The simple answer is everything. You’ve heard the saying “you are what you eat”. In reality, “You are what you absorb”. A variety of gut problems can interfere with the absorption of nutrients and limit their effectiveness. If your body isn’t absorbing the essential nutrients that you need, many aspects of your health will suffer, including mental health.
If Daily Essential Nutrients doesn’t seem to be working for you, poor gut health may be standing in the way. Because getting our gut healthy is so important for so many people, we’ve formulated specific products to help with this:
Hardy Nutritionals® Greens & Probiotics - We recommend this product for everyone, but it’s especially important for those with bowel issues. Greens & Probiotics contains a fantastic blend of beneficial bacteria together with plenty of nutrient-rich superfoods that the bacteria thrive on. In addition to these superfoods, Greens & Probiotics contains enzymes and other ingredients designed to create an ideal environment for the good bacteria, which promote healing and optimal digestive function.
Hardy Nutritionals® Olive Leaf Extract - This is a powerful all-natural product that is designed to combat Candida and other yeast species in your gut and promote healthy bowel function. Yeast overgrowth prevents Daily Essential Nutrients from working by robbing you of the nutrients you need. That’s why we’ve created a ‘Microflora Imbalance Questionnaire’ that can help you identify the symptoms and risk factors of yeast overgrowth.
You know Olive Leaf Extract is working when you start having temporary flu-like symptoms, which means the yeast is dying and releasing chemicals that produce what is called a Herxheimer’s Reaction. This is why we recommend that at first, you should take no more than 1 capsule per day of Olive Leaf Extract.
When you no longer feel flu-like symptoms from taking 1 capsule per day, take 2 capsules. Eventually, if you can take 6 capsules per day without experiencing flu-like symptoms, your yeast should be well-controlled.
Many people’s diets supply plenty of food for the yeast to thrive on and not nearly enough fiber for the good bacteria that compete with yeast. Many people find that when they stop taking Olive Leaf Extract, their yeast symptoms return. These people often choose to continue taking an anti-yeast product on a regular basis.
We recommend changing to a different type of anti-yeast product every few months to prevent the yeast from adjusting to a single product. A few options (besides Olive Leaf Extract) include colloidal silver, oil of oregano, garlic, and caprylic acid.
Some people have reported that taking colloidal silver by mouth can eradicate yeast issues and produce only a mild die-off reaction. Our customers have also reported that regardless of which yeast treatment they use, taking oral vitamin C can quickly help to reduce their flu-like yeast die-off symptoms – often within 20 minutes. If taking 2 grams of vitamin C doesn’t help, take 2 more grams 30 minutes later, and repeat this until you find relief.
If your body isn’t accustomed to taking this much vitamin C, it can cause temporary gastrointestinal upset, but you may find it’s worth it if you get quick relief from your unpleasant flu-like symptoms. Drinking plenty of water while you’re taking yeast treatments can also help minimize die-off symptoms.
Antibiotics (especially oral antibiotics) have a very direct effect on gut microflora and therefore on gut health. They kill much of the beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract that facilitates digestion. Because food breakdown is compromised, you are unable to get the normal amount of nutrients from your food - increasing the risk for deficiency. This explains why people taking antibiotics almost always see an increase in their mental health symptoms. We have learned that an increase of 50% in the dose of Daily Essential Nutrients immediately before, during, and for two to three weeks following antibiotic use compensates for the decrease in absorption and works to prevent a return of symptoms.
Another fact of antibiotic use is that it dramatically increases the risk of a severe yeast flare-up in the gut and the potential of that to spread to the bloodstream and internal parts of the body. Antibiotic use negatively impacts gut bacteria that keeps yeast in check while doing nothing to deter yeast growth – thus the potential for a flare-up! To counteract this tendency we recommend simply taking an effective antifungal product to check the yeast while you are taking the antibiotic and for a few weeks after, (Nistatin or Oil of Oregano, for example). Our Olive Leaf Extract also has a powerful antifungal effect.
After running the course of antibiotic treatment, it is wise to help restore the compromised digestive process by taking live bacterial cultures for a number of weeks to re-establish healthy levels of beneficial bacteria in the gut. Our Greens & Probiotics product is formulated to do this most effectively.
As a side note, we have found intravenous antibiotics to cause fewer of these concerns simply because they are not released directly into the digestive tract and therefore have a diminished effect on gut microflora.