Raw Milk Kefir for a Healthy Gut!

Here at Dr Gus’ we are all about the gut. And once we have rebuilt our gut mucus lining with bone tea and bone shakes your microbiome will spread into that new real estate to make a healthy gut microbiota. Now it is known that probiotics taken as food and supplements don’t actually take up residence in the gut but they do provide valuable chemicals which boost our immune function and help increase the health of our gut.

One of the fermented foods we use for that is raw milk kefir. We make our own kefir from raw milk and we love it, the more sour the better as there are more good bacteria and less sugar.

Taken on an empty stomach the kefir gets to the small and large intestine where they do their important work.


Probiotics for peanut allergy

Some fascinating news about treatment for peanut allergy involving daily supplements with a probiotic (healthy gut bacteria) with peanut protein.

This suggests that our intolerances such as casein and lactose in milk and gluten maybe because of damaged gut bacteria (gut dysbacteriosis) rather than anything to do with the food.

Causes of dysbacteriosis include high carb diet, low collagen and bone nutrients, no probiotic food, too much processed food, stress and too much alcohol.

Everyone should be consuming more probiotic food as the human gut is not long enough to produce enough nutrients from the bacteria alone! We should also be consuming more bone broth to increase the gut real estate for bacteria.

Full article here:


Gut bacteria need a home!

I keep being asked a lot if taking collagen supplements is the same as drinking bone broth. My answer is always yes and no. Yes because collagen powder will supply the same amino acids as bone broth, and no because there is much more to bone broth than the amino acids.

So today I will speak a little about one of the main benefits of bone broth for gut health. Bone broth is a rich source of proteoglycans (proteo – protein, glycan – sugar). Specifically N-acetyl glucosamine, N-acetyl galactosamine, hyaluronic acid and chondroitin. Proteoglycans are utilised in the body in many ways including cell signaling and metabolism through to cartilage formation and the formation of the many mucus linings of the inside of the body, including airways and lungs, and stomach, small and large intestines.

To be honest more work is required in this area but this paper was published in 2000:

 2000 Dec;14(12):1567-79.

A pilot study of N-acetyl glucosamine, a nutritional substrate for glycosaminoglycan synthesis, in paediatric chronic inflammatory bowel disease.

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University Department of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Royal Free, London, UK.



The breakdown of glycosaminoglycans is an important consequence of inflammation at mucosal surfaces, and inhibition of metalloprotease activity may be effective in treating chronic inflammation.


To report an alternative approach, using the nutriceutical agent N-acetyl glucosamine (GlcNAc), an amino-sugar directly incorporated into glycosaminoglycans and glycoproteins, as a substrate for tissue repair mechanisms.


GlcNAc (total daily dose 3-6 g) was administered orally as adjunct therapy to 12 children with severe treatment-resistant inflammatory bowel disease (10 Crohn’s disease, 2 ulcerative colitis). Seven of these children suffered from symptomatic strictures. In addition, similar doses were administered rectally as sole therapy in nine children with distal ulcerative colitis or proctitis resistant to steroids and antibiotics. Where pre- and post-treatment biopsies were available (nine cases), histochemical assessment of epithelial and matrix glycosaminoglycans and GlcNAc residues was made.


Eight of the children given oral GlcNAc showed clear improvement, while four required resection. Of the children with symptomatic Crohn’s stricture, only 3 of 7 have required surgery over a mean follow-up of > 2.5 years, and endoscopic or radiological improvement was detected in the others. Rectal administration induced remission in two cases, clear improvement in three and no effect in two. In all cases biopsied there was evidence of histological improvement, and a significant increase in epithelial and lamina propria glycosaminoglycans and intracellular GlcNAc.


GlcNAc shows promise as an inexpensive and nontoxic treatment in chronic inflammatory bowel disease, with a mode of action which is distinct from conventional treatments. It may have the potential to be helpful in stricturing disease. However, controlled trials and an assessment of enteric-release preparations are required to confirm its efficacy and establish indications for use.


It demonstrated that supplementing with proteoglycans significantly improved the condition of children with inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. The mechanism was improved goblet cell mucus production and this was most pronounced in areas of strongest concentration before the body began to metabolise the supplements.

This study has important implications for everyone as 70% of the immune function resides in the gut, and the mucosal barrier is an important part of healthy immune function. In fact, autoimmune conditions seem to be preceded by mucus barrier breakdown before clinical symptoms or un-wellness present themselves.

An interesting side note is that pathogenic bacteria need carbohydrates to survive whereas commensal (healthy) bacteria can live on the mucus, so the take home message is cut down on the sugars and increase bone broth in the diet. For the best bone broth on the market visit Dr Gus.

The importance of the correct balance of amino acids in the diet.

I have been wanting to write something for a while about why collagen from bone broth is important in the modern diet. But then I came across an article by Chris Masterjohn writing for the Western A Price foundation so I thought better to re-post this as it is better than I would have written it.

In Summary:

  • glycine (a conditionally essential amino acid in bone broth) is super important for the healthy action of methionine (an essential amino acid found abundantly in lean muscle meats).
  • Without glycine, but also B vitamins found in organ meats such as liver and choline found in egg yokes, methionine can become a problem by converting to homocysteine.
  • With glycine, methionine can merrily methylate tissues for growth and repair and can convert to glutathione (the body’s major antioxidant).

Traditional diets consisted of lean meats, offal and bone and skin tissue which gives our body the perfect compliment of amino acids and other nutrients for perfect health. Bone broth and offal are an essential part of our diets. To get your convenient powdered Dr Gus’ bone broth click here. Be Healthy!

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