Gut Health: What is Your Best Advice?
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.