I need bifidobacteria sp and lactococcus lactis. Which probiotic capsules are best? How can I improve the bacteria in my biome?
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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?.
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?
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
Just finished reading The Clever Guts Diet can anybody recommend where I can get microbiome testing in the uk ?
Without spending a small fortune.!
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?
Thanks for mentioning the SeaHealth seaweed products. Would be interested in hearing about whether you ultimately found them helpful.
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
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.
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.
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>, 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)
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?
I have very similar profile but even higher. Do you have digestive issues…i do, reacted to antibiotics years ago. Apparently this bacteria is increased by walnuts and a gluten diet. I have around 23 percent.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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?
Hello- can someone confirm it is ok for me to do the clever gut diet while breastfeeding?
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.
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 .
I am Rh negative and have this issue with uncooked peppers. Do you think this is linked?
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
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)
Are any of you Rh negative?
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.
I have the same question but only for my 6 years child.
Have you ever tried Enterosgel. You get it in Holland and Barratt. Sometimes Omeprazole brings on the very symptoms you take it for.
Another good thing is eating small bit of fish ginger root – bit fiery – but definitely helps with the gusts. Finally have you tried Peppermint capsules. they help a lot. Good luck.
I would like to have my gut bacteria analysed in UK how do I go about it
I’ve made bone broth, and variants of it in the past, but I’m puzzled why 2tbs of coconut oil is an ingredient. Can anyone tell me what it adds to the recipe?
I’ve had it problems for years and no improvement. I’m on omoprozole long term which has varying success. Have had tubes down my throat, all manner of testing, hernia, damaged tube between throat and stomach, all sorts of theories but nothing concrete. I’ve tried the clever guts process and that made me sicker thsn ever. Cut out wheat and lactose and alcohol – seemed to help a bit but now symptoms worse than ever – I’m cutting out more and more food but no effect. Exercise helps but I have recently hurt my back, will get back on that, but genuinely I am at the end of my tether with this. Here now wide awake 3am burning in my back, and my gut is gurgling and missing constantly, burning in my intestines, sometimes it is in my stomach or upper chest. Not a fixed location. I also get foul flatulence every time I eat a meal. Anybody able to equate those symptoms to their own. Had a test which said lactose and sugar intolerance. My diet is good – lots of fruit n veg, Mediterranean as much as possible, try practing mindfulness. Anybody suggest any support help, ideas?
I’m new to this group & I’m hoping someone can assist me.
I drink around a litre of lactose free milk a day & wondering if that is too much.
I do this because it tastes great, milk is a good source protein & nutrients like calcium, B & D vitamins etc
I have it as the basis for both caffeinated & caffeine free coffee.
I have been diagnosed with mild rosacea – yeah great! & wondering if it could be related.
Later: I’ve just been reading about rosacea & it seems dairy is not good. So it looks like a switch to almond or similar. Bumma.
Hi, I am just about to embark on the phase 1 and 2 reboot & repair. I will be following the meal planner as I am not an experienced cook! Just want to ask someone that apart from turmeric tea (kombucha too complicated time consuming so early on) and water, what else can I drink? I usually drink tea with milk and a coffee and just hot water.. Can I have good quality flavoured teas??
Any advice for would be greatly appreciated!
I’m 23 and have been on lymecycle since I was about 14/15! It has always worked and it is the only thing I have ever found to work. I have a history of acne in my family which has never gone away and I am the lucky one that this treatment has worked with. I didnt think I had any side affects until recently realising that I’d been taking essentially an antibiotic for roughly 8 years which surely can’t be good for your gut.
Around 2 years ago I was diagnosed with coeliac disease. Since then I have been on a very strict gluten free diet and whenever I do have gluten it really bloats me for a couple of days and then I get a cold.
Prior to being diagnosed I was not allergic to anything and went about my life eating whatever I wanted but I was having colds back to back most weeks for 6+ months and feeling exhausted which is what eventually made me see the dr. At this point they put me on iron tablets after a blood test revealed it was low and after the 2nd blood test when I had an even lower iron level after 6 weeks high intensive iron tablets. I then had a endoscopy which revealed my coeliac disease.
Is there any correlation between the fact that I had been taking antibiotics back to back for 8 years and then being diagnosed as a coeliac? I hear that antibiotics can cause the gut to behave in a similar way.
I have read this post with interest however it doesn’t answer my question (or the questions of others) as far as I can see. I am a healthy person and have had an ileostomy for 32 years (I had it young). Permanent removal of large intestine. I can eat whatever I like from a digestion point of view and have no nutritional concerns. BUT if the gut biome lives in the large intestine what does this mean for someone like me who has no intestine or j pouch or anything remotely approaching a large intestine. Do I have a gut biome, can it develop in the small intestine? Google has not helped! I tried that first which is how I got to this thread. While any of the advice re foods won’t do me any harm do I have a gut biome to improve?
I have a question. Actually I have many questions but the one that is of interest to me is fish oil. I can’t eat or drink the stuff.
I am an evolution believer and also a believer that my gut bacterial has been evolving as we have been. That said if we didn’t have a high fish diet in our evolutionary beginnings, surely there must be equivalents to help those of our ancestry tree who didn’t live on fish or near the sea?
I know my evolutionary history has the surviving cold mindset. Short strong body. Better in cold than heat.
My children are from a beautiful, elegant gene pool of indigenous Australia. Untouched by 60,000 years of isolation. They have never used fish for their needs. What else can be used?
I have started the Remove, Repair phase and have followed some of the recipes. They are delicious However, I have found them labour-intensive (yes I have the gadgets but a not very efficiently designed kitchen) and it has been difficult to find all the ingredients even in supermarkets (I live in a remote area of Scotland – no Tahina or Tamari for example)
What would be the effect of using alternatives such as:-
1) Genius gluten-free bread instead of breakfast bread and flax/spinach bread sometimes?
2) Overnight oats?
3) Gluten-free Muesli?
4) Dried sultanas and raisins?
5) Plain red meat?
6) Any local veg such as Swede. (I know you recommend Mediterranean diet but are there more native fruit and veg we can use?)
I have checked the ingredients labels to avoid sugar, dairy, gluten and preservatives as much as possible. I am at the stage of just buying colourful veg and firing them in together!
I would be enormously grateful for any views/ ideas.
Thank you and wishing you all well on your recoveries.
Have you tried probiotics?
I like the olive oil brand farchioni, I normally buy il casolare as it is available in supermarkets. Does anyone know if this is a good brand with good benefits?
So I’ve just finished eating the beetroot and celeriac soup recipe from the clever guts cook book. Now, my cooking experience is above average, but I’m still stumped as to how I managed to mess this recipe up so much so that it is inedible bitter.
All I can think of is that the juice of the lemon should not have been added at the start, as the low pH essentially stopped the breakdown of the pectin in the beetroot and celeriac.
Beet root is also naturally high in sugar, so it should have mitigated some of the natural bitterness of the celeriac (I’m assuming). I tasted the cooked beetroot before I mashed it all together and it was as expected, usual sweetness.
So, either the celeriac was gross and bitter (distinct possibility) or something in the chemistry or process of cooking the dish made this quiet bitter. To make it edible I had to thin it down with cooked rice, then add 150g of finely grated grana Padano and toasted chopped almonds. I powered through it but my wife could only manage half a serve.
Has anyone got any experience with this? Did I start with a bad vegetable, or did I just cook it wrong?
Linseeds! I too suffered from chronic constipation and can honestly say that linseeds changed my life. When I started taking them you could only find them in health food shops and I ground my own in a coffee grinder which I have continues to do, every morning. Now they are available in any supermarket whole or ready ground. For me the fibre is much more effective and less irritating than bran. You may have to experiment to find the right amount for you. Good luck!
I too suffer from bloating although mine increases steadily during the day and deflates overnight. Also acid reflux at night time which I think is exacerbated by pressure of a bloated abdomen. I have had a dramatic improvement of symptoms from following the restrictive phase of the low fodmap diet and am now at the point of reintroduction. I already know I can’t eat anything with inulin in it. How do you ever achieve a good balance of good bacteria in the gut if you have to restrict certain food groups, especially if they are veg and fruit? I’d really like to know if there is any medical research on this.
Anyone got any ideas of how I can get rid of persistent oral thrush? The GP has run blood tests and they all came back with no issues, but the thrush has been on and off for 6 months now. It started when I did 12 weeks on the Cambridge 1:1 diet and began daily swimming in an indoor pool. I have had fungal infections in various parts over the years and they often take a while to go. If my immune system isn’t deficient, what could be going on?
Hi everyone, I’m about to start my gut repair journey! I have been persistently bloated for 6 months or so with no other gut health symptoms (bowel movements are all good, folks!). Had all sorts of tests, but my GP has recommended resetting my gut biome. I’m vegan and cook the majority of my food from scratch so don’t eat many processed foods and eat a lot of fruit and veg anyway. My main concern is protein!! The start of the programme states to remove pulses and I’m worried about cutting out chickpeas and beans..I also don’t like tofu so I’m pretty much restricted to tempeh and nuts. Does anyone know if protein powder is okay to have? I obviously have a vegan one so no diary products. The blend I currently have also doesn’t contain soy! Any advice would be really appreciated, thank you!
I also recommend Microba, they are exceptional and the report is incredibly detailed and it includes a 15 minute phone call to discuss your results and recommendations.
I think I will go with microba. It sounds pretty good.
I just googled and found another one in Australia that seems similar to the Chuckling Goat one mentioned above (involving interpretation and support) – https://www.microba.com/
Hi Dusk – I’m also looking for services in Australia – a friend recommended i-screen for other tests and I just checked and they do a Biome test. It looks like it is both more (testing for other factors) and less (not as many helpful bacteria) than the ones other have talked about -https://www.i-screen.com.au/tests/microbiome-test.
I’d like to see recommendations from anyone who has had testing done in Australia