Dr. Hagmeyer explains How The Gut Healing Protocol or 4R for Leaky Gut, Parasites, inflammation, Gut Disbiosis can work towards healing your gut.
Having a digestive system that works right is a key component to maintaining and restoring health. The 4 Step protocol (4R Gut Repair Protocol) for healing a leaky gut can often be the answered prayers for people who suffer with SIBO, IBS, Diarrhea and a host of other chronic health problems.
The digestive system, also referred to as the gut, is responsible for much more than just processing the foods we take into our bodies. The majority of our immune system, and almost all of the chemicals our body uses to regulate mood, are located in our guts. Because of these connections between digestive health, immunity, and emotional well-being, problems in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract can go beyond the usual symptoms of pain, gas, bloating, and diarrhea. They can actually be the main cause of various chronic health problems such as hormonal imbalances, eczema, rosacea, diabetes, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, and autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
How does one heal their gut Naturally?
In Functional Medicine we use an effective approach that we call the 4R program – Remove, Replace, Re-inoculate, and Repair. This approach can be extremely effective when dealing with disbiosis, gut infections, yeast overgrowth, and parasites. Here is how it works.
Remove the bad. This step is designed to identify and get rid of things that negatively affect the GI tract, such as inflammatory foods, infections and gastric irritants like alcohol, caffeine or drugs. The usual suspects in the inflammatory food line-up includes gluten, dairy, corn, soy, eggs and sugar.. All of these foods can, and often do, lead to food sensitivities.
I have put together a Free guide that shows many of the hidden sources of gluten.
An Elimination Diet and Cross Reactive food sensitivity testing, Gluten sensitivity testing are excellent ways to determine if any foods are a problem for you. Infections would most likely be from parasites, yeast or bacteria. A comprehensive stool analysis is essential to determining if an infection is present, and will also help by indicating the levels of good bacteria. Infections can be treated with either herbs, anti-parasite medication, anti-fungal medication, or even antibiotics. I often prescribe and approach that incorporates Caprylic acid, Artemisia, grapefruit seed extracts, black walnut hull.
Replace with good. Just as important as eliminating trouble in the gut, we want to reintroduce the essential ingredients for proper digestion and absorption. These digestive enzymes, hydrochloric acid and bile acids that are required for proper digestion. Often these enzymes have been depleted by diet, drugs (such as antacid medications), diseases or aging. (Read how antacid medications make you sick)
Because it is so important to have a healthy balance of good bacteria, taking a probiotic supplement that contains bifidobacteria and lactobacillus species, and other beneficial bacteria, is another cog in the 4R approach. I recommend 25 -100 billion units a day of a high grade multi species probiotic. Also, taking a prebiotic (food for the good bacteria) supplement or consuming foods high in soluble fiber is important.
The gut has the capability to repair itself when fueled with the proper nutrients. L-glutamine is a supplement that I think is amazing. It’s an amino acid that works to aid in the rejuvenation of the gut wall lining. Other nutrients that are key components to gut repair include zinc, omega-3 fish oils, vitamin A, C, E as well as herbs such as slippery elm and aloe vera.
Whatever problems you may be experiencing related to gut health, the 4R program should be one of the very first step toward good health. I have personally seen chronic and inflammatory illnesses completely reversed very quickly by using the 4R method.
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