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Has anyone participated in the Human Gut Project?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 16, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Hello Paleo People:

Like many people who end up in the Paleo realm, my gut is dysbiotic. My mom has terrible microbiota and passed that along to me, followed by my given antibiotics starting at 3 months old and lasting through 8 years old on a regular cycle. So my gut is less than thrilled.

I came across this last night: http://humanfoodproject.com/americangut/

For $99 you can swab your feces, skin, or mouth and they give some sort of read out back.

As someone trying to cultivate a loving relationship with my microbiotic self, is this worth doing?

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on July 05, 2013
at 02:26 AM

I had a problem when I was 3 mo the old and had nearly constant antiobuotcjs from then til 8 years old. I'm in the bay areaso hot dry sun isn't usually our way (this week aside). Can I dehydrate the plantains?

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on July 03, 2013
at 08:59 PM

High levels of RS found in green bananas and green plantains. Must be eaten raw or dried--not cooked! Buy the greenest bananas you can find and eat 1 or 2 every day. Alternatively, buy very green plantains, slice thin, salt and dry in the hot sun. Eat like crackers. 1 plantain provides 30-40g of RS--the perfect daily dose. A very green banana has about 15g of RS. Another option is to buy some unmodified potato starch and incorporate it into smoothies or cold drink (milk, water, etc..) 1TBS of potato starch = 7g RS for reference

61a27a8b7ec2264b1821923b271eaf54

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on July 03, 2013
at 08:55 PM

No offense meant with this, but you exemplify what's wrong with modern human guts. A lifetime of wrong choices (not necessarily your own) leading to an impaired gut and less-than-optimal gut flora. The more I study on gut flora, the more amazed I become at how bad CW Medicine is. I think we owe it to ourselves to produce the best gut microbes we can--they can be manipulated easily. If you can't handle the plant fibers like inulin or some of the plant nutrients, gut flora can still be modified and maintained with resistant starch, and in fact RS may produce a better environment than fiber!

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on July 02, 2013
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I'm one of those weirdos who gets selenium toxicity so 4 and 6 are out. My digestion is really weak so 7 is out too. 3 is anti paleo. This is a struggle as I went up on the rice, potatoes and plantains and gained 6 lbs, when I previously wasn't touching them.

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I'm one of those weirdos who gets selenium toxicity so 4 and 6 are out. My digestion is really weak so 7 is out too. 3 is anti paleo.

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61a27a8b7ec2264b1821923b271eaf54

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on July 02, 2013
at 07:52 PM

I just sent my test kit in--they say results could take 6 months! I love this project, amazing that it is available to the public.

If you don't want to spend the money, I will tell you how to ensure you have the best guts possible:

Eat lots of foods that contain inulin and resistant starch. Put this food list on your fridge and eat lots of them every day, in order from most to least: 1. Green bananas 2. Cold potatoes 3. Beans 4. Raw onions 5. Raw leeks 6. Garlic 7. Try to eat a minimum of 10 different raw veggies a day. 30 is better!

Read here to see why I have made these recommendations:

http://freetheanimal.com/2013/06/resistant-starch-now-we%E2%80%99re-getting-somewhere-part-2-35-links-to-research.html

19ff515e8ec02d95e8f2cf68c3ec1373

(1207)

on July 02, 2013
at 11:37 PM

I'm one of those weirdos who gets selenium toxicity so 4 and 6 are out. My digestion is really weak so 7 is out too. 3 is anti paleo.

19ff515e8ec02d95e8f2cf68c3ec1373

(1207)

on July 02, 2013
at 11:40 PM

I'm one of those weirdos who gets selenium toxicity so 4 and 6 are out. My digestion is really weak so 7 is out too. 3 is anti paleo. This is a struggle as I went up on the rice, potatoes and plantains and gained 6 lbs, when I previously wasn't touching them.

61a27a8b7ec2264b1821923b271eaf54

(3175)

on July 03, 2013
at 08:55 PM

No offense meant with this, but you exemplify what's wrong with modern human guts. A lifetime of wrong choices (not necessarily your own) leading to an impaired gut and less-than-optimal gut flora. The more I study on gut flora, the more amazed I become at how bad CW Medicine is. I think we owe it to ourselves to produce the best gut microbes we can--they can be manipulated easily. If you can't handle the plant fibers like inulin or some of the plant nutrients, gut flora can still be modified and maintained with resistant starch, and in fact RS may produce a better environment than fiber!

19ff515e8ec02d95e8f2cf68c3ec1373

(1207)

on July 05, 2013
at 02:26 AM

I had a problem when I was 3 mo the old and had nearly constant antiobuotcjs from then til 8 years old. I'm in the bay areaso hot dry sun isn't usually our way (this week aside). Can I dehydrate the plantains?

61a27a8b7ec2264b1821923b271eaf54

(3175)

on July 03, 2013
at 08:59 PM

High levels of RS found in green bananas and green plantains. Must be eaten raw or dried--not cooked! Buy the greenest bananas you can find and eat 1 or 2 every day. Alternatively, buy very green plantains, slice thin, salt and dry in the hot sun. Eat like crackers. 1 plantain provides 30-40g of RS--the perfect daily dose. A very green banana has about 15g of RS. Another option is to buy some unmodified potato starch and incorporate it into smoothies or cold drink (milk, water, etc..) 1TBS of potato starch = 7g RS for reference

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on July 02, 2013
at 08:07 PM

Wow, this sounds awesome. Bookmarked for when I have a spare $100 bucks to ship my poop in for science.

I had my family's DNA scanned with 23andme and have been really digging that. (Although, I wish I had the full DNA sequences rather than SNP's.) It's cool when you read a study online about some genotype and you can dig right into your raw code and pull out some relevant data.

Love this stuff.

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on June 13, 2013
at 08:37 PM

I think its totally worth it, you may find out what strains are you missing and then use specific supplemental strains...pls let us know how it turns out! "a loving relationship with my microbiotic self" - good one;-)

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on May 16, 2013
at 05:14 PM

That sounds awesome in the geeky-nerdy way I'm used to! I say go for it! The general information you get out of it will be pretty much what you expect (your gut needs some TLC), but the details could be really interesting.

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