The Ultimate Guide to Good Gut Health: Fixing a Leaky Gut

Posted on July 11, 2020July 11, 2020Categories gut healthTags   Leave a comment on The Ultimate Guide to Good Gut Health: Fixing a Leaky Gut
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What is a leaky gut?

A leaky gut is a term used in functional medicine and nutrition to describe what happens when your gut isn’t completely healthy and when you have gut issues that are effecting other aspects of your health such as autoimmune conditions.

How to you increase your gut health?

5 Steps to Better Gut Health– Start with this article that gives you some good steps to get started.

I’ve also found that for most people making healing your gut a priority is the best way to improve it. Start by thinking about and focusing on the impact that the food you eat, the water you drink, the products you put on your skin and so forth are having on your digestive health.

What are leaky gut symptoms?

There are a variety of symptoms with an autoimmune condition being the most common. You cannot have an autoimmune condition and not have leaky gut.

Here is an article that talks about more leaky gut symptoms.

What health problems are caused by leaky gut?

There are lots of them with allergies, digestive issues and autoimmune disorders being at the top of the list.

Here is a post to help you better understand if your allergies are being caused by leaky gut.

From my personal experience, I have to say that if in doubt, if your health problems are being caused by leaked gut, then just assume they are and working on getting and maintaining good gut health.

So what can you do to fix your gut and have good gut health?

The food you eat is the number one key.

Here are the best foods for gut health.

You also want to avoid the worst foods for gut health. These include things like gluten, dairy, GMO foods, processed foods, sugar, and sodas.

That said, making sure that you always eat the right foods for gut health can be easier said than done.

Here are some tips on how to create a meal plan to fix leaky gut. The basic concept behind it is to focus on eating mostly fruits and vegetables with some meats. You may or may not be able to handle seeds and nuts especially in the beginning. Grains should be completely avoided and you should also be getting plenty of probiotics. Most people will need to add in a probiotic supplement.

Another factor that can play a role in the health of your gut, is heavy metals and toxins. A lot of us have problems with these even if we aren’t aware that we have them. If you are worried about this and think it might be a big problem for you, you can ask your doctor to do a blood test for it. You might have to pay for it out of pocket though as a lot of insurance companies won’t cover it.

Here is some advice on how to do a gut health detox. You also want to make sure to go slowly if you have chronic problems and avoid trying to eliminate everything at once.

Be aware that most traditional medicine doctors will ignore the root of the problem and attempt to fix your problem with anti-acids and other drugs. This is the absolute worst thing you can do and can make an already leaky gut worse.

How to fix a leaky gut naturally.

If you need help working on this, I am more than happy to help. I have a lot of experience in this area. Book a wellness consult with me and let’s talk about how I can help you.

5 Steps to Better Gut Health: Making Your Gut Happy and Healthy

Posted on May 14, 2019May 14, 2019Categories gut healthTags 1 Comment on 5 Steps to Better Gut Health: Making Your Gut Happy and Healthy
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Is your gut healthy and happy? The reality is that most people do not have the kind of gut health they would like to have. I know I don’t. I’m always working on improving my gut health and having a happy and healthy gut.

So here are 5 of the steps I’ve used and continue to use for better gut health.

  1. Do a detox or cleanse. There are a lot of ways to do one but the main ideas behind a healthy cleanse or detox are: eliminate all processed foods including gluten and grains, and sugar for at least 2 weeks (longer if possible), take some kind of a detox supplement. (there are thousands out there but I have 2 that I specifically recommend. GX Assist and Zendocrine soft gels. You can also use lemon water to help you cleanse your system and to detox.
  2. Eliminate all foods that are causing you to have allergies or food sensitivities for a period of at least 90 days. There are several ways to figure out what these are. The three that I recommend the most are: The ALCAT test, an elimination diet or Muscle Testing otherwise known as kinesiology. The elimination diet is the least expensive because you can do it on your known whereas the ALCAT or kinesiology testing requires the help of a certified professional. I have experience with all three and can help you figure out which is best for you when you schedule your free Get Your Health Back Breakthrough Session with me.
  3. Take a good quality probiotic for at least 30 days. Read here about how to choose a probiotic and the whys of probiotics.
  4. Eliminate as many toxins as you can from your skin care, cleaning products and anything else that you use that comes in contact with your skin, hair nails or any other part of your body. These toxins are hazardous to your health and many times we don’t even realize to what extent they are causing problems. Eliminating all toxins is nearly impossible in today’s world but you must do what you can to get rid of as many of them as possible.
  5. Reduce stress. Stress only makes your gut health worse. While no one can get rid of all stress you should do what you can to cut back on things that are causing you stress.

Unlock the Secrets of Gut Health for Kids

Posted on March 2, 2019March 2, 2019Categories gut healthTags   Leave a comment on Unlock the Secrets of Gut Health for Kids
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Do you want to know the secrets of gut health for kids? If so, then keep reading. As you can probably imagine gut health for kids is similar to gut health for adults and if you have a kid who has poor gut health and who doesn’t get it taken care of then that kid will grow up to become an adult with poor gut health.

So how exactly do you deal with gut health for kids? And what happens that make kids not have good gut health?

Well the reality is as you can probably guess, that many of the same things that give adults bad gut health, also give kids bad gut health. Too much sugar, too much soda, problems with gluten and dairy and other food sensitivities as well as build ups of yeast and candida. If you haven’t already read my first post in my gut health series read it now. How to do a Gut Health Detox.

So other than avoiding giving your kids too much sugar, soda and white flour, what exactly can you do to help your kids have good gut health?

Here are some secrets for gut health for kids:

If your child has a lot of digestive issues and allergies know that this is not normal and is a sign of bad gut health. You need to start by eliminating any food sensitivities your child has and getting rid of anything in the diet that is bothering your child.

Then you need to give your child probiotics and probiotic foods daily to help build up healthy gut flora and balance in your child.

Reduce gluten and dairy in your child’s diet even if he or she doesn’t have sensitivities as these cause gut problems to one degree or another in everyone.

Get help from a chiropractor and or acupuncturist who specializes in this to help you.

Hire a health coach to help you.

My 10 Favorite Gut Healthy Foods

Posted on February 21, 2019February 21, 2019Categories gut healthTags 1 Comment on My 10 Favorite Gut Healthy Foods
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I’ve been writing a series about gut health and if you’ve read any of my other posts, then you must know that gut health foods and changing your diet is a must for ultimate gut health.

That said, it can be harder to eat a diet full of gut healthy foods than you might think. So keep reading and I’ll share with you my ten favorite gut healthy foods and how to eat them.

  1. Kombucha- this fermented drink is available at virtually all grocery stores and has a vinegary taste. It comes in a lot of flavors and is a really good source of probiotics. However, if you have a big candida problem then you probably should avoid it.
  2. Kefir- This is a probiotic and fermented product similar to yogurt. You can get it with a milk base or a water base. Some stores also have it made with an almond milk or coconut milk base. You can also buy milk kefir grains or water kefir grains and make your own kefir.
  3. Beets- Yes really. Beets are an amazing gut healthy food and are also really good for cleaning out your kidneys. I like to just cook them and eat them at dinner with other veggies or meat.
  4. Pickles- Yes really. Pickles are really just fermented cucumbers and when eaten by themselves or as part of a salad or other dishes can actually be really good for your gut.
  5. Cabbage-Yes that green round vegetable that you often find in soups or stir fries. It is really good for you and your gut.
  6. Yogurt- Most yogurts have probiotics that are good for your gut, however, they are not all created equal. If you have a dairy allergy or sensitivity then you want to avoid dairy based yogurt and try instead a non-dairy yogurt made from almond or coconut milk.
  7. Bone Broth- This is hands down the best gut healthy food there is. You can either make your own with the bones from meat, or buy it boxed or canned at the store. If you do buy it at the store, make sure it is organic and really high quality. You can either heat it up and drink it by itself, or use it to make a soup with some veggies. This is one of my favorite books on bone broth. Bone Broth: The Bone Broth Diet An Age-old Remedy to Fight Aging, Heal your Body, Lose Weight and Improve your Health
  8. Pumpkin- Believe it or not pumpkin is actually good for you. (No, not pumpkin pie full of sugar and flour) but actual pumpkin. You can either buy a pumpkin and use it to cook with, or buy canned pumpkin without the added sugars and use it in soups, or to make gluten free dairy free pumpkin muffins or other goods. You can find a lot of recipes for these on Pinterest. I don’t really have a favorite one as I’m not a huge pumpkin person but pumpkin is really good for you.
  9. Coconut- yes really. Coconut in all forms is great for you gut health so eat up. Either coconut chips, coconut strips, coconut milk, coconut water and so on.
  10. Sweet Potatoes- No, not white potatoes but sweet potatoes. I know you may not like them as a lot of people I know say they don’t, but if you prepare them properly they can be quite good. I really like making sweet potato fries for example by baking them with some salt and olive oil. You can also bake them like baked potatoes and then add a little butter or olive oil or even a taste of honey, organic sugar or stevia and enjoy.

Which one of these gut healthy foods is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.

How to Create a Gut Health Meal Plan

Posted on February 20, 2019February 20, 2019Categories gut healthTags 1 Comment on How to Create a Gut Health Meal Plan
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So you already know that your gut health needs improvement and that the best way to do it is with diet? That said, how do you create a gut health meal plan that you can actually stick with without feeling deprived?

The good news is that creating a gut health meal plan can be easier than you might think. Here are some tips to make it go smoothly.

  1. Create your gut health meal plan for the entire week ahead on either Saturday morning (if you need to go grocery shopping) or Sunday night (if you already have enough food for the week).
  2. Do some research to locate recipes that are gut health friendly. I found most of my recipes either on Pinterest or via the website or app Yummly.com. If you are trying to use up ingredients you already have on hand you can try the website allrecipes.com where you can enter in what you have and get recipes.
  3. Precook some of your food if possible. Examples of things you can pre-cook include: brown rice, quinoa, bone broth (if making your own) otherwise you can just have some canned or boxed bone broth on hand to heat up. You can also prechop vegetables and keep them in baggies or containers so they are ready to go. I like to do this with red onions, tomoatoes, cucumbers, carrots etc.
  4. Make sure to include some “treats” in your gut health meal plan. Examples of things to include would be: an apple, some dark raw chocolate, a vegan chocolate pudding made with coconut or almond milk and raw cacoa powder, coconut water, some raw nut butter energy balls or other healthy gluten free, low or no sugar and dairy free treats.
  5. Include as much variety in your gut health meal plan. It will be much easier to stick with it, if you eat a variety of vegetables, fruits and other foods instead of eating only vegetable broth for example. Eating the same 3-5 foods gets old and you won’t want to stick with your gut health meal plan if you do that.
  6. Figure out a way to prepare your probiotic foods and drinks quickly and effecently so that you aren’t spending a lot of time doing it. Taking a probiotic supplement to get some of your probiotics can also help. Buying dairy free kefir and kambucha rather than trying to make your own is a big time saver. However, if you have more time, you can do it on your own and save money.
  7. Stay connected to your why. Know why you are following a gut health meal plan and remind yourself of this why when it gets tough and when you want to eat something that you can’t have.