How to Optimize Your Gut Health


What is Gut Health?

Although Hippocrates hypothesized that all diseases begin in the gut over 2,000 years ago, research is recently beginning to truly understand the massive impact that gut health has on overall health, wellbeing and disease control.

The truth is, the gut and its functions are extremely complex. The human body is composed of equal if not more bacteria than cells. We are basically bacteria-bipeds wandering this planet. Only about 10% of our cells are truly human, while the majority is microbial.

We are in an age when transplanting fecal matter (poop) from one person into another is a “thing.” An extremely effective “thing” curing over 90% of patients with Clostridium difficile. But nonetheless, that’s how damaged human’s microbial systems have become.

Better questions we can now answer: How did this happen? And how do we fix it?

The human body is one ecosystem with trillions of micro-organism inhabitants. This is called the human microbiome. We could not live without this massive colony of bacteria. They are in our eyes, skin, digestive and respiratory system.

The largest colony of microbes reside in our digestive system. There’s an entire world going on in there, with certain species performing different functions. Without gut flora, humans would not be able to survive.

Gut flora can be categorized into three groups:

● Beneficial (essential) flora: These are the most important and most abundant microbes (bacteria) found in a healthy individual. Key beneficial players: Bifidobacteria, Lactobacteria, Propionobacteria, E. Coli (physiological strains only), Peptostreptoccocci and Enterococci.

● Opportunistic flora: These microbes have various functions in different combinations. In a healthy body, opportunistic flora is tightly controlled and regulated by the beneficial bacteria. However, in a compromised immune system, these guys can stray and cause health problems. Key opportunistic players: Bacteroids, Peptococci, Staphylococci, Streptococci, Bacilli, Clostridia, Yeasts, Enterobacteria, Fuzobacteria, Eubacteria, Catenobacteria, etc.

● Transitional flora: These microbes are consumed on a daily basis through the environmental toxins and processed food. As long the gut is protected by beneficial bacteria, these microbes will pass through our digestive system without harm. But if it’s damaged, transitional flora can lead to disease. Key transitional players: toxins, chemicals, parasites, bacteria in undigested food and drink.

Immune System & Gut Health

Approximately 80% of our immune system is located in the gut. Basically if your beneficial microbes are M.I.A., there’s a good chance you’re getting sick, my friend. The Mucosal Barrier of the Gastrointestinal (GI) tract is built to allow very small fully digested particles through.

However, when the GI tract becomes stressed, the tight junctions between the cells lining of our GI tract or enterocytes become loose. This allows the unchecked entry of bigger particles into the bloodstream. Your body then sees these larger particles as foreign and activates the immune system just like it would for any pathogen.

The problem is that your immune system has a great memory (via memory B cells). They don’t care what exactly that large particle is. To your immune system, it’s just an intruder that needs to be pulverized. Thus, if you have intestinal permeability depending on what larger particles get through, your immune system can start attacking literally any items that you commonly eat like tomatoes, garlic, cucumbers, even a lean piece of grass-fed steak.

The problem doesn’t end there because if a large particle gets through that looks similar to thyroid, ovarian, adrenal, or mucosal tissue, you may have just set the stage for an auto-immune disease – your own immune system now sees yourself as foreign. This is called molecular mimicry and this chain of events is not something to take lightly.

Energy Metabolism

Without a well-balanced gut flora, digestion and absorption cannot be optimal. This bacteria has the ability to break down protein, carbohydrates, fat and fiber. “By-products of bacterial activity in the gut are very important in transporting mineralsvitamins, water, gases and many other nutrients through the gut wall into the bloodstream.”

Take Away: Even if you followed a ‘perfect’ diet consuming all the “superfoods” in the world, you cannot combat a damaged gut flora. It’s essential to heal the gut first. Then you will be able to able to efficiently digest and absorb healthy foods and supplements. Fiber and lactose (milk sugar) are two substances that require good bacteria for digestion.

Most people don’t produce lactase–the enzyme that breaks down lactose–after infancy. But why then can some people handle dairy while others cannot? This is because these individuals have a lot of lactose-digesting bacteria; one of the most notable ones being E. Coli. Yes, this is same bacteria that also can make us sick.

However, if your gut is populated by physiological strains of E. Coli, you are better equipped to fight off the pathogenic (bad) species of E. Coli.

What Compromises the Microbiome?

The integrity of the gut flora has its roots far before your parents conceived you. Did dad follow a strict Ramen-noodle diet in college? Was mom hanging out with Ben & Jerry on the reg while you were in her tummy? Not to put the blame on our folks’ diet, but it is one contributing factor to a baby’s microbiome among many other factors, including:

Birth & Infancy

● C-section babies
● Bottle-fed babies


● Penicillins
● Tetracyclines
● Aminoglycosides
● Antifungal antibiotics
● Antibiotics wipe out all bacteria–the bad and the good. So, although necessary at times, a dose of these drugs will inherently leave you immune-compromised.

Other Drugs

● Pain killers
● Steroids
● Contraceptives
● Sleeping pills
● Heartburn medication

Processed Foods

● Sugar & processed carbohydrates
● Grain fiber
● Food sensitivities – common allergens and food sensitivities wreak havoc on your digestive system eventually leading to GI tract shutdown, a blunted brush border, dysbiosis, and poor gut health.


● Infectious disease
● Viral infections
● Chronic illness
● Alcoholism
● Dysbiosis – or inappropriate ratio of good vs. bad bacteria residing in the gut. This is the topic of entire books and articles, but in the simplest terms: you are the wolf that you feed. Healthy bacteria thrive on colorful fruits and vegetables, bad bacteria thrive on sugar, artificial  sweeteners, and unhealthy fats. Also, if you have transit time issues, it is very likely that you have some kind of dysbiosis and brain to gut axis issue.


● Short-term stress (recovers fairly easy)
● Prolonged stress (permanent damage)

Other Factors

● Old age
● Over physical exertion
● Surgery
● Pollution
● Toxic substance exposure/ingestion
● Extreme climates
● Environmental Toxins – items like BPA, BT Toxin (found in GMO corn), and Glyphosate (AKA Round-Up).
● Intestinal parasites, microbial infestations, or fungal overgrowth – this is much more common than you might think. 80-90% of our population is believed to have some kind of unwanted GI intruder.

Take away: Think twice before taking antibiotics and popping any over-the-counter or prescribed medication. Please, do not take this fundamentally. Just don’t go running to the doctor the second you have the sniffles. Sure, a Z-Pack will probably make you feel better in the short term, but you’re wiping out all of the good bacteria along with the bad. Plus, overuse of antibiotics leads to antibiotic resistance. So when you really need those meds to work, they may not.

Avoid processed food. It sounds simple, but it’s not with over 80% of the American food supply being altered or processed in some way.

Control “extreme” behaviors. This can be any obsessive act or habit from partying too much to over-exercising to everything in between. Too much of a bad OR good thing causes stress to the body and damages the gut flora.

Practice TLC in the most natural environment possible. You probably won’t witness the lasting effects of recycling that glass bottle but your body will. By removing yourself from life’s stressors aka your 8×8 work cubicle and entering a local park surrounded by lots of green, you will inherently avoid many of those damaging factors.

How to Establish a Healthy Gut?

The information on how to help fix gut health could fill an entire book, let alone an article. While we obviously can’t go into that kind of detail here, we can give you some simple fixes that will get you started on the right track.

Restore Stomach Acid Production

The first step in restoring stomach acid production is addressing any factors that are inhibiting it. This means getting tested for H. pylori if you suspect it, taking steps to manage chronic stress and avoiding acid-suppressing drugs.

The next step is to take hydrochloric acid (HCL). Taking HCL can often help kick start the body’s own acid production. HCL helps limit digestive problems as well as the potentially serious consequences of low stomach acid (such as decreased nutrient absorption, bacterial overgrowth, and increased susceptibility to infection.

Be aware that HCL should always be taken with pepsin — or, better yet, acid-stable protease — because it is likely that if the stomach is not producing enough HCL, it is also not producing enough protein digesting enzymes.

Replace Digestive Enzymes

As mentioned above, the single most important step in increasing digestive enzyme production is by restoring stomach acid production.

This will give the chyme entering the small intestine the proper pH level (acidity), which is what stimulates the pancreas to produce enzymes. Managing chronic stress and ensuring adequate micronutrient (co- enzyme) intake are also important.


This one is a little harder to give a quick overview of, because there are so many potential causes, and some of those causes require a fairly complex approach. What we can do is give you a few general tips that are helpful in most circumstances, regardless of the cause.

The first step would be to cut out gluten. Gluten leads to increased intestinal permeability if you have a gluten allergy/sensitivity or not (via activation of the zonulin pathway). Gluten is not your friend.

Also, just two alcholic beverages will cause damage to the intestinal lining and in turn intestinal permeability. A night of bottle service and pizza is a fantastic way to ramp yourself for an incredible inflammatory response and maybe even good ol’ autoimmune disease.

None of this sounds sexy or fun. Sorry, but we don’t make the rules and we’ve found a fair number of people who are weight loss resistant in our practice.

These people try everything but can’t lose body fat and constantly crave sugar. This is because whenever your immune system is running wild, you will be in a perpetual state of sugar burning and have zero shot at burning stored fat no matter how little you eat or how much you exercise.

Fixing the GI tract and securing up the junctions between our enterocytes is the first step on the road to putting out the inflammatory fire and having a real opportunity to incinerate visceral fat or the bulge around the middle.


The next step would be trying some tweaks to your existing Paleo or “real food” diet. (You are on a Paleo or “real food” diet, aren’t you? If not, that is the first step. Here are three diet fixes we’ve found to be helpful, and they’re listed in the order we suggest you try them:

● Add Fermented Food. Raw, fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir or beet kvass are rich in enzymes and should be consumed regularly if tolerated.
● Try an Elimination diet. Cut out all gluten, dairy, and sugar for a minimum of two weeks (6 weeks is ideal). Begin to add one food back into your diet. A piece of sprouted, whole-grain bread is a good start. Now you begin the waiting game.
● GAPS diet. The GAPS diet is a comprehensive, anti-inflammatory, gut-healing diet. It’s especially helpful with SIBO, dysbiosis, and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

How to Optimize Your Gut Health

Along with these diet tips, we suggest you start adding these probiotic strains and supplements to you daily protocol. Supplemental nutrients can be helpful for immediate relief. These include:

● Ox bile. While not technically an enzyme, ox bile is one of the most effective supplements for improving fat absorption.
● Acid stable protease. Improves protein digestion; acid-stable protease is able to survive the low pH of gastric juices to further aid in protein assimilation.
● Pancreatin. A mixture of enzymes produced by the pancreas, including lipase (fat digesting), protease (protein digesting) and amylase (carbohydrate digesting).
● Bromelain. An enzyme found in pineapple that helps with protein digestion, and may have systemic anti-inflammatory effects.
● Ginger. A time-tested digestive remedy. As with HCL, in most cases you will only need to take these nutrients temporarily, until you are able to address the underlying issues. But they can be incredibly helpful in the meantime.

Probiotic Bacteria

More and more research has shown the effectiveness of daily probiotic supplementationon energy metabolism, immune system strength and disease controlProbiotics are strains of beneficial bacteria. Of course, there are thousands of strains of probiotics, so it’s virtually impossible to get every single strain through one probiotic supplement, but there are some heavy hitters that are widely available and crucial to take on a daily basis.

● Lactobacillus acidophilus
● Lactobacillus plantarum
● Lactobacillus rhamnosus
● Bifidobacterium infantis
● Bifidobacterium lactis

Probiotic Yeast

● Saccharomyces Boulardii


● Organic Jerusalem Artichoke (root)
● Organic Dandelion (leaf)

Digestive Enzymes

● Amylase
● Protease
● Lipase
● Cellulase
● Alpha Galactosidase
● Maltase
● Lactase
● Glucoamylase
● Pectinase
● Xylanase
● Beta Glucanase
● Invertase
● Hemicellulase
● Serratiopeptidase
● Pepsin

Bitter Herbs

Another way to stimulate acid production in the stomach is by taking bitter herbs. “Bitters” have been used in traditional cultures for thousands of years to stimulate and improve digestion. More recently, studies have confirmed the ability of bitters to increase the flow of digestive juices, including HCL, bile, pepsin, gastrin and pancreatic enzymes. The following is a list of bitter herbs commonly used in Western and Chinese herbology:

● Dandelion
● Fennel
● Gentian root
● Ginger
● Beet root
● Goldenseal root
● Milk thistle
● Peppermint
● Wormwood
● Yellow dock

Hydrochloric Acid

● Betaine Hydrochloride


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9 Goede bronnen van probiotica


Het belang van een gezonde darmflora krijgt sinds een paar jaar veel aandacht, en terecht. Door de darmen te voorzien van de goede bacteriën, verbeteren we enorm veel: de vertering, het immuunsysteem, het mentale welzijn, de gezondheid en zelfs het gewicht. Eet dus vaker probiotische voeding. Maar welke 9 voedingssoorten bevatten probiotica?

Voeding nummer 1 die met probiotica geassocieerd wordt is yoghurt. Maar niet iedereen kan tegen zuivel. Gelukkig zijn er nog andere opties!
Sommige van de onderstaande opties bevatten soja. De effecten van soja op de gezondheid zijn helemaal niet zo geweldig, omdat niet iedereen het verschil maakt tussen gefermenteerde en ongefermenteerde bonen. Hierbij komt, dat er bijna geen sojaboon meer die niet gemodificeerd is en die niet veelvuldig besproeid is met pesticiden. Eet soja niet ongefermenteerd en consumeer de bijgerechten miso, tempeh en natto bij voorkeur biologisch en gewoon met mate.

Misosoep kun je kopen of zelf maken met ingrediënten van de toko. Voor miso kunnen ook kikkererwten of bruine rijst gebruikt worden
Wie wel eens bij een Japans restaurant eet, is vast bekend met miso soep; een bouillon (broth) die pasta van gefermenteerde sojabonen bevat. Deze kruidenpasta is een smaakmaker en wordt ook wel umami genoemd, de vijfde smaak. Miso is een gefermenteerde mix van koji (een schimmel), sojabonen, gerst en zout. De pasta zit voor gezonde bacteriën voor vitale darmflora. Je kunt de soja vermijden door miso die gemaakt is van bruine rijst, havermout of kikkererwten.

Tempeh kan ook op basis van kikkererwten zijn
Ook tempeh zit vol goede probiotica. Het bevat gefermenteerde sojabonen en heeft een nootachtige smaak. Tempeh ontstaat door fermentatie van gekookte sojabonen met een Rhizopus schimmel. Door deze fermentatie binden de sojabonen zich tot een vaste witte koek. Oorspronkelijk komt tempeh uit Indonesië: hier werd het toevallig ontdekt doordat gekookte sojabonen in hibiscusblad bewaard werd, en hibiscusblad bevat Rhizopus schimmel bevat, te bewaren. Tempeh wint globaal aan populariteit, omdat mensen het als manier zien om opname van sojabonen te verhogen. Via de boven gegeven links van 2 artikelen lees je waarom het een slecht idee is om met soja en sojagerechten te overdrijven. Er is ook op hennep en op kikkererwt gebaseerde tempeh, die je thuis kunt maken. De Groene Meisjes leggen uit, hoe je tempeh maakt.

Eet zuurkool bij voorkeur rauw. Er zijn tal van lekkere salades te maken met zuurkool !Zelfgemaakte zuurkool heeft een zachtere, minder zure smaak
De zuurkool werd oorspronkelijk in Oost Europa gemaakt: witte kool die door melkzuurgisting zuur wordt. Deze zuurkool uit het vat smaakt normaal gesproken minder zuur, dan dat wij het in de supermarkt kopen en heeft een aangename milde smaak. Je kunt het makkelijk zelf maken. Als je het toch wilt kopen, hou er dan rekening mee dat pasteurisatie de goede bacteriën vernietigt. Je kunt zuurkool combineren met tempeh en zuurdesembrood, zo creëer je een enorme krachtbron van probiotica! Wil je zelf zuurkool maken, bij ‘Levenvanhetland’ leggen ze uit hoe je dit doet. Je hoeft niet perse een speciale zuurkoolpot en zuurkoolstamper te hebben, die gebruik(t)en ze in Oost Europa ook niet.

Kimchi is pittig!
Kimchi lijkt een beetje op zuurkool, maar is de Koreaanse versie. Het gerecht bestaat ook uit gefermenteerde kool en is vrij pittig; er wordt een vurige combinatie van uien, knoflook en hete pepers aan toegevoegd. Het gerecht bij uitstek dus, als je sinussen verstopt zijn. Wil je zelf kimchi maken, een tutorial vind je op Culy. Kimchi is ook verkrijgbaar in strooipoeder, voor wie liever voor het gemak gaat.

Kombucha moet wel met mate gedronken worden
Kombucha is gefermenteerde thee, die je tegenwoordig ook in sommige supermarkten kan vinden. De drank wordt al honderden jaren gebrouwd en bevat gisten, schimmels en lactobacilli. Kombucha bevat suiker, azijn, vitaminen B, antioxidanten, sporenelementen en een beetje alcohol als resultaat van het fermenteren. Ondanks de gezondheidsvoordelen en het feit dat de thee ontgift, moet je hem toch met mate drinken, omdat hij de lever kan belasten, de maag van streek kan maken en voor excessieve ophoping van zuren in het lichaam kan zorgen (metabole acidose). Overdrijf dus ook hier niet. Met een kopje thee in de ochtend bouw je prima aan gezonde darmflora. ‘Eetpaleo’ geeft tips hoe je kombucha zelf maakt. Zelf maken is beter, mits je de hygiëne- en bewaarvoorschriften nauwkeurig in acht neemt.

Yoghurt en kefir
Kefir heeft een lichtfrisse, mildzure smaak
Sommige yoghurt bevat probiotica, zoals de bekende Biogarde. Yoghurt kan vandaag in allerlei vormen komen: op soja basis, hennep basis, kokos basis en amandel basis. In welke van deze vormen dan ook, ze bevatten gezonde bacteriën. Je kunt zelfs je eigen zuivelvrije yoghurt thuismaken! Kefir komt van gefermenteerde dierenmelk en kan je ook thuis maken. Om zelf zuivelvrije yoghurt te maken kies je amandel-, haver-, kokos- of rijstmelk.

Olijven bevatten probiotica? Wie had dat gedacht
Dat olijven probioticapotentie hebben, komt waarschijnlijk als een verrassing! Veel mensen weten dit niet. Maar ook de smakelijk hartige olijven bevatten probiotica, aangezien ze gefermenteerd en gepekeld zijn. Tijdens dit proces kunnen culturen zich vermenigvuldigen en daarom is het zoute snackje gezond voor je darmflora.

Zuurdeeg brood
Zuurdeegbrood verzadigt echt, maar bouwt ook je darmflora op
Een enorme makkelijke manier om meer probiotica binnen te krijgen via de maaltijd is door je oude vertrouwde tarwebrood om te ruilen voor zuurdesembrood. Het brood wordt via een fermentatieproces gemaakt, met een zuurdeegstarter. Het process duurt langer dan bij andere broden. Zuurdeeg brood verzadigt zeer goed en is een stuk compacter dan het meeste reguliere brood. Zelf zuurdesembrood maken is minder makkelijk en je moet hiervoor veel geduld hebben. Het kan de moeite waard zijn, omdat echt zuurdesembrood niet overal te vinden is. Wendy Walrabenstein legt uit hoe je zelf zuurdesembrood maakt.

Augurken: de snack voor je darmbacteriën
Nog een makkelijke manier om meer probiotica aan je voeding toe te voegen is het gebruik van augurken! Doe ze lekker op je (zuurdeeg) boterham. Als komkommers lactofermentatie ondergaan, krijg je augurken. Snack de augurk lekker samen met de olijf. Vegatopia geeft tips om zelf augurken in te maken.

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Een rijk superprobioticum: zelfgebrouwen, in de vorm van Microferm en begin volgend jaar in Nederland verkrijgbaar als goedgekeurd probioticum.

Bron (met veel afbeeldingen):

EM Probioticum, goedgekeurd voor menselijke consumptie, verwacht in Nederland!


In onze berichten van vorige week stond dat er een EM-A variant goedgekeurd was voor menselijk gebruik in Duitsland. Wij hebben nagevraagd bij Agriton en zij bevestigden dat zij ook met een EM-A verpakking komen die geschikt en goedgekeurd is voor menselijk gebruik als probioticum. De verwachting is dat het beschikbaar zal zijn in het begin van volgend jaar. Zodra wij een exacte datum hebben vernemen jullie dat in onze wekelijkse nieuwsbrief.

Gezonde darmbacteriën beschermen tegen vrijwel elke ziekte -nieuwe studie


Gezonde darmflora beschermen tegen bijna elke leeftijd gerelateerde ziekte. Als de balans tussen gezonde/ongezonde darmbacteriën zoek is, dan is dit een oorzaak voor chronische ontsteking. Dit betekent dan het startsein voor -ernstige- aandoeningen. Verandering in het voedingspatroon, pre- en probiotica, kunnen de ziekten voorkomen, blijkt uit Nederlands onderzoek.

Nederlandse onderzoekers transplanteerden de micro-organismen van oude muizen in jonge muizen, en de jonge muizen kregen hierop leeftijd gerelateerde chronische ontsteking.

Hoe darmbacteriën werken bij muizen lijkt op de manier waarop ze functioneren bij mensen. Alzheimer’s, beroertes en cardiovasculaire aandoeningen: veranderingen in het voedingspatroon kunnen deze ziekten voorkomen. Net als bijna alle andere leeftijd gerelateerde ziekten. Uit onderzoeken van de afgelopen jaren blijkt dat de darmen zo’n beetje het hart van alles zijn. Daarom wordt het ook ons tweede brein genoemd.

Het onderzoek werd uitgevoerd door University Medical Center Groningen.

Highlights uit de studie:

Als de samenstelling van de darmbacteriën uit balans is, kan er chronische ontsteking ontstaan. Dit gebeurde bij jonge muizen die het darm-microbioom van oude muizen getransplanteerd kregen. Leeftijd gerelateerde ontsteking wordt ook wel ‘inflammaging’ genoemd. Dit type ontsteking staat in verband met ernstige condities zoals dementie, beroerte en cardiovasculaire ziekten.

Probiotica en darmvriendelijke voeding beschermen tegen “inflammaging” en leeftijd gerelateerde ziekten.

Het is bekend dat oudere mensen een ander bacterieprofiel hebben dan jongere mensen. Het is het startsein voor ziekten.

Leeftijd gerelateerde ontsteking staat in verband met veranderingen die het immuunsysteem ondergaat naarmate men ouder wordt.

Het is niet duidelijk of het de leeftijd is die ontsteking veroorzaakt, of dat ontsteking veroudering veroorzaakt, maar de twee gaan hand in hand.

Voor het onderzoek werden monsters genomen van oudere muizen, van wie de samenstelling van het darm microbioom net als bij mensen verandert tijdens het ouder worden. Na de procedure ontwikkelde zich chronische ontsteking bij de muizen; dit zou normaal gesproken pas later in hun leven gebeuren. Het kwam alleen voor bij de muizen die een ander darm microbioom gekregen hadden.

Ook de oudere muizen kregen een transplantatie van darmbacteriën: namelijk het darm microbioom van de jonge muizen. Met een resultaat dat positief voor de oudere muizen was.

Het onderzoek suggereert dat veroudering tot een disbalans in de darmflora leidt, zodat er meer ‘slechte’ dan goede bacteriën in de darmen aanwezig zijn.

De overhand van de slechte bacteriën maken de darmwand meer doorlaatbaar (lekkende darm), zodat toxines de bloedbaan kunnen besmetten en aandoeningen kunnen veroorzaken zoals inflammatoire darmziekten, obesitas, angst, autisme, diabetes en zelfs kanker.

Er zou een causaal verband zijn tussen ‘oude’ darmbacteriën en inflammaging bij de muizen. Hetzelfde is (nog) niet bewezen bij mensen, maar de onderzoekers merken op dat een correlatie al geobserveerd is.


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#111 90% of Your Body is Microbes


90% of Your Body is Microbes

A book titled, 10% Human by Alanna Collin, was translated into Japanese under the title 90% of your Body is Microbes and published by Kawade Shobo Shinsha at the end of August this year. In the book, the author writes:

You are just 10 per cent human. For every one of the cells that make up the vessel that you call your body, there are nine impostor cells hitching a ride. You are not just flesh and blood, muscle and bone, brain and skin, but also bacteria and fungi. You are more “them” than you are “you.” Your gut alone hosts 100 trillion of them, like a coral reef growing on the rugged seabed that is your intestine. Around 4,000 different species carve out their own little niches, nestled among folds that give your 1.5-metres-long colon the surface area of a double bed. Over your lifetime, you will play host to bugs the equivalent weight of five African elephants. Your skin is crawling with them. There are more on your fingertip than there are people in Britain…. Together, the microbes living on the human body contain 4.4 million genes – this is the microbiome: the collective genomes of the microbiota. These genes collaborate in running our bodies along-side our 21,000 human genes. By that count, you are just half a percent human.

Admittedly a long quote, but the point is that the human body is supported by an extraordinary ecosystem of microorganisms.

From the latter half of the 20th century to the present, autism, various allergies and intractable diseases have been occurring more frequently. Alanna Collin concludes that the healthy microbial ecosystem has been compromised because of daily use of
convenient chemical substances, including disinfection, antibiotics, etc.

This book gathers a lot of convincing evidence, and it summarizes this without leaving any room for objection. If one re-reads and understands the quoted part at the beginning, EM stakeholders will not say “No way” but rather find it eye opening, nodding their heads in agreement.

They say that the increase in incurable diseases is due to the damage done to microorganisms that exist like God, supporting all existence on Earth, but solutions to these are as follows:

1. Stop excessive use of chemically synthesized substances such as disinfectants and detergents due to an excessive concern for hygiene.

2. Stop the overuse of antibiotics, insecticides, and chemicals used in sterilization.

3. Ensure that the microbiome in the intestine becomes beneficial by taking enough vegetable fiber to serve as a substrate for good bacteria (food source).

4. If you still cannot solve the problem, transplant the stool of a person who has healthy microbiota.

We are firmly convinced that if these four points are put into practice the majority of diseases will be resolved.

Certainly it is true that triggers of diseases include various stresses, electromagnetic waves, radiation (including medical exposure), air pollution and water pollution, as well as problems related to modern agriculture that structurally requires fertilizers and agricultural chemicals, as well as unfair systems in an excessively competitive society, and even aspects of individual human personality.

“EMIKOSAN,” EM for human consumption in Germany

In the United States and Germany, drinkable EM is on the market. Although not widely promoted, the volume of sales has increased dramatically every year, and it is common knowledge that various health problems have been resolved through it use. Even in our country, there are many people maintaining optimal health by drinking EM of their own accord, using herbs and fruits and so on to make fermented beverages with EM.

There are some reports that in the case of epigenetic-caused dysfunctional genes, genetic defects were considerably corrected when drinking EM. In the accepted wisdom of traditional medicine this is considered impossible, and is seen to lie in the realm of the miraculous.

This book also introduces the fact that microorganisms function complementarily with genes that do not function sufficiently, and that microorganisms support various functions beyond the limits of human genes. For DNA (gene) absolutists, it is a theory that should not be tolerated, but it is already clear who the winner is.

Classical physicists dismiss out of hand my argument that microorganisms render electromagnetic waves harmless or eliminate radioactivity. However, the function of ultra super microorganisms, including the atomic transformation by microorganisms, etc., has become clear, something that goes far beyond the contents of this book.

“PRO EM-1,” EM for human consumption in the U.S.
Until now, when we used EM, treating it as almost divine, miraculous things have happened many times, but if you we ignore EM, or treat it as a mere servant to be used for your own selfish purposes, then you won’t have any good results. In principle, the resonance effect of the person using it and the EM sympathetically amplify energy, a common phenomenon also recognized in the world of “ki” and prayer.

Some books have begun to appear that attempt to use quantum mechanics to explain such diverse phenomena, and experimental results demonstrating the principle of homeopathy have also appeared. That is, vibrational energy is applied to water, substances and microorganisms are added to it, then it is gradually diluted, ultimately to a level where no such substance or microorganisms exist, however the wave properties remain, and these function in the reproduction of the substances and microorganisms.

EM-1 Bacteria cells

When it reaches this level, it can only be explained by the field of quantum mechanics, where anything goes. It is the position of quantum mechanics that before substances and life occur they are in a state where they can possibly become anything. The basic idea is that all things have both particle and wave properties at the same time and can become anything.

The methods of amplifying this quantum state (Superconductivity and the Meissner effect) are also utilized as the principle behind various ascetic disciplines, and when the enzymes that microorganisms have function, this creates a quantum state. From this point of view, atomic transformation by microorganisms is only natural, and it is correct to say that effective microorganisms such as EM are like an almighty God.

There are nearly countless kinds of enzymes, and the various phenomena occurring on Earth can either be heavenly or hellish, depending on the enzymes produced by microorganisms. In other words, enzymes produced by good bacteria and enzymes produced by the bad bacterium are in a struggle with each other.

If this book 90% of Your Body is Microbes is taken as the most important basis for understanding microorganisms and EM application is further developed from this perspective, the majority of diseases will disappear, and it goes without saying that safe, comfortable, low cost, high quality, virtuous cycle, sustainable solutions can be achieved in all fields, including the nation’s finances.

(October 13, 2016)




Scientists are finally starting to understand the gut and brain connection, and this understanding can lead to huge breakthroughs in regard to various mental disorders, and how what’s going on in the gut could actually be a culprit for many of these illnesses. Many are surprised to learn that an estimated 90% of the serotonin produced by the body actually comes from the gut! This may lead us to believe that proper nutrition, gut microbiome, and digestion might be a key component to a healthy mind.

 Recently, bacteria have been discovered in the gut that depends solely on one of the chemicals in our brains for survival. These bacteria consume a molecule known as GABA; this molecule is crucial for calming the brain. This shows directly how gut bacteria can affect our mood.

Philip Strandawitz and his colleagues from Northeastern University in Boston have recently discovered that a species of recently discovered gut bacteria, called KLE1738 could only be grown if it was provided with GABA molecules. While announcing his findings at the annual meeting of the American Society of Microbiology in Boston last month, Strandawitz said, “Nothing made is grown, except GABA.”

GABA acts by inhibiting signals from nerve cells, which calms down the activity of the brain. This is why it’s so surprising that a bacteria in the gut needs it in order to grow and reproduce. Interestingly enough, low levels of GABA are directly linked to depression and other mood disorders. The findings of this study just provide further evidence that the bacteria in our gut are directly affecting the function of our brains.

What Does This Mean For Treatment Of Depression?

An experiment performed in 2011 showed how a type of gut bacteria called Lactobacillus rhamnosus can actually alter the GABA activity in the brains of mice, as well as directly influencing how the mice are responding from stress. Researchers involved in this study found that this effect disappeared when they surgically removed the vagus nerve, linking the gut to the brain, in the mice. This suggests that it plays a role in the influence that gut bacteria have on the brain.

Now, Strandawitz is looking for other gut bacteria that consume, or alternatively produce GABA. This way he can test their effects on the brains and behavior of animals. This research may eventually lead to alternative treatments for various mood disorders including depression and anxiety.

Is It Really As Simple As Diet?

Perhaps. We can’t really say for sure, but having a healthy gut can relate to having a healthy mind. There are more and more instances being documented from people who have completely changed their diets, and the impact it has had on their mood, symptoms of depression and, believe it or not, on autism as well.

There are many different contributing factors leading to an imbalance of gut flora, which in turn can lead to various mental and physical issues. Overuse of antibiotics without taking probiotics can cause this, not being breastfed as a baby could lead to gut issues down the road, also, being born from a C-section can also cause issues later on, as the beneficial bacteria that would normally be passed to the baby during birth is bypassed. These factors and more can lead to many different ailments and allergies.

After all our guts go through, it is no surprise that many of us are struggling with so many health disorders and allergies, but having this awareness – that so much is dependent on an optimal functioning gut and digestive system – is the first step towards taking back our health!

I highly suggest the book, Medical Medium by Anthony William, where these topics are explored on a much deeper level.

Have you changed your life by changing your diet and bringing balance to your gut flora? Let us know your story!

Much Love


EM- Verenging: EM-Actief (zoals Microferm) wordt gebruikt als probiotica. Er zijn mensen die merken dat ze bij het drinken van EM-Actief minder tot geen negatieve hebben!

Gut bacteria found to trigger gene that protects against type 1 diabetes


Researchers have discovered that a powerful guardian gene known to protect against a variety of autoimmune diseases, including type 1 diabetes, is triggered by the bacteria in our gut. This finding offers a clue to the complex interaction between our genes, immune system and gut microbiota.

Scientists at the Harvard Medical School set out to investigate what factors influence the activity of a powerful gene complex known as the human leukocyte antigen (HLA). It has been known for some time that specific variants of HLA genes in humans and major histocompatibility complexes (MHC) in mice can protect against diseases such as type 1 diabetes, but how that influence is exerted has been a mystery.

The team focused on gut bacteria as being a potential catalyst for modulating the genes’ activity. In a series of experiments, non-obese diabetic (NOD) mice engineered to carry a guardian gene were treated with gut bacteria killing antibiotics at various times in their development.

The mice treated with antibiotics during the first six weeks of life were found to subsequently develop symptoms of early stage type 1 diabetes despite holding the protective guardian gene. On the other hand, when treated with antibiotics at between six and 10 weeks of age, the mice still displayed signs of genetic diabetic resistance.

These results imply that early-life formation of gut microbiota has a significant effect on gene modulation influencing immune system behavior. The experiment also delivered antibiotics to mother mice in the 10 days before giving birth and discovered this also disrupted their offspring’s genetic protections. This particularly highlights the influence of a mother’s microbiota on her offspring.

Exactly how the bacteria in the gut affects gene activity is still unknown, but the researchers suggest that this offers clear evidence of how disrupting the early development of an individual’s gut microbiome can usurp any genetic predisposition and alter proper immune function.

“Our findings need to be borne out in further experiments,” says co-lead of the study Diane Mathis. “However, our results powerfully illustrate the notion that early antibiotic exposure can modulate disease risk and that avoiding or at least minimizing antibiotic treatment in infants and pregnant women during critical periods of development may be a good idea.”

The last experiment the team conducted involved fecal transplants from mice with the guardian gene to mice without that genetic protection. The mice receiving the fecal transplant displayed a reduction in pancreatic cell inflammation, the general marker signaling the onset of type 1 diabetes. This solidifies the role gut bacteria plays in regulating our immune system and suggests future treatments for autoimmune diseases could be targeted at the gut microbiome.

The new research was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Source: Harvard Medical School

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