“All disease begins in the gut.” – Hippocrates
Gut dysfunction can manifest in a variety of ways, affecting both physical and mental health.
Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms?
- Constipation or Diarrhea
- Heartburn, Acid Reflux, GERD
- Abdominal Pain
Food Intolerances and Sensitivities:
- Gluten and Lactose Intolerance
- Food Allergies
Mood and Mental Health Issues:
- Anxiety and Depression
- Brain Fog
- Celiac Disease
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Eczema and Psoriasis
Immune System Dysregulation:
- Frequent Infections
- Candida (yeast) Infections
- Urinary Tract Infections
Food and Environmental Allergies and Sensitivities
Joint Pain and Inflammation:
How can we help you heal?
The “Replace” step focuses on replenishing or replacing essential components that support digestion and gut function. This may involve adding digestive enzymes, stomach acid (hydrochloric acid), or other supplements that aid in nutrient breakdown and absorption. Individuals with insufficient stomach acid or enzyme production may benefit from supplementation to optimize digestion.
In the “Reinoculate” phase, the emphasis is on restoring a healthy balance of beneficial gut microbes. This can be achieved through the consumption of probiotics, which are live microorganisms that promote a diverse and harmonious gut microbiome. Prebiotics, which are dietary fibers that feed beneficial bacteria, may also be included to support the growth and activity of these microbes.
“Repair” involves nurturing and healing the gut lining, which acts as a protective barrier between the digestive system and the rest of the body. Strategies to support gut lining repair include consuming nutrients like zinc, L-glutamine, and antioxidants, which play a role in maintaining the integrity of the intestinal barrier. This phase aims to reduce intestinal permeability (commonly referred to as “leaky gut”) and promote a healthy gut lining.
The final step, “Rebalance,” focuses on maintaining long-term gut health by adopting lifestyle practices that promote overall well-being. This includes adopting a balanced and nutrient-rich diet, managing stress, getting regular exercise, prioritizing sleep, and avoiding factors that could disrupt gut function. By creating a sustainable and holistic approach to wellness, individuals can help prevent future gut issues and maintain the gains achieved in the earlier phases.
It’s important to note that the order of these steps may vary based on individual needs and the specific gut health issues being addressed. Our Functional Medicine Gut Health Specialist will tailor the 5 R’s approach to each person’s unique circumstances, considering factors such as medical history, symptoms, diagnostic test results, and lifestyle factors. The goal is to create a personalized plan that supports gut healing and overall health.