109: Bacteria, C-Sections & What’s Wrong with Your Probiotic – Dr. Zach Bush

Zach Bush

You Are Your Bacteria 

Are the 30,000 species of organisms in your gut behaving? 

Mine aren’t. I came across Dr. Zach Bush in my personal quest to solve my prolonged gut issues. Even a 5-day fast didn’t reset me fully. What am I doing wrong? Dr. Zach had a lot to say, including LOTS of surprising information. And, I learned after asking him to be on the show, that he is the creator behind the Restore product that Dr. Wiggy recently recommended to me (more on that below). Such sweet synergy!

What We Talk About:

  • Why gut health is EVERYTHING, but we’ve still got it wrong…
  • Biodiversity is critical for a healthy gut
  • What’s the role of bacteria in our gut health, and what C-sections, antibiotics, and — ARE YOU SITTING DOWN? –  probiotics are doing to hurt us
  • What does it mean to have an intelligent gut?
  • Why you should let your kids get dirty!!
  • Where most probiotics come from (SPOILER ART: cow intestine) 
  • Why miso is a great exception to my “no soy” policy and the role it can play in your healing; get organic misto paste here
  • How we can completely transform and repair our guts – no matter where we’re starting

Restore for Gut Health


So funny how life works. Dr. Wiggy, my repeat guest and also my doctor, recommended this product to me to assist with gut restoration. Then I find out through my research for this show that Dr. Zach actually created this product. You can learn all about it here, and grab yours from Amazon or other retailers world-wide.  

What is Restore?

Restore is a new generation, soil-derived supplement that promotes an optimal gut environment. It is not a probiotic. It is not a prebiotic. Rather, it is a carbon rich, alkaline liquid, with lignite derived trace organics and essential trace amino acids. 

One of the main elements in Restore is the lignite extracts. Lignite comes from decomposed prehistoric matter. As plants decompose, they first form peat, which then turns into humate, then lignite, then leonardite and finally to coal. All of these are rich in carbon. One of the differences between all of these elements is the amount of time and pressure that have been applied to them. Dr. Zach says:

“More than seventy percent (70%) of our immune system is found in our gut. We need tens of thousands of different strains of probiotic gut bacteria to support a healthy immune system. Clinical experience, in addition to cell culture studies, supports the theory that RESTORE’s proprietary formula creates the optimal environment in the gut to create a tight junction barrier and maintain our health and wellness. RESTORE is a daily liquid supplement designed to support the protection of the entire gastrointestinal (GI) tract against agricultural herbicides, antibiotics, GMOs, gluten and food-borne toxins by helping to create an environment where between 20,000-30,000 different strains of good gut bacteria thrive. Most probiotics on the market contain fewer than 24 different strains of good gut bacteria.”

About Dr. Zach Bush

Zach Bush, MD is one of the few triple board certified physicians in the country, with expertise in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, and Hospice/Palliative care. Dr. Bush was President of his medical school class at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center with his MD, and later became Chief Resident for the department of Internal Medicine at the University of Virginia.

Over the last 12 years Dr. Bush has continued to further his medical and basic science knowledge. He has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in the areas of infectious disease, endocrinology, and cancer. In his clinic, Revolution Health Center, VA Dr. Bush has seen clinically significant improvements in patients with Leaky Gut Syndrome, Gluten Intolerance, Autism, Type 2 Diabetes, Autoimmune conditions such as Crohn’s Disease, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Want to learn more from Dr. Zach Bush on How to Heal Leaky Gut? Watch this:

What questions do you have for Dr. Zach next time?

The conversation continues over on Facebook and Instagram!

xxoo Ella



  1. Casey Jayne

    Are you having a positive effect with restore?

    • Admin

      I will let you know. I have just started again and want to give a proper “review.” Will share in about 2 weeks!

    • Ella

      It’s hard to isolate. I do well with: eating 2-3 substantial meals and nothing in between (vs multiple eating times during the day), taking Restore and Atrantil while avoiding casein and exercising…so far, that’s made a huge difference and I really feel it when I don’t abide by that combo. Hard to know exact impact of Restore and Atrantil because I’m not isolating them. Not as helpful for others, but at least helpful to see what actually works for this Part of One…. 😉 xoxo

  2. Blake Showalter

    Ella! HELP! I listened to your newest podcast today with Zach Bush and I am so confused regarding probiotics. I’ve had multiple doctors prescribe them to me as I have IBS and PCOS. According to Dr. Bush, I should forego the pills and go outside- what the heck?! I just have a super hard time believing this is true. I want to trust his expertise, but it sounds like what you describe as “woo-woo.” Also, Dr. Bush mentions there are not any clinical studies showing the proof probiotics work yet today I was reading one of my go-to blogs and she stated otherwise. http://carrotsncake.com/2017/05/ulcerative-colitis-entyvio-update.html

    I feel so lost and confused and don’t know who or what to trust regarding probiotics. Any guidance or follow up from you, Dr Bush or another probiotics guru would be fantastic!

    • Blake Showalter

      From the post I linked: VSL#3 is a high-potency probiotic medical food that is clinically proven in the dietary management of the serious digestive issues irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcerative colitis (UC), and ileal pouch and must be used under medical supervision. To manage these conditions, doctors recommend using a probiotic like VSL#3 to get the necessary amount of live bacteria to make a difference in your gut health.

    • Ella

      GREAT QUESTIONS. Sorry it won’t be super-fast, but I will ask these questions of Dr. Zach and share a reply asap. One point – not saying “going outside” replaces probiotics. Rather, biodiversity is far more useful to pursue than serial use of the same probiotic. Even taking different brands – and not every day – is a better option that using a single brand over a long period of time. Hope that helps for now!