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Increase Gut Bacteria, Registered Dietitian in Orange County

Truth: you can have low levels of gut bacteria even if you've been taking probiotics for years.

We live in a world where digestive issues are becoming more problematic and also, the new normal. As someone who has been working with clients who have a multitude of digestive issues  — bloating, poor absorption of nutrients, food intolerances, H. pylori, the list goes on — I know a thing or two about digestion both personally and professionally. Poor digestion can be caused by many factors that affect gut bacteria, including a poor diet (i.e. lack of whole foods, fiber, nutrients), repeated and frequent use of antibiotics and some prescription medications, stress, genetics, and underlying medical issues.

Until recently, scientists believed that taking probiotics was the best way to increase the levels of healthy gut bacteria. Yes, it is a magical pill filled with little bacteria that has the ability to regulate your gut health, however...

recent research has shown that while probiotics have numerous benefits, they don’t quantitatively increase beneficial gut microbes over the long term.

If not probiotics, then what does?

Fiber.

We have enzymes in our gut to break down large molecules, such as protein, carbohydrates and fat. That does not happen with fiber. Instead, it passes through our stomach, drawing out waste, and remains completely intact before entering the colon, where it becomes “food” for the beneficial microorganisms that live there. 

Studies have shown that fiber has the incredible ability to increase levels of beneficial bacteria in the gut. Fiber is a “prebiotic,” which is defined as a nutrient that is not digestible by humans but that increases the levels of beneficial gut bacteria.

So, if you have low levels of beneficial bacteria, don’t forget to include fiber/prebiotics in your strategy, along with your probiotics.

They support each other: the probiotics are the beneficial bacteria themselves, and the prebiotics are the food these bacteria need to thrive.

Nutritionist in Orange County for Inflammation

Mankind has known the classical symptoms of inflammation for hundreds of years, which include redness, pain and swelling, but what about the symptoms that result from chronic inflammation?

Emerging literature suggests that inflammation operates as a much more sophisticated system than ever thought. At the cellular level, the food that we eat can trigger inflammatory mediators, which result in symptoms not short of the following:

Symptoms

IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME
CHRONIC CONSTIPATION
CHRONIC HEADACHES
FIBROMYALGIA
WEIGHT GAIN
DEPRESSION/ MOOD DISORDER
ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER
CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME
BLOATING
SKIN CONDITIONS
ACNE
DECREASED LIBIDO
MENSTRUAL DISORDER

What is inflammation?

Inflammation is considered as an ‘adaptive response’ to any harmful effect threatening the integrity of the cellular homeostasis, an example being food. The longer this response persists, the more damaging the consequences.

What is the mechanism?

Activation of pathogen-specific receptors induces the production of  inflammatory mediators such as cytokines. 

These mediators accelerate the progression of inflammation  by modifying the vascular endothelial cell's permeability. Prostaglandins are produced as a result. These are hormones that can contribute to pain and are primarily responsible for the onset of symptoms through their effects on the central nervous system. 

Drugs, such as Aspirin, block prostaglandins to reduce pain, but you may be able to lower inflammation with some simple dietary changes as well.

 

MRT FOOD SENSITIVITY TESTING (MEDIATOR RELEASE TEST)

After drawing blood, the test measures the amount of mediators released when incubated with an individual food, additive or chemical. Released mediators produce physiologic effects leading to the symptoms listed above. The results of the mediator release test will determine which foods cause the most inflammatory response. By eliminating these foods, the chronic disease that resulted from the inflammation will cease it's symptoms.


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MECHANISM:
Antigen (pathogenic food/chemical/additive) is consumed --> activates cells, lymphocytes/basophils/neutrophils--> rather than being tolerated, T-cells react to antigen--> mediator release of cytokines/histamine/prostaglandins--> various symptoms arise

Healthy Weight-Loss Habits by Nutritionist in Orange County

Healthy Weight-Loss Habits by Nutritionist in Orange County

Nutritionist located in Orange County providing nutrition coaching, cooking classes, grocery store tours and food sensitivity testing. Dietitian specializing in anti-inflammatory diets including the ketogenic diet, gluten-free diet and dairy-free diet. Experience in nutrition coaching for weight loss, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), lupus, Crohn's, thyroid and eating disorders.