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by 453 · about 2 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 84 · about 2 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 2 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 2 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 10 · about 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 5 · about 3 hours ago

Whats the safest way to clear out and disrupt your guts biodome without using anti-biotics? Besides following an anti-candida or sibo protocal.

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Happy_Now 0 · April 04, 2013 at 9:32 PM

I believe the word you are looking for is biome....and garlic ain't too shabby. 3 cloves of raw garlic a day is supposed to be pretty good at kickin' butt and takin' names.

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by 213 · about 3 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 45 · about 3 hours ago

I came across this article in the Financial Times (not known for medicine or science, but credible for the most part). I have to link to an unknown (to me) website as FT is subscription based. Anyway, it seems very interesting and a bit beyond my... (more)

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Ted_Hutchinson 0 · December 21, 2012 at 5:58 PM

You can read details of the actual diet used here Dietary intervention and sampling. This volunteer was given a diet composed of whole grains, traditional Chinese medicine and prebiotics (WTP diet) for intervention. He was given ... (more)

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by 613 · about 3 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 3850 · about 3 hours ago

I've always had a "nervous stomach" that when stressed would send me to the bathroom repeatedly. I've done a lot in the past year to help improve my gut, but sometimes the stress just gets you. During those times, I know there are things I can... (more)

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Wcc_Kamal_Stabby_fan 0 · July 22, 2012 at 4:31 AM

Personally, I've had very good success in treating diarrhea with saccharomyces boulardii. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saccharomyces_boulardii http://www.jarrow.com/product/265/Saccharomyces_Boulardii_MOS (more)

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by 658 · about 3 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 941 · about 3 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 3 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 1571 · about 3 hours ago

Hi. I???ve just gotten the results in from my parasitology (stool) test and I???m hoping some smartie on PH can help me figure a couple of things out. I???ll likely still be going to see my doc in a couple of weeks but he???s sort of a quack so... (more)

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Jenny_9 0 · February 05, 2012 at 3:06 AM

If you are interested in selectively increasing just one bacterial species (like the good e.coli as you mentioned), there is no real way to go about that, unless you kill off everything and start from scratch by boiling or frying all of your food... (more)

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by 2379 · about 3 hours ago

Hi folks, yes I intend to swallow dirt and I don't mean it as a metaphor for SAD food. :-) I stumbled across this thread http://paleohacks.com/questions/42627/eating-dirt-for-gut-health#axzz1kZiC02N2 and it totally makes sense. When you are... (more)

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Beth_WeightMaven 0 · January 26, 2012 at 7:23 PM

You might want to consider trying Prescript Assist first. It's a "soil-based organisms" pre/probiotic. Not as cheap as dirt, but likely safer. (more)

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by 813 · about 3 hours ago

Garlic has an antiseptic impact. I love garlic, I eat a lot of lamb and lamb goes together well with lots of garlic. Does a high garlic consumption affect my gut flora?

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Matt_1 0 · December 28, 2011 at 12:15 AM

I think that there is no certain answer to this question. My opinion would be that garlic, even eaten in quite large amounts will have very little effect on you gut flora. I personally thing that any antibacterial effects of garlic inside the... (more)

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by 568 · about 3 hours ago

From a study on the effect of coffee consumption on gut flora: The impact of a moderate consumption of an instant coffee on the general composition of the human intestinal bacterial population was assessed in this study. Sixteen (16) healthy... (more)

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Chris_Antenucci 0 · November 27, 2011 at 8:02 PM

Great question. My initial impression is that the implications of this particular study probably aren't that big because bifidobacterium makes up a small minority of the bacteria in our gut, with the majority being from the Bacteroides and... (more)

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by 2565 · about 3 hours ago

Recently I read that you can do everything to heal the gut and balance the gut bacteria but it won't help if you have a messed up gut-brain axis. The way it was explained is that inflammation from the gut spreads to the brain and disrupts the... (more)

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paleohacks 0 · November 04, 2011 at 5:06 AM

Try 7:1 concentrated yacon syrup as a powerful prebiotic to go with you acidophillus/bifidus cultures also try fucoidan - a long chain polysaccharide from several species of kelp - they act better than the new class of antiinflammatories and help... (more)

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by 6087 · about 3 hours ago

I have heard both that Miralax (aka Polyethylene Glycol) is a benign laxative and that it actually damages the gut flora. How severely does Miralax affect gut flora?

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Matt_11 0 · October 18, 2011 at 2:02 AM

We chemists see PEG has fairly inert and biologically compatible. Being non-toxic, it's not killing gut flora. It might though through its mechanism of action ultimately cause bacteria to get flushed out of your intestines, just a guess on that. (more)

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