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Slow gastric emptying - gut health, nausea, vomiting, feeling full

Slow gastric emptying - gut health, nausea, vomiting, feeling full

Slow stomach emptying under recognized (according to Michael Cline, DO, Director of Cleveland Clinic's Gastroparesis Clinic). There are a few good medicine options to help. And the medicine available has bad side effects. Slow stomach emptying means your stomach is slow to move food through. At Silver Fern®, we hear about slow stomach emptying issues a lot. Many people have this issue and don't know it. We find that 90 days of taking the right doses of Gutgard®, artichoke leaf extract, and ginger root extract with a high percentage of gingerols may be very helpful for most people. Unfortunately, it...

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Vitamin K1 vs. K2 and whether it should be paired with vitamin D - supplements, vitamins, K2D3

Vitamin K1 vs. K2 and whether it should be paired with vitamin D - supplements, vitamins, K2D3

The research suggests that Vitamin K1 and Vitamin K2 are different.Vitamin K2 absorbs better than Vitamin K1. Vitamin K2 (in the form of MK-7) has shown to be very good for regulating osteoporosis, atherosclerosis, cancer and inflammatory diseases without the risk of negative side effects or overdosing. Further, the research on Vitamin K and Vitamin D not absorbing well together seems to be on Vitamin K1, not Vitamin K2. And even that research says that the research supports that Vitamin D and Vitamin K are more effective together than alone for both bone 🦴 and cardiovascular ❤️ health. This question...

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Sugar and mental health, what's the connection? - gut health, anxiety, depression, sugar

Sugar and mental health, what's the connection? - gut health, anxiety, depression, sugar

Beyond gut health, there are several triggers to address in order to fight off sugar cravings. There is a massive mental component to breaking up with sugar. When it drives your mood it becomes really hard to stop consuming it. Did you know that anti-depressants can cause cravings for sweets? Shocked? I'll be honest, I was a bit shocked. I would have assumed anti-depressants reduced sugar cravings. Did you know there are certain nootropics (not all of them or most of them but certain key nootropics) that can have the same positive effects as anti-depressants, do not have the negative...

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4 false fears with magnesium stearate - health, immune system, nutrient absorption

4 false fears with magnesium stearate - health, immune system, nutrient absorption

Be aware of false fears. I love all the newest research myself. Love it. I consume it daily. But I am 100% aware that the research could all be irrelevant in 2 years from now. In the case of magnesium stearate, while I don't think taking it in huge amounts is good, I can't find anything that should be scaring the crap out of people when it is consumed in small amounts in drugs and supplements. Most products that contain magnesium stearate contain a tiny amount of it. And if the most cautious companies that are phasing out of it...

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Research shows some laxatives may increase the risk for dementia - gut health, constipation

Research shows some laxatives may increase the risk for dementia - gut health, constipation

Let's all hope this research turns out to be miscalculated or a mistake. This isn't a good conclusion. I might suggest that this research may be "very early and should be interpreted with caution" (according to CNN). Further, research studies can also be wrong. We have to be careful assuming all research is correct. But this research is from 2023 for some laxatives. "People who regularly used one kind of laxative had a 28% higher risk for dementia, while those who regularly used a combination of two or more laxatives had a 90% higher risk. When examining the different types...

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Most of us are not getting enough of this one vitamin, even with a healthy diet - vitamins, vitamin D3, vitamin K2

Most of us are not getting enough of this one vitamin, even with a healthy diet - vitamins, vitamin D3, vitamin K2

There is A LOT we can get from a healthy diet alone. Food is the best source for vitamins and nutrients. And many of us take a good whole food vitamin to cover deficiencies we think may have from not eating enough healthy foods daily. BUT there is one vitamin that science says most of us are not getting enough of from food (only about 25%) and they suggest we supplement it. That Vitamin is K2 (which is different than Vitamin K1 and comes from completely different sources). The best form of Vitamin K2 is MK-7. Most Vitamin K2 is...

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Horrible diarrhea? Give our Cleanse a try - gut health, immunoglobulins, diarrhea

Horrible diarrhea? Give our Cleanse a try - gut health, immunoglobulins, diarrhea

I'll be crazy real and direct on this. The way to help bad chronic diarrhea/loose stool issues is to use a high doses of immunoglobulins. Immunoglobulins literally help with diarrhea. Depending on how bad your issues are dictates the dosing and and how long you'll need the product. Since this post is for really bad diarrhea issues (it doesn't matter the cause: major imbalances, super agitated system, etc.), let's address that. Please buy 4 bottles of Cleanse per month for 2 months. Please take 8 capsules of Cleanse morning and night (16 capsules per day) for 60 days with or...

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Bloat & Gas Relief enzymes for FODMAP foods - gut health, IBS, SIBO, FODMAP

Bloat & Gas Relief enzymes for FODMAP foods - gut health, IBS, SIBO, FODMAP

Both SIBO and IBS come with a lot of gas and bloating. IBS and SIBO sufferers have an excess of gas-producing bacteria, which can exacerbate problems such as bloating, abdominal pain, and flatulence. While the long-term course of action is to build back digestive capacity for foods containing FODMAP and address the imbalances leading to excessive gas-producing bacteria being present, there are key enzymes that are effective at helping a person enjoy a certain degree of food freedom while helping with the problems that take longer to improve. There is a secret to taking these enzymes (and all enzymes for...

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Is your probiotic doing this for you? - gut health, probiotic, gut microbiome

Is your probiotic doing this for you? - gut health, probiotic, gut microbiome

Next time you buy a probiotic, flip it around and check the label to see what's in it. Given the fact that the strains may be completely different from probiotic to probiotic that may be a good indicator that assuming all of them are the same is like assuming all food is the same (it may be like assuming sugar and prebiotic fiber are both the same because they are both technically carbohydrates.)By definition, probiotics are a mixture of live bacteria and/or yeast that live in the body and that should help keep you healthy. While it is debatable if...

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You can help the underlying cause of histamine intolerance - gut health, DAO enzymes, immunoglobulins, mucosal barrier

You can help the underlying cause of histamine intolerance - gut health, DAO enzymes, immunoglobulins, mucosal barrier

 Don't miss the mark with histamine intolerance. 1) Understand what histamine intolerance is2) Understand what causes it3) Then address the causesWhile a low-histamine diet and/or supplementation with DAO enzymes may be very helpful for many, how do either of those help the cause of histamine intolerance? 🩹 You can help rebuild the mucosal barrier and drive out pathogens that are breaking down the mucosal barrier to help the underlying causes of histamine intolerances. The question is, "Do you want to avoid histamine producing foods long-term?"If you don't, ask for a protocol to help with histamine intolerance. If you are good...

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Can slow stomach emptying being the cause of silent reflux? - gut health, reflux, silent reflux, LPR

Can slow stomach emptying being the cause of silent reflux? - gut health, reflux, silent reflux, LPR

What causes silent reflux (LPR)?⁠1) Hiatal Hernia ⁠2) Increased Abdominal Pressure⁠⁠Skilled massage therapists and chiropractors may be able to help with a hiatal hernia using hiatal hernia techniques. Doctors may suggest surgery for it. The success rate for these surgeries depends on who you ask. ⁠⁠But what if the issue is due to increased abdominal pressure? ⁠⁠Did you know that when your stomach empties slowly it can cause reflux and silent reflux issues? When the stomach doesn't empty properly because of poor motility the pressure inside the stomach can exceed the LOS pressure causing reflux/silent reflux problems. ⁠⁠Any good motility...

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Try these tips for a better night's sleep - gut health, magnesium, Quiet Serenity

Try these tips for a better night's sleep - gut health, magnesium, Quiet Serenity

Sleep hygiene, its a real thing. Sleep hygiene refers to your daily behavioral and environmental habits that optimize sleep. Here are some of my personal favorite sleep hygiene habits:1️⃣ DO NOT try to discuss anything of importance, fight, or argue 2 hrs. before bed. Put work away 2 hrs. before bed. If you are going to fight with a spouse or loved one do it earlier in the day or don't do it. Bed time starts hrs. before bed. Nothing intense around bed time. You should be calming down, not amping up. 2️⃣ Put the cell phone away at least...

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Our metabolism doesn't slow down as early as we thought - gut health, metabolism, weight training

Our metabolism doesn't slow down as early as we thought - gut health, metabolism, weight training

Recent studies show the metabolism doesn't start to slow until after 60.🤯 So, middle age is no longer a good excuse for putting on weight. Then what's the deal with weight gain as we get older? It appears that the metabolism is driven by maintaining lean muscle mass for people that are middle-age or post-menopausal women. The more lean muscle mass we have, the less weight we gain. Granted, as we age we don't necessarily have the same health as we did early in life to go crazy on exercise programs. None the less, being active and actively pushing muscle...

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How do antibiotics cause weight gain? - gut health, probiotics

How do antibiotics cause weight gain? - gut health, probiotics

While many say that it "may" or is "positively linked to weight gain", there are also groups that straight up conclude that antibiotics cause weight gain. How, you might ask?Antibiotics change the microbiome, which alters the way you break down foods and "...increasing the calories of nutrients absorbed. This, in turn, can increase weight gain." https://publichealth.jhu.edu/2015/children-who-take-antibiotics-gain-weight-faster-than-kids-who-dont.t#This appears to be more true with children that use antibiotics early on in life. If you have questions, please send us a DM on Instagram @silverfernbrand, or visit https://www.silverfernbrand.com/#quiz-5XHJMn for our protocols.

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A natural antidepressant - gut health, mental health, depression, anxiety, stress

A natural antidepressant - gut health, mental health, depression, anxiety, stress

Do any of you have depression, anxiety, stress, or want to have a better mood every day? How about ADHD? Anyone have ADHD problems? Did you know there are nootropics that perform similar to fluoxetine? (Prozac) Did you know there are nootropics that work great for ADHD? 👏🏼Did you know there are nootropics that can offset the side effects of anti-depressants that you can take in conjunction with antidepressants? Did you know that antidepressants and/or nootropics have been shown to help with gut issues like IBS?Did you know that there are nootropics that are shown to help with bacteria imbalance...

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Become our next brand ambassador - gut health

Become our next brand ambassador - gut health

Are you constantly telling everyone you know how changing your gut health has changed your life? How your health has improved? How you're not using as many medications any more? How your digestion and immune system have improved?⁠⁠We want to reward you for doing what you're already doing by making you a brand ambassador! ⁠⁠Benefits include:⁠Gift cards and free product⁠Shareable discount code⁠Earn reward points for sharing⁠Early access to new product⁠Participate in testing new products⁠Swag⁠⁠If you have questions, please send us a DM on Instagram @silverfernbrand, or visit https://www.silverfernbrand.com/#quiz-5XHJMn for our protocols.

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The nasal micriobiome - gut health, nasal health, allergies, sinus infections

The nasal micriobiome - gut health, nasal health, allergies, sinus infections

OBVIOUSLY we're doing a lot of research on new products. ⁠⁠Are you interested in a product that will definitely and rapidly clean up the nasal microbiome? This would be a product that rapidly disassembles the harmful substances in the nasal microbiome while allowing the good to flourish. ⁠⁠Coming Soon!!!⁠ If you have questions, please send us a DM on Instagram @silverfernbrand, or visit https://www.silverfernbrand.com/#quiz-5XHJMn for our protocols.⁠⁠

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Causes of chronic sinusitis - gut health, immune support

Causes of chronic sinusitis - gut health, immune support

Anyone tired of sinus infections? I used to have them all the time. Hated them. I was on and off of antibiotics every year for years. That was a roller coaster I couldn't get off of. With gut health efforts I was able to fix my immune system and make it so I don't get them anymore. But it would have been really nice for me to have had something that would have helped with sinus issues faster. If you'd be interested in a sinus infection related product like or comment below! If you have questions, please send us a...

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Even when you're eating healthy, you may not be absorbing it all - gut health, nutrient absorption, digestive enzymes, mucous lining

Even when you're eating healthy, you may not be absorbing it all - gut health, nutrient absorption, digestive enzymes, mucous lining

❌You aren't what you eat. ✅You are what you absorb. Along with eating healthy, it is extremely important to take measures to promote what allows for healthy nutrient absorption. For nutrient absorption here are our top 3 ingredients:STEP 1: 90 daysDigestive Enzymes:1) Broad Spectrum Coverage: carbs, fats, and protein2) 100% pH coverage3) Complete Protein AbsorptionReflux or Regularity:Contains the MucoSave® for directly helping the mucous lining of the small intestine.STEP 2: 90 daysCleanse and Ultimate Probiotic (Gut Rehab Kit)This combination is what we call a 'gut clean up' and build out. If you have questions, please send us a DM on...

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8 reasons to use artichoke leaf extract - gut health, constipation

8 reasons to use artichoke leaf extract - gut health, constipation

We get asked a lot about the higher doses of artichoke leaf extract in our motility plan. It's fair to question something at a higher dose.⁠⁠Did you know that 2,700 mg of artichoke leaf extract daily has been shown to provide really good liver support? ⁠⁠Some research says that artichoke leaf extract can significantly reduce total cholesterol (which seems to be my experience too).⁠⁠Do I personally think it is going to help with weight loss? I don't. But it may be good in conjunction with other efforts. ⁠⁠Does it help with motility? We sure think so. That's our experience with...

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The oral microbiome affects so much more than just the mouth - gut health, oral health

The oral microbiome affects so much more than just the mouth - gut health, oral health

Imagine something you could rinse in your mouth that would rapidly help disassemble "bad stuff," "angry annoyances," and "discomforts." You would also be able swallow it for helping do the same thing for gut health.If this is something that would interests you let us know by liking or commenting below! If you have questions, please send us a DM on Instagram @silverfernbrand, or visit https://www.silverfernbrand.com/#quiz-5XHJMn for our protocols.

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What they're not telling you about probiotics - gut health, probiotics

What they're not telling you about probiotics - gut health, probiotics

Probiotics are NOT all the same. And probiotics may not be the best place to start for many of you. Don't get me wrong, we ❤️ probiotics. Like really love them. BUT there's a time and a place.Slow motility issues? (reflux, heartburn, slow gastric emptying, constipation, SIBO, etc.)❌Probiotics aren't the place to start. Rapidly motility issues?Probiotics MAY not be the place to start.How is Ultimate Probiotic different than ________'s probiotic? To start off, the type of strains in Ultimate Probiotic are completely different than reseeding probiotic supplements. Comparing reseeding probiotics to gut management probiotics is like comparing apples and oranges....

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Digestive Enzymes & MucoSave® help with nutrient absorption - gut health, nutrient absorption

Digestive Enzymes & MucoSave® help with nutrient absorption - gut health, nutrient absorption

Enzymes break down food that turns nutrients into substances that your digestive tract can absorb. Simply stated, they aid in the digestion process. In a healthy gut and when you are young, your body makes enough enzymes that should not need to to be supplemented. Enzymes are a basic, first step product for nutrient absorption. They work quickly. You take them with food and they help with the digestion of that food. Not all enzymes are the same and most don't provide full coverage. Other basic, first step products/ingredients for nutrient absorption are Regularity or Reflux with MucoSave®. There are...

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Signs of a sinus infection - headache, runny nose, cough, fever

Signs of a sinus infection - headache, runny nose, cough, fever

Sinus infections...they are miserable and last forever! If you are interested in a product for sinus "problems" would anyone be interested? Let us know by liking or commenting below! (It also may be super helpful for colds, flus, and sicknesses.)

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Six things your doctor isn't telling you about gut health - gut health, probiotics, heartburn, reflux, constipation

Six things your doctor isn't telling you about gut health - gut health, probiotics, heartburn, reflux, constipation

When our children were small, the doctor's solution to constipation was laxatives. When our daughter was diagnosed with CRPS (a chronic pain syndrome) at 12, the only solution to her constipation from the doctor was laxatives. When I used to get sick from colds & flus all winter long, antibiotics were the answer. When I had reflux and heartburn, acid blockers were the suggested solution. No one ever mentioned that acid blockers may make things worse or that the issue was most likely not from too much stomach acid. When I was on antibiotics, the answer was to go to...

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Gluten Intolerance vs Celiac Disease - gut health, immunoglobulins

Gluten Intolerance vs Celiac Disease - gut health, immunoglobulins

They sure look the same to me. How about you? Without doing a lot of testing, how might you know which one you have?Brain fog and joint pain are more closely connected to Celiac Disease while headaches are more commonly associated with gluten intolerance. For both issues there are "no known cures." They both may be put into remission and then, when managed, stay that way. Want to reintroduce gluten? Talk with your medical professional but also include a plan for ongoing gut maintenance. Obviously a gluten-free diet is the go-to with both celiac and gluten intolerance. Here are some...

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Low stomach acid may be the cause of your reflux/heartburn. What can cause low stomach acid? - gut health, acid blockers

Low stomach acid may be the cause of your reflux/heartburn. What can cause low stomach acid? - gut health, acid blockers

If acid blockers are a major contributor to low stomach acid and if low stomach acid is one of the primary reasons behind all of your issues (including reflux and heartburn) do you use more of them or less? I suggest maybe less. People keep telling me that the secret is baking soda and water, which is like taking antacids (blocking acid). It is cheap and convenient. But how is that helping with the actual cause of the problem (low stomach acid) and is that a good long-term plan? Not according to most. But it is cheap and a great...

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Gastritis is the result of an inflamed mucosa - gut health, stomach issues, h pylori

Gastritis is the result of an inflamed mucosa - gut health, stomach issues, h pylori

If gastritis is the result of an inflamed mucosa then wouldn't it make sense that soothing, repairing, and rebuilding the mucosa is the answer? And once the mucosa is getting the help it needs, doesn't it make sense to also address the potential H. pylori overgrowth possibilities?Be mindful, herbs and immunoglobulins aren't drugs: dosing matters, how long you use the ingredients matters, and doing everything in the proper order matters. MucoSave® at 800-1200 mg per day for 60-90 days may be most helpful for initially providing serious help to the mucosa. Do not take a flavor of MucoSave® that has...

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Chronic constipation is more than just forcing bowel movements or a bacteria imbalance - gut health, motility, laxatives

Chronic constipation is more than just forcing bowel movements or a bacteria imbalance - gut health, motility, laxatives

Most constipation products and protocols don't work. Why? ⁠They focus on forced motility OR they focus on gut imbalances ONLY with probiotics. It is very tough to clean up something that is clogged up. ⁠⁠There are 4 keys to helping with constipation issues:⁠1) Motility activation (not the forced dependency motility provided by laxatives)⁠2) Soothing and calming the system. When the system is flared up it is going to be clogged up. Motility issues are an inflammatory issue. ⁠3) Lubrication. A dry colon produces dry waste that causes painful bowel movements.⁠4) Microbial imbalances. It is good to start this process, but...

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Celiac disease and gut health - immunoglobulins, toxins, inflammation, gut barrier

Celiac disease and gut health - immunoglobulins, toxins, inflammation, gut barrier

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease. Autoimmune diseases are when the immune system mistakenly attacks the body. One way to possibly consider addressing autoimmune diseases, like Celiac disease, is to decrease immune activation by way of toxin binding and strengthening the gut barrier. Oral immunoglobulins, for example, are shown to help decrease immune activation. Given what we know about Celiac disease, the answers to help address this may be in addressing microbial imbalances, gut barrier integrity, inflammation, and strengthening the immune system. A gut health protocol may want to consider high doses of immunoglobulins, building up the gut barrier, increasing...

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Why doesn't your SIBO go away?

Why doesn't your SIBO go away?

The most common way to treat SIBO is with antibiotics and diet changes, right? AKA - Kill the bacteria causing all the problems and don't eat the foods that cause bloating and gas. BUT...How do antibiotics increase gastric juices and improve motility for someone with SIBO? How long do people like to avoid foods and how simple is that? Sounds very difficult to follow long-term. Why not increase natural acid production correctly, help regain normal motility, and clean out the gut w/o hammering the beneficial gut bacteria as a way to approach SIBO problems? If high doses of immunoglobulins over...

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Large doses of vitamin D depletes magnesium - gut health, supplements

Large doses of vitamin D depletes magnesium - gut health, supplements

Why doesn't Silver Fern™ Brand's K2D3 have more vitamin D in it?Because most people don't need it. The lion share of people already have magnesium deficiency. There is no need to intentionally make it worse. And if you need more Vitamin D in higher doses then please consider adding a magnesium supplement. I personally prefer Magnesium Glycinate and Magnesium L-Threonate together. The current recommended range of daily Vitamin D is 600 to 800 IUs. If you are low in Vitamin D you can up to 1,500 to 2,000 IUs per day (or 2 K2D3 capsules). But unless a doctor suggests...

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Why NOT H2 blockers for reflux and heartburn? - gut health, digestion, acid blockers

Why NOT H2 blockers for reflux and heartburn? - gut health, digestion, acid blockers

Why would you focus on blocking acid secretion if too much stomach acid isn't the issue? (What if the issue is inflammation, low stomach acid, gastroparesis, obesity, etc.?) But let's assume your issues are too much stomach acid. Let's look at H2 blockers anyway. They are not as strong as PPIs so they are considered to be safer for long-term use. They are inexpensive. They are effective. They are easy to find. Doctors prescribe them a lot and the FDA has found them safe for short-term use. For bad reflux and heartburn issues though, most people end up taking PPIs....

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Acid blockers may be compounding the problem - gut health, magnesium, reflux, heartburn

Acid blockers may be compounding the problem - gut health, magnesium, reflux, heartburn

There is probably a very good reason that magnesium is added to most acid blockers. Magnesium deficiency is a cause for reflux and heartburn problems. Isn't it interesting that instead of addressing nutrient absorption along with taking magnesium (malate or glycinate) for helping with the underlying issues of reflux and heartburn, most people actually double down and do more harm to nutrient absorption with acid blockers? I find it super confusing. But acid blockers are super cheap! That is definitely a plus. If you don't want to live on acid blockers consider an aggressive reflux and heartburn protocol. If you...

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For inflammatory issues in the esophagus and stomach, build the body's natural defense shield - gut health, acid blockers, reflux, heartburn

For inflammatory issues in the esophagus and stomach, build the body's natural defense shield - gut health, acid blockers, reflux, heartburn

Acid blockers are cheap and readily available for sure. But...For all inflammatory issues in the esophagus and stomach, rather than blocking acid maybe consider building up the body's natural defense shield to protect against acid levels. MucoSave® does not block acid. If anything, it will help with normal stomach acid levels. You need to take MucoSave® in a drink form to coat the esophagus and stomach (if you have GERD, LPR, EOE, and Gastritis issues). Capsules don't work well here. And MucoSave® is a bitter ingredient. It tastes bitter. If you are on acid blockers, do not suddenly stop taking...

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Is slow motility the root cause of your other issues?  - gut health, constipation

Is slow motility the root cause of your other issues? - gut health, constipation

Start your gut health journey with slow motility issues! This is where most people should start unless you have chronic diarrhea or no constipation (in our opinion). How do you clean something up that is clogged up? You don't. Even if an imbalance is the culprit for the slow motility issues, please consider starting with slow motility issues before doing an aggressive clean up. Even people with weight gain issues would do well to start with helping with motility issues. BTW - starting with a protocol for slow motility also means helping with inflammatory processes, gut barrier integrity, nutrient absorption,...

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Your gut health may be impacting your allergies and immune health - gut health, probiotics, prebiotics

Your gut health may be impacting your allergies and immune health - gut health, probiotics, prebiotics

I had seasonal allergies for as long as I could remember. Back in the 80s, I had to get allergy shots to work on our family ranches/farms.My allergies never really got better as I got older. Along with my shoddy immune system, my allergies drove me crazy. I took antihistamines, Flonase, etc. all the time. That was my management plan for allergies. It wasn't until after 8 months of a heavily focused gut health protocol that I noticed my allergies really start to drop off. This happened about the same time I noticed I was no longer getting sick every...

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Depression and the gut-brain connection - gut health, gut microbiome, mental health

Depression and the gut-brain connection - gut health, gut microbiome, mental health

While antidepressants work well for many people (and I am not suggesting that people not take them), there is another key to depression that most overlook: gut health. Antidepressants work by increasing neurotransmitters (like serotonin and noradrenaline). Gut bacteria also produce a variety of neurotransmitters that can trigger positive feelings. While taking antidepressants, it may be helpful to focus on some of the side effects of antidepressants (slow motility issues, etc.) as well as work on making sure you are managing gut bacteria balances. The combination of both efforts may prove to be very effective. If you have questions, please...

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Stressing will only make constipation worse

Stressing will only make constipation worse

If you are interested in making your digestive issues worse then start worrying about it. Even better yet, really fret it and worry about it. That will lock things up super fast. ⁠⁠Stress causes constipation. ⁠Stress slows down digestion. ⁠Stress is a motility stopper. ⁠Stress causes bloating.⁠Stress causes inflammation. ⁠Stress causes cramping.⁠Stress causes the gut to have imbalances. ⁠⁠If you chase gut health like many do the stock market (hourly and daily), you are likely going to make things worse. Get on a protocol. Do it the right way. And give it the time it needs to work. A 90...

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If its not SIBO, it may be SIFO - gut health, diarrhea, constipation, reflux

If its not SIBO, it may be SIFO - gut health, diarrhea, constipation, reflux

What About Fungal Overgrowth? If all the belching, bloating, reflux, nausea, diarrhea, and gas issues aren't SIBO, then they are often SIFO. Addressing motility issues may or may not be step 1 for you. If you are having rapid motility issues, then you can jump to the high doses of immunoglobulins. Otherwise, please start with a slow motility plan. Oral immunoglobulins use immune and steric exclusion mechanisms to bind to and eliminate fungus. Dosing matters. Taking them for long enough matters too. We suggest that gut health protocols do best when they focus on motility first and then do a...

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Is your gut health playing a factor in your mental health? - probiotics, depression, anxiety

Is your gut health playing a factor in your mental health? - probiotics, depression, anxiety

Does gut health affect mental health? Yes! Each year more and more research shows that an unhealthy imbalanced gut loaded in inflammation causes mood issues. The research (in Psychology Today) also suggests that pairing gut health measures with antidepressants showed significant improvements in mood compared to the placebo. Maybe gut health measures should be considered as part of a way to help with mental health issues? If you have questions, please send us a DM on Instagram @silverfernbrand, or visit https://www.silverfernbrand.com/#quiz-5XHJMn for our protocols.

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Many factors affect our gut health daily - probiotics, prebiotics, stress, antibiotics

Many factors affect our gut health daily - probiotics, prebiotics, stress, antibiotics

"How did my gut get so messed up?" "Why do I need to keep maintaining my gut health after I finish the protocol?" Many factors affect our gut health daily, this is why maintaining your gut health is so important. The good news is that once your gut health is on track, maintaining it doesn't require a lot and its pretty simple. If you have questions, please send us a DM on Instagram @silverfernbrand, or visit https://www.silverfernbrand.com/#quiz-5XHJMn for our protocols.

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Recent research findings on the use of psychedelics for mental health issues - mental health, anxiety, depression

Recent research findings on the use of psychedelics for mental health issues - mental health, anxiety, depression

Anyone feel like their minds are locked up? Do you or anyone you know suffer from lingering depression and anxiety issues? Has anyone gone through years of therapy with little to show? If you or anyone you know struggles with mental health issues, the research on the advances in psychedelics may be super interesting to you. I try to keep up on the research of psychedelics because I am close to people that struggle with depression. And I myself struggle with anxiety. For years psychedelics were under attack by the government (partly out of ignorance and partly out of the...

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Apple Cider Vinegar - gut health, reflux, heartburn, bloating, gas

Apple Cider Vinegar - gut health, reflux, heartburn, bloating, gas

Do you remember My Big Fat Greek Wedding and the complete fixation on using Windex to treat everything? Lol ⁠⁠Apple cider vinegar seems to have a similar following. Whenever I do a post on reflux, heartburn, bloating, gas, etc. about everyone responds with apple cider vinegar comments.⁠⁠I too add Bragg's Organic Apple Cider Vinegar to my smoothie in the morning. I see it as a good way to increase acetate. It also is a good way to help with lowering blood sugar levels. I think it probably does help with digestion. ⁠⁠From my personal experience, I add this product into...

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Can baking soda help the root cause of  your heartburn? - gut health, reflux

Can baking soda help the root cause of your heartburn? - gut health, reflux

"Just mix baking soda, water, and honey together. That fixes heartburn and it's super inexpensive. Why go spend $75 per month on a protocol? That's just dumb!" Is it? What exactly is baking soda and water fixing? The short-term symptoms or the underlying issues? Is baking soda addressing the causes of heartburn?❌Inflammation of the stomach (gastritis)❌H. pylori overgrowth issues❌Vitamin and mineral deficiencies❌Stress ❌Gastroparesis❌LPR❌GERD❌Obesity❌The mucosal barrier's integrity The truth is that baking soda and water aren't solving anything. Is baking soda a viable long-term solution? 👎🏼Nope!However, it can be a quick temporary help while you do other things to address the...

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Causes of low stomach acid - gut health, reflux, heartburn, nutrient absorption

Causes of low stomach acid - gut health, reflux, heartburn, nutrient absorption

Do you wonder how or why you have low stomach acid?⁠⁠The simple answer is that something has affected the gastric mucosa which in turn has resulted in low stomach acid secretion. ⁠⁠Some research suggests that acid blockers are simply masking the underlying issues, not helping with them. ⁠(National Institutes of Health)⁠⁠Yes, there is such a thing as "stress-induced gastritis", which weakens the mucosa. ⁠⁠One might also wonder that since the mucosa is key to nutrient absorption, does that mean that is what is causing a lack of zinc and vitamin B in the system? ⁠⁠We like to aggressively coat the...

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Are acid blockers making your stomach acid issues worse? - gut health, reflux, heartburn

Are acid blockers making your stomach acid issues worse? - gut health, reflux, heartburn

When you have issues like low stomach acid, look to the causes then address those. Acid blockers (though inexpensive and easily available) are not addressing the underlying causes of low stomach acid. They may, in fact, be worsening the issues because they are masking the issues vs addressing the causes. (I'll do a separate post on causes.)Rather than quickly "masking up" to address issues like reflux, heartburn, and stomach aches, please consider addressing the underlying causes with a properly structured protocol. If you have questions, please send us a DM on Instagram @silverfernbrand, or visit https://www.silverfernbrand.com/#quiz-5XHJMn for our protocols.

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How do oral immunoglobulins work and why are they key to cleaning up the gut? - gut health, diarrhea, pathogens

How do oral immunoglobulins work and why are they key to cleaning up the gut? - gut health, diarrhea, pathogens

How do immunoglobulins work and why are they key to cleaning up the gut? How do they help with autoimmune conditions? Let's start off with the fact that immunoglobulins are antibodies. Immunoglobulins are the "...humoral immune responses against bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, cellular antigens, chemicals, and synthetic substances."(Immunoglobulin - National Library of Medicine - full reference in slides)Immunoglobulins bind to pathogens and then the body eliminates them. Immunoglobulins change the shape and size of pathogens preventing them from penetrating the gut barrier, increasing the inflammation, and triggering immune responses. Oral immunoglobulins are key to improving the composition of the gut...

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Gut health and women's health - hormones, menopause, perimenopause, postmenopause

Gut health and women's health - hormones, menopause, perimenopause, postmenopause

Gut health may be the secret to a "smoother ride through menopause" (Dr. Jolene Brighten) There is never a time to not work on gut health. In the cases of perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause, it is especially helpful to start working on your gut health. Here are some keys that Silver Fern Brand finds helpful for gut health:(1) Start in the right spot.This may or may not mean probiotics.If you have slow motility issues start there. If you have rapid motility issues start there. When in doubt ask.(2) Take the right products in the right order.One of the biggest mistakes...

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What really makes a probiotic worthwhile? - gut health, probiotics, survivability

What really makes a probiotic worthwhile? - gut health, probiotics, survivability

Do probiotic products live up to the hype? Not according to some doctors. They would say probiotics DO NOT live up to the hype and randomly buying a probiotic off the shelf of a local drugstore isn't going to do you any good. Why? ⁠⁠This is probably due to the fact that not all probiotics are the same. ⁠⁠Here are some points to consider when buying a probiotic:⁠⁠(1) Survival rate. If you can find a probiotic with a third-party tested 100% survival rate that is pretty amazing. Shopping by CFU counts may not be the best way to choose a...

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