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A Happy and Healthy Gut? It may be tougher than you think!

Stomach Upset?

Needing to Pass the Tums?

group of friends with guitar having fun on beachEvery year my family goes to the beautiful beaches of the Outer Banks, NC and we spend the week together in a VERY big house. There are 17 of us including my parents, brother, his kids, my grandmother, aunts and uncles, cousins…a real crowd.

Interesting enough, each year, someone brings a giant Costco-sized bottle of Tums. They sit up on the counter in the kitchen. And, many of my family members partake of them complaining of stomach upset and heart burn.

What is it about our beach trip that causes stomach upset for so many people?

Well, maybe it’s the 1-lb bags of Peanut M&Ms that rotate through the freezer, or the cocktail hour on the beach at 5:00 pm, or the late hours.

Most of us have experienced a link between eating and drinking the wrong foods and feeling heart burn, bloat, gas, a stomach ache or some issue with our stools (constipation, loose stools, etc.).

But, did you know that your depression, anxiety, thyroid disorder, Hashimoto’s, rheumatoid arthritis, headaches, and so many other conditions could also be worsened or even caused by an imbalance or an infection in your gut?

Running our RESET and Zippi classes and the many other Cleanse programs I’ve developed and run over the years, I’ve seen participants report over and over again how various symptoms improve, symptoms that you might not realize are connected to what  and when you are eating, the quality of your sleep, the beverages you consume or don’t consume, and how you handle stress. Optimizing these factors are the pillars of our RESET and Zippi program.

Heart burn or reflux, gas, bloating, stomach aches, constipation or loose stools are the most common types of digestive complaints, but we have also learned that:

  • Fatigue
  • Adrenal fatigue or burnout
  • Brain fog
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Breakouts
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Obesity
  • Various autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s, thyroid disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, and Lyme’s Disease as well as many others

Can all be caused or exacerbated by an imbalance or an infection (or both) in the gut!


And what if your fatigue or thyroid condition was actually being caused by a problem with your gut?

We’ve been exploring the wild world of the “Gut Microbiome” as it is known in scientific communities as part of our RESET PLUS and Zippi PLUS series with the help of Dr. Jane McCormick.  (Register Now for the upcoming Lafayette RESET Plus > (Members can attend free and bring a guest)

Since the mapping of the human genome, researchers have become aware that the human body has a gut microbiome that consists of about 100 trillion microbial cells – outnumbering the total number of human cells by a factor of 10 to 1.

Double Wow!!!

The Gut Microbiota encompasses the entire community of microorganisms that live within us. These microorganisms include not only bacteria but also fungi and archaea.

What is fascinating is that research shows us that “the gut microbiota has co-evolved with humans and can be considered an organ of similar size as the liver…”

This relationship between the microbiota and the human being as the “host” is providing rich information that is completely changing the way we think about how the body works and the influence of the gut on various diseases and conditions.

Here is some of the Gut Microbiota research we have been reviewing:

Hashimoto’s improved by eradicating H. Pylori

A 2004 study shows a link between Hashimoto’s and H. Pylori infection (an infection in the gut). In this study, there was a decrease in thyroid autoantibodies after the H. Pylori infection was eradicated. This research is exciting because it suggests that some of the disease states that we have been suffering with may actually be symptoms of a gut condition that can be treated sometimes through diet but also through looking for underlying infections.

Twin Study Links Obesity and the Gut Microbiome

A 2009 study on twins showed that the gut microbiome of the obese and lean twins were similar but different with less biodiversity in the microbiome of the obese twin. What this suggests is that interventions targeted at changing the microbiome of obese individuals will be on the cutting edge of obesity research.

The Link Between the Gut Microbiome and the Development of Autoimmunity

Three lines of evidence are presented that support the notion that, as healthy infants approach the toddler stage, their microbiomes become healthier and more stable, whereas, children who are destined for autoimmunity develop a microbiome that is less diverse and stable.

Anxiety and Depression Presenting with Irritable Bowel Disorder (IBD)

Lyme’s Disease

There is lots of research linking the presence of various psychological conditions like depression and anxiety to Irritable Bowel Disorder (IBD) and to Lyme’s disease.  In addition, the microbiology of Borrelia burgdorferi (part of the Gut Microbiome) is striking in terms of why Lyme disease can be relapsing and remitting and why it can be resistant to normal immune protocols and standard antibiotic regimens.

All of this research points the way to inform us that infections or imbalances in the Gut Microbiome may need to be corrected to address various disease and suboptimal health conditions.

Luckily, the research is coming in by the second, and we now have a host of new laboratory tests and other ways to get to the bottom (pun intended) of the condition.

Our RESET PLUS and Zippi PLUS series are designed to provide an overview of some of the most cutting edge research and to bring it into context with what you are practicing through our programs.

In our new Mastery Membership Program, which is coming soon, we will be exploring in much greater depth the path to actually synthesizing the outcomes of the new research and practicing various extensions of the RESET and Zippi curriculum to support a truly “healthy gut”.

If you’ve been wondering about how to integrate leading edge research into your nutrition and lifestyle, then Mastery is for you!

Stay tuned for more information on this amazing topic.




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Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen…

Environmental Working Group Releases their Dirty Dozen Plus and the Clean Fifteen lists for 2017. The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ will help you determine which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues and are the most important to buy organic. You can lower your pesticide intake by avoiding the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and choosing the least contaminated produce.

Here are the highlights: (lower numbers = higher pesticides)
Dirty Dozen Plus:

1. Strawberries
2. Spinach
3. Nectarines
4. Apples
5. Peaches
6. Pears
7. Cherries
8. Tomatoes
9. Sweet Bell Peppers
10. Potatoes
11. Cucumbers
12. Cherry Tomatoes
13. Lettuce
14. Snap Peas
15. Hot Peppers

Clean Fifteen:
1. Corn
2. Onions
3. Pineapples
4. Avocados
5. Cabbage
6. Sweet Peas – Frozen
7. Papayas
8. Mangoes
9. Asparagus
10. Eggplant
11. Kiwi
12. Grapefruit
13. Cantaloupe
14. Sweet Potatoes
15. Mushrooms
To see their full list of all 48 of the fruits and veggeis
Download their great apps so you can buy the best fruits and veggies for you and your family.
Here is a link to EWG’s phone app page:
App Link

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Ti Caudron, PhD

Get the Edge with a Recovery Shake

Ti Caudron, PhD
Ti Caudron, PhD

Years ago, I had the opportunity to work with football players training for the NFL Combine. Every February, they compete with each other on drills that measure quickness, agility and strength, and they are given rankings which then directly affect their potentially very lucrative contracts! The agents were willing to do anything to help their best recruits get the edge – just a little bit better could translate to millions more in their contract. What a great laboratory for me to learn about what really works!

The top 2 nutritional secrets I learned: do a Cleanse before starting an individual nutrition and supplement programs; and always drink a recovery protein shakes after every workout.

What goes into an effective protein shake? First, I am a firm believer in hypo-allergenic proteins. When we did nutritional testing, we found many people tested with an allergy to whey, which is the most common protein in shakes used by athletes. This creates a major problem for performance, especially over time and continued use.  Even a slight nutritional allergy will trigger a hidden immune response and a problem with digestion. The athletes would often mention that they feel bloated or gassy after consuming a whey protein shake (bad digestion). They are also often tired, but they think they are tired because of their intense training schedules. The lack of energy from the shakes is a sign that they are using the wrong type of protein or that they have developed an intolerance because of overuse. Athletes need to be able to digest all of the nutrients from their food as easily as possible and they need their immune systems to be functioning optimally.

The solution is to use a hypo-allergenic shake and to insist on protein cycling if they are hooked on whey. Protein cycling involves changing to a different protein every other day, every other week, or every other month. Do what works for you but stop using that whey every day.

For optimal results, I recommend a vegan shake that’s based on pea and rice protein blends. This will give you a complete amino acid profile and will keep you from having the problems associated with a shake made from whey that might be potentially allergenic. WARNING: All vegan shakes are not created equal. I do not recommend soy protein as an alternative shake because it can be just as allergenic as whey in it’s processed form and has been associated with various digestive and immune system challenges. I’ve  researched and extensively used two different brands with great results with over 4,000 people. I do not recommend grocery store brands of protein even if you think they might pass the grade as they often have hidden ingredients (artificial sugars, flavors, colors) or they just don’t taste good enough to be worth it! Talk to your Cleanse Coach or contact us and we’ll let you know the brands we recommend. My favorite shake is the Banana Almond Recovery Shake, see recipe below.

What’s your favorite recovery shake recipe? How have they helped you with your workouts, weight loss or body composition shift? We want to hear from you! Send your stories here

Ti Caudron, PhD

Banana Almond Recovery Shake
Blend 1 cup unsweetened rice milk, ice, 2 scoops of approved vanilla vegan protein powder, ½ scoop all natural approved fiber, ½ a banana and 1-2 tsp almond butter. Add water if you want more shake or if you want it thinner. Add a splash of coconut milk if you want more fat and want it thicker. More fat works for people trying to put on weight. If you are trying to lose weight, stick to one serving of fat in your shake. Enjoy within 30-60 minutes of your workout for optimal benefits. Amazing how the banana helps the body to deliver those amino acids straight to the muscles for quick repair. When your muscles repair quickly, you burn more fat, have more energy and have fewer food cravings later.

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