Healing Your Gut Workbook

Had a really good energy day yesterday.  I was thinking….”YES, I remember this…this is what it feels like to be normal.”  I need a lot more of these and plan to get them in the future.

The most important take away here was that the herbs she suggests are used to scrub the bad bacteria and yeast from the gut, use of probiotics to supply the gut with the good bacteria and a glutamine powder blend to begin to strengthen the intestinal lining.  Later in the Supporting Your Liver Workbook I’ll be removing all gluten, dairy, corn, soy, eggs, peanuts, beef, shellfish, caffeine, and alcohol (and possible nightshade vegetables if you have joint pain)….yikes!  No, really, I can do it.  I’m already gluten, dairy, soy and corn free.  The only thing that will be hard for me is no eggs as I eat them often for added protein…..oh, and tomatoes and potatoes….geez!

The Self-Assessments:

1. Do you have Dysbiosis? I scored a 10, which means I have a mild to moderate case of dysbiosis.  This means that you have an overgrowth of harmful bacteria, yeast, or parasites, which is causing your symptoms.  Your intestinal flora must be fixed for you to get better.   My symptoms were:  intestinal cramps at least once a week, intolerance to carbohydrates, especially beans and fiber, fatigue and/or low energy most days, depressed or anxious most days, chronic sinus congestion, food sensitivities, autoimmune disease, fibromyalgia, chronic stress, hiatal hernia.

2.  Problems with Digestion?

    a.  Pancreatic Enzymes?  I scored a 4, which means I need to add enzymes to my regimen.  My symptoms were:  indigestion/fullness two to four hours after a meal, bloating, flatulence two to four hours after a meal, swelling in the ankles, bulky stools.

b. Bile Acids?  I scored zero…no problems with bile acids.

c.  Stomach Acids?  I scored a 4, which means I don’t need to include stomach acid supplements.  A score of 5 would show that you have low stomach acid. probably reflux disease and hypochlorhydria, which is a condition where you don’t have enough stomach acid and have low digestive enzymes, or dysbiosis further down in the intestines, which impairs the functioning of the stomach and prevents food from moving out of the stomach. My symptoms were:  bloating or belching immediately following most meals, sense of fullness after eating, flatulence, and reflux.

3.  Do you have leaky gut? I scored a 4, which means it is likely that I have leaky gut syndrome.  This means that my intestinal barrier is not working properly and needs to be fixed so that my immune system can be repaired.  My symptoms were:  Food sensitivity, score of over 10 on the stress scale in Chapter 6, dysbiosis, autoimmune disease.

Healing Your Gut Treatment Program

Tier 1:  Restoring and Maintaining healthy Gut Flora with Food.  Remove all white sugar and white flour from your diet, take 1 tablespoon of coconut oil twice daily as part of your treatment plan.  It contains lauric and capric acids, compounds that discourage viruses and yeast, so it’s also a great food to maintain your intestinal health once your treatment is finished.  Include prebiotics in your diet such as legumes, most vegetables, and low-sugar fruits such as berries, apples and pears.  Also, onions, garlic, leeks, rye, chicory, blueberries, bananas and artichokes.  Add probiotics such as sauerkraut, kombucha, yogurt and kefir (coconut milk yogurt and coconut kefir)

Tier 2:  Using herbal and nutritional supplements to treat your dysbiosis.  Using suggestions from the book and her example of a patient of hers this is what I decided I could afford to do.  I’m taking GI cleansing herbs for 4 weeks:  Berberine, artemisinin capsules (200 – 400 mg 2 x a day) on an empty stomach 20 minutes before meals, then Black Walnut capsules, Oregano (200 mg) and Grapefruit Seed extract (250 – 500 mg) after meals.  At night, before I go to bed I take probiotics (she explained that Berberine and artemisinin destroy bacteria so you don’t want to take them at the same time you take your probiotics)  After the 4 weeks I’ll go back to taking my probiotics in the morning and night.

Love the homemade Granola recipe from her book.  When my sister was visiting she ate it everyday and she normally doesn’t eat breakfast.  I usually have quinoa with blueberries and nuts for breakfast or buckwheat pancakes, or granola…then between breakfast and lunch I also cook a bunch of  vegetables (kale, spinach, swiss chard, collard greens) in olive oil or coconut oil with onion, garlic and mushrooms with an egg…..then it’s on to my protein drink (I alternate between whey and non whey proteins) and add chia seeds, maca powder, camu camu powder, flax seeds and turmeric…whewwwww!  I know it sounds like a lot but I feel like I’m doing something good for myself.  Also, I usually add half a pear, some avocado and ginger to the drink. This is all before lunch…then I’ll have chicken and a salad, beans and brown rice, or a veggie or beef hamburger for lunch and dinner.

I just started seeing a Naturopath doctor and had tests done to check my sugars.  I’ll see him again Friday to go over the results.  His suggestion to help with my sleep was to eat a small protein snack before bed like cheese, nuts, avocado or tuna.  I’m sleeping better initially, but still not long enough.  I usually wake between 1:00 and 4:00 a.m. and often don’t go back to sleep.  FRUSTRATING!  Just BREATHE!  I like what one of the guided imagery CDs said describing calm “like a lake with no ripples”.

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