I’ve finally received my uBiome results. And they ain’t pretty.
If this past trip home was any indication there is still work to be done, these test results cemented this belief. Having eliminated beer, sugar, and other possible gut inflammatory triggers for those with a sensitive gut, I thought a great deal of healing would have occurred over this past month. December 26, however, was the rude awakening that I was masking all the symptoms by not aggravating my gut. By pouring in liquid gasoline in the form of alcohol and questionable foods, my gut became engulfed in a whirlwind of inflammation. Eff word. Looks like we a bit too hard, still some work to be done but I guess its just in time for those cheesy New Year’s Resolutions.
I am committed to improving my gut health, as are most of you. Two weeks before my holiday gut massacre, I sent in my uBiome sample. To much avail, it provided me with mixed results.
My basic diet was that of organic veggies, variety of tubers and lentils, oats, grass-fed beef, lamb, and salmon. Supplementation of Renew Life 50 Billion, a dash of Prescript Assist, along side of mega dosing with MSM+Vitamin C. Oh and did I mention a beer fast from Thanksgiving till Christmas. Woof.
25% of my sample was unclassified. This made me feel a bit cheated. Could this be the hidden clues of a specific species causing my whoa’s? Could this be a parasitic infestation that couldn’t be classified by uBiomes testing techniques. The only way to get a clearer picture would be to get Genova Diagnostics.
For the other 75% the numbers didn’t look too good, as the gut guardians were low in numbers. Diversity of different species was also low too.These could all be impacted due to the surgery I had a few months ago, when I was given antibiotics. I suspect that my low body weight is contributed by the lack of absorption of my foods. I eat ALOT + the best foods I can get my hands on. While I am extremely active, I tend to think there is something deeper going on.
The real warning signal came after having a couple of beers, the next day I experienced Silent GERD. It’s just another sign that I have SIBO or unbalanced Small Intestines. Thankfully, it isn’t as bad as I was a year ago, but still, I need to get my body in working order. I would say most who have adopted a SAD diet and have had exposure to antibiotics have issues in the upper gut. This dysbiosis will eventually catch up with those who don’t address it, and down the road will lead to bigger issues. This is why I’m so hell bent on getting my upper gut in tip top shape, not only for performance as an active adventurer, but for my ability to thrive in my later years.
Luckily, Dr. Grace has outlined a method to weed out the microbes taking home in the Small Intestines. One of the key things is to increase my B. Longum, Christensenellacae, and Akkermansia. B. Longum and Akkermansia are the inhabitant’s that live on the mucus layer of our guts. They work in harmony with our small and large intestines, providing protection from pathogens and maintaining the tightly sealed junctions of our intestines that can become so fragile when inflamed by disruption in the flora. When looking at my numbers, it looks like gut is being protected by the few in numbers, Night’s Watch, and the fearless White Walkers are just about ready to take The Wall. GOT reference for all you fans out there 😉
Switching up my probiotics in this round, electing to give Bioclinic Naturals (per our future podcast guest) a try instead of ReNew Life. Even with all my bean eating, and whole food RS, my Bifido populations didn’t reflect a diet that encouraged their growth. By adding in more inulin based food (roasting Jerusalem Root) and supplementing with Yacon Syrup (drizzled on my oatmeal) I hope to give Akkermansia and B. Longum the feast they need to out duel these pesky misplaced microbes.
Hoping to see better results on the next round of testing. Have you had similar findings with your results? What’s your approach in helping rebuild the gut guardians?