Can A Probiotic Change Your Life?

If It’s The Right One!

Every day, more research is released showing links between the health of the digestive tract and general health. The digestive tract includes the mouth, the rectum, and all the tubing in between (the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and large intestines). What’s so hard about keeping a giant tube healthy? This particular tube is in charge of digesting all your food through a combination of acid, enzymes, and physical churning, absorbing your nutrients and water to nourish every cell of your body, eliminating toxins and undigested food matter, and housing an entire ecosystem of bacteria – the microbiome.

John Donne once wrote “no man is an island” and he was right! As soon as you were born, billions and then trillions of bacteria joined you to be your lifelong companions. In fact, you have about 10 times as many bacterial cells in your bowels as your own human cells! And it’s a good thing too. With that wide variety of DNA, they can do necessary functions our cells can’t.

While everyone has a lot of bacteria in their gut (about 3 pounds worth!), the types of bacteria show incredible variation from
person to person. The foods you eat have a large effect, but so do the people you hang out with. Your microbiome will come to resemble the microbiomes of people you live with and even work with. Frequent antibiotic use can alter your microbiome, but so can the addition of “good” or commensal bacteria through probiotic supplements, and cultured foods like yogurt, kombucha tea, and sauerkraut. Having an imbalance (dysbiosis) of good vs. bad bacteria in your gut can lead to inflammation, digestive problems, and poor metabolism. Now research suggests that this imbalance can cause obesity, diabetes, autoimmune disease, lowered immune function, skin issues, allergies, and even brain function. Certain strains of bacteria seem to be correlated with autism, depression, and an inability to lose weight.

But how do you know which strains of bacteria you need? The research gives us some clues…for instance the strains Lactobacillus gasseri and Lactobacillus plantarum both seem to be associated positively with weight loss. Saccharomyces boulardii has been most studied for its efficiency in the prevention of antibiotic-associated diarrheas.

However, the best way to know what strains YOU need is to find out what your microbiome actually looks like. The GI Effects Stool Test does just that. This amazing test uses the most innovative technology available to determine exactly which strains of bacteria live in your gut, and in what amounts. It also checks for parasites, candida, markers of inflammation, markers of poor digestion and malabsorption, and evidence of leaky gut syndrome.

 While I think everyone would benefit from this test, it is priceless for people suffering from: digestive disorders, food sensitivity, leaky gut, diabetes, obesity, mood disorders, autoimmune disease, or autism.

The best part? Most insurances cover it!

Check out more: Genova Comprehensive Stool Test

Interested in determining if this test is right for you, and if your insurance will cover it?

We are now offering a 50% discount for an initial consultation (a $180 value). Spaces are limited so schedule your appointment today! New clients only.

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