Do brain fog, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and chronic pain rule your life?
Learn how to rejuvenate your health and reset your immune system during this 55 minute webinar:
5 Steps to Gut Healing
In this video, you'll
learn how to:
- SLASH inflammation with healing foods and 3 different types of enzymes
- ELIMINATE symptoms such as insomnia, constipation, brain fog and exhaustion
- Gently RID your body of many different types of pathogens (those bugs like Candida, SIBO, protozoa)
- RE-EDUCATE your immune system by populating it with specific bacteria that works for your genetics
- HEAL leaky gut (or intestinal permeability, which leads to bloating and joint pain)
- What exactly this experience will be like for YOU based upon your current state of health
- What issues it can help you heal and why this is a long-term solution
An In-Depth Look at the 5 Steps of Gut Thrive
STEP ONE: The Diet – Slashing Inflammation
Timeframe: Weeks 1-2
The foundation of gut healing is to stop putting things in your gut that don't agree with it. The first step is to stop adding fuel to the fire! We let food be one of our primary tools to reduce inflammation. We do this by removing the most common food sensitivities and inflammation-producing foods and by adding in soothing, calming, and healing foods. Next, we send in key enzymes and the dietary cleaning crew to rid the body of built up and chronic inflammation hiding deep within the pockets of intestinal folds.
Our meal plans are customized and compatible for ALL manner of GI Issues including but not limited to:
- Candida/Fungal infections
- SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth)
- H. Pylori
- Worms, protozoa, and parasites
- Heavy metal toxicity
- Viral infections
You'll take a deep dive into truly using food as your medicine in Step 1. This is also where we build up liver health. Since the liver is the General of the body, it will need support for the journey ahead.
And since most people with digestive issues also experience adrenal and thyroid issues, we craft the meal plans to support both of these vital glands as well.
STEP TWO: The Pathogen Purge
Timeframe: Weeks 3-6
The next step in the healing process is to eliminate pathogens from the gut—the natural way. Intestinal pathogens (parasites, protozoa, bad bacteria, yeast, fungus, viruses, heavy metals, worms) may be wreaking havoc on your digestive system by disrupting the natural balance and causing the uncomfortable symptoms you experience every day.
Our cutting-edge approach uses the highest-quality, proven supplements to begin ridding the gut of these “bad guys.” The supplements are paired with other customized, strategic cleansing methods that assist your body’s detoxification process.
More importantly, this purge is done in an entirely natural way. Instead of killing them which could cause more damage in the aftermath (whether you do it the western way with antibiotics or the natural way with botanicals), we take away their communication method, make the environment uninviting for them to stay in, and take away their primary food source.
The past decade has seen the emergence of a new field in basic microbiology. Scientists had long held the view that bacterial cells behaved as self-sufficient individuals, unable to organize themselves into groups or communicate…but little did we know how smart they actually are.
Just like no man is an island, we now know that similar to military alliances, bacteria, and other pathogens function in groups, sending chemical signals to each other that allow them to form physical structures (like forts or bunkers) to protect themselves. These physical structures are called biofilms.
Biofilms protect bacteria and pathogens from the “fire” of pharmaceutical or even natural antibiotics so that they can remain intact.
The bad guys who are protected in their biofilms are not killed by the antibiotic treatment, while our good guys, who haven’t yet learned to communicate and build biofilms properly, are destroyed. This leaves our immune systems in big trouble and can drive us deeper into GI dysfunction and autoimmune disease.
That is exactly why we employ a different strategy to get the “bad guys” out. We dismantle their biofilms to take away their protection before we try to remove them from the body.
We do that by weakening their alliances through intercepting the way they send chemical signals to each other (like taking away their cell phones) to remove their “strength in numbers” advantage. So now they can no longer communicate, or “quorum sense” to put it in scientific terms.
We gently dismantle their bunkers with hydrolytic enzymes (proteins that use water to break down chemical bonds) and other proven biofilm disruptors that don’t harm the human body (versus blowing up their bunkers which causes damage to our intestinal lining and our good bacteria, just like bombs destroy the earth’s terrain and kill innocent people). Once their communication is disrupted, and their bunkers are dismantled, we escort them all out of the body in a civil manner with our cutting edge cleansing methods.
This escorting out of the body continues in Step 3. However, the strategy now shifts to allow for greater efficacy.
Most people are aware that we have good bacteria (symbiotic) and bad bacteria (pathogenic), but we also have a neutral type of bacteria called commensal bacteria.
Commensals are like impressionable teenagers. They are neither good nor bad. They are malleable. It’s the influence exerted upon them that helps them develop their character as good or bad.
Since commensals have the ability to co-evolve with their host, we want to convert them to the good side.
Thus for those remaining pathogens (we need some “bad” pathogens to stay in order to challenge and inform our immune system) that still pose a threat to our long-term health, we must use good bacteria as the military leaders who exert their positive influence on the commensals, turning them from neutral bacteria that are taking up space, to helpful bacteria that now contribute to the long-term health of the body.
So the reseeding phase in Step 3 brings in the peacekeepers to establish both a new terrain (the equivalent to planting a garden) and a new order amongst “the people” (your digestive system).
STEP THREE: The Reseeding and Healing of the Gut
Timeframe: Weeks 7-8
Part 1 of Step 3: The Reseeding Process
Now that we’ve had our respectful military coup and the poor leadership of pathogenic organisms have been removed from power (they can now stop confusing your body, causing your symptoms and “dis-ease,”), the new leadership of good bacteria with good intentions are brought in and peacekeeping efforts can begin!
It’s time to reeducate your entire immune system so that it can follow its original genetic blueprint of health. Through diet and supplements, we give a carefully crafted mixture of 10-13 superstar strains of good bacteria specific to your unique digestive issues. We then let your body attract the other hundreds or thousands of strains native to your original genetic origin.
This step also gives your body the information it needs to attract other beneficial strains of bacteria from the air you breathe, the water you drink, the food you eat, and the environment in which you live. These strains will be unique to YOU and your biochemical individuality.
Under the proper leadership of your symbiotic bacteria, the commensals learn to behave in your best interest.
This step acts much like a starter log because we give you the good bacteria you need to “kick it off” and then once the fire is started, we let your own brilliant immune system and the healing foods you are now eating take over from there.
What kinds of bacteria are responsible for our gut health?
Because it's genuinely open warfare in the microbiome, let's use military analogies to understand the role of certain probiotic strains here.
Lactobacillus (5-6 strains) These guys are a transient group of bacteria. They are kind of like the Marines and are responsible for “the first assault.” Lactobacs consistently escort “bad guys” out of the body. They also breakdown the food you eat, so that you can absorb more nutrition and manufacture the vitamins your body needs to keep you strong and healthy.
Bifidobacterium (2-4 strains) Just like an Army Corps of Engineers who are responsible for building roads and bridges, bifidobacs are a genus of good bacteria whose job is to colonize and stay, contributing lasting strength and self-sufficiency to the GI tract.
Bacillus Much like Navy Seals or Army Rangers, they are built to endure the harshest environments and conditions. Bacillus are the “Special Forces” arm of the good gut bacteria peacekeeping unit.
They can survive stomach acid and bile. They can live with or without air and even in the most volatile conditions. You’ll want to enlist these fearless warriors on your side to exert their influence on the bad guys and to ensure the peacekeeping efforts of the other branches remain intact.
Now that we’ve dismantled the biofilms/bunkers of the bad guys in Step 2, and began reseeding/peacekeeping efforts in Step 3, we can focus on teaching the good guys how to have rock solid communication. This is so they form strong alliances and build positive biofilms, which will keep you safe and protected with a healthy immune system for a long time to come.
Part 2 of Step 3: The Healing of the Gut
The gut is a long hollow tube inside the body. It is meant to let the good things in (like nutrients from our food), but keep the bad things out (like toxins, feces, and undigested food particles). When you have leaky gut, these “bad things” (toxins, bacteria, and undigested food) make their way into your body instead of being eliminated as waste as they would be in a person with a healthy gut.
These foreign particles drag down your immune system, which is meant to stand guard and protect you, stationing 80 percent of its soldiers right inside the gut wall. This is called the Gut Associated Lymphoid Tissue (GALT). When leaky gut occurs, the immune system sets off a bunch of chain reactions including localized inflammation in the gut wall (rendering your GALT soldiers wounded and useless) and may cause system-wide inflammation throughout the body. This is one of the worst things that happen with leaky gut, as inflammation is the first step toward any chronic disease.
The diagram below explains this further with a picture of a healthy intestinal lining on the left and an unhealthy one on the right. The foreign particles you see in the bloodstream in the picture on the right do not belong there and are responsible for whole body inflammation.
Whatever escapes through the gut wall goes directly to the brain, hence the focus on the gut-brain connection in this program. We also address the other way, which is the brain-gut connection. This is especially important for folks with something called SIBO or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Addressing the brain-gut connection helps prevent relapse in this case.
Even though the pathogens and pro-inflammatory foods have been gently removed, they've still left some damage in their wake, plus there was existing leaky gut from the lifestyle choices that stacked up over time.
Implementing this step is much like patching things up. Imagine the lining of your small intestine is a brick wall, and some of the mortar is missing.
Because we want healing to be LASTING and CONTINUAL, it’s time to patch it. This is equivalent to rebuilding the good layers of the intestinal lining. Just like the patched wall, your gut, after Step 4, will better be able to provide the rest of your body with significant and lasting protection from disease, food sensitivities, inflammation and more.
If it’s not patched, then you will eventually return to your inflamed state where many foods cause upset because you didn’t complete the healing process.
Food sensitivities tend to drop off dramatically after this phase, and you can begin to reintroduce foods that previously caused discomfort.
STEP FOUR: The HCL Evaluation and Terraforming
Timeframe: Weeks 9-10
You have these cells in your stomach called parietal cells. They are responsible for secreting hydrochloric acid. Hydrochloric acid is your best defense against allowing food-borne pathogens to enter your body in the future.
It's kind of like a good fence that keeps out the riff raff. If we can keep out bad guys like H. pylori, yeast, and other harmful bacteria, we’ll be less likely to have to worry about things like ulcers, heartburn, or stomach cancer in the future.
In Step 4, we evaluate how much stomach acid you are currently producing and help you customize a way to teach your body to produce enough stomach acid in the right amounts so that you are protected from re-infection and digesting well.
This is the stage where those with skin issues and acne usually start to see things change for the better.
Parietal cells also secrete something called intrinsic factor that helps you absorb Vitamin B12, making this the point in the program where your energy soars and mental fog is gone!
Our carefully crafted cocktail of supplements in Steps 1-4 has given your precious parietal cells a rest. Now that everybody else is back to doing their job and has learned to do it more efficiently and effectively, the parietal cells are motivated to come back to work and give it all they've got.
Also in Step 4, we begin terraforming.
Terraforming is a process that transforms the terrain so that it can support consistent and habitable life.
Think of it like gardening. You have done the pruning, tilled the soil, planted new seeds, and now you have to tend to those new seeds over the next few months so that they can bear consistent and long-term fruit.
This is what cements in the resetting of the immune system and creates sustainable gut health. We do this using food-based probiotics and prebiotics (fibers that feed your good gut bacteria).
STEP FIVE: The 80/20 Maintenance
Timeframe: Week 10 and onward
Step 5 teaches you how to maintain and build upon the health that you have achieved in the Gut Thrive in 5™ program.
The gut has begun to develop a strong, adaptable ability to process food, bacteria, and almost anything in an entirely different way. So we expand the diet to be more full and varied to accomplish this mission.
While the terraforming process continues, your diet has been restricted and it’s time to add in new foods that once hurt you, but now can be supportive to you, as well as a few of your favorite “treats” you’ve likely been missing.
The 80/20 rule means that it’s what you do 80% of the time that makes up your health. And hey, we’re human and have to have fun 20% of the time without having long-term consequences.
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