Our Favorite Leaky Gut Trio

Here are some powerful technologies for leaky gut that work extremely well together.

In the past two months we have attended two conferences including the Gut Brain and Microbiome conferences in Florida. While much information on various aspects of complex interactions were presented there were few innovative or outstanding products or protocols that excite me as much as the ones I will discuss here.

Check out some of our favorite technologies:

1. Pharmax HLC or Genestra HMF human microflora strains
2. Anova Health MBM Proven Prebiotic Formulation
3. Anova Health AvinoCort for core SIgA support

There is overwhelming evidence that 4 human human strain floras have the ability to reinoculate the upper intestinal track where others cannot. Chosen from over 600 human strains after years of research this consortium 4 found products from Pharmax and sister company Genestra. They have both proven themselves in several long term trials unrivaled by any other probiotic strains. HLC and HMF probiotics come in various strengths based on need. Pharmax HLC Replenish is my favorite for one to two week intensive small intestine reinoculation

Human strain probiotics are the safest in the industry. Please be aware that many of the new “spore” based probiotics while hardly have not been proven SAFE in many instances and can actually be dangerous to certain individuals.  There have been 9 deaths from septicemia form spore based organisms. Human strains and many food derived probiotics have a track record for safety.

One of the major reasons people have difficulty maintaining a health intestinal mucosa is stress. Prolonged stress leads to the suppression of Secretory or (SIgA) and the protection SIgA provides from pathogens.

Anova Health AvinoCort has been proven to reduce many aspects of stress in a number of ways. Because of the many factors in AvinoCort, about 70% of individuals  tend to report better sleep, more stamina, improved mood levels and more mental clarity. Individuals report varying degrees of these felt benefits within 2-5 days. Blood tests confirm better adrenal functions and metabolic syndrome markers in about 60 days in the 30% of individuals who don’t necessarily feel AvinoCort’s wow factor.

Anova Health MBM is a novel and highly effective prebiotic without the downside of sugar/starch based inulin. MBM has proven to repair leaky gut and elongate intestinal villi in pathology photographs. No other prebiotic has been able to prove this.

Thanks to years of research and development of the proprietary enzymatic extraction technology, MBM is also free of fructans, gluten, and gliadin and contains a concentration of biologically active compounds such as benzoquinones and a rich amino-acid profile. The synergistic effect of these biologically active compounds with vitamins and trace elements found in Anova Health MBM help nourish and sustain the growth and activity of over 300 species of beneficial bacteria in the gastro-intestinal microflora.

For additional information and questions please feel free to call our office at 864-408-8320.


Guest Post: Why Talk About Leaky Gut?


Below is an interview with Doni Wilson, ND. This post originally appeared on the Innate Response Blog.

Intestinal permeability, aka leaky gut, is frequently overlooked by many doctors. Despite the fact that there are thousands of clinical studies supporting that this is an actual condition, there is a perception that the intestine never allows anything to pass through that shouldn’t enter into the bloodstream. Dr. Doni Wilson explains why this is a fallacy and what can be done to address this all-too-frequent, complex condition.

Q: Dr Wilson, you see a fair number of patients with gastrointestinal problems who have not been treated for leaky gut until they find your practice. Why is that?

DW: Most gastroenterologists don’t know what to look for when the classic symptoms of leaky gut present themselves, such as bloating, gas, cramps, food sensitivities, as well as aches and pains. They are easily confused for other health issues, such as for which drugs and antibiotics are prescribed, which only exacerbate the problem.

Q: You mention antibiotics. What are the root causes of leaky gut?

DW: Leaky gut is a spectrum condition; we all probably have some form of intestinal permeability. It’s a matter of degree. There are a number of possible contributing factors. Certainly celiac or gluten sensitivity is one cause. But also, consider exposure to toxins such as glycophosate from grain crops. As I mentioned, antibiotics do contribute to problems with permeability.

Q: Do the symptoms of leaky gut always present in the same manner?

DW: No, and that is often the biggest challenge. The patient may not always have overt symptoms. It may be a food sensitivity, a generalized feeling of being unwell, or something seemingly unrelated at all. For instance, I always check for leaky gut when I see cystitis symptoms, or inflammation of the bladder. Also skin conditions and unexplained weigh gain may point to leaky gut.

Because leaky gut is associated with inflammation, it is important to test all patients who have problems with blood sugar regulation, autoimmunity and even chronic stress and anxiety.

Q: What might a treatment pattern look like the leaky gut?

DW: It is a slow process, one size does not fit all with repairing intestinal permeability. Because the intestines are more porous, there may be nutrient deficiencies for vitamin D, iron or B-vitamins. Hormones may be out of balance that can affect blood sugar and women’s hormone balance. Once you have this combination of nutrient and hormone imbalances, therapy becomes very complex. The patient must commit to a long process of committing to dietary changes, taking carefully prescribed supplements, specific strains of probiotics and managing stress.

The good news is that this is very doable. I will talk about this in my webinar. There is a lot of territory to cover in the gut to heal all the porous tissue. It can take about a year, which means both the patient and the practitioner have to stay in this together. Overall, it empowers the patient to improve their health and get to the underlying causes of their discomfort and illness.