6 ways to heal your gut
Gut health seems to be at the core of illness in our society today. Too many people are getting diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Leaky Gut Syndrome, Parasites, Gut Dysbiosis, Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), Small Intestinal Fungal Overgrowth (SIFO) or also known as Candida.
Over the past few years I have been on a journey dealing with many of the above including Leaky Gut, SIBO and Candida. I wanted to share with you all 6 ways I have seen an improvement in my gut health.
Treat the underlying cause
I made the most significant improvements with my gut when I treated the underlying causes. My intestinal permeability readings both went down after treating for Candida and SIBO. I treated Candida by following a low sugar diet, including anti-fungal foods (e.g. coconut oil) and taking a tablet called Canxida. I treated SIBO through a low fodmap diet in combination with taking a tablet called Bactrex and allicin (garlic extract) drops or tablets called Allimax.
In fact, I still take at least one Canxida and Bactrex and 3 x 10 drops of Allimax each week as a maintenance protocol and the ingredients also help lower the EBV and HHV-6 load in my body ...killing two birds with one stone!
Removing food irritants from my diet has been key to helping me heal my gut. I try to eat according to following table:
If you have multiple health issues, combining diets is often difficult. If i was to eat the following, I would be left with green vegetables day and night ..
No grains, sugar or fruit to treat Candida
No fodmaps to treat SIBO
No nuts or seeds to treat viruses; and
Go low protein / low fat to assist with detoxing
This is why I believe in the importance of bio-individuality and each individual selecting foods that serve their body - nutritious whole foods specific to your genetics, illness, level of activity, blood type etc.
My number one recommended product for anybody with a Leaky Gut is L-Glutamine. I currently take 2-3 heaped teaspoons daily. It it is best taken on an empty stomach, however, be mindful that it can make you feel nauseous.
Introduce L-Glutamine to help rebuild and repair your gut lining.
I currently take the powder form of L-Glutamine and have some in my morning smoothie or before dinner or in my nightly magnesium drink.
The main reason I rate this over bone broth and collagen is because it doesn’t have a high arginine content and can therefore be taken whilst treating viruses. Otherwise, I have taken both bone broth and collagen powders and have found them very useful. Hint: Use the green Great Lakes Collagen to mix in smoothies as it is cold water soluble.
Second to L-Glutamine has been the use of digestive enzymes to aid in the digestion of food, help heal a leaky gut, support liver/pancreas and assist with nutrient absorption. This has reduced the toxin overload in my body, assisted with the symptoms of acid reflux, burping, stomach pains, constipation and overall improved my health.
I currently take a combination of HCL, Super Enzymes and Ox Bile. I determine the type and dose based on the food I am eating and how my body feels. For example, I will take a HCL with protein meals, Ox Bile with high fat meals and Super Enzyme with veggies/fruits.
Now thanks to Medical Medium I have been drinking fresh plain celery juice on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. It has been amazing for restoring hydrochloric acid (HCL) in the digestive tract. The role of HCL in the stomach is to break down foods and trigger the release of enzymes that further aid digestion. HCL also protects the body from illness by killing pathogens commonly found on foods.
I’m very much an A type personality, driven to get good grades, excel beyond my cohort, perfectionist, people pleaser, indecisive and an absolute stress head. Re-training my mind in strategies to minimise stress has been crucial to improving my health including meditation, positive affirmations, deep breathing, trying not to worry about what other people think, being less busy and learning to slow down (...and be more present). I still actively work on this every single day and truly believe in its power to heal.
To recap, I encourage those with gut problems to look for the underlying causes and then start to take action:
Remove irritants from the diet
Discontinue NSAIDS and antibiotics (where relevant, advised by your doctor)
Address underlying bacterial or viral infections
Reduce any other inflammation in the body
Introduce gut healing supplements (e.g. L-Glutamine)
Introduce digestive enzymes and celery juice