Q. Do any of the ION*Biome products need to be refrigerated?
A. No, all of the products in the ION*Biome suite are shelf stable and do not require refrigeration.
Q. Is sediment and variation in colour normal?
A. Yes, every product in the ION*Biome range is all natural and soil derived; the colour, taste, and amount of sediment in each bottle can vary. It is neither abnormal nor harmful.
Q. Is ION*Gut similar to probiotics or enzymes?
A. ION*Gut is not a prebiotic, a probiotic, or a direct source of enzymes. It contains zero bacteria. We need a much more diverse microbiome than one can achieve by replicating the same strands of bacteria over and over (this monoculture can happen when we take probiotics).
ION*Gut is unique in that it works as a communication network that gives our bodies the tools to create their own bacterial ecosystem again – that ecosystem that has been wiped out by environmental toxins such as antibiotics and pesticides. Without the communication network, there will always be overgrowth of certain species and underrepresentation of others, which is fundamentally a problem of communication that prevents each of the potential species from finding their niche within the system.
Note: Please consult your healthcare practitioner concerning the addition or removal of probiotics and digestive enzymes in your personal regimen, as each individual is unique, and we cannot make individual recommendations.
Q. Are there any contraindications with ION*Gut?
A. There are no known contraindications with ION*Gut. However, for maximum efficacy of all products, we do suggest separating by 30 minutes if you are taking ASEA, a thyroid medication, iodine, or a binder supplement.
Iodine is a highly-charged element that can bind to negatively-charged elements in ION*Gut. Also, certain “binder” supplements (clay, charcoal, and zeolites) recommend taking separately from any nutrition, food, or supplements.
ION*Gut can return expected drug absorption to normal levels and may improve bioavailability of your supplements and food nutrients. If you are on a medication that requires blood level testing to adjust the dose (such as blood thinners or seizure medications) you should discuss ION*Gut with your doctor, who may want to get testing done within a week of taking ION*Gut, as you would do with a diet change or adding other mineral supplements.
None of the minerals or amino acids in ION*Gut are present in levels that would be considered adequate to allow ION*Gut to replace other standard mineral therapies, such as Lithium orotate or your regular multi-mineral supplement, in your health management.
Q. What is ION*Gut?
A. ION*Gut is a liquid food supplement that goes beyond probiotics. It is soil derived, U.S. sourced, and naturally rich in a variety of humate substances, trace minerals, and amino acids. ION*Gut’s active ingredient, Terrahydrite®, isn’t bacteria; it’s a family of molecules made by bacteria.
Q. What does ION*Gut do?
A. ION*Gut increases the body’s production of beneficial enzymes via redox signaling (cellular communication). These enzymes help strengthen tight junction integrity at the gut lining, which protects the immune and neurologic systems and regulates the delivery of water and nutrients to the body.
As demonstrated in our peer reviewed articles, toxins like glyphosate and gluten can degrade tight junctions in the epithelial layer of the gut lining. ION*Gut has been shown to spark the body’s necessary response to this damage, resulting in the natural strengthening of this gut barrier, which supplies the first line of defense against everyday exposures to environmental and foodborne toxins. This in turn creates a healthier gut environment which improves inflammatory response, enhancing mental clarity, promoting immune function, supporting digestion, and alleviating gluten sensitivity.
Q. How does ION*Gut work?
A. The gut lining is a barrier, our first line of defence, working to protect our bloodstream (and the rest of our body) from toxic substances such as glyphosate, gluten, and other foreign particles. But just as importantly, it functions to allow the passage of beneficial nutrients. Preserving the integrity of this barrier is key to health.
Instead of feeding your microbiome with various bacterial strains, ION*Gut works via carbon-based redox signaling to maintain tight junction integrity in the epithelial layer of the gut lining. ION*Gut primarily functions as a signal, not a nutrient. It provides a framework of communication for the gut bacteria, because of the ancient soil/bacteria carbon molecules it is derived from which, when stabilised, contain the same carbon-based redox signaling molecules produced by your own gut bacteria.
This innate bodily function directly affects mitochondrial redox signaling with a differential response – improves healthy cell longevity and increases apoptosis (cell death) in unhealthy cells.
ION*Gut helps maintain communication channels between our microbiome, the cells that line our intestines, and other parts of the body.
Q. Why should I be taking ION*Gut?
A. Currently, 80% of the population suffers from gas, bloating, indigestion, and heartburn, all stemming from poor gut health. But when you factor in inflammation that is caused by poor gut health, those are just the tip of the iceberg. Given the number of symptoms, conditions, and diseases that chronic inflammation is responsible for, it quickly becomes clear why maintaining your gut health is so important.
Why do we suddenly need help maintaining our gut health? To start, overprescribed antibiotics, glyphosate damage, and a lost connection with our environment. Our microbiome is not thriving as it should and neither are we.
Rather than address a specific medical condition with a narrowly-targeted supplement, ION*Gut helps your body naturally produce the beneficial enzymes needed to maintain the integrity of the tight junctions in the gut lining, allowing your gut, body, and mind to function as they should.
Q. What are tight junctions?
A. Tight junctions are the seals between cells which help to create a defensive barrier in the epithelial layer of your gut lining. They function to keep toxins and foreign particles out of the bloodstream while also allowing nutrients to enter. Proper tight junction integrity at the gut lining is the foundation of health.
Tight junctions are protected by the carbon and mineral metabolites of bacterial digestion. When the intestinal bacteria are balanced and thriving, this matrix of metabolites produces a strong enzyme defense system that protects the tight junctions from the toxin zonulin.
Over the last sixty years there has been a steady loss of biodiversity in our bowel bacterial ecosystem. Factory farming, processed foods, and widespread antibiotic use have all played major roles in this decline. However, the most potent of triggers for zonulin impact at the gut barrier is glyphosate, the most commonly used herbicide. Gluten is the most potent of naturally occurring triggers for zonulin production in our modern diet.
There is a growing body of well-developed science that demonstrates that the tight junction barrier in the gut can be degraded with exposure to gluten and glyphosate (the main chemical in commercial herbicides).
ION*Gut functions as an answer to glyphosate and gluten impact at the gut lining, by promoting increases in production of the enzymes that break down zonulin and thereby strengthen tight junctions.
Q. What is the gut-brain connection?
A. Recent science has called the gut our “second brain,” or “Enteric Nervous System” (ENS). It consists of two thin layers of more than 100 million nerve cells that line our gastrointestinal tract, from our sinuses all the way to our rectum, and serves as a vast communication network.
We now know that the majority of neurotransmitters, or “chemical messengers,” such as serotonin and dopamine, are made in our gut lining, with very little being made in the brain comparatively. However, the production of these chemical messengers is dependent on the right bacteria, fungi, and even parasites and viruses, being present in our gut. Together, these make up our gut microbiome.
What is glyphosate and why is it harmful?
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the most commonly used weed killers, including Roundup. These weed killers are used broadly in agriculture and found in varying quantities throughout our environment. The volume of usage of this herbicide has led to reports of significant levels of glyphosate in water, air, rainfall, and even human breast milk. The World Health Organization classified glyphosate as a “probable human carcinogen” and it is implicated in a wide variety of human health disorders.
ION*Gut functions as a response to glyphosate and gluten impact by activating the gut lining’s ability to keep out these detrimental elements and promoting increases in production of beneficial enzymes. ION*Gut promotes a healthy “firewall” in the gut and blood-brain barrier, to support a beneficial shift in the gut ecosystem as well as normal immune function. ION*Gut allows your body to improve gut resilience to glyphosate fast (18 hours), even in the face of 20,000 times the EPA-allowed levels of glyphosate.
Q. How do I know ION*Gut is safe?
A. ION*Gut is based in science. Our research has shown it to be non-toxic on sensitive kidney cells, even at high usage. We have conclusive laboratory evidence that shows not only zero toxicity for kidney cells bathed in 100% concentrations of ION*Gut, but increasing cell longevity.
Our manufacturing and quality control teams adhere to all the FDA’s current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs), and do regular testing on ION*Gut for bacterial contamination, heavy metals, and overall product composition.
Perhaps the greatest validation of the safety of ION*Gut, however, is the sustained success of the product on the international market. Clinical use in humans began in 2012, and the product went into national distribution in September 2014, and international in 2015, with no serious adverse events reported to date.
ION*Gut is vegan, naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, latex-free, sulfite-free, preservative-free, non-GMO, and certified glyphosate residue free. It is produced in a facility free of allergens, including peanuts and tree nuts.
Q. Could I be allergic to ION*Gut?
A. ION*Gut has numerous naturally occurring trace minerals and amino acids in it. We are aware of the vulnerability to some of these elements that certain individuals have. However, the concentrations of these trace minerals are far below the concentrations seen in the daily intake of a healthy plant-based diet and never in the metallic form typically associated with sensitivity. Cucumbers, for example, are high in naturally occurring aluminum.
Sensitivity to the ionic and organic minerals found in ION*Gut, therefore, is not common. Additionally, ION*Gut is sourced from plant-derived fossils and is routinely tested for contaminants. If you have an allergy to trace minerals, we recommend starting slowly with ION*Gut, as detailed under “What is the usage of ION*Gut”. If you believe you are experiencing an allergic reaction to ION*Gut, stop taking the product immediately, and consult your healthcare practitioner.
Q. Are there any side effects with ION*Gut?
A. As your body begins to strengthen the tight junctions in the gut wall, it is not uncommon to experience mild, temporary side effects such as constipation as full hydration is promoted. In these cases, the first and best response is to increase consumption of water and herbal teas. It may also be beneficial to take a slower approach. See under “Usage Instructions” for sensitive individuals.
Q. For how long should I take ION*Gut?
A. You should take ION*Gut as long as you are getting exposure to those environmental factors known to impact the tight junctions in the gut lining, including gluten, glyphosate, and antibiotics. Organic, non-GMO, and gluten-free foods are great. However, avoiding exposure to glyphosate is the bigger challenge, as it has been shown to be contaminating even our rainwater.
Q. Does ION*Gut expire?
A. Through lab testing, we know that ION*Gut stays safe on kidney tubule cells and efficacious in strengthening intestinal tissue tight junctions beyond six years (as long as ION*Gut has been manufactured to date) so an expiration date is inaccurate. We now use a “Best By” date, six years from manufacture. Prior to that we used a “Manufactured On” date (MFG ON). If you have one of those bottles, your ION*Gut (what was previously RESTORE) will be good for at least six years past that date.
Q. Is ION*Gut similar to other fulvic or humic substances?
A. ION*Gut is a balanced formula, comprised of a very unique family of carbon molecules with oxygen-binding sites that are produced by bacteria when they digest nutrients. We extract our primary ingredient from ancient, fossilized soil that contains humic and fulvic substances. However, our raw ingredients are inert and without any biologic function when they arrive in our labs. We then go through a series of biochemical procedures to balance the oxygen redox potential via the addition of trace minerals. The result is a food supplement with unique biologic function and safety not seen in any other product, including other soil extracts that have been marketed under a variety of poorly defined heterogeneous categories such as humic acids, fulvic acids, shilajit, etc.