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Your Gut and Your Health
Dianne Rishikof MS, RDN, LDN, IFNCP President of Health Takes Guts, Inc.
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Functional Nutrition and Gut Health
• My story • Functional Medicine/Nutrition • Holistic • Resolve problems at the root
• The GUT!
• Microbiome • Why it is important, signs and symptoms of an unhealthy microbiome • Cancer and the Microbiome • Inflammation and Leaky Gut • Brain • Hormones
• Thyroid • Sex • Stress
• What can you do for your microbiome • What to remove and what to add
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What is the Gut?
nutrient digestion and absorption
the digestive tract
what foods we crave
we make
how well we can focus our mood
our weight our behavior our ability to fight germs how tired we are how our genes are
Signs and Symptoms of an Unhealthy Microbiome • Bloating • Distension • Belching
• Gas • Heartburn, reflux, (GERD) • Diarrhea
• Constipation • Pain and cramps • Lack of energy • Headaches and migraines
• Frequent colds or illness • Memory problems • Joint pain
• Bad breath • Hormone imbalances • Acne
• Dizziness
overgrowth (SIBO)
colitis • Celiac disease
• Alzheimer’s disease • Parkinson’s disease • Lupus
• Anxiety • Depression
• Behavior problems in older kids • Chronic fatigue syndrome • Fibromyalgia • Eczema
• Psoriasis • Cancer • Diabetes (both types)
• Heart disease • Hypothyroid • Hashimoto’s disease
• Grave’s disease
Cancer and the Microbiome • “Microbiota can modulate immunity and, therefore, immune therapeutic
responses” • Microbes cause inflammation (or reduce inflammation) • Inflammation is at the root of most cancers
• “Microbes have the potential power to influence tumor progression” • Studies have shown that a more diverse and more abundant microbiota found
in those who responded to treatment compared to those who did not • Strongest research:
• Colon cancer • Prostate cancer
• Langevin L. CANCER PREVENTION: The Role of Inflammation, Phytochemicals, and the Microbiome. Today's Dietitian [serial online]. February 2018;20(2):42-47. Available from: CINAHL Complete, Ipswich, MA.
• Francescone R, Hou V, Grivennikov SI. Microbiome, Inflammation and Cancer. Cancer journal (Sudbury, Mass). 2014;20(3):181-189. doi:10.1097/PPO.0000000000000048.
• Cheng RS, Wong K-K. The hope of modulating microbiome in the management of cancer patients. Adv Mod Oncol Res 2018; 4(2): 289.
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Hope • “Modulation of host gut microbiota has a
promising future for cancer intervention”
• “Metagenomic analysis of stool samples might soon be a standard test for monitoring the cancer risk and treatment response of an individual”
• “Potential for microbiome modulation in therapies”
• Scott A, Merrifield C, Alexander J, Marchesi J, Kinross J. Highlights from the
Inaugural International Cancer Microbiome Consortium Meeting (ICMC), 5-6 September 2017, London, UK. Ecancermedicalscience [serial online]. October 2017;11(770-791):1-9. Available from: Academic Search Complete, Ipswich, MA. Accessed June 12, 2018.
• Sfanos KS, Yegnasubramanian S, Nelson WG, Marzo AMD. The inflammatory microenvironment and microbiome in prostate cancer development. Nature Reviews Urology. 2017;15(1):11-24. doi:10.1038/nrurol.2017.167.
• Weimann A. Influence of nutritional status on postoperative outcome in patients
with colorectal cancer – the emerging role of the microbiome. Innovative Surgical Sciences. 2017;3(1):55-64. doi:10.1515/iss-2017-0039.
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• There is an overgrowth of a pathogen.
• There might not be enough beneficial bacteria.
• There is not enough diversity (a wide variety of species of microbes).
• What causes this? • C-sections • Formula feeding • Antibiotic use • GI infections, body
infections • Poor diet • Chronic Stress • Toxins • Alcohol, smoking • Medications (birth
control, antacids)
Impaired Intestinal Permeability (Leaky Gut) Causes:
• Dysbiosis
• Infections/pathogens
• Chronic stress: both physical or emotional, including sleep deprivation • Gluten: gluten increases zonulin
• Inflammation
Gut and Brain
• ENS (enteric nervous system) • Exist on its own • People with IBS have a
hypersensitive ENS
• Gut Brain Axis • Two way communication • Vegus nerve • 9 times as many
messages from the gut to the brain
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and emotional faculties such as focus, attention, mood, aggression, calmness, and agitation. • Producing BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) • Influencing the degree of stress response. • Influencing moods and thoughts. • Influencing behavior.
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Brain à Gut • Changing motility (how fast
or slow things move through your digestive tract). • Altering intestinal
permeability (leaky gut). • Altering immune function. • Signals from the brain can
actually feed the bacteria! Anxiety feeds the damaging bacteria and a positive mood feeds the beneficial ones.
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T3 and RT3 compete for cellular binding sites
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Full Thyroid Panel: • TSH • Total T4 • Free T4 • Total T3 • Free T3 • Reverse T3 • Antibodies (2)
Hormones: Thyroid
Thyroid à Gut
• Hypothyroid • Feel cold • Brain fog • Weight gain • Fatigue • Constipation • Poor GI motility • Leaky gut • Sluggish gallbladder • Low stomach acid
• Hyperthyroid • Feel warm • Weight loss • Racing pulse • Anxiety • Diarrhea • Increased GI motility
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Gut à Thyroid
• Gut health (or disorder) is at the root of thyroid issues
• Microbiome converts a percentage of our T4 to T3 • Must be beneficial bacteria • Dysbiosis interferes with this conversion
• Gut Infections • Increase RT3
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Gut à Sex hormones
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• Gut lining integrity
• Sensitivity of the gut (how much we can feel what is going on in there)
• Motility (how quickly or slowly food moves through our intestines)
• Immune reactions of the gut
• Progesterone:
Effects of Stress/Cortisol • Disrupts other hormones • Can cause changes in intestinal motility • Increase intestinal permeability • Interferes with proper digestion, secretions • Alters your microbiome towards dysbiosis • Affects body’s ability to heal (gut replaces
itself every few days) • Increased sensitivity • Increases inflammation • Disrupts sleep • Suppresses the immune system
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What can you do for your microbiome
• Diet • Supplements • Exercise • Stress management • If suffering, get professional help • 5R protocol
• Remove, replace, repair, reinoculate, relax
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1. Foods that irritate and damage your gut
2. Foods that cause a reaction for you—food sensitivities and food intolerances
3. Unhealthy microbes-- eliminate dysbiosis.
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What foods negatively affect the gut? • NSAIDs (aspirin,
ibuprofen) • Alcohol • Caffeine • Added sugar and
sugary foods • Processed refined
• Processed vegetable oils (corn, soybean) and trans fats
• Additives and preservatives (found in packaged processed food)
• Artificial sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose, sugar alcohols, all found in “sugar free” products)
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Sugar is everywhere • Soda, fruit juice drinks, lemonade • Baked goods, cookies, muffins, pancakes • Bread • Desserts, cake, ice cream, pies • Flavored yogurt • Flavored oatmeal packets • Granola bars • Sauces, tomato sauce, marinades, salad dressing • Canned fruit • Condiments, relish, ketchup, mayonnaise • Flavored specialty coffee drinks, sweetened tea
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Food Sensitivities and Intolerances
• How to know if you have one?
• Common:
• Gluten
• Dairy
• Soy
• Corn
• Eggs
• Nuts
Remove unhealthful microbes • Anti-microbials:
• Allicin (garlic) • Caprylic acid (coconut) • Oregano • Thyme • Peppermint oil • Berberine • Wormwood • Grapefruit seed extract • Pau d’arco • Goldenseal • Uva ursi (barberry) • Black walnut • Echinacea • Olive extract
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Replace: Restore or Enhance digestion
Signs of low stomach acid: • Belching • Bloating immediately after meals • Undigested food in stool • Food feels like it is sitting in the
stomach • Iron or B12 deficiencies • Constipation • Nausea after taking supplements
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Replace: Enzymes
Symptoms of low digestive enzymes: • Bloated after meals (one-three hours later) • Feeling like a rock in stomach • Undigested food in stool • Flatulence • Abdominal cramping
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Replace: Bile
Indications you might need to replace bile: • Gallbladder removed • Sluggish gallbladder • Oily foul-smelling stools that float • Diarrhea • Pain in the left side under rib cage
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Repair: Heal the gut lining
• Chewing thoroughly • Digestive enzymes • Gelatin • Bone broth • L-glutamine 1-15gm/day • Colostrum • Omega 3s (fish oil) • Antioxidants: Vitamins A, E, C • Aloe • Zinc Carnosine (75mg) • Vitamin D
• Phosphatidylcholine • Quercetin • Turmeric • Deglycyrrhized licorice • Marshmallow herb • Butyrate • Probiotics • Slippery elm • NAC • Glycine
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Reduce inflammation:
• Turmeric, Curcumin
Probiotic supplements
we can’t get in a pill!
• Essential to go with a high quality company
• Make it thru stomach acid, independent testing to
prove quality
Reinoculate: Fiber-Prebiotics Feed the beneficial microbes
• Bananas (under ripe)
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Proper conditions for digestion
and secretion • Nutrient absorption • Intestinal motility • Cleansing waves
Pause for 30 seconds before eating
Eat when calm and eat slowly
Chew and chew and chew some more
Fast between dinner and breakfast (12 hours)
Relax: Stress Management
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Tips and tricks to fit relaxation breaks into your typical day: • At every red light, between each email or meeting: take a deep breath. Breathe in for a count of 6, and breathe out for a count of 8. Repeat as long as you can. • Set reminders on your phone, for every hour or half hour. When your reminder goes off, practice deep breathing or stand up and do some stretches. • Listen to music. Turn off the social media and the text notifications and listen to a song or two.
• Sit and stare at the wall for five minutes. Seriously, doing nothing does something. • Get some fresh air and sunshine. Go for a walk around the block, even if it is cold. • Laugh. Find something that makes you laugh. Watch a comedy sketch or read a funny book.
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