How To Heal Your Gut Naturally

How to heal your gut naturally

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 an 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.
  1. Restore
    Restore 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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 naturally. I have witnessed dramatic reversal of chronic and inflammatory illnesses in a very short period of time by utilizing this simple approach.

For a Gut Healing Smoothie recipe see my previous blog on Loving Your Gut. Healing Your Gut.

Interested in learning more about the gut?


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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  • Kate Lauren

    Excellent and exactly what I’ve been looking for. Thanks for the great explanation and tips on how to get back on track!

    • Dr. Amy Myers

      You’re so welcome!

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  • Teodora

    For my fructose and lactose intollerance (not ereditary!) the probiotics and herb can damage even more my digestion? I intake L-Glutamine few yers ago and I experience a bad condition next day. And anything with C vitamin is verry painfull to me, not just in stomach. I strongly belive in your ideea: this leaky gut can be healed! Please help me with any suggestion, for me is a miracle every day without pain. And I don’t now what to eat anymore, everything (except meet) is killing me next day and my small intestine is go hard like a rock. Sorry for my english. Thank you for give us hope!!!!

    • Dr. Amy Myers

      I would recommend a wellness coaching session with one of my nutritionist

      I am sure we can help you!

    • sharon

      start eating saur kraurt. if you can get it at a health food store it must be raw. it can not be cooked. it will heal you gut.

    • Princess

      You have tropical spruce… is similar to celiac disease but bought on by infections when one travels to a tropical island. You need antibiotics to treat the infection…. Also see a functional doctor for help. Herbs won’t help you here.

      • Princess

        Oops sorry…..did not mean to post it here.

  • Drea

    Hi Dr.Amy, thank you so much for sharing this very important information. For over a year now I have been suffering with food sensitivities. I went to Panama last August my health was fine I drank the water using a brita water filter because I was told it was ok. I also ate the food. After coming back I noticed that my stomach would cramp after eating bread, so I cut it out of my diet. Eventually, that lead to all gluten products. By Feb/Mar I noticed that anything I ate gave me stomach cramps, excessive gas, diarrhea and foul smelling stool. After going to doctor’s and finding nothing from standardized testing I went to a nutritionist. I told her about my symptoms, which also included acne (I didn’t have before), we discovered that I had parasites. She put me on a system of Green Black Walnut 3x, Clove 3x and Wormwood 3x eight days with a three day rest for two months. I ate a high fibre diet and drank plenty of water. I eliminated fruit and dairy products because I read and noticed that parasites feed off of sugar. After this process was completed I began to take Iberogast (recommended by the nutritionist) to help with healing my stomach for two months. I began to incorporate fruit back into my diet, stopped eating meat, no gluten or dairy because noticed that I still have foul smelling stool, excessive gas and occasionally a burning sensation in my gut. I’m going to try the herbs you recommended to use for healing my gut. I hope this works!

    • Dr. Amy Myers

      great- keep us posted!

    • sharon

      try saur kraut raw un cooked. it will heal you gut I promise. people think Weston price was crazy but this is the way they think. I ve been on sk for 3 months after having constipation or opposite for all my life.

    • Princess

      You have tropical sprue… is similar to celiac disease but bought on by infections when one travels to a tropical island. You need antibiotics to treat the infection…. Also see a functional doctor for help. Herbs won’t help you here.

  • ana

    Hi, THank you so much for this post. I have been made aware that my gut is totally unhappy and its time i took the right steps to heal myself. My question is for your 4 step program- do i do them one step at a time, eg, eliminate foods first and then add in the restoring products, or can i do it all at once?

  • Rocky Dutta

    Hello Dr Amy Myers , thanks for all the valuable information u have posted online. I am suffering from Gut infection from almost 1 year now , I use to get very high BP after taking protein shake or coffee, Taking Librax from 2 months now , it has helped me , can you please guide/help me to get rid of this problem. When ever I take high protein ( protein shake) or coffee it triggers , I have to stop weight training from last 1 year , I am also taking Yakult probiotics , earlier I also had very bad foul smell coming out from my mouth. Constipation is also there.

  • Berta

    Hi dr Amy. I listened summit lections and they are helped me a lot to understand leaky gut problem . I keep gluten dayry soy sugar free diet, but I take for my breakfast 2 peases of EZerkil bread. Is it consider as a gluten contain food or free? All gluten free products con stein a lot of sugar. Which one you are suggesting still take? Thank you Berta

  • Kimberly Preston

    Remove: herbicides, pesticides, synthetic animal hormones, GMOs, antibiotics in foods. I did this for myself. It works. I’m not gluten intolerant, but I had all the symptoms. I’m not allergic to milk, but I had all the symptoms. Chances are, if foods trigger inflammation, it’s not the food itself (unless you had a positive allergy test) it’s certainly the pesticides and herbicides and other crappy subfoods on the market. Eat Organic.

    How can anyone writing this article not see this crucial dietary relationship?

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