Aug 09 2017

LCKL 086 – ANJ Series – Digestion Nutrition and Supplements for Gut Health

The next portion of this Digestion Season will be covering what nutrition and supplementation is best for optimising gut health. In this episode you will discover the importance of nutrition on gut health, why the bacteria in your gut may be reduced and then of course how to improve gut health with the help of nutrition and supplementation.

  • How important nutrition is to optimising your gut health;
  • Causes of reduced beneficial bacteria in your gut;
  • Ways to improve the beneficial bacteria in your gut;
  • Foods to remove from your diet for optimising gut health; and
  • Supplements to help optimise your gut health.
How important is nutrition when it comes to optimising your health?Causes of Reduced Bacteria in the GutWays to improve bacteria in the gutFoods to remove from your diet to optimise gut healthSupplements to help optimise your gut health
  • When it comes to gut health Nutrition is incredibly important.
  • Our GI tract works very hard to keep us healthy but without the proper nutrition or supplements its health can be compromised.
  • The right diet will strengthen the gut and therefore prevent toxins/antigens from entering your system.
  • If you are dealing with a leaky gut (intestinal permeability) then the essential gut barrier will be compromised leading to unwelcomed substances entering your bloodstream and therefore causing illness. If you would like to learn more about leaky gut I have actually created a course and a book on healing your gut health.
  • However, the health of the gut barrier depends on 3 different factors:
    • Balanced Intestinal Bacteria. Without this bacteria you will not be able to manufacture Vitamins B12, K, B6, B5, B3, Folate or Biotin).
    • Intact mucosa (no intestinal permeability) – remember our gut lining replaces itself every 3-7 days.
    • Healthy immune system – 70% of our immune system cells live in the gut.
  • Use of antibiotics – Eliminates beneficial bacteria in the gut and creates a prime environment for yeast growth (candida).
  • Low Iron Levels.
  • High Carbohydrate Intake (sugars/carbohydrates lead to candida overgrowth).
  • Reduce carbohydrates so as to minimise candida growth.
  • Ensure your iron stores are sufficient as low iron can lead to suboptimal gut health.
  • Get sufficient fibre in your diet. Fibre performs a number of functions in the body:
    • Resists digestion in the small intestine, therefore creating short chain fatty acids that are an important fuel for the body.
    • Adds bulk and improves regularity, therefore reducing exposure to unwanted compounds.
    • The breakdown of the fibre will regulate pH balance therefore promoting the optimal environment for beneficial bacteria.
  • There are a number of foods that you need to remove from your diet if you are suffering from a leaky gut or any intestinal disorder:
    • Lectins – Found in grains, beans, legumes and nuts.
    • Gluten and Gliadin – found in barley, wheat and rye.
    • Casein and Lactose – found in dairy.
    • Fructose – found in fruits and high fructose corn syrup.
  • These foods can cause a number of different responses within the body, depending on the individual:
    • Can induce mast cells to produce histamine, therefore mimicking a food allergy and increasing intestinal permeability.
    • They may mimic symptoms of respiratory allergies like sneezing, sniffling and throat irritation.
    • They may stimulate an autoimmune response and lead to joint pain or skin rashes.
    • You may experience nausea, gas, bloating, constipation or diarrhea.
  • If you would like to learn more about healing the gut through nutrition then check out my book “Beginners Guide to Healing Leaky Gut Syndrome” which is only $2.99 in kindle version on Amazon.
  • Probiotics – Obviously beneficial bacteria should be supplemented to promote healthy gut flora.
  • Glutamine – One of the most potent gut healing supplements is that of glutamine.
  • Digestive Enzymes – Many of us produce less digestive enzymes than we need and therefore supplementing is critical, however you also need to supplement with…
  • Betaine Hydrochloride – Many of our digestive issues are caused from low stomach acid levels
  • Omega 3 Fats – These supplements and foods help to moderate inflammation.
  • MSM – Being one of my favourite supplements, MSM is particularly effective in helping to heal the mucosal lining of the gut, as well as decrease chronic pain. If you would like to learn more about this amazing supplement then you can check out my book by going to http://www.msmuncovered.info.
  • Magnesium – This is my other favourite supplement that has actually been found to alter the microbiome in the gut. To learn more about magnesium you can check out my book by going to http://www.magnificentmagnesium.info.
  • There are many more supplements that you can use for gut health but these supplements are the ones I thought were the most important.
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Please note that this information is not intended for medical purposes or to replace the advice of your medical practitioner. It is for informational purposes only to help guide you on your journey towards optimal wellness.


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