Here is the low-down.
Your GI tract flora (bacteria) is called your “microbiome. We know disturbances can promote neurological diseases. In fact, imbalances over a lifetime lead to many neurological issues, the least of which is not Alzheimer’s! We also know that it will impair your ability to lose weight big time. In addition, it has a huge impact on your immune system and that you can boost it by just “balancing” your microbiome.
What causes an “unbalanced microbiome?” Many things such as toxins in our food and water, but very commonly medications. Indeed, antibiotics are a big culprit and so are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain medications. However, eating an unhealthy diet as opposed to a healthy one sets you up way too nicely even without the drugs. (More about how that works in a moment.)
Disturbing Your Microbiome
When we talk about disturbing or up-ending the microbiome what does that mean?
It means that you have replaced your previously good, healthy GI tract bacteria with pathogenic and toxic bacteria that not only does you no good, but can do you harm. It can cause “leaky gut syndrome” which leads to an assortment of GI tract symptoms such as diarrhea or constipation, bloating or even no symptoms in the GI tract. Symptoms can pop up as allergies, especially to foods, and even rashes. It is curable by “fixing the microbiome.”
Now, we also know it can have a powerful impact on your general mood. Depression is increasingly starting to be viewed as a symptom of poor gut health in circles of research about the real root causes of depression. The same is possibly true for anxiety as well!
One way of treating depression without drugs is always to add probiotics to the mix. That’s not all, though. In this article, I’ll discuss how the health benefits of probiotics positively impact immune health, GI tract health, brain health and ability to lose weight and keep it off.
A toxic microbiome can be the cause of unexplained weight gain believe it or not! If you do this, follow my weight loss plan, add bcaa weight loss supplements you will for sure lose weight and increase your lean body mass. In addition, remember, you must look for a GMP and non-GMO sticker and don’t purchase non-refrigerated, non-pharmaceutical grade probiotics because you will not get the health benefits; there are many. So, let’s start with discussing weight, the most intriguing subject. Why? Because I bet you never heard of this and it might be your ticket to successful weight loss.
Ghrelin and Leptin-The Hunger hormones get all out of whack!
Ghrelin and leptin are called the two “hunger hormones.” They are found in the mucous membranes of your stomach. If you have a normal microbiome here is what happens after a meal:
Levels of ghrelin should fall after a meal. This drop in ghrelin signals your brain that you’re full. So, then, you stop eating of course. The way your body stores fat is a highly regulated process that is controlled, mainly, by leptin. If you gain extra weight, the additional fat you have put on makes extra leptin that should alert your brain that your body is storing too much fat.
However, the culprits with the leptin story you may not realize is your GI microbiome (bacterial environment) plus what’s in your diet.
You can become “leptin resistant” via other mechanisms which speed up the “bad microbiome” and along the way you gain weight.
You easily become leptin-resistant by eating a diet full of sugar (particularly fructose), refined grains and processed foods.
All of this inflammatory eating rather than proper eating will upset the balance of bacteria in your G.I. tract.
Sugar feeds pathogenic yeast and fungi, and processed foods tend to have a very detrimental effect on beneficial bacteria.
In fact, they create the perfect environment for health-harming bacteria to thrive.
For this to occur, signals are sent to your brain to stop being hungry and stop eating.
If you “trash your microbiome” and your GI tract flora is replaced by the typical toxic E.Coli. Here is what happens physiologically:
20 percent increase in leptin levels (leptin is produced by fatty tissue).
6-times increase in the release of ghrelin (the “hunger hormone”) after a meal.
Your brain and GI tract signals get disconnected, and you just keep eating and storing fat!
Weight gain-that was a no-brainer, wasn’t it?
When you have an increase in ghrelin after a meal, your GI tract tells your brain to continue eating, which will tend to lead to overeating and therefore, of course, poundage.
When you become leptin-resistant, your body can no longer hear the messages your GI tract is sending to your brain. As a result, your body continues to remain hungry and stores more fat.
By taking the normal healthy bacteria lining your G.I. tract and wiping them out, to then be replaced by toxic bacteria (often E.Coli) you will affect these two hunger hormones. Not only that, but it has also been recently shown the toxic bacteria slows metabolism.
So, here is your triple play: you keep eating when you’re full, you keep storing fat, and your metabolism goes down.You really need probiotics, don’t you? Yes, indeed you do but don’t think that your GI tract will accept “just” probiotics without a pre-treatment and don’t think your GI tract will accept just any probiotics, either. I will get to the treatment, and I have a special treat too; I’ll give you the webinar for the GI tract module, so you’ll know just exactly what to do without my help.
Mood disorders such as anxiety and depression may be rooted in the gut of all places!
Previous clinical trials have shown that probiotics can help ease both anxiety and depression. One well-done study found that the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus had a marked increasing effect on GABA levels. GABA is an anxiety-reducing brain chemical. The only way to increase it otherwise is with toxic, addictive drugs. On the other hand, you can take natural PharmaGABA supplements. (Note: These need to be chewed and put under your tongue for absorption; other oral forms do not get through the blood-brain barrier).
In another study, people who took a multi-strain probiotic for at least four weeks reported a lessening of “rumination.” Rumination is persistent/recurrent thoughts about something distressing. Many recent studies found high-glycemic foods (including those high in refined grains and added sugar) were associated with higher occurrences of depression. Now, I have talked to you about how an inflammatory diet can most certainly worsen depression. In fact, there is much proof to this. So, if you want to improve mood and health you really need to clean up your diet.
From the NY Times-this is so “mainstream” now!:
“Anxiety, depression…linked with gastrointestinal abnormalities….[Last] September, the National Institute of Mental Health awarded four grants worth up to $1 million each to spur new research on the gut microbiome’s role in mental disorders, affirming the legitimacy of a field that had long struggled to attract serious scientific credibility.”
I have written many articles about boosting your immune system, and you can easily find them on this blog.
You need to eat a healthy diet, get rid of oxidative stress and inflammation and clear up your GI tract with, amongst other things, those magic probiotics.
Doing these things will increase your resistance to colds and flu and even decrease your chances of cancer. A little-known fact about cancer is it’s considered a disease mediated by immune dysfunction.
What about brain health?
Research proves there are gut microbes that specialize in fermenting soluble fiber. This is the type of fiber found in apples or fiber supplements. This plays an important role in preventing leaky gut — a condition I discussed at the outset of this article.
What I didn’t mention is if your GI tract has had a “bad microbiome” long enough toxins can migrate from your GI tract into your bloodstream. That leakage is what causes the issues such as allergies, rashes and more. Involved in all of this is inflammation; something you just plain don’t want to have.
With a bad microbiome, the inflammatory response actually starts in your GI tract and then travels to your brain. Brain inflammation then occurs. Of course, we need to clean up the microbiome with the right probiotics and more. However, for your brain’s sake and the sake of the health of your body, we need to quiet down the inflammation caused by the leaky gut.
1. Eat an anti-inflammatory diet. Want a free instant copy of the anti-inflammatory diet plan? There you go!
2. Eat enough fiber (30 gms per day)/or take one of our pharmaceutical grade supplements.
3. Eat raw foods as much as possible.
4. Eat fermented foods to “help” your GI tract microbiome. This is one instance I would recommend kefir, but it is NOT an adequate supply of probiotics. Fermented veggies are good if they are not “processed.”
Sugar, fruit juice, soda, processed foods, fast foods, refined unsprouted grains, cooking in olive oil, too much meat. (Food must be organic and non-GMO).
Having a blood sugar that is too high (not diabetes, just glycation or glucose intolerant).
Most adults need to deal with this and, of course, all the other nuances of eating correctly.
You will likely need a dietary “overhaul” to a more natural, whole foods regimen. Bettering your brain’s protection via your GI tract actually, occurs via your GI tract which boosts your immune system which then protects your brain.
“HOT things” such as any spicy peppers are all immune boosting. This includes spices such as chili powder, red pepper flakes, wasabi, cayenne pepper, horseradish and ginger which is spicy (think sushi bar). By the way, these are also great foods that give you energy and double as metabolism boosting foods too!
Finally, your GI tract and why it requires good regular probiotics!
OK, you are now aware of leaky gut and how that can wreak havoc on your health and brain, right? You also know that an improper microbiome will cause eventual GI tract disturbances and this means leaky gut where you literally have a gut that leaks toxins into your bloodstream. YUK! So, now let’s make a GI tract that not only functions well for you but the rest of your body as well. Here’s the routine and it’s quite easy!
Three step treatment and it’s not JUST probiotics
First, clear the toxic bacteria and yeast with this amazing full-not just GI-detox system.
You will use the “silver spray” to do a lot of the work before the prebiotics are used (step 2) to kill the “pathogens” which are making your microbiome dysfunctional.
This is 10 quick under-the-tongue sprays, 2x daily. You’ll next use the zeolite spray for heavy metals and other toxins.
All sort of toxins amp up the “bad bacteria” and when you locate this product you can read the science. Anyway, this is another 10 sprays. You do this 2x a day. It takes all of 60 seconds.
You now need to set up the right friendly environment where good bacteria can take over the bad bacteria.
Often, people take probiotics which can never “set up shop” without the prebiotics given FIRST. In other words, the environment is not friendly, and the probiotics won’t work. The prebiotics are phages coming in to continue to knock out the toxic bacteria while the probiotics are “nesting.”
Our favorite Prebiotic is one that tastes so YUMMY, doesn’t cause a bit of tummy upset, and is a tasty daily treat you can eat without “cheating”! It is 140 calories, stevia sweetened, paleo (low heat) and tastes like a MOUNDS bar!
The last step is the use of proper probiotics.
This means refrigerated, and with an adequate variety of “good” bacterial strains. The very best which you cannot purchase other than through a doctor is our Mibiotic Supreme. It has the correct type and number of organisms to heal all that needs healing.
You’ll use one bar and the probiotic daily for two months. You’ll use the detox for two months. You will then be in the clear if you have zero symptoms which should be the case by this time. Then, after 2 months of this, if you have no GI tract symptoms, you can switch to the combo pre-probiotic capsule. You’ll use it 3x/day for 2 weeks and then 2x/day for 2 weeks. Maintenance will follow for most just once daily. If you have had leaky gut, you will need 2-3x/daily plus some bone broth as well as l-glutamine and more leaky gut supplements to heal your GI tract lining.