Benedicte Lerche MSc PhD

This blog  provides diet and health advice for improving metabolism, energy production and hormonal balance. You can also visit BiochemNordic’s webiste for products and more information.

How can I balance my gut flora with diet and probiotics?

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Because gut health is so important to overall health the right diet and effective probiotics can significantly improve immune function, and have a general anti-inflammatory effect on the whole body.
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What causes gut flora imbalance?

Our intestine contains both good and bad bacteria. In a healthy gut the good bacteria outway the bad bacteria. The bad bacteria in the gut are constantly producing toxins called endotoxins. Under normal circumstances, the liver takes care of these toxins and detoxifies them.

However, an overgrowth of bad bacteria in the intestine leads to a high endotoxin production, which can irritate the intestinal cells, making them release inflammatory mediators, resulting in symptoms like irritable bowel syndrome, constipation and or diarrhea.

A severe overgrowth of bad bacteria can also contribute to systemic inflammatory processes if the endotoxins leakes to the blood in too large amounts.

What are the symptoms of an unhealthy gut flora?

Overgrowth of bad bacteria in the gut can lead to many symptoms as the endotoxins produced by bad bacteria irritate the intestine and leak to the blood in larger amounts than the liver can detoxify them. This leaking of toxins from the intestine to the blood is very common, and many people strugle with inflammatory processes caused by an unbalanced gut.

Here are some of the symptoms of an overgrowth of bad gut bacteria:

1. Digestive discomfort
2. Constipation
3. Diarrhea
4. Impaired immune function
5. Inflammatory processes in the body
6. Hormonal disturbances
7. Thyroid issues (low thyroid function)
8. Skin problems (sensitive skin or rashes)
9. High blood pressure

What is The Most Effective Probiotics?

Effective probiotics can balance the ratio of good-to-bad bacteria in the intestine and promote the production of digestive enzymes. Some probiotics on the marked provide very little benefit, whereas others can produce quick improvement. It is important to choose the right types of probiotic supplements.

According to Dr. Ray Peat, there is very little benefit from the common yogurt class acidophilus bacteria and lactic acid-forming bacteria, which are the bacteria found in most probiotic supplements.

The probiotic that really work has an antibiotic like effect, meaning they kill bad bacteria, but without the negative effect of normal antibiotics of killing good bacteria. In addition when these antibiotic like probiotics kill bad bacteria, the material which is released they help feed good bacteria further enhanging the ratio of good to bad bacteria.

In BiochemNordic’s probiotic guide, you will learn much more about the benefits of the beneficial probiotics, you will get product recommendations and instruction for how best to use these helpful probiotics. You find your guide to the best probiotics on our website: www.biochemnordic.com together with all our guides.

What is a gut friendly diet?

According to Dr. Ray Peat intestinal health is very important for overall health, and a healthy diet needs to exclude food that supports bad bacteria growth in the intestine, as well as include certain fibers that can help prevent the overgrowth of bad gut bacteria. Module 10 of our hypothyroid treatment program explaines what foods that can help clean your intestine from bad bacteria.

Our diet principles which are explained in our hypothyroid treatment program focus on supporting good thyroid function and hormonal balance as well as preventing inflammation, aging, and disease. Our diet method is based on the work of Dr. Ray Peat, a nutritionist whom for more than 40 years has researched the interactions between nutrition and hormones.

If you want to improve your gut health it is important to start out with our diet principles and then add a good probiotic supplement if further support is needed.

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