lactobacillus rhamnosus. I suggest trying Klaire Labs Ther-biotic Factor 4 which contains only bifido species and will not induce excess histamine (here is link - https://www.protherainc.com/prod/proddetail.asp?id=V774-06) You may use physician code 618 to order.

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  7. Hi Mary probiotic shouldn't react with anything...

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  8. Hi Jill, I was diagnosed with Candida what supplements are safe to address this?

    Thank you,

    Mary Benoit

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  9. Hi Mary - here you go http://doccarnahan.blogspot.com/2011/09/yeast-connection-how-this-generalized.html

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    1. Thank you so much!! Mary B.

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  10. Hi Jill,
    Sorry to bother you again. I lost your comment to me on food eliminations for eczema. I have been fighting 6 months with it. I basically omitted gluten dairy corn and eggs although had small amounts. I remember coffee as one but am still drinking 1 cup a day with almond milk. Is coffee really bad? Can you help? Thanks so much, Mary Benoit

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  11. Hi Mary,
    See the blog I wrote on Eczema here (http://doccarnahan.blogspot.com/2012/09/is-leaky-gut-causing-your-eczema-or.html) but the top ones are wheat, dairy, sugar, alcohol, all sweeteners, and yeast.
    warmly
    Dr Jill

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  12. Thank you so much!

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