Rheumatoid Arthritis and The Importance of Good Gut Health

My name is Laurie McLean. I was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 2 for those of you that haven’t been here before my blog focuses on inspiring others with rheumatoid arthritis and educating those with the disease or those who, maybe don’t know anything about the disease, but have a Loved one or a friend somebody they care about with it, so this is one of those episodes where we are going to get educated big time.

The topic today is gut health and we are discussing it with the rhone Ruben of gut Lee haven’t heard of gut Lee before, don’t don’t worry, neither I they have a liquid probiotic. That is amazing. Now you know hopefully, that I don’t talk about products a whole lot on this blog and, alas, I believe in them. That’S what I did with the sketch of shoes and now with this, the gut Lee liquid, probiotic Tyrone Rubin, is graciously provided a ten percent off discount code to our air of yours right there, our era and is what you enter, that checkout to get your probiotics.

So this is tasteless yay, you know some of those probiotics. They can taste a little a little funky right. Well, this one, nothing it’s like taking water, it really is plant-based yeah and it doesn’t need to be refrigerated. So when you go traveling this bad boy, it can come right along with you and you don’t have to worry about missing your daily dose of probiotics. Why are probiotics and healthy guts really really important of us with autoimmune disease? The rhone Ruben is going to fill us in.

Take a look first of all, thank you so much for having me on it’s a pleasure, my pleasure yeah and I’m really excited for us to talk about. You know all things gut health and really just to see where the conversation leads. But absolutely you know we got started in this. You know Bonnell around five years ago, actually after my mom passed away from cancer and my background is in actually computer science.

So I study computer science at Berkeley and she passed away around that time. So I was looking okay. There must be a way that we can, you know, perhaps intercept disease before it gets really severe. So I started doing a lot of research and I eventually came across the gut microbiome. So all the good and bad bacteria in the gut and you know kind of pulling on one string. It led to another, and you know we basically uncovered that the gut is related to all different kinds of diseases at all stages of their progression.

Yeah, and that’s really where we’re looking at and we’re truck. So we started a company called gut Lee mhm and gut Lee’s mission really is to really unite all these different disease groups together and to better understand disease at a fundamental level. So hopefully we can, you know, help people of the next generation and even today improve their diet using all natural foods and probiotics. One of the things I guess that we need to discuss is how patients with rheumatoid arthritis come into play with your product.

Now you contacted me because you had seen something really interesting in your in your findings. So if you just go into that a bit similar to a lot of other autoimmune conditions, has a big link with the gut, so things like dysbiosis, so that talks about you know the balance of the good and bad bacteria that live in the gut and their Effect on the immune system, yeah, so that’s really where you know one of the small biomarkers we look at.

But you know it’s really all about restoring balance to the diet and, what’s what’s really interesting, is that you know the gut and your body are actually communicating in this feedback loop. You know. So if you have a condition or a disease, you know that’s affecting the kinds of bacteria that you have, but then you know it’s kind of a vicious cycle. Then your bacteria will then reinforce your body and kind of possibly exacerbate those symptoms.

Absolutely absolutely you know a few years ago. I think it was about four or five years ago the Mayo Clinic started to discover the connection between autoimmune diseases and and the gut and since then – and even I mean I’m sure it was noticed before them. But the Mayo Clinic really kind of put that out. There and discussed it with people, but I don’t know how many RA warriors out there realize how important got health is to their overall feeling, so with your probiotic.

If a warrior were to start on your probiotic, what are some of the things that they would notice in terms of overall feeling right, so we can. Of course you know. Everyone’S body is different, absolutely yeah, and so that’s one of the big reasons week. We like to combine the probiotic, typically with the gut health test, to find out what specifically is going on in your unique gut now in terms of the probiotic.

It does vary for every single person, but in particular with autoimmune conditions. One of the big things is that gut lining, so the probiotic has these beneficial plant and soil based bacteria mm-hmm, and they also have all the enzymes that those bacteria produce. Okay, and so those enzymes are really great at repairing the gut lining and as a result of that eventually over time, that leads to reduce inflammation, and you know excitation of that immune response mm-hmm-hmm.

So one of the things that I am sure some of our viewers have heard of his leaky gut yes, and so is that somewhat of what you’re talking about with yes, okay, yeah yep yeah? Can you explain leaky gut? Is that absolutely fantastic? Absolutely so you have these cells lining your gut, they’re close, feel your cells, yes, and it’s really just pretty much a single layer. Now these cells are held together by these things called tight Junction proteins.

Now, on top of the tight Junction proteins holding together, the epithelial cells, you have this mucous membrane. That’S produced now. What’S really interesting is that your cells, your epithelial cells, need food. Just like the rest of your body. You know it’s like every other cell, but their food is actually the byproduct of those naturally occurring bacteria. In your gut now, your Gusti seems called short chain fatty-acids short chain fatty-acids are about 90 % or so of the food of these epithelial cells.

Now they also have a complex kind of relationship with kind of affecting the level of mucus produce and various things like that. But part of the reason the probiotic is so beneficial is because number one the plant and soil based bacteria are the one of the main producers of these short chain fatty-acids and as a result as well. The enzymes that they produce not only are food for that lining, but they also have enough on the bad kinds of bacteria, then prompting them to decrease in numbers.

So it kind of like that two-fold effect. Well, that is really cool, so in essence, by taking a probiotic, we can repair our leaky gut. Possibly, yes, it will definitely help. I okay, you know, as with all things with health, you know it’s about a holistic. Absolutely you know approach to it, so the probiotic will definitely help you know if it really. It sounds, you know, try it or cliche, but you know it’s really about.

You know the emotional aspect as well. It’S about the foods that you eat. You know your your psychology, you know, and that really does play a big integrated role in you know how you’re responding to the condition, so we really truly are what we eat. We are folk, we’re what we think yep you know all of it together, but I’m so excited to be trying your probiotic. I don’t know if you can see it behind me.

Yes, I put it in my. I put it in my tea this morning. I let it cool down just a little bit, so it wasn’t piping hot, but some put some of your godly probiotic in there and yeah. I I mean, don’t it has no taste, it’s amazing. Yes, we think you know you, can you know if it tastes kind of gross? You don’t really want to add it with anything I just get straight, but yesterday I did do it just straight yesterday see right what the cos he was.

It’S awesome. I love that, and you know that’s you know related to that. It’S you know. This natural approach is really a big part of our mission as well. Yeah yeah, that’s really one of the main reasons why we didn’t get pill forms of the probiotic hmmm. So a lot of the pill forms of probiotics have these binding agents in them they have certain preservative agents. So that really is an unnatural kind of thing, so the probiotic is actually grown on a farm yeah, so we grow it on a farm we use plant and soil naturally occurring on the farm.

It’S USDA certified organic and it’s kind of its harvested year around and these year-round fermentation machine. So you know it’s just collected and batches as we go along throughout the year as more grasses or harvested. So that’s what sets your probiotic apart from the other ones, that I’ve seen anyways is that it’s plant based right plant plant soil base and it’s it’s a liquid. So if some people have problem with pills, that’s just a nice benefit, but the really big part like you’re saying is the natural.

You know farm grown playing soil based. You know it’s really natural organic stuff. Everybody has different bacteria, that’s living in their digestive system. So now part of this is based on your family. So your genetics, now it’s interesting when you’re born you actually get your first dose of these bacteria from your mom, some whore. They used to think that you were. It was a sterile birth, so there was no bacteria.

The baby was somehow you know coded no bacteria in there, but that was actually the opposite. So your coded and bacteria from your mom and there’s actually a big difference, even between c-section births and non c-section versus in terms of the rate of allergies, autoimmune conditions, all kinds of stuff. So that’s, it starts from the time you’re a baby and then it changes all throughout your life.

So a big core of what bacteria you have is partly genetics, but an even bigger part is your diet and lifestyle. So, and you know, lifestyle includes things like stress, emotions and died of course. So the reason is is because your bacteria are alive, so they’re living creatures. You can kind of think of your gut like a rainforest, so in a healthy rain forest you have thousands and thousands of different kinds of species and they’re good, because each one is just doing its best to survive and they keep the other.

You know kinds of animals in check right, and the same is true with the gut. So if you have imbalance in the gut, it could be that there isn’t enough checks and balances between other kinds of bacteria. But the saying you are what you eat is really. You know takes on a whole new meaning here, because, depending on what you feed you’re, not just feeding you you’re, feeding, your bacteria and you’ve got so, for instance, we see this all the time, so people common test with us and they have an overgrowth of the Protein bacteria or a set of bacteria associated with protein now, that’s because they’re feeding their gut ecosystem they’re got flora all these high protein foods and these bacteria don’t care about anything they’re.

Just like Oh food, but you know that imbalance causes all kinds of issues. You know that’s just one example very interesting, so that was my discussion with their own. Isn’T he awesome that guy knows so much about gut health? I can’t wait to pick his brain some more throughout the month and I really do hope that you’ll come back and read more of our articles. Now, don’t forget: go over to gut lead CO and get your probiotic right now and also get that gut health test done.

It’S really important and you’ll probably find out some things that you didn’t know about your gut and you also get customized plan on what foods you should and shouldn’t eat to better your gut health again, the first article for this month of gut health, everybody take care And I will see you again next week, bye for now.

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71 – Allergic to my probiotics? – My lyme disease and rheumatoid arthritis journey

I’Ve got my son at home today because it’s in some holidays and I keep getting interrupted by the phone and by hand so I’ll have to make this really brief. Um I try anyway, okay, I basically um. I think I figured something really important out all this problem. I’Ve been having with my abdomen and not really understand. What’S going on down there, so just discomfort, I suppose you call it, but it’s and also had really bad diarrhea.

When I took my as if timicin for a week as well James go away sweetie, um yeah, so all of that stuff is just a kind of rambling on and I’m I don’t really on some scale. I know I think I figured out that I am allergic to my probiotics. I hope I forgets that I hope that’s what it is, because I could just stop taking them, although on the other hand, it is a bit of a bummer, because it means that I can’t unifies to take antibiotics again.

I would find difficult to find a probiotic that I could tolerate, so it is quite serious, actually very thick valid. Oh my body, you know it’s weird, because the probiotics are formulated so that they, you know they should be tolerable by everybody. They’Re benign strains of helpful bacteria that, like 20 bucks Ellison said, I think, is the lactobacillus in particular. The reason I say all this is because I stopped drinking milk and then like a week ago or something and I mean it was helping, but it wasn’t it wasn’t.

I wasn’t feeling properly better. I think I don’t know it’s really difficult to say and I wasn’t promptly better anyway and then I was thinking about thinking. Well, if I having problem digesting lactose, then maybe lactobacillus, even though that actually helps you digest lactose, because it’s a bacteria and and my body really hates bacteria apparently are including yeast and mold and all forms or forms of bacteria that are benign all or pathogenic um.

You know, maybe that maybe I just I mean the thing is the flare that I’ve been having anything having a really bad arthritis flare. You can see well, I could see anyway, really swollen fingers and been taking one diclofenac a day of my husband’s, which I shouldn’t really do, but I wouldn’t be able to manage otherwise and it’s only a 50 milligram once a days of market, big dose or anything. I’M going to go and see my GP next week, the first point that could get, but nevertheless, this flared that I’ve been having seems to have been coming on.

I think, since I last went to Breakspear, which is when I got this different than I usually use bottle of probiotics. Normally I use a dr. Mercola brand, and this time I’ve got back on and love the name of it. The brakes be around any way that the one that they purchase and a couple was cool anyway, it’s 25 billion units of lactobacillus strains of bacteria. I think some bifida bacteria as well and and that’s like a big dose, but actually the ones are saying before the dr mercola ones – would like 60 billion plus.

So it’s a higher dose now either. This has got some strain in there that my body just really hates, or it won’t the quantity, although it’s lower than it was on the previous or the. The interesting thing is when I started taking dr. McCoy bacteria, because I probiotics rather because I thought that I was you know, I’m not taking enough probiotics, which I probably wasn’t. I was taking like and they’re like 10 billion, or something tops previously by taking severals of several pills a day when I switch the Dutchman, Philip Mudd, I suddenly got my throat is, took a turn for the worse, and I didn’t know why at the time and It might have nothing to do with it for all I know, but it I did questions at time when I’d see my GP, I did say, do you think it’s possible probiotics are making me worse.

I wrote to dr. Michaels website and they said no, probably not you know people don’t have a problem with this, but of course most people aren’t allergic to bacteria. So it’s entirely possible that the worst thing that I had then that’s like two years ago. I think, and the worst thing I’ve had recently is my body having to either get used to a new strain of bacteria that it really doesn’t like all the sheer quantity itself and, of course, when I tried to beat vas a few weeks ago.

That’S when I noticed the same day, not just a bad hoax, where I was twitching and obviously the exhaustion and everything that goes with it. The nausea, but also a really bad arthritis flare, and I thought maybe it would just pass. It would be like a hurrican and then after a couple of days, I’d feel better in and then I tried taking the big vest like a couple more times and again it triggered this arthritic flare and in the end I just poured it away.

I thought you know, I just don’t know whether that’s a positive thing, that’s going to ease off there. I use it or whether that’s just like me having an allergic reaction to it and it’s possible that, because there’s like it’s just crammed full of lactobacillus, I think big fast. I think its culture from away culture, which is like off milk, which also, of course at lactobacillus, it’s possible that I primed my body to be really really allergic to it or as it previously.

It was more tolerant of it by doing that. I so often do this. I go and do something extreme in an attempt to heal myself fix myself and in the process on you know, uncover or reveal the reason why I’ve been reacting well or badly, something in the first place and it’s it’s kind of its like two steps forward. But like 15 steps back, but you know, knowledge is power and knowledge is the thing and if I, if I can trigger out that, maybe maybe I can take probiotics, but I need to take smaller amounts.

Perhaps or I need to take strains that I can tolerate. Maybe I don’t have it the absolute, not certainty that I’m right on this by the way, so I this this could well change. In a few days, I, the last to that I haven’t taken my friend rhotic for three days now and the first day didn’t know so much of a difference, but the last two days my guts have been just lovely fine, so um fingers crossed I’ve got this Right but like I say, it’s kind of a just goes to show that this this allergy to to bacteria is a serious, serious thing for me and even having the bacteria mine in in my vaccine injection.

Presumably, that’s got some strains in it, but not all of the ones that are in my probiotics. I guess so. I need to talk to dr I’m about that at brix me when I go back and just ask her what strains are in it and you know, maybe if I can find a probiotic that just contains those strains or something I don’t know it’s rich. It’S all deeply frustrating you know I just want to. I want to go back two hours.

I not doing this flare. I did the thing about the flowers is if it was just pain, it wouldn’t be so bad, but um you know pain is paying pains annoying, but it’s it’s just pain. He said I mean, but the real problem with arthritis flares is that they make you exhaust it, and that is when you can’t function, I mean with ice. It really depends how bad the pain is. Obviously, but when you’ve got in a moderate pain, then you can just sort of do less.

Maybe but you kind of you just force yourself to do it, but with with exhaustion, though it means you can’t think, and you are, you can’t be bothered and to you you’re not taking as much pleasure and everything, because it’s it’s all wearing you out and at The end of every day, at the minute, i’m suffering myself in bed, just it’s also kind of enough energy to read or do any of the things I enjoy.

You know bring autumn it more television the last week, because I just or not much actually, but you know more than I would because it’s it’s that needs less my brain to do it. I don’t know this is what I hate about. My arthritis is: is that the full body information? It’S not just like it’s in your joints, it’s in your brain as well, yeah anyway. So if enough of the Phoenix home for myself but but if I could figure is that, if I could, if I this reaction, having is if it’s a reaction to the probiotics and I can stop taking probiotics and reduce the inflammation in my bowel.

Hopefully, hopefully it will reduce the inflammation in my joints to I, it could be that I’ve just had a virus as possible. They no one else in my family did so I don’t doubt that and it’s possible that the bad bells were a result of these. As a meissen, that’s possible too, and then we kind of doubt thats well, I think maybe I just really annoyed my immune system with that big fast and I just made it so that it where is it it’s barely tolerating they like to eric cells before now? It really really ain’t going to flying like I can’t have it anymore, not in quantity.

Anyway. I think how serious this is for me. I don’t know x at 0. Anyway, I grow up buddy, okay, I’m rambling that and yep. That’S it that’s it hopefully, hopefully onwards and upwards. Hopefully I can

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