In functional medicine, we believe that all body systems are connected. Your digestive and hormonal systems, for example, are not independent of each other. At the center of everything is a properly functioning digestive system.
When your gut is not healthy, it can cause more than just stomach pain, gas, bloating or diarrhea. Because 60-80% of our immune system is located in our intestines, intestinal imbalances have been linked to hormonal imbalances, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, eczema, rosacea and other health problems. Chronic
I believe that the intestine is the gateway to health, and the first step I take with all my patients, regardless of their diagnosis, is to cure the bowel. I use a system called The 4R Program, which is a simple method to repair your bowel and restore the balance of your body.
10 signs that you have an unhealthy gut
1. Digestive problems such as bloating, gas, diarrhea.
2. Allergies or food sensitivities.
5. Mood changes, irritability.
6. Skin problems such as eczema, rosacea.
8. Autoimmune disease
9. Frequent infections
10. Poor memory and concentration, ADD or ADHD
The 4 R program
Take away the bad. The goal is to get rid of things that adversely affect the intestinal environment, such as inflammatory foods, infections and irritants such as alcohol, caffeine or drugs.
Inflammatory foods, such as gluten, dairy products, corn, soy, eggs and sugar, can cause sensitivities in food. I recommend an elimination diet as a starting point to identify which foods are problematic for you, in which you remove the food for two weeks or more and then add them again, one at a time, noting the response of your body.
Infections can be from parasites, yeasts or bacteria. A complete stool analysis is key to determining the levels of good bacteria, as well as any infection that may be present. Elimination of infections may require treatment with herbs, antiparasitic medications, antifungal medications, antifungal supplements or even antibiotics.
Replace the good. Add again the essential ingredients for proper digestion and absorption that may have been depleted by diet, medications (such as antacid medications), diseases or aging. This includes the digestive enzymes, hydrochloric acid and bile acids that are required for proper digestion.
The restoration of beneficial bacteria to restore a healthy balance of good bacteria is essential. This can be achieved by taking a probiotic supplement that contains beneficial bacteria such as the bifidobacteria and lactobacillus species. I recommend from 25 to 100 billion units per day. In addition, it is important to take a prebiotic supplement (food for good bacteria) or consume foods rich in soluble fiber.
Providing the necessary nutrients to help the bowel to repair itself is essential. One of my favorite supplements is L-glutamine, an amino acid that helps rejuvenate the lining of the intestinal wall.. Other key nutrients include zinc, omega-3 fish oils, vitamin A, C and E, as well as herbs such as slippery elm and aloe vera.
No matter what your health problem is, the 4R program will surely help you and your gut health! I have witnessed a dramatic reversal of chronic and inflammatory diseases in a very short period of time using this simple approach.
What are your bowel nutrition tips?
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