Knowing why we need to cleanse is the first order of business. Most of us learned long ago that the body cleanses itself, and even medical doctors will tell you that the body heals itself. While this is a fact, body cleansing is still a necessity. Many of the toxins that accumulate in our systems are building up at a faster rate than the colon, liver, and kidneys can eliminate. Even worse, chemicals and heavy metals that are produced by our industrial civilization are compounds that our organs were not evolved to handle.
Supplying nutrient-dense nutrition is not optional, it is mandatory in order to achieve optimal wellness. Some of the key elements of this process are a full-spectrum of minerals, CLEAN protein, healthy fats, correct fiber, phytonutrients, antioxidants, and pre/pro biotics. The shift is now taking place from a toxic, acidic environment in your body to a detoxified, slightly alkaline state. As a very helpful adjunct to this process, we have found ionized alkaline water to be exceptionally helpful. More on how to do this later.
Naturopaths have long help that "Death Begins in the Colon".
Consider these amazing facts. Your digestive system…
“The digestive system is the portal of entry for all nutrients, therefore, digestive health can affect also affect the brain, the joints, the skin and every other system.”
In conventional medicine the gut is often ignored by most physicians until it becomes a major problem. The digestive system should be tested annually to determine how well it is performing its duty.
Signs and Symptoms of Digestive Issues:
Causes of Digestive Issues:
For many of those suffering from gut dysbiosis or other digestive disorders, probiotics can provide welcome relief from their symptoms. These probiotics are usually lactic acid-based, meaning that they contains strains of Lactobacilli and/or Bifidobacteria. There are some excellent lactic acid-based probiotics on the market, such as Theralac, but the individual physiology and gut health vary from person to person, and a one-size-fits-all approach is often not optimal for restoration of health.
Soil-based probiotics are a promising addition to the more traditional lactic acid-based formulations. Research over the past 5-10 years has shown promising results, particularly with respect to IBS and other digestive conditions, and we know that individual strains of soil-based bacteria have anti-fungal properties too. If you are not seeing the results that you want with your current probiotic, a soil-based probiotic might be the solution. One of the latest products, Leterosporus BOD is a promising new strain.
What are Soil-Based Organisms? They are bacteria which grow synergystically with plants and were typically found in fresh produce. Up until fairly recently our food contained them. These days, we are conditioned to buying our vegetables in supermarkets, where they are cleaned and presented in perfect, glistening rows. However, in previous times most of the vegetables we ate would have come straight from the field, including pieces of dirt and soil which included the SBO's.
The Best SBO Probiotic
This is important because the bacteria contained in that soil and dirt have historically performed a crucial function. It seems likely that they helped to regulate our immune systems, protecting us from bacterial and fungal overgrowth in our intestines.
Soil-based bacteria do not regularly feature in our gut flora these days, mainly because we are exposed to them so infrequently. Almost by default, the composition of our gut flora has changed dramatically from those of our ancestors just 100 years ago. We now have a very different mix of bacteria in our guts, with more lactic acid-based bacteria and fewer soil-based bacteria.
By reintroducing soil-based organisms into our intestines, we move closer to the gut flora composition that our ancestors enjoyed. We also increase the diversity of beneficial bacteria in our guts, helping to improve digestion, boost immunity, and much more. Soil-based organisms (SBOs) have been linked to reductions in abdominal discomfort, bloating, nausea, flatulence, and constipation. Specific SBOs have also been shown to secrete proteins that activate the immune system and stimulate the production of white blood cells and antibodies.
How do Soil-Based Organisms differ from regular probiotics? Most of the research into probiotics to date has been conducted on lactic acid-based strains like lactobacilli and bifidobacteria. They have exhibited some wonderful health benefits, but a couple of problems remain.
Firstly, many of the lactic acid bacteria included in these probiotics struggle to make it through the hostile, acidic environment of the stomach, and therefore a greatly reduced number arrive to the small intestine. That is why most nutritionists and digestive experts recommend getting a probiotic with a high CFU count, to ensure that enough of the bacteria are alive by the time they get where they need to be.
Secondly, the beneficial effects of lactic acid bacteria (like lactobacilli and bifidobacteria) tend to last only as long as you take the supplements. Some studies have shown that the benefits of these bacteria tend to reduce after an individual stops taking them.
Does this mean that lactic acid-based probiotics are less useful than we thought? Not at all. Research has shown them to have tremendous benefits for digestion, immunity, and much more. But soil-based organisms may be more suitable for some individuals who aren’t getting the results they want from lactic acid-based probiotics.It appears the ideal setting for excellent intestinal health is a combination of all the above. Science has shown that there are anywhere from 4000 to 20,000 various strains of good bacteria in a healthy adults gut.
Soil-based organisms are ‘endospore-forming’ bacteria, which are naturally hardier and better able to withstand the challenging environment of the stomach. These means that soil-based probiotics differ from regular probiotics in two important ways:
For example, an independent 2005 placebo-controlled, double-blind study, published in Clinical Therapeutics, examined the use of Prescript-Assist soil-based probiotics for the treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Researchers found that, within two weeks of starting the course of probiotics, patients reported significantly improvements in the three major symptoms associated with IBS. (1)
In a followup study, the researchers examined the same patients after a further 60 weeks, during which time most of them had moved on to a lower dose of probiotics. They found that between 81.5% and 100% of patients were in remission from IBS at this later point. According to the researchers, ”Prescript-Assist treatment was found to be associated with both short-term reductions in IBS symptoms and year-long IBS remissions.” (2)
You should also know that soil based organisms have been used safely for many years. One such microorganism, known as Bacillus Subtilis, was widely used as an immune stimulator and treatment for digestive disorders in North America during the 1950s and 1960s. Its popularity declined after the introduction of antibiotics, despite its effectiveness and the fact that it comes with far fewer side effects. It is still widely used today in Germany and other parts of Europe, and a 2011 research study showed that it is also a powerful antifungal, particularly against Candida Albicans. (3)
Note that pregnant women and those who are severely immunocompromised should consult with their physician prior to using soil-based probiotics, but otherwise they are a very safe and well tolerated treatment.
Which soil-based probiotic should you choose?If you choose to use a probiotic containing soil-based organisms, there are some excellent choices on the market.
Candidaisis IS A Silent Epidemic. Candida Albicans is an opportunistic yeast that has, over the last 50 years or so, grown to be a serious issue for many people. Most websites refer to C. Albicans as a "normal" inhabitant of the skin and digestive system. The word "normal" is misleading. This yeast produces over 200 known toxins discovered so far. Estimates from no particular scientific references state "Candida" is anywhere between 1 million good bacteria to each yeast, up to it may occupy up to 20% of the intestinal tract without causing illness. Further, it usually goes undetected in the typical "stool test", in fact many labs simply ignore it because it is "normal". In reality, it is likely this organism was not intended to be in a human being at all. Fortunately many physicians are learning this is the root cause of many illnesses for which the cause could not be found....But many more patients are being improperly diagnosed, going from one physician to the next, treating SYMPTOMS, but not recovering.
The Candex product is awesome, and it is part of our candida protocol. There are other enzymes for candida, but none of the others work nearly as well as Candex. If you are following the old-school anti-candida diet and not getting better, add Candex to your program. It works fast with no die-off and quick relief. We also use it to determine if a client has a candida overgrowth.
Note from Matt: This is for feedback
i feel much better adding fruit into my smoothies and its starting to make me regular!!! Also taking minerals has helped and drinking ionized alkaline water. I am going to cut down on fat and see what happens, i generally eat mostly good fats but i think for me i need to cut back, BTW i just learned bananas have chitinase in them which destroys biofilms!!!! i saw a video a while back that said to eat 30 bananas a day to get rid of candida and thought it was insane. now i am seeing they make sense. Honestly i think the absolute worse things for candida are meat (esp junk with AntiBiotics in it) and coffee. Of course it's not good to eat a lot of extra sugar, but what's in fruit is minimal and the fiber, enzymes, antioxidants and phyto-nutrients are great. I feel the kefir working too. It is a cool hack to add alkaline water to the smoothies and then the kefir doesn't make it acidic.
The anti-candida diet obviously doesn't work. It misses the underlying problems of mineral deficiency and over-acidity. Actually most every diet and health protocol misses these. Also, it is necessary for overall health, and to keep candida and other pathogens from proliferating in the gut, to have a robust microbiome of Good organisms. Getting that re-established when the gut has been over-run by candida is a challenge. This is one of the biggest areas of medical research today. There appear to be thousands of species of bacteria and yeast which are beneficial...The trick is to determine which ones actually belong there. This may vary by genetics, environmental, and cultural differences.
ORGANIC PLANT PROTEIN
Ideally, a large portion of one's protein intake should be plant based and organic.