Build A Better Microbiome:
7 Ways to Embrace More Microbes

 

Microbiome

Whether we realize it or not, every one of us has an individually unique microbial eco-system in and on us, a “microbiome,” which is home to more than 100 trillion microbes. Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? In fact, that outnumbers our human cells by roughly ten to one. And what are all those microbes doing inside and all over our bodies? Well, the good microbes are for the most part hanging out in your gut, supporting your immune system, protecting you from disease, detoxifying your body and possibly even keeping you slim, depending on which microbes your microbiome is hosting.

But also present in your gut are the bad guys, who are believed to play a role in the development of inflammation, obesity and many chronic diseases — which is precisely why it’s important to your long-term health to keep gut flora, both good and bad, on an even keel. Here are a few simple ways to keep your “microbiome” on track to help sustain your wellness for years to come:

1) Attention germaphobes – step away from the hand-sanitizer

These days most of us spend the majority of our lives indoors, hermetically sealed into cars, homes and offices, frequently dousing ourselves in antibacterial cleansers. Sure, we’re “clean,” but we’re also severely limiting our exposure to a wide diversity of microbes, whose presence in our guts (and on our skin) have a protective, immunity-boosting effect. In other words living in a HAZMAT-suit lifestyle so many of us take comfort in, may actually be our undoing, making us less able to fend off illness and disease – which is the opposite of what all that cleanliness was supposed to do in the first place. To combat this health-compromising, sterile lifestyle and strengthen your immune system to boot, take a deep breath, step away from the Purell and start exposing yourself – microbially, that is.

2) Bring the great outdoors in

One of the best, and also most pleasurable ways to increase your microbial exposure is to simply open the windows and let the microbes flow! Welcome them into your home, your car, your office – the more, the merrier, and the better for your microbiome. Next, get outside and get your hands dirty – as in, do some gardening, plant some flowers, mow your lawn or do any activity that will connect you and your immune system with the trillions of microbes in the soil. No need to roll around in the mud like a hippie at Woodstock, just get your hands dirty every now and then, literally.

3) Don’t murder your microbes

In other words, don’t kill off healthy microbes in the first place with foods that mess with your microbial balance. Topping the list of microbe-whacking villains: processed foods, genetically modified anything, sugar and wheat. Also doing the microbial perp walk are factory-farmed meats, which come loaded with antibiotics at no extra charge. The problem is, instead of nourishing the body with life-enhancing, microbiome-supporting nutrients, these foods have the opposite effect. They introduce irritants, allergens, carcinogens and inflammation into your body, thus setting you up for a variety of chronic illnesses.

4) Cultivate your microbial garden

Another way to keep your microbial balance on an even keel is to take as few courses of antibiotics as possible. This will help minimize the carpet-bombing effect antibiotics have on gut microbes. Antibiotics indiscriminately take out everything in their path — including the good gut flora your body needs to support long-term health. When your doc or dentist prescribes antibiotics, politely but firmly ask if they’re absolutely, necessary. If the answer is yes, then insist on the shortest course possible.

5) Protect your microbes with Probiotics

If you have to take an antibiotic, take probiotics as well, and take them away from each antibiotic dose to help maintain the diversity of your gut flora. Not on antibiotics? Take probiotics anyway. Doing so will keep your microbiome full of live, beneficial organisms, which will help keep digestion, immunity and overall health on track. Look for probiotics that deliver 20-50 billion live organisms per dose and contain a combination of different strains of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria. Be Well Probiotics contain the 5 best-researched, most viable and stable strains bacteria known today. Take probiotics as directed, once or twice a day, preferably with meals.

6) Feed the machine with greens

Stop me if you’ve heard this before – but plants are really, really good for you! What a shocker, eh? Seriously though, plant-heavy diets are especially helpful for improving your microbial diversity, so hit the produce aisle hard and frequently. Why? Because plants give your microbes something to chew on, to break down, to digest and extract the nutrients from – you’re literally feeding the little critters what they love and need to survive. For those of you not getting enough plants in your diets, I recommend supplementing with an organic powdered Greens drink. So what’s in it for you? A balanced microbiome that’s healthy, strong and well-armed to fight off chronic health problems, inflammatory conditions, heart disease, cancers, and even dementia. My advice? Pile on the plants and enjoy.

7) Enjoy a delicious bowl of probiotics, with a side of prebiotics

Show your microbiome some love by feeding it with probiotic foods, like good, old-fashioned, fermented foods (preferably organic). These fermented goodies like sauerkraut, kim chi, kombucha, and pickled veggies encourage the growth of good bacteria. Add to that some pre-biotic foods, those non-digestible short-chain fatty acids that help your good bacteria flourish. To get your dose, try eating more artichokes, garlic, beans, oats, onions and asparagus.

To read more on how to enhance your gut health, check out my post 10 Tips for a Happy Healthy Belly.
And if you want to get your own gut microbiome sequenced, the American Gut Project will do it.

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  • Metabolic-Man

    Nice post! Here in Mediterranean Spain, we get lots of probiotics from natural brine-cured olives + all the pre-biotic foods you mention. saludos! Dan

  • protect honor

    Excellent! We have such a fantastic Immune System built into us. We just need to return to being kids and playing in the dirt and then brining it into the house. Spread it round. The sickest people I have ever known are ones who wrap everything up with plastic or tin foil, or scrub everything to death. Live life, Love it – UNWRAPE IT.

  • Vee

    Hi to everyone that may be able to view this. This information is valued. I wish I could have my greens juices right now, but I’m in an active flare of Crohn’s Disease at present. However, I can’t begin to tell you how bad I feel. I will do whatever I need to in order to help myself.

  • leah

    Hope u feel better Vee asap!

  • Troy A

    My prediction is that within the next few years. We will find out that the health of our Microbiome is the single most important factor there is in keeping our entire body and mind healthy.

  • jubault

    Good article thank you: our Microbiome need to be studied and balance to maintain health. We also know the relations/exchange between our brain and our orginal primal brain which is now called the gut…

  • Kris Kramer

    Thank you for the thorough article. I’ve read various views on wheat and the microbiome: some say it aids and some say it hurts. You mention wheat as a negative. Is this true of all wheat? What about whole wheat? What about older stains of wheat? I’d be very curious to find data on this topic. Again thank you.

  • HunnaBrown

    3) Don’t murder your microbes- anything genetically modified…?? Really? Not saying I’m for GMOs, but I dont think our microbes are considering the DNA makeup of food. I could be wrong, but I think this claim is a little far reaching..

  • Bebe Landon

    People concerned with GMOs aren’t simply hippies who hate science as your comment suggests. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCraL6-g0KQ (you can initially skip the production process and begin with questions starting at 19:00) and sooo many more sources for you to research from reputable sources. Truly. Do yourself a service and lay some science on your brain.
    GMO products continue to destroy your gut, reproducing the pesticide in your intestines and killing off beneficial bacteria. Even in our meat industry, the animals are found to be riddled with intestinal ulcers from the GMO feed they are eating. “Luckily”, they don’t have a chance to die from these diseases as we cull/process them in only a year or two.
    I personally am done with all wheat, soy, corn, and oats. These are nearly impossible to find unaltered with Glycophosate (“Round-up ready” GMO crops). They are not safe for consumption.

  • Bebe Landon

    People concerned with GMOs aren’t simply hippies who hate science as your comment suggests. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCraL6-g0KQ (you can initially skip the production process and begin with questions starting at 19:00) and sooo many more sources for you to research from reputable sources. Truly. Do yourself a service and lay some science on your brain.
    GMO products continue to destroy your gut, reproducing the pesticide in your intestines and killing off beneficial bacteria. Even in our meat industry, the animals are found to be riddled with intestinal ulcers from the GMO feed they are eating. “Luckily”, they don’t have a chance to die from these diseases as we cull/process them in only a year or two.
    I personally am done with all wheat, soy, corn, and oats. These are nearly impossible to find unaltered with Glycophosate (“Round-up ready” GMO crops). They are not safe for consumption.

  • Bebe Landon

    People concerned with GMOs aren’t simply hippies who hate science as your comment suggests. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCraL6-g0KQ (you can initially skip the production process and begin with questions starting at 19:00) and sooo many more sources for you to research from reputable sources. Truly. Do yourself a service and lay some science on your brain.
    GMO products continue to destroy your gut, reproducing the pesticide in your intestines and killing off beneficial bacteria. Even in our meat industry, the animals are found to be riddled with intestinal ulcers from the GMO feed they are eating. “Luckily”, they don’t have a chance to die from these diseases as we cull/process them in only a year or two.
    I personally am done with all wheat, soy, corn, and oats. These are nearly impossible to find unaltered with Glycophosate (“Round-up ready” GMO crops). They are not safe for consumption.

  • Bebe Landon

    People concerned with GMOs aren’t simply hippies who hate science as your comment suggests. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCraL6-g0KQ (you can initially skip the production process and begin with questions starting at 19:00) and sooo many more sources for you to research from reputable sources. Truly. Do yourself a service and lay some science on your brain.
    GMO products continue to destroy your gut, reproducing the pesticide in your intestines and killing off beneficial bacteria. Even in our meat industry, the animals are found to be riddled with intestinal ulcers from the GMO feed they are eating. “Luckily”, they don’t have a chance to die from these diseases as we cull/process them in only a year or two.
    I personally am done with all wheat, soy, corn, and oats. These are nearly impossible to find unaltered with Glycophosate (“Round-up ready” GMO crops). They are not safe for consumption.

  • Bebe Landon

    People concerned with GMOs aren’t simply hippies who hate science as your comment suggests. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCraL6-g0KQ (you can initially skip the production process and begin with questions starting at 19:00) and sooo many more sources for you to research from reputable sources. Truly. Do yourself a service and lay some science on your brain.
    GMO products continue to destroy your gut, reproducing the pesticide in your intestines and killing off beneficial bacteria. Even in our meat industry, the animals are found to be riddled with intestinal ulcers from the GMO feed they are eating. “Luckily”, they don’t have a chance to die from these diseases as we cull/process them in only a year or two.
    I personally am done with all wheat, soy, corn, and oats. These are nearly impossible to find unaltered with Glycophosate (“Round-up ready” GMO crops). They are not safe for consumption.

  • Bebe Landon

    People concerned with GMOs aren’t simply hippies who hate science as your comment suggests. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCraL6-g0KQ (you can initially skip the production process and begin with questions starting at 19:00) and sooo many more sources for you to research from reputable sources. Truly. Do yourself a service and lay some science on your brain.
    GMO products continue to destroy your gut, reproducing the pesticide in your intestines and killing off beneficial bacteria. Even in our meat industry, the animals are found to be riddled with intestinal ulcers from the GMO feed they are eating. “Luckily”, they don’t have a chance to die from these diseases as we cull/process them in only a year or two.
    I personally am done with all wheat, soy, corn, and oats. These are nearly impossible to find unaltered with Glycophosate (“Round-up ready” GMO crops). They are not safe for consumption.

  • Bebe Landon

    People concerned with GMOs aren’t simply hippies who hate science as your comment suggests. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCraL6-g0KQ (you can initially skip the production process and begin with questions starting at 19:00) and sooo many more sources for you to research from reputable sources. Truly. Do yourself a service and lay some science on your brain.
    GMO products continue to destroy your gut, reproducing the pesticide in your intestines and killing off beneficial bacteria. Even in our meat industry, the animals are found to be riddled with intestinal ulcers from the GMO feed they are eating. “Luckily”, they don’t have a chance to die from these diseases as we cull/process them in only a year or two.
    I personally am done with all wheat, soy, corn, and oats. These are nearly impossible to find unaltered with Glycophosate (“Round-up ready” GMO crops). They are not safe for consumption.

  • Bebe Landon

    People concerned with GMOs aren’t simply hippies who hate science as your comment suggests. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCraL6-g0KQ (you can initially skip the production process and begin with questions starting at 19:00) and sooo many more sources for you to research from reputable sources. Truly. Do yourself a service and lay some science on your brain.
    GMO products continue to destroy your gut, reproducing the pesticide in your intestines and killing off beneficial bacteria. Even in our meat industry, the animals are found to be riddled with intestinal ulcers from the GMO feed they are eating. “Luckily”, they don’t have a chance to die from these diseases as we cull/process them in only a year or two.
    I personally am done with all wheat, soy, corn, and oats. These are nearly impossible to find unaltered with Glycophosate (“Round-up ready” GMO crops). They are not safe for consumption.

  • Bebe Landon

    People concerned with GMOs aren’t simply hippies who hate science as your comment suggests. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCraL6-g0KQ (you can initially skip the production process and begin with questions starting at 19:00) and sooo many more sources for you to research from reputable sources. Truly. Do yourself a service and lay some science on your brain.
    GMO products continue to destroy your gut, reproducing the pesticide in your intestines and killing off beneficial bacteria. Even in our meat industry, the animals are found to be riddled with intestinal ulcers from the GMO feed they are eating. “Luckily”, they don’t have a chance to die from these diseases as we cull/process them in only a year or two.
    I personally am done with all wheat, soy, corn, and oats. These are nearly impossible to find unaltered with Glycophosate (“Round-up ready” GMO crops). They are not safe for consumption.

  • roger

    Read the history of evolution the only way we survived was because of bacteria’s ability to change DNA without it we would have been wiped out it’s literally essential to human life and well being.

  • Roger

    I think the very thing this article argues is possible in some wheat foods. Sourdough is the ability of yeast to breakdown gluten and make it possible for us to digest. Varieties like einkorn have love gluten and high protein combine that with freshly milled and stone ground to reduce oxidation you have wheat that is still alive and full of nutrients. To simply say wheat is bad is reductive and mostly comes from north Americans who have the most issues since our bread is typically garbage compared to some countries in Europe who don’t even know the word celiac. I worked two and half years there and you rarely see celiac and never gluten intolerance unless from over seas. The variety of wheat we grow here is meant for high production and volume instead of taste and low gluten. Again long fermentation breaks down the gluten and makes it digestible for us, if you eat shitty bread it will sit in your stomach and have a tough time breaking down.

  • Lisa Allison

    Yes!

  • Natasha Wehrli

    The problem is not the genetic modification of GMOs but the pesticides involved.

  • Michelle L

    I eat a lot of fruits and veggies, either grown myself or organic. I rarely eat out. I eat local organic free range potk, beef and fish from northen Saskatchewan. I dont buy bread regularly. I dont know why but I have cronic diarrhea. What am I doing wrong?

  • Michelle L

    I eat a lot of fruits and veggies, either grown myself or organic. I rarely eat out. I eat local organic free range potk, beef and fish from northen Saskatchewan. I dont buy bread regularly. I dont know why but I have cronic diarrhea. What am I doing wrong?

  • Michelle L

    I eat a lot of fruits and veggies, either grown myself or organic. I rarely eat out. I eat local organic free range potk, beef and fish from northen Saskatchewan. I dont buy bread regularly. I dont know why but I have cronic diarrhea. What am I doing wrong?

  • Michelle L

    I eat a lot of fruits and veggies, either grown myself or organic. I rarely eat out. I eat local organic free range potk, beef and fish from northen Saskatchewan. I dont buy bread regularly. I dont know why but I have cronic diarrhea. What am I doing wrong?

  • Michelle L

    I eat a lot of fruits and veggies, either grown myself or organic. I rarely eat out. I eat local organic free range potk, beef and fish from northen Saskatchewan. I dont buy bread regularly. I dont know why but I have cronic diarrhea. What am I doing wrong?

  • Michelle L

    I eat a lot of fruits and veggies, either grown myself or organic. I rarely eat out. I eat local organic free range potk, beef and fish from northen Saskatchewan. I dont buy bread regularly. I dont know why but I have cronic diarrhea. What am I doing wrong?

  • Michelle L

    I eat a lot of fruits and veggies, either grown myself or organic. I rarely eat out. I eat local organic free range potk, beef and fish from northen Saskatchewan. I dont buy bread regularly. I dont know why but I have cronic diarrhea. What am I doing wrong?

  • Michelle L

    I eat a lot of fruits and veggies, either grown myself or organic. I rarely eat out. I eat local organic free range potk, beef and fish from northen Saskatchewan. I dont buy bread regularly. I dont know why but I have cronic diarrhea. What am I doing wrong?

  • joe

    For some reason or another, (antibiotics ?) your balance bacteria in your gut has been disturbed. You might have what is called IBS. For some, the FODMAP diet helps. Other, braver souls are turning to microbiome transplants. PowerofPoop website.

  • joe

    In some areas of the world they regularly take mud baths. There’s a chance this is helpful to our microbiome.

  • joe

    In some areas of the world they regularly take mud baths. There’s a chance this is helpful to our microbiome.

  • joe

    In some areas of the world they regularly take mud baths. There’s a chance this is helpful to our microbiome.

  • joe

    In some areas of the world they regularly take mud baths. There’s a chance this is helpful to our microbiome.

  • joe

    In some areas of the world they regularly take mud baths. There’s a chance this is helpful to our microbiome.

  • joe

    In some areas of the world they regularly take mud baths. There’s a chance this is helpful to our microbiome.

  • joe

    In some areas of the world they regularly take mud baths. There’s a chance this is helpful to our microbiome.

  • joe

    In some areas of the world they regularly take mud baths. There’s a chance this is helpful to our microbiome.

  • joe

    In some areas of the world they regularly take mud baths. There’s a chance this is helpful to our microbiome.

  • joe

    In some areas of the world they regularly take mud baths. There’s a chance this is helpful to our microbiome.

  • joe

    In some areas of the world they regularly take mud baths. There’s a chance this is helpful to our microbiome.

  • joe

    In some areas of the world they regularly take mud baths. There’s a chance this is helpful to our microbiome.

  • joe

    In some areas of the world they regularly take mud baths. There’s a chance this is helpful to our microbiome.

  • joe

    In some areas of the world they regularly take mud baths. There’s a chance this is helpful to our microbiome.

  • joe

    In some areas of the world they regularly take mud baths. There’s a chance this is helpful to our microbiome.

  • joe

    In some areas of the world they regularly take mud baths. There’s a chance this is helpful to our microbiome.

  • joe

    In some areas of the world they regularly take mud baths. There’s a chance this is helpful to our microbiome.

  • joe

    In some areas of the world they regularly take mud baths. There’s a chance this is helpful to our microbiome.

  • joe

    In some areas of the world they regularly take mud baths. There’s a chance this is helpful to our microbiome.

  • joe

    In some areas of the world they regularly take mud baths. There’s a chance this is helpful to our microbiome.

  • joe

    From what I read, I think we may already be there. Already, disruptions or lack of diversity of the microbiome has been associated with a long, long list of disease conditions. But, even more interesting; microbiome transplants are restoring health in diseased individuals. This truly is game changing. MS has been reversed. Along with Autism, Depression, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue, IBS, C. Diff, and Chron’s.

    Truly, the health of our Microbiome is a huge, huge factor in our overall health. Eat healthy. Eat lots of fresh, raw fruits, and fresh, raw vegetables, plus unsalted, unroasted nuts and seeds, and raw honey. Fresh is best.

    Avoid antibiotics unless absolutely necessary.

  • joe

    From what I read, I think we may already be there. Already, disruptions or lack of diversity of the microbiome has been associated with a long, long list of disease conditions. But, even more interesting; microbiome transplants are restoring health in diseased individuals. This truly is game changing. MS has been reversed. Along with Autism, Depression, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue, IBS, C. Diff, and Chron’s.

    Truly, the health of our Microbiome is a huge, huge factor in our overall health. Eat healthy. Eat lots of fresh, raw fruits, and fresh, raw vegetables, plus unsalted, unroasted nuts and seeds, and raw honey. Fresh is best.

    Avoid antibiotics unless absolutely necessary.

  • joe

    From what I read, I think we may already be there. Already, disruptions or lack of diversity of the microbiome has been associated with a long, long list of disease conditions. But, even more interesting; microbiome transplants are restoring health in diseased individuals. This truly is game changing. MS has been reversed. Along with Autism, Depression, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue, IBS, C. Diff, and Chron’s.

    Truly, the health of our Microbiome is a huge, huge factor in our overall health. Eat healthy. Eat lots of fresh, raw fruits, and fresh, raw vegetables, plus unsalted, unroasted nuts and seeds, and raw honey. Fresh is best.

    Avoid antibiotics unless absolutely necessary.

  • joe

    From what I read, I think we may already be there. Already, disruptions or lack of diversity of the microbiome has been associated with a long, long list of disease conditions. But, even more interesting; microbiome transplants are restoring health in diseased individuals. This truly is game changing. MS has been reversed. Along with Autism, Depression, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue, IBS, C. Diff, and Chron’s.

    Truly, the health of our Microbiome is a huge, huge factor in our overall health. Eat healthy. Eat lots of fresh, raw fruits, and fresh, raw vegetables, plus unsalted, unroasted nuts and seeds, and raw honey. Fresh is best.

    Avoid antibiotics unless absolutely necessary.

  • joe

    From what I read, I think we may already be there. Already, disruptions or lack of diversity of the microbiome has been associated with a long, long list of disease conditions. But, even more interesting; microbiome transplants are restoring health in diseased individuals. This truly is game changing. MS has been reversed. Along with Autism, Depression, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue, IBS, C. Diff, and Chron’s.

    Truly, the health of our Microbiome is a huge, huge factor in our overall health. Eat healthy. Eat lots of fresh, raw fruits, and fresh, raw vegetables, plus unsalted, unroasted nuts and seeds, and raw honey. Fresh is best.

    Avoid antibiotics unless absolutely necessary.

  • joe

    From what I read, I think we may already be there. Already, disruptions or lack of diversity of the microbiome has been associated with a long, long list of disease conditions. But, even more interesting; microbiome transplants are restoring health in diseased individuals. This truly is game changing. MS has been reversed. Along with Autism, Depression, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue, IBS, C. Diff, and Chron’s.

    Truly, the health of our Microbiome is a huge, huge factor in our overall health. Eat healthy. Eat lots of fresh, raw fruits, and fresh, raw vegetables, plus unsalted, unroasted nuts and seeds, and raw honey. Fresh is best.

    Avoid antibiotics unless absolutely necessary.

  • joe

    From what I read, I think we may already be there. Already, disruptions or lack of diversity of the microbiome has been associated with a long, long list of disease conditions. But, even more interesting; microbiome transplants are restoring health in diseased individuals. This truly is game changing. MS has been reversed. Along with Autism, Depression, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue, IBS, C. Diff, and Chron’s.

    Truly, the health of our Microbiome is a huge, huge factor in our overall health. Eat healthy. Eat lots of fresh, raw fruits, and fresh, raw vegetables, plus unsalted, unroasted nuts and seeds, and raw honey. Fresh is best.

    Avoid antibiotics unless absolutely necessary.

  • joe

    From what I read, I think we may already be there. Already, disruptions or lack of diversity of the microbiome has been associated with a long, long list of disease conditions. But, even more interesting; microbiome transplants are restoring health in diseased individuals. This truly is game changing. MS has been reversed. Along with Autism, Depression, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue, IBS, C. Diff, and Chron’s.

    Truly, the health of our Microbiome is a huge, huge factor in our overall health. Eat healthy. Eat lots of fresh, raw fruits, and fresh, raw vegetables, plus unsalted, unroasted nuts and seeds, and raw honey. Fresh is best.

    Avoid antibiotics unless absolutely necessary.

  • joe

    From what I read, I think we may already be there. Already, disruptions or lack of diversity of the microbiome has been associated with a long, long list of disease conditions. But, even more interesting; microbiome transplants are restoring health in diseased individuals. This truly is game changing. MS has been reversed. Along with Autism, Depression, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue, IBS, C. Diff, and Chron’s.

    Truly, the health of our Microbiome is a huge, huge factor in our overall health. Eat healthy. Eat lots of fresh, raw fruits, and fresh, raw vegetables, plus unsalted, unroasted nuts and seeds, and raw honey. Fresh is best.

    Avoid antibiotics unless absolutely necessary.

  • joe

    From what I read, I think we may already be there. Already, disruptions or lack of diversity of the microbiome has been associated with a long, long list of disease conditions. But, even more interesting; microbiome transplants are restoring health in diseased individuals. This truly is game changing. MS has been reversed. Along with Autism, Depression, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue, IBS, C. Diff, and Chron’s.

    Truly, the health of our Microbiome is a huge, huge factor in our overall health. Eat healthy. Eat lots of fresh, raw fruits, and fresh, raw vegetables, plus unsalted, unroasted nuts and seeds, and raw honey. Fresh is best.

    Avoid antibiotics unless absolutely necessary.

  • Ally

    Hey I have Crohns Disease too! LDN is the best if you can get on it, it takes about 2 months to kick in. It modulates the immune system to fight more of the bad. I’ve also been doing probiotic enemas to work my way up to doing fmts. I wish that pharma didn’t push all the drugs and focused on the cause, but they figure people trust them and that they need to make bank. So sad

  • Ally

    While pesticides are a problem, GMOs are as well. Do your research. For example modifying wheat has the molecular structure to act as sandpaper on the gut. People have gluten sensitivity or a wheat allergy and can’t eat it in the U.S. often go to Europe and can eat it normally. Even though this is still not the best since carbs are tough in the microbiome.

  • Joe

    Thank you for saying that I totally agree. So many people are in the dark.

  • Ally

    I’ve been doing transplants and I have Crohns. I hope it will work, I know its more beneficial with people with UC

  • Ally

    First of all, your doing a good job adding the goods foods to your diet. To really see improvement you shouldn’t eat grains. I’m on the paleos diet and its really good. But if your not willing to do that at least don’t eat gluten. Another thing is if you haven’t already done this take milk out of your diet, a lot of ppl with intestinal issues don’t realize they should be avoiding milk. And lastly try some firmented foods like sauerkraut, just make sure they were really fermented and don’t just have vinegar instead. Hope you feel better!

  • Sconi grower

    I realize you posted this a while ago, but I think that there is the possibility your are still suffering, and I’ll offer my view.
    I get the feeling that a lot of people here would rather you find an all natural solution to your digestive issues; but when someone is suffering from a chronic disease and they can’t figure it out on their own, it’s time to go to the doctor. Maybe you have a lower intestinal infection, and your own microbiome can’t beat it down without some help. Yes, that means antibiotics, but the alternative seems to be an infection. Should your gut be filled with bad bacteria and very few good bacteria, or only very few bacteria? Your microbiome populations can bounce back if given a chance. Or maybe you have an allergy of some sort. Or maybe you have intestinal worms. Perhaps a bit unlikely, but not impossible if your food has been improperly washed. Your could have a liver or pancreas issue, resulting in improper digestion. Since I can’t talk to you and rule this out, the very worst option is colon cancer. If you still have problems, it’s time to see a doctor.

  • Cheryl

    I lived outside when I was a kid, sunup to sundown and it didn’t help me and my daughter lived on a farm her whole life and still wound up with Hashimoto’s disease.