Role of Our Microbiome in Staying Well With Viral Infections

The Microbiome is currently one of the most intensely researched areas in science. PubMed, the NIH federal library of medical research, shows over 86,000 results for published research papers on our Microbiome, almost all of it in the last five years. 

What is our Microbiome?

What are practical steps to support our microbiome and our immune system so we can stay well in challenging times:

It is the 100 Trillion non-human cells that live in us and on us.  It is the “germs” that live on our skin (2 million per ½ inch square on our forearm), in our mouth, our sinuses, our bloodstream, our gut and everywhere inside and outside our body.  In fact, our human cells are outnumbered by the “germs” that make up our Microbiome.  In reality,  we are 100 Trillion “germs” covered in human skin.

Most of these “germs” are bacteria and viruses that seek to coexist peacefully with us and promote our health and wellbeing. Most of them live in our gut, especially in our Large Intestine.  They play critical roles in digestion, metabolism, immune health, brain health, and store 98% of all the genetic information (DNA) we need to stay healthy and thrive.  In fact, our mitochondria talk to our gut bacteria.  We need a healthy microbiome to have healthy mitochondria, the foundation of energy and Wellness!

Staying Well In  Covid

If our immune system can handle 100 trillion germs in and on us, can it also handle the common cold, flu, or Covid virus?  Of course – as long as we take care of our immune system so it is working reasonably well.  What would happen if we put as much time, effort, and energy into boosting our Microbiome and immune Wellness as we do to masking, distancing, and worrying?

  1. The less your food has been doctored, the less you need a doctor. Minimize eating food that has been processed or doctored.  Go light on dead food that comes from “food coffins” –  the boxes, cans, and plastic that entombs dead food.  Eat more of the “fresh stuff”.
  2. Eat what your body likes rather than what you like.  We tend to like the sugary “junk food” loaded with excitotoxic taste enhancers that excite our brain neurons to death.  They also starve our microbiome “rainforest” of the critical fiber it depends on.  A piece of cake feeds only us and makes us old, fat, and sick.  A piece of broccoli feeds both our body and our microbiome to keep us lean, energized, and youthful.
  3. Fix your metabolism.  When is works, you have a “thin person” microbiome. When it is in trouble, we often develop a “fat person” microbiome.  Fixing your metabolism often requires a “solve the puzzle” approach involving optimizing our mitochondria, gut health, brain balance, eating smart & supplementing to fit our unique genetic needs, optimize sleep, and detox.  Get guidance from experienced professionals like we have at Renovare if you need help in this area.
  4. Feed Your Microbiome Diversity.  Repairing our microbiome diversity is critical to restoring Wellness. An important indicator of a healthy microbiome is Great bowel movements.  This means at least 2/day, formed dark brown, don’t float, no straining, and almost no need to toilet tissue to clean after.  Here are the practical steps:
  5. Eat the Rainbow.  Strive to eat 9 colors or fresh/frozen veggies or fruits per day.  Always go heavy on veggies and much lighter on fruit.
  6. Each day, eat one of the Root Veggies, eat two of the prebiotic foods, and at least one forkful of a fermented food from the lists below
Root VeggiesPrebiotic FoodsFermented Food with Live culture (in refrigerator section)
Turnips          Dandelion GreensSauerkraut (Wild Brine, Bubbles brands, etc)
CarrotsOnion, Garlic, LeeksPickles
ParsnipsJicamaKombucha
RadishesAsparagusApple Cider Vinegar
RutabagasUnderripe BananasKimchi
Sweet Potatoes, YamsChicory RootTempeh
BeetsAcacia GumMiso

When we take care of our Microbiome, it takes care of us

Our Most Dangerous Food

How Linoleic acid (Omega 6) fats WRECK our health– worse than sugar!

Our diets have changed greatly in comparison to our ancestors.

Then: In 1850: We ate 2-3 grams per day of linoleic acid (from seed oils).   Linolenic Acid use to make up 1% – 3% of the energy in the human diet and there was virtually no cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, macular degeneration

Now: We on average eat 30 – 40 grams  of linolenic acid. This makes up 15% – 20% of energy in our diet and we now have exploding rates of cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, macular degeneration from increase of pervasive linoleic acid (LA) – perhaps the greatest health experiment in history!

Linoleic acid (LA) acts as a metabolic poisondamages our mitochondria

  • Primary contributor to nearly all chronic disease
  • Highly susceptible to oxidation including OXLAMS (oxidated LA metabolites)
  • Omega 3 to Omega 6 ratio is important
    • Can’t fix by just increasing Omega 3 fish oil intake – must decrease linoleic acid

Linoleic Acid is our Enemy – many feel better in just days by eliminating Linoleic acid

Factory-farmed Chicken fed LA rich grains (soybeans, corn) as well as the oils below:


https://www.news-medical.net/health/Oils-Rich-in-Linoleic-Acid.aspx

Healthy Saturated Fat is our Friend!

  • Beef is great – grass fed best
  • Antibiotic free pork
  • Organic or free-range chicken is fine.   Factory farmed chicken is not.
  • Ghee (clarified butter – best for those who are dairy sensitive) or grass fed butter
  • Tallow – saturated fat from beef (get grass fed or organic)
  • Lard – saturated fat from pork (get antibiotic-free, free range)
  • Avocados best or avocado oil
  • Coconut or coconut oil
  • Olives or Olive oil – Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) only, avoid the cheap stuff that is adulterated with cheap vegetable oils high in linoleic acid
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Palm Oil
  • Macadamia Oil

Note: Can be ordered online at fatworksfoods.com 

Cardiolipin is a particular fat ONLY located in our mitochondria.

  • 20% of all our fat is as Cardiolipin
    • Made up of 4 fatty acids
    • Can include LA, or EPA, or DHA,  oleic acid, palmitic acid etc.
  • LA in Cardiolipin is especially susceptible to oxidation
  • Animals typically develop cancer when LA in diet reaches 4% to 10% of energy intake since OXLAMs trigger cancer

High LA diets cause obesity, heart disease and High saturated fat diets don’t get fat or sick

High LA increases risk of Sunburn and raises risk of acute respiratory disease and Covid-19

Top Sources of LA:   May feel better in days

  • Chips fried in vegetable oil
  • Commercial salad dressings
  • French Fries and other fried foods
  • Virtually all processed foods

To learn more: https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/12/13/linoleic-acid-health-effects.aspx?ui=9e9a02979a17667dbd9b7e20d7c0daa8e9b7fa45f6d1d9734470678d22aa9b73&cid_source=dnl&cid_medium=email&cid_content=art1HL&cid=20201213_HL2&mid=DM746090&rid=1033683774

Your Microbiome Can Make You Well

Our microbiome, the trillions of microbes that live mostly in our gut, help determine whether we are sick or healthy, lean or obese, happy or anxious & depressed.  Our microbiome, the bacteria, virus, and fungi that live in us, outnumber our human cells.  Like a rainforest, when healthy and balanced, they help keep us healthy.  When damaged by our ultra-processed toxic food, antibiotics, and oversterilization, our rainforest is devastated leaving a weed patch. This “mass extinction event” may help explain our epidemic levels of chronic diseases from food allergies to autism, from depression to diabetes, from anxiety to Alzheimer’s, cancer to heart disease.

Keeping our critical gut microbes off the “endangered species list” may be one of the most important factors in managing inflammation and supporting our gut, brain, and body Wellness.

Would you like to learn more?   Our recent class on microbiome and gut health is available on our YouTube Channel for Renovare Brain Wellness.

Some steps to get started:

  1. Eat more fiber.
    • Our ancestors ate over 100 grams per day
    • Average Americans eat just 15 grams per day starving our microbiome
    • Eat LOTS of veggies
    • Eat new and different veggies since diverse fiber is super important
    • A veggie smoothie is a great way to boost your fiber and diversity (see recipes below) note to Lisa: include the recipes from the class below
  2. Reduce the processed food – the less our food has been “doctored”, the less we need a doctor. Eat less “dead food” from food coffins – cans, boxes, jars, & plastic.
  3. Reduce the toxic chemicals that harm our microbiome:
    • Avoid drinking chlorinated or fluoridated water
    • Use only soap and water for hand washing – avoid the antibacterial soaps and cleaners that harm our microbiome
    • Avoid toxic home cleaners – use castile soap, vinegar, and essential oils instead.
    • Use only organic pest control
  4. Supplement with Probiotics that work for you:
    • Especially consider the cutting edge spore-based probiotics like MegaSpore Biotic
    • Use fermented foods like live sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi etc. The live foods are always refrigerated.  Bubbies is one brand to look for.
  5. Supplement with Prebiotics:
    • These feed our microfloura like fertilizer feeds a healthy lawn
    • The newest precision prebiotic, Mega Prebiotic, selectively feeds the keystone bacteria that support microbiome health and diversity.
  6. Supplement with Postbiotics when needed:
    • These critical short-chain fatty acids feed the microbiome
    • They also support great energy metabolism by signaling AMPK within our cells to switch from fat storing to fat burning.

Click this link: Your Microbiome Can Make You Well with Food List20191115 for a downloadable form of this article with additional information.

Blood sugar balance and the pathways to help support it – Part 3

From our previous 2 articles discussed the two strategies to support healthy blood sugar – the Short Chain Fatty acids and Insulin Signaling Pathway, we can see how we can improve. What we use to think was from our genetics – we now know is mostly from our lifestyle and we can change this.

Today we will be discussing the most exciting new pathway – the AMPK Pathway.

  1. The SCFA Pathway
  2. Insulin Signaling Pathway
  3. AMPK Pathway

 

AMPK Pathway                  

AMPK is an signaling enzyme that acts as our “fat switch”. It determines whether we burn calories to make energy or store them as fat. If we are not making energy we are making fat and damaging free radicals.

Our lifestyle choices such as exercise and fasting activate this AMPK switch. Another powerful boost to this fat burning switch are supplements such as resveratrol, Alpha Lipoic Acid, burdock root, rose hips,short chain fatty acids, and berberine, can activate this AMPK switch.

What are the other benefits of activating our AMPK switch:

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces pain
  • Improves energy
  • Reduces Sugar Cravings
  • Boosts fat burning and muscle building – key to successful weight loss

Below are a few of tissues and organs are impacted by this AMPK pathway.

 

It is really important to use professional grade supplements that actually work. It has been our experience that there are many inferior grade products on the market or products that have been stored in a warehouse for an undetermined amount of time. At Renovare, we carry only Pharmaceutical grade supplements.

Key Products we carry at Renovare that support the AMPK pathway:

Is Food Sensitivity (IgG) Testing Really Necessary?

Do you experience any of these symptoms? 

  • Fatigue or Tiredness
  • Brain Fog
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Joint pain or Muscular Tightness
  • Headaches or Migraines
  • Eczema, Acne, Rashes, Skin Irritations
  • Asthma
  • Acid Reflux
  • Bloating, Gas, Stomach Aches
  • Constipation or Diarrhea
  • Unexplained Weight Gain or Loss
  • Behavioral Issues (irritability, nervousness, mood swings, decision making, acting out)
  • Generally not feeling your best from day to day

It is possible that the foods you are eating can be part of the reason why. Sometimes we might even be on a “healthy” diet, but our gut and brain are reacting to some of our food choices – particularly foods we eat frequently. Our foods can either nourish us or create inflammation.

What is the difference between a food sensitivity and food allergy?

A food sensitivity, or food specific IgG reaction, can be more difficult to diagnose than a food allergy because it triggers a delayed immune response or inflammatory reaction. Once the body perceives a certain food or drink as a threat, it produces a range of inflammatory responses that can take 72 hours or more to appear in the body and brain.

A food allergy can trigger immediate, sometimes life-threatening reactions presenting in symptoms such as hives, stomach cramps, or the more extreme symptoms of not being able to breathe, or even anaphylactic shock.

Why get tested for food sensitivities?

Food sensitivities can be very disruptive and debilitating to an individual’s life.

Is it important for you to understand your personal food sensitivities so that you can create health, energy. low inflammation, and general well being in your body? Then, a food sensitivity test that measures your IgG reaction to certain foods is a great place to start!

At Renovare Wellness by Design and Renovare Brain Wellness we create a customized Therapeutic Lifestyle Change program called TLC to address the puzzle pieces below which support maximum brain and body wellness!

This includes addressing your food sensitivities. We have health coaches available to help you create eating plans specific to your sensitivities and guide you through your journey.

Give us a call today at 623.776.0206  to schedule your food sensitivity testing or to schedule a consultation.

 

Leaky Gut & Microbiome Repair Program

A program to support Leaky Gut repair and Microbiome diversity restoration that includes 6 months of Wellness Mentor support.  The program also includes 6 months of the Microbiome Labs specialty supplements for this program.

This matters since disruption of the gut microbiome has been implicated in anxiety, autism, depression, dementia, obesity, heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune disease, IBS, Type 2 diabetes, colorectal cancer, GERD, systemic infection, and many others.

This program includes 6 months of:

  • Mega Sporebiotic – an ultra-effective, newly available spore-based probiotic that research shows:
    • Improves Leaky Gut 60% in 30 days
    • Increases gut healing Short Chain Fatty Acids (SCFA’s) by 40%
    • Increases microbiome diversity – critical to gut health & healing
    • Encourages growth of 4 critical keystone strains of bacteria
    • Boosts levels of the most bioavailable anti-oxidants known to science
    • Aids in digestion & Improves regularity
    • Helps control bacterial overgrowth
    • Detoxifies the intestinal tract
    • Reduces inflammation & pain to support brain health
    • Assists in the reduction of excessive cholesterol
    • Produces key nutrients – B-vitamins, Vitamin K2, Nattokinase, CoQ 10
    • Provides immune modulation for the prevention and treatment of infections, allergies, asthma and autoimmunity.
  • Mega Prebiotic – the first precision probiotic that selectively feed the beneficial keystone bacteria that are the foundation to gut health.
    • Increases microbiome diversity
    • Doubles the benefits of Mega Sporebiotic
    • Shown to increase levels of A. mucin by 8000% in 5 weeks

 

  • Mega Mucosa – supports the rebuilding of the thick, gel-like mucus layer that protects our intestinal lining from damage.
    • Contains 4 amino acids shown to support mucin production by 95%
    • Immunoglobulins to bind inflammatory LPS to allow healing
    • Flavobiotic to support microbial diversity & gut healing

 

  • Wellness Mentor Support:
    • Help with creating a meal plan & eating program that works for you
    • How to shop and stock your pantry for success
    • The encouragement and support you need to be successful
    • Monitoring of your progress with Lifestyle Surveys and Food Logs because what gets measured, gets improved.
    • Answers to your questions and give you practical pointers to make your therapeutic lifestyle change easier and faster
    • An experienced guide on your journey towards Wellness – in person, online, or by phone:
    • 45 minutes with your Wellness Mentor to get you started each of 1st 2 weeks
    • 30 minutes with your Wellness Mentor weeks 3 and 4
    • 15 minutes with your Wellness Mentor weekly in month 2
    • 15 minutes with your Wellness Mentor 2X/month for months 3,4,5, and 6

 

This entire Gut Repair Supplement and Wellness Mentor Support Program for a limited time introductory investment of just 197. per month for 6 months.

*Please Note: A Foundation Visit with Dr. Gerhart is needed to start this program. Schedule Yours today! Click Here