gut health

The root of almost all chronic diseases starts in your gut.
Most of the diseases” being diagnosed in epidemic proportions—such as heart disease, cancer, autoimmune diseases,
insomnia, depression, asthma, diabetes, and arthritis— can all be traced back to your injured and irritated gut. 

– Alejandro Junger, M.D.

Digestion might not be water cooler fodder in your office, but in Chalkboard land, it’s another story. We’re always talking detox, cleansing, fermented foods, colonics and other gut-related topics. And honestly, we’re hoping others catch on soon: our digestive systems are directly connected to our immune systems and can be either our greatest ally or our worst enemy when it comes to cancer prevention. Holistic health pro Elissa Goodman digs into the ins and outs of keeping your gut in tip-top shape for the long haul…

A lifetime of poor eating, stress and environmental toxins has thrown our guts off balance. Our diet lacks beneficial bacteria that our guts needs. The “bad” bacteria is winning the fight and most of us aren’t doing what it takes to strengthen our “good” bacteria. This is so important, because we have 10x more bacteria than human cells in our body. Our constant exposure to stress, illness, inflammation, antibiotics and the American diet taxes our guts. While your gut is responsible for breaking down food and absorbing nutrients, it’s also the home to 70-80% of your immune system. Without a healthy gut, you can be exposed to bacterial infections, viruses and cancers.

5 HEALING SOLUTIONS for a healthy gut

Take A Daily Probiotic…

…to renew healthy bacteria in your gut and improve your immune system. Renew Life Probiotic (minimum of 50 billion) and Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics Professional Formula vegan probiotic are my two favorites.

Add Fermented Foods...

…into your diet because they have live probiotic cultures and you can’t get enough of them. Here are a few that I like: coconut kefir, coconut yogurt kefir, sauerkraut, kimchee, kombucha, tempeh and unpasteurized miso.

Take A Daily L-Glutamine...

…supplement to rebuild the villi in the gut and repair leaky gut. I recommend Integrative Therapeutics L-Glutamine or Metagenics Glutagenics powder for high quality L-glutamine supplements.

Take A Digestive Enzyme...

…before meals to help your system break down your food and to help with nutrient absorption. I recommend E3 Enzymes Supreme or Enzymedica Digest Gold.

Take The Anti-Microbial...

 …berberine to protect against bacterial infections in your gut. It reduces inflammation, improves insulin sensitivity and may prevent cancer cells from spreading. I recommend Thorne Research Berberine capsules.

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  1. I liked your post. I had acid reflux for almost a year. I suffered with heart burn and extremely bad stomach aches. I know what it’s like to have major digestive problems. My solution was to eat more yogurt. I don’t really know much about probiotics or bacteria, but I started eating Noosa yogurt, and drinking more water. I haven’t had heart burn in a long time.

    Lissa | 05.18.2015 | Reply
    • A daily probiotic has saved my life, or at least I feel it has. I never had autoimmune symptoms until after my hysterectomy. I developed horrible fatigue, skin issues, eye problems and the worst heartburn and indigestion EVER, among other symptoms! I also attribute my sudden weight gain to this. With the probiotic, I haven’t had flare-ups in a long time…I haven’t even seen my rheumatologist in about a year and a half because I feel great.

      Jenn | 06.02.2015 | Reply
  2. You’re absolutely right. I’ve had all kinds of health problems since I picked up a stomach infection about 5 years ago. Gastritis, IBS, back pain, chest pain, headaches and muscle aches. Since I’ve taken steps to heal my stomach and digestive tract with Pepzin GI, Glutamine and Slippery Elm, many of these problems have started to disappear, but it’s been a long road.

    James | 05.24.2015 | Reply
  3. Does the berberine affect only the bad bacteria, then?

  4. I’d like to start taking probiotics, but it’s not clear to me how to take it? Should I take it before or after a meal?

    Denise | 06.02.2015 | Reply
  5. It says 6 solutions but only lists 5. Am I missing something?

    Charlie | 06.02.2015 | Reply
  6. I took probiotics for 7 weeks every day and all I got was diarrhea. 🙁

    Dave | 06.03.2015 | Reply
  7. Does the berberine affect only the bad bacteria, then?

    Jack | 06.09.2016 | Reply
  8. My solution was to eat more yogurt. I don’t really know much about probiotics or bacteria, but I started eating Noosa yogurt, and drinking more water. I haven’t had heart burn in a long time.

    tacloc wed | 03.01.2017 | Reply
  9. I have been saying this for years, but no one believed me that your guts plays a leading role in health especially bacteria. Thanks for the confirmation..

    Zach E | 03.12.2017 | Reply
  10. My solution was to eat more yogurt. I don’t really know much about probiotics or bacteria, but I started eating Noosa yogurt, and drinking more water. Thanks for the confirmation..

    laurien barber | 08.03.2017 | Reply
  11. A very nice website thanks for sharing such a great information with us.Thanks for sharing.

    Roger Gamblesb | 09.05.2017 | Reply
  12. I prefer Greek yogurt and sea food or fish rich in omega 3. Very informative article.

    Ayana Carillon | 09.29.2017 | Reply
  13. This is so spot on! Digestion is so important to our health. I lot of people will completely look over it. Taking a daily probiotic can really help those that have stomach issues. The science coming out of gut health is quite interesting.

    Jake | 10.09.2017 | Reply
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  15. Following a healthy diet, basically eating more green vegetables, can help to keep your gut in a healthy condition. Of course you can use supplements too.

    Meilleures Pilules Minceur | 06.01.2018 | Reply