3. Grass-Fed Butter is Rich in Butyrate

Butyrate is a 4 carbon chain saturated fatty acid. It is called a small chain fatty acid (SCFA) and it has a profound benefit on energy production and digestive health. Butyrate is actually produced by intestinal bacteria when they metabolize cellulose and other prebiotic fibers. Butyrate is the major reason why fiber is so beneficial to our health.
Butyrate is the preferred fuel source for our large intestinal cells. This is especially important because it helps prevent and heal leaky gut syndrome. Intestinal permeability is considered by many the leading source of inflammation in the body. This is most likely the rationale by how butyrate helps reduce auto-immunity and prevent cancer cell development.(3)
Many scientists are suggesting that inflammatory bowel disorders may be caused or aggravated by a deficiency of butyrate. Butyrate also is a great energy source for our skeletal muscle and our heart and has anti-inflammatory effects on the entire body. (4)
While fiber is an indirect source of butyrate, grass-fed butter contains tons of immediate butyrate that is readily available for our body. The SCFA’s and medium chain fats that butter is so rich in are easy on our digestive tract as well and do not depend upon strong enzymes or bile production. This conserves energy and vital resources while getting all the nutritional benefits that butter has to offer.
1.  Bone Broth Fast:  Do a 3-7 Day bone broth (grass-fed beef, chicken or fish bones are the best but you can do vegetable broth as well) fast to cleanse the gut and starve out the bacteria while providing nutrients such as proline and glycine that are necessary for the gut membrane to heal.
You can have herbal teas and organic coffee with coconut oil and ghee along with the bone broth on this fast.
2.  Low FODMAPS Diet:  After completing the bone broth fast (even if you can only do 1 day or 24 hours) begin following the Low-FODMAPS diet plan here for 14 days
3.   GAPS Diet:  After finishing the 14 days on the low FODMAPS plan, move into a low-FODMAP GAPS diet here for the next 14 days where you begin to add back some fermented foods and beverages.
4.  Slow Reintroduction:  Add higher FODMAP group foods back into your system slowly.  Take one food (such as avocado) and add it back for 3 days and see if you notice more gas, cramping and other digestive issues.  If so, eliminate that food, go back on GAPS-FODMAP diet for 2-3 days and then try another food higher FODMAP food (onion).
5.  Hydration:  It is especially important to focus on hydration and electrolytes during this period.  Aim to drink a minimum of half your body weight in ounces of water.  Most individuals with SIBO respond really well to high amounts of water as it helps to flush out bad bacteria from the system.
I will often tailor programs to help individuals with SIBO super-hydrate their systems with great success.  It is also adviseable to use good pink salts such as Himalayan sea salt adding in 1/4 tsp per 8oz of water to help mineralize the body.
6.  Use Organic Acids:  Individuals with SIBO typically respond well to small amounts of organic acids such as apple cider vinegar and lemon juice.  Add these to your water or herbal teas.  Proper ratios would be 1-2 tbsp of ACV per 8oz of water or 1/4 – 1/2 lemon per 8oz of water.
These acids help to kill off bacteria and improve the production of digestive juices such as hydrochloric acid, bile and pancreatic enzymes.  Drink them between meals and before a meal to improve digestion function.
7.  Intermittent Fasting:  I have my SIBO clients do intermittent fasting where they only consume foods between a 6-8 hour eating window each day.  The fasting window helps to starve down the bacteria and reduce their count.  It also helps enhance the healing process and the restoration of the gut lining.  Read this article for more information in Int Fasting.
8.  Liquid Nutrition:  I recommend consuming protein shakes with berries and coconut milk or raw, grass-fed milk (if tolerable) and a high quality protein powder.  I am also a big fan of soups, stews, bone broth, green juices, herbal tea and coffee with coconut oil and grass-fed ghee.  Also doing some coconut water kefir and sauerkraut or kimchii juice early in the GAPS is a great idea.
Liquid nutrition is easy on the digestive system and reduces stress on the stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas and intestines.  This enhances the healing process of the body.
9.  Fermented Foods:  Begin slowly adding in fermented veggies such as organic and live sauerkraut, kimchii, natural pickles, coconut water kefir and coconut yogurt.  Consuming a few tbsps throughout the day and especially with any larger meals is especially helpful.
10.  Oil Pulling:  Doing oil pulling with coconut oil and a drop of essential oils is especially helpful.  This process reduces the microbial load on the body and improves immunity.  Read this article on oil pulling here
11.   Get Moving and Regular Sunlight:  Moving on a regular basis, especially light intensity movement such as walking helps reduce inflammation in the body and improve bowel transit time.  Getting regular sun exposure enhances the healing process through the assimilation of biophotons into the skin.
Additionally, sun exposure provides vitamin D3 which we want to optimize in order to heal effectively.
12.  Improve Your Gut Motility:  Improving bowel movement frequency and consistency is a key detoxification concept.  Read this article for steps and strategies to improve bowel motility.
13.  Digestive Support Pack:  If you have mild symptoms of SIBO, I would recommend using our basic digestive health support pack here
14.  Utilize an Advanced SIBO Support Supplement Program:  If you have moderate-severe SIBO than I would recommend using an advanced SIBO support supplement program and strongly considering working with a natural practitioner who is trained in helping people overcome SIBO naturally.

25 Ways to Improve GallBladder Health:

Bile is a critical digestive fluid that is produced in the liver and concentrated in the gallbladder.  Bile’s main digestive responsibility is to emulsify fats in order to create fatty acids that can be digested and used by the body.  Additionally, it has an anti-microbial effect that helps to kill off unwanted pathogens.
When the body has metabolic dysfunctions that lead to poor bile production and sluggish bile flow, it can cause serious health problems (1).  This article goes over 25 ways you can improve gallbladder health and optimize your bile flow.
These strategies help to strengthen liver function and bile flow formation while they improve gallbladder health and bile duct motility.  If you have had your gallbladder surgically removed than it is even more imperative to follow these action steps in order to strengthen the liver and the formation process of the bile.

1. Anti-Inflammatory Diet:

A healthy diet that is high in good fats is critical for cholesterol production, bile production and secretion.  Good fats that should be staple parts of the diet include avocados, olive oil, grass-fed butter or ghee, wild fish, coconut oil and grass-fed beef.

2. Super Hydration:

Water is extremely critical for bile production and dehydration will create thicker bile that moves very sluggishly.  Drink a minimum of half your body weight in ounces of clean, purified water.  I recommend drinking 16-32oz of water within the first 30-60 minutes of waking in the morning and then drinking at least 8oz of water between each meal (starting an hour after eating).

3. Lose Weight:

People who are overweight or obese have a significantly higher rate of gallstones.  You want to get to an optimal weight, but not too quickly.  People who undergo rapid weight loss are at a higher risk of developing gallstones.

4. Strengthen Stomach acid Production:

Stomach acid is a major stimulator for the secretion of bile into the small intestine.  Daily practices to improve stomach acid production are also important for bile production and utilization.  You may also consider supplementing with betaine hydrochloric acid.

5. Use Lemon and Apple Cider Vinegar:

Both of these help to improve both stomach acid and bile activity.  Squeeze fresh lemon in water, on salads and meats.  You can also use lemon essential oil in water.  Put a tbsp. of apple cider vinegar in 8oz of water and drink throughout the day.   This will help to thin the bile.

6. Eat Bile Healthy Foods:

Some of the best things for bile flow include beets, radishes,  artichoke, asparagus, celery, lemon, lime, grapefruit, cucumbers and carrots.  Juicing these veggies or have a big salad with fresh squeezed lemon everyday.

7. Use Bitter Herbs:

A common saying in natural health is that “bitter is good for the liver.”  Anything good for the liver is good for the gall bladder.  This includes ginger, arugula, endive, cilantro, turmeric, dandelion, cumin, fennel, mint, milk thistle, yarrow, leeks and parsley.

Broccoli to Control H. Pylori

Broccoli contains a remarkably potent compound called sulforaphane, that kills off the H. pylori bacteria that cause most ulcers."   Doctor William Douglass MD

Sulforaphane is able to completelySeradicate H. pylori. Eating just 2.5 ounces of broccoli sprouts daily had significantly lower levels of H. pylori, also showed less inflammation in the stomach as well.”   Johns Hopkins University

If you have stomach problems, please consider making broccoli sprouts a staple in your diet. It might keep you from getting reinfected with H. pylori once you are rid of it. It might also lower your stomach inflammation regardless of cause. They're good for anyone with gastritis, ulcer disease, or perhaps even reflux problems.”   Doctor Robert Rowen MD

"According to researchers, the same lutein and zeaxanthin content that enables avocado to protect eye health also inhibits Helicobacter pylori— 13"   Avocados Super-Enhanced Carotenoid Absorption
“A dose of vitamin C of 5 grams daily for 4 weeks was found to significantly inhibit H Pylori in one report.”

Consuming greater amounts of vitamin K, present in celery, can decrease the risk of developing type II diabetes. The benefits of celery can also be attributed to its unique ability to fight H. pylori, a bacterium that leads to a near three-fold increase in the risk of type II diabetes.20 

An anti-microbial compound in celery seeds that is highly effective in blocking the growth of gastric H. pylori.21"   Time to Celebrate Celery 

Coconut Oil 
H.Pylori Is rapidly inactivated by medium-chain monoglycerides and lauric acid  in Coconut Oil and there appeared to be very little development of resistance of the organism to the bactericidal effects of these natural  antimicrobials.”  Petschow et al 1996

There is plenty you can do nutritionally to prevent stomach ulcers and ... 
Oregano is one of the best natural agents against H. pylori, and it is effective a natural antibiotic.

More on H Pylori

Antibacterial Mastic

Vitamin C treatment on Helicobacter pylori infection 




Low gastric juice total vitamin C concentration in the presence of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection probably plays a role in gastric carcinogenesis. In vitro vitamin C has been shown to inhibit the growth of H. pylori. The aims of this study were to determine the effect of high dose vitamin C administration on H. pylori infection and on gastric juice total vitamin C concentration in patients with H. pylori related chronic gastritis. Sixty patients with dyspeptic symptoms and proven chronic gastritis and H. pylori infection, who were undergoing routine endoscopy, entered the study after giving informed consent. They were randomly coded into two treatment groups. Group 1 (controls, n = 28) were treated with antacids for 4 weeks and Group 2 (n = 32) received vitamin C 5g daily also for 4 weeks. Nine patients did not complete the study and were excluded. Plasma and gastric juice total vitamin C levels were measured at baseline, at the end of 4 weeks treatment and again 4 weeks after treatment cessation. In the control group H. pylori infection remained unchanged in all 24 patients throughout as did the mean gastric juice total vitamin C concentration. However, in the vitamin C treated group eight of 27 patients (30%) who completed the treatment course the H. pylori infection was eradicated (P = 0.01). In these patients the mean gastric juice total vitamin C concentration rose significantly from 7.2 +/- 1.6 micrograms/ml after 4 weeks treatment (P < M 0.001) and 19.8 micrograms/ml 4 weeks after treatment was discontinued (P < 0.001). In the remaining 19 patients with persistent H. pylori infection, the mean gastric juice total vitamin C concentration rose less than in those with successful H. pylori eradication; 6.3 +/- 1.7 micrograms/ml before treatment, 10.8 +/- 1.5 micrograms/ml after 4 weeks treatment (P < 0.05) and a return to pre-treatment levels (7.1 +/- 2.7 micrograms/ml) 4 weeks after vitamin C intake stopped. There were no side effects of vitamin C treatment. This study has shown that 4 weeks daily high dose vitamin C treatment in H. pylori infected patients with chronic gastritis resulted in apparent H. pylori eradication in 30% of those treated. In those patients there was also a highly significant rise in gastric juice total vitamin C concentration which persisted for at least 4 weeks after the treatment ceased. A significant, though less marked, gastric juice total vitamin C concentration increase was observed during vitamin C treatment even in subjects with persistent H. pylori infection, though this was not maintained after treatment ended. The mechanism whereby vitamin C treatment appeared to result in H. pylori eradication is unclear. Further confirmatory studies are indicated.



The health benefits of cabbage 
include frequent use as a treatment for constipation, stomach ulcers, headaches, obesity, skin disorders, eczema, jaundice, scurvy, rheumatism, arthritis, gout, eye disorders, heart diseases, aging, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Deficiency of Vitamin C
Scurvy is a disease commonly characterized by spongy and bleeding gums, cracked lip corners, weakened immune system, frequent infections and cold, premature aging, and depression.
Remedy: Cabbage is an abundant source of Vitamin C. You might be surprised to know that it is actually richer in vitamin C than oranges, which is traditionally considered the “best” source of that vital nutrient. Vitamin C, as one of the best antioxidants, reduces free radicals in your body that are one of the fundamental causes of premature aging. It also helps in repairing the wear and tear on the body through the course of your life. Therefore, cabbage is very helpful in treating ulcers, certain cancers, depression, immune system boosting, and defending against cough and cold. It can also speed up the healing process for wounds and damaged tissues, regulate the proper functioning of the nervous system, and reduce the effects and presence of Alzheimer’s disease and other degenerative neural diseases.

Deficiency of Roughage
This is a very serious deficiency but one that is commonly overlooked in the maintenance of personal health. A lack of roughage in food can result in constipation, which is the root cause of many other ailments and health hazards such as stomach ulcers, headaches, gastrointestinal cancers, indigestion and a subsequent loss of appetite. The dangers of roughage deficiency even extend to skin diseases, eczema, premature aging and hundreds of mild to serious conditions.


Cabbage is very rich in fiber, the main health benefit of roughage. This helps the body retain water and it maintains the bulkiness of the food as it moves through the bowels. Thus, it is a good remedy for constipation and other digestion-related problems.

Deficiency of Sulphur
Sulphur is a very useful nutrient because it fights infections. A deficiency of sulphur can result in microbial infections and a greatly reduced rate in the healing of wounds.

Cabbage is rich is sulphur. So, it helps fight infections in wounds and reduces the frequency and severity of ulcers.

Cancer Prevention
Cabbage is a member of the Brassica family, also known as cruciferous vegetables. One of their most important celebrated benefits to health is their powerful antioxidant quality. This means that cabbage and other similar vegetables scavenge free radicals from around the body, which can be very detrimental to overall health and are major contributors to things like cancer and heart disease.
Cabbage also has a number of anti-cancer compounds, like lupeol, sinigrin, and sulforaphane, which are known to stimulate enzyme activity and inhibit the growth of tumors, which can lead to cancer. One study, performed primarily on Chinese women, showed a significant reduction in breast cancer when cruciferous vegetables like cabbage were regularly added to their diet.

Anti-Inflammatory Properties

 Cabbage is known to accumulate a build-up of cadmium-binding complexes in its leaves, and one of the main components of that is glutamine. Glutamine is a strong anti-inflammatory agent, so consuming cabbage can reduce the effects of many type of inflammation, irritation, allergies, joint pain, fever, and various skin disorders.

Weight Loss
Cabbage is frequently recommended for people who want to lose weight in a healthy way. Since cabbage is packed with so many beneficial vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, it is a healthy dietary option for people to eat a lot of, and it is quite filling, since it has high levels of fiber, which add bulk to the bowels. However, cabbage is extremely low in calories, only 33 calories in a cup of cooked cabbage. Therefore, people can go on the popular “cabbage soup” diet, and eat plenty of food to stay healthy, without gaining excess weight!

Brain Health

Let’s not forget that cabbage is a very powerful brain food! The presence of Vitamin K and anthocyanins within cabbage can give a strong boost to mental function and concentration. These are primarily found in red cabbage, and vitamin K has been well-researched, although it is often called the “forgotten vitamin”. Vitamin K is essential in the production of sphingolipids, the myelin sheath around around nerves. This wrapping is what protects nerves from damage and decay. Therefore, consuming vitamin K can improve your defense against neural degeneration, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia.
Furthermore, the anthocyanins in cabbage are a current area of research, but early indications point to it being a more powerful source of antioxidants than vitamin-C, and red cabbage has even more types of anthocyanins than normal cabbage. It also appears that the nutrient uptake is not limited by anything, and that people can eat as much cabbage as they want, and continue to accumulate antioxidants, which help fight off diseases, reduce chances of cancer, improve the nervous system, and increase brain function.

Bone Health

 Cabbage, as well as all cruciferous vegetables, are great sources of minerals, like calcium, magnesium, and potassium. These three essential minerals are integral in the protection of bones from degradation and the onset of conditions like osteoporosis and general bone weakening.

Blood Pressure

 The presence of potassium in cabbage also makes it a wonderful way to protect yourself from elevated blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. Potassium is a vasodilator, which means that it opens up the blood vessels and eases the flow of blood, so it isn’t being forced in a stress-inducing way through constricted arteries and veins. Overall, cabbage is a great shield against many types of dangerous conditions!

Skin and Premature Aging
As mentioned already, cabbage has a wealth of different antioxidant sources, including vitamin-C, anthocyanins, sulphur, and other smaller sources, since it is a cruciferous vegetable. Antioxidants play a major role in skin health and the general toning and improvement of the body in response to the aging process. Free radicals can be an underlying cause of wrinkles, skin discoloration, spots, and many other conditions. Therefore, the antioxidants you gain by eating cabbage can cause a turn-around in your aging processes, leaving you feeling and looking healthy and young!

Muscle Aches

 When certain bacteria ferment the sugars in cabbage, such as during the cooking of sauerkraut, lactic acid is released and it has been shown to reduce muscle soreness and aches, so in some small way, cabbage can help general pain relief and muscle soreness, depending on how it is prepared.

Detoxification by cabbage

Cabbage acts as a good detoxifier too, meaning that it purifies the blood and removes toxins, primarily free radicals and uric acid which are primary causes of rheumatism, gout, arthritis, renal calculi, skin diseases, and eczema. This detoxifying effect of cabbage is due to the high content of vitamin C and sulphur in cabbage.

Cabbage, being rich in iodine, helps in proper functioning of the brain and the nervous system, along with keeping the glands of the endocrine system in proper condition. It is good for the brain and is useful in the treatment of neural disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. The various other nutrients present in cabbage, such as vitamin-E, keep the skin, eyes and hair healthy. The calcium, magnesium, and potassium found in cabbage is very useful for a wide range of healh benefits. Cabbage can also be used for the treatment of varicose veins, leg ulcers, peptic and duodenal ulcers.
Basically, that very common component of your Chinese dishes could be a miraculous addition to your diet. Don’t be afraid to add cabbage to your daily diet, whether it is in your soup or salad, and that small change will help you live a healthier and longer life.
Cooked cabbage is how most people get it into their diet or system, but the cooking actually causes many of the nutrients to be lost, particularly the high levels of vitamin-C, and the other nutrients will become harder for the body to absorb. The best option is to eat the cabbage raw!

Cabbage Nutrition Facts

Cabbage is best prepared as close to raw as possible – sometimes called tender-crisp – to preserve this veggie’s many nutrients.
Coleslaw may be the most familiar cabbage preparation for Americans, but it’s also revered world-wide for the scrumptious flavor it lends to many kinds of hot soup.

Health Benefits of Cabbage

Cabbage has the highest amount of some of the most powerful antioxidants found in cruciferous vegetables – phytonutrients such as thiocyanates, lutein, zeaxanthin, isothiocyanates, and sulforaphane, which stimulate detoxifying enzymes. Research has shown these compounds to protect against several types of cancer, including breast, colon, and prostate cancers. They also help lower the LDL (low-density lipoprotein) or “bad cholesterol” levels in blood, which can build up in arteries and cause heart disease.
Rich in vitamin K, cabbage provides 85 percent of the body’s daily requirement. This is very important, not only for bone metabolism, but as a known Alzheimer’s disease preventative by limiting neuronal damage in the brain. The 54 percent daily value of vitamin C supplied to the body with one serving of cabbage is impressive, too – even more than oranges – which can help scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals and protect against infection.
Cabbage is also an excellent source of fiber, vitamin B6, folate, and manganese, as well as healthy amounts of thiamin (vitamin B1), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), and pantothenic acid (vitamin B5). It also provides iron, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium for strong bones, and potassium for regulating the heart rate and blood pressure.