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 (causing digestive problems along the way) into your bloodstream, leading to 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:
By balancing the bacteria in your gut, you can get rid of digestive problems, improve other health conditions, and decrease your risk of developing future disease.
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!)
I've spent the last 7+ years working with clients to discover the best way to approach gut healing.
Here's the 6 Step Gut-Healing Process that I use with my clients to get fantastic results:
I've created an 8-week program to help you get rid of digestive problems and heal leaky gut using my validated microbiome-balancing method.
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:
My goal with Build Your Biome is to give you all the tools you need to succeed. I've organized everything you need to know into a step-by-step action plan so that you know exactly what to do and when.
Here's what you can expect:
Online Portal Access
Access the Build Your Biome portal at any time, from anywhere. Here you can watch all the videos in each module and learn at your own speed.
Handouts, Transcripts, and Meal Plans.
We've created handouts with the basics of what you need to know, and you'll also get access to a 14-day meal plan to help you out if you're stuck on recipe ideas!
Facebook Group & Q&A Session Recordings
Join our BYB Facebook group to meet fellow students and help each other out!
You'll also get access to prior Q&A sessions to get your burning questions answered.
Kelsey your program is the best I have ever learned about. I did get Dr. Michael Ruscio's gut book in which he outlines his protocol and shares all his knowledge on gut health. He is fantastic. Your program I love because I feel like you're with me every step of the way. You explain every single step, supplement, foods, etc and why, how, when, where, etc. You also give options if something is not working. You outline every step and explain every detail. I love you can print everything out and have the information either way. I love the recipes, the questions and answers and that you are still there at the end. ...I wish I would have found you a year ago. -- Rena
I love how comprehensive the program is -- the videos in each lesson are awesome -- it's nice to have the options to watch, download the audio, or read the transcript. Great to have supplemental handouts. Everything is very user friendly. For what has seemed such a complicated, obscure health situation these past several years for me, it all seems so simple now and your program is bringing the pieces of the puzzle together in one place! It's nice to have a community to work with and a competent leader who is guiding us through. Great to have questions answered each week and on Facebook. Thank you! -- Caroline *name changed for privacy
Balancing your gut microbiome is easy with the Build Your Biome program.
In Build Your Biome, you'll go through the easy step-by-step process to properly manage digestive problems (without intense, long-term dietary restrictions).
Your Investment: $197 (reg. $497)
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 5 years using a functional and integrative approach to healing.
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Your Investment: $197 (reg. $497)
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!
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.
You're welcome to complete the program at your own pace, so no need to keep up if you don't want to!
You'll always have access to the materials so just come back when you're ready to pick it back up again.
That said, you'll only have access to the LIVE Q&A sessions for the 8-week duration of the program (no Q&A the week of Thanksgiving).
For best results, you should go into this program expecting to eat animal products.
Do not 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 additional fees on top of the program fee.
That said, testing is OPTIONAL and you can absolutely make progress without it!
Supplements are more highly recommended; you will have a difficult time improving significantly without them. However, we do put a strong focus on diet & lifestyle changes that will improve your gut health, so you can absolutely start with just those changes and move onto supplements at a later date.
You will be able to order both supplements and lab kits through the program.
You'll also get access to my supplement dispensary (U.S. clients only), where you'll get a 10% discount on all supplements.
Yes! However, keep in mind that you will need to figure out where to buy your supplements in your country and there may be extra shipping fees for testing.
Many program participants from outside the U.S. order their supplements from Amazon, iHerb, etc.
A big part of the Build Your Biome protocol is antimicrobial herbs, which are not recommended during pregnancy or while you're nursing.
If joining Build Your Biome will mean you can't afford food or rent, it's not the right choice for you right now.
If, however, paying for BYB feels doable, but like a bit of a stretch -- that's good!
We value the things we pay for. When we value something, we take it more seriously, we're more motivated to follow through, and we get better results.
I want you to join Build Your Biome if you're confident that the investment will be worth it (I promise it will be!) and that you can put in the effort to succeed.
Have another question? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.S. I would really love to help you on your healing journey. I am confident that Build Your Biome will get you great results and you'll learn so much about yourself and your body throughout the process. Join us today!