A healthy digestive system is critical to good health.  Around 70% of our immune system lives in your GI tract.  GI issues may underlie chronic health problems that seem unrelated to digestive health, including autoimmune disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 diabetes, Crohn’s disease, Lupus, Ulcerative colitis, skin issues such as eczema and acne, and heart disease (just to name a few). This is where we apply the Five “R” healing program to improve symptoms and sometimes even resolve the issue.

1. Remove

Whatever is either in excess or is a suspected (or known) sensitivity or allergen. Sometimes this requires a bit of investigative work and mapping of symptoms to see if there are patterns. Food sensitivities are tricky because your symptoms may occur hours or days after exposure. This is where I will often implement an elimination-style diet and/or do MRT food sensitivity testing.

2. Replace

Once the offending foods and lifestyle triggers are removed, I work on replacing the factors necessary to optimize digestive secretions/enzymatic activity (help you properly digest), adding in fiber is several different forms to support gut transit time and motility (elimination of toxins). Here we also will look at repletion of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.

3. Repopulate

The gut lining can be severely compromised during periods of inflammation, stress and when exposed to allergens over time. Repairing the gut lining is needed to ensure proper absorption of nutrients. This involves eating foods rich in zinc, vitamins A, D and C and amino acids, particularly L-glutamine.

4. Repair

Help the GI tract repair by supplying key nutrients that can be deficient in an unhealthy gut, such as zinc, antioxidants, fish oil, and common vitamins and minerals (e.g. Vitamin D, Magnesium, etc.).

5. Rebalance

The gut lining can be severely compromised during periods of inflammation, stress and when exposed to allergens over time. Repairing the gut lining is needed to ensure proper absorption of nutrients. This involves eating foods rich in zinc, vitamins A, D and C and amino acids, particularly L-glutamine.