There are 90 trillion bacteria in your gut microbiome – but you only have 7 trillion cells yourself. They outnumber you 13 to 1.
They have at least 75,000 genes, you have just 25,000. They ‘make’ three times more proteins, enzymes and messages than you make for yourself. They direct more ‘traffic’ than you do.
You need them!! At any one time, 38 per cent of the small molecules circulating in your blood stream were made by them, not you. They keep you working. They keep you healthy. They control both your physical and mental biochemistry.
More worryingly, research is consistent: They get ill first, then you get ill. And you can’t get fully better, until they get better.
They get ill? What does that mean? You lose diversity; and you lose volume.
Frankly, it doesn’t matter which illness – from IBS to Colitis, or from Alzheimer’s to cancer, or from fibromyalgia to chronic fatigue syndrome – you have almost certainly lost some good bacteria, and that allows the pathogens, yeasts and even a parasite if you have one, to come out to play.
If healthy, you might normally have about 800 types (species, genus) of bacteria in your gut. Within each type you have different strains. So a strain of Clostridium helps regulate your blood sugar – it is a good guy. But another strain, Clostridium difficile is a bad guy. So within your gut you have good guys (commensal bacteria) making highly helpful and even essential compounds; but you also have bad guys (pathogens) making chemicals that can be toxic, and even carcinogenic. We all have pathogens in us. If you are healthy you have 9 commensal for 1 pathogen.
There are three ways you can upset the healthy balance of your gut.
- You take a drug:
Drugs, especially antibiotics or Proton Pump Inhibitors, damage your microbiome. Even a seemingly harmless 5-day course of antibiotics can cause dramatic effects. The commensal bacteria start to die off after just two days – they are fragile. But pathogens are more hardy – some can survive 8 weeks of antibiotics. The net result? The loss of good bacteria and the rise of the bad bacteria and yeasts.
You eat poorly. For example, your good bacteria love fibrous foods especially soluble fibre – like oats and pulses. Do you eat those. Perhaps you eat too much sugar, or salt or pickled foods. Or you binge drink, smoke or get stressed – all will change the acidity of the gut stopping the good from growing and multiplying and, instead, allowing the pathogens and yeasts to come out to play.
- You get a parasite:
Much easier to pick up than people realise. Do you remember the food poisoning you had for a few days 20 years ago? Maryland Medical School have shown that pathogens and parasites can live in us for 20 years or more before they come out to play. A parasite can screw up the whole gut system and you might not know it was there until too late.
Bacteria – who needs them?
You do. Your good bacteria control 85% of your immune system and your immune memory. Destroy the good guys and you destroy your immune system.
They make your B vitamins; they make your vitamin K, they regulate your blood sugar and your oxygenating glutathione levels. They make serotonin, melatonin and short chain esters, which control your blood triglyceride (fat) levels and they make anti-inflammatory molecules which limit inflammation in your gut and then throughout your body.
Finally, at night your commensal bacteria (if they are there) consume 2.2 pounds of yeasts. If they don’t, the yeasts take over the gut. Like mushrooms they have roots which make small holes in the gut wall through which food molecules can pass. It’s the start of ‘Leaky gut’. Consume gluten and the holes get bigger. Now yeasts can pass into the blood stream – they sit on cell membranes and block messages getting in and out of cells; they colonise areas of the body – they are anaerobes and deplete oxygen levels; they like to sit on scar tissue and this can even cause cancer recurrence.
What are the most common signs of microbiome disruption? Flatulence, bloating after meals, thrush, cystitis, skin problems, eczema, acne, allergies, diarrhoea, constipation, bad breath, fatigue, loss of appetite, sugar cravings, mouth ulcers, irritability etc. etc.
Rebuild your gut – give yourself a HUG!
All over the web you will see people making claims about healing your gut.
It needs discipline.
You need to kill all the yeasts; and pathogens; and any parasites. AND you need to re-introduce the good guys you’ve lost. AND you need to Heal Ur Gut as well.
So here is the HUG protocol – it is a two phase programme. You could merge the phases if you want though. I just want to explain it more clearly!
Phase 1. For 8 weeks – Hold and destroy:
- Take a good probiotic. It needs to contain strains of Lactic Acid bacteria (L. acidophilus) which make your gut acid again plus strains of Bifidobacterium which attacks some bad bacteria and makes some important compounds you need. Most importantly, you need L.rhamnosus – it heals the holes in your gut wall. And you need Bifidobacterium infantis which has even been shown to tackle IBS. You don’t need 35 strains and 300 billion. You need these two species and these important strains in particular and 20 billion in volume per day.
You then turn them into 3-5 trillion in 24 hours by feeding them correctly.
Finally, in October 2015, research covered in Cancer Watch showed that Bifidobacteria could boost the immune system to recognise rogue and cancer cells better than the new ‘wonder’ immunotherapy drugs.
- Eat and they shall multiply! Lactic acid bacteria love pectins – carrots, raw vegetables, apples, pears. Bifidobacteria love inulins – chicory, artichoke, onions – and mother’s milk. They also love a little very dark chocolate (85 per cent plus) and cocoa, and according to three research studies, they like a glass of merlot.
- As an insurance policy you should also take a good vitamin B complex and vitamin K, as you may not be producing much if your commensal bacteria are depleted.
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- iv) Kill your yeasts – choose a natural compound like caprylic acid, pau d’arco, or oregano oil. Cinnamon (especially for yeasts already in the blood stream) can also help.
- v) Kill your pathogens and parasites – natural herbs like cloves, slippery elm, black walnut and pau d’arco can make an impact here.
We can thoroughly recommend Para-Free plus, which is both a Parasite killer AND a yeast killer. Click here to buy.
- vi) But there’s an important extra – The natural compound artemisinin, or sweet wormwood, kills the malarial parasite and some other parasites. But that’s not all. It is effective against pathogens like E coli, Fusobacterium and Camphobacteria. It is also the coup de grace against yeasts, and has an important extra benefit. It can even attack cancer cells.
Do not let anyone on the Web tell you that they have a fantastic product that kills parasites in two weeks. You need to kill the parents in the first month, then the hatching eggs in month 2. This is why this programme takes 8 weeks!
In the UK, you can buy yeast killers and artemisinin here.
Phase 2. Week 9 and thereafter – Replenish and grow numbers:
- vi) Eat PROBIOTIC foods – Re-establish diversity by consuming a little raw, unpasteurised cheese (from cows, sheep or goats), sauerkraut and kefir. You don’t need huge volumes of these foods – treat them medicinally. You are just putting bacteria that you have lost back into your gut. And these three foods complement each other perfectly. The bacteria they contain hardly overlap. For example, Kefir is dominated by Lactic Acid bacteria; cows’ milk by bifidobacteria.
Unpasteurised cheese also contains immunoglobulins – these help heal the gut wall AND kick start the immune system. There’s far more in our book ‘Heal your Gut – Heal your Body’. Click HERE to buy.
Other foods might include sourdough bread, kombucha and/or apple cider vinegar, for example.
4) GROW THE NUMBERS
vii) Eat PREBIOTIC foods – Re-establish volume by consuming relevant Prebiotic foods the good bacteria love – like pectins, lignans and inulin. Flaxseeds, nuts, seeds, oats are also helpful. These foods will greatly increase the commensal bacteria numbers. People who consume the highest levels of soluble natural fibre have the strongest immune systems by far.
And this is what Phase 2 is all about – eating naturally probiotic foods, and feeding them with lots of prebiotics.
All the compounds named above are herbs and so are all natural.
What’s your illness?
IBS, Crohn’s, colitis?
Diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, high blood pressure and even cancer.
Certainly, Chronic fatigue Syndrome, fibromyalgia, rheumatism, arthritis, allergies, rashes.
All these are linked to problems in the gut which must be fixed.
For Your Information –
Chris Woollams has specifically designed a natural herbal parasite killer (and it cleanses the colon). It is called ParaFree Plus. It can be used on its own effectively, or with full-dose wormwood.
We also have a Probiotic – Probio8 Max which has the above Lactobacillus strains (rhamnosus) plus a number of strains of Bifidobacterium including infantis. Deliberately designed to be exactly what you need.
Finally, we have launched a pancreatic and digestive enzyme mix to improve digestion and help kill pathogens and parasites. It is called – Pancreatic Digestive Enzyme Formula – and you can buy it HERE.
But above all we suggest you buy the book – Heal your Gut; Heal your Body. It is easy to read, and then easy to implement.
Read more HERE.