Improving Gut Health
Do you have these symptoms?
- Upset stomach
If you aren’t digesting your food well it is putrefying in your gut, gases build up resulting in bloating. This signals a condition known as dysbiosis (imbalance between good bacteria and bad bacteria).
Nourish and heal the cells of the gut lining by taking L-Glutamine, Aloe Vera Leaf Gel and DGL, deglycyrrhized Licorice Root Extract. Take quality probiotics and digestive enzymes, eat cultured vegetables), quit processed foods, refined oils, sugar and grain/dairy foods.
Eliminate Problem Foods
Eat a whole food REAL FOOD diet
Focusing on fresh vegetables, fruit, animal protein, fish, seeds, and nuts. Include healthy fat (organic butter, raw coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil). Reduce or eliminate sugar, processed food and processed carbs (like bagels, bread, crackers, pasta, baked goods), carbonated drinks, chewing gum and sugar alcohols (xylitol, mannitol, sorbitol, erythritol).
Here’s a step-by-step: My book, The Reclaim Diet.
The elimination diet is a good first step toward healing digestive issues.
I outline step-by-step how to do the elimination diet in my book, The Reclaim Diet.
You will eat grain-free, dairy-free, and remove soy, corn, artificial sweeteners, refined oils and processed foods. Raw nuts can be very hard to digest and may cause stomach pains unless soaked.
- Quality protein (grass-fed, organic, free-range, wild caught)
- Quality natural fat (grass-fed butter, organic ghee, extra virgin olive oil, unrefined coconut oil, Mac Nut Oil, avocado oil, olives, nuts, seeds, avocado).
- Vegetables (not canned, not frozen in sauce) at every meal. 1-2 cups.
- Fruit, whole (1-3 servings per day).
- Seeds and nuts.
- Water – drink purified water, half your body weight in ounces of water. Add Real Salt, here’s why.
- Organic herbal tea, coconut water, Kombucha (like Synergy) are fine. Organic coffee (avoid creamers) with added canned coconut milk, grass-fed butter or MCT. Sweeten with liquid stevia drops if desired.
- Avoid soda, juice, energy drinks, non-organic tea
Here’s what I recommend as a starting place
- Get on a whole food diet, focusing on protein, healthy fat, non-starchy vegetables and limited whole fruit.
- Use Real Salt only and avoid processed salt. Avoid eating processed food with junk oil and junk salt.
- Don’t drink anything with meals, it dilutes the stomach acid.
- Take digestive enzymes with meals to help break down food so that you absorb nutrients better.
- A product like Klaire Digestive Enzymes or EssentialZymes-4 will be a great way to add enzymes to each meal to aid digestion.
- Take Probiotic supplements and/or eat fermented foods. Probiotics are the good bacteria that live in us. There is a balance between helpful and harmful bacteria and an imbalance is called dysbiosis.
- Eat probiotic rich foods (not conventional yogurt). Choose fermented sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles.
- Eat a forkful of fermented veggies (like Bubbies Kraut) at meals.
- When you take probiotic supplements, every month or two vary your brand to get exposed to a variety of strains of beneficial bacteria.
- I rotate between three different probiotic products: Pro-5, Complete Probiotics and Life 9 .
Take a Comprehensive Gut Support Supplement
There are at least three key supplements to use for gut healing: L-glutamine, Aloe Vera leaf gel and DGL, deglycyrrhized Licorice Root Extract
GlutaShield is a comprehensive supplement that I recommend for clients. It is easily added to a smoothie or beverage. Get GlutaShield Chocolate or Vanilla at a 15% discount when you register for a free account on my dispensary, Fullscript.
- Glutamine, the most abundant amino acid in the body, helps form other amino acids, glucose, protein, and glutathione.
- Glutamine is stored in the muscles and is the primary metabolic fuel for the cells of the small intestine, fibroblasts, and the immune system.
- Supplementation with glutamine can help support gut cell proliferation and mucosal integrity, resulting in decreased intestinal permeability and healthy immune function.
- Strengthens and repairs the gut lining
- Assists in weight loss
- Decreases sugar and alcohol cravings
L-Glutamine is believed to help with a variety of gut issues, including constipation. Infrequent and/or incomplete bowel movements are typical signs of constipation. (It is also the opposite of diarrhea.) Irritable bowel syndrome is a possible cause of constipation.
L-Glutamine plays a key role in this process by helping to quickly restore the gut lining and regenerate newer, healthier cells naturally. These new cells are the key in repairing the intestines and eliminating leaky gut. Thanks to L-Glutamine, the healing typically starts within 30 days, with it being repaired in approximately 12 weeks. For those with chronic health problems in the intestines, healing may take anywhere from 12 to 24 months in most cases.
GlutaShield is a supplement I recommend for gut health. It is a delicious powder that is added to a beverage or smoothie. It includes the right amount of L-glutamine along with other key ingredients to sooth and heal the gut.
Maintains Healthy Inflammatory Balance and Healthy Gut Epithelium
Provides Concentrated Nutrition for GI Cells
- L-Glutamine, 4,000 mg serves as nutrition for the gut lining
- Aloe Vera Leaf Gel Extract, 75mg
- Zinc, 10mg
- NAG, 500mg
- Deglycyrrhized Licorice Root Extract, 400 mg
Read more about Glutashield here.
Try to consume 2 cups a day
Get Digestive Support with Essential Oils
These essential oils help with upset stomach, and supports digestive function.
Oldest and most highly regarded to support healthy normal digestion, including promoting healthy intestinal function and GI system comfort.
Use peppermint topically, rub over stomach or chest area.
Use Peppermint Vitality as a dietary supplement by adding a drop to water or adding the essential oil to a capsule for digestive support.
Use with every meal. Topical use, rub over stomach or chest area.
DiGize Vitality – Dietary supplement in water or capsule when you travel.
Tarragon, Ginger, Peppermint, Juniper, Fennel, Lemongrass, Anise, and Patchouli
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- Bristol Stool Chart
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- Apple Cider Vinegar for Health
- Gut Soothing Gelatin
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