In this article you will learn:
Practically everything there is to learn about healing your gut
What the research says for common digestive problems
How to listen to your gut (literally) and heal so you can poop like a deity
In this article we will review all of the priorities for healing your digestive center. In the words of the famous Dr. Bernard Jensen, Father of Colonics: “Death begins in the colon.” What this morbid quote also means is that life begins in the colon, too. This is why healing your center should be your first health priority. Use the following points along with your functional medicine doctor (or team) to develop a specific action plan that addresses your particular needs and your Manipura (3rd chakra) will shine bright for many years to come.
1. Get an idea of your stomach acid levels. The best way to do this is through a
Heidelberg stomach acid test, but if you can’t find anyone in your area or it’s too expensive there are other means, although they aren’t as accurate (like the baking soda test) and may be inconclusive. There is a theory that blood type associates with stomach acid levels, with A being the weakest and O being the strongest. Observe how you react after heavy amounts of protein and fat and notice what foods, if any, cause you upset.
2. Get screened for irritants to your digestive tract so you understand what to avoid. A food allergy panel is a basic start, but companies like Vibrant Wellness offer in-depth tests on wheat, dairy, seafood and lectins that all serve as valuable tools to inform you of any problem areas. If you have a moderate reaction to these foods, limit them or find a way to process them down so that you can minimize inflammation. For
example, removing the seeds of tomatoes or cooking them if you react to tomato
lectin. If you have a high reaction, even though it’s not an allergy, I would remove this
food and find a substitution. Personally, I would limit or eliminate wheat regardless
and limit your dairy intake to just grass-fed butter, ghee and healthy protein options
like kefir or grass-fed whey.
3. Establish a baseline of your gut health with a stool test. Make sure that it gives you comprehensive data on the population breakdown of your microbiome, the
inflammatory markers in your gut, whether you have parasites and other important
pieces of information. Again, Vibrant Wellness has a Gut Zoomer that is incredibly
thorough, but there are other brands out there that provide quality testing. Once you
have your baseline, tweak your eating and supplementation accordingly and retest in
6 months or sooner (depending on how bad your initial baseline was) to see the