The Magic in Your Microbiome
Dr. Grace PharmD consults and helps clients gain optimal performance through rebuilding the microbiome after damage from modern living. She uses nutrigenomic tools and other advanced functional lab testing.
Currently she is training functional medicine leaders to approach gut protocols with her expertise.
Clients include paleo movement leaders and a UFC MMA fighter in the top 10.
She has been invited to speak at Ancestral Health Symposium, including 2016 in Boulder, CO, Paleo Convention Berlin, PaleoFx for two years in a row, interviewed for a documentary (by ‘Microbirth’ producers) and Women’s Health UK magazine on the skin-gut microbiome. Recently she shared the stage with Dr. David Perlmutter (author Grain Brain) on the Expert Microbiome Panel at Paleof(x)16 in Austin, Texas. Dr. Grace PharmD has also been interviewed for the Keto Summit, Detox Summit, Supercharge Your Gut Summit with Lee Holmes, Robb Wolf podcast, Sigma Nutrition, Endurance Planet, and Bulletproof Radio with Dave Asprey. She is currently finishing a book on the topic, “The Amazing Gut: The Magic and Madness of the Microbiome”, scheduled to be released in October 2016. The Gut Institute will be hosting Microbiome Medicine, live training on December 3-4th, 2016 in Oakland California. Dr. Grace is co-teaching with 2 other doctorate trained Functional Pharmacists Dr. Anh Nguyen, PharmD BCACP and Dr. Erika Gray, PharmD.
Your Gut Is an Ecosystem
Finding a Core Microbiota
The Italian children, on the other hand, ate a diet rich with sugar, baked goods, refined grains, few legumes and high-fiber vegetables, and few fermented foods beyond yogurt, as is common in industrialized countries. You can probably see where this is going: unsurprisingly, populations in Burkino Faso have little to no obesity, autism, allergies, diabetes, depression, cancer, or digestive disorders. Most of the chronic ailments we suffer from in industrialized countries are almost completely absent! By studying the microbiomes of these and other hunter-gatherers from around the world, it becomes clear that there is a core microbiota in healthy people that defies gender, geography, and age. This core microbiota, as we will see, is marked by high numbers of beneficial, peacekeeping protectors, and low numbers of opportunistic pathogens.
What Is a Healthy Microbial Signature?
Many factors have contributed to the destruction of our guts - widespread antibiotic use, over-sanitation, and a lack of exposure to healthy dirt (and the bacteria that come with it) all work together to eliminate our peacekeepers. With these helpful bacteria depleted, empty niches in our gut’s ecosystem are filled instead by harmful, opportunistic pathogens. Using the analogy of a garden, cultivating beneficial plants, ladybugs, and butterflies and allowing them to flourish crowds out destructive, invasive species - just like in the guts of the children of Burkina Faso.
What to Look for: Genova
Genova GI Effects testing are a great way to get a peak under the hood of your gut. The table below lists examples of both the opportunistic pathogens and the beneficial peacekeepers that may appear in your results. A useful acronym to remember the major beneficial bacteria is ABC: Akkermansia, Bifidobacteria longum, Bacteroidiales, Christensenella, and Clostridiales (Faecalibacterium andRoseburia).
Interpreting Your Results
Faecalibacterium, Roseburia, Bacteroides: These are protective, peacekeeping bacteria. Hundreds of studies in humans show that abundance of these genera are associated with healthier and disease-free babies, children and adults. The ancestral microbiome has plenty of these life - giving bacteria! Keep these around!
Prevotella, P. copri: In healthy individuals without dysbiosis, Prevotella is correlated with good health; however, after antibiotic exposure and in the face of gut imbalance, Prevotella can be highly associated with joint aches, headaches, rheumatoid arthritis, metabolic disorders and autoimmune disorders (!). Prevotella consumes complex starches and fiber, and psyllium may cause it to flare if there are pathogenic overgrowths.
Fertilizing Your Microbial Ecosystem
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Dr. Grace Liu PharmD Founder of TheGutInstitute.com