- 1:45 – What is a Probiotic?
- 2:08 – Common Causes of Bacterial Imbalances in Your Gut
- 3:69 – Choosing The Right Type of Probiotic
- 4:02 – Top 3 Things to Look for in a Digestive Health Supplement
- 8:43 – Dr. Nancy’s Easy Elimination Diet
How has your stomach felt lately? Are you regular? Are you gassy or bloated after a meal? If you’re struggling with digestive issues, you’ve come to the right place. In today’s video, Dr. Nancy Lin, Ph.D., explains very important, new information that can make a real difference in your digestion. You may have already tried Greek yogurt, fiber, probiotic pills, diets and over-the-counter products, but nothing has been able to provide the long-term relief you need. Dr. Nancy may finally have the solution for you.
What is a Probiotic?
In your stomach, colon, intestines and throughout your entire GI tract live trillions of tiny bacteria, some are good and some are bad. The good bacteria are called probiotics.
Common Causes of Bacterial Imbalances in Your Gut
When you eat poorly or take medications like antibiotics or Aspirin, the balance between your good and bad bacteria can get disrupted. It can also happen if you get stressed, drink alcohol, use artificial sweeteners, or dozens of other things we commonly do.
This chronic imbalance in your gut results in stomach and other digestive upset, like bloating and constipation. Since we now know that at least 70% of your immune system lives in your gut, even subtle bacteria imbalances from having too little probiotics in your system can lead to a whole host of other issues like weight gain, brain fog, joint issues and autoimmune issues.
The Right Type of Probiotic
To correct this, doctors and nutritionists suggest taking a probiotic supplement, but they don’t specify which one out of the thousands out there. Additionally, we know there is a serious problem with the traditional probiotics that are advertised. It’s probably the reason why you and millions of others find them so ineffective.
Traditional probiotic strains are simply too fragile to be effective. The supplement industry tries to hide this fact from you. Despite what they tell you, traditional probiotics are live, fragile bacteria that should be kept cold. They begin to die off even at room temperature and much more quickly when they enter the acidic environment of your stomach, long before they can provide any real benefits to your intestines. Dr. Nancy suggests staying away from those mega-dose 100 billion or more unit bottles of these probiotics as well. They're solely marketing ploys, and they still die off in your stomach.
Top 3 Things to Look for in a Digestive Health Supplement1. Choose Only Soil-Based Probiotics
New research has focused on a different type of probiotic. Ironically, it’s one of the most ancient strains. These probiotic strains have been around in our fertile soils for millions of years and aren’t fragile at all. In fact, they’re quite hearty. They go by two names: soil-based probiotics or spore-forming probiotics. We’ll use the name soil-based probiotics. These strains are very different, because they don’t suffer from the same downsides of traditional probiotics. Rather, soil-based probiotics aren’t affected by stomach acid and remain largely intact when they reach the intestines, where they quickly populate and spread good bacteria through your GI tract.
2. The Formula Should Include A Prebiotic Too
The second thing to look for in a digestive health supplement is a prebiotic, which is a special fiber food for probiotics that helps keep your good bacteria healthy and growing. Think of it as food for your probiotics. They aren’t deterred by heat or stomach acid either. Results are more likely to improve if you take a formula that has a prebiotic and probiotics.
3. Probiotic Foods Alone Are Not The Answer
Some people try to reset and restore their digestive health with commercial probiotic foods or drinks alone. It’s simply too hard and expensive to guess at the right amount of probiotics you need from just yogurt or drinks like kombucha. While these products may have other health benefits, they aren’t meant to be taken daily. Dr. Nancy especially doesn’t recommend consuming yogurt daily. Traditional yogurts were once a good source of beneficial bacteria when they were raw and unpasteurized, but most yogurts that you see in the stores are pasteurized. Pasteurization basically kills or sterilizes most of the beneficial bacteria during its heating process. In fact, many yogurts, particularly the frozen ones, may not contain any live bacteria at all. The ones that do usually just have some cheap probiotics artificially added back in after the heat pasteurization. They often have a lot of added sugar. Plus, dairy is not tolerated well by many people. Instead, stick with Dr. Nancy’s recommended supplement option for an effective reset of your gut health.
Bonus Tip: Look for a veggie softgel for Better Results
If possible, choose a probiotic formula that comes in a veggie softgel, which provides increased absorption and a longer shelf life.
Dr. Nancy’s Preferred Probiotic Health Supplement
Smarter Gut Health is a soil-based probiotic that includes a prebiotic and is packaged in a veggie softgel. It’s also vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free and a great value. It’s the only product that has really worked for Dr. Nancy. After taking Smarter Gut Health, Dr. Nancy is regular again, meaning she has really regular, healthy bowel movements. She also doesn’t feel bloated or heavy after a meal. Plus, it has strengthened Dr. Nancy’s immune system, which previously caused skin outbreaks and other issues whenever it dipped. Smarter Gut Health is specifically formulated to tip the balance of health in your favor and restore your gut health.
Dr. Nancy’s Easy Elimination Diet
Dr. Nancy learned a big tip from one of the top gastroenterologists in the US, Dr. Robert Schiffer, MD, that she found to be very helpful for both cleansing your digestive system and discovering exactly which foods disagree with you. Dr. Nancy’s Easy Elimination Diet is a short-term eating plan that eliminates certain foods that may be causing negative digestive reactions and then reintroduces those same foods one at a time to determine which foods you can tolerate well. This simple elimination plan may help you pinpoint exactly which foods are the culprits of GI upset for you. Here’s how you can do it at home in three simple steps:
1. Remove Common Trigger Foods
Feel free to add any foods you suspect are triggers to the list, but you should stop eating these 10 common trigger foods for three weeks. :
- Wheat and Gluten
- Citrus Fruits
- Refined Sugar
- Processed Foods
2. Re-Introduce Potential Trigger Foods, One at a Time
After three weeks, reintroduce each trigger food one at a time. Eat the targeted food daily for about one to two weeks while recording your symptoms. Carefully note any negative digestive symptoms you experience during this time.
3. If A Trigger Food Causes Issues, Remove Again to Confirm
If you do experience negative symptoms after eating a specific food item again, then you should confirm that the food item is a problem by eliminating it again. The goal is to see if the symptoms clear up once the food is removed. The process is a bit of a trial and error, but it’s definitely worth it. Pinpointing and avoiding your trigger foods should clear up at least some of your digestive symptoms for good.