Why We Must Ensure That We Have The Right Bacteria In Our Gut And How We Can Acquire Them.

Why We Must Ensure That We Have The Right Bacteria In Our Gut And How We Can Acquire Them.

The following information is supplied by Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride, a medical doctor with post graduate degrees in neurology and nutrition. She is the founder and senior partner of the Cambridge Nutrition Clinic, specialising in digestion and immune system disorders in adults and children. Her work has achieved international acclaim with lectures in Europe, the United States and Australia and the publication of her book ‘Gut and Psychology Syndrome’. She has pioneered the development and use of probiotics and is responsible for the formulation of the Modere Advanced ProBiotic “Protozymes”.

We know we have bacteria inside our digestive tract – an adult on average carries 2k of bacteria and there are actually more cells, more genetic material, in our digestive system than in our entire body. They are a highly important part of our human physiology that we cannot live without.  The number of functions that our gut flora fulfils play so many vital roles not just in the digestive tract but in the rest of the body. Here are just a few of the most important functions.


The whole surface of the digestive system is covered by bacteria and if these bacteria are the right ones, the beneficial bacteria, if they predominate there (ratio 80:20), then they become the draft_lens8943991module78726981photo_1266195695roles_of_gut_flora_imagehousekeepers of our digestive system; they are our protectors from all sorts of invaders, bacteria, parasites, fungi, toxins that come with food and drink and enter our digestive system all the time.

At the same time they convert the food that comes along into a whole host of nourishing substances for the gut lining itself, orchestrating the whole cell regeneration process in the gut wall.    Cells that line the gut only live a few days; they are born, fulfil their function then die. If the beneficial bacteria are not there, this process goes wrong; the cells mutate, the cells change so that they cannot fulfil their function of the digestion and absorption of food and they can turn cancerous.  If you have a good level of beneficial bacteria in your digestive system, they will stop any cancer formation because these 2 things, cancer and good solid gut flora, cannot live together.

Besides ensuring that the gut is in a good shape to digest and absorb our food, the beneficial bacteria in our gut actively take part in digestion and absorption by producing every enzyme under the sun for digesting proteins, carbohydrates and fats and they produce substances that transport nutrition through the gut wall into your blood stream.

That is why people who have damaged gut flora, or gut flora which is not at an optimum, cannot digest and absorb a lot of food or supplements and so much of it simply passes straight through the body and out!


Apart from ensuring appropriate absorption and digestion of food, these bacteria actively synthesize a whole host of nutrients that we cannot live without – B1 B2 B3 B5 B6 B12,  Vit.K, Biotin, Amino acids and many other nutritious substances.  They synthesize these all of the time.  Why? ……………

because most of the substances are water soluble and don’t stay in the body long, so even if we have plenty of them in our food and have supplements that provide us with them, there will be times during the day when we will be deficient in these substances.

Nature has always found a perfect solution to this problem – provided us with our own little factory, our digestive system which constantly produces these substances and constantly releases them into our blood stream to provide us with these substances, every second, every moment, every day of our life.


Protection from invaders, plus immune system modulation, are vitally important functions of our gut flora.  According to different researchers, from 83-85%  of our immunity is located in the gut wall so you can see the gut wall is one of the major immune organs in our body. Gut flora which lives inside plays a crucial role in the appropriate functioning of the immune system ie. they determine how we react to substances like pollen, dust, chemicals etc — whether they are neutralised and expelled or whether we have an allergic reaction such as:- food intolerances, eczema, asthma, hay fever………


Our gut flora plays a major part in detoxofication. Beneficial bacteria can collect pretty much anything  – aluminium, lead, mercury from amalgam fillings, or vaccinations in children, chemicals in foods, flame retardants from our carpets, paint from our doors, anything that gets into our digestive tract and any sort of carcinogen produced as by products of the normal digestive process. Beneficial bacteria will grab them, collate them, neutralise most of them and they will remove them from our body.   So having solid gut flora is very important to protect ourselves from these things.


Having the right bacteria inhabiting our gut is not only desirable but vital!

Why do I believe the best pro-biotic supplement is Protozymes??                  download

Since 2003 there have been large numbers of clinical trials on probiotics (77 in 2004 alone).

800 strains have been identified, 400 of which have been closely studied and numbered 1 to 400 , number 1 being the most beneficial to our health.

Dr. Campbell-McBride chose numbers 1 to 5 for her Advanced ProBiotic “Protozymes” and added Saccharomyces Boulardii, the probiotic yeast which kills the pathogenic yeast Candida Albicans (Thrush).  I don’t know of another probiotic supplement which can kill Candida.

A gut full of Candida kills us.

Protozymes is a very powerful formula.

Find out how to use it and where to get it here:– https://renewedhealth.co.uk/how-to-get-the-best-from-taking-the-advanced-probiotic-protozymes

and listen to how to use them for specific purposes in Dr. Campbell-McBride’s talk in the  “AUDIOS” section.


20 Signs that we have a Damaged Gut.

20 Signs that we have a Damaged Gut.

Having been asked to supply info about gut health and how to ensure our gut is healthy…. a rather complex subject……after a lot of thought I decided to begin with “How do we know whether our gut is healthy or not?” so here’s a list of some of the things which indicate that we have a sick gut.

  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Allergies – to foods, chemicals, pollen….
  • Cancer
  • Skin problems – acne, scaly skin, eczema, psoriasis, rashes…….
  • Asthma
  • IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) – bloating, constipation/diarrohea……..
  • “Mental” disorders – Autism, ADD, Clinical Depression…….
  • IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disorder) – Diverticulitis, Crohns Disease
  • Ulcers
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Joint pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Yeast infections
  • Thrush
  • Lowered libido
  • Mental fog
  • Sugar cravings (including alcohol)
  • Weight gain
  • Nail fungi

toxic gut

It’s easy to associate IBS and IBD problems with gut health but the fact is, that the bacteria and fungi responsible for those problems also cause a Leaky Gut, thus allowing toxins, normally trapped in a healthy gut, to escape via the blood to be carried to various parts of the body where they cause havoc with our health.

However, all is not lost…there are remedies. 🙂


Modern scientific research is proving that, 2400 years ago, Hippocrates was correct when he said, “All disease begins in the gut.”

A fun “recipe” to give children pre-reading skills.

A fun “recipe” to give children pre-reading skills.

Who this is suitable for.


A fun “recipe”

A fun “recipe”

I spent 20 years of my teaching career teaching literacy and numeracy to children who had learning difficulties but the information in this article is applicable to any pre-school child.

I have a series of articles in the planning stage to de-mystify the teaching of reading. They are aimed at helping parents to help their child to learn to read easily in a fun way.

This is suitable for children aged about three years.

It assumes that they already have a number of pre-reading skills such as being familiar with a variety of games where shapes of people, animals, squares, triangles etc are recognised and matched. i.e. the game of “snap”.

It is important to note that the names of letters are not taught until a child can read — it’s counter-productive — and that consonant sounds are always taught with a vowel, never alone, hence the consonant-vowel combinations below.



To familiarise children

To familiarise children with the Shape but not the Sound of consonant-vowel combinations.




1 Mum/Dad
1Child (or 2 or 3)
1 sheet of pale green card
1 blue/black felt tip pen
1 pair of scissors / 1 rotary paper trimmer
1 ruler
1 pencil
2 or 3 treats


1) Take the pencil and ruler and mark out thirty 3 inch squares on the pale green card.

2) Using the scissors or paper trimmer cut along the pencil lines to produce thirty cards.

3) Place the cards into 5 piles of 6 cards.

4) Take the felt tip pen and on the first pile of cards print the letters………….ma

5) On the second pile of cards print the letters……….. ra

6) On the third pile print………… la

7) On the fourth pile print……….sa

8) On the fifth pile print…………. fa

9) Leave the ink to dry.

This style of printing is the best one to use.



As far as the children are concerned the letters are just shapes — they do not represent anything. Do not be tempted to teach them the sounds represented by the shapes at this point or, indeed, that they do represent sounds.

Enjoy the Family Fun

1) When the ink is dry, seat everyone in a circle, put the cards face down, shuffle well and deal.

2) Mum/Dad places a card face up in the center.symmetry-memory-snap11

3) The person to the left places a card face up on the top.

4) If the shapes match, whoever says, “Snap” first, gets the cards. If they don’t match, the next person to the left places a card face up on top.

5) This continues until all thirty cards have been won.

6) Give each child a treat.


Repeat steps 1 to 6 until the children recognise the shapes without hesitation and can draw them on a hand, a back and in the air using a finger.

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This game can be extended by increasing the number of consonants plus “a”

Then Consonants plus “i” then “u”, “O” Be careful with “e” ! 

Stage 2 is to link the sounds with the shapes and give a word beginning with that sound.

Have Fun!! 🙂

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