Inside your gut, there are trillions of bacteria, fungi, and viruses. When the microbiome is balanced and healthy, it helps you to digest your food, regulate your immune system, and coordinate nerve signaling and brain function.
But the microbiome doesn't always stay balanced. In fact, a variety of factors can lead it to become imbalanced, like an unhealthy diet, high stress, food poisoning, and more.
When this happens, you develop "dysbiosis" -- an imbalance between the good and bad bacteria in your gut.
This imbalance of gut bacteria is incredibly common in those with digestive issues. In fact, I can count on one hand the number of times I've had microbiome testing come back clean on someone with digestive problems.
And I'd need hundreds of hands to count the number of times I've addressed microbial imbalance in those with gut issues and reversed the symptoms that were plaguing my clients lives.
Here's the truth: An Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) diagnosis doesn't really tell us anything; it's merely a description of your symptoms. But why do you have these symptoms? Most often, bad gut bacteria are to blame.
Whether you have bloating, constipation, diarrhea, reflux, or abdominal pain, fixing your gut bacteria can get you on the road to recovery.
Have you been told that you should just "live with" your symptoms? Let's learn about why that's the wrong approach and how it may lead to the development of other diseases. (Not to mention the fact that it's making your life miserable now.)
When the microbiome becomes imbalanced and you develop dysbiosis , it might first cause digestive problems. But what's happening behind the scenes is possibly even more insidious.
When you have dysbiosis, bad gut bacteria that contain a toxic particle called lipopolysaccharide (or LPS) start to irritate the gut barrier. This leads to a loosening of the tight junctions (TJs) that hold that barrier together and prevent the passage of undigested food, bacteria, and toxic waste into the bloodstream.
Lipopolysaccharides (LPS): Toxic molecules found on the outer membrane of bad gram-negative bacteria in the gut. LPS is highly inflammatory and leads to loosening of the tight junctions (TJs) of the gut, which allows the cells of the gut barrier to drift apart. This is what is known as "leaky gut."
When tight junctions loosen and let the cells of the gut barrier move further apart, it creates a "leaky gut". This means that the particles that are normally too big to make it through the intestinal lining now have a chance to "leak" into the bloodstream and wreak havoc.
Lipopolysaccharides (LPS) -- those toxic molecules we just talked about -- make their way from the gut into your bloodstream, causing chronic, systemic low-grade inflammation throughout your body.
In addition to digestive problems, high levels of LPS (and thus high levels of inflammation) are associated with a variety of health conditions outside of the digestive system. Check out the list below:
A healthy microbiome means a healthy gut (no digestive symptoms disrupting your day-to-day life) and feeling energized, alert, and happy (yes, your gut bacteria actually play a role in brain health, too!)
After more than 7 years of working with clients to balance their microbiome and get rid of digestive problems, I've figured out the best way to heal.
I've created a 10-week program to help you get rid of digestive problems, heal leaky gut, and optimize other body systems (outside the GI tract) to be your healthiest self.
Every week, you'll gain access to new videos and content in my online educational portal to walk you through this journey.
Here's what we'll cover in Build Your Biome:
Our goal with Build Your Biome is to give you all the tools you need to succeed. And one thing in your toolbox will be your own personal dietitian (me!) Let an expert figure this stuff out for you so you can focus on healing.
Here's what you can expect:
1-on-1 Calls with Me, Your Dietitian.
You'll meet with me for a 60-minute call in the second week of the program, then again once your lab results are back to go over them (30 minutes) and revisit your personalized plan.
Customized Meal Template & Supplement Protocol.
No more guessing about how much you should eat or what foods are okay -- I'll let you know exactly what you should be eating and taking so you don't have to worry about it.
Weekly Email Check-Ins.
You're never alone in Build Your Biome -- you can submit a weekly Check-In to update me on how you're doing, what you're struggling with, and what we can do to help!
Don't wait any longer to get digestive problems and heal your leaky gut.
Hop in the program to get the help you need to get relief as fast as possible.
Submit your application by clicking the button above and I'll be in touch ASAP!
Creator of Build Your Biome
Kelsey is a registered dietitian and the creator of the Build Your Biome program. She has been working with clients with digestive and hormonal problems for over 7 years using a functional and integrative approach to healing.
Build Your Biome is a great fit for you if...
Build Your Biome is not the right fit if...
Submit your application by clicking the button above and I'll be in touch ASAP!
If you don't think the program is right for you for any reason, just let us know within 14-days of joining and we'll refund your program fee! Refunds do not apply to 1-on-1 sessions.
I've worked with many, many clients who had been to practitioner after practitioner without results. The good news is that healing is possible. You just need to put the right healing plan in place.
Unfortunately, many practitioners are using outdated (or just plain wrong) information to heal their digestive health clients. Sadly, this ends up making the healing process longer for you, their client, and it also makes you feel like you've tried everything and nothing works.
I created Build Your Biome to make the healing plan I use with clients as easy as humanly possible to implement and get you results in the shortest period of time.
For best results, you should plan to keep up with the material each week. I've tried to keep each module as concise as possible while giving you all the information you need to succeed.
In order to use the program to its fullest, you'll need to get your lab kits in ASAP when you begin and then be available for your review phone call later in the program.
Outside of that, you'll have access to the modules for as long as the program exists and you're free to come back as often as you like to revisit the material.
That said, you'll only have access to your dietitian for the 10-week duration.
For best results, you should go into this program expecting to eat animal products.
Do not apply to join the program if you are a vegan, as Build Your Biome is not designed to accommodate this style of eating.
If you are a vegetarian and you can tolerate some animal products like eggs and dairy as well as high-protein vegetables like legumes, we can make it work!
Supplement and lab tests are an additional fee on top of the program fee.
You will be able to order both supplements and lab kits through the program.
The lab tests I order for program participants are:
SIBO Testing: $200
Stool Testing (GI-MAP): $347
DUTCH Testing (adrenal & sex hormones): $300
Build Your Biome is open to those in the United States and Canada.
Unfortunately, we are not set up to accommodate those in other countries.
A big part of the Build Your Biome protocol is antimicrobial herbs, which are not recommended during pregnancy or while you're nursing.
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P.S.: I would really love to help you on your healing journey. If you're not sure if the program is right for you and you'd like to check in, I encourage you to fill out an application and mention any hesitations you have about joining. I'll email you back and we can discuss whether the program is a good fit for you. I will only recommend Build Your Biome if I feel incredibly confident that it's a good choice for you.