In healing the gut, rebiosis needs to occur -- reintroduction of lost life to a dysbiotic terrain. Nearly all health conditions being studied are now emerging with correlations to intestinal dysbiosis. And as we know by fixing dysbiosis, we can resolve many health conditions from allergies to autism spectrum to hypertension.
The loss of our microbial 'limbs' in the gut can likely be attributed to 4 main factors:
(1) altered birth: mothers that lacked commensals, C-section birth, use of formula
(2) widespread use of antibiotics in healthcare
(3) sanitation (food, processed pickles, hands, water/soil, fecal contaminated drinking water, etc)
(4) pollution and toxins -- mercury, arsenic, xenoestrogens (do you have moobies?), etc
|Enterococcus wiped out by Amoxicillin|
Petersen, Round, 2014
From the last post, the lost of several flora strains occurs with common antibiotics such as amoxicillin, cephalexin, and ciprofloxacin. In some people these are easily replenished by consuming a fiber and RS rich diet but on a strict Paleo or VLC diet, the fuel for our probiotics are severely lacking. I think further degradation of the microbiota and health can occur. This is not measurable in modern terms unless we look to functional medicine to assess gut function using tests from Genova Diagnostics, Biohealth or Doctor's Data. Thank you to gentle readers who have sent me their results! I'll get to them and appreciate your patience.
A couple of probiotic strains, Enterococcus faecium and E. faecalis, help to fill in where antibiotic damage has occurred to the gut. In Germany, we got to try to Symbioflor (red) which contains E. faecalis. My daughter had a smidgen of eczema on a cheek after stress from finals. This probiotic helped to rebalance the gut-skin axis and helped the eczema disappear completely (and being a teen, it wasn't overnight or fast lol).
The studies for E. faecalis are great. Europe is always more progressive for this type of research and development. The studies showed clinically significant improvement across the board in immunomodulatory function in tonsillitis, upper respiratory tract infections, immune status, bronchitis, sinusitis, and irritable colon.
- Symbioflor (E coli Nissle + E faecalis; E faecalis)
- AOR Probiotic-3 (E faecalis, formerly known as S faecalis)