Gut Health: What is Your Best Advice?

By Dr. Melissa Gallagher, Naturopathic Physician

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Video Transcript:

Marina asks, “What is the best advice for gut health? Supplements, foods to include, foods to avoid, how to identify symptoms of gut imbalance, best probiotics, more information on SIBO and other gut issues that can happen?”

Identify Your Gut Symptoms

That’s an excellent question, Marina. First, I want to kind of break this down cause we have a lot of questions here. The first, most important thing for addressing and assessing if you have any gut imbalances or gut health challenges is to identify gut symptoms – that could include things like constipation. Also, sometimes a situation where you may have constipation and diarrhea – or IBS, that’s a traditional kind of symptom. Bloating, gassiness, foul-smelling gas. You can also have different changes in the color of your bowel movements, and that can also lead to changes in the way your body is breaking down foods. If you find that there are food particles in your bowel movements, then those can be identified symptoms of imbalance. 

Test for Gut Imbalances

Then we can also look at labs. Lab values in terms of liver enzymes and pancreatic enzymes, if those are elevated, will indicate we have some imbalances within your gut. Then I have a lot of patients who will actually do stool sample testing. That gives us an idea of certain bacteria types that might be in overabundance in the digestive process. There’s a lot of different symptoms to identify.

Trigger Foods to Avoid

Now, you asked about foods to avoid, and that is an excellent question because there are a lot of foods that can trigger, for some folks, imbalances within their gut health. The first, most common food that you want to avoid if you maybe have some of these symptoms are foods that are rich or dense in gluten. Gluten can be an allergen and it can cause a reactivity within the digestive system, the digestive lining, and your immune response can get heightened. 

Over time, by eating and consuming gluten-dense foods, we actually will have individuals present with leaky gut syndrome, where the leaky gut, the gut lining, the single-cell lining actually breaks open and food particles, they become introduced into the bloodstream that can trigger autoimmune challenges.

The second most common food to avoid are dairy products. Anything that is made from cow’s milk or heavily processed dairy, I recommend avoiding that. The third thing I recommend avoiding are rich, sugar-dense foods, processed sugars. Sugar is not great for your digestive system. It supports unhealthy bacteria growth. It feeds the yeast and the Candida as well as other bacteria types that exist in the digestive system.

Similarly, removing alcohol, even caffeine from your diet, and then also avoiding high-processed foods. Those are foods that are in the middle of your shopping market or supermarket. Shop around the perimeter and you’re going to be making sure you avoid some of those foods. 

Foods to Include in Your Diet

Foods to include, now this is really critical. The average American diet usually has about nine to 10 grams of fiber in its full content throughout the day. Ideally, a healthy digestive process needs 35 to 40 grams of fiber. Fiber-dense foods, reaching for those adding up and moving to 30, 35, and 40 grams of fiber will greatly improve the transit time. Fiber is also going to help massage and support the digestive lining, so that’s really important.

The other very beneficial food or group of foods to add to your diet that enhances your digestive process are magnesium-rich foods. I love to get my fresh greens – spirulina is very dense in magnesium, nuts and seeds also are going to be very dense in magnesium. Magnesium will hydrate the bowel, it’ll articulate and pull in excess fluid in your body, it’ll flush it into the digestive process, helping move and support the bowel transit.

I also love adding ginger. Ginger also supports that flow of excess fluid and pushing it into the digestive process. And then fermented foods – kimchi, nut-based yogurts and kefirs, and even sauerkraut. There’s a lot of great things you can do at home. 

Supplements to Add to Your Daily Regimen

Now, the fourth recommendation I have are supplements. There are some really great organic supplements that you can add into your regimen on a daily basis. Enzyme 17 has the complete density of digestive enzymes to help your food be processed, broken down, and assimilated in a healthier way than without, and the best way to take enzymes, digestive enzymes, is consuming the enzyme about 20 to 30 minutes before you consume a food. I love that. 

Now, also the question was, talk to me a little bit about best probiotics. Well, the good news, friends, is Organixx has their ProBiotixx. That is very, very beneficial in supporting a super-potent probiotic, it’s kind of considered the super-probiotic that will help enhance and support the good, healthy bacteria balance in your digestive system.

Combining foods where you get the density of fiber, that’s prebiotics, and the fermented foods, plus probiotics is going to give you a rich blend of probiotic support in your digestive system. If you’re in need of repair or you maybe have some lining imbalances or leaky gut, I recommend adding collagen. Collagen is very supportive of repairing and supporting the single-cell lining, the structures of our small intestine. That tends to be where we have the biggest grievances or the largest grievance of imbalance, where we have the leaky gut causing challenges, where individuals have inflammation systemically, and also autoimmunity kicked up from the inability for the digestive process to heal itself. Sometimes you need external resources. Collagen is beneficial. 

Colostrum Therapy to Fortify Good Bacteria

Another recommendation is a therapy that I have specialized in, which is colostrum therapy. Colostrum therapy really re-cultures and fortifies the digestive process and brings back in certain growth factors that maybe have been lacking, or maybe you never received because you weren’t breastfed or maybe were born via cesarean section. In early infancy, we get some of these critical pre-digestive health-balancing nutrients. If you lack those or have taken an assortment of rounds of antibiotics, you’re going to need colostrum therapy to really fortify and repopulate extinct strains of bacteria.

I hope, Marina, that that was helpful for you, and please keep us posted on your journey. 

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Dr. Melissa Gallagher, Naturopathic Physician
Dr. Melissa Gallagher, Naturopathic Physician, holds a Masters in Holistic Nutrition and a Doctorate of Naturopathy. In addition to providing expert guidance to Organixx, Dr. Melissa maintains a busy private practice in Texas. Her primary focus is working with individuals addressing digestive disorders, hormone balance, detoxification therapies, and primary and secondary lymphedema cases through lymphatic decongestive treatments.


  1. Bonjour,

    J'ai envoyé il n'y a peu de temps un commentaire et question au docteur, que je ne retrouve pas, merci de me le retrouver si c'est possible, car je suppose qu'il a été enregistré ou pris en compte quelque part .

    Je pense que c'était sur les problèmes de prise de poids, bien que mangeant sainement et qu'une à 2 fois par jours.

    Je suis âgée de 72 ans, et n'ayant pas de dépenses caloriques, je marche 4 fois par semaine 30mn, et mange peu de sucre ou produits transformés seulement je prend du poids extrêmement rapidement au moindre écart.

    J'ai 20 kg à perdre.

    Je ne vais pas à la selle tous les jours.

    J'ai commandé Enzyme 17, j'ai des gaz assez souvent, et voudrait aussi savoir s'il faut prendre en continu, pour une bonne digestion et assimilation et élimination,

    Mais aussi occasionnellement est-il efficace pour un repas plus copieux , plus chargé en gras et en sucres, comme lors des fêtes ?

    Merci pour vos conseils

    • Hello Bidault Claire-lise,

      For your benefit, we have provided a special access for you to submit questions that you may have for Dr. Melissa Gallagher by visiting our Ask the Doc website page. 

      Due to the number of entries we receive, we cannot guarantee your specific question will be selected to be answered.  However, we will be providing frequent video responses from Dr. Melissa to respond to the many inquiries and topics that are important to so many of us.  Please be on the lookout for emails that will announce when we release a new video from Dr. Melissa. 

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  2. Bonjour,

    Pour ma santé globale, j'ai besoin de perdre 20kg.

    Quels est le produit ou les produits qui seront d'une aide sûre pour perdre du poids, je suis âgée de 72 ans, je prends déjà Iodine, et Collagène .

    Je pense faire de la rétention d'eau, pourtant je bois de la bonne eau purifiée, et je ne vais pas tous les jours à la selle, donc je n'élimine pas toutes les toxines, et je vois assez rapidement mon estomac qui s'avance du jour au lendemain;

    Peut-être ai-je un problème de digestion, mais aussi de probiotique qui manque, j'ai entendu parler du probiotique L.Gasseiri efficace pour la perte de poids ?

    J'ai des gaz la nuit, et je me lève une fois par nuit.

    J'aimerai aussi savoir si vous avez dans vos produits la vitamine D3- K7 ?

    A part éviter le plus possible le gluten, quels sont de préférence les choses à faire, pour l'intestin qui fuit, ainsi que les produits ?

    Merci de votre réponse.

    • Hi Bidault Claire-lise,

      Thank you for your questions. We're sorry to hear of some of the health issues you are currently facing. We will try to help address some of your concerns as best as we can.

      Here are some products that we can recommend from our online store based on what you had mentioned...

      Clean Sourced Collagens

      Cleanse and Detoxx Kit

      ProBiotixx +

      Turmeric 3D

      Each one is linked to the product page via our website. Alternatively, you can also go here:

      Regarding your question on weight loss, collagen has been known to help with weight loss. Studies have shown that there's a link between collagen supplementation and weight loss. We recently published an article on this. Feel free to check it out here:

      If you're looking to eliminate toxins, we do carry Cleanse and Detoxx product linked above that safely and easily removes built-up toxins and pollutants from your body in just 30 days or less. It supports and gently cleanses the colon, lymphatics, liver, and kidneys. It also promotes healthy digestion and helps eliminate bloating, gas, and constipation.

      We also carry a probiotic supplement. Our ProBiotixx + helps optimizes digestive function & relieves painful digestive symptoms and so much more. Feel free to check it out via the link listed above.

      We do carry a Turmeric 3D supplement which is also linked above.

      With that said, know that since we're not able to provide any medical advice, we're happy to share a link to Ask the Doc - where you have special access to submit any health questions you have for Dr. Melissa.

      Please note, due to the number of entries we receive, we cannot guarantee that your specific question will be selected to be answered.

      However, we will be providing frequent video responses from Dr. Melissa to respond to the many inquiries and topics that are important to so many of us. So please be on the lookout for emails that will announce when we release a new video from Dr. Melissa.

      Also, if you’d like to get Dr. Melissa’s expert advice on a personal health situation, then Dr. Melissa has kindly offered the Organixx community a discount for booking a session with her. Feel free to schedule a discounted 30 or 60-minute session with Dr. Melissa, using the same link listed above.

      We hope this helps and wish you all the best on your health & wellness journey.

  3. Great information. I was diagnosed with Parkinson's 2016. I have had difficult digestive issues. But I'm learning more each and have incorporated your suggestions and i have to say I'm improving. I also am trying to implement vitamin b1 and will increase little by little. Also just started fulmic acid but just started. Thank you your video and education help me greatly and I hope to help others with pd. Do you have this guy information in a document i can share?

    • Hi Lim! Thank you for your question. Could you please restate the question so that I may be sure I am responding correctly? Have a great day!

  4. Thank you for the information. I am currently on Probiotixx for very loose stool that I have had since antibiotic therapy after

    my appendectomy. I can't seem to get the stool bulked up at all despite lots of good fiber. I have so many fresh vegetables from the garden that I am enjoying now! Any suggestions?

    • Hello Helen, Have you tried different strains? There are many different probiotic strains available. We suggest working with your doctor to test and find out which strain may be most beneficial to address this specific issue. If you have not tried the Lactobacillus Plantarum strain you can find out more about ours here: I hope you find this helpful. We appreciate your support. Have a happy and healthy day! :)

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