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IMMUNE SYSTEM SPOTLIGHT: The What & Why Behind “PROBIOTICS”

Probiotics get a massive amount of mention these days and for good reason.  The evidence behind the microbiome and its connection and influence on the rest of the body is mounting by the day.

But rather than just follow the trends, let’s illuminate why this aspect of your body’s ecosystem is important for a plethora of reasons; ESPECIALLY when it comes to arming yourself with a balanced, appropriate immune response to whatever pathogen (virus or otherwise) you will inevitably encounter.

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THE CORONA COUNTER CONTINUES MORE FOUNDATIONAL IMMUNE SUPPORT .. This is a must as the implications that a #balanced #healthy #microbiome have gone way beyond #guthealth & facilitating a #strongimmunesystem .. These intestinal critters that include your classic #probiotics but also various fungal strains (#sboulardii *also shown to be a local #siga enhancer and thus #virus fighter ) & more, play a major role in #nutrition & making the most of your #healthyeating #healthyhabits in that they convert &/or assimilate many of the #nutrients we ingest & so desperately need to even mount an effective #immunesystem response to the #corona or #influenza #virus .. As articulated, your intestinal environment aka your microbiome, which populated by your #microbiota or the friendly #flora & beyond that dwell there, influence the other major barrier systems of your body as well, playing a role in #brainhealth (#gutbrainconnection ) #skinhealth (we’ve seen numerous times how a comprehensive #probiotic regimen can help attenuate or eliminate those #topical or #dermatological manifestations) & our current #coronavirus focus…#respiratoryhealth .. The benefits are beyond plentiful & mounting by the day.  This one truly seems to be a no brainer packing massive potential upside & minimal downside. .. #healthygut #healthyyou

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TYPES OF “Probiotics:”

The “Classic” (Lacto/Bifido Blend):

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PROBIOTICS: MAXIMIZING BENEFIT .. . A few points here when it comes to #probiotics Amidst all of varying opinions expressed as to best #immuneboost during this time of concern, fortunately use of a #probiotic seems to be agreed upon. .. . This is no doubt a step in the right direction as for years now many #gut experts, gastroenterologist alike, have been poo-pooing (bad #guthealth joke) the efficacy of using these #nutritional #supplements , commonly citing a lack of evidence & research. .. . This can prove quite unfortunate as it leads to many trusting individuals missing out on potential help, due the oft dissmisive, close minded & at this point ignorant state of the so called authority figure. .. . Simply implenting dietary adjustments concurrent to a thoughtful, up to date, comprehensive probiotic regimen, using independent, 3rd party tested & verified formulations has been nothing less than a game changer for many of our patients, family & friends. .. . But this confident proclamation is not being made solely on the back of antecdotal evidence.  There are actually over 500 & counting published research papers backing a plethora of benefits behind probiotic supplementation; specifically of the #lactobacillus & #bifidobacterium variety; no doubt the most researched & supplemented genus of #gutbacteria .. . Benefits have been shown to include #guthealth #skinhealth #immunehealth #brainhealth improved #mood & beyond. .. . With a million & one brands on the market, & the inevitability of unethical, immoral practices transpiring for the love of the dollar over all else; it is imperative to find a reputable, transparent brand that does indeed subject their product to independent, 3rd party testing. .. . We strive to use only these brands; coupled with the cleanest labels both personally & clinically.  Starting your journey off with a strong probiotic (12-14 different strains; 25-100 billion CFUs) is no doubt a legitimate place to start when it comes to optimizing your #microbiome & establishing a foundation to build all other aspects of health. .. . But we can do better than that. And we will… . .. Stay tuned…

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The Mycobiome.  The Friendly Fungi & Saccharomyces Boulardii

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POTENTIATING PROBIOTIC POWER THE WHOLE STORY . .. The 2nd essential #probiotic player (in addition to the “traditional” #lactobacillus & #bifido blends) is actually not technically in the #probiotics family of #gutbacteria at all. .. . Our 2nd #health propogating character in this comprehensive cast of #immunesystem enhancers is known as #saccharomyces #boulardii & is a non-pathogenic #yeast … making it an MVP of our #mycobiome (rather than the #microbiome ) which is comprised of the essential & beneficial yeast &  #fungal friends. .. . This increasingly acknowledged & studied aspect of our internal ecosystem has been shown to not only boost its own #healthylife perpetuating perks, but also work synergystically with our other 2 classes of “probiotics” to complete the latest understanding of best available #guthealth & beyond. .. . Specifically, #sboulardii has been shown to increase bowel transit time (#constipation ), counter the common fungal #infection : #candida or #calbicans , & improve glucose #metabolism .. . Perhaps most relevant to the current #corona climate is the observation that S.Boulardii has been shown to increase the production of sIgA, our first line of defense against #pathogenic #bacteria #parasites #yeast & the focus of the day: #viruses .. . All of this plus more makes saccharomyces boulardii a logical addition to your up to date, best available probiotic regimen.

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The “Up & Comer” to complete the Comprehensive Microbiome Makeover: Soil Based

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MAXIMIZING PROBIOTIC IMMUNE SUPPORT .. . COMPREHENSIVE GUT "RESEED" X 3 . .. So there we have it for this brief 3 post dive into going beyond the simple, generic & comparitively limited #probiotic #nutritional #supplement .. . We bring this to you in an attempt to keep you up on the latest support already available to you, your #microbiome & #immunesystem – #virus defense & resilience. We don't need to wait for the mainstream to catch up & finally endorse. The support already exists & their is mounting data (check PUBMED) to back it up. . .. We have started to implement this #reseed #gut tune up for many patients who have either already completed a #healandseal regimen &/or express the need for this approach to start things off. Either way proves to be an intelligent way to kick off the journey into true, lasting #holistichealth .. . In summary, we have highlighted a robust (in both #cfu count & strain variety) "traditional" blend (#lactobacilli &#bifidobactetia ) , a #mycobiome supporting #saccharomyces #boulardii & now these #soilbased #probiotics .. . Enhance the #microbiome with all resources available & yield the benefits. .. .. #bewell #staywell #positivevibes #choosehealth #seizetheday

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Depression, Serotonin, Inflammation & The Gut

Depression, Serotonin, Inflammation & The Gut

Why EVERYONE Should Heal & Seal

There exists a growing body of fascinating research that continues to point to the gut as the seat of all health or disease.  This notion has been around since Hippocrates, and thankfully appears to be taking center stage as more frustrated patients search for what they’ve been lead to believe are solutionless health problems.

We’ve touched on the various aspects of why this is so important in previous posts, and virtually everyday with patients in the office.  Today we will break down yet another eye opening correlation between gut dysfunction and neurodegenerative disease.

You should know by now that the gut is home to billions of vital bacteria.  The bulk of these bacteria are coated in something called LPS (lipopolysaccharide).  This is all good for the function of these bacteria and thus us, provided they stay in the gut and are not allowed passage into our bloodstream.

The only way LPS gains access into our blood is if we have intestinal permeability or a “leaky gut.”  This can occur for a plethora or reasons including gluten consumption (for everyone, not just Celiac sufferers), habitual antacid or anti-biotic use, or glyphosate (the unwashable, carcinogenic herbicide that laces your GMO food) exposure.

Once the intestinal wall is permeable or leaky, items that should not get into the blood and thus the rest of your body, get in.  This creates an immune response and a cascade of issues from there.  The test used to determine whether or not someone does indeed possess a leaky gut does so by determining whether or not these LPS are present in the blood, because as we stated they should remain self contained in the digestive tract if all is well.

The game changing correlation that has been observed in numerous studies is the presence of LPS in the blood and a variety of neurodegenerative diseases.  MS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s; even Autism all have been shown to also carry the presence of LPS in the blood.  To take it one step further, in many cases the level of severity of the condition is in proportion to the volume of LPS detected in the circulatory system.

For those that still have a tough time correlating intestinal issues to much beyond heartburn, constipation or diarrhea, this is yet another wake up call.  The gut has been called the second brain and is in close two way communication with it via the vagus nerve.  The linkage between the two and direct impact one has on the other is becoming more and more well documented.

As always, at this point the question becomes what are you going to do about it?  We already know that knowledge without application is useless.  Get ahead of the curve and be sure to build the foundation for health and longevity by fortifying, healing and sealing that gut if for no other reason than the fear of the devastating diseases mentioned above.

This is something we do weekly with those motivated and open minded patients, with exciting and hope restoring results. This is something we live ourselves.

As always, if you would like to learn more about this empowering knowledge or get to work on fortifying your own foundation for a better quality and quantity of life, make a move and reach out today (321-848-0987).  It is our passion on both a personal and professional level, and we’re here when you’re ready to take control.