WHAT IS GOING ON?
Leaky gut, yeast/bacteria, IBS, IBD, Crohn's, colitis
(v. helpful but not 100% correct on everything IMO)
Studying stools http://www.enzymestuff.com/rtstools.htm
ASD. Sensory Issues, IBS and the Gut Reaction
Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) in the book Breaking the Vicious Cycle
(start with Beginner section and "Science Behind the Diet" and "Intro Diet" in this section)
(see Science Behind the Diet and food charts at Food Preparation/Beyond Intro Diet)
using NT for IBS: http://www.westonaprice.org/askdoctor/ibs.html
(NT is the cookbook of the WAPF nutritional foundation site www.westonaprice.org, lot of nutritional info there)
The Maker’s Diet and Patient Heal Thyself by Jordan Rubin
Probiotics... why they are essential
Yogurt and Kefir… the strongest probiotic you can get
Making Yogurt in bulk http://www.mothering.com/discussions...&postcount=119
Fermented Foods (great dairy free source of probiotics)
Cod Liver Oil
Primer on Digestive System (and Nutrients Essential for Gut Health)
Natural Anti Fungals/Anti Bacterials
The Healing Power of Bone Broths
Source of natural glutamine and healing gelatin
http://www.westonaprice.org/foodfeat...beautiful.html OTHER PERTINENT ARTICLES AND THREADS
The Power of Probiotics
Whatever happened to the cure for celiac disease?
Causes of Autism
Exactly what a deficient diet and immune system can and does result in.
How Not Have an Allergic Child: role of gut flora in development of allergies
Prepping the Body for Optimal Pregnancy
BASIC SUGGESTED OUTLINE:
1. Digestive enzymes with meals.
2. Enzymes between meals, esp. proteases and cellulases.
3. Yogurt/kefir/fermented foods/probiotics.
4. Cut out foods you determine that you cannot digest or are allergic to.
5. Add nutrient dense superfoods and good quality supplements.
6. Educate yourself on what is really a healthy diet... nutrient deficiencies can in themselves lead to many digestive issues.
7. If all the above doesn't work, investigate alternatives: anti fungals/bacterials, homeopathy, etc.
I think I will post updates as new messages instead of editing the list as I seem to be finding something new to post everyday!
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The best step, after diet, in fighting yeast/bacteria imbalance seems to be enzymes. Please see link above: "Natural Anti Fungals/Anti Bacterials"
There is an SCD Chefs thread in Meal Planning:
Another treatment which might be helpful: Colostrum
for daily supplements, foods, reactions:
on the cheat sheet!
(formerly Great Smokies)
Organix OAT tests and Food Allergy/Antibody Profiles
Nutrient Elements - Red Blood Cell Erythrocyte test for mineral deficiencies and toxic metals
If you are not working with a doctor, you can order thru www.directlabs.com
I read all the educative links and threads.
Bless you. No way was I wading through that monster thread.
Jane, do you have a good online resource about making fermented veggies?
Eat Fat, Lose Fat
by Dr. Mary Enig and Sally Fallon
The "Health Recovery" diet in the book is not for weight loss. It is for healing a number of autoimmune conditions including serious or not so serious digestive disorders:
The HR diet is based on a lot of coconut oil and coconut milk, lacto-fermented foods and beverages (kefir sodas and yogurt), and lots of homemade bone broth. They recommend raw milk and kefir/yogurt but there is a high calcium milk alternative made from coconut milk and KAL dolomite powder if you are allergic to dairy. And the fermented foods and kefir sodas are great dairy free sources of probiotics.
Also includes eggs, meat, liver (or just dessicated liver tablets), fish, cod liver oil, high vitamin butter oil, animal fats, vegetables, natural vitamin C from amla or acerola powder and only one serving of soaked grains/day. Swedish bitters or apple cider vinegar for liver and digestive support.
Also other non diary sources of probiotics:
GT's Kombucha is available in some Whole Foods stores in the refrigerated teas section.
The Essentials of Enzyme Nutrition Therapy
Food enzymes in raw food are vital for digesting that food, but their destruction during cooking is a key factor in today's rising levels of allergies and chronic degenerative diseases.
Should I see an ND or MD for this?
Can I do while breastfeeding?
What if I'm allergic/intolerant to certain foods?
Research study cites:
Gut Flora 101 by MT
Bristol Stool Scale
Unless you have a 3 or 4 rating, easily passed 1 - 3x/day, you have a problem:
The exception to this obviously is EBF babes. They should have curdy, yellowish soft stool smelling like yogurt (I think curried yogurt is how Dr. Sears describes it).
Concept of human bowel flora as a living organ
Concept of human bowel flora as a healthy or sick organ
With respect to infants and gut flora:
Bifidobacteria comprises 91% of microflora of BF infants and 75% of FF infants. (Harmsen et al, 2000)
The bifidus dominance and exclusive BF'ing seals up the gut mucosal lining. This is extremely important for the immune system to start to develop the ability to recognize "self" vs. "non-self". The gut flora is 70% of the innate immune system primary defenses (basis of the GALT, MALT and BALT immune systems).
There is also a lot of evidence that colicky behavior, and sleeping and stool problems, with infants are a direct result of the imbalance of gut flora. So bifidus supplementation might be a good first step for correction or prevention of behavioral and immune system diseases.
Edit: B. Infantis is the correct human strain that is preferred. Natren Life Start or Solaray BabyLife. I have more confidence in the first one, but the second is dairy free if you know for sure your babe is allergic to dairy. Interestingly, Elizabeth Lipski PhD author of Digestive Wellness for Children recommends probiotics made from dairy if they are well tolerated by the child as helpful in aiding the body to digest dairy. She also states that she has seen B. Infantis correct colic in newborns within days and uses it in her clinical practice. Also indicated for cradle cap and eczema.
Intestinal flora in the neonate: impact on morbidity and therapeutic perspectives
Just One Bottle
The Case for the Virgin Gut
Developmental microbial ecology of the neonatal gastrointestinal tract
Beneficial Baby Bacteria: Their Key Benefits, Functions, & Selection
Your Baby's Best Advantage – Probiotics
Centre for Allergy Research and Department of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, 171 77 Stockholm, Sweden. firstname.lastname@example.org
Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, 171 77 Stockholm, Sweden. email@example.com
Two very common things given to babes or BF'ing mamas that greatly effect the infant's ability to lay down and keep proper gut flora balance:
Also note: If you have yeast/thrush you are passing this on to your babe's flora. There is indication that yeast does indeed change the immune systems reaction to foods:
Animal Studies Show Gut Flora/Antibiotics Effect Oral Tolerance
Antibiotic administration early in life impairs specific humoral responses to an oral antigen and increases intestinal mast cell numbers and mediator concentrations.
Dealing with Die Off
I've been doing a lot of research into vitamin C lately:
(see post on Levy's book)
Vitamin C neutralizes both endotoxins from cell death, aka die off, and exotoxins, metabolites produces by yeast/bacteria.
The issue seems to be taking enough to see a result, not that it won't work. If anyone has a physician who does vitamin C IVs this might be an option for someone having a hard time. It will saturate your body's tissues better than any oral dosing can. (As toxins rapidly deplete your tissue stores of C.)
So the next best thing is determining your "optidose" ... the amount that you can take to bowel tolerance. Start taking 1-2 grams every hour or two until you get watery diarrhea. Then take just under that amount every single day, 4x/day is best. Healthy adults will be in the range of 6-12 grams/day. So it's possible you will need more during die off crisis.
Sodium ascorbate version is ph buffered so the body absorbs it better than ascorbic acid.
Great book on the role of gut flora in the development of allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, colitis, Crohn's, IBS, etc.
Bacteria for Breakfast
Has a cheesy title and cover, but this is a gem of a book with lots
of study references. Was written by a pharmacist whose young son
contracted a C. Difficile infection. He was put on many different
antibiotics with no success, probably making him worse. Finally
what worked was a new probiotic called VSL#3 with 450 billion count
of 8 strains.
Was most interesting for its detailed description of the role of gut flora in controlling the immune system in development of allergies for ex. And the fact that the way probiotics suppress bacteria and candida is because they produce metabolites that kill off the bad guys.
Also has the perspective that if you are facing any of these challenges, you are going to need very high counts of probiotics, in the trillions. And that several different strains of beneficial bacteria and/or yeasts may be needed. No one thing works for everyone. And since our gut flora numbers something like 500 different kinds, we will probably need many strains to make a difference.
So many people ask about different brands of supplements here. Do you think it would be worth creating a sticky of accepetable brands? You know Sodium Ascorbate: brand X,Y,and Z. CLO: brand X,Y,Z. Probiotics etc... Have we done that already? I'm thinking no, as I'm getting alot of pm's asking this question. It would be alot easier if the info were readily available-wouldn't it?
oops. wrong section.
This is a link to a thread that discusses some of the good bacteria/yeasts in water kefirs, and some of the health benefits of kombucha.
Here's a quote from that link if it's not working (originally posted by xenabyte):
Here's a link to water kefir recipes http://www.mothering.com/discussions...ht=water+kefir
There's recipes on post #9 and #12.
Ohhh this thread is a sticky anyway. Good!
I need to read through it. Thanks!
This one is from our holistic dietician and tries to combine all families of foods by day.
Protein Sources: Bass, white perch, chicken, chicken and duck eggs, salmon, trout, duck
Grains: Quinoa, rye, triticale, bran, kamut, spelt, wheat, wheat germ
Vegetables: Artichoke, chicory, dandelion greens, escarole, leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce, beet greens, beets, chard, spinach, swiss chard, carrot, celery, fennel, parsnips
Fruits: Banana, mango, papaya, grapefruit, kumquat, lemon, lime, orange, tangerine
Nuts/Seeds: Cashew, pistaschio, sesame seed, sunflower seed, filbert, hazelnut
Spices/Flavorings: Tarragon, cream of tartar, wintergreen, anise, caraway, celery seeds, coriander, cumin, dill, lovage, parsley
Fats/Oils: Cashew butter, safflower oil, sesame oil, sunflower oil
Beverages: Cashew nut milk, green tea
Misc: Agar agar, carrageenan
Protein Sources: Cod, haddock, crab, crayfish, lobster, shrimp, herring, ham, pork, rabbit
Grains: Hominy, popcorn, millet, teff, rice (brown and white)
Vegetables: Bamboo Shoots, corn, cucumber, pumpkin, summer & winter squash, zucchini, asparagus, bermuda & spanish onion, scallions, shallot
Fruits: Apple, pear, watermelon, avocado, star fruit, pineapple, pomegrantes
Nuts/Seeds: Almond, pine/pignolia nut, poppy seed, water chestnut
Spices/Flavorings: Cardamom, ginger, saffron, bay leaf, cinnamon, chives, nutmeg
Fats/Oils: Almond butter, corn oil, olive oil, rice bran oil
Beverages: Almond nut milk, herbal tea, spring water
Protein Sources: Deer, flounder, halibut, sole, abalone, mussels, scallop, snail, squid, lamb, turkey
Grains: Amaranth, buckwheat, potato flour, garbanzo flour, soy flour
Vegetables: Eggplant, peppers, potato, tomato, alfalfa, fava bean, garbanzo bean, green beans, green peas, kidney bean, lentil, lima bean, mung bean, navy bean, pinto bean, snow peas (pea pods), soybean, split peas, tofu
Fruits: Kiwi, coconut
Nuts/Seeds: Peanut, soy nuts, pecan, walnuts
Spices/Flavorings: Cayenne pepper, paprika, Tabasco, vanilla, fenugreek, licorice, tamarind, white pepper
Fats/Oils: Peanut oil, soy margarine, soybean oil
Beverages: Soy milk
Misc: Peanut butter, tofu yogurt
Protein Sources: Beef, yogurt, swordfish, goat, goat cheese, mackerel, tuna
Grains: Barley, flax seeds, oats, wild rice
Vegetables: Okra, sweet potato, wild potato, bok choy, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage-red, cauliflower, collard greens, garden cress, kale, kohlrabi, radish, turnip, yam
Fruits: Guava, apricot, nectarine, peach, plum
Nuts/Seeds: Chestnut, brazil nut, macadamia nut
Spices/Flavorings: Caper, balm, basil, horehound, lavender, lemon balm, marjoram, mint, oregano, peppermint, rosemary, sage, savory, spearmint, thyme, mustard seeds, cocoa
Fats/Oils: Butter, flax seed oil, cocoa butter
Beverages: Cow milk, bergamot tea, goat milk, mint teas, raspberry leaf tea
Misc: Gelatin, tapioca
Another 4 Day Rotation Diet here:
"Digestive Wellness for Children" by Elizabeth Lipski, PhD in Clinical Nutrition. http://www.innovativehealing.com/shop/dwc_details.html
Good explanation of the many tiers of the immune system and the crucial role of IgA antibodies in protecting our mucus membranes from bacteria, food residues, fungus, parasites and viruses. (Which made me wonder just how much vitamin A deficiency has a role in development of allergies... because IgM, IgG and then finally IgE are mobilized when the first lines of the immune system, which includes IgA, are overwhelmed.)
She had a very succint explanation on the theory behind Rotation Diets:
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