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Why You Need a Better Doctor

By Gabi Baldwin

All of our patients come in with a story. Although everyone is different, there’s often a common theme. “I’m sick of feeling sick and tired.” Traditional medicine has gained a reputation for having short appointments and treating a pill for the ill. Chronic diseases, IBS, food sensitivities, diabetes, high blood pressure, reflux, obesity, hormone imbalances, thyroid issues etc. should not be treated with a one-size-fits-all prescription. Why you need a better doctor will become obvious once you read the rest of this article! 

“I’m sick of feeling sick and tired.”

Your personal story matters and your health is complex. You deserve a doctor who takes into account your unique health history and your lifestyle to help you create the health you want. Maybe, just maybe, it’s time to consider a Functional Medicine Doctor! 

It’s time to feel heard and seen 

Chronic diseases are complex and require a deeper dive than most conventional doctors have time to spare. At Omnia Health, all of your appointments are anywhere between 30 to 75 minutes long. We listen to your story, your struggles, and your frustrations. THEN we tailor your treatment plan to address your unique needs.

In addition our patients have access to our practitioners via text, email and their patient portal. Scheduling appointments, messaging your doctor, and accessing your medical records at any time should be seamless. At Omnia Health, you’re not going to be placed on hold! We’re here for you. 

It’s time to feel empowered 

After leaving your doctor’s office you should feel like you have a game plan set in place. Unfortunately, in conventional medicine this doesn’t often happen. Patient’s are left “googling” their symptoms and solutions. This can be a big waste of time, frightening, and often, erroneous. Unfortunately when you Google your problem the search results provided will display a blend of good science, solid medicine, and a whole lot of marketing propaganda which may be misleading and/or dangerous. 

“Maybe, just maybe, it’s time to consider a Functional Medicine Doctor!”

At Denver’s Omnia Health, we practice Functional Medicine. At the heart of functional medicine is curiosity. We want to know WHY you feel the way you do. That’s why Functional Medicine is often referred to as the medicine of WHY!  We spend the time getting to know you. We will  study your labs and together we create your personalized health plan. In doing so, you will learn a lot about your body. 

Our practitioners will explain the areas where you are thriving and dissect the areas in your health that need improvement. Furthermore, you’ll learn about your personal biomarkers, risk factors, prevention strategies, and much more. You will walk out of Omnia Health’s doors feeling empowered that you know more about your body and you’ll have a health plan put in place so you can finally take the necessary steps in addressing your health!

It’s time your lifestyle is accounted for

It’s true that most doctors get less than 20 hours of nutrition education in medical school. In Functional Medicine, we believe that food is vital to your optimal health. Food is truly medicine! It impacts us all the way down to our cellular level. In addition to food, the other factors that affect your overall well being are sleep, exercise, stress, relationships, emotional health and spiritual health. It all matters! 

At Omnia Health lifestyle modifications are a major part of your health plan. It’s such an important area, that we have two health coaches on staff to help guide you and hold you accountable to making these lifestyle changes.

We believe you need a better doctor and most importantly we believe you need a Functional Medicine Doctor! Omnia Health can help provide some of the answers you’ve been “Googling” for way too long. Functional Medicine is a new way of medicine that creates a space for you to be heard, feel empowered and give you effective lifestyle solutions so you can finally stop being sick and tired of feeling sick and tired!

 

What does a health coach do? Call Katie Ozimek or Lisa Marini to schedule health coaching to work on your specific needs. Call: 720-229-4809

 

What is Functional Medicine? Learn more here. 

Omnia Health Treats These Issues With a Functional Medicine Approach:

  • Allergies including food allergies and sensitivities
  • Autoimmune diseases including arthritis, Hashimoto’s disease, celiac, and multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Biotoxin illnesses (mold illness)
  • Chronic reflux
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Fatigue and feeling “foggy”
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) issues including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), small intestinal bacteria overgrowth (SIBO), and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Health and Wellness optimization and disease prevention
  • Heavy-metals toxicity
  • Hormones- PMS, menopause, peri-menopause, and hormone replacement therapy.
  • Hyperuricemia
  • Metabolic diseases including Type 2 diabetes
  • Thyroid diseases
  • Weight management challenges

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Gabi is studying to obtain her master’s in human nutrition and functional medicine. She enjoys applying a functional medicine perspective in her nutrition classes. When Gabi does have a bit of free time, she enjoys baking with paleo and gluten-free flours to fit her lifestyle.

Plus, she loves the challenge of the Orangetheory Fitness high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout program.

Learn more about Gabi here.

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Is it Ok to be Ok? I Have Noticed a Trend…

By Katie Ozimek

I have noticed a trend lately that people feel like they have to be perfect and get it all done. But is that really the truth and who is putting this pressure on to be perfect? What is perfection and what does it garner?

These are questions I have been asking myself and our patients for the last few years. Is it ok to just be ok? My answer is YES! Our current climate has changed the shape of our world as we knew it and with the extra added pressures surrounding our health and well being we are also living in a pandemic!

On top of the fact that our world has dramatically changed, we still have responsibilities to tend to our families, jobs, life and self. But we are judging ourselves and this added pressure does not aid in our health at all – it just brings us down.

I spoke about a trend I have noticed over the past few months especially among women that feel they need to do it all and there is no time for themselves. The biggest problem I see in this trend is that these women are not feeling well at all.

“If you don’t make time to take care of yourself how are you going to take care of others?”

Think about this for a minute…. If you don’t make time to take care of yourself how are you going to take care of others? If you are not feeling well all the time, dragging, have a headache or stomach ache, joint pain, or can’t sleep, how are you going to take care of your responsibilities successfully? YOU ARE NOT!

Functional Medicine is About the Whole – YOU!

So this brings me back to the question: is it ok to be ok? Of course it is. Is it ok to do the best you can? Is it ok to make mistakes and learn from them? Is it ok to just take a walk? Again the answers to these questions are YES!

The stress that we put on ourselves to be perfect takes a toll on our bodies not only mentally but physically as well. I have noticed with our patients – that after allowing the patient to just be ok, no meds, no dietary changes, just a mental shift to being ok – there have been profound shifts in their physical state.

When you allow yourself to be OK, you are taking off the pressure to be anything more than you can be in that moment. You are allowing yourself to be the best you can be without pressure to be perfect. It is like taking a monkey off your back… I know that doing this is much easier said than done.

Follow some of the tips below to get you started or contact me for health coaching!  

Tips to be OK:

  • I want to exercise every day but I don’t have the energy. Start with a short walk and go one minute further each day if you can. If you can’t that is ok!
  • I want to eat healthier. Start with your first meal of the day, make sure to incorporate a healthy fat, protein and complex carb like fruit or veggies. Or start with the meal that makes most sense to you.
  • I feel so many pressures to be perfect….Put a note up in your bathroom or wherever you will see it daily that says IT IS OK, TO BE OK!

Need a little help or guidance? Call Katie Ozimek or Lisa Marini to schedule health coaching to work on your specific needs. Call: 720-229-4809

 

What is Functional Medicine? Learn more here. 

Omnia Health Treats These Issues With a Functional Medicine Approach:

  • Allergies including food allergies and sensitivities
  • Autoimmune diseases including arthritis, Hashimoto’s disease, celiac, and multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Biotoxin illnesses (mold illness)
  • Chronic reflux
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Fatigue and feeling “foggy”
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) issues including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), small intestinal bacteria overgrowth (SIBO), and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Health and Wellness optimization and disease prevention
  • Heavy-metals toxicity
  • Hormones- PMS, menopause, peri-menopause, and hormone replacement therapy.
  • Hyperuricemia
  • Metabolic diseases including Type 2 diabetes
  • Thyroid diseases
  • Weight management challenges

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Katie Ozimek – Certified Functional Medicine Health Coach

” I found my way into functional medicine after being diagnosed with Celiac disease and not being able to find any answers about why I was feeling so poorly. I turned to Dr. Jacqui and she inspired me to be a better person while helping me figure out my own health situation.  Functional medicine took the blinders off for me and I hope I can do that for others…”

Learn more about Katie here.

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Is it Your Thyroid or Something Else?

It’s Important to Get Answers to These 3 Questions About Your Thyroid

By Gia McCloskey-Jurevich, Nurse Practitioner at Omnia Health in Denver, Colorado

What is hypothyroidism and what can we do about it? Let’s discuss three things to consider when your thyroid labs are normal but you still have hypothyroid symptoms. Let’s explore thyroid issues with a functional medicine approach. 

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Symptoms of hypothyroidism are vast and can be confused with other health issues.

Hypothyroidism symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Dry skin
  • Constipation
  • Hair loss
  • Low libido
  • Depression
  • Hormone fluctuations
  • Infertility
  • Cold intolerance
  • Brain fog

When a patient reports these symptoms most doctors will check the thyroid gland by looking at a TSH or thyroid-stimulating hormone level. While this is an important first step, it is only one small piece of a very complex situation. 

Thyroid-Stimulating Hormones (TSH)

Thyroid-stimulating hormones (TSH) is produced by the pituitary gland which monitors how much thyroid hormones, mostly T3 and T4, are circulating throughout the body. If the thyroid is underactive, the thyroid hormones will be low so the TSH will rise in an attempt to “stimulate” the thyroid into producing more hormones.

According to most labs, the normal range is from 0.5 mIU/L to 4.5 mIU/L (mIU/L is a measurement that means: milli-international units per litre). Hence, a TSH above 4.5 mIU/L means that a person has hypothyroidism and is generally given a prescription for thyroid hormone replacement, usually in the form of T4. In theory, the TSH will decrease over a couple of weeks as the amount of T4 rises. 

This hypothyroidism solution works for some… 

For some people, this works very well, and they feel better once they are on the appropriate dose of medication. However, many people continue to struggle. Some report feeling better for a short time but then their symptoms eventually return. And with our active Denver lifestyles, who wants to keep dealing with fatigue, weight gain, and brain fog? 

When patients call Omnia Health with the above symptoms and tell us they have had their thyroid checked and it was normal, I ask three questions:

 1. What was your TSH level?

2. Did your doctor check your T4 and T3 levels?

3. Have you ever had your thyroid antibodies checked?

A Deeper Dive Into Thyroid-Stimulating Hormones (TSH)

Optimal vs. Normal Lab Ranges 

In functional medicine, we talk about optimal vs. normal lab ranges. Although the normal range of TSH is up to 4.5 mIU/L, I have found that most people feel best with a TSH between 0.5 and 2.5 mIU/L.

So simply increasing the thyroid hormone dose to get the TSH into those ranges can make a significant difference in how a person feels.

Adding More T3 to Your Prescription 

Next, we look at the actual levels of T4 and T3. Your T4 needs to be converted to T3 which is the most active form of thyroid hormone. If T3 is low, a person will most likely experience hypothyroid symptoms even with a normal TSH and T4. There are several factors that can contribute to poor conversion of T4 to T3 including stress, gut dysbiosis, certain medications, lack of specific nutrients, and inflammation.

A simple solution to address symptoms is to add in a prescription of T3. A functional medicine practitioner won’t stop there but will look at the other factors that might be contributing.

Two Main Antibodies That Lead to Hypothyroidism

Finally, let’s talk about thyroid antibodies and answer the question – “What is an antibody?” Antibodies are proteins that our immune system produces that circulate our body and attack foreign substances such as viruses and bacteria. Unfortunately, our immune system can become faulty and produce antibodies against our own body.

There are two main antibodies that can lead to hypothyroidism, Thyroid peroxidase (TPOAb), and Thryoglobin antibodies (TGAb). Thyroid antibodies attack the thyroid tissue eventually leading to hypothyroidism, due to the destruction of the thyroid gland. If a person tests positive for either type of thyroid antibodies, they are diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease.  

“It is estimated that around 90% of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s.”

It is estimated that around 90% of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s.  Many doctors don’t test for these antibodies because it doesn’t change their treatment approach.   Thyroid antibodies can be present for many years before TSH is affected yet their presence often leads to symptoms of hypothyroidism.  

Functional medicine addresses auto-immune diseases by looking into the root cause.  As functional medicine practitioners, we ask; “Why is the body attacking itself?” Autoimmune diseases stem from a complex web of lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors.  These include diet, stress, insomnia, medications, chronic infections, toxins, and gut infections, to name a few.

As you can see, addressing hypothyroidism is so much more than simply checking a TSH and prescribing thyroid hormone replacement.

If you are struggling with hypothyroid symptoms and are told your labs are normal, consider setting up a consultation with Omnia Health. 

We offer a Complimentary 15-Min. Phone Consultation. There’s no obligation, it’s easy to set up and it might give you the peace of mind you’ve been searching for. Most of our patients are from the Denver, Colorado area but we can certainly help answer questions from anywhere. 

Health Issues We Treat With a Functional Medicine Approach:

  • Allergies including food allergies and sensitivities
  • Autoimmune diseases including arthritis, Hashimoto’s disease, celiac, and multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Biotoxin illnesses (mold illness)
  • Chronic reflux
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Fatigue and feeling “foggy”
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) issues including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), small intestinal bacteria overgrowth (SIBO), and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Health and Wellness optimization and disease prevention
  • Heavy-metals toxicity
  • Hormones- PMS, menopause, peri-menopause, and hormone replacement therapy.
  • Hyperuricemia
  • Metabolic diseases including Type 2 diabetes
  • Thyroid diseases
  • Weight management challenges

Gia McCloskey-Jurevich, NP

Gia McCloskey-Jurevich, NP

“When I was a kid, my mom worked for a Chinese medicine doctor who treated patients with acupuncture and herbs. Growing up, I got a lot of exposure to medicine approaches that are beyond the conventional, traditional approach…”

Learn more about Gia here.

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Antibodies & Hypothyroidism

There are two main antibodies that can lead to hypothyroidism, Thyroid peroxidase (TPOAb), and Thryoglobin antibodies (TGAb). Thyroid antibodies attack the thyroid tissue eventually leading to hypothyroidism, due to the destruction of the thyroid gland.

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“What is an antibody?”

Antibodies are proteins that our immune system produces that circulate our body and attack foreign substances such as viruses and bacteria. Unfortunately, our immune system can become faulty and produce antibodies against our own body.

Are You Frustrated With Mysterious Symptoms?

It might be mold toxicity. Here are clues…

By Gia McCloskey-Jurevich, Functional Medicine Nurse Practitioner, Omnia Health

By the time some patients come to Omnia Health, they’re at their wit’s end. They’ve been struggling with a variety of symptoms. They’ve seen doctors and specialists. Their lab tests come back normal. They’re told “it’s all in your head,” and offered a psychiatric referral or antidepressants. Still, the symptoms persist.

Turns out, some of these patients have mold toxicity. Why is it so hard to pin down? Here are 3 reasons:

  • There are a LOT of different, random symptoms.
  • Traditionally trained practitioners don’t routinely ask about mold exposure.
  • Most standard lab tests cannot reveal mold toxicity.

Are you struggling with mysterious symptoms? If so, this article can help you gather clues, begin to solve the mystery, and help you determine if you may have mold toxicity.

First, let’s talk about mold exposure

On rare occasions, patients can readily pinpoint their exposure to mold, perhaps they recently cleaned out a water-damaged shed. In many cases, patients aren’t sure if they were exposed. Also, since Colorado is so dry, many people assume we don’t have mold. However, a sudden pipe burst or a slow leak that goes unnoticed can cause water damage. It only takes 24-48 hours for mold to start growing, and certain molds release biotoxins.

Not all molds produce biotoxins, and not everyone who is exposed is sensitive or allergic to mold biotoxins. Some people might suffer with a runny nose for a short time. Others are unable to clear the biotoxin, which keeps recycling in their body. Their immune system doesn’t know how to get rid of it, and symptoms persist.

Here’s something to consider: Mold toxicity can linger in your system, even if you were exposed many years ago. Think through your history. Did you work in a damp building? Did your home’s basement smell of mildew? Meanwhile, make sure you’re not currently being exposed. If you suspect mold, find and eliminate the source.

Symptoms of mold toxicity

Let’s look at the symptoms. As you can see, they’re all over the board! Our patients can present with a mixed bag of these issues:

  • Common symptoms: Coughing, wheezing, stuffy nose, runny nose, red eyes, itchy skin or eyes, sore or itchy throat, nosebleeds
  • Less-common symptoms: “Brain fog” or nerve issues such as numbness or a zapping feeling

How can you screen for mold toxicity RIGHT NOW?

You can take a FREE test! Click this link – www.VCStest.com – to test your visual contrast sensitivity. This eye test measures your ability to see details at low contrast levels, and mold toxicity is one of the health conditions that can affect contrast sensitivity. If your test is positive, it may indicate current or past exposure.  If you suffer from some of the described symptoms, it’s time to seek out a functional medical provider who is familiar with biotoxins.

How does Omnia Health test if you have mold toxicity?

  1. First, we order a lab test for specific immune markers. These markers may be elevated or depleted, signaling an immune system on “high alert.”
  2. Next, we conduct a biotoxin urine test to look for specific biotoxins in your body.
  3. Sometimes we ask patients to undergo genetic testing, because some people have certain genetic variances with a decreased ability to detoxify biotoxins.

If tests are positive for mold toxicity, what are the next steps?

The first step is to identify whether you are currently being exposed to mold toxins. If so, eliminate the source – if that’s possible – or move yourself away from or out of the exposure.  

A foundational step is looking at your body’s ability to detoxify. At Omnia Health, our approach is to:

  • Heal the gut – The gastrointestinal (GI) system is the body’s major source of detoxification. As functional medicine providers, we’ll guide you to heal your gut via testing (if necessary), identifying dietary requirements, and determining a treatment protocol.
  • Provide essential nutrients – It’s important to replace key nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in your system. These are necessary for the body to detoxify itself.

Next, we start the actual detoxification program. This is an extremely individualized program that may take 6 months to 2 years, depending on your exposure. If you were exposed over the period of several years, the biotoxins will have settled into your cells, and it takes time for the cells throughout your body to replenish. The good news is, you’ll start feeling better within the first few months of your detox program. Of course, we’re here to guide you every step of the way!

If you think you may have mold toxicity, give us a call. Let’s get started on your path to good health.

The Autoimmune – GUT Connection

Have you ever gone to multiple doctors and done extensive lab testing only to be told, “Everything looks fine Your results are normal.”

AND finally, after hours and hours of research, numerous doctor’s visits and countless tears you figure out you have an autoimmune disease.

Perhaps along the way you experienced:

  • Fatigue that made it difficult to even leave the house
  • Debilitating joint pain that made everyday movements unbearable
  • Guilt for wanting to rest, while your kids and spouse needed your attention
  • Numbness and tingling in your hands and feet
  • Skin rashes that seemed to appear from nowhere

Perhaps, you haven’t experienced these exact things (not everyone does; for others it’s better, for others it’s worse).

And while experiencing this…the doubt crept in that you could never get better, only worse.

I’m here to tell you that addressing one of the main root causes of autoimmune disease can potentially halt the progression and even reverse symptoms of your autoimmune disease.

Why is your body attacking you?

Sometimes your immune defense cells lose the ability to tell the difference between the mean guys (i.e. bad bacteria, viruses, etc) and your healthy body cells and identifies all the cells as foreign invaders. When this occurs, your body can start attacking itself.

Some autoimmune diseases target only one organ, (e.x. type 1 diabetes damages the pancreas). Other autoimmune conditions may affect the whole body (e.x. lupus).

The most common autoimmune conditions are:

  • Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Celiacs Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
  • Psoriasis/Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (Lupus)
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBS)
  • Addison’s Disease
  • Graves’ Disease

There are more than 80 types of autoimmune conditions and symptoms can be vague, overlap with other conditions and in some cases the symptoms might come and go.

However, the main symptoms are:

  • fatigue
  • achy muscles and joints
  • swelling and redness
  • low-grade fever
  • trouble concentrating
  • numbness and tingling in the hands and feet
  • hair loss
  • skin rashes

In functional medicine, the goal is to treat the root cause – otherwise any other treatment not addressing the roots of a disease is merely symptom suppression.

The origins of many autoimmune diseases are murky, however leaky gut syndrome is almost always considered a contributor to an autoimmune disease.

In fact, stopping the progression and reversing symptoms of autoimmune diseases depends on addressing and healing leaky gut.

What Exactly is Leaky Gut?

Think of the lining of your gut as a security checkpoint. It allows certified officials (micronutrients found in food) to pass back and forth without a problem. This allows important nutrients into your bloodstream to be absorbed and used by the body.

Different aspects of our lifestyle (food, toxins, stress) can affect the structural integrity of these check points. When they become damaged, it allows the “bad guys” (food particles, toxins, microbes, etc) through the checkpoints into the bloodstream.

The security guards (your immune system) raises the alarm, “Danger, danger! There are invaders in the bloodstream!”

They take a picture of the invaders’ shape and send messages with the image along to all the troops. However, those security guards don’t have the best “eyesight”.

So your immune system guards can go haywire and attack any molecule that looks similar (including your body’s own tissues) because they’d rather be “safe than sorry”. A specific example:

Gluten molecules are large and often bully their way past the gut’s security checkpoints and into the bloodstream. The immune system takes a picture and sends out the “most wanted” picture to its troops. Your immune system troops can get “too” excited and have an over reactive response.

And since gluten molecules look very similar to thyroid molecules the troops can get carried away and not only attack all the gluten molecules, but your thyroid as well. This leads to the autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s.

What Contributes to Leaky Gut?

Poor Diet

Common foods that irritate the gut lining and can contribute to autoimmune flares are gluten, dairy, corn, soy, sugar, peanuts, eggs and processed foods.

If you have multiple food sensitivities this could be a sign that your immune system is developing antibodies to the things you are eating and causing the immune system to overreact.

Chronic Stress

Often when someone first noticed symptoms associated with their autoimmune disease, there’s almost always a major life stressor or the culmination of multiple stressful events around that time.

Stress can cripple your immune system’s effectiveness, leading to inflammation and leaky gut, which reduces your overall ability to repress foreign invaders as they pass through your intestinal lining and into your bloodstream.

Toxin Overload

In today’s environment, toxins are all around us: beauty products, air, cooking utensils, water, food and more.

Our bodies are naturally designed to detox, but when it becomes overloaded from many different sources, the body can’t process the toxins fast enough.

This leads to many different health problems including leaky gut, autoimmune deficiency and autoimmune disease. For example, every time you consume pesticides with your produce, it kills off gut bacteria and damages the lining of the gut

Bacterial Imbalances

Bacterial imbalance is when there are more bad bacteria than good bacteria.

“Good” gut bacteria helps keep the security check points (the lining of your gut) intact by blocking the cell’s receptor to keep the “bad”bacteria away and increase the amount of the proteins that strengthen the gut walls.

In addition, 70-80% of your immune system lives in your gut and you want to create a healthy and secure environment for them. The good bacteria helps “train” the immune cells to distinguish between friendly and harmful bacteria (and your own body’s tissues).

3 Steps to Reverse Leaky Gut to Address your Autoimmune Symptoms

Want to start finding relief from your autoimmune symptoms by healing your gut?

There are 3 steps you can take to address and reverse symptoms of leaky gut.

1. REMOVE

Food: Remove food that you are sensitive to. Common sensitivities include: gluten, dairy, corn, soy, sugar, peanuts, eggs, legumes, nightshades and nuts for people dealing with autoimmune diseases.

Doing an elimination diet with a careful reintroduction plan can find which foods YOU are sensitive to.

Stress: What are the core things that are affecting your stress levels? Make a list. Once you’ve identified the stressors, how can you eliminate the stress associated with them?

  • Is it re-framing the situation in a positive light?
  • Is it avoiding the stressful situation altogether?
  • Is it accepting the stressor as something you don’t have control over?

Toxins: Eat organic food whenever possible to reduce exposure to pesticides and start reading labels on your beauty products to find and avoid harmful toxins.

2. REPLACE

Eat nutrient dense foods: Drink bone broth and eat lots of vegetables to heal and nourish your body and gut.

Bone broth is filled with collagen and essential amino acids. It helps heal the damaged cell walls of your gut to stop unwanted particles passing through the security checkpoints. Either make your own or find them at a local health food store (look for grass-fed, grass-finished sources).

Vegetables contain many different vitamins and they help reduce inflammation in the gut. If you’re healing your gut (and not currently eating many vegetables), it may be best to eat cooked veggies so they are easier to digest and less likely to cause an upset stomach.

Stress reduction techniques: What helps reduce your stress? Find a few things that work for you and stick to them. Examples include; get more sleep, add fun time into your schedule, meditate, journal, breathe, spend time in nature and surround yourself with positive people.

Replace toxic products: Slowly start to remove toxic products in your home (cleaners, beauty products, kitchen essentials) to reduce the overall toxic load in your body.

3. REBALANCE

Now that you removed the gut irritants and replaced them with things that make the gut happy, let’s give the good bacteria a boost and a chance to flourish in your gut!

Prebiotics: Eat a diet rich in prebiotic foods to feed and nourish the healthy bacteria in your gut and the probiotics you consume. Natural sources of prebiotics are: chicory root, Jerusalem artichoke, garlic, leeks, onions and jicama.

Probiotics: These help replenish good bacteria and crowd out the bad bacteria. Natural probiotics can be found in fermented food, sauerkraut and kimchi are excellent sources. These miracle workers support the ut and contain organic acids that help balance intestinal pH. Either make your own, or find them at a local health food store.

I’d like to hear your story! Share with us on Facebook any changes you’ve made regarding your gut health that affected your autoimmune disease!

 

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