How to take care of your gut bacteria: An expert's guide!

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Dr. Bruno Donatini, M.D., Ph.D., D.O., an expert in evaluating and treating imbalances of intestinal bacteria, gave an insightful presentation at the Fascial Crossroads Conference in Rome this past October. He stated that, “gastroduodenal emptying disturbance is probably the first step leading to 90% of metabolic disease.”

Many people can no longer eat foods freely, they experience symptoms such as bloating, abdominal pain, heaviness, drowsiness, flatulence and belching.

Where does one begin? There is access to so much information and it is confusing!

An easy and effective way to assess the state of someone’s intestinal flora is using a Hydrogen Breath Test. Any physician can do this test but it’s most commonly used by gastroenterologists and naturopaths.

Dr. Donatini shared a few natural and easy tips for keeping the good intestinal bacteria.

These are some of his guidelines:

1. You must clean your mouth! 

  • The best way to do this is with hydrogen peroxide
  • Dilute 1/8 cup of hydrogen peroxide (3%) : 1/8 cup of water
  • Once mixed, use immediately
  • Swish around your mouth for 2 minutes daily before bed

2. Use essential oils: Thyme and oregano (Only use high quality and organic pure essential oils)

  • Essential oils can be absorbed through the skin using a carrier oil 
  • Good carrier oils include: Organic jojoba and sweet almond oils
  • The ratio is 20 drops carrier oil : 1 drop essential oil 
  • If you are sensitive to essential oils, use 30 drops carrier oil : 1 drop essential oil
  • Gently massage your entire abdomen before going to sleep

OR

  • Ingest thyme and oregano essential oils
  • 20 teaspoons of organic ground flaxseeds : 1 drop oregano or 1 drop thyme 
  • Shake and store in an airtight mason jar
  • You can use the two oils together, and will need to add another 20 teaspoons of ground flaxseeds
  • Take a 1/2 teaspoon twice per day or mix in something like a smoothie 

Use the essential oils for up to 6 months, 2 months minimum. He also recommends the FODMOP diet to detox.

3. Eat mushrooms

Dr. Donatini became interested in medicinal mushrooms in 1994, he published the first scientific  study on their therapeutic benefit treating oral humanpapilloma virus (HPV). 

What about probiotics?

Dr. Donatini does not consider probiotics a long term solution and it may not be a good idea to add bacteria to the gut, especially in cases of bloating and poor gastric emptying.

It’s most important to slow down the proliferation of bacteria that “cut and damage” the tissue. Any inflammation or bleeding of your gums is a sign of poor gut flora. 

If you are concerned about fertility…

Start cleaning your mouth, bacterial imbalances can lead to infertility. 

This also applies if you are pregnant, you should have a daily mouth cleaning routine, it will help your baby’s immunity and potentially prevent autoimmune diseases.

Last tip: Significantly reduce or eliminate your sugar intake!

Next month I will share a home remedy from Dr. Donatini to treat UTI’s.

Happy mouth cleaning!