pH Level in Gut Restoration

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When someone with gut issues, digestive issues and symptoms like bloating, diarrhea, constipation takes probiotics and prebiotics and still can’t solve those issues we can take a look at the pH level of the gut.

The pH level of the digestive tract is vital to keep the beneficial bacteria alive

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What we eat determines the pH level in our gut and since different bacteria in the gut

prefer different pH levels

we can provide an ideal living environment for those bacteria by eating the right foods

Lets take a look at the pH level in the digestive tract

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pH level in gut restoration is important

In the mouth the pH is 6.7 while the stomach is very acidic with a pH of 1 -2 ——- In the small intestine it is 7.5 and in the colon it is 6.

So, what does that tell us?

The pH levels correlate to the number of bacterial count in the specific areas in the digestive tract.

What does a lower pH level promote in the Digestive Tract?

The lower pH level helps to keep the microbes in the gut in balance by inhibiting the growth of pathogens like C.diff.

We seen better absorption of Vitamins, electrolytes and iron. Digestive enzymes are activated and toxic substances are eliminated more easily.

Knowing that different bacteria prefer different pH levels is vital to understand digestive issues and how to handle them.

For example:

E.coli has to go through the acidic stomach acid and it adapts for this transition to be able to live in the colon where the pH conditions are better suited for it.

Bacillus spores, which are in MegaSporeBiotic, retreat into dormancy by encapsulating themselves into a Spore to survive the low pH level in the stomach.

H.Pylori which lives in the stomach where we find an acidic environment. But H.Pylori loves a more alkaline environment and it creates ammonia around itself which is more alkaline.

Microbes can shift the pH level in the environment they are living in by producing metabolites like SCFA (short-chain-fatty-acid) or Ammonia

The food you eat will shift the pH level in your digestive system.

In general

Fibers lower the pH level while Protein increase the pH level

If we eat a high protein diet combined with high carbohydrate diet environment in the gut will be more acidic

High protein diet combined with low carbohydrate will produce a more alkaline environment

Besides Food Pharmaceuticals can influence the pH level in the large intestine.

Those are Laxatives, antibiotics and antidiarrhea medication

Study:

Alterations in infant gut microbiome composition and metabolism after exposure to glyphosate and Roundup and/or a spore-based formulation using the SHIME technology

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  26 July 2022

The result

The fecal matter of a healthy infant was exposed to Glyphosate and as a result the gut microbial ecosystem was acidified.

Due to the acidification of the gut environment more Lactobacilli grew and created dysbiosis and the decreased numbers of pH sensitive bacteria resulted in a lower GABA production.

Glyphosate also reduced the total number of species and by giving

MegaSporeBiotic this was reversed

With this knowledge one can now determine if they need to shift their food intake from a high protein/low carb diet to a different ratio of those categories.

For example:

Food intake of lots of protein and low carbohydrates/fibers can lead to an acidic environment in the gut. People may experience problems digesting proteins, suffer from constipation and gas.

By shifting to an increase in carbohydrate/fiber food choices while decreasing proteins can increase the acidity in the gut.

Digestive enzymes, bitters and MegaGuard can help with the transit time and to properly digest foods.

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