My Notes From The Healthy Gut Summit
Dr. Josh Axe DC
My mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer and went the normal route of mastectomy and chemotherapy but years later when I was now in med school her cancer returned. This time we decided to go the natural route and in four months she was seeing great improvement even with a check up confirming tumors had shrunk in half. A year later she was confirmed to be free of cancer feeling better now in her sixties than she did in her thirties. The lifestyle change including diet had not only taken care of the cancer but her leaky gut and digestive problems went away restoring normal bowel function. Her thyroid healed, hormones balanced, depression lifted and she lost twenty pounds in the first thirty days. There is so many people out there trying to do quick weight loss programs when the best way to burn fat is by just getting your body healthy by consuming gut healthy foods. Today she is very active because of the lifestyle changes she did the second time she was diagnosed compared to the first time when she just did chemo.
Leaky gut where food and other particles are getting through the gut lining into the bloodstream is a precursor to autoimmune diseases caused by an imbalance in the microbiome, gluten is also a factor. There are a myriad of symptoms to look out for that can be bloating, food sensitivities, thyroid conditions, fatigue, joint pain, headaches, skin issues like rosacea, acne or eczema, weight gain or adrenal fatigue, those are all warning signs you actually have a leaky gut.
The healing diet I do for this is to start out with foods that are the most easily digestible, simple carbs, simple proteins, simple fats, fruits and vegetables are much easier to digest than grain products. A more predigested diet including kefir and true yoghurt not the store bought kind, these products are broken down for you so your body doesn’t have to do the work.
On my web page is a detailed article on how to heal a leaky gut. Here is the article.
People with leaky gut also have malabsorption of vitamins and minerals, it’s you are what you digest not just you are what you eat. This is why it can effect everything in your body. Every person must be treated on an individualized approach, with diet some do well on a short term ketogenic diet, some need sugar restrictive including most fruit if they have a yeast overgrowth.
The main reasons people have leaky gut is poor diet, chronic emotional stress, toxin overload and bacterial imbalance. With poor diet overconsumption of gluten and grains are a problem. Sugar will feed the bad bacteria and pathogens in the gut. GMO’s are very hard on the kidneys and the good bacteria in the gut. Also conventional dairy is very hard on the digestive tract, a lot of time we run into proteins that are difficult like casein and gluten. A person with a normal functioning system is not going to have these problems but so many people are having these issues the top two of the top five are gluten and dairy. Sprouting and fermenting your foods is a huge benefit to the gut, breaking down the phytic acid before consuming them. Switch from processed sugar to stevia or raw local honey and get conventional milk out by switching to goat milk kefir or cheese, raw sheep cheeses. Chronic stress is a huge problem and people need to take steps to manage it.
The best foods for healing the gut for good are bone broth you make at home, easily digested foods, wild caught salmon, grass fed beef, raw cultured dairy, fermented vegetables, coconut products, avocado and sprouted seeds. Bone broth recipe: cook organic animal bones in a crockpot on low for 24-36 hours add celery, onions, carrots, garlic cloves and 3-4 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar. This can be for beef or chicken bones, with chicken I add the feet and necks. Find the cleanest source you can for the bones.
Commercial dairy products are junk it’s better if you get them raw from a local farm or farmers market. The ph of your stomach is so important for the digestion of your food and fermented foods are great for this. Probiotics are good but probiotic vegetables are much more powerful. Digestive enzymes, herbs, l-glutamine, ginger, turmeric and probiotics all help to repair. With milk people are switching to A2 milk from A1 milk, I recommend the book Devil in the Milk. Some people that have problems with milk find they do better with goat, sheep or fermented milk.
We also have a mouth microbiome that can wreak havoc in our entire system. They have found one of the main causes of cavities is processed foods and overconsumption of grains including oatmeal. The best oral health is found in people eating fruits, vegetables and organic meats along with vitamin D. The bacteria in your mouth also have good and bad bacteria and the good help to break down your food for proper digestion, and fluoride is bad killing off the bacteria.
The moderator Donna Gates: They are finding that’s it’s inflammation from your mouth and gums getting into your bloodstream and causing plaque and heart disease not cholesterol. Oil pulling is very good for the health of your mouth and gums, gargle 5-20 minutes a day can heal bleeding gums, whiten teeth and help prevent tooth decay. It also significantly decreases streptococcus one of the main causes of cavities. You can use coconut, olive or sesame oil, you can also add thyme or lavender essential oil which is antibacterial and antimicrobial.
By changing diet and lifestyle you can feel better in your sixties that you did in your thirties is echoed by thousands of people who have done it, even those recovered naturally from chronic disease including cancer.
I have a free e-book you can download that includes recipes for your gut, losing weigh and anti-aging. This can be found on the front page of his site.
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