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by 453 · about 8 hours ago

Since it seems I'm steadily losing my extra weight on paleo and finding what works in those regards, I've begun to focus my attention on some of my other issues. I've started eating sauerkraut recently, and I've been feeling a bit of brain-fog and... (more)

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PaleoGreyhound 0 · March 25, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Just for clarification sake, I think a Herxheimer reaction is a lot more severe than a brain fog...especially since it is caused by the "dying off" of some pretty severe pathogenic bacteria...Bartonella, Lyme disease, typhoid fever, etc. And it... (more)

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by 598 · about 8 hours ago

I felt really great for a few months using my current diet which is widely varied foods: moderate carb, low protein, high fat. Lots of potatoes and sweet potatoes, lots and lots of butter, olive oil, tallow, and other animal fats, lots of... (more)

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PaleoGod 0 · January 30, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Yes but trying to correct the problem by going high carb may not necessarily help. Are you sure that you have a bacterial overgrowth of bacteria that feed on fats. In fact you may even cause a bacterial overgrowth by going high carb as it is... (more)

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by 84 · about 8 hours ago

I'm woundering if there are some way of telling if your potato starch really contains resistant starch or if it has been destroyed in the process by heat, etc? I live in Sweden and don't know if the resistant starch that i get is any... (more)

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PhilT 0 · March 21, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Most likely any retail Potato Starch is going to be just that - raw starch extracted from potato, sometimes also labelled "kartoffel starke". I also see it sold as "Potato flour" in the UK and that is usually also potato starch in the same way... (more)

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by 0 · about 8 hours ago

Have severe B12 deficiency that built up for awhile. Also have anemia. (These are apparently very common with SIBO. Going to hopefully get tested in the next day or two.) Just tried garlic soaked in water for at least 15 minutes. 2 pieces... (more)

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jake3_14 0 · October 17, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Bacteria seem to be specific for different conditions. Check out Dr. Dahlman's video (if you have money to spend on a supplement protocol). Also, Chris Kresser reports very good results with Prescript-Assist, which has a lot of soil-based... (more)

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by 598 · about 8 hours ago

GAPS seems to be aimed at some highly specific issues but I'm drawn to it for others. Before I dig deeper into it and buy the book, I wanted to get some critical feedback from you PaleoHackers. I've struggled with indigestion and chronic... (more)

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Methodician 0 · September 17, 2013 at 3:30 PM

A shrewd observation, Migo. It's not letting me comment so my response goes here. Not exactly an active thread anyway... I've lacked exercise much of my life. The past 2-3 years have been of particular concern. I am actively pursuing a... (more)

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by 598 · about 8 hours ago

The 'doc has me on amoxicillin every 8 hours for a week after oral surgery. It's going to kill off most of the good bacteria in my gut. How to best get it all back on track? I'm taking probiotics in between the antibiotics so by the end of... (more)

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fysiologik 0 · September 11, 2013 at 11:52 PM

I agree that nature should take its course but a lot of the food and medicines we administer affect the flora in a unnatural way. I was told by a nutritionist I was working with said that we'd need to eat 20 cups of kefir to get the desirable... (more)

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by 91 · about 8 hours ago

What's stopping us from reaching our full potential in terms of health. For example I know that we cannot absorb vitamins or have trouble digesting food without a balanced micro flora but also that we need something like glutamine to prevent... (more)

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Sabertooth 0 · August 16, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Poor gut health Lack of physical vitality Anti-sedentariness Mg deficiency Vit K2 deficiency Zn, Se, I deficiency Low sunlight exposure Poor understanding of the body and it's potential ("aiming too low") Allowing life stressors that are quite... (more)

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by 10 · about 8 hours ago

Hi, I would like to eventually make this a thread about repairing gut health properly via this method: http://paleodietlifestyle.com/you-and-your-gut-flora/ I believe that sebastian (the man who wrote the article) seems to be one of the only... (more)

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akman 0 · July 30, 2013 at 9:51 PM

I think gut health is probably THE most important factor in overall health and an area where we can make a huge impact with minor tweaks. Didja know: - Gut flora is responsible for producing most of the serotonin in our system? - Newborn... (more)

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by 0 · about 8 hours ago

Question is simple... Hopefully. No one likes to waste money so the simple question is how do I know if I need it. A test of some sort?

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Joey_9 0 · June 25, 2013 at 2:48 AM

Your best bet is to get a stool test done. I did one with my naturopath and it was well worth doing. I discovered that there were two strains of bacteria that were completely non-existant within my gut. Taking probiotics actually made my... (more)

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by 315 · about 8 hours ago

I had been strict paleo + pastured dairy for about two years. Great health during that time. Did a deployment to the middle east, and have been extremely sick for the six months I've been back (hair loss, joint pain, flu like symptoms,... (more)

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thegiantess 0 · May 14, 2013 at 9:25 PM

I agree that you should be sure that you don't have some kind of parasite or something in the gut BEFORE you just go with the blanket diagnosis of dysbiosis. I would get a comprehensive stool test, possibly through metametrix. That will show not... (more)

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by 15400 · about 8 hours ago

I don't understand anything - I admit it. I used to think I did, but now I know I don't. Well, I am gluten intolerant and sensitive to all kinds of foods. I always attributed it to my gut problem, some kind of dysbiosis and SIBO. A crazy doctor... (more)

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August 0 · May 02, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Yeah, so you have no symptoms because you shut off your immune system. So the damage still gets done, but your immune system just doesn't respond. If you get exposed to a virus or bacteria after one of these shots, the immune system won't... (more)

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by 15400 · about 8 hours ago

I am looking into probiotic supplements and there are so many on the market, it is very confusing. Most sites recommend iflora. Ultimate flora is better, but it requires refrigeration. Could you please recommend a probiotic supplement based on... (more)

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PatternMatching 0 · May 30, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Prescript Assist. Yes, it's expensive. It's worth it. I've probably tried everything on here and I second kefir, although it needs to be refrigerated and that was a deal breaker per your criteria. Soil bacteria is the only thing in studies... (more)

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by 15400 · about 8 hours ago

My last question for today. I have noticed that my food cravings have changed dramatically after SIBO recovery. Cravings while having SIBO: chocolate sweets ice-cream dairy and creamy desserts bread/things made with dough like pies,... (more)

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RK 0 · March 22, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Mineral deficiency comes to mind. Iron is an obvious one. But what about zinc? BTW, I have been thinking something similar ... I got back on my SIBO protocol a few weeks ago. I fall off all the time ... I just want blueberries! Anyhoo, the... (more)

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by 309 · about 8 hours ago

The thought has been going through my mind ever since I screwed up my intestinal flora by taking several antibiotics. We all know that by doing so one does not only get rid of the bad bugs, but the beneficial bacteria get wiped out as well. By... (more)

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CelticCaveGirl 0 · February 09, 2013 at 2:46 PM

I always understood that babies picked up quite a lot of gut bacteria during the birthing process (which is often a little, ah, messy) and the rest from the wider world? I would avoid sugars and starches but not raw foods, take strong probiotic... (more)

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by 213 · about 8 hours ago

Could Iodine supplementation help cure dysbiosis/gut flora unbalance? Its a shot in the dark.

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greymouser 0 · January 17, 2013 at 2:32 PM

I would say it's a good possibility. Mineral deficiencies are more overlooked than vitamin deficiencies. If your going to supplement a diet, in the PHD Jaminet recommends not just iodine, but selenium and lithium (and other minerals and vitamins... (more)

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by 5 · about 8 hours ago

Hello everyone. I???ll try my best to make this as concise as possible??? I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis back in 2006, and started medication a few weeks after (Avonex). Up to 2011 I kept at it dutifully, despite no improvement in my... (more)

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hackadoodle82 0 · January 14, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Welcome to PaleoHacks! I have a hereditary seizure disorder and let me tell you neuromeds are tough stuff! Are you eating enough fat AND drinking enough water? I know when I don't drink enough water my skin suffers something awful and I have to... (more)

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by 2379 · about 8 hours ago

Hi folks, just stumbled across an interesting review about crohn's disease and it makes sense. http://www.nature.com/mi/journal/v1/n1s/full/mi200848a.html Essentially they say that the gut lining needs antimicrobial proteins in order to contain... (more)

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Mscott 0 · November 08, 2012 at 2:58 AM

Thanks for posting this. I'm really curious about what the dietary recommendations might be for improving our defensins. According to this paper, vitamin D may be beneficial: "Vitamin D can enhance the induction of the antimicrobial... (more)

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by 613 · about 8 hours ago

Some protocols for treating pathogenic gut flora (particularly candida) include the use of grapefruit seed extract. I used it about two years ago. I was in a sort of desperate and reckless state of trying to improve my health, so I a) did not use... (more)

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rosabosa 0 · March 12, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Your theory sounds correct. GSE probably upset your flora balance. Alternatively, it might have worked but if you kept on the same diet, even with probiotics, you might have continued to irritate your gut. If the candida diet/GAPS/FODMAPS diets... (more)

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by 431 · about 8 hours ago

So, I'm freaking out a bit because I can't figure out what's wrong with me- I thought it was food poisoning, so I ate just meat after recovering for a few days and then made bone broth and took some probiotics, did a brief 24 hour broth fast...but... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · July 15, 2012 at 8:45 PM

There's a difference between taking something as a treatment or for prevention. You're sick. Don't forgo useful medical treatment. Paleo is not anti-medicine.

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by 4266 · about 8 hours ago

I read recently a lot of opinions about gut flora. I have heard that we get our flora at birth and in childhood and what you get is what you get. After that it's highly unlikely we can change it much. I don't know if that is true. I have also... (more)

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Dr__Mitchell_J_Morris_PhD 0 · September 10, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Your gut flora defiantly has some interaction with weight set point. I don't think the science is far enough along to know which is the cause and which is the effect. "After that it's highly unlikely we can change it much." <-- totally... (more)

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by 658 · about 8 hours ago

I have been 90% paleo for the last year. I have felt great but have not last any weight, which I still hope to do. I am 56 years old, 5'6" and weigh 190 (thus the desire for weightloss!) Just for info: I have suffered in the past with the... (more)

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Julie_19 0 · August 03, 2012 at 3:13 AM

I appreciate all of your comments (sans dsohei's- yes, it was rude) Thank you. I just got off the antibiotics and am trying to build up my gut with probiotics amd broth. I feel stronger and am able to eat normally. I just wish I could figure... (more)

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by 5043 · about 8 hours ago

Here are a few links to scientific studies that caught my attention in just the past week: 1) a whole special issue of Science magazine dedicated to the gut microbiome (subscription or buy it in a good bookstore):... (more)

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by 941 · about 8 hours ago

Fruit juice has is higher than whole fruit on the index. Why? Is it because your body does not have to extract the sugars from the fiber? Or could it be because the fiber feeds your gut flora? Or maybe there is another reason that I missed.

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miked_2 0 · April 16, 2012 at 4:39 PM

First you need to know what the glycemic index is. There are a couple of parts to it. I'll skip to the punchline now if you don't want to read everything below: I think it's a meaningless value unless you're a T1 diabetic and need to know how... (more)

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by 733 · about 9 hours ago

Is there any indication that the proper gut flora/fauna will help the body digest omega 6. Or at the very least break it down into something better?

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Milla 0 · April 13, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Hi Anthony-Pierre, Everything in the body is interrelated, which is why it is not optimal to isolate certain functions without considering how they work in synergy with other aspects of the organism. Gut flora's primary digestive role is... (more)

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by 20 · about 9 hours ago

Just a bit of background to keep it short. I've probably had I diagnosed allergies to milk and gluten most of my life. I was a cholic baby, got sick frequently and felt "different" for as long as I can remember. Depression and anxiety have been an... (more)

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Nance 0 · March 25, 2012 at 4:55 PM

I believe a restrictive low-carb phase is a good way to begin because of what you described--finally realizing what healthy feels like. I don't believe a whole foods lifestyle causes sensitivities; I do believe it helps reveal them by reducing... (more)

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