Help reset your digestive track by following these four simple steps: Remove, Re-Inoculate, Replace, Repair.
It is important to remove any foods or “triggers” that might be contributing to an unhealthy gut microbiome. This could include consuming foods that increase the production of yeast. It could also include genetically modified foods or foods that have been sprayed with insecticides and pesticides that destroy the good bacteria in your gut. In addition to the foods we consume, we must be conscious that our daily habits are not affecting our gut microbiome including excess stress, lack of sleep and intestinal stagnation. Try to focus on eliminating any bad foods or habits that could be affecting your overall gut health.
This step is all about replenishing the good bacteria in your gut. There are two major ways to replenish the good bacteria in your gut:
1. Consume more cultured foods: A typical American Diet contains very little if any fermented foods which contain probiotics and enzymes that are great for the gut microbiome. Focus on increasing the amount of cultured foods that you consume within your diet. Some of our favorite fermented foods include: kimchi (ex: Sunja’s Kimchi, Mother in Law’s Kimchi), sauerkraut (ex: Ozuke, Hawthorn Valley), homemade yogurts, homemade kefir and kombucha.
2. Take a Probiotic Supplement: In addition to consuming more cultured foods we also believe in taking a Probiotic Supplement. There are so many different types of Probiotics with different strains of bacteria in them, so it can be intimidating and difficult to choose one that’s right for you. We recommend coming in to talk to our Supplement Specialist so that they can help guide you in to taking a probiotic that will best fit your needs.
This step is all about replacing acids and enzymes. Enzymes are essential for the microbiome to help break down foods so that they are absorbable. If you don’t have enough enzymes, then foods will not be properly digested.
It is also important to replace acid in the stomach. If you have low acid in your stomach, then you will not be able to properly digest your food and could experience acid reflux. A common misconception is that Acid Reflux is a result of having “too much” acid when it is more common for Acid Reflux to be a result of having too little acid. There are a couple of ways that we recommend increasing your HCl in the stomach:
Bitters – Our favorite Bitters is made by Urban Moonshine and is great for helping increase HCl production and bile production and as a result can help reduce gas, bloating and acid reflux.
Betaine HCl – This is optional and not recommended for anyone who might have stomach ulcers. Betaine HCl is used to replace stomach acid –it’s almost literally stomach acid in a pill. Talk to a Green Life Market Supplement Specialist about how to properly take Betaine HCl.
4. Repair the Gut
Supplements such as RESTORE, glutamine, DGL, collagen, marshmallow root and more can help “heal and seal” the mucosal surface to stop any toxins from leaking out of the gut and aid in healthy digestion. These supplements can be especially beneficial for individuals who suffer from leaky gut.