Giulia Enders: Doctor & Author
For our May Book Review, rather than an inspiring survival book or a titillating late life romance novel, we chose to review a book about a subject the health of which has profound effect on our immune system, aging and overal health and well-being, not to mention our favorite element, our vitality. Dr. Thomas Rau, leader of Biological Medicine in Europe, who probably saved my life after ovarian cancer, says “illness starts in the gut.”
The intestinal flora, those bacterial or yeast critters which reside in our abdominal area and number in the trillions, play a huge role in maintaining our health or causing us to lose it. The book, GUT, has been a best seller in both Europe and the United States.
What I learned recently from a physician I greatly admire for his wisdom, is that we need to pay attention to more than just bacteria in our gut but also to yeast issues. Yeast is comprised of single-celled micro-organisms which have been around for hundreds of millions of years. One of the effects on the human body is to cause gas which nice ladies don’t really wish to have or deal with.
We, at Vitality Lifeline, have taken this advice and alternate between a probiotic and another supplement which deals with yeast, call Florastor, considered a pro-biotic. (Restore the flora, a quaint floral reference to the unseen billions reside in the gut.)
Florastor capsules help you maintain a healthy digestive balance every day. Each capsule contains 250mg of our unique probiotic strain, Saccharomyces boulardii lyo CNCM I-745. Suggested use: 2 capsules 1–2 times daily.
Strengthens your digestive balance and supports a healthy immune system
Works with all antibiotics
Helps maintain balance of healthy intestinal bacteria
Facilitates the absorption of nurtrients and increases digestive enzymes ~ Amazon.com
But we also need to deal with the non-fungal bacteria and, therefore, this physician has recommended another probiotic called VSL3. Apparently, this preparation has many strains of bacteria in a larger concentration than any other commerical probiotic and as we don’t know exactly what ours are, it’s considered helpful to try and cover more bases. ON the website, which provides an excellent description of what probiotics do for us, it refers to this product as by prescription. We at vitality lifeline have not found that to be true. But it thought best to be used while under a physician’s care and for certain conditions.
What are the ingredients of VSL 3?
Every dose of VSL contains a combination of these 8 probiotic bacteria:
We recommend anyone who is interested in finding out more to consult with their physician to see if some form of probiotic which brings more good bacteria to the gut is the right choice for them. Equally the websites of these products provide solid information about the use and need for supplements of this kind.
Some of the effects of an unhealthy gut are: bloating, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and even is suspected of diabetes, weight gain, depression, according to this article. Among the causes of poor gut function are lack of sleep, over indulgence in processed and junk foods, alcohol and the dreaded universal condition: stress.
Professor Spector has devised a MapMyGut test which costs from 350 GBP which includes a consultation on nutritional advice. That website is: mapmygut.com. Some suggestions for improved gut health include:
- make your shopping list more diverse and be sure to include lots of fruits and veggies. (the usual advice)
- Eat more artichokes and either char grill and cover with olive oil or cook freshly from scratch.
- More berries which are consider pre-biotics and encourage healthier bacterial growth,
- Fiber, fiber and more fiber especially quinoa, buckwheat, millet
- Eat masses of root veggies such as carrots, turnips, parsnips; all those Thanks- giving winners
- For oils, mostly olive
- For spice, go heavy on the turmeric, which is high on antioxidants in the curcumin, also a prebiotic
- Feast on fermented which, apparently offer a host of health gut bacteria. The Korean sauerkraut, Kimchi, is a great choice and can be found in grocery and health food stores.
- Choose oily fish such as mackerel and sardines, anchovies and salmon.
- Eat lots of nuts and beans and make sure protein is a part of every meal.