What are dietary supplements?
A dietary supplement is intended to provide nutrients that may otherwise not be consumed in sufficient quantities. These products are not intended to prevent or treat any disease, rather provide value to those who fail to eat a well balanced diet or are suffering from a condition where additional vitamins, minerals or herbs may help.
What is the difference between a probiotic and prebiotic?
Probiotics are live microorganism which upon consumption may benefit gastrointestinal health, normalize gut microflora and optimize mucosal and systemic immune and inflammatory responses.
Prebiotics are poorly digestable polysaccharides mainly of plant origin which stimulate proliferation of normal/beneficial gut microorganisms.
Patients with gluten intolerance and celiac disease are characterized by biochemical abnormalities in the superficial layers of the small and large intestine. Depending on the duration and severity of the disease, some of the changes can be irreversible. One of the consequences of these processes is a dramatic change in normal gut microorganism with increased presence of potentially harmful microorganisms, yeast/candida overgrowth associated with suppression of normal mucosal immunity and development of leaky gut syndrome.
The Multivitamins and Minerals turn my urine bright yellow, is this normal?
Consumption of our multivitamins can turn your urine color into bright yellow due to the presence of riboflavin (vitamin B2). This is a normal / expected event. Actually, it tells you that you have a well preserved gastrointestinal absorption of vitamins and minerals and your kidney filtration function is well preserved. You can continue using this product with no worries.
Are your supplements soy and rice free?
The majority of our products are rice and soy free. If there is soy it is Non-GMO soy lecithin, which does not contain sufficient soy protein residues to provoke allergic reactions in the majority of soy-allergic consumers. If you are sensitive to soy, please read the label on our website carefully.
Are your probiotics raised on a gfcfsoyf strata?
Our probiotics are cultured in gluten and soy free media/broth. You cannot grow potent probiotics on dairy-free media since they require casein and lactose for the efficient growth. However, after harvesting all of the strains are washed out from the remnants of the culture media. The concentration of the casein in both products is less than 1 ppm.
Some of our products contain maltodextrin. Is this made from corn?
Maltodextrin does come from corn, but it is the carb not the corn protein. Most people who are corn intolerant are intolerant to the corn protein.
What are your Vegan Enzymes made from?
What is your cellulose made from?
Plant based items.
Where do you obtain the gelatin used in your hard gelatin caps?
The gelatin used in our gelatin capsule is obtained through the processing of collagen derived from the skin, white connective tissues and bones of beef and pork. Softgel capsules are typically derived from beef gelatin as well. For vegetarian and vegans we also offer certain products in vegetable caps, which are made from plant cellulose or polysaccharides.
How do you test for yeast overgrowth and what is the best treatment?
Testing is done through a stool culture and blood ammonia level. If both or either are elevated, they need to be treated.
What is the difference between the 3 enzymes?
Pancreatic enzymes: based on an extract from porcine pancreas. This enzyme has 90-95% similarity to human pancreatic enzymes. They have moderate enzymatic/digestive potency.
Plant enzymes: are enzymes extracted from papaya, pineapple and other plant-based sources. They have moderate to strong enzymatic/digestive potency
Vegan enzymes: are enzymes extracted from medicinal molds, mushrooms and fruits and have the highest enzymatic/digestive potency
What’s your stance on the theory that celiacs should avoid rice and corn products too, because they also have gluten in them?
Corn and rice have prolamines which are proteins not digestible by the gut, but they are not related to gluten. It is my opinion that in most cases celias can eat rice and corn. However; statistics show that people with gluten intolerance are 60-70% likely to be intolerant to dairy, 50-40% to soy, 20-25% egg and 10-15% corn.
Is it possible for leaky gut to be completely healed? How long does this usually take? And how will you know when it is healed?
Yes, it can heal. It could take up to a year and the only way to know if it is healed is through functional testing of the blood, stool, and saliva. I recommend getting these checked every 3 months until healed.
I’ve been gluten free for 4 months, but still have GI issues. What else could this be?
A good place to start is with stool and saliva testing and other food intolerance testing to see if you are sensitive to other items besides gluten.
Why is it that if you have celiac you are so sensitive to soy, corn, dairy, But people who are sensitive to soy, corn, dairy, aren’t sensitive to gluten?
The reason for cross-reactivity is due to chemical similarities between gluten, soy protein, casein from cow’s milk and egg albumin. However, a reaction to soy or casein can be just a typical food intolerance without any link to gluten.
I’m having a problem with more and more food intolerances popping up (rice, spinach, milk, nitrates, any red meat, quinoa) Why is this?
There is an enzyme called diamine oxidase which degrades hystamine in our gut. People with celiac disease are deficient in this enzyme. The food we eat triggers hystamine, but if you are deficient in it, it will not break down the food. You can take diamine oxidase as a supplement and follow a low histamine diet.
I just ordered Leaky Gut Aid-day, Leaky Gut Aid-night, Leaky Gut Probiotic from your website. I have been taking L-Glutamine and high dosage of Probiotics for the past six weeks to treat my leaky gut. My question is: should I stop taking L-Glutamine when I start to take your products or should I continue to take L-Glutamine as before?
The maximum amount of L-glutamine should not exceed 500mg a day. The night product has 200mg in each capsule, so depending on if you take one or two pills a day of the night, you can either take an additional 100-300mg/day.
I am wondering about the candidacillin pills and if they represent an actual cleanse or is this something that shouldn’t be taken until I have done a parasite cleanse, assuming I have them?
Candidacillin is not meant to be used as a cleanse. It acts as a natural antibiotic to suppress further growth of candida.
Can you explain why your leaky gut aid for daytime would not be safe or recommended for children?
Calcium D-glucarate in the day product can affect hormone levels. With kids and teenagers it can be too much for them to handle.
It is recommended to take Bovine Immunoglobulins on an empty stomach. Why is this?
This makes the product more resistant to degradation by pancreatic enzymes and gastric low pH.
I had never had hives until after going GF. Is there a connection?
Typically, hives in gluten-free patients are due to the yeast/candida overgrowth.