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  • posted by  Allicie on New born baby daughter
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    Hello! Hope your baby and wife feeling great. Please can you tell me why did they stopped taking antibiotics? Was it said by the doctor or you have another reasons?

  • posted by  Andrea Ceccato on Effect of Seaweed on the Gut
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    Currently gluten and dairy free after a reaction/inflammation following COVID – upset digestive system and facial psiorosis. GP has put me on antibiotics for psiorisis which has helped but as I will soon be trialing these foods groups, I would also like to try the seaweed capsules. Any advice on when to start (ie with or after antibiotic) and dose would be appreciated. I haven’t had a response from the Phycohealth website.

  • posted by  Vicki5976 on Candida
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    Hi, I’m new to this but desperately need help. I’ve had vaginal thrush at least once a month for five years and it’s getting worse. I think it’s because of two much sugar and I,m convinced I have leaky gut. So my question is, good probiotics? To help me get this situation under control? Can anyone recommend a brand please. Thanks for your help. Vicki

  • posted by  MicroDad on New born baby daughter
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    Hi all

    My newborn was unfortunately born with sepsis after my wife’s waters got infected.

    As a result we had an emergency C section, and after that- both hers and the baby’s infection markers were very high (CRP of 65).

    Therefore both got placed on a 7 day course of antibiotics.

    Now they’re both coming off the antibiotics and I want to ensure our baby has a fighting chance despite having a tough start in life.

    I’ve bought some probiotics for the baby but I’m concerned that this enough: (Lovebug Baby Drops (2 Pack) https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08TJ7G7S2)

    What else can I do ? 😟😟

  • posted by  Prince on Daily food and symptoms diary
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    Hi, I purchased the Clever Guts Diet book, it says, Daily Food and Symptoms Diary (download from cleverguts.com). However I can’t locate it on the website, help would be appreciated. Many thanks.

  • posted by  James Q on Effect of Seaweed on the Gut
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    https://panzers.co.uk/product/seafibre-3/

    Although this website doesn’t really give you much information. Like how many you get, how should they be taken etc

    https://www.phycohealth.com/products/seaweed-extract-capsule

    The manufacturer recommends you take 4-6 a day! There are only 45 capsules in a packet.

    Which makes the bottle last 8-12 days, at £36.50 that’s between £3.20 and £4.85 a day!

    That’s more than I spend on food!

  • posted by  C_ralu on Resistant Starch
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    Im surprised nobidy mentioned resistant starch in beans.my understanding is that they are high in resistant starch even if they are warm. Plus if you use the black and red variety,you are also adding polephynols.

  • posted by  Mummypig on Microbiome Testing uk
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    Hi, I’ve just used healthpath- haven’t received results yet but have been impressed so far.
    They do a free 15 min consultation and advice which test to use, payment can be made over several months too.
    Good luck

  • posted by  LCB on Probiotics
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    I need bifidobacteria sp and lactococcus lactis. Which probiotic capsules are best? How can I improve the bacteria in my biome?

  • posted by  Muddyboot on Salicylate Sensitivity
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    Hi 👋 I am new to this site thank you for letting me join.
    I’ve have just been diagnosed with this allergy & have been struggling. Just wondered if anyone else has suffered alopecia with this allergy as my symptoms & hair loss started around the same time or if its just coincidental?.
    Thanks

  • posted by  NinaW on Probiotics and the immunocompromised
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    I have been advised to take a probiotic to help with constant uti’s but I am taking immunosuppressants and steroids for lung fibrosis. Would they be safe for me to take?

  • posted by  bynature2021 on Live "Raw" apple cider vinegar??
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    1)Place the apple pieces in the glass jar.
    2)Fill the jar with filtered water.
    3)Add in the sugar and shake until it dissolves.
    4)Cover the jar with the swatch of cloth and a rubber band.
    5)Let the jar sit in a dark place for about 3-4 weeks.

    In this way you can make Live “Raw” Apple Cider Vinegar

  • posted by  pmf113b on Microbiome Testing uk
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    Just finished reading The Clever Guts Diet can anybody recommend where I can get microbiome testing in the uk ?
    Without spending a small fortune.!

  • posted by  tyyy6 on Reaction issue, need help
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    Hello all,

    Whenever I try to take probiotics, prebiotics, or probiotic type foods even in small amounts, I get pains around my small intestine/ colon area in the midsection. This is also true for fiber such as chia seeds. I have reversed sibo and food allergy issues.

    Any ideas as to what may be causing this?

    Thank you

  • posted by  iota on Seaweed capsules
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    Thanks for mentioning the SeaHealth seaweed products. Would be interested in hearing about whether you ultimately found them helpful.

  • posted by  rj48a on Probiotics and Stool Color
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    A few years ago I started taking Hyperbiotics for a good 2 years straight and then stopped. For about a year or so everything was fine and then I went over to a friends house and had a really heavy dinner this summer. I probably ate way more then I should have it was a mix of chicken and spicy food. 2 days later my stool really changed. It was loose and lighter colored for a week. So I panicked and started taking Hyperbiotics again. After about a week more or so it returned backed to normal. Fast forward 2 months and I’m experiencing the same issue again with light colored stools and it ranges from really lose to being together with a bit of crumbs. I was taking the probiotics but like once every few days and ran out last week. Yesterday I started back up on them again. Anyone experience something like this? Could it be that my gut flora is imbalanced? Sorry if this is TMI. Thanks

  • posted by  Russjames on Clarifications on the results of the microbiome analysis
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    This is from the scientist who performs the tests.

    Now that we have the DNA, we have to make copies of the region that we’re interested in. DNA extraction is not limited to one type of DNA. When you extract the DNA from a fecal sample, you are getting DNA from the microbes. But you may also be getting DNA from the plants the person is eating, or from other cells that are in the fecal material. We don’t care about that DNA, so we have to separate it out. We do that by making lots of copies of the microbial DNA and throwing away all of the other DNA.
    We make copies of the microbial DNA using polymerase chain reaction.
    Polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, mimics how DNA is copied in nature.

    PCR is the usual technique.

  • posted by  Russjames on Clarifications on the results of the microbiome analysis
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    Thankyou so much for replying. I have emailed my microbiome company for feedback. Yes, maybe it is plant fibres. I eat seaweed, juice plants and orange, lemon peel. I read about your trip to Yucaton, i also have lived many months in Egypt, next to the red sea where i swam daily. Cyanobacteria are very high in this region around the coral. I also suffered from gastroenteritis. Currently i have methane dysbiosis (bloat, slow digestion) and cyano thrive in fermentation. I am curious if your digestion is normal. Thanks again. Ps i did discover some koala bears had 30% cyanobacteria in 2015. If we do have such high numbers, i am not sure what would reduce it. Ciao.

  • posted by  Badgutswife on Not sure where to go from here
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    Hi, I had similar symptoms years ago, along with a flegmy cough not coming from my lungs. I went through a full stomach and bowel endoscopy to be told there was nothing wrong so I kept a really detailed food diary, giving each day a score out of 10 morning and evening on how I felt, then looked for patterns. I excluded dairy and wheat flour not sure if it was gluten or yeast ….. switching to soya / oat and taking calcium for bone health and it worked . That empty hungry feeling went as did the rising contraction feeling in my oesophagus and the cough , I kept up the diary for about 6 months but the symptoms have never came back. Now it’s a way of life..I know I can get away with one dairy or wheat thing every few days without any ill effects. Hope this proves useful and you begin to feel better .

  • Dear Russjames, I had from an authoritative person (Ed Yong) another explanation for the very high values of cyanobacteria. I forwarded this explanation to the analysis laboratory and they told me that there are no other data of that value to subjects who did analysis in the same days but that probably, being a big vegetable eater, a part of them not perfectly digested ended up in the sample of feces that I sent for analysis. So the cyanobacteria cannot be at 18% but below 1%. Therefore I will ignore the results obtained, Regards

    Ed Yong <edyong209@gmail.com>, ven 17/04/2020 23:29

    Hi, sorry, I don’t have a lot of time to go into this but my gut reaction is that this is most likely to be an error. A lot of these personal microbiome testing companies aren’t great, which is why I don’t mention them at all in my book. And a LOT of microbiome studies turn up organisms that cannot possibly be in the samples that they’re analyzing for the reasons described in this piece –> https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/phenomena/2014/11/11/contaminomics-why-some-microbiome-studies-may-be-wrong/

    I don’t think you have cyanobacteria inside you and I would encourage you to ignore the results of that analysis.
    Ed Yong, Staff science writer at The Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/author/ed-yong/, I Contain Multitudes, my New York Times bestselling book about the amazing partnerships between animals and microbes, is out now.

    My (Vladimiro) letter :
    Dear Ed Yong, I have just finished reading your book “I contain multitudes” (2016) in the Italian version 2019.
    For a couple of years I have been interested in reading books and scientific articles on the Microbiome out of curiosity and not by profession. I also had my microbiome analyzed (August 2019) by the startup Microbioma Italiano (https://microbiomaitaliano.it/) of the project http://progettomicrobiomaitaliano.org/.
    The results surprised me for the part concerning the Phylum Cyanobacteria (Class 4C0d-2, Order YS2, Family genus and Unidentifiable species) for a percentage of 18.2% when in general it is even less than 1%.
    I asked those who did the analyzes if they had an idea of ​​this anomaly but they also had no hypothesis and they referred me to a scientific article (Di Rienzi et al. ELife 2013; 2: e01102. DOI: 10.7554 / eLife.01102, The human gut and groundwater harbor non-photosynthetic bacteria belonging to a new candidate phylum sibling to Cyanobacteria) which I had already independently consulted and in which I had underlined this sentence: “As Cyanobacteria are photosynthetic organisms, it has been assumed that these sequences represent genomic material derived from ingestion of chloroplasts or Cyanobacterial cells (Turnbaugh et al.,2009; Koenig et al., 2011; Consortium HMP, 2012) “.
    Thinking about it, it occurred to me that in November 2016 I had been in Yucatan (Mexico) and immersed myself in one of the rare places in the world where there are stromatolites, the Bacalar Lagoon. Having swam all day in those waters so rich above the expanse of outcropping sromatolites, I may have ingested a certain amount. Dear Ed Yong, my question is: “Can you help me find an international expert to ask if this hypothesis is plausible? Alternatively, how do you justify a percentage of Cyanobacteria of 18.2%?”
    Thanks in advance and I hope you will answer me just to tell me that you don’t know how to help me. Sincerely. Vladimiro Pelliciardi*
    PhD in Sustainable Development (La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy)

  • posted by  Rusher321 on Not sure where to go from here
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    Hi, I know this is a v old post now but just wondering how you are now and what, if anything, worked for you? I am really struggling myself right now. I have suffered with IBS for 10+ years but what is happening to me now is so much worse. I have a near constant, gnawing hunger in my upper abdomen. I have it before, during and after eating. It saps all my energy and I have become very lethargic. I wake up bloated and my stomach gets even bigger during the day. I am at the early stages of finding out what is wrong with me and my doctor has put me on 30mg of acid-reducing medication each morning. However, the tablets don’t seem to be doing much. Does anyone else have this constant hunger feeling that is so intense it’s hard to think about anything else?

  • posted by  Shane251988 on Need some help with digestive problems Please
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    Need some help with digestive problems.

    Had this problem now for over a year and it is very depressing. Originally I had Helicobacter pylori which was treated with two courses of antibiotics. After the first didn’t work I and after a false negative I saw a gastro docter.

    He performed and endoscopy and colonoscopy and took a biopsy. That came back positive for the bacteria mentioned above then was able to treat the bacteria with more antibiotics. Other than that their was no problems other than gastritis which was mild which I appear to now get a lot.

    The problem I had before all that and still do which has become progressively worse is that for a reason I am not sure of a multitude of things are causing sever stomach issues. Mostly its pain ranging wildly and a near complete stoppage of my digestive system.

    As of right now I can not drink caffeine, alcohol, smoke, consumer Panadol or anything with codeine in it. Occasionally even the medication I take for depression can even aggravate it. Other things that will trigger both pain and digestive stoppage are canned foods and exercise or virtually any physical stress. Today if I do anything other than light walking or consume any of the foods mentioned it can trigger the condition.

    I have taken long breaks from doing any of the above but I still get the issues. Virtually any weight lifting is a guarantee of it occurring as well as the consumption of the items listed above.

    When the problem is triggered aside from the pain as I mentioned my digestive system simply shuts down. I have gained wild amounts of weight on very very small calories. I weigh and measure everything religiously so when I say 1000 calories on a given day and the weight gain occurs it is truly that amount. Today with the reoccurrence for example I gained 1 pound or half a kilogram. Whilst consuming only 900 calories yesterday. What’s interesting with this is that it appears I can consume perhaps close to my daily metabolic rate however only if the food volume is very small. I.e eating nothing but protein bars to reach 1300-1400 calories. This is very different to constipation which I have suffered from as in the case of constipation it appears that the food is at least digested some what but is then not processed and further. What happens to me is that I eat and go to bed and I will weigh exactly what I weighed 10-11 hours ago as if no time has passed what so ever.

    I have no issues with gluten or celiac disease as it has been tested for. Thing that have helped are:
    *Gluten free diet
    Gluten free diet
    A meat based diet ( I am mostly vegetarian)
    Being active for a maximum of 8 hours a day. By that I do not mean exercising for that long but performing the equivalent of a 9-5 factory hand type job.
    Avoiding Booze, Caffeine, Smoking, Spicy foods, Panadol or codeine
    Not consuming processed foods.
    No canned food
    Limiting sugar
    Consuming probiotics, fish oil and vitamin D.
    Metamucil, Buscopan, Quick eze and mylanta can occasionally help.
    Where I am at today is that I can do all that and still get the issues. I have gone without any supplement for over a month but it appears not to matter. The reason I haven’t returned to the doctor is that he says my gut is perfectly healthy. I do wonder what would happen if I were to purposly do the things mentioned above and then have an endoscopy but their is a lot you can not consumer before the procedure. And when I did get it done it appeared that gastritis which showed up in the results was whats causing the problems. I exercised before the procedure in the hope of turning up some results. Has I done more I.e drink caffeine, booze take panadol and eat canned foods I think then that it would be severe gastritis as opossed to the more mild variety.

    Sorry for the length it is very complex or at least it is to me. It is all very depressing to me and ANY help what so ever I would be super gratefull for.

    Thank You very much in advance

  • posted by  CoeliacSal on Sauerkraut and a low sodium diet???
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    I am very well aware of why I need a low sodium / high potassium / controlled vitamin K diet.

    My question was very specific as to washing sauerkraut and how fermentation affects vitamin K. As it happens I have had a telephone conversation with both endocrine and haematology involved and fermented foods such as Sauerkraut are a resounding “no, never” for me.

  • posted by  calebethan834 on Sauerkraut and a low sodium diet???
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    A low sodium diet is an eating plan that individuals can follow to diminish the measure of sodium in their eating routine. Specialists may prescribe a low sodium diet to assist with dealing with certain ailments, for example, hypertension and kidney or liver sickness. To know more about this search “Fat Burning Fruits To Lose Weight Fast” on google.

  • posted by  Simon Orr on Probiotics
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    Trying to understand which is best a drink like Biomel or is it better to make your own Sauerkraut? Maybe it’s worth doing both? I don’t have an underlying health condition but am interested in probiotics as a proactive way of maintaining good health. Any feedback would be very welcome. Thanks Si

  • posted by  flopen on Diarrhea!
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    I have been following the Good Gut guidelines for several months now, and really enjoy it.
    However, post Lockdown I am eating out more and have experienced explosive diarrhea within an hour of eating out. And this is ‘good’ food in decent restaurants. This has happened twice now and I have never had it before going on the Good Gut diet. I have no other symptoms, but it’s as thought my body won’t allow the food to stay in the system.
    Can anyone tell me why this might be happening?

  • posted by  Loz84 on Breastfeeding
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    Hello- can someone confirm it is ok for me to do the clever gut diet while breastfeeding?

  • posted by  outlooka on Chlorinated drinking water
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    Thanks for that Badmumma. I have also heard that it is inhaled and absorbed through the skin. And that showering is the equivalent of drinking 8 – 10 glasses of chlorinated water which unlike drinking which passes through the stomach, goes directly into the lungs and bloodstream.

  • posted by  badmumma on Chlorinated drinking water
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    I’m not 100% on this, but, i heard that if you leave water out in a jug say for 24 hours the chlorine evaporates .

  • posted by  outlooka on Chlorinated drinking water
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    Chlorine is a disinfectant. And we drink it, inhale it and absorb it by showering, washing, cleaning our teeth and swimming in town pools. It also gives off toxic THM,s when it meets up with vegetable matter. Certain quantities of Chlorine and it’s side effects are permitted by water suppliers. My question is: in term of gut health: how much is too much? Cheers Outlooka

  • posted by  Walki on Raw Peppers (Bell) Intolerance
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    I’m not Rh negative – I’m B Positive. I also used to be able to eat raw peppers when I was younger but after a very bad gastroenteritis attack I could no longer tolerate them raw (fine cooked though)

  • Hi all,

    In the Michael’s book “Clever guts” he put much reaserch about the good influence of olive oil for long good health (also emphasize that there are manny frauds and not genuine oils in shops )

    Recently i found good local producer of cold-pressed oils ( thistle oil, linseed oil, black cumin oil ,rapeseed oil)
    I wonder if such oils has similar effect or even better when used alternately, then olive oil.
    Or only olive oil has such beneficial effect on health.

  • I suffer from ‘Asian Flush’ and am trying to find out more about whether this diet would be safe for me and whether in fact I should take probiotic supplements (if so, which ones are suitable), or should I avoid them altogether? I am also unsure about use of foods like yoghurt or soy as they seem to be listed as foodstuffs containing high levels of acetaldehyde. I have tried to do some online research but am finding practically nothing of any relevance – help please Michael Mosley or anyone else!! My understanding is that this condition affects a significantly high proportion of the world’s population yet there seems to be relatively little advice out there related to what ‘diet’ individuals with this condition should actually ideally follow. Unfortunately my GP has been able to offer absolutely no advice at all, in fact, he seemed to have never even heard of it ! I would be really grateful if anyone has any knowledge on this, or for any pointers or ideas of websites/books/ research departments/individuals conducting studies that I could access/contact. Thank you.