Diet & Gut: The Gastro-Intestinal Tract & Anxiety Solutions

The role of the gut in the health and wellness of the entire body-mind system is legendary. Known as the Second Brain for good reason, the gastro-intestinal tract requires attention in order to be healthy and to remain that way.

While food plays a pivotal role in gut health, the microbiome is the underlying key to lasting gut health and overall wellness.

Concepts and facts to consider:

  • Processed foods typically contain chemicals such as colourants, preservatives, flavourants and other chemicals unsupportive of gut health.
  • Routine hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides used by food producers stay in the food chain and are ingested.
  • All chemicals have the potential to radically disrupt the microbiome and damage the gut lining (mucosa and epithelium).
  • Damaged mucosa may lead to an overgrowth of organisms such as Candida albicans.
  • A damaged or unhealthy epithelium may result in increased gut permeability, commonly known as “Leaky Gut” – this may result in undigested food particles, bacteria, viruses, or parasites passing through into the bloodstream.
  • The immune system may launch an attack on “the invaders” – e.g. food particles – causing future identification of these as “the enemy”, measurable as an IgG response.
  • A leaky gut or insufficient mucosal lining typically results in widespread health symptoms such as inflammation, gut discomfort, and other symptoms.

 

Managing anxiety is a mammoth task if the gut is unhappy. To do this vast subject justice we need to look at the various aspects of gastrointestinal health:

  • Probiotics and Prebiotics
  • Parasites
  • Leaky Gut and the epithelial lining.
  • The mucosal lining and immunity.
  • Inflammation.
  • Food Intolerances.
  • Antimicrobial herbal tinctures, teas and capsules.

WARNING

: if you are on any prescription medication, have an illness or a chronic disease, or are in a compromised state of health, consult your doctor before taking any of our supplements, or before implementing any of our recommended lifestyle or dietary changes.

If you have any other queries, please feel free to contact us 

PURE BUTYRATE

For those who have used Butyrate, it is easy to know why it quickly becomes an essential solution to gut comfort. Inflammation management is enhanced when this nutrient is part of the daily supplement regimen. Gut comfort improves dramatically.

 

Few of us eat sufficient dietary fibre to promote the development of butyrate naturally in the gut. This becomes more significant when toxins and pathogens are present and cause inflammation of the gut lining. 

 

Formed by the good bacteria that break down dietary fiibre, Butyrate provides relief from gut inflammation. This has been shown to support repair of the epithelial lining of the gut, improving leaky gut, the intestinal barrier, mucosal immunity, and inflammation. Great for both gut and systemic inflammation reduction.

 

Gene Information: Known support for ABP1-DAO, SHMT, HMOX1 SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms), inflammation, leaky gut, and low-carb diet support. 

 

Pairs well with: Pure S. Boulardii to balance the gut microbiome, especially when there is an overgrowth of Candida albicans. Pure ProCulture for microbiome balance support. Defend contains Artemesia annua (Wormwood) for pathogen eradication support. Hydrogen Boost helps to neutralise the cell-damaging Hydroxyl Radical (OH) by providing molecular Hydrogen. Under ideal conditions of sufficient dietary fibre, one of the fermentation by-products is Hydrogen (Butyrate is another). 

 

BUTYRATE & GUT HEALTH

Butyrate, also known as butyric acid, is a short-chain fatty acid that is produced in the gut by the fermentation of dietary fiber by gut bacteria. It is an important source of energy for the cells lining the colon and plays a variety of important roles in gut health.

 

Some of the potential benefits of butyrate for gut health include:

  • Reducing inflammation: Butyrate has anti-inflammatory properties and may help reduce inflammation in the gut, which can contribute to a variety of digestive disorders.

  • Supporting the gut barrier: Butyrate may help support the integrity of the gut barrier, which is important for preventing the leaky gut syndrome.

  • Promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria: Butyrate may help promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut, which can improve overall gut health.

  • Supporting gut motility: Butyrate may help support gut motility and improve bowel movements.

 

Butyrate is produced in the gut by the fermentation of dietary fiber by gut bacteria. Foods that are rich in dietary fiber, such as vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, may help increase butyrate production in the gut. Butyrate is also available in supplement form, although it’s important to talk to your healthcare provider before taking any supplements. They can help you determine the appropriate dosage and ensure that the supplement is safe and appropriate for you.

PURE S.BOULARDII

Pure S.Boulardii is a lactose-free, stomach acid–resistant, stable formula containing Saccharomyces boulardii. This is a beneficial probiotic yeast that supports other probiotic organisms in the gut. Additional benefits of this probiotic yeast include:

 

  • Balances overgrowth of Candida albicans
  • Support for vaginal yeast infections, eczema, lactose intolerance, UTIs, and IBS symptoms
  • Used to support intestinal integrity and helps to repair Leaky Gut
  • Restores normal gut flora
  • Research suggests that Saccharomyces boulardii supports normal immune responses
  • Survives antibiotics and is an essential probiotic to take during or after a course of antibiotics
  • Helps digestion and nutrient absorption
  • Is acid-resistant and so survives the low pH environment of the stomach
  • Effective in treating diarrhea, including rotaviral infections
  • OK to take any time of the day, with or without food

 

Pairs well with: Pure Butyrate to balance the gut microbiome, especially when there is an overgrowth of Candida albicans. Defend contains Artemesia annua (Wormwood) for pathogen eradication support.

 

HydrogenBoost helps to neutralise the cell-damaging Hydroxyl Radical (OH) by providing molecular Hydrogen. Under ideal conditions of sufficient dietary fibre, one of the fermentation by-products is Hydrogen (Butyrate is another). 

 

VERSATILE SACCHAROMYCES BOULARDII

Saccharomyces boulardii is a type of yeast that is similar to the yeast used to make bread and beer. It is commonly used as a probiotic, a type of beneficial bacteria that can help support the health of the digestive system.

 

Some of the potential benefits of Saccharomyces boulardii include:

  • Reducing diarrhea: Saccharomyces boulardii may help reduce the frequency and severity of diarrhea, including diarrhea caused by antibiotics and infectious diarrhea.

  • Supporting the growth of beneficial bacteria: Saccharomyces boulardii may help promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut, which can improve overall gut health.

  • Reducing the risk of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infections: Saccharomyces boulardii may help reduce the risk of C. diff infections, which are a common complication of antibiotic use.

  • Supporting the immune system: Saccharomyces boulardii may help support the immune system by producing compounds that can fight off infections and other threats.

 

Saccharomyces boulardii is available in supplement form and can also be found in some fermented foods, such as kefir and tempeh. It’s important to talk to your healthcare provider before taking any supplements, as they can help you determine the appropriate dosage and ensure that the supplement is safe and appropriate for you.

 

SACCHAROMYCES BOULARDII & CANDIDA

Candida is a type of yeast that is naturally present in the body. It is typically kept in balance by beneficial bacteria. However, when the balance of bacteria and yeast in the body becomes disrupted, Candida can overgrow and cause infections.

 

Some research suggests that Saccharomyces boulardii may be helpful for managing Candida infections. However, it’s important to keep in mind that Saccharomyces boulardii is not a replacement for conventional treatment for Candida infections. If you are experiencing a Candida infection, it’s important to talk to your healthcare provider. They can diagnose the infection and recommend appropriate treatment options, which may include antifungal medications.

 

It’s also important to note that Saccharomyces boulardii can be toxic if taken in large amounts or for extended periods of time, so it’s important to use it carefully and according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Saccharomyces boulardii is available in supplement form and can also be found in some fermented foods, such as kefir and tempeh. It’s important to talk to your healthcare provider before taking any supplements, as they can help you determine the appropriate dosage and ensure that the supplement is safe and appropriate for you.

PURE PROCULTURE

Feel the ease of a well-supported gut microbiome with Pure ProCulture, liquid probiotic.

 

This product contains pure, live probiotic strains, suitable for balancing the gut flora, and improving immunity. Acidophillus strains have numerous benefits, including support for vaginal yeast infections, eczema relief, lactose intolerance, diarrhea relief, UTIs, and IBS symptoms. Bifidobacterium infantis has been shown to inhibit inflammation, regulate and balance the immune system, improve intestinal barrier function, and increase acetate production.

 

Gene Information: Known support for ABP1-DAO, SHMT, HMOX1 SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms), Candida albicans overgrowth, inflammation, leaky gut support.

 

Pairs well with: Pure Butyrate and Pure S. Boulardii to balance the gut microbiome. Defend contains Artemesia annua (Wormwood) for pathogen eradication support, if required.

 

PURE OREGANO NUTRIENT OIL

Pure Oregano Nutrient Oil is an unusually effective solution for one of the most common gut issues that plague many people: Candida overgrowth.

 

Pure, food-grade Oregano Essential Oil is suitable for use as a food flavourant, or as a therapeutic. 200 doses per 10ml bottle! The numerous benefits, include:

  • Anti-viral
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-microbial
  • Food flavourant

 

Gene Information: Known support for ABP1-DAO, SHMT, HMOX1 SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms), Candida albicans overgrowth, inflammation, leaky gut support.

 

Pairs well with: Pure Butyrate and Pure S. Boulardii to balance the gut microbiome. Defend contains Artemesia annua (Wormwood) for pathogen eradication support, if required.

 

OREGANO OIL FOR GUT HEALTH

Oregano oil is extracted from the leaves of the oregano plant (Origanum vulgare) and is rich in a variety of compounds, including phenols, terpenes, and flavonoids. Some research suggests that oregano oil may have potential health benefits, including supporting gut health.

 

Some of the potential benefits of oregano oil for gut health include:

  • Reducing inflammation: Oregano oil has anti-inflammatory properties and may help reduce inflammation in the gut, which can contribute to a variety of digestive disorders.

  • Supporting the growth of beneficial bacteria: Oregano oil may help promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut, which can improve overall gut health.

  • Fighting infections: Oregano oil has antimicrobial properties and may help fight infections caused by bacteria, viruses, and parasites.

  • Reducing symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): Some research suggests that oregano oil may help reduce symptoms of IBS, such as bloating, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

 

OREGANO OIL FOR CANDIDA

Candida is a type of yeast that is naturally present in the body. It is typically kept in balance by beneficial bacteria. However, when the balance of bacteria and yeast in the body becomes disrupted, Candida can overgrow and cause infections.

 

Some research suggests that oregano oil may have potential health benefits, including fighting infections caused by Candida.

 

Oregano oil has antimicrobial properties and may help kill Candida and other types of bacteria and fungi. However, it’s important to keep in mind that oregano oil is not a replacement for conventional treatment for Candida infections. If you are experiencing a Candida infection, it’s important to talk to your healthcare provider. They can diagnose the infection and recommend appropriate treatment options, which may include antifungal medications.

 

Oregano oil is available in supplement form and can also be found in some natural remedies, such as herbal teas and mouthwashes. It’s important to talk to your healthcare provider before taking any supplements, as they can help you determine the appropriate dosage and ensure that the supplement is safe and appropriate for you. Oregano oil can be toxic if taken in large amounts or for extended periods of time, so it’s important to use it carefully and according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

DEFEND

One of my absolutely essential travel companions, DEFEND is a highly capable product, across many different pathogens.

 

USES FOR DEFEND

  • Anti-parasitic – contains Wormwood (aka Artemesia annua or Umhlonyone). If you eat sushi, play or work in soil, have pets or young children, then it is a good idea to go on a course of anti-parasitic herbals every 6 months. A 1-week course will help to manage parasitic infections. Take a break and repeat if you have a known infestation, and continue until clear.
  • Anti-microbial – the combination of ingredients makes this the ideal product to use at the outset of colds or flu. Use it when you first begin to feel off-colour, and you will feel better than you had hoped possible, within a few short hours. Continue use until completely well.
  • Use for traveller’s tummy to kill any nasty food bacteria. Take a double dose the minute you feel any sign of gastric upset, and repeat at the normal dose until well.

TUMMY TAMER

Another favourite for managing gut discomfort, TUMMY TAMER has its place in any medicine cabinet.

 

Use this form of montmorillonite clay (volcanic ash) for the following:

  • Mop up toxins, including bacteria, and stop them developing into a full-blown problem.
  • Absorb gas that causes bloating.
  • Reduce symptoms of food intolerance.
  • Support at times of detoxification, to mop up toxins released from the cells, preventing reuptake in the gut.

 

HINT: young children respond well to this product when feeling nauseous. Open the capsule and empty into a teaspoon. Add a little water and mix into a paste. Put a small amount of paste into the child’s mouth or onto some food or a dummy. Nausea is quickly managed, as is diarrhea.

MANAGING & AVOIDING GUT INFLAMMATION, BLOATING & CRAMPS

If you are sick and tired of constant tummy-ache, bloating or gas, then consider that certain foods may be causing your symptoms.

 

Whether we like it or not, our food is all-too-often contaminated with chemicals. These may come from various sources: agricultural chemicals as well us unknown environmental pollutants from water run-off, wind borne dust or toxic soil that our food is grown in. Add to this the thousands of possible food additives that include flavourants, colourants, preservatives and more. The result is a possible chemical cocktail that we would not consciously choose to eat!

 

Begin with the Basics

  • Remove all processed foods
  • Remove any food, snack or beverage that contains any chemical additives
  • Find a trusted source of organic fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Find a trusted source of hormone-free, free-range meat

 

Dig Deeper

  • Consider a 5-week programme on an Elimination Diet to give your gut a rest from possible irritants. This allows the gut lining to heal. Symptom reduction is the goal. If this is of interest to you then consider a Consultation with me. You will receive a detailed daily Elimination Diet plan for this.
  • Remove Dairy for 1 week – see how this feels. You will know if this is relevant to you when you add some cheese, cream or a glass of milk back into your diet after being dairy free (that means ZERO dairy if you want this test to work!) for this short time. If dairy is a problem for you, you will immediately notice gut discomfort after ingesting it.
  • Remove Gluten – for 5 weeks. As with dairy, you will be able to see if this ingredient is responsible for your gut discomfort.

 

Do a Food Intolerance Test

  • The Optiway Food Intolerance Test provides you with a detailed list of what your body is objecting to.
  • Avoiding foods that your blood test shows are a problem for you, removes the guess work.
  • Fine-tune your daily diet to suit your body/

PROBIOTICS & PREBIOTICS FOR GUT COMFORT

The re-establishment of gut comfort is extremely important, because the gut is known as the second brain, for good reason. When the gut is unhappy, we suffer almost innumerable symptoms. Anxiety, skin issues, brain fog, and UTIs are the added burden to gut discomfort symptoms such as bloating, gas, constipation or cramps.

 

Wherever possible, reduce inflammation in the gastro-intestinal tract. This means it is necessary to assess and attend to issues in any of the following areas:

  • Food Intolerances
  • Eradicate pathogens
  • Correct the gut microbiome
  • Manage symptoms

 

Options for making use of Probiotics for the repopulation of the microbiome include:

 

Prebiotics are plant fibres which stimulate the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut. Prebiotic fibres are found in many fruits and vegetables, and most especially those that contain complex carbohydrates and resistant startch.

 

Food Sources of Prebiotics:

  • Oats
  • Barley
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Asparagus
  • Bananas
  • Leeks
  • Jerusalem artichokes
  • Chicory

 

Who Should Avoid Prebiotics?

  • If you have SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)
  • If you have FODMAPS (fermentable carbohydrates) intolerance (such as dairy, wheat, barley, onions, garlic, asparagus etc).

 

NOTE: FODMAPS carbohydrates are fructose, lactose, fructans, galactans, and polyols. If you have a problem with these it is advisable to make an appointment with our doctor for futher investigation.

 

SIBO sufferers’ symptoms may get worse when using a pro- or prebiotic. 

 

Pathogen & Inflammation Management

Kill pathogens AND Improve the Gut Microbiome at the same time – to ensure balanced gut bacteria.

 

Defend contains Artemesia annua (Wormwood) for pathogen eradication support.

 

Hydrogen Boost helps to neutralise the cell-damaging Hydroxyl Radical (OH) by providing molecular Hydrogen. Under ideal conditions of sufficient dietary fibre, one of the fermentation by-products is Hydrogen (Butyrate is another). 

 

Butyrate provides relief from gut inflammation.

 

L-Glutamine supports a healthy gut mucosa.

 

HERBAL PARASITE / PATHOGEN CONTROL

Herbal medicine provides us with some powerful solutions against pathogens.

 

ANTI-PARASITIC

  • DEFEND contains Artemesia annua (Wormwood) for pathogen eradication support, as well as Elderflowers for its antibacterial action.

 

ANTI-FUNGAL & ANTIMICROBIAL

  • OREGANO NUTRIENT OIL is an ingestible essential oil. It is highly effective against an overgrowth of Candida albicans and other fungal infections.

 

WHEN TO TAKE ANTI-PATHOGENIC SUPPLEMENTS

Take these away from probiotics because they are designed to kill pathogens. The probiotic strains are live. beneficial bacteria.

  • Take anti-parastiic or anti-fungal products in the afternoon and/or evenings.
  • Take probiotics in the mornings.

HEALING A LEAKY GUT

Leaky Gut is a term that describes gut permeability. When the cells of the gut lining are swollen and inflamed, this causes the tight junctions between the cells of the gut to be compromised.

 

We need these tight junctions to function optimally to ensure that large particles of food, as well as bacteria, fungi, parasites and other pathogens do not enter our blood stream.

 

Small particles of correctly-sized digested nutrients are supposed to pass through into our blood stream. Large undigested food chunks are not!

 

Important Facts & Solutions

  • A healthy gut has a healthy mucosal lining that traps pathogens, especially fungal pathogens – use L-glutatmine to support the gut mucosa
  • A healthy gut lining has healthy epithelial cells which create tight junctions – use Butyrate to support this
  • Remove inflammatory foods that damage the gut lining – do an Optiway Food Intolerance Test to determine this
  • Ensure you feed your gut microbiome with suitable Probiotics – use Pure S.Boulardii to help counterbalance Candida albicans, and/or Pure ProCulture for probiotic balance

 

WHAT IS LEAKY GUT?

Leaky gut, also known as increased intestinal permeability, is a condition in which the lining of the intestine becomes damaged and allows substances, such as toxins, bacteria, and undigested food, to pass through the intestinal wall and into the bloodstream. This can trigger inflammation and a variety of digestive and immune system problems.

 

Leaky gut can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
  • Infections
  • Food allergies or sensitivities
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Chronic stress

 

Symptoms of leaky gut can vary, but may include:

  • Bloating
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Skin problems
  • Joint pain
  • Mood changes

 

If you are experiencing symptoms of leaky gut, it’s important to talk to your healthcare provider. They can perform tests to determine the cause of your symptoms and recommend treatment options that may be helpful. Treatment may include dietary changes, medication, and lifestyle modifications.

 
 

IMMUNITY & THE GUT MUCOSA

The gut mucosa is the lining of the intestine that comes into contact with the contents of the gut. It plays a vital role in immunity and helps protect the body from harmful substances that may be present in the gut.

 

The gut mucosa is home to a diverse community of bacteria, known as the microbiome, that plays a crucial role in maintaining gut health and immune function. The microbiome helps to:

  • Protect the gut mucosa: The microbiome helps to protect the gut mucosa from damage caused by toxins and harmful bacteria.

  • Support the immune system: The microbiome helps to support the immune system by producing compounds that can fight off infections and other threats.

  • Produce nutrients: The microbiome helps to produce nutrients, such as vitamins and short-chain fatty acids, that are important for maintaining gut health and immune function.

 

A healthy gut mucosa and microbiome are essential for maintaining good overall health and a strong immune system. To support the gut mucosa and microbiome, it’s important to:

  • Eat a diet rich in fiber, fruits, and vegetables
  • Stay hydrated
  • Avoid processed and sugary foods
  • Get enough sleep
  • Exercise regularly
  • Reduce stress

 

If you are experiencing problems with your gut health or immune system, it’s important to talk to your healthcare provider. They can help you determine the underlying cause and recommend treatment options that may be helpful.

 

THE PAIN OF FOOD INTOLERANCES

You may not realise that some of the foods you eat are causing gut discomfort due to an intolerance.

 

Food intolerance identifications are based on IgG testing. This is different from IgA food allergy testing. The most significant properties of the two are the following:

  • Food Allergies – are immediately noticeable (anaphylaxis for example).
  • Food Intolerances – are less immediately noticeable, and may only show up 3-5 days after ingesting a particular food. 

 

The delayed response to food intolerances means it is particularly difficult to work out exactly which food or beverage items are involved in your gut symptoms or inflammation. It is for this reason that we recommend a blood test.

 

The Optiway Food Intolerance test identifies 222 common food and drink substances that you may be intolerant to. Knowing your unique list, means it is easier to pinpoint which foods you need to avoid to reduce inflammation.

TEST OPTIONS

Optiway Food Intolerance Test is a simple way to find out what is bothering your gut and causing pain, bloating, cramps, diarrhea, constipation or gas.

 

This is a blood analysis that tests a full menu of 222 different types of food. This is a simple way to test which foods are suitable for you and which you are intolerant to.

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