Maximum Health – Heal the gut, reduce gut inflammation 


By Rosie Main 

In today’s fast-paced world, gut issues have become increasingly prevalent, affecting millions of individuals worldwide. I suffered from Crohn’s disease (severe gut inflammation) that led me to have to drastically change my diet. Yet this circumstance it has led me to be a gut expert and have the passion to help others with gut issues. Fortunately, many natural remedies can help heal the gut and alleviate the inflammation that contributes to these symptoms. By incorporating simple lifestyle changes and dietary adjustments, you can promote gut health and experience relief from digestive discomfort and other associated issues. 

 Common symptoms of gut issues: 

  1. Digestive discomfort: This includes symptoms like bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain.
  2. Food intolerances: Individuals with gut issues may experience adverse reactions to certain foods, such as gluten, dairy, or FODMAPs (fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols).
  3. Fatigue: Chronic fatigue and low energy levels can be indicative of gut issues, as the gut plays a crucial role in nutrient absorption and energy production.
  4. Mood disorders: Anxiety, depression, and mood swings may be linked to gut health, as the gut-brain axis influences mental well-being.
  5. Skin conditions: Conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis may worsen with gut imbalances due to inflammation and impaired detoxification.
  6. Weight changes: Unexplained weight gain or loss can occur when gut health is compromised, affecting metabolism and nutrient absorption.

Solutions to a happy and healthy gut: 

  1. Adopt a gut-friendly diet: Focus on whole, nutrient-dense foods that support gut health and reduce inflammation. Incorporate plenty of fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, which promote healthy digestion and provide essential vitamins and minerals. Fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi are rich in beneficial probiotics that help maintain a balanced gut microbiome. Additionally, include sources of healthy fats such as avocados, nuts, seeds, and fatty fish, which possess anti-inflammatory properties.
  2. Reduce trigger foods: Identify and eliminate foods that trigger digestive discomfort or inflammation. Common culprits include gluten, dairy, processed foods, artificial sweeteners, and high-sugar foods. Keep a food diary to track your symptoms and pinpoint any potential triggers, then gradually eliminate them from your diet to see if symptoms improve.
  3. Manage stress: Chronic stress can wreak havoc on gut health by disrupting the balance of gut bacteria and increasing inflammation. Incorporate stress-reducing practices such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, yoga, or spending time in nature. Prioritize adequate sleep, as lack of sleep can also impair gut function and exacerbate inflammation.
  4. Support digestive enzymes: Supplementing with digestive enzymes can aid in the breakdown and absorption of nutrients, especially for individuals with digestive issues like bloating or discomfort after meals. Look for enzyme supplements containing protease, amylase, and lipase to support the digestion of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, respectively.
  5. Incorporate gut-healing herbs and supplements: Certain herbs and supplements have been shown to support gut health and reduce inflammation. These include:
  • Probiotics: Beneficial bacteria that help restore balance to the gut microbiome and improve digestive function.
  • L-glutamine: An amino acid that supports gut lining integrity and helps repair damage caused by inflammation.
  • Turmeric: Contains curcumin, a potent anti-inflammatory compound that can help reduce gut inflammation and alleviate symptoms.
  • Marshmallow root: Soothes and coats the digestive tract, reducing irritation and inflammation.
  • Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL): Supports healthy digestion and helps protect the gut lining from damage.
  • Bone broth: Embrace the nourishing power of bone broth, a traditional remedy rich in collagen, amino acids, and minerals that support gut health and reduce inflammation. Incorporate homemade bone broth into soups, stews, or simply enjoy a warm cup daily.
  • Stay hydrated: Maintaining proper hydration is essential for optimal digestion and overall gut health. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to support bowel regularity and prevent constipation. Herbal teas like peppermint or ginger can also aid digestion and soothe GI discomfort.

 By incorporating these natural solutions into your daily routine, you can support gut health, reduce inflammation, and alleviate the symptoms associated with digestive issues. Remember to listen to your body, prioritize self-care, and consult with a healthcare professional before making significant changes to your diet or supplement regimen. I was able to transform my life, and with God’s help, these changes led me to restore my gut; but also, I now get to help many with these same issues in my practice. With patience and consistency, you can achieve a healthier gut and improve your overall well-being as well. 


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