1- Remove things that are making your Gut Unhealthy
The main items that may make your gut unhealthy that need to be removed are the following:
- allergenic foods like gluten, dairy, corn and soy. These foods can be irritative to the GI tract of many people and you may never know how much better you could feel by eliminating these foods from your diet for a period of 3 weeks.
- yeast, problematic bacterial and parasites may also need to be removed. We offer a stool test that is very comprehensive that will evaluate these possible concerns. Some of the other problems associated with yeast in the bowels are, sinus congestion. gas and bloating and craving sugar. We often recommend a supplement that kills yeast.
2- Replace Digestive Enzymes and Stomach Acid
- this is especially important if you have had your gall bladder removed. You may also need to replace bile in the form of Ox Bile. This helps with the digestion and proper break down of proteins and fats.
3- Reintroduce Good Bacteria
- if we are going to take the problematic bacteria out of the gut, we need to restore the gut with good bacteria with probiotics and fermented foods. These foods include sauerkraut, kombucha, and kefir.
4- Repair the Gut Lining.
- one of the best ways to heal the gut is give the gastrointestinal lining what is needs to heal. The amino acid L-glutamine is one of the best ways to repair the lining of the gut. Other helpful items include: slippery elm, marshmallow and aloe vera.
5- Rebalance Stress
- high stress in our lives can destroy to the good bacteria in the gut. High stress kills the number and diversity of the good bacteria in the the gut. Improving sleep to 7 hours a night and finding good stress relieving techniques can help. Some suggestions for decreasing the stress response include: paced breath, Chi Gong and meditation.
Dr. Randy Lundell, DO