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Bloating After Carbs on Keto or Low Carb: Gut Bacteria

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Bloating After Carbs on Keto or Low Carb: Gut Bacteria

Thomas DeLauer:
What’s going on everyone. It’s Thomas DeLauer and I’m here with Dr. Stephen Cabral who is the founder and owner of the Cabral Wellness Center in Boston and he’s all the way out here in California because today, we’re going to be talking about some pretty intriguing stuff when comes down to the gut biome, when it comes down to dairy, when it comes down to overall how your body finds its own bio individuality and balance. So Stephen, thank you for coming on here. We’ve got some really cool stuff. So, we’re going to get a little bit of background of who you are and what you do so everyone knows who I’ve got here today.

Dr. S. Cabral:
Sure. Yeah, my pleasure. I’m really happy to be here. So I’m a board certified naturopathic doctor. I specialize in Ayurvedic medicine, functional medicine, something called bioregulatory medicine. So, what we do is, we actually look at the individual and when we talk about whether it’s Keto based, or whether it’s carb based, or whether it’s kind of like more of a mediterranean style diet, we look at hormones, we look at the gut microbiome. And we also set, what’s our end goal in mind? So we want to know, where’s this person want to go to? Are they doing a specific diet in order to transform their body, transform their hormones, transform their metabolism? Then, once we know that end goal, we can actually customize a specific protocol for them.

Thomas DeLauer:
Gotcha, gotcha. Okay. So one of the things that Dr. Cabral has really blown my hair back with is his knowledge of the gut biome. And I’ve touched on the gut biome a little bit. I haven’t gone into exquisite detail. I’ve talked a little bit about what’s called the gut/brain access, you know, the communication between the gut and the brain. But a question that comes up a lot that I really want to dive into is how the gut starts to adjust either on or off a ketogenic diet, and not specifically ketosis cause I know that’s not necessarily your wheelhouse to be speaking as a keto expert, but you’re definitely an expert when it comes down to metabolism and digestion. And I’ve alluded to the fact before that our body responds differently to carbohydrates as far as our gut biome goes.

Dr. S. Cabral:
Sure.

Thomas DeLauer:
And responds differently with fats. So when someone’s coming off a ketogenic diet, some of their gut bacteria might be kind of skewed. And it’s not good or bad, it’s just kind of one these situations that naturally occurs. So you were talking to me a little bit before we went on camera about how there’s specific bacteria that feed on carbohydrates versus fats. Can you give kind of a general breakdown of that and then we can dive in?

Dr. S. Cabral:
Correct. So one of the best things to look at, if you’re able to and I know not everyone is able to, is actually to run something called an organic acids test. So organic acids test looks at the amount of yeast and actual fermentable-based bacteria. Besides yeast, then there’s also bacteria in the gut. Now, what we do is, we look at how much yeast is there and then we look at how much bacteria is there. So in an organic acids test and/or stool test, we can say, is there larger amounts of things called bifida bacterium that should be in colon or amounts of acidophilus, that should be more in the small intestine? We’re also looking at the total amount of negative bacteria that should be there. Clostridium difficile, E. Coli, Klebsiella. A lot of people believe, when they have E. Coli bacteria in their gut they’re like, “Why do I have that there?”

Thomas DeLauer:
Yeah.

Dr. S. Cabral:
Well, it’s supposed to be there just in a small amount. And its that E. Coli that actually helps to make the vitamins, vitamin K, so it’s very, very important.

Thomas DeLauer:
Really?

Dr. S. Cabral:
So the actual gut microbiome, a hundred trillion bacteria, right? A hundred trillion different cells in there, about 40 trillion of us. Well, the issue is this, when they’re not in balance, then they can start to cause havoc. So our job is to first say, are they in balance? And, if the answer is, no, and actually going more towards a keto-based diet can actually help with that. Cause our first goal is to eliminate a lot of the bacterial overgrowth in general. So we work with a lot of people with gut-based issues, whether it’s candida overgrowth, SIBO, IBS, IBD, and our goal is to remove first. So a lot of people are always putting probiotics into their body, right? Well, the issue with probiotics is that, if you already have bacterial overgrowth, probiotics are not the answer. They’re going to make things worse.

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