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Optimize Your Digestive Health

Created and maintained by Kim Crawford, M.D., F.A.C.P.M., A.B.A.A.R.M.

Improve or cure symptoms of heartburn, bloating, constipation, and more. Learn about prebiotics, probiotics, and the link to disease through the GI-immune connection. We will address ways to eliminate various digestive problems for perfect GI tract health. The topic of leaky gut syndrome will be addressed in the solutions section of this module.

The secrets to perfect GI tract health

Our knowledge of the GI tract microbiome has blossomed within the last couple of years. Even if you have no symptoms of heartburn, bloating, constipation, etc. it is likely that you still need an overhaul for optimal health. If you are like most Americans you have had sugar in your diet and you have likely taken medications such as antibiotics. This means that you have bacteria populating your lower GI tract which is doing nothing good for your overall health, and is, in fact; actually causing you harm.

When we do an easy replacement of your microbiome good things occur such as metabolism increase, mood improvement, weight loss, immune system boosting, and brain health boosting. An unhealthy GI tract microbiome is strongly associated with autoimmune disease and clearing up the GI tract is associated with symptomatic improvement.

Very often doctors, even GI Specialists, will have no solution and no diagnosis for things like abdominal bloating, alternating constipation and diarrhea (irritable bowel disease), chronic constipation, gas, and more! They say you cannot heal constipation, get rid of heartburn without drugs, or heal bloating without drugs – this is all wrong.

Many of these doctors have also never heard of leaky gut and also rarely recommend prebiotics. Funny enough – your Vet knows! Check the dog food bag! They also usually don’t understand the prebiotic/probiotic connection.

Adult GI tracts need a tune-up to support a proper immune system function and brain health. This also helps with weight loss, preventing infections, brain health, and preventing cancer. Heartburn, ulcerative colitis, or just plain having gas are digestive issues that can be improved or cured.

Improving your GI health

1) Change your diet

The majority of Americans eat things that whittle away at their gut lining, and change their microbiome from healthy to unhealthy. Some things such as sugar, processed, preserved, artificially sweetened foods are obvious no-no’s but as you’ll find out in the solutions section, we now know that other inflammatory foods specifically target the protective outer mucous layer of the GI tract and those particular foods are traditionally thought to be healthy foods!

2) Fix leaky gut / SIBO

You may need to fix leaky gut (mucous layer) and possible SIBO (small bowel intestinal overgrowth) if you have low thyroid, bloating after meals, or excessive heartburn requiring gut-wrecking PPI medications.

3) Foster a GI environment to get rid of bad bugs and nurture good bugs.

This is going to require a change in your eating habits. You’ll need to eat “for your gut bugs” which means you’ll want to starve the “bad gut bugs” by eliminating sugars, etc. You’ll want to eat good prebiotic fibers for your good bugs. And you’ll want to eat or supplement with good bugs meaning good probiotic bacteria. You’ll learn how to go about this in the Solutions section of this guide.

Self Assessment

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Webinar with Dr. Kim

This webinar covers some of the basics about digestive health. You will find additional answers in the next portion of this self help guide: Solutions.

Solutions

Download and/or print these PDFs below for in-depth solutions.

Solutions Handout


Helpful articles

The following articles are from Dr. Kim’s Aging Well blog and address some of the concerns in this guide.

How to Optimize Your Microbiome

What is Leaky Gut & What Causes It?

The Three Basic Steps to Fix Your Gut

The Supplements You Need to Repair Your Leaky Gut

Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment of SIBO


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