I met Dr. Bill Davis last year and have since enjoyed many conversations with him about the microbiome, brain health, chronic disease, and more. I’ve also had the pleasure of speaking in his Undoctored community!
I’ve learned a lot from him and his previous books, which is why I was excited to read his latest release, Super Gut, all about connecting the dots between gut health and common ailments people are struggling with.
There are a few overarching themes Dr. Davis draws on throughout the book:
Our modern lifestyles have disrupted the composition of microbes in the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract. And these imbalances are to blame for many residual health issues including IBS to PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome to depression and more. And unfortunately, rather than addressing the proliferation of unhealthy bacteria, doctors treat these issues by prescribing expensive medications with long lists of side effects. Our food supply, which includes many antibiotic compounds, and what Dr. Davis calls “Frankengrains,” doesn't help either. Restoring the microbiome, and then building a super gut is the solution for living a long, healthy life.
The same disruptions that cause small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) can also enable fungal species to climb up the GI tract: a related condition called small intestinal fungal overgrowth (SIFO). If SIBO or SIFO is caught early enough and a healthy microbiome can be restored, and many of the accompanying chronic conditions will fade away. Dr. Davis outlines how to recognize the signs to look for, and how to deal with them throughout the book.
The fecalization of America is causing some of the most troublesome health problems in modern people. Fecalization, when fecal microbes, usually restricted to the colon, appear in the small intestine, confers the characteristic appearance of stool seen normally in the colon up into the ileum on GI scans. The majority of those who have it are in their 20s, 30s and 40s, and not acutely ill but have chronic abdominal complaints such as diarrhea and bloating. Taking antibiotics, the antibiotics in our food supply, smoking, consuming too much alcohol, refined sugar, artificial sweeteners, and acid-blocking drugs can all contribute to shifts in bowel flora species.;
Rebuilding your gut is possible and can change the course of your life. Dr. Davis shares his four-week plan, and many useful strategies, resources, and recipes for healing in Super Gut. And we’re honored Sugar Shift was listed among them as a “preferred probiotic!” In addition, there are some great yogurt recipes to try, made with probiotics! Here’s a recipe you can make at home with Sugar Shift, thanks to powerhouse strain L. reuteri! Sugar Shift is available in capsules and will be available in powdered form soon.
Sugar Shift yogurt
Our recipe is based Dr. William Davis’ recipe in Super Gut.
1 scoop Sugar Shift® Starter Culture or use Sugar Shift®
capsules (simply open 2-4 capsules into a bowl. It doesn’t
need to be precise).
1 quart half-and-half or whole cream
In a medium to large bowl, combine the Sugar Shift, and 2 tablespoons of half-and-half. Make a slurry to ensure it does not clump. Mix thoroughly. Stir in the remaining half-and-half. Cover lightly put on your countertop or place in your fermenting device (AKA yogurt machine), and ferment at room temperature or up to 105 degrees F for about 12 - 36 hours. Every batch is different, don’t worry if your yogurt takes longer or it’s done sooner. Taste along the way and refrigerate when you reach the consistency and flavor you like best.
To summarize, Super Gut is a must-read for anyone looking to enhance their knowledge about the microbiome and how it impacts our overall health. Whether you’re struggling with a specific health challenge and want to restore your gut, or you simply want to feel your best, the science Dr. Davis articulates and the plan he lays out will equip you for long term health and well being. Get your copy here today!
Martha Carlin, is a “Citizen Scientist”, systems thinker, wife of Parkinson’s warrior, John Carlin, and founder of The BioCollective , a microbiome company expanding the reach of science and BiotiQuest, the first of it’s kind probiotic line. Since John’s diagnosis in 2002, Martha began learning the science of agriculture, nutrition, environment, infectious disease, Parkinson’s pathology and much more. In 2014, when the first research was published showing a connection between the gut bacteria and the two phenotypes of Parkinson’s, Martha quit her former career as a business turnaround expert and founded The BioCollective to accelerate the discovery of the impact of gut health on all human disease. Martha was a speaker at the White House 2016 Microbiome Initiative launch, challenging the scientific community to “think in a broader context”. Her systems thinking background and experience has led to collaborations across the scientific spectrum from neuroscience to engineering to infectious disease. She is a respected out of the box problem solver in the microbiome field and brings a unique perspective to helping others understand the connections from the soil to the food to our guts and our brains.
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