New research published in the journal Gut is pointing to the role the gut microbiome plays in overall immune system health but also in preventing a severe reaction to Covid-19. In my practice we use the GI Map test by Diagnostic Labs to pinpoint exactly what microorganisms are causing dysbiosis and the best approach to treating it.
There is a lot of talk these days about the value of probiotics. Probiotics are the “good bacteria” that are naturally supposed to live in your gut. There are literally hundreds of strains of these bacteria, and they play an important role in immune function, weight loss, vitamin status, detoxification, absorption and digestion. When you take antibiotics, they clear out the “bad bacteria” in your gut, but they also clear out the good bacteria, and like every other system in the body, it is vital that you maintain balance in the gut. You need enough good bacteria in your gut to prevent bad bacteria from taking hold and causing symptoms. This bad bacteria can take many forms which can cause a wide range of symptoms such as a cold gas, bloating, fatigue and many others.
In my practice, one mistake I often see patients making is taking too much of one strain of a good bacteria, like acidophillus, to the exclusion of other good bacteria like Lactobacillus GG and sacharomyces. When I test their levels of probiotics in their gut, I find that they have an overgrowth of one strain. So again, it is about balance. If you take a probiotic, rotate which one you take, about every three months. Some of my favorites include ABX Support (especially if you are taking or have recently taken antibiotics), Probiotic Pearls and Culturelle.
There is a lot more talk out there these days about the dangers of gluten. Some people have full blown celiac disease, where their body can be severely damaged by ingesting gluten. Others have a mild, moderate or severe intolerance to gluten and gliadin in their diet. At LTP Natural Medical Center I test patients for gluten intolerance through an IgG blood test that looks for specific foods that the body mounts an immune response to. When those foods are eliminated from the diet, patients feel better. And gluten is often on the list. So while some skeptics will say that gluten-free is just a fad, I do not agree. This is a very real condition, even for patients not diagnosed with celiac disease. Going deeper, however, I find that if we focus on testing for, and repairing the integrity of the digestive tract, these food intolerance’s fall away. So if we want to go to the root cause, I would say compromised digestion is the place to look.
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