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The microbiome has emerged at the forefront of research in mental health and neuropsychological disorders. It is widely recognized that an impaired GI tract has a direct impact on our body’s ability to regulate, affecting the autonomic and enteric nervous systems, the gut-brain axis, and the immune system. Conditions such as anxiety, depression and insomnia can result from an imbalance of neurotransmitters, hormones, and enzymes produced in the GI tract. New evidence shows gut microbiota are capable of producing neurotransmitters, influence neurochemistry, and have an impact on stress responses and cognitive function. With the ability of the microbiota to communicate with the brain and regulate normal function of the gut-brain axis (microbiome-gut-brain axis), their vital role is becoming clear for mental health, mood, and well-being.

Dr. Melina Roberts will introduce the concept of psychobiotics and stress the importance of why balancing the microbiome is essential as an integrative management approach for mood and mental health conditions. Drawing on her clinical experience, she will outline effective strategies to assess a disturbed microbiome and offer treatment options that are focused on achieving balanced regulation for a healthy microbiome-gut-brain connection and improved mental health outcomes.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • What is the microbiome?
  • The connection between the microbiome health, gut health, and mental health.
  • How a disturbed microbiome leads to increased toxicity load and dysfunction of the brain.
  • What are psychobiotics and how are they used in mental health conditions?
  • The connection between the brain and lymphatic system.
  • How to differentiate mental health from adrenal fatigue, brain function and microbiome dysregulation.
  • Clinical solutions to clean up the diet; heal the gut; improve detox pathways; and balance the microbiome.


Dr. Melina Robert’s Comprehensive HEAL the DIGESTIVE TRACT Approach:
1: Decrease Inflammation (putting out the fire)
2: Heal the Lining of the Digestive Tract
3: Build a Healthy Microbiome
4: Support Pathways of Detoxification
5: Re-establish Proper Function of the Immune System

1. To decrease inflammation, one needs to examine and address:
- food intolerances (gluten, cow dairy, sugar, fried foods)
- immune challenges (infectious agents like bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites)
- heavy metals (mercury, lead, cadmium)
- environmental toxins (BPA, phthlates, preservatives, additives, dyes, glyphosate/Round-Up, EMFs)
- physical stressors (structural imbalances)
- emotional conflicts (stress, increase of cortisol via HPA axis)

DIET - avoid certain allergenic foods, avoid inflammatory foods, decrease chemical load being eaten due to environmental toxins, eat organic
ALKALINIZE to shift the milieu quickly (choose Pleo Alkala or Basictab or Basic Powder and Pleo Citro and Pleo Sanuvis)

2. Healing the lining of the digestive tract
- consume healthy fats (avocados, nuts, seeds, ghee, flaxseed oil, hempseed oil, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil)
- supplements - NAG - N acetyl glucosamine to repair and rebuild intestinal mucous membranes

3. Build a healthy microbiome
- top quality probiotics (Probiotic 7-in-1)
- consume natural probiotics in your diet (fermented foods)
- incorporate prebiotics in your diet (foods containing inulin, arabinogalactans and resistant starches)
- balance fungal microorganisms with Pleo Alb or Pleo Pef

4. Support Pathways of Detoxification
- detox organ systems (liver, kidney, lymph, colon, glymphtics)
- make sure to clean up spaces between the cells (matrix & connective tissue) before adding in nutritionals

5. Re-establish proper function of the immune system
- Peyer's Patch organotherapy with Pleo Rebasan

ALKALINIZE - Basic Milieu Restoration:
Use to reduce inflammation in the body. Acid-Base balance used to decrease acute inflammatory response and allergic reactions. Also helps with joint conditions, improve dysbiosis and candidiasis, and improve digestion by providing bicarbonate as raw materials to improve HCl production, pancreatic enzymes and bile secretions. Up to 80% of your patient base can benefit from acid-base balance!
Basic Powder – 1 tsp twice daily with warm water on an empty stomach for 1-3 months.
Basictab – 2 tabs twice daily with warm water on an empty stomach for 1-3 months.
Pleo Alkala – ½ - 1 scoop twice daily with warm water on an empty stomach for 1-3 months.

How to determine if one needs Acid-base therapy:
Test urinary pH for 3 days before starting an alkalizer:
   - First morning urine – 5.0-6.2 = tissue acidosis and need to alkalize // 6.2-6.8 = pH balance
   - Rest of day urine – below 6.8 = tissue acidosis and need to alkalize // 6.8-7.4 = pH balance
If results indicate tissue acidosis or pH imbalance, then take ½-1 scoop Pleo Alkala OR 3 tabs Basictab OR 1 tsp Basic Powder twice daily with warm water on an empty stomach (ideally at 10 am and 4 pm). Continue for 1 month, then stop for 2 days and perform another urinary pH test to determine if need to continue with the alkalizer. Repeat each month until urinary pH is in ideal range.

Heal the Gut and Restorative Diet:
Anti-inflammatory diet – remove dairy, eggs, nuts, gluten, and refined sugar
Intestinal Kit – intestinal repair, leaky gut, candida, SIBO, dysbiosis – contains Pleo Alkala, Pleo Citro, Pleo Sanuvis, Pleo Pef, Pleo Rebasan, and NAG (N-acetyl-glucosamine).
Pleo Rebasan – Peyer’s Patches for gut healing
NAG – N-Acetyl glucosamine for mucous membrane repair in the gut
Probiotic 7-in-1 – 1-2 caps twice daily.
Bacillus Coagulans – 1-2 caps three times daily.
- Unique human strains. Enhance immune defenses in allergies through restoring intestinal flora populations in the distal jejunum and colon, and maintaining the intestinal barrier. Shelf, heat and acid stable

Drain Toxins and Detox Support:
A-Hepatica – liver and gallbladder detox
Solidago – kidney and bladder detox
Lymf-A-Drop – lymphatic detox
Lappa – matrix, blood and lymphatic drainage, supports detox of metabolic wastes
Chlorella - for detox (including mercury) support, binds of heavy metals (mercury), chemicals and pesticides
Luvos – mineral earth to ‘sponge’ up toxins topically or internally
Colon Cleanse – complete colon cleanse

Detox with the Nestmann Detox Kit
   - All three remedies can be combined together in the same glass of water
A-Hepatica – 17 drops three times daily – for liver, gallbladder and GI detox
Solidago – 17 drops three times daily – for kidney and bladder detox
Lymf-A-Drop – 17 drops three times daily – for lymph detox

Detox Kit