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8 Week Protocol
Take 2 capsules two times daily between meals for a maximum of eight weeks, or as recommended by your health-care practitioner.
What Does This Product Do?
This GI support product is formulated for specific support of healthy flora in the upper gastrointestinal tract, particularly the stomach.
Pepti-Guard helps maintain a healthy balance of GI flora while helping soothe and heal mucus membranes. This product contains the same primary ingredients – deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL), aloe vera, berberine HCl and bismuth citrate.
Aloe vera is used to soothe and heal the sensitive mucus membranes of the GI tract. Our aloe is the top of the line organically grown and is taken only from the inner gel of the aloe plant. It does not contain any other portions of the plant that might cause gastric upset or have a laxative effect.
When I Use This Product
I use this product with cases of H Pylori overgrowth and signs of gastric reflux that is not responding to diet change alone.
It is best to do a full 6-8 week protocol using this product, even after symptoms improve to be sure to eradicate the H Pylori infection.
The Problem With H Pylori Overgrowth
H pylori is an opportunistic bacteria that can infect and spread rapidly in individuals with a compromised immune system (1). While this bacterium is natural and beneficial to our bodies in small amounts, it can be extremely dangerous when allowed to propagate without control. This infection is the leading cause of stomach ulcers, poor digestion and stomach cancer (2).
It is estimated that over 50% of the world’s population has elevated levels of H Pylori (3). This microorganism can spread very quickly through the saliva and so it is easily transmitted. It is very common to see entire family’s test positive for this infection. Immune compromised individuals can develop this through sharing a drink, kissing and eating off the same dishes as an infected individual.
Other issues that can be caused by a H Pylori infection include pernicious anema which is a B12 deficiency (4). Your stomach produces a protein called intrinsic factor which allows the small intestine to absorb B12.
H Pylori affects the stomach’s ability to produce intrinsic factor which causes this problem. The major symptoms associated with pernicious anemia are constant fatigue, shortness of breath, pale skin, swollen tongue and nausea.
H Pylori disrupts the digestive process so it can lead to inflammation throughout the gut and gastrointestinal permeability. This state of leaky gut can also cause iron-deficient anemia, irritable bowel symptoms with fluctuating diarrhea and constipation and ulcerative colitis.
Since gut health is intimately related to brain health, an H Pylori infection can lead to depression, anxiety and trouble concentrating (5). Altered digestion also increases food sensitivities and auto-immune reactions. This can lead to any number of auto-immune conditions that are so prevalent in our society today.
Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice Extract: (DGL)
Licorice is a powerful herb that has been used for thousands of years in various cultures to help with indigestion and ulcers. Licorice helps to stimulate the release of secretin which enhances the stomach’s mucus lining. This gives it its characteristic demulcent (agent that soothes and relieves irritation in mucosal membranes) properties (6).
This is why licorice is revered for its use with stomach ulcers, because it helps protect and heal the gastric lining. It is also a powerful defense against the H Pylori bacteria that is implicated with stomach ulcers and a number of other digestive health issues (7).
DGL is made from licorice but the glycyrrhizin ingredient is removed. This is important because glycyrrhizin inhibits the metabolism of cortisol and thus it can cause an elevation in blood pressure. DGL supports the body’s natural healing process in the stomach and small intestine.
Aloe Vera Extract:
This powerful leaf contains polysaccharides that help to balance and modulate the immune system. This reduces inflammation throughout the body and in the gut. Aloe is also an adaptogen in that it helps the body to adapt more effectively to stress. This impact the gut by helping to stimulate bowel movements in times of constipation and helping to form solid bowel movements during times of diarrhea (8).
Aloe has a very positive effect on the microbial balance in our intestines. It is one of the best things to use on a regular basis to promote healthy gut flora. Aloa is a vermifuge in that it has compounds that help the body to remove intestinal worms and other parasites (9).
Bismuth citrate is an organo metallic compound that is used to reduce dyspepsia. Bismuth salts have been used for over 3 decades to treat issues involved with GERD and H Pylori overgrowth. This compound reduces H Pylori levels by inhibiting the organism’s ability to adhere to the epithelial cells in the stomach (10).
It also reduces H Pylori’s ability to create proteins, a cell wall and ATP energy. The recommended dosage is 200-250 mg – 2x daily. It is best when used in combination with an anti-microbial such as berberine.
Berberine is a powerful alkaloid anti-microbial that effectively reduces H Pylori and other opportunistic bacteria levels (11). It also works to help stabilize blood sugar and reduce inflammation.
The form of berberine in this formula comes from the roots and bark of Indian Barberry extract. The roots are where the berberine alkaloid is contained and that is the component with this specific medicinal property. This herb has been used throughout Europe, the Middle East, India and China for healing purposes.PREGNANCY WARNING
If pregnant, nursing, or trying to conceive, do not use this product.INTERACTIONS
There are no known adverse interactions or contraindications at publication date.ADDITIONAL WARNING
Bismuth citrate might cause a temporary and harmless darkening of the stool.
Servings Per Container: 60