Episode 93 – 7 Steps to Healing Your Gut Naturally
I get a TON of messages asking about the process I use to heal the digestive tract, so today, I’m going to walk you through my 7-step process that includes my favorite tests and gut healing supplements.
Tune in to find out more.
Michelle Rogers, ND, MSAOM, FDN-P
Over the past several years, I’ve created the most accessible, streamlined and effective virtual practice working with high-achieving women entrepreneurs, go-getters, and other badass women all over the world.
I intentionally blend my background of Functional, Naturopathic, and East Asian Medicine with my extensive experience in the online business world to help provide my clients with the personalized blueprint and strategy they need to get the mental focus, energy and business strategy required to share their gifts, better serve their clients and show up even more for the people they love.
Hey there, and welcome to another episode! I get SO many messages asking about the process I use to heal the digestive tract, so today, I’m going to walk you through my 7-step process that includes my favorite tests and gut healing supplements.
I’m trying something a bit different this week, and if it goes well, I just might continue doing it. So, you’ll probably notice that this episode sounds a bit different, and it’s because I actually recorded it as a video.
That’s right! I officially started a youtube channel, so if you prefer watching over listening, OR you just want to see my weird quirky videos, just head on over to youtube and search for the wellthy woman.
Now, if you’ve been listening to my podcast for a while, you know that gut health is SUPER important, but if you’re still unclear why, check out episode 83, where I walk you through why gut problems don’t always mean gut symptoms.
BUT, in short, our digestive health is foundational to every other body system, including our brain, hormones, skin and even our weight. The reason really comes down to inflammation — when we have an inflamed gut, it doesn’t function properly, which means we don’t absorb key nutrients, we don’t detox effectively and our immune system becomes overly active.
Again, for the details around this, head to episode 83.
Alright, so the very first step in healing your gut is to test it.
You all know I’m all about TEST DON’T GUESS.
So, my favorite test is a very specific comprehensive stool analysis called the GI MAP. Now, there are TONS of other tests out there, but after 7 years of practice, this is definitely my favorite one.
The reason, is because it’s a
- DNA/PCR Assay, which means that you’re not trusting some lab tech that might be nursing a hangover from the night before, or a petri dish culture that doesn’t work for the majority of pathogenic bacteria in the gut
- This type of testing also allows for quantitative assessment, which means you can actually see how severe the bacterial, viral and/or fungal infection actually is
- It’s also highly Sensitive and Specific
- In addition to bacteria, this test also tells me about how your gut is functioning — it tells me about your enzyme production, levels of inflammation, whether or not you’re sensitive to gluten and also whether you have leaky gut, or intestinal permeability.
I LOVE this test so much.
The second test I run is a food sensitivity test called MRT. I’ll be taking a deep dive into food sensitivity testing in an upcoming episode, but for today’s purposes, I just want to let you know that I use this as a tool to prepare your personalized protocol.
The reasoning behind this is, as we’re healing the gut, we want to be sure we’re removing the things that are causing inflammation and agitation to the gut.
This is actually step TWO.
We need to REMOVE food triggers, inflammatory factors and any pathogenic bugs that were picked up by the GI MAP — things like invasive bacteria, viruses, parasites, or protozoa.
Now, if foods come up positive on the food sensitivity test — don’t stress — this doesn’t mean you can’t EVER have them again. It just means we need to remove them, while we’re healing your gut.
You wouldn’t want to add wood to a fire that you’re trying to put out, right? Same thing.
Alright, so along with removing food triggers, we also want to remove the pathogenic bugs, right? But how do we do this?
We do this with targeted antimicrobials — I usually use combination products that I choose, based on your lab results.
So, depending on what comes up, I might choose
- GI MicrobX, Silvercillin and/or Alicillin by designs for health
- And possibly Para 1 and/or Para 2 by cellcore biosciences
I like to do one month on and one month off, until we’re seeing a significant improvement. Again, these choices are made based on your personal results, otherwise we’re just throwing darts and hoping for the best.
And, I think we both know that that doesn’t work.
Next, we want to REPLACE because, while we’re removing the pathogenic bugs, we need to replace or support certain digestive fluids like stomach acid and digestive enzymes, which are our first line of defense against these invasive bugs.
Odds are, you were lacking some of these vital compounds, which made you vulnerable to bacterial overgrowth in the first place.
My favorite product is Panplex 2-Phase by Integrative Therapeutics.
Step 3 is Re-populate OR Re-inoculate, because as we’re removing those bad bugs, we want to make sure that we’re introducing a good variety of healthy bacteria to the digestive tract.
My favorite probiotic right now is MegaSpore Biotic, BUT again, it depends on your test results, because we may need to introduce Probiophage by designs for health or floramyces, depending on the type of bacteria present and whether or not yeast is present.
I will also say, that I don’t typically recommend probiotics long-term. If you are going to take probiotics, I usually recommend rotating brands and strains to make sure that you’re getting a good variety, but ideally, once you’ve healed the gut, and you’re maintaining a good anti-inflammatory environment for good bacteria, then eating a variety of fermented foods should work just fine.
gain, I’m a fan of rotation, so get yourself a jar of kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir or whatever else you love and just rotate around each day.
Step 4 is Repair – because we need to focus on repairing the damaged or inflamed gut lining, especially if we found leaky gut, or intestinal permeability on the GI MAP.
Again, I choose these products based on your lab results, but they may include GI Revive by designs for health, phospholipid colostrum, gastromend-hp, lv-gb complex and possibly high-dose l-glutamine.
Step 5 is Rebalance – because the mind-body aspect of healing is grossly overlooked – so using stress management techniques, breathing, mindful eating practices… things like that can dramatically help us heal the gut.
The reason behind this is that we are stimulating blood flow and nerve conduction to the digestive system by triggering our parasympathetic nervous system – or the rest and digest response – instead of the sympathetic nervous system that we tend to chronically operate in on a daily basis – this is the fight flight or freeze response.
A simple way to start integrating this process is to have mindful meals, which means you just dedicate your mealtime to eating… imagine that.
I like to remember the 5 Cs
- Choose — your environment, food, company, etc.
- Chill — relax, enjoy, remove distraction
- Cherish — gratitude for your food
- Chew — chew each bite around 30 times
- Check — look at your poop!
Another way I like to rebalance is to Improve the tone of your Vagus Nerve — the physical connection between your mind and body. Here’s how:
- End showers with cold water for 30 seconds
- Sing, hum or chant loudly
- Laugh loudly
- Breathing exercises — check out Wim Hof’s breathing tutorial on YouTube
- Gargle vigorously (as loud as you can — ideally, your eyes will water
Alright, the very last step… maybe you already guessed it…
It’s to RETEST!
Why do all this work and dedicate all this time towards healing your gut if you’re not going to measure your progress.
So, I simply run another GI MAP and a food sensitivity test towards the end of the protocol to make sure we’re making progress and find-tune any aspects that need to be addressed.
Before I wrap up with a summary of what we covered today, I just want to emphasize the importance of NOT ordering your supplements through Amazon — please order through a trusted provider, my online medicinary or directly through the manufacturer.
There have been several claims indicating mislabeling, wrong products, expired products and other shady business from purchasing supplements through amazon, so just don’t do it. Okay?
Alright, I hope that was helpful — so in SUMMARY, to heal your gut
- Initial testing
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Just book a WELLth Strategy Session, so we can chat, and we’ll get the ball rolling..
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Otherwise, tune in next week for more awesome and actionable info!
Chat with you then!