Love Your Gut, Heal Your Gut, Heal Yourself

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Do you suffer from seasonal allergies, weight gain, hormonal imbalances, mood imbalances or an autoimmune disorder?  If so, you may have a leaky gut.

The National Institutes of Health estimates that nearly ¼ of us (about 70 million) suffer from digestive issues: gas, bloating, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation and nausea.  In functional Medicine we believe that these symptoms may be displayed in your gut yet their effects are systemic and can affect the whole body.  We believe that the gut is the core of our health and that it is essential to have a healthy gut in order to have a healthy body.
 

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It’s all about the gut!

A properly functioning digestive system (gut) is critical to good health. In fact, 60 -80% of our immune system is located in our gut and 90% of our neurotransmitters (chemicals responsible for regulating mood) such as serotonin are made in our gut.  Problems in our gastrointestinal (GI) tract can cause more than just stomach pain, gas, bloating or diarrhea they can be the root cause of many chronic health problems.  Gut imbalances and leaky gut have been linked to hormonal imbalances, autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and hashimotos thyroiditis, diabetes, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, eczema and rosacea, just to name a few.

Love your gut! Heal your gut!

In functional Medicine we use a simple approach that we call the 4R program to heal your gut.  I walk you through this process in my latest eCourse The Myers Way Guide to the Gut.

 

The 4 R Program

1. Remove

Remove the bad.  The goal is to get rid of things that negatively affect the environment of the GI tract such as inflammatory foods, infections, and gastric irritants like alcohol, caffeine or drugs.  Inflammatory foods such as gluten, dairy, corn, soy, eggs and sugar can lead to food sensitivities. I recommend The Myers Way and IgG food sensitivity testing to determine if any foods are a problem for you. Infections can be from parasites, yeast or bacteria. A comprehensive stool analysis is key to determining the levels of good bacteria as well as any infections that may be present.  Removing the infections may require treatment with herbs, anti-parasite medication, anti-fungal medication, anti-fungal supplements or even antibiotics.

2. Replace
Replace the good. Add back in the essential ingredients for proper digestion and absorption that may have been depleted by diet, drugs (such as antacid medications) diseases or aging.  This includes digestive enzymes, hydrochloric acid and bile acids that are required for proper digestion.

3. Reinoculate
Restoring beneficial bacteria to reestablish a healthy balance of good bacteria is critical.  This may be accomplished by taking a probiotic supplement that contains beneficial bacteria such as bifidobacteria and lactobacillus species.  I recommend anywhere from 25 -100 billion units a day.  Also, taking a prebiotic (food for the good bacteria) supplement or consuming foods high soluble fiber is important.

4. Repair
Providing the nutrients necessary to help the gut repair itself is essential.  One of my favorites supplements is L-glutamine, an amino acid that helps to rejuvenate the gut wall lining.  Other key nutrients include zinc, omega 3 fish oils, vitamin A, C, E as well as herbs such as slippery elm and aloe vera.

No matter what your health issue is, the 4R program is sure to help you and your gut heal. I have witnessed dramatic reversal of chronic and inflammatory illnesses in a very short period of time by utilizing this simple approach.

 

My favorite gut healing smoothie!

1/2 – 1 cup almond milk

1/4 teaspoon (100 billion units) probiotic

1 scoop (5000 mg) L-Gutamine

3 stalks red kale

3 stalks dinosaur kale

1/2 cup frozen organic berry mix (raspberries, blueberries and strawberries)

2 scoop protein powder

Blend

kale-smoothie

Interested in learning more about the gut?

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Take our Guide to the Gut eCourse! This course outlines Dr. Myers’ method in diagnosing and treating gut infections in order to achieve optimal gut health. Our objective is to empower you to discover the root cause of your symptoms and be able to self-treat at home with food and supplements. During the course, you will have access to a number of worksheets, shopping guides, and checklists that you can complete in the comfort of your home. The more worksheets and checklists you complete, the more you will able to determine which protocol is best for you. The focus of this 4-hour eCourse is to provide a detailed understanding of the importance of a healthy gut and the tools to achieve optimal gut health.

The Myers Way Guide to the Gut eCourse includes:

  • 4 hours of information
  • Guide to digestion
  • Signs that you have a leaky gut
  • Risk factors for leaky gut
  • Personalized gut exam
  • Symptom tracker
  • 4R Program guidelines
  • Gut-soothing recipes

… and much much more!

You will learn about:

  • Digestion and absorption
  • The development and recommended treatment of leaky gut
  • Testing and treatment of various gut infections
  • Gut-healing supplements and foods

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  • http://twitter.com/PoseyPlays Posey Plays

    This is great — thanks for the recipe!

    • http://www.amymyersmd.com Dr. Amy Myers

      thanks!

  • http://www.arianainstitute.com/ ArianaVincent

    The four R’s (Remove, Replace, Reinoculate, Repair) are essential to good health. Thank you for sharing this information in a way that is so easy to assimilate. The green juice recipe is fantastic. I usually juice organic celery, parsley, kale, chard and cucumbers. This Gut Healing Smoothie recipe has inspired me to add some more wonderful ingredients.

    • http://www.amymyersmd.com Dr. Amy Myers

      Oh Ariana – thank you! SO happy!

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  • Michele G

    Dr Myers, Do you have any comments about SBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). I noticied it wasn’t mentioned in the removal part of your recommendations. Thank you.

    • http://www.amymyersmd.com Dr. Amy Myers

      What’s the question Michele? It can be a problem and I treat it with herbs or Xifaxin and low carb diet.

  • Michele G

    Whoops… SIBO

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  • Bethany McGrath Sponseller

    I thought l-glutamine only worked if you took it on an empty stomach? If so, how can it be effective in a smoothie?

    • http://www.amymyersmd.com Dr. Amy Myers

      there are different thoughts about that – some say empty stomach and some say with food is fine. I believe as long as you get it in — it’s helpful

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  • Huia Crosby

    What about with a strong salicylate sensitivity??

  • Natalie

    Wouldn’t the fiber from the kale irritate the cilia of the stomach and keep it from healing? I’ve found success going the GAPS (Gut And Psychology Syndrome) route: broths, meats, fats, squashes, very soft cooked veggies and adding foods in gradually.

    • twinspeedr

      In general, my understanding is that fiber cleans the cilia and allows the natural mucous lining to repair itself when you consume a probiotic-rich diet as well. But again this should be what you are eating ALL THE TIME. Holistic dietary habits not remedial.

      I believe that pretty much all dietary “science” is only “pseudo-science” because true science is nearly with the variances in our individual diets and living habits out there. There are just too many variables. You need to do your own research and use reasonable trial and error to allow your family to live and eat in a more healthful way. In any event, if you want to eat right you’ll want to grow your own fruits and vegetables as much as possible.

  • teresaspeer

    I already take a probiotic and supplement with L-Glutamine. Do I need to add them additionally to this shake?

  • Sue Hnilicka

    Kale, kale, kale! Oxalates, oxalates, oxalates! Come on. High oxalate food can trigger pain and inflamation in the body. Getting tired of chasing the rat on the wheel here.Can you say “kidney stones!”

    • twinspeedr

      Moderation, Moderation, Moderation! (Assuming you have no GI issues present of course)

      Sorry, but kale is really good for you in moderation. We simply need to acknowledge that we must eat a good diet ALL THE TIME. If we eat garbage and then think that 2 giant kale smoothies per day will make up for it, then we are in for more of the anomalous pains, mental and gut issues we have today. Our diet needs to be approached holistically, not remedially. This is the key.

      Apologies if you already know this stuff, but there is too much F.U.D. out there these days and unequivocally demonizing perfectly good vegetables leads those seeking information to think that they cannot eat better because “everything” is bad for you in one way or another so “I’ll just go back to eating Hot Pockets and McDonalds”. I’m sure you don’t want to be the person to give them an excuse to to do that, right?

      • Sue Hnilicka

        twinspeedr, you are correct. I do not want people to not eat a healthy diet of all vegtables. And yes kale is deliscious and good for you. But I wish these articles would make people a little bit aware of moderation. And yes adding in “real” food like kale to everything from soup to smoothies is wonderful. But I wonder if people get the moderation and variety issue? You do make a very important point about the 2 giant kale smoothies not making up for a week of McD’s. Sounds like how some people go to church:) Sorry that is another article for another day.

    • Tom R

      You are 100% correct! Primum non nocere; that is First Do No Harm. Just because a particular food may be high in certain nutrients, doesn’t make it okay for everyone. Oxalates can be very destructive to some people; take it from someone who’s had dozens of kidney stones. As you mentioned, pain and inflammation, as well as certain types of neurological diseases such as autism can all be connected to excess oxalate intake. Bok choy instead of kale or spinach; cherries instead of berries, sunflower seed butter instead of almond/peanut butter. There’s plenty of healthy foods low in oxalates!

  • twinspeedr

    Drink Kefir from raw milk from grass fed cows and you will eliminate the “problems” that modern science thinks there is with dairy for most people. You will also get tons of probiotics in the process. You can replace lots of things with Kefir.

    Artificial supplements are not nature’s way. The problem is our food system. Damage our food with industrial production methods and shortcuts to increase production. Pesticides and herbicides through out our nutrient poor vegetables that were harvested before they were ripe. Bovine feed lots and chicken houses with 20-50x the number of animals that should be living there, all being fed a cheap totally improper diet sorely lacking in nutrients. Then try to sell us piles of supplements to replace what was lost and remedy the problems that they caused. We are all taught that this is somehow “normal”, folks it is NOT normal! This “Jetson’s” post-WWII “modern science knows better than nature” food anomaly is coming to an end and it was a failure, IMHO.

    • Andrea Winship

      IMHO, milk in any form is the perfect food———for the calf, not for humans; even in the raw, organic grass fed form. It is meant to take a newborn calf to an excess of 500 lbs or more and with all of its mothers innate, natural hormones is exactly what it does to humans. It does not do a body good!

      • Hayley Richards

        I totally agree!

    • Jennifer Pikey

      Well said.

  • Colleen G

    Add some organic cinnamon and pure vanilla bean powder to that smoothie and see how extra yummy and healthy it is!

    • http://www.amymyersmd.com/ Amy Myers, MD

      Great thanks!

  • Chelsea Long

    is it safe to take l-glutamine during pregnancy?

  • Krista Daugherty

    How do you know when your gut is healed? I’ve been working on this now for quite some time. I removed gluten 2 years ago. Added probiotics, L-glutamine, aloe vera and other vitamins/supplements to my daily regimen.

  • James Cross

    How about a good enema now and then, a high and low colonic, take fiber every night, phyllium to scrub the colon in the morning when you use the bathroom. By the time a person is 35 yrs old they have 3 to 43 lbs of undigested red meat in their colon. They eat bread with their meal, water and flour makes glue, don’t chew up their steak or meat real good, swallow it whole, wash it down with tea or coke, and shuabang, you have a piece of meat stuck in your colon, 98.6 degrees rotting in your intestine, causing a stink and releasing toxins everywhere. Get real people, You are what you eat and drink.

  • James Cross

    I meant 3 to 4 lbs of undigested red meat, not 43 lbs

  • disqus_4uSURfkzJb

    Frankly I am lost – my symptoms match so many different problems which is how I got here, to this site. I read that one thing is good and then I read somewhere else that it is bad. I am completely lost and just about out of hope that I will ever feel better again – this really sucks!! I work 14 hour days 6 days a week and I do not have hours to research only to find out that everything I thought I found is some how not really true or making the problem worse. I then read all of these comments and being well seems impossible

    • http://www.amymyersmd.com/ Amy Myers, MD

      I completely understand the feeling. Because autoimmune diseases are so varied in their symptoms and presentations, some people benefit from some things while other people benefit from others. But I think you could really use some specific guidance tailored to YOU. Would you be interested in setting up a consultation with my clinic? Here’s some more information on that: http://store.amymyersmd.com/shop/phone-consultation-with-registered-dietitian/

  • TrueCourage

    Modern dental procedures and materials create half the medical problems we suffer from IMHO. I have cured my own pyrolytic seborrhea, lymphoma, cancer and am working on MS as it was all caused by an anaerobic bacteria of the dinoflagellate type. A broken off tooth root in my jawbone almost killed me. A large prescription of Metranidozole and amoxicillin knocked my symptoms out in a huge way. COLONIC HYDROTHERAPY with a little hydrogen peroxide 1/4 cup per gallon worked wonders.

  • http://www.amymyersmd.com Dr. Amy Myers

    almost 100% of our supplements meet those requirements. We have 2 with a soy derivative and 2 with corn derivative. All are gluten and dairy free and flaxseed free.

  • JC

    You may want to investigate the Freeda SCD Multivitamin. I know it is gluten and lactose free, and I believe it is also soy and corn free. Not sure about the flaxseed.

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