Recommended Resources

Below are some resources that I come across, or have used, that I found helpful.

Books

  • Eat clean : wok yourself to health : a revolutionary East-West approach to eating well by Ching-He Huang
  • The Clever Gut Diet by Dr Michael Mosley
  • The Clever Gut Diet Cookbook by Clare Bailey and Joy Skipper
  • The plant paradox cookbook : 100 delicious recipes to help you lose weight, heal your gut, and live lectin-free by Steven R. Gundry, MD.
    • This is a very hard to follow lectin-free diet. If you are someone who needs to eat out often, or share meals often with other people, it will be practically impossible to follow this, unless they share similar enthusiasm and do not mind giving up lots of common food categories – think tomatoes, eggplant, beans, peas, peppers, potatoes, etc.
    • Particularly hard for vegetarians, vegans to follow.
    • Quite a controversial diet, there are also arguments against this diet as a lot of the foods to avoid are also high in nutritional value and there are ways to reduce the amount of lectin through proper food preparation.
    • There are people who claim to have good results from following this diet, but I have not personally managed to follow this, due to the very restrictive nature, putting it out here for reference, in case you have time to research further and check out for yourself, whether this suits you.

 

Courses

  • The Gut Healing Series – cheap online course from Udemy – by Kale Brock, a TV presenter
    • This is a series of interviews with experts on gut health. The information presented is quite varied and interesting, but the accents of the experts can make it hard to understand and decipher the information presented. But if you are ok with accents of different nationalities, you may be able to uncover a wealth of information.
  • 1-Day Making Fruity Enzyme Drinks & Tonics Workshop – conducted by Gardens with Purpose
  • 1-Day Food Fermentation : KimChi, Achar, Sauerkraut & More – conducted by Gardens with Purpose

 

Specialised tests to diagnose your digestive health – information correct as at 12 Dec 2020

Microbiome is becoming a hot buzzword nowadays. Microbiome refers to a community of microorganisms (such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses) are present in the human body, primarily in the gut. There are about 10-100 trillion bacteria and other microbes collectively known as the microbiome.

Microbiome tests are one of the means to detect the presence of different species of microorganisms in a fecal sample. From the test results, you can then get information on the richness of the gut microbiome, diversity of the gut microbiome, and how it compares to that of others.

The common stool tests available in Singapore are to test for colorectal cancer. It is not common to find stool tests that help identify the good and bad bacteria present in the gut to facilitate customized treatment to improve the gut health.

Thus I was thrilled to find the following gut biome tests are available in Singapore.

  • Bio+Me Gut Microbiome Test

This test is made available by a Singapore start-up, Asian Microbiome Library, AMiLi. The stool test will provide 14 different indicators about your health and wellness. AMiLi will then be able to advise you on lifestyle and dietary changes to improve your wellbeing.

The AMiLi Bio+Me Gut Microbiome Test is currently offered at SGD 129 (early bird sales) until the end of the year or for the first 1,000 kits.  The price will revert to SGD 229 after that.

You can order the kits from bioandme.asia. You will be required to register for an account prior to ordering the kit. The kit will be delivered to you and you can follow the instructions on how to submit the stool sample to AMiLi for analysis.

  • Complete Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA)

This specialised test is made available by Dr Sigrid Grobys, naturopath from An Apple a Day, and offered at 2 locations:

    • Como Shambhala Urban Escape – 402 orchard road – the delfi orchard #06-01 – tel: 6304 3552
    • Tucker Health – 8 sinaran drive – Novena specialist center #04-07 – tel: 6659 6917

This stool test assesses the health of our colonic microflora and whether aggressive probiotic supplementation may be necessary. You will have to book an appointment for a consultation first, where she will advise on the type of digestive tests that is most suited for you.