Tried everything you can think of to feel lighter and more regular down there?
Sick of being bloated after every meal? Constantly sick or fighting off colds? In your 30s and your skin is still a hot mess?
These are just some of the lingering gut issues I had despite cutting out the ‘bad’ foods, reducing stress and intense exercise, and getting more zen.
Are you struggling with acute gut issues like gas / bloating / loose stools / constipation / cramps / etc?
Here are my top tips on how I healed my gut
**before continuing, it’s important to remember that DOING THE WORK in the nutrition and lifestyle department is what creates lasting change. Taking test and following it with a supplement, rarely ever works. Set yourself up with lasting, sustainable habits that support a healthy gut FIRST, and then address the dysbiosis. We recommend working with a functional med doctor**
1) REMOVE INFLAMMATORY THINGS ENTERING MY BODY. The top inflammatory foods are gluten, dairy, eggs, peanuts, GMO foods (corn, soy, sugar beets, canola oil), inorganic foods (contains herbicides, pesticides & insecticides), food colorings, packaged / processed foods, sugar, artificial sugars, alcohol, NSAIDs, antibiotics, oral contraceptives, oral steroids.
>If you want more information on cleaning up inflammatory toxins in your environmental toxins, click here.
2) REMOVE LIFESTYLE HABITS THAT CAUSE LEAKY GUT. These include, lack of sleep, unmanaged stress, eating in a stressed state, not chewing food properly contributing to low stomach acid & digestive enzymes (thus leading to microbial, fungal, and parasitic infections)
>I try to reset my pH in the am by drinking a glass of water with lemon and sea salt before breakfast
>I make sure to chew food to a liquid before swallowing, I get in a quiet place/relax/pray/be fully present/lower stress (this is what increases HCl and enzyme production)
3) ADD FOODS THAT HEAL THE GUT. These include organic (non-GMO) produce, healthy fats (olive oil, avocado), nuts/seeds (walnuts, flaxseed, pumpkin, almonds), high-fiber/low-glycemic carbs (sweet potatoes, squash, beans, berries, apples), nonstarchy vegetables (asparagus, spinach, zuchinni, broccoli, brussels), hypoallergenic protein powders (collagen, peas, rice, chia, & hemp), clean animal proteins (hormone-free, grass-finished beef & lamb, free-range chicken & poultry, wild-caught cold-water fish, wild game).
>I like to have a ‘detox’ green smoothie for breakfast (contains kale/spinach, beets, ginger, turmeric, banana, lemon, 2 scoops collagen protein powder, 1000mg glutamine powder, and 1 T matcha powder)
>In the afternoons, I’ll heat up some bone broth to sip as a savory cup of tea. I love Kettle and Fire Chicken Broth with a little pepper and garlic the best!
>I shoot for 40-50g fiber per day, limit the amount of RAW fruits or veggies and try to keep everything cooked for easier digestion.
4) REPAIR LEAKY GUT. I researched supplements like DGL, Aloe Vera, Marshmallow root, L-glutamine, N-Acetyl Glucosamine, slippery elm, essential fatty acids (EPA, DHA), and zinc which help heal the mucosal lining of the gut to maintain proper permeability and integrity so it can not only absorb nutrients, but also prevent toxins, allergens and microbes from gaining access to the bloodstream).
>I will also sip Apple Cider Vinegar (Braggs) and take a digestive enzyme with heavier meals like dinner
5) REBALANCE MICROBIOME. Because I had some pathogenic infections in my gut (thanks to a stool test), I took a biofilm enzymes (for polysacharides and proteases) and some antimicrobial / anti fungal herbs to encourage the bad guys to hit the road. These herbs included: Berberine, citrus seed extract, black walnut, Goldenseal, oregano oil, etc.
6) FEED THE GOOD GUYS. Consider eating prebiotics to feed healthy bacteria (chicory root, dandelion greens, garlic, leeks, onion, asparagus, raw banana) and a probiotic 2x/day on an empty stomach to protect against pathogens which reduce the ‘leakiness.’
> I love Klaire labs for my probiotics.
These are just some of the strategies I used to heal my guts so I can actually enjoy eating and digesting like a normal human. No more tupperware dinners at BBQs and road trips! If you are looking for testing Options, I highly recommend working with a functional medicine doctor.
Here are the top 2 tests I recommend for gut testing:
• GI Microbial Map ($274)
Organic Acid test:
Love these tips and excited to pursue better gut health? Let us know in the comments how your journey is going!