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Gut Health - The underlying cause of many health issues

Oct 20, 2023
Contrary to popular belief, you are more than what you eat. You are ALSO what you are able to digest, metabolize and absorb. The health of your whole gastrointestinal (GI) system is essential to ensure proper digestion, metabolize and absorption of nutrients to  support  ALL body functions including the immune system, hormones and the nervous system. The health of the GI system even impacts mental health through its connection with the central nervous system, often referred to as the gut-brain axis.
If you can not get the nutrients out of your foods, the cells in your body can not work properly and begin to malfunction which leads to signs and symptoms like: 
  • Hormone imbalances (including PMS and hot flashes) 
  • Inflammation (including pain and bloating)
  • Immune health (including autoimmune disorders)
  • Anxiety, Depression and Irritability
Many people do not understand the intricate connection between their digestive system and these key systems. We work one on one with women who are struggling with overt GI symptoms like bloating, constipation, loose BMs and reflux. But we also work with those struggling with hormone imbalances, inflammation, unexplained weight gain, lethargy, headaches, joint pain, and anxiety. 
Once we get their microbiome balanced through the GI Protocol (a 4 phased program) their health improves and they are more connected and in tune with their bodies.

The GI Protocol is a four-phase program designed to support GI healing. GI health can be negatively impacted by several mechanisms such as stress, food sensitivities, microbiota imbalance and inflammation, leading to increased intestinal permeability.

The four steps outlined below are what we use to help minimize factors associated with inflammation and increased intestinal permeability while introducing foods and supplemental nutrients that support gut healing:

The GI Protocol 

Phase 1 - Remove pathogens and inflammatory triggers that are associated with increased intestinal permeability. 

Pathogenic microbes (e.g. overgrowth of yeast, bad bacteria, parasites, etc.) and food sensitivities like dairy (e.g. cow milk, cheese, cream, etc.)

Phase 2 - Improve Digestion digestive support for the stomach, pancreas and gall bladder to help reduce inflammation and optimize digestive health. 

Digestive simulating herbs and spices (e.g. gentian, rosemary, artichoke, etc.) Apple cider vinegar, and Digestive enzymes

Phase 3 - Reinoculate the intestinal microbiota with beneficial bacteria to re-establish balance. 

Pre and Probiotics Fermented foods such as: Fermented beverages (e.g. kombucha) and fermented soy products (e.g. miso, tempeh, natto) and fermented vegetables (e.g. sauerkraut, kimchi). High-fiber foods (e.g. vegetables, fruits, nuts).

Phase 4 - Repair the intestinal lining with specific nutrients and medicinal herbs known to decrease intestinal permeability and inflammation.

Dietary supplements such as: Aloe vera, Mastic gum, and L-glutamine.

The GI Protocol helps to optimize the whole digestive tract so your entire digestive system can function optimally. This in turn allows for greater improvements that last longer than just taking a probiotic to help with your digestive issues. 

If you suffer with digestive issues, you can work 1 on 1 with us or use our stand alone Optimal Digestion Course (click here) to get you started on your journey to amazing health! 

When you want to see changes in your health, you have to make changes to your health.

Hallie & Tanya  💕

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