Have you tried taking probiotics and other supplements, hoping they would get rid of symptoms related to an unhealthy gut?
I used to believe I could take probiotics and my gut would heal. After years of trying every probiotic under the sun, loading up on fermented foods, and feeding them good resistant starches like cassava, artichoke, green bananas, and the like, I ended up a bloated mess. And I still had symptoms related to my unhealthy gut.
Recent studies reveal the longstanding connection between our microbiome, mood, and stress hormone levels, and how they affect one another. Probiotics can actually be super helpful when we do things right.
Diversity is essential for both our immune system and microbiome if we want to experience good health. Studies show that a lack of diversity in the gut microbiome can result from poor dietary and lifestyle choices, toxins, stress, and overuse of antibiotics. Spending time in nature, gardening, and regularly consuming different strains of beneficial bacteria can boost biodiversity and protect against pathogens, as well as support important metabolic processes such as cellular energy production.
How Stress Impacts Digestion
The relationship between mood and the microbiome is linked through the vagus nerve, which plays a role in regulating feelings of calm and relaxation, as well as controlling the involuntary muscle movements in the digestive tract.
The phrase “go with your gut” highlights this connection as the microbiome and mood are closely connected to many of the neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine, that contribute to feelings of well-being.
Since the digestive system is only one cell-layer thick, any inflammation or imbalance in bacteria can spread to the brain. This impacts mood, leading to feelings of anxiety and depression.
Stress in the body can result from emotions, physical and external stress from injury, or even internal stress from infection, hormone imbalance, weak immune health, inflammation, and many others. Stress, both short-term and long-term, can have a significant impact on the microbiome by releasing stress hormones like cortisol. This can cause inflammation and inflammatory cytokines in the body, which may affect the way food is digested and the diversity of the microbiome.
Are Probiotics Helpful?
Probiotics have become increasingly popular and are now widely available. It’s important to consider the different strains of probiotics in order to ensure a diverse range of species.
One word of caution: Probiotics are typically beneficial, but in the case of SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), they can cause bloating or make digestive symptoms worse.
Soil-based probiotics are gaining recognition as research suggests that our microbiome may be lacking in organisms that we would normally get from spending time in nature. That gives us more reason to spend time outdoors and grow our own food. These soil based probiotics:
Can survive harsh stomach acid and support the removal of pathogens and maintain a healthy diversity in our microbiome.
Support the immune system by increasing the production of antibodies and white blood cells.
Have a positive effect on mental health and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.
You can find one of my favorite spore based probiotics HERE.
Lactobacillus Acidophilus is a beneficial probiotic strain that can help remove harmful pathogens from the body.
Commonly found in fermented products like kefir, yogurt, and sauerkraut.
Helps to improve symptoms of digestive conditions such as diarrhea, constipation, and lactose intolerance.
Helps prevent urinary tract and vaginal infections.
Reduces LDL cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood.
Bifidobacterium is the most abundant beneficial bacteria in the colon. However, their population naturally declines as we age.
Supports the healing of intestinal permeability or leaky gut by strengthening the mucosal lining, and contributes to lasting digestive health.
Help to support the immune system by increasing the production of antibodies and white blood cells.
Has anti-inflammatory effects, which may be beneficial for conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and eczema.
Helps to reduce weight gain and improve weight loss.
A multi strain probiotic like ProbioMed 50 is helpful for getting a good balance of multiple strains of lactobacillus and bifidobacterium.
Saccharomyces Boulardii is a specific species of probiotic that has been found to be beneficial in inhibiting the growth of bacteria, yeast, and parasites.
Has anti-toxin effects and has been found to be supportive against Clostridium difficile.
Is a non-pathogenic yeast that has been used in the treatment of diarrheal infections and disease, and also influences inflammatory signaling pathways.
Helpful when taking antibiotics if prone to yeast infections.
Probiotics can be super beneficial for some, but if you’ve tried working on your diet and taking supplements on your own with little to no results, you may need to take a deeper dive into what’s going on inside.
Creating a healthy gut microbiome is essential for overall well-being. Go With Your Gut is a comprehensive program that aims to improve health at a cellular level, potentially eliminating symptoms that have been present for years.
The important steps in this program are
Cellular cleanse – to reduce toxins and heavy metals
Fertilize and heal the gut to establish a healthy internal environment.
Reprogram the microbiome and retrain the immune system to work for you instead of against you
It is essential for those with digestive issues like IBS, Crohn’s, Colitis, and Autoimmune conditions like Hashimotos and Lupus, as well as those with chronic skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis to improve the health of the gut. Healing your gut is the best way to jumpstart natural hormone balance. This program is also beneficial for those who are told their lab tests are normal, yet know something is off.
Once gut health is achieved, the occasional use of probiotics can support biodiversity. It is important to understand the crucial role the microbiome plays in our health and to continuously work towards maintaining a healthy internal environment.
This program is for you if you’re looking for a long-term solution so you can finally heal.
Did you know panda’s poop an average of 40 times per day?
They have to eat a lot of fiber to get enough nutrients to sustain their health.
It’s interesting how these animals have the natural instinct to eat enough to fuel their body with the right amount of nutrition to sustain life.
Unfortunately, humans lose a lot of intuition around eating because we pick up certain beliefs about food growing up and carry both the healthy and unhealthy traditions from one generation to the next.
Many times we blame genetics for a disease process when it may have more to do with our habits and environment.
Today I’ll focus on 1 nutrient because it’s one of the most common deficiencies due to our depleted soil, poor quality animals, and over-consumption of grains and processed foods filled with anti-nutrients. This mineral is Magnesium.
How can you tell if you’re deficient?
If you’re like most people, you’ve tried a lot of diets. We want to find the perfect plan that works best and gives us the results we want with a simple, easy, fun, and doable plan.
Many new fads (healthy or not) can lead to deficiencies because they’re restrictive and don’t provide enough nutrients.
Another problem is that rapid weight loss can lead to nutrient deficiencies.
The key to resolving this is to address the underlying cause.
Here are a few signs you’re deficient:
Inability to fall asleep or waking up throughout the night
Cravings for carbohydrates or processed foods
Low energy, especially in the afternoon
Headaches, anxiety, and/or depression
Inability to handle stress or feeling super stressed
Muscle spasms, soreness, or cramps
Bloating or chronic constipation
Low thyroid and low bone density
Bloating or chronic constipation
Could magnesium deficiency be deadly?
When I say the word malnourished, you likely think of those in underprivileged countries, and not your neighbor or family members who have access to plenty of food. But the sad truth is, many of the people we encounter on a daily basis are malnourished – and it results from having plenty to eat, but not enough nutrition.
A respected medical study reported that 77% of diabetics were deficient in magnesium, and at risk for deadly complications from this deficiency. Those with adequate levels have a 17% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
It is also important for the heart and regulating blood pressure. Those with the lowest levels of magnesium also have the highest risk of dying from heart attack.
There’s a difference in addressing your labs in a traditional way versus exploring them from a holistic standpoint and addressing them in a way that offers insight into the cause of your health issues. When we address the underlying cause of these deficiencies, we can stay healthy, or maybe even experience it for the first time in a long time.
How can you support magnesium deficiencies?
If you’d like to take the first step in looking at your labs from a whole body perspective with a functional analysis, you can order a set of labs here and I’ll do a full analysis and interpretation for you. This advanced blood panel is designed to give you insight into your overall health. It comes with a single lab interpretation session so we can discuss next steps for addressing the underlying cause of your health concerns.
(This is not available if you life in NY, NJ, or Rhode Island)
Consume magnesium rich foods found in nuts and seeds like pumpkin seeds, almonds, and cashews.
Avoid processed foods as much as possible since they are known to prevent the body from absorbing nutrients as it should.
If you find you’re deficient, use a quality brand of magnesium for supplementation. Most people can benefit from a little bit, but all sources are not created equal.
If you’re tired of trying to figure out your health on your own and are ready for a step by step plan so you can learn to tune in to your body and give it what it needs to get healthy and stay that way once and for all, complete this short application and we’ll schedule some time to see if one of the “Go With Your Gut” program options are right for you.
When we find something that truly drives us, and we know why, then we can set our focus on getting there, and the rest just kind of happens. That’s exactly what happened with me. Today I want to start from the beginning and tell you a little bit about why I do what I do.
I grew up on a typical Standard American Diet, however, my family was blessed with fresh farm foods, straight out of my grandparents garden. Like many of you, I also snacked on a lot of those fast food items growing up, like candy bars and sodas. I loved a good Snickers bar.
My symptoms of sickness actually started when I was a child. I remember my mawmaw looking at me one day and saying, “child you get every sickness that comes down this family line.”
What was she talking about?
Blood sugar issues, inability to pay attention, gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, nausea after meals. These were just some of the things I was experiencing as a very young child.
To my doctors, these things were called IBS, hypoglycemia, and ADD. This was me in grade school. The older I got, the more diagnoses I received. In college, my doctors called it depression, anxiety, hypothyroidism, and then came the dreaded perimenopause at age 29. Now all of these were just diagnoses, not to speak of the symptoms that actually came with them.
Migraines that lasted sometimes a month with no relief, chronic fatigue that would land me on the couch for a daily nap, sugar addiction, hair loss, stuttered speech, foggy thinking, poor memory and concentration, chronic pain and inflammation, acne… the list goes on. This list kept growing and growing, year after year, with no end in site.
I decided that I would not live like this forever. I made a decision to get well, no matter the cost. I didn’t care how much time, money, effort, or pain it took. I was determined. One of the things I ask anyone who comes to me for advice on health today is, “rate yourself on a 1 out of 10 – how committed are you to living symptom-free, or as close to it as possible?” When you’ll do anything to change your current circumstances in your health (or any area for that matter), then you’re ready. It’s unfortunate, but I’ve had to turn people away who weren’t committed to making the changes needed to live in health.
What many people don’t tell you is that for some people, it’s hard work. When I started looking at what it would cost me to get well, I never worried about the finances- and we weren’t rich. It was everything I felt like I was giving up to get there. If the truth be known, that’s probably why I stayed sick for so long. I wasn’t ready to be well. I see people in that same place every single day, and it saddens me.
As a nation, we are getting sicker every year. How is that, when we’ve advanced so much in the field of medicine? I imagine it has a lot to do with the fact that we’re relying on big business to tell us what to put on the end of our forks, and what pills to take for our ailments.
We’ve forgotten the simple principles of healthy living, but another missing component is that there is so little education on the amount of toxins in our environment and in our food that we aren’t even aware of what we’re doing to our bodies to cause them harm. We’re also not educated on how to get rid of these toxins once our bodies become sick and diseased because of them.
What can we do about it?
On my journey to health, I learned that many of the chronic ailments we deal with on a daily basis can be taken care of by getting back to the basics of healthy living as our ancestors did, and implementing protocols that help us rid much of the toxicity we bring in on a daily basis, not only in our physical bodies, but in our minds as well.
It’s important that we begin to take an active role in our health instead of letting someone dictate how it should look for us. Our bodies are intelligent, but we were never intended to live on chemicals and call it food. Our convenience driven society has us in a place of sickness, and it’s my greatest desire for you to understand that you don’t have to stay there forever.
Hippocrates said it well, “if someone wishes for good health, one must first ask oneself if he is ready to do away with the reasons for his illness. Only then is it possible to help him.”
In the book I wrote, Healed His Way, you’ll find many of the same resources that I used to heal my body naturally, the way God intended. I use those same healing principles with the clients I work with today. They can work for you too.
It starts with you. You have a choice to bring health and healing into your own body. You make those decisions every single day, whether you realize it or not. When you’re ready to heal, your teacher will appear.
I’d like to share with you a recent testimony from a client so that you understand how simple this process can look. My client is very similar to me. She came to me at age 22. I fell in love with the idea of helping her, because it was about the age I was when I started feeling my symptoms kick into high gear. When she came to me, she was looking to relieve what she called, “period episodes” right before her menstrual period began. Short story… This was so severe for her that she got so physically ill that she would pass out and even ended up in the hospital the week before we started working together.
Listen to what she has to say:
” I was looking to relieve period episodes/cramps. I would say it’s a 180-degree turnaround. I went from living in fear of what would happen when my period starts, eating foods that made me feel sluggish, not being very active or energetic throughout the day to a new version of me. Now I feel great with little to no symptoms. I don’t even know when my period is about to start. I eat healthy and I love it. I go to the gym because I want to, and feel awake and energetic throughout the entire day! My greatest accomplishment is that I have learned to do what is right for my body; I understand what certain foods do to my body; and I now take action to make the right food choices every day! I enjoyed working with Chelsie because of her honesty, confidence, encouragement, wisdom, and willingness to help me understand and go through the process with me. She is very relational and caring! She created the perfect plan that fit exactly what I needed. Her goal was to help me get to the root of my issue, resolve it, and to help me overcome whatever I was facing.
Thank you Chelsie for teaching me and walking with me through my health journey. I know things that I never learned in school about health. I am now confident and feel free to do the things I love (like travel) without feeling anxious or fearful of what could happen because of my health. I am beyond grateful to God that our paths crossed and that you imparted such wisdom and knowledge. Thank you for your passion and excitement and for changing my life!”
Tanya Yaremkiv Engelwood, CO
What are you doing to live your best life?
I encourage you to take authority over your future self today, whatever that may look like. Only you can determine what optimal health will look like for you.
Make today amazing, because you are amazing, and you deserve an amazing day!