4Rs of Digestive Health
Written by Andrea Maxim, Naturopathic Doctor
No matter what the reason for your digestive upset the treatment comes down to 4 simple steps: Remove, Repair, Reinoculate and Reintroduce.
Digestive Health: Remove
We cannot even start to heal the gut without removing the stressors that are harming the digestive tract. These include underlying infections (yeast, bacteria or parasites), stress, environmental toxins and most importantly food sensitivities. These must be removed immedately before the next phase can start.
Digestive Health: Repair
Now comes the best part: Flooding the body with nutrients that will heal the mucosal lining as quickly as possible. These nutrients include, but are not limited to, L-glutamine, fish oil, vitamin D and my favourite medical food powder, UltraInflammX from Metagenics.
Digestive Health: Reinoculate
Once the digestive tract is healed, then we can start layering on the probiotics and other immune supporters. This layer will act as your first line of defense against future pathogens or food sensitivites.
Digestive Health: Reintroduce
Once the digestive tract is healed and immune system in place, we can start to reintroduce possible food allergens (gluten, cow dairy, eggs) one meal at a time to see if the body will react. My favourite thing to do is introduce "monomeals" which is one food group at a time 4 hours apart. 98% of people will react to a food they are sensitive to within the first 4 hours. The other 2% may take up to 3 days to notice a reaction. Read HERE for more information.
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