Digestion

Is Your Gut Trying to Tell You Something?

Do you frequently experience any or all of the following:

  • Bloating that makes you look and feel 5 months pregnant?

  • Heartburn and acid reflux?

  • Excess belching, burping and gas?

  • Constipation where you don’t have bowel movements for days?

  • Loose stools or diarrhea?

  • Nausea and even occasional vomiting?

Well, if you answered “yes” to any of these questions, I can definitely help.

I know what it is like to worry about leaving the house or going somewhere was there may not be easy access to a bathroom. I was diagnosed with Colitis years ago and spent a good part of several years looking for answers that did not involve dangerous drugs and a laundry list of side effects. I lived for years with ever increasing disturbance to my digestive system until 2004 when I took matters into my own hands and started using nutrition as my treatment program.

Have you been diagnosed with “irritable bowel syndrome” (IBS) and wonder what is that supposed to mean and wondering what on earth you can do about it?

It’s very difficult – if not impossible – to have a healthy body if your digestive system isn’t working properly.

Fortunately, correcting digestive issues is often not as complicated as you might think. In functional medicine, there is a concept of the 5 R’s of Gut Restoration: Remove what is causing the problem, Replace what is missing; Reinoculate the probiotic balance; Repair the mucosal lining and Rebalance your digestive system. In most cases all of these steps can be handled naturally with personalized precision nutrition and dietary changes and targeted supplementation.

 

How Do You Know Your Gut is Damaged?

Any of the following symptoms indicate that your digestive system is less than stellar and may be a significant contributor to your health issues:

  • Bloating

  • Diarrhea

  • Stomach and chest pain

  • Stomach ulcers

  • Abdominal pain

  • Excess belching and burping

  • Canker sores

  • Mouth ulcers

  • White coated tongue

  • Chronic sore throat

  • Heartburn or GERD

  • Acid reflux

  • Bad breath

  • Excess gas and flatulence

  • Constipation (less than 1 bowel movement a day)

  • Blood and mucus in the stool

  • Foul smelling gas and stools

These symptoms are not just diagnosis codes, they are signs of a digestive system that is not working properly and that the 5R program should be in your future. Here is a list of common causes for the above list of symptoms:

  • Reacting to common foods with either an immune reaction (sensitivity or allergy) or intolerance where you cannot digest the food.

  • Your probiotic forest in the gut has been taken over by bad bacteria or yeast wreaking havoc

  • Struggling to detoxify toxins

  • Deficiencies in enzymes, hydrochloric acid and bile needed to properly digest food

 

Don’t Accept Being Labeled with Meaningless Diagnoses Such as “Irritable Bowel Syndrome”

In western countries over 10% of the population meet the Rome III criteria for IBS diagnoses. Are you one of the millions around the world diagnosed with “irritable bowel syndrome” or IBS? If your bowel is irritated, let’s find out why!
You’ll find that digestive symptoms can almost always be resolved by following these simple steps below in order:

Identify bad foods, remove them from your diet and replace them with good foods. In most cases this may include testing for food sensitivities and food allergies or getting a lactulose/mannitol breath test for SIBO.
Start your eating hygiene program:
a. Start your meal with a glass of water with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar 20 minutes before you eat
Get into the habit of eating at the same time of day every day and do not skip meals
b. Eat without having to rush and without multi-tasking and chew completely
c. Eat in a relaxed state
d. Drink only enough water at to aid with digestion but don’t drink tons of fluid while eating
If you have GERD or heartburn you may actually need digestive enzymes and or HCL. Add a digestive enzyme to meals to aid in digestion.
If you have diarrhea, focus on cooked, steamed, sautéed or grilled vegetables over raw.
If you are constipated increase water intake between meals and add digestive enzymes and consider adding magnesium citrate at 300-600mgs nightly. Start low and work up in dose.
Use probiotics to balance your gut. I recommend a mutli-strain dairy-free probiotic if you do not have stool testing indicating your bacterial balance.
If you have a lot of bloating avoid prebiotics in your probiotic until you have gotten rid of some of the bad bugs.
Take steps to repair your stomach and intestinal lining using mucus membrane restoring supplements such as these: Endefen, Gutagenics or UltraInflamX.
You may need to have digestive stool analysis – yes the POOP test. It identifies bad bugs in your gut as well as evaluates your probiotic levels and how well you make your digestive enzymes, bile and hydrochloric acid.
Symptoms of Faulty Digestion
Digestive symptoms themselves are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to overall digestive health.
First, any time your digestive system is malfunctioning, you run the risk of having leaky gut or intestinal permeability. This occurs when the integrity of the intestinal lining is danamged and becomes a soakerhose rather than a hose leaking undigested food particles and toxins to leak into your body. These particles can include:

Undigested food proteins leading to food reactions
Bacterial or yeast
Endotoxin from your good bug population
Toxin from any bad bacteria that might have taken up residence in your gut
Your blood goes from your intestine straight to your liver, overwhelming it with a toxic burden from the unwanted particles absorbed through a damaged intestinal lining.

If your liver can’t process the unwanted particles effectively, they can end up in your general circulation where they:

Trigger immune reactions such as allergies and sensitivities
Interfere with detox and cellular energy production
Interfere with your nervous system and brain
Disturb your hormone function
If that’s not bad enough, when your digestive system has malfunctioned, you’re often unable to properly absorb nutrients from the food you eat leaving you undernourished and often over-caloried. These nutrients include vitamins and minerals, amino acids from protein, fatty acids from fats and oils, sugars from carbohydrate foods, phytonutrients and antioxidants and other cofactors.

Your digestion is ground zero for overall health. A simple digestive problem can ultimately lead to a gradual decline in health and even a dramatic drop in vitality.

Digestive complaints, allergies, aches and pains, skin rashes, poor hair and nail quality, foggy-brain, moodiness, low energy, poor quality sleep and sexual problems in both men and women can all result from having nutrient deficiencies due to a damaged gut.

Symptoms of Faulty Digestion

Digestive symptoms themselves are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to overall digestive health.
First, any time your digestive system is malfunctioning, you run the risk of having leaky gut or intestinal permeability. This occurs when the integrity of the intestinal lining is danamged and becomes a soakerhose rather than a hose leaking undigested food particles and toxins to leak into your body. These particles can include:

  • Undigested food proteins leading to food reactions

  • Bacterial or yeast

  • Endotoxin from your good bug population

  • Toxin from any bad bacteria that might have taken up residence in your gut

Your blood goes from your intestine straight to your liver, overwhelming it with a toxic burden from the unwanted particles absorbed through a damaged intestinal lining.

If your liver can’t process the unwanted particles effectively, they can end up in your general circulation where they:

  • Trigger immune reactions such as allergies and sensitivities

  • Interfere with detox and cellular energy production

  • Interfere with your nervous system and brain

  • Disturb your hormone function

If that’s not bad enough, when your digestive system has malfunctioned, you’re often unable to properly absorb nutrients from the food you eat leaving you undernourished and often over-caloried. These nutrients include vitamins and minerals, amino acids from protein, fatty acids from fats and oils, sugars from carbohydrate foods, phytonutrients and antioxidants and other cofactors.

Your digestion is ground zero for overall health. A simple digestive problem can ultimately lead to a gradual decline in health and even a dramatic drop in vitality.

Digestive complaints, allergies, aches and pains, skin rashes, poor hair and nail quality, foggy-brain, moodiness, low energy, poor quality sleep and sexual problems in both men and women can all result from having nutrient deficiencies due to a damaged gut.

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Don’t Accept Being Labeled with Meaningless Diagnoses Such as “Irritable Bowel Syndrome”

Remember, your digestive system is not only how you get your nutrients. It acts as a gatekeeper keeping the outside world way from your insides. It allows all the good things into your body that you need for health and vitality, and acts as a guard to stop the bad things getting in that might harm you.

Don’t underestimate the power of simple changes to your eating and lifestyle habits as a means of improving your digestive health – the simple things are almost always the most effective.

You have the power to create very rapid shifts in your digestive health by simply removing the bad stuff and replacing the good.

Click here to get started on your gut rejuvenation plan today and begin your journey to recover your health.

Try the plan first and if it does not bring relief to your symptoms inside 3-4 weeks of following the plan closely, consider that something over and above your diet and lifestyle may be causing your digestive symptoms.

In certain cases, my diet and lifestyle changes alone might not bring desired results.

If bad bugs such as pathogenic or opportunistic bacteria, fungal overgrowth and quite possibly intestinal parasites are thriving in your digestive system, you may need to get rid of them while optimizing your diet and lifestyle.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4051916/

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