Amy Myers, MD shares her functional medicine approach to healing your gut. It’s called the 4R program: Remove, Restore, Reinoculate and Repair.
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How to heal your gut naturally
The 4 R Program – From Amy’s website:
- Remove the bad. The goal is to get rid of things that negatively affect the environment of the GI tract such as inflammatory foods, infections, and gastric irritants like alcohol, caffeine or drugs. Inflammatory foods such as gluten, dairy, corn, soy, eggs, and sugar can lead to food sensitivities. I recommend an IgG food sensitivity testing to determine if any foods are a problem for you. Infections can be from parasites, yeast, or bacteria. A comprehensive stool analysis is key to determining the levels of good bacteria as well as any infections that may be present. Removing the infections may require treatment with herbs, anti-parasite medication, anti-fungal medication, anti-fungal supplements or even antibiotics.
- Restore the good. Add back in the essential ingredients for proper digestion and absorption that may have been depleted by diet, drugs (such as antacid medications) diseases, or aging. This includes digestive enzymes, hydrochloric acid, and bile acids that are required for proper digestion.
- Restoring beneficial bacteria to reestablish a healthy balance of good bacteria is critical. This may be accomplished by taking a
- that contains beneficial bacteria such as
- species. I recommend anywhere from 25 -100 billion units a day. Also, taking a prebiotic (food for the good bacteria) supplement or consuming foods high soluble fiber is important.
- Providing the nutrients necessary to help the gut repair itself is essential. One of my favorites supplements is L-glutamine, an amino acid that helps to rejuvenate the gut wall lining. Other key nutrients include zinc,
- , vitamin A, C, E as well as herbs such as slippery elm and
Heal your gut. A properly functioning digestive system (gut) is critical to good health.