10 Signs You Have an Unhealthy Gut:

1. Digestive issues like bloating, gas, diarrhea

2. Food allergies or sensitivities

3. Anxiety

4. Depression

5. Mood swings, irritability

6. Skin problems like eczema, rosacea

7. Diabetes

8. Autoimmune disease

9. Frequent Infections

10. Poor memory and concentration, ADD or ADHD

Fix your Gut with the 4 R’s:

1. Remove Remove the bad. Eliminate things that negatively affect the gut environment, inflammatory foods, infections, and irritants like alcohol, and/or caffeine. Inflammatory foods, such as gluten, dairy, corn, soy, eggs, and sugar, can lead to food sensitivities. Try an elimination diet as a starting point. Elimination diets help to identify foods that are problematic for you and your gut. Infections can be from parasites, yeast, or bacteria. Removing the infections may require treatment with herbs, anti-parasite medication, anti-fungal medication, anti-fungal supplements, or even antibiotics. Best way to find out if your bacteria is off is to get checked out by your doctor.

2. Replace Replace the good. 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.

3. Reinoculate Restoring beneficial bacteria to reestablish a healthy balance of good bacteria is important. Try including a probiotic supplement that contains beneficial bacteria such as bifidobacteria and lactobacillus species. Look for a probiotic that has anywhere from 25 -100 billion units a day. Also, taking a prebiotic (food for the good bacteria) supplement or consuming foods high in soluble fiber is helpful to create a happy, balanced gut.

4. Repair Providing the nutrients necessary to help the gut repair itself is essential. One of my favourites supplements is L-glutamine. L-glutamine is necessary for the health and growth of the enterocytes that line your gastrointestinal tract. Rich sources of this amino acid include grass fed proteins, broccoli, asparagus, and bone broth. Other key nutrients include zinc, omega-3 fish oils, vitamin A, C, and E, as well as herbs such as slippery elm and aloe vera. By Emilee Bullied