Healthy Stomach Bacteria and the Neuroimmune System – Part 4

By: Dr. Michael Lam, MD, MPH; Justin Lam, ABAAHP, FMNM


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How Exercise Effects Healthy Stomach Bacteria

Exercise may diversify the gut flora. Athletes had increased bacterial diversity in the gut and fewer indications of inflammation compared to non-athletes. Researchers found that individuals who participated in moderate exercise more than 30 times a month presented with escalated levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), compared to individuals who either didn’t exercise at all or exercised at an extreme level. BDNF promotes anti-inflammatory pathways and leads to the promotion of both brain and healthy stomach bacteria.

When Strategies Do Not Work

systemic infections and healthy stomach bacteriaThe above strategies will work well for most healthy people. You should be more cautious, however, if you suffer from certain conditions such as:

If you have Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) or a systemic infection, such as Lyme Disease and Candida, fermented foods or supplements may actually makes the overgrowth worse, leading to bloating, flatulence, and pain.

If you have Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), enzymes supplements may trigger inflammation in certain people.
If you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), excessive exercise can trigger constipation and fatigue.

Excessive enzyme supplementation may lead to diarrhea. The proper blend of digestive pancreatic enzymes should be considered for the clinical setting.

Excessive probiotics may lead to constipation. The largest number of beneficial bacteria is not always the best. In fact, it can often lead to brain fog, bloating, fatigue, and anxiety. The primary focus should be finding the proper amount to match the body’s ability to assimilate the metabolites and promote healthy stomach bacteria.

Excessive fermented food in a body that is already congested can lead to brain fog, anxiety, and depression.

Co-enzyme Q10 can lead to insomnia if you’re taking 100 mg or more per day. At 300 mg per day, an increase in liver enzymes has been reported. Rashes, nausea, dizziness, and fatigue have been also reported in some people. If you suffer from AFS, you may see an increase in those symptoms you already deal with if you take this supplement.

Selenium can have significant side effects when taking high doses or for long-term use. An increased risk of developing diabetes has been shown when long-term use is involved. Nausea, vomiting, loss of energy, and irritability have been reported. Lightheadedness and tremor are possible side effects, as well. Selenium can stimulate the immune system and may increase the risk of autoimmune diseases, in theory. Hypothyroidism can be made worse with selenium unless you take iodine along with it.

Vitamin C may cause diarrhea initially, but this should go away with continued use. However, vitamin C also increases the absorption of iron, so caution should be taken if you are also taking iron supplements.

Vitamin E has blood thinning qualities, so it may interfere with any other blood thinning medications you may be taking. Of greater concern is the fact that vitamin E may enhance your body’s sensitivity to your own insulin if you’re an adult with adult onset diabetes. Other studies have shown vitamin E to increase blood pressure in people with diabetes.

The weaker your health is, the more careful planning you will need to use with these rebalancing strategies due to other conditions that are often preexisting, such as liver congestion, extracellular matrix pollution, receptor site damages, and hypersensitivities. This includes most Adrenal Fatigue, chronic fatigue, and those struggling with advancing cancer. Always consult a knowledgeable and experienced healthcare professional, because the wrong approach can worsen your condition quickly.

Microbiome Diet Summary

The microbiome diet for healthy stomach bacteriaSince the microbiome plays a major role in the gut-brain connection, gut flora can be used to alter the neuroaffective and inflammatory circuits of the NEM stress response system. The connections are so complex and numerous that much more research needs to be done to explore these mechanisms and individual variations. In the meantime, however, consider using prebiotics or probiotics in your recovery plan to promote healthy stomach bacteria and mental health.

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