How Probiotics Help with Weight Loss

If you’ve ever wandered down the dairy aisle in the store, you will have noticed row after row of these amazing little probiotic or prebiotic drinks, yogurts, and even cheeses. Probiotics are a fantastic addition to the body as they provide you with hundreds of thousands of healthy and friendly bacteria. These bacteria set up home in your stomach and intestines and help regulate the gut environments.  

One of the main functions they have is to help food be passed through the digestive tract. This is done when they affect the nerves of the gut, which causes it to contract and relax, much in the same way as filling a balloon with PVA glue and then squeezing it from the top to push it to the bottom.  They also help prevent too many of the unwanted bad bacteria from taking a hold of your body. If you have taken antibiotics or certain medications, your good bacteria may have been killed off completely, if this is the case then probiotics can restore them and help make your gut a friendlier place again. 

Probiotics, such as those found in 310 Nutrition’s Superfood juice also help aid with digestion. When food is properly digested, the probiotics assist with making sure that it is properly absorbed. This means that in the long term, your body will receive more nutrition from what you are eating, even if you don’t make any changes to your diet or lifestyle. Probiotics do much more than just improve your gut health though, as they also play a role in almost every area of the body.  

When using probiotics on a daily basis, you will notice that your skin improves and looks fresher and healthier. They also help with improving your oral health, clearing up yeast and UTI’s, and boost your immune system, thus preventing colds and infections. You can enjoy a healthy serving of probiotics buy eating yogurt, drinking a fermented milk product, or by using a 310 Nutrition Superfood juice.  

Personally, I like the 310 Nutrition juice as it not only comes with probiotics, but also plenty of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. All of these work together to create a healthy internal system, which can also assist with weight loss and weight management. You need good probiotics in your gut to help with the normal functioning of the body.  

When good bacteria are lacking, this allows the bad bacteria a chance to proliferate and take over, and this will have plenty of negative effects, ranging from diarrhea, cramps and bloating, skin conditions such as eczema, malnutrition, nausea and sickness. None of these will help with your weight loss journey, nor will they make you feel particularly good. The human body is all about balance, and probiotics very much form a part of this. 

We all have bacteria in our guts and intestines, and without them, we would not be able to break down or digest starches and sugars. Many other essential vitamins and minerals would simply pass through the digestive tract and fail to be absorbed, and the overall health of the body would begin to drop rapidly. If you can improve and maintain plenty of good bacteria in your digestive tract then you will be much better at breaking down, absorbing and utilizing the nutrition. 

A single glass of 310 Nutrition Superfood juice will provide you with a hefty serving of lactobacillus probiotics, along with a helping of digestive enzymes. When paired together, these two create an intestinal powerhouse, which will result in better food absorption, which is ideal for weight loss and overall health and wellness. 

Too much of a good thing can become bad though, so you don’t want to overdo it. The 310 Nutrition Superfood juice will give you just the right amount of probiotics per serving, meaning that you can get on with your day knowing you have adequate good bacteria in your body. The ease that a juice offers is great too. Simply mix a spoonful of juice powder in a glass of water and you are good to go. In a minute or less you will be provided with maximum nutrition with minimum calories, the perfect combination for healthy weight loss.

Obese to Fit, NOW Starting this….

 

I was 238lbs
I did have back surgery
I do have loose skin
I do have stretch marks
And I am BLESSED and BEAUTIFUL!
I made a shift in my life after my back surgery and being obese to get healthy. I had to make a mental switch…… oh it was a process, but I knew in order to take care of my children I needed to get my life on track!
I was negative, I talked badly about my life, I cried, complained, played victim but did NOTHING about, until I told myself my kids needed me, they need the mother they can look up to, be inspired by, one that can put run them, and is fun, loving and happy!
I’m forever grateful that the Lord used what got thrown to me for the good and He still is!
MONDAY a BIG group of us will be starting The Shift Shop Day 1 together and rocking our chances to win $$ but also SHIFT our life! #believe2achieve #maketheshift #backsurgery #lifestylechange #totalshift #obesetofit
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Shopping Guide: Natural Stretch Mark Treatments

 

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Pregnant bellies are beautiful, glowing signs of new life. They are also itchy, tight and susceptible to stretch marks and saggy skin post-childbirth. Stretch marks and saggy skin are mostly genetic, and you can’t completely prevent them. However, you can take some steps to minimize their severity. According to the American Pregnancy Organization, drinking lots of water, making certain changes to your diet and exercise are the best ways to minimize stretch marks. The idea is keep your skin supple and elastic while your belly grows.

The use of pregnant belly balms, oils and creams can help keep your skin supple and hydrated. While they won’t stop stretch marks completely, these products can help with the itchiness and tightness. Below is a list of belly balms and creams that are made with natural and organic ingredients. And they are formulated specifically for pregnant women (see my post on what to avoid during pregnancy for more information). Also, check out my article with more information on dealing with other pregnancy ailments.

Safe and Natural Stretch Mark Treatments:

The Honest Company Organic Belly Balm (EWG Skin Deep rating 1)

Uses no harsh chemicals; USDA organic; No animal testing



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Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Stretch Oil (EWG Skin Deep rating 1)

100% honest labeling, toxin-free, made without synthetic fragrance, phthalates or parabens and no petroleum products, mineral oil, Vitamin E or dyes

Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter (EWG Skin Deep rating 2)

99% natural belly butter; Fragrance-free; No phthalates, parabens, petrolatum, or SLS

BabyBearShop Organic Mama Belly Oil

99% Organic; 100% Natural; No artificial anything; Made in USA

Erbaviva Stretch Mark Cream

Completely free from artificial fragrances, dyes, chemical additives and never tested on animals. Made with an organic essential oil blend, including carrot seed and sandalwood.

Erbaviva Stretch Mark Oil

USDA Certified Organic. Completely free from artificial fragrances, dyes, chemical additives and never tested on animals.

Mambino Organics Oh Baby! Belly Butter

100% natural, botanical and vegan.

Mama Belly Butter by Best Nest Wellness

100% natural; free of preservatives and artificial fragrances.



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Weleda Stretch Mark Massage Oil

Erbaorganics Mommy-To-Be Stretch Mark Cream (EWG Skin Deep rating 2)

Erbaorganics Mommy-To-Be Stretch Mark Oil (EWG Skin Deep rating 1)

Certified USDA organic by Stellar Certification Services.

Motherlove Pregnant Belly Oil (EWG Skin Deep rating 1)

All natural; With certified organic herbs; Certified cruelty free

Motherlove Pregnant Belly Salve (EWG Skin Deep rating 1)

All natural; With certified organic herbs; Certified cruelty free

LuSa Organics Belly Balm

Ingredients: *Olive oil, shea butter (fair trade), *jojoba oil, tocopherol (vitamin e), and lavender essential oil. *certified organic ingredient

Bobbie’s Belly & Body Balm from Onesta

Organic and 100% natural; no artificial preservatives or fragrances.



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Postpartum weight loss, the good, the bad and the ugly…. – The Elle Scoop!

 

Postpartum weight loss, the good, the bad and the ugly….

Having a baby can be the most exciting, challenging and scariest thing a woman experiences. The changes your body goes through in order to create a tiny human is remarkable, but why is it difficult to accept those changes:  the weight gain, skin color change and the skin stretching.

THE BAD
A woman’s body can do amazing things during and after pregnancy, but for some reason it is so hard to accept the changes our bodies make (or it’s hard for me to accept). During my pregnancy I started to gain weight rapidly and began having pain that was unimaginable in places that you can imagine. So exercise other than light walking was out of the picture. I was so ashamed of my body. I didn’t want to take pictures or be seen out. I refused to take maternity pictures because I hated the way I looked. Unfortunately, I have some regret now that I didn’t get maternity pictures to document the journey. People would comment on how beautiful I looked or that I had a glow. Unfortunately, I didn’t see it and never saw it.
Fast forward to a 70lb weight gain and giving birth to a 10.5lbs baby via c-section. For some reason, I thought or envisioned my body going back to pre pregnancy soon after birth. Well….it didn’t!

THE UGLY
After I left the hospital reality set in that my body was not the same. It began to effect me mentally and emotionally. Not only had my round baby belly turned to a sagging belly, but I had stretched marks EVERYWHERE. Not to mention I was excruciating pain and still had to take care of a small human. The worst part was trying to find clothes that looked decent. My regular clothes still did not fit and my maternity clothes now looked silly (for lack of better words) due to my sagging belly. Needless to say I spent many days and nights crying, feeling ugly wondering if I would ever love myself again.

THE GOOD
In the midst of all my emotional woes…I realized I had just created a little miracle and the love I felt for him was more intense than anything I’ve ever felt. I realized that he loves me unconditionally. That he would love me with or without my flaws. I realized I wanted to be a better person physically, mentally and emotionally for him.
There are three things that I felt were most important to remember when getting back to a healthy weight:

1) HEALING
Allow your body time to heal after a baby. Regardless if the birth was vaginal or C-section. I was so hell bent on losing weight I started walking 3 weeks after giving birth. It was a major set back! The pain came riveting back and there were days I couldn’t even pick up or carry my baby. Time to heal is important. You don’t gain the weight in a few days so don’t expect the weight to come off in a few days. Slowly get back into your workout and listen to your body.

2) NUTRITION
I can definitely say I was one of those pregnant women that gave in to all my cravings! So after pregnancy I had to be sure to cut back on fats or Carbs, but still eat enough to produce breast milk. I started to pay more attention to what I ate, when and making sure not eat late at night.

3) SELF-LOVE
There are days I look in the mirror and I am brought to tears at the sight of my body, but then I remember my body has created a human. My body has accomplished something so great and not everyone gets to experience that. Then there are days I love myself so much for creating the best gift I have ever had.

MORAL OF THE STORY… love yourself regardless of how you look and you will start to feel better.
In the past 9 weeks I have managed to lose 55 of those 70 pounds with nutrition and light exercise. This experience has been one for the books and something I would never want to change.

-Aisha

The Skinny-Thick Chronicles

Wrinkles while you sleep – Coolsculpting Los Angeles clinic

 

A recent study showed, that the condition in which you sleep may contribute to the wrinkles on your face. When you lay your face on a pillow, you may be placing it in a position that affects your skin, therefore it causes the skin to stretch, shear, and compression forces on your skin. Lateral sleeping (on your side) and the prone (face down in the pillow) are the positions that are considered to cause wrinkles while you sleep. As we get older we move less while we sleep, this results in a longer amount of time in one position, therein a longer duration of time a wrinkle producing force is being applied to an area of skin.
{The location and orientation of sleep wrinkles are often different than wrinkles caused by facial expression, ( Please see the example below, Common sleep wrinkle locations and orientation marked in black]

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And unlike wrinkles caused by facial expression most sleep wrinkles are not improved by Botox. However, sleep wrinkles can be improved by fillers (e.g., Juvederm, Restylane, Belotero), laser resurfacing and face-lifting in some cases.

Got diastasis recti? Your insurance may pay for relief

 

Almost every brand-new mom still looks pregnant after giving birth — but if your belly is still pooching out months after giving birth, you, like up to 40 percent of all new moms, may have a diastasis recti.

A diastasis recti is caused when the connective tissue gets stretched out between the pair of long, flat muscles that runs vertically down both sides of your abdomen (the rectus abdominis), causing them to separate. The result is a ridge that looks like a loaf of mushy bread protruding from your belly, a ridge that stands out even more when you cough or sit up.

Traditional abdominal exercises like crunches can make a diastatis recti worse, but a physical therapist can guide you on exercises that can improve the condition.

Meanwhile, Fort Worth, Texas ob-gyn Cynthia Robbins, M.D., reminds women that their insurance will generally pay for some type of binder that gives women relief while they’re recovering.

Belly Bandit’s Original is arguably the most popular belly wrap on the market
“I recommend wraps for all postpartum women,” says Dr. Robbins, “particularly if they have diastasis recti. When you have loose muscles separated in the middle, the binding holds them in so they can’t balloon out, and you have a better opportunity to strengthen and being them back together.”

If your doctor thinks a binder or wrap will help you, they can prescribe it just like a medication.

“I have written many prescriptions for durable medical goods so patients can pay for it using their flexible spending account, or their insurance company will reimburse them for it, ” says Dr. Robbins. “In general, any durable medical goods like bands, belts, wraps, splints, casts, crutches, etc. are reimbursable by insurance.”

What you need to show your insurance is a prescription with the CPT or Current Procedural Terminology code [a string of numbers that identifies the item recommended], and a receipt for the item you bought. Dr. Robbins says hospitals often have binders for their patients to take home, but “they’re cheap, can be scratchy, and are one-size-fits-all. In my experience, women do better buying their own and then getting reimbursement from insurance.”

What type of binder do you want? Dr. Robbins says it doesn’t matter how a wrap is constructed, but it should fit around you and compress the front of your belly using either Velcro or eyelet hooks.

The Bellefit Corset uses hooks to keep the pressure on
“It should give a firm compression to put your muscles, bones, and ligaments in place,” says Dr. Robbins, who cautions that the wraps won’t “shrink” your belly, or make you lose weight, but they will “bind everything back the way it was so women can start resuming normal activity.”

Dr. Robbins also cautions women to stop using wraps after about three months.

“You just want to stabilize the body so you can exercise and otherwise move around normally,” she says. “The binder should just be used for three months postpartum to ensure your hipbones and pubic bones don’t shift out and your muscles still contract the same instead of ballooning out.”

Of course, it should go without saying that your postpartum body will be different than prepartum — and that you should bring your concerns to your doctor, who can help.

Khloe Kardashian’s fears about her pregnant belly button are so relatable

 

Whether you’ve been pregnant before or you’re sporting your first-ever bump, chances are you’ve experienced some level of anxiety about your body. Will I get stretch marks? How will I manage to shed all of this baby weight? Will my belly button ever be the same?

If it makes you feel any better, even celebrities worry about these things — including Khloé Kardashian.

If you’re not a “Keeping Up with The Kardashians” fan, allow me to fill you in. Khloé Kardashian, the third-eldest of the Kardashian/Jenner clan, recently confirmed she is pregnant with her first child. This huge revelation followed months of speculation by celebrity gossip publications, mainstream media and social media followers alike.

“I have such a phobia with belly buttons and I know when you’re really pregnant your innie will become and outie. Oh my God I can’t even think about that. I’m so grossed out by that,” Kardashian recently vented on Snapchat, according to Us Weekly. After followers came forward to share their experiences (and assured the mom-to-be that her fears were completely normal, the reality star/fashion mogul also took to Twitter,

“I was absolutely massive and had a 10lb baby and my belly button didn’t even ‘pop’ stayed pretty much the same,” one Twitter user wrote.

“My innie just went flat never popped out,” another person commented.

“Here’s a pic of me at 40 weeks. You can barely tell it was poppin’ and if it does just tape it down,” yet another mom tweeted.

“But if it does pop out, it’ll go back!” another follower reassured.

Well, not exactly. If you suffer from something called diastatis recti — when the rectus abdominis muscles in your abdomen separate during pregnancy, leaving a gap that allows your belly to pooch out — your innie could remain an outie for quite some time after delivery. Plus, there’s another pesky pregnancy-related issue called an umbilical hernia that could result in a perpetual outie. (See below photo of me, 39 weeks pregnant with baby number three.)

My belly button absolutely popped with all three of my babies — and sooner with each pregnancy, at that. (This was probably because my first pregnancy ended up giving me an umbilical hernia. My doctor said it can be surgically repaired after I’m done having children.)

I can’t say I was ever all that worried about my weird-looking belly button. Instead, I was more concerned about the dreaded stretch marks. (For the record, my belly button returned to its normal-ish innie form a few months after childbirth, and I walked away with only a few stretch marks around my navel.)

Still, I can totally relate to Kardashian’s anxieties. Who knows? Maybe we’re not so different after all.

Images by Shutterstock, Michelle Stein

12 Foods That Will Make Your Skin Glow

 

Acne and other skin conditions can really affect a person’s confidence, especially when you don’t know what could be causing it. There are several factors that can contribute to skin issues such as; stress, the food you consume or don’t consume, pollution, mould and/ or chemical exposure, gut dysbiosis, parasites, inflammation, toxins and much more.

While the underlying causes of skin conditions are different for each person, there’s one common denominator for everyone, and that’s your diet.

All the food you eat either has the potential to improve the health of your skin or cause damage.

For example, fruits and veggies rich in antioxidants aid in the production of collagen (the protein that keeps skin healthy, smooth and supple), and helps your liver detoxify more efficiently to prevent skin breakouts. Whereas, consuming refined processed foods full of vegetable oils and refined sugar breaks down collagen by cross-linking with other collagen fibres through a process known as glycation, which is known to form molecules that contribute to skin ageing and other skin issues.

12 nourishing foods that can really help to improve your skin health and leave your skin glowing!

  1. Pumpkin/ Pepita Seeds
    These seeds are packed with vitamin E, zinc and magnesium; these tiny seeds keep your skin glowing.They promote a strong regeneration of skin cells and are filled with protein and good quality fats. They are a perfect addition to trail mixes, or just eat them as a snack or add it to this yummy Beetroot Salad for some crunch.
  2. Avocado
    Are packed with essential fatty acids, vitamin E and antioxidants and fibre. Avocados should be a staple in any diet aiming for great skin. The ‘good fats’ are great for the health and hydration of cell membranes. These membranes are the gatekeeper of your skin cells – they let the good stuff in and keep the toxins out. Try a whole avocado in a salad or with a can of lemon tuna for a quick office lunch, I’ll often add them to my smoothies to add creaminess and ‘bulk’ or you can’t go past a good guacamole either.
  3. Cacao
    Is filled with antioxidants, it increases blood circulation around the body for up to 2 hours – this means an instant glow ladies! When blood circulates at an optimum level, all skin cells are being nourished and remaining vital. I enjoy my cacao as an ingredient in slices, pannacotta, cakes, pancakes or hot chocolate. Cacao makes for a lovely afternoon pick-me-up.
  4. Gelatin
    Consuming more gelatin in our diets is a smart natural skin care approach. The reason for this is that gelatin has skin healing properties due to its rich source of collagen. Collagen is considered one of the building blocks for skin, it helps with skin elasticity, reduces skin roughness, ageing, wrinkles, stretch marks and helps protect you from free radical damage. Cellulite is caused by a breakdown or loss of collagen. Gelatin also helps prevent stretch marks by improving the skins strength, elasticity, tone and firmness. We have so many delicious recipes that use gelatin on our website, here are a few of our favourites; Turmeric & Honey Chia Jelly Squares, Raspberry Jelly and Vitamin c gummies
  5. Green Tea
    Green tea is full of antioxidants and catechins, which have disease preventing properties, protect against sunburn, inflammation and long-term UV radiation damage. Some studies have shown that just 2 cups of green tea per day provides additional sun protection. Iced green tea with added fruits for flavour may just be a great option to sip on throughout the warmer summer months.
  6. Citrus Fruits & Camu Camu
    Citrus fruits such as lemon, lime, orange, mandarin, grapefruit and our Camu Camu Powder are all rich sources of Vitamin C. Citrus fruits contain a component called ‘limonene’ which has been associated with lowering skin cancer risks by 34%. Citrus fruits and Camu Camu Powder are also rich in antioxidants that protect the cells from free-radical damage which happens during sunburn. I love adding the Camu Camu powder to smoothies, raw slices, bliss balls and Gummies.
  7. Omega 3 Fatty Acids
    Salmon, Changing Habits Inca Inchi Oil and seeds, walnuts, chia seeds and other fresh fatty seafood are all great sources of Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Omega 3’s are highly anti-inflammatory as well as protect us from free-radical damage that can be caused by the sun. An easy way to increase your Omega 3 consumption in the diet is to consume this delicious 4 Ingredient Mayonnaise using the Inca Inchi Oil. It can be added to salads, meat, poached eggs or made into aioli and other delicious dips.
  8. Turmeric
    Turmeric is a game-changer when it comes to the health of your skin. That’s because turmeric’s active antioxidant, curcumin, has shown to be one of the most effective anti-inflammatories and free-radical fighting options out there, and it can also be used to lighten dark pigmentation blotches or scars caused by aging, hormone imbalance, or sun exposure by inhibiting an enzyme in the skin that produces pigment. How amazing is that!
  9. Coconut
    Is full of muscle-relaxing potassium and electrolytes to replenish and rehydrate your skin, making it softer and younger looking. And when you move onto the coconut meat and extract its oils, you can utilise it to heal your gut. That’s because coconut oil contains a potent antimicrobial, caprylic acid, which can help improve gut health by destroying bad bacteria and candida. Candida is a fungus that can break down your intestinal walls and decrease stomach acid, which causes inflammation, poor digestion, and skin breakouts or rashes.
  10. Inflammation Ease Herbs
    Inflammation is a signal to the body to begin the healing process. Without it, wounds and infections would not heal. It’s an important and necessary part of skin rejuvenation, but in chronic situations, inflammation can become destructive. I recently wrote a blog called Inflammation Explained as well as 20 Inflammation-Fighting Foods. However, if you’re already doing all of those things to fight inflammation and it’s not working, then our Inflammation Ease Herbs may just be the thing you need.You can add these herbs to your tea, bliss balls, smoothy or slices.
  1. Zinc Rich Foods
    Zinc is necessary to improve the health of your skin. Zinc deficiency is significantly linked to many skin issues including acne, dermatitis, skin lesions and rosacea. I recommend increasing your dietary intake of zinc. Did you know that liver is one of the best sources of zinc, along with animal proteins, some legumes, nuts and seeds, Try these recipes to increase your zinc levels naturally – gut loving liver pate and crispy bacon liver fry up.
  1. Probiotic-Rich Foods
    Did you know that gut dysbiosis is strongly linked to skin issues, so if you really want to heal your skin, you need to work on your gut. You can start by eating a diet rich in real, anti-inflammatory foods and avoiding inflammatory foods, your gut and skin can improve dramatically. However, it is highly beneficial to consider food-based probiotics as it is a great way to rebalance the good bacteria in your gut to begin the healing process. Eating fermented foods rich in beneficial bacteria will also assist to balance your gut. There are many fermented foods you can make from scratch including kefir, sauerkraut,  yoghurt, and kimchi you can find recipes for these and much more in our comprehensive gut protocol.

 

What are your favourite things to do, or foods to eat that help to improve the health of your skin?

Jordan Pie

Jordan Pie

Practicing Nutritionist at Changing Habits

I am a qualified holistic Nutritionist and a certified Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) practitioner. No matter your chosen path or where you are in your own health journey, my heartfelt mission is to help as many people as possible to achieve and sustain vibrant health and wellness by inspiring you to get creative with real, whole, fresh foods and to see them in a brand new light! I’m an avid believer in the value of home cooking, utilising the healing power of foods, extremely passionate about gut health, eating intuitively and the importance of listening to your own body.

Jordan Pie

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What is Gut Dysbiosis & Leaky Gut?

 

Have you heard the joke about the fight between the different parts of the body? One day they were arguing over whose role was the most important. The heart said it was the most important because it was beating to keep the body going. The head said it was the most important because it controlled everything. The kidneys claimed they were the most important because they filter and remove waste from the body. Each organ continued to argue about whose role was the most important in keeping the body thriving and well. When the gut claimed that it was the most important, all the other organs laughed and shut the poor gut down. However within a few days of the gut being shut down, all the other systems within the body agreed that it indeed was the most important after all, because they were all affected when the gut wasn’t working properly.This little story illustrates how the gut is often very much underrated.

Why is our gut so important?

Our gut, also known as the gastrointestinal tract, actually plays a HUGE role in your overall health and well-being.

The 3 primary functions of the gut are:-

  1. Digestion of foods and conversion into vitamins
  2. Absorption of nutrients
  3. Prevention of toxins and pathogens from entering the body

If you aren’t digesting your food properly, this can lead to many problems, such as; a compromised immune system, viral and bacterial infections, nutrient malabsorption, fatigue, other body organs can also be affected such as your nervous system and skin, and lastly it can lead to gut (intestinal) dysbiosis.

What exactly is gut dysbiosis?

Gut dysbiosis is a condition in which the bacteria in your gut are out of balance, and pathogenic (bad) bacteria begin to dominate the good (beneficial) bacteria, creating symptoms of digestive distress.

What Causes Gut Dysbiosis?

There are a number of factors that can disrupt the balance of gut bacteria in our gut and lead to overgrowth of the less desirable species. These include;

  • Antibiotics
  • Birth control pill
  • Diet, especially one that’s high in sugar and refined/ processed foods
  • Alcohol
  • Stress
  • Gastrointestinal infections (traveller’s diarrhoea, gastroenteritis, food poisoning etc)
  • Certain medications
  • C-Sections

Gut dysbiosis can lead to changes in the lining of the bowel that increases the permeability of the gut, resulting in leaky gut syndrome.

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

The lining of the intestines is a barrier that should only allow properly digested fats, proteins, and starches to pass through and enter the bloodstream. However, it’s when our bodies are bombarded with antibiotics, medications, bacterial toxins, or even the pesticides sprayed on our food, the intestinal lining gets damaged and loses its integrity. This is when the door is open to let in the bacteria, viruses, parasites and even undigested food molecules through the walls of our gut lining! This causes the immune system to be over stimulated, inflammatory substances are released which weakens the intestinal wall further. We refer to this loss of integrity as ‘leaky gut syndrome.’

If your gut lining is badly damaged, inflammatory substances will leak through your gut wall, wreaking havoc on your health and causing some of the following symptoms.

Symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome

  • Chronic joint and muscle pain
  • Brain fog, poor memory and concentration
  • Digestive issues; stomach pain, bloating, indigestion, diarrhoea, gas etc
  • Mood swings
  • Recurrent UTI’s and/ or thrush
  • Skin rashes
  • Anxiety
  • Poor libido
  • Fatigue

The agitated immune system can often become so unstable that it ends up attacking your own body, therefore producing autoimmune diseases.

Leaky gut syndrome is associated with the following conditions

  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Celiac disease
  • Asthma
  • Lupus
  • Skin problems; hives, eczema, acne and psoriasis
  • Arthritis
  • Intestinal infections
  • Pancreatic insufficiency
  • Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease
  • Food allergies and sensitivities
  • IBS and many more

So if you think you may be experiencing the symptoms of a leaky gut, it’s wise to address it promptly.

How to Soothe Your Gut & Eliminate Intestinal Distress

The first step is to identify and remove the source of the gut-lining irritation, rather than attempting to suppress it the irritation with drugs (the ‘Band-Aid’ approach). Start an elimination diet – remove common irritants such as; gluten, dairy, sugar, soy, chemical additives and preservatives found in food. Eliminating these common irritants may be able to provide surprisingly quick relief.

For more information and tips on how to soothe your gut please read the following blogs and watch the free ‘Beyond Good Nutrition’ 4 part gut health video series.

In the ‘Beyond Good Nutrition’ video series you will learn :-

  • how an in-balance in your gut can cause fatigue, digestive problems, lapse of memory and focus, and affect your mood.
  • the vital steps to balance your gut and regain your energy and resilience

Jordan Pie

Changing Habits Nutritionist

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Jordan Pie

Jordan Pie

Practicing Nutritionist at Changing Habits

I am a qualified holistic Nutritionist and a certified Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) practitioner. No matter your chosen path or where you are in your own health journey, my heartfelt mission is to help as many people as possible to achieve and sustain vibrant health and wellness by inspiring you to get creative with real, whole, fresh foods and to see them in a brand new light! I’m an avid believer in the value of home cooking, utilising the healing power of foods, extremely passionate about gut health, eating intuitively and the importance of listening to your own body.

Jordan Pie

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What is Biofilm and How Can it Affect the Health of My Gut?

Biofilm is exactly what it sounds like – it’s basically a sticky film. I like to think of it as a bomb shelter for yeast, parasites and bacteria to hide under so they can survive even the strongest antibiotics and anti-fungals (natural or medications) that would potentially kill them off.

Biofilms begin with individual bacteria, and when conditions are favourable, they start forming communities by adhering to a surface. Watch this insight 2 minute video to understand how bacteria form a biofilm.

Where is biofilm found?

Some well-known examples of where biofilm can be found include; pond scum, kombucha SCOBYs, and dental plaque. Biofilm can also be found on slimy rocks, in bath tubs, soil, surgical instruments and the gut wall. Just like the mildew in your shower, biofilms grow. They form a stronger hold on their surface, making them more difficult to wipe out. This is an excellent characteristic for health-promoting biofilms, but it’s alarming when harmful microbes plant their flag in your body to start settling down because bacteria protected within a biofilm layer are 1000x more resistant to antibiotics.

Symptoms associated with unhealthy biofilm

  • Nutrient and mineral malabsorption
  • Antibiotic and anti-fungal resistant biofilms
  • Increased inflammation
  • Biofilm can foster toxins like heavy metals
  • Biofilm can protect certain micro-organisms from the immune system
  • Systemic candida overgrowth
  • Parasites
  • Heartburn or reflux
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia
  • IBS, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease
  • Bloating, gas, brain fog, arthritis, stomach cramps, acne, rashes etc.

All of these symptoms can then lead to chronic degenerative disease.

Some researchers believe that some persistent or recurring infections may result from stubborn biofilms in the body that evade immune defences and as a result can lead to more co-infections. Biofilms can also keep wounds from healing, bladder infections reoccurring, tooth decay, gum disease, sinusitis, ear infections and even Lyme disease to linger.

Are there any beneficial biofilms?

Yes, there are some biofilms that are also good for us. They line the digestive tract, especially the lower intestines, and the skin. Healthy biofilms contain many different species of bacteria working together to benefit humans. Many trillions of organisms protect us from pathogens and toxins, help boost our immune defences, help us elimate toxins on a regular basis, steer us away from obesity, and may even make us think and feel better. An imbalance of bacteria in the gut – particularly from antibiotic usage, stress, or lack of fibre in the diet leaves us susceptible to disease.

How do we deal with the BAD biofilms?

Breaking through unhealthy biofilm requires specific tools and taking specific substances to help breakdown this unhealthy biofilm. Here are some real, whole foods that can aid in disrupting bad biofilm.

  • Raw, organic apple cider vinegar (ACV) the acetic acid in apple cider vinegar has been shown to kill unwanted bacteria while also cutting through mature biofilms in chronic infections
  • Curcumin (a component in turmeric) is an effective anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, as well as anti-parasitic spice. On top of the anti-pathogen benefits, curcumin has also been found effective at disrupting biofilm
  • Oregano contains a component calledcarvacrol’ which has been shown to inhibit antibiotic resistant bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi. Additionally, it has been shown that this powerful compound also inhibits the release of harmful toxins released by these pathogens, including biofilms
  • Xylitol – has been found to disrupt biofilms, however I recommend exercising some caution with Xylitol, read my blog ‘Xylitol – Is it Safe or Dangerous’
  • Garlic has also been found to disrupt biofilm growth
  • Homemade fermented foods; incorporate fermented foods as they can also help to break up the biofilms
  • Cinnamon oil is great for disrupting candida biofilms
  • Cranberry has a reputation for keeping bacteria from sticking to surfaces. The red pigments in cranberries have been shown to inhibit biofilm formation
  • Specific enzyme supplements. However, I recommend you speak with your chosen health care practitioner regarding these types of supplements and always seek advice for your individual needs.

If you interested in reading more information about Biofilm, I would recommend you read this blog ‘Biofilm Basics’ by Kultured Wellness, and the ‘Beyond Good Nutrition’ FREE 4 part gut health video series

Jordan Pie

Changing Habits Nutritionist

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Jordan Pie

Jordan Pie

Practicing Nutritionist at Changing Habits

I am a qualified holistic Nutritionist and a certified Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) practitioner. No matter your chosen path or where you are in your own health journey, my heartfelt mission is to help as many people as possible to achieve and sustain vibrant health and wellness by inspiring you to get creative with real, whole, fresh foods and to see them in a brand new light! I’m an avid believer in the value of home cooking, utilising the healing power of foods, extremely passionate about gut health, eating intuitively and the importance of listening to your own body.

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