Gut expert reveals how a poo transplant can improve your health and protect you against a range of conditions from cancer to depression
Gut expert revealed how a poop transplant can improve your health and treat previously incurable infections.
Dr. South Carolina's Will Bulsiewicz, known for his research on the relationship between the gut microbiome and plant-based diets, joined Steven Bartlett on The Diary Of A CEO podcast to discuss gut health.
Fecal microbiota transplants (FMT), also called stool or poop transplants, involve collecting stool from a healthy person, which is then treated in a laboratory before being transferred to patients. It is already available on the NHS for a handful of patients.
Bulsiewicz revealed that the gut microbiome plays a key role in people suffering from depression because 95 percent of the 'happy hormone' is produced in the gut.
He added: 'It controls your cognition, your memory and your energy levels. By improving your gut health, you are less likely to die from heart disease and less likely to be diagnosed with multiple types of cancer.”
South Carolina gut expert Dr. Will Bulsiewicz revealed how a poop transplant can improve your health
The doctor claimed we are currently experiencing 'an epidemic of gut health problems' and claimed poo transplants could be the answer.
The fecal transplant involves collecting feces from a healthy donor and then scientists filter it to remove undigested food and other particles. It is then tested for diseases before being frozen and then transferred to the patient.
This is usually done via a colonoscopy, in which a doctor guides a tube through the rectum to the intestines.
The transplant can also be performed through a tube inserted into the nose and then guided to the intestines, or it can be made into capsules.
FMT is available on the NHS to treat diarrhea caused by the Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) bacteria and symptoms of ulcerative colitis – a condition that causes the colon and rectum to become inflamed.
Speaking on the podcast, Bulsiewicz said: 'There's a few ways, the way I would administer it is the patient comes in for a colonoscopy, they're completely asleep, they're not aware of what's happening and during the procedure give I release this. stuff, it's a liquid, it's not as gross as it sounds. It's a tube in the ass.
'Thanks to the new technology that has been developed, they can actually dehydrate the stool and put it in capsules. You have to take a lot of capsules for that, but it is an alternative choice.'
Bulsiewicz further explained that scientists actually collect poop from tribes for their healthy gut microbiome.
He said: 'We need to identify who are the right donors for this and run clinical trials to prove it will work, but this is a super probiotic.
Dr. Will joined Steven Bartlett (pictured) on The Diary Of A CEO podcast to talk about gut health
He held up a fake stool sample, type 4 on the Bristol research card, and said: 'The dream'
“Some people who are in this space are concerned about the way the world is developing in terms of microbes.
'A major extinction event has occurred with many species becoming extinct. Microbial scientists are concerned because the same thing is happening at the microbial level.
'So if you were to compare our microbiome as a Westerner with someone living in a more primitive environment in Africa, we have half as many microbes as they do.
“So what these scientists are saying is, what if, those microbes that you find in those people, what if we need them, what if we evolved and they are needed by us?
“So they set up a bank where they collect these poop samples from primitive tribes and keep them just in case. The only way back is to take the poop from these people and make super probiotics.”
Bulsiewicz said you can tell if your gut is healthy just by looking at your poop. Referring to the Bristol stool scale he explained what your poop should look like.
Bulsiewicz said you can find out if your gut is healthy just by looking at your poop, referring to the Bristol stool scale. He explained what your poop should look like
He said: 'The Bristol study involved 2,000 people solely in the city of Bristol, the largest study in the whole of Britain into poop and what they did in terms of their bowel movements.
'One in five people in Britain suffer from constipation, one in six people have diarrhoea.'
He held up a fake stool sample, type 4 on the Bristol research card, and said, “The dream.”
'This is where we all want to be, it's soft and shaped, it looks like a sausage and it's quite smooth.
'We found that the association between fiber intake and a plant-based diet has a number four.
'People who had a number four consumed more legumes, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.'
Bulsiewicz recommends a healthy gut diet and says people should add more fruits, fermented fruits, vegetables, whole grains, omega-3 fats, legumes, mushrooms and seaweed.