Do The Thing! - Dr. Michael Ruscio, DC

Do the Thing!

Understand how your symptoms could be coming from your gut (even non-digestive symptoms), and what steps you can take to treat this underlying cause.

Non-digestive symptoms could be coming from your gut

  • Depression, anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Thyroid
  • Joint pain
  • Skin problems

You don’t need to do a bunch of tests to improve your gut health – save your money

  • Many tests are not helpful

1. Try the Low FODMAP Diet

Diet tweaks can make a big difference

2. Try Probiotics, but details matter

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Lactobacillus & bifidobacterium species predominated blends Saccharomyces Boulardii (a healthy fungus) Soil-Based Probiotics using various bacillus species
  • Use a quality formula
  • Use all 3 categorical types together (most conducive to balancing microbiota)
    • Dr. Ruscio’s Probiotic Starter Guide can be found here
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Probiotics from food

  • This is a great place to start, but it might not get you a clinical dose
Food Species Amount Equivalent Dose
Sauerkraut Leuconostoc mesenteroides Lactobacillus brevis Pediococcus pentosaceus Lactobacillus plantarum 3 billion CFU per cup ⅛ capsule Lacto-Bifido Blend Probiotic
Yogurt[1, 2] Lactobacillus acidophilus Streptococcus thermophilus Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus 2.5 billion CFU per  cup 1/10 capsule Lacto-Bifido Blend Probiotic
Lacto-fermented Pickles[3, 4] Lactobacillus casei Lactobacillus rhamnosus Lactobacillus plantarum Lactobacillus brevis 1.3 billion CFU per pickle 0.5 capsule Lacto-Bifido Blend Probiotic
Kefir[5] Lactobacillus brevis Lactobacillus acidophilus Lactobacillus casei Lactococcus lactis Saccharomyces cerevisiae 2.5 billion CFU per cup 1/10 capsule Lacto-Bifido Blend Probiotic
Kimchi[6, 7] Weissella koreensis Lactobacillus sakei Lactobacillus graminis Weissella cibaria Leuconostoc mesenteroides 11.5 billion CFU per ½ cup ½ capsule Lacto-Bifido Blend Probiotic

3. Try an Elemental Heal Gut Reset

Elemental diet (hypoallergenic, liquid meal replacement shakes) as a gut reset

  • Pre-digested – gives gut a break
  • Hypoallergenic, reduced inflammation
  • Starves fungus and bacteria
  • Like avoiding running if you have sprained your ankle
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