Microbiome Health Tips
The intestinal flora affects your health.
Your good bacteria that lives in intestines can hurt or heal you. You need immunity you need protection from bad bacteria. You need vitamins but you need to be able to absorb them… bacteria in our gut plays a role to help you absorb.
Metabolism- metabolic activity of the GUT FLORA helps us use our food that would not be digested.
Obesity- bacteria is different from people that are over weight
Inflammation- your gut is mostly responsible for inflammation diseases like leaky gut and etc.
Autism- there are article that speaking regards to autism and and low bacteria diversity.
Your intestinal tract – GLYPHOSATE is huge disrupter- it increases pathogenic gut bacteria
Salmonella species, clostridia , and Klebsiella.- this affects the lining of the intestinal wall creating inflammation and affecting the gut and your brain.
Affecting the growth of beneficial bacteria we need these bacteria to help us deliver our healthy foods and produce anti-inflammatory short chain fatty acids - is lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, bacillus, enterococcus.
Water is huge way to help your gut keep hydrated and on the type of water no bottled water but filtered water .
You need to stop the sugar it contributes to candida bacterial growth it gives you brain fog, weight gain, sleepless nights, depression, liver problems. Try to give yourself prebiotic foods to help protect your GUT, it feeds the good bacteria and helps it grow. Examples are good sources of fiber.
Green veggies, mushrooms, seaweed, quinoa, flax seed, etc.
Fermented foods are great way to help your bacteria (good) grow and keep flourishing- like Milk kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi.
Intermittent fasting along with bone broth is a great way to keep your microbiome healthy!! You maintain your weight, inflammation goes down, improving digestive health, improving brain health, immunity ect. Probiotics are great way to help you support your gut.
Check the cleaners in your home they disrupt your microbiome. Place plants and air out your house. Great plants to filter your air our are English Ivy, Snake plant, Peace lily, and the Boston Fern.
Exercise and go outside get fresh air and walk on dirt it grounds you & helps keep your immunity up!!
Parasites in humans are the root cause of many chronic illnesses, including cancer, fibromyalgia, adrenal fatigue, leaky gut, autism, and lyme, to name a few. Unfortunately there are very few practitioners in the western world who know how to diagnose, let alone treat parasites in humans.
Enemas – Head Start on Worms - treating parasites in humans.
Kalcker Parasite Protocol – an efficient treatment for those with Autism.
Western Practitioners Don’t Know How to Diagnose or Treat Parasites. Parasites are a third world problem. Many of us in western civilization DO have parasites. The question is, are the parasites bothering us and can our bodies control them? Perhaps, but leaving our bodies with chronic parasitic infections makes them prone to other infections and diseases.
Worms have 100x the level of metals, toxins, bacteria, and viruses that we have in our bodies. It is best to get the worms out whole so the toxins aren’t released in the body. Mebendazole is great medication to use for parasite protocol.
Parasites differ from other organisms because they live in or on their host and get food from or at the expense of the host. They go through various stages in their development from an egg to a larvae to an adult. Children with Autism have tons of parasites usually due to their overload of toxins and gut problems. We started Jovan on a parasite protocol and its starting help heal a part of him now. As a family, we are also trying to heal that because we have it too - we all do. Most of us have the symptoms above. Research, research research to find answers and improve your family's health!
Jovan Using a Slackline
Kaitlyn Fieseler (MS OTR/L) is Jovan's occupational therapist at Cortica, Advanced Neurological Therapies for Autism. Today she sent me an awesome video of Jovan using the slackline at the clinic (Cortica). We are so proud of Jovan!
Proprioception and the vestibular system are key components in understanding the benefits of this specific type of occupational therapy for Jovan. Proprioception is the sense of the relative position of one's own parts of the body and strength of effort being employed in movement. Here is another great medical definition of proprioception. The definition of vestibular is interpreting stimuli from the inner ear receptors regarding head position and movement. A key feature of slacklining is the balance and proprioceptive awareness.
This is another great article about slacklining from Psychology Today called, "Can Slacklining be Good for the Brain?" Although the article focuses more on team sports and the benefits of the team practicing slacklining techniques, it's a great resource into understanding what our brains might need to thrive.
"Oxalates control is a major new factor in autism therapy," according to an article published on the Great Plains Laboratory, Inc. website about test implications for yeast and heavy metals by William Shaw, PH.D. To view the entire article, please click here.
Oxalates and Autism
Oxalate and its acid form oxalic acid are organic acids that are primarily from three sources: the diet, from fungus such as Aspergillus, Penicillium, and possibly Candida, and also from human metabolism.
Oxalates in the urine are much higher in individuals with autism than in those who do not have autism. As a matter of fact, 36% of the children on the autistic spectrum had values higher than 90 mmol/mol creatinine, the value consistent with a diagnosis of genetic hyperoxalurias while none of the children who did not have autism had values this high. 84% of the children on the autistic spectrum had oxalate values outside the normal range. None of the children on the autistic spectrum had elevations on the other organic acids associated with genetic diseases of oxalate metabolism, indicating that oxalates are high due to external sources.
A brand new diet is being extensively used to treat children with autism and other disorders. Researcher Susan Owens discovered that the use of a diet low in oxalates markedly reduced symptoms in children with autism. For example, a mother with a son with autism reported that he became more focused and calm, that he played better, that he walked better, and had a reduction in leg and feet pain after being on a low oxalate diet. Prior to the low oxalate diet, her child could hardly walk up the stairs. After the diet, he walked up the stairs very easily. Many hundreds of children with autism throughout the world are now being placed on this diet with good results.
Benefits Reported by Parents Using Low Oxalate Diet
High Oxalate Food List
This is a short list of high oxalate fruits and vegetables. The foods below contain more than 10 mg oxalate per serving. A more detailed list is available online from the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences website.
Glucosinolates in Radishes
Glucosinolates are a group of sulfur-containing glycosides found in many plant species, including radishes (root vegetables) and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, and cauliflower. As part of the cruciferae family, radishes are excellent for maintaining gut health and preventing inflammation.
Radishes were cultivated extensively by the Egyptians in the time of the Pharaohs and were highly esteemed by the ancient Greeks. Radishes are presently eaten in many parts of the world in a variety of ways: juiced, raw, cooked, brined, fermented (pickled), and dried.
Like other members of the cruciferous vegetable family, radishes contain glucosinolates. These are sulfur-containing compounds that help protect cells from cancer-causing genetic mutations. Unique to the radish members of this family are their anthocyanins, which is a blue, violet or red flavonoid pigment found in plants. (These pigments are most well-known for their free-radical scavenging and antioxidant properties). These potent flavonoids not only provide the radish with its red hue, but also are anti-inflammatory in nature which aids in prevention and protection against illnesses.
Sulforaphane, a phytochemical available primarily in cruciferous plants, shows immune-strengthening effects, is used therapeutically as well as preventatively and has evidently antioxidative and cell-protecting properties. Latest research results prove that the active substance even is able to reduce social and communicative challenges in those with autism. (Click here for more information on the healing benefits of cruciferous plants such as broccoli).
Important to note: there is research that it is critical for people who have thyroid insufficiency to avoid bitter-tasting vegetables such as radishes as autism can be linked to hypothyroidism. So before adding uber-healthy radishes to your juicing recipes and salads, please check with your doctor to ensure that consuming radishes will not upset your thyroid balance.
I was invited to talk with realtor Faby Gonzalez, the host of Good Day Chula Vista for Episode #18 to talk about my journey with a child with autism and how my son Jovan helped raise my awareness to live a better, healthier life. Healthy, organic eating habits changed not only my family, but also the lives of many of my loved ones and co-workers. I was thankful for the invitation to talk with my good friend Faby about these important topics. Please view the Facebook live video below.
The following is the latest study as it appears in the bioRxiv archive of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory describing the effects of Bravo yogurt consumption associated with intermittent fasting (intermittent fasting is a means to achieve nutritional ketosis).
This study describes the results observed by Dr. Jerry Blythe, MD, a long-time cancer survivor and marathon runner, who embarked in a three-month experience of intermittent fasting and Bravo consumption.
The results observed by Dr. Blythe not only are consistent with those reported by other studies, but present additional, exciting observations that open novel perspectives for the use of the combination [intermittent fasting/Bravo].
In our paper, we demonstrate that Bravo yogurt leads to elimination through the urine of a number of chemical toxicants stored in fat. In other words, Bravo yogurt detoxifies the body of the harmful chemicals that may negatively affect the immune system, the endocrine system and the brain.
In this particular case, elimination through the urine of a number of chemicals that are known endocrine disruptors led to significant improvement of thyroid function as demonstrated by the decrease of TSH.
This mechanism bears important consequences: thus, accumulation of endocrine disruptors (chemical toxicants) leads to impaired thyroid function that in turn leads to reduced basal metabolism, reduced energy, retention of liquids and weight gain.
When the endocrine disruptors are eliminated through urine thanks to Bravo, thyroid function and metabolism normalize, energy levels increase and weight loss can be maintained.
As it is described in our paper, the detoxifying effect of Bravo is due to three mechanisms that, in turn, are due to the Bravo proprietary microbial formulation:
1. Instantaneous binding and elimination of toxicants.
2. Improved renal function with increased elimination of toxicants.
3. Increased production of anti-oxidant molecules and enzymes.
In addition, Dr. Blythe describes a significant improvement of immune system function as demonstrated by decrease of Nagalase. These data are consistent with the known immune-modulatory properties of Bravo and with the removal of chemical toxicants that are known to affect the immune system.
Inner Fire Podcast July 2017
In July, James from Inner Fire Podcast interviewed me in a podcast called "Episode 008 Inner Fire Interviews: Jovan's Journey."
Please read the story here: http://innerfirepodcast.com/jovansjourney/
Please listen to the podcast here: http://traffic.libsyn.com/in…/008_Stephany_JovansJourney.mp3
"This week we hear from our friend Stephany about treating her son, Jovan, with a ketogenic diet to help him adapt and overcome his own challenges and obstacles growing up as a non-verbal autistic child. His progress is incredible, and it’s absolutely thrilling to witness."
Inner Fire Podcast explores information about the journey towards health, fitness, and peace of mind.
The Benefits of Polyphenols
Polyphenols are micro nutrients that we get through certain plant-based foods. They're packed with antioxidants and potential health benefits. It's thought that polyphenols can improve or help treat digestion and weight management issues, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease, and cardiovascular disease.
70% of your immune system lives in your digestive tract. Your body's naturally-occurring probiotics feed on polyphenols. A polyphenol-rich diet can help you feel better and digest your food better. That's right, eating foods with polyphenols can help fuel our own probiotics, making our own digestive systems healthier.
It's best to get polyphenols by eating foods containing them rather than via supplements, which can limit iron absorption. There are polyphenol blends available for purchase, but they need to be soy-free, lactose-free and manufactured to cGMP standards and have the same high polyphenol content you'd receive if you simple at the food itself, rather than purchase a supplement.
The best way we've found to harness the highest nutrient content of these powerful foods is to eat them raw and also blend them to add to our kombucha and daily blended juices. This has a wonderful effect on my family's health. It helps to detoxify and reduce the inflammation Jovan experiences in his gut. As I've said before, all health begins in the gut, and that's one of the main places we started to try to heal Jovan with his digestive health.
A number of different types of berries are rich in polyphenols. These include popular and easily accessible berries like:
Less commonly found berries (depending on your region) include:
Berries aren't the only fruits with plenty of polyphenols. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a large number of fruits contain high numbers of polyphenols. These include:
Nuts can be very nutritious yet high in caloric value. Full of protein, these nuts are high in polyphenol content as well:
Polyphenols in food plants are a versatile group of phytochemicals with many potentially beneficial activities in terms of disease prevention. There are many vegetables that contain polyphenols, though they usually have less than fruit. Here are a few of our favorites:
August 03rd, 2017
Hello my name is Stephany and I want to share my story. I am a mother of an autistic child. My son is Jovan, and this is his journey.
Brotherly Love: Jovan adores his big brother.