ABOUT US - THE GOOD LFE STORY
Good LFE is where science, nutrition, and great food converge. Bringing together top experts in their fields, Good LFE’s mission is to give back the joy of eating and bring inspiration to those suffering from IBS, SIBO and other gut health issues. From diagnosis to treatment to maintenance, we deliver science backed content and products to guide you on your journey to microbiome balance and gut health. Live your Good LFE again.
Good LFE was born from a problem and one woman’s determination to solve it. After the birth of her third child, Krystyna Houser felt like something was deeply wrong. It began with brain fog and a rash and progressed to extreme bloating, depression, and various GI issues. Her symptoms were not only making her miserable but they were impacting and restricting huge parts of her daily life. Determined to get better, she began what amounted to a health odyssey as she visited doctor after doctor. After almost two years of being told that it was “all in her head” or related to post-partum, Krystyna finally connected with Dr. Mark Pimentel and Dr. Ali Rezaie of Cedars Sinai Los Angeles. Two of the foremost gastroenterologists in the world, Dr. Pimentel and Dr. Rezaie are known for their pioneering research in SIBO, IBS and gut health.
The doctors diagnosed her with Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) and she began their recommended course of treatment: a brief cleanse of her GI system using an “elemental diet," followed by a longer term diet of Low Fermentation Eating. At this point, the doctors connected Krystyna with expert nutritionist Robin Berlin, RDN, and the two collaborated on treating her illness through foods that followed their Low Fermentation Eating plan. The change was dramatic and as Krystyna healed she regained not only her health but also the ability to enjoy food and life again.
Although Krystyna's SIBO journey was complete, she wanted to help others struggling with gut health issues and make it faster and easier for SIBO sufferers to find relief. The average SIBO diagnosis takes six years and it is estimated that 10-15% of the adult US population suffers from some combination of SIBO/IBS. In Krystyna's words, "It shouldn't be this hard for anyone." She pulled together a team of the best and began to build Good LFE, a company dedicated to bringing joy and freedom back to anyone suffering through SIBO/IBS or other microbiome imbalances.
The first step was understanding the science behind SIBO/IBS and Low Fermentation Eating and sharing it with the world. To this end, Dr. Pimentel and Dr. Rezaie began by writing their book The Microbiome Connection: Your Guide to IBS, SIBO and Low Fermentation Eating. This book is the foundation of everything that we do at Good LFE. After you understand the science, the next step on your SIBO/IBS journey is to apply this knowledge of Low Fermentation Eating to your daily life. Krystyna and Robin cherrypicked and refined all their favorite foods and recipes from Krystyna's treatment and turned them into The Good LFE Cookbook: Low Fermentation Eating for SIBO, Gut Health and Microbiome Balance.
Through our books and goodLFE.com, we hope to bring back the joy of eating and good health to everyone suffering through SIBO, IBS and gut imbalances. More to come...
Designed in tandem with our books, thegoodLFE.com is another resource for anyone struggling with SIBO/IBS or other microbiome imbalances. We want to help you on your SIBO/IBS journey and share our decades of science and nutrition backed learnings. On thegoodLFE.com you can dive as deeply into the science as you would like or you can just find some fresh and satisfying SIBO-friendly recipes from The Good LFE Cookbook and Krystyna's kitchen.
Our Medical Advisory Board
Dr. Mark Pimentel and Dr. Ali Rezaie are at the forefront of SIBO/IBS and microbiome research. As pioneers and creators of Low Fermentation Eating (LFE), their innovative treatment and protocol has changed the lives of countless SIBO/IBS sufferers around the world.
Mark Pimentel, MD, FRCP(C) is a professor of medicine and gastroenterology at Geffen School of Medicine UCLA and associate professor of medicine at Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles. He is also the head of the Pimentel Laboratory and the executive director of the Medically Associated Science and Technology (MAST) Program at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles.
Dr. Pimentel's decades of pioneering gastroenterological research led him to develop the Low Fermentation Eating (LFE) diet to help SIBO sufferers enjoy a less restrictive diet and lifestyle.
A pioneering expert in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Dr. Pimentel’s work has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, American Journal of Physiology, American Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Gastroenterology and Digestive Diseases and Sciences, among others.
His research led to the first-ever blood tests for IBS, with ibs-smart®, the only licensed and patented serologic diagnostic for IBS. Pimentel has served as a principal investigator or co-investigator for numerous translational and clinical investigations of IBS and the relationship between gut flora composition and human disease. Dr. Pimentel is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and a member of the American Gastroenterological Association, the American College of Gastroenterology, and the American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society.
Ali Rezaie, MD, MSc, FRCP(C) is the medical director of the GI Motility Program at Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles. He is an Associate Professor at Cedars-Sinai and an Associate Clinical Professor at UCLA. He also serves as the Director of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology for the MAST Program at Cedars-Sinai.
Beyond his background in internal medicine and gastroenterology, he has specialized in gastrointestinal motility disorders, inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) as well as epidemiology. To date, Dr. Rezaie has published more than one hundred peer-reviewed papers that have been cited over 7,000 times.
Rezaie has been awarded multiple grants from prestigious organizations including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research fellowship, the American College of Gastroenterology Research and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. He also serves as the associate editor of Digestive Diseases and Sciences, a peer-reviewed journal of gastroenterology and hepatology. His research focuses on microbiome, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), medical device development and internal UV therapy.
An established entrepreneur, Krystyna’s determination to heal her GI issues and continue enjoying food and life was the guiding spirit behind Good LFE. Stunned by how difficult and time consuming it was to find a solution, she became determined to share the results of her findings with fellow SIBO/IBS sufferers. Now SIBO-free, Krystyna's drive, tenacity and vision is behind everything that we do at Good LFE.
Krystyna's determination to help the SIBO and IBS community led her to collaborate with the top minds in gastroenterology, nutrition and food science, bringing them all together to create The Good LFE Cookbook. The Good LFE Cookbook proved to be the seed that would grow into GOOD LFE: a multifaceted product and lifestyle brand focusing on microbiome health and wellness for those struggling with SIBO and GI conditions.
Nicola has spent over twenty years building and scaling brands as a marketing and operations leader. Whether leading multi-million dollar campaigns, nurturing her own small start-ups or catalyzing growth for iconic brands, Nicola's belief in the strength of smart products and smart people is at the core of everything she does.
Victoria's deep technology and analytics background coupled with her experience across diverse verticals, including e-commerce, educational services, and management consulting, creates a unique skill set. Equally adept at C-level decision making and down-in-the-trenches quantitative analysis, Victoria's overarching motto is "get it done."