Dial-in on your gut health and you’ll find that your overall health improves tremendously!
Stomach and digestive issues — this is something I have struggled with. It’s something SO many I know have struggled with. And, as a health care provider, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen patients with the diagnosis of “irritable bowel syndrome.” I myself have even been diagnosed with IBS. And quite honestly, it’s sometimes the overarching diagnosis for an unknown ACTUAL diagnosis (I truly believe this to be my case).
I saw nutritionists that put me on supplements that actually made things WORSE. I saw stomach specialists. Nothing seemed to help or make a difference.
And that’s why I wish I would have know more about gut health sooner!
If I had access to a program like The 4 Week Gut Protocol years ago, I have no doubt that my life would have felt MUCH different. If only I had been able to figure out what sensitivities I had…
What’s the difference between "food allergies" vs. intolerances & sensitivities?
The other day, my daughter asked me if I had any food allergies. “No,” I answered. But then went on to explain to my 7-year-old how there is such a thing as food intolerances and sensitivities, but they’re not necessarily “allergies.”
While you may not break out in hives after eating, let’s say chicken, for example, you may experience bloating, discomfort, or trouble going to the bathroom if you have a sensitivity to it.
The gut: your second brain?
I’ve heard your gut referred to as a second brain — and that’s not even an exaggeration! Did you know that 90% of your serotonin receptors are located in your gut?! Your gut communicates directly with your brain and not only sends signals to say things like “I hurt,” but can also be one of the contributing factors to mental health struggles such as depression!
So many things impact your gut health – stress, sleep, exercise, and of course, FOOD!
But what does “gut health” mean?
“Gut health” describes the function and balance of bacteria of the many parts of the gastrointestinal tract: the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. In a perfect world, they work well together to digest food without any issues. But, sadly, digestive disease impacts approximately 70 million people in the US alone!
A healthy gut contains healthy bacteria and immune cells to help ward off infectious agents such as bad bacteria, viruses, and fungi. A healthy gut also communicates with the brain through nerves and hormones.
How do you know if YOU have gut health problems?
Have you ever struggled with stomach pain? Bloating? Loose stools? Constipation? Heartburn? Do you experience nausea or vomiting more than others seem to? These can all be signs of gut health issues!
What you eat is often a big culprit for all of these issues.
And, unfortunately, we live in a world where there are a LOT of foods that contain chemical additives and are highly processed, which not only affects our gut health but increases our risk for an inflammatory response. Chronic, low-grade inflammation can be a silent killer. It has been known to contribute to cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and other conditions.
Avoiding inflammation-producing foods may also help fight depression (source).
I’m not saying that food is the ONLY answer for improved mental health, but it’s at least one thing we can all control! If you’ve followed me for any time, you know that anxiety and depression are things I have struggled with for some time. So, ensuring my nutrition is helping support better overall health has been a huge priority for me! And something I love to help others with, too!
Many people don’t even realize how much their gut health could be improved through nutrition, which is why I would encourage you to give this new program a shot with me…
What is The 4 Week Gut Protocol?
The 4 Week Gut Protocol is a comprehensive nutrition program that will show you just how impactful WHAT you eat can be on your digestive health, energy, skin, mood, and so much more!
This program is based around the “elimination diet” concept — the idea of eliminating all common trigger foods from your diet for a period of time, and then slowly reintroducing them. During the reintroduction phase, you’ll pay close attention to your body to see how it reacts to each new food.
By the end of the program, you’ll discover YOUR specific food sensitivities!
Because over 70% of Americans have undiagnosed food sensitivities — so even if you think you’re eating healthy, you may still be eating food that YOUR body does not do well with!
So, what will you get with the 4 Week Gut Protocol?
- A step-by-step elimination and re-introduction schedule to identify your trigger foods
- Videos with tips to help you start your personal journey and guide you through each week
- Food lists, gut-friendly recipes, and grocery lists
- Trackers to take note of your progress each day
The program is based on the 4 Rs…
What are the 4 Rs of in your gut health journey?
To start, you’ll REMOVE the most common foods that could be causing gut issues.
Then REPLACE those foods with other foods and/or optional supplements that REPLENISH the good bacteria in your gut.
And REBALANCE your body and mind by following the optional accompanying no-impact workout program called 4 Weeks for Everybody (4 workouts/week, less than 30 min each).
What kind of results can you expect from The 4 Week Gut Protocol?
Check out some of these results from the first test group — and in just 4 weeks!
But it's not just about the physical transformation... checkout some quotes from these four:
“Physically, I don't wake up bloated anymore. My skin has gone from constant active acne to not a single pimple on my face. I have lost about 10 lbs. and 8 inches off my body. I have loved the fact that we didn't jump a single time during the program. It was all low-impact.” - Maddie M.
“I've definitely gotten stronger, and I have been amazed by how much you can do in 30-minute increments. I noticed how much more toned I got. Mentally, I'm just stronger at saying no to sweets and I’m proud to see that I can resist.” - Chris P.
“[I was] diagnosed with a leaky gut… [and was] feeling awful, bloated, inflamed, and in pain. [After doing the program, I had less] bloat and inflammation, more energy, clear up of psoriasis, [and a] mental shift of eating to feel good. The results kept me motivated. It feels good to feel good!” - Erin H.
“It is an amazing holistic approach to reset your body and mind. It really is for ‘every body.’ I am happily surprised by my body's transformation, with what felt like very little work.” - Raymond B.
I can’t tell you how excited I am to try this program and see how it impacts my own health and mood! I’ve been on this gut-health journey for a while, but I know I still have room for improvement. And I know this program will help me get there!
But until it’s released on March 15th 2022, I wanted to share a few tips for you to start using now…
Tips to Improve Your Gut Bacteria
If you decided to join me in trying The 4 Week Gut Protocol (I have a form below for you to fill out), you’ll have a more specific plan designed to help you! But, if you want to get on the path to a healthier gut, and ultimately, a healthier life, here are some tips to help you get started today.
- Food: Eat a diverse range of foods including plenty of fruits/veggies (duh). But why? You want that fiber! Also, be sure to include foods rich in probiotics and other fermented/pickled foods. (I personally love sauerkraut!)
- Sleep: Get enough sleep for your body — preferably 7-9 hrs each night.
- Move: Be sure to get your heart rate up for at least 150 minutes per week (that’s just 20 minutes/day!)
- Reduce your stress: Well, at least as much as possible, because let’s be real, life can be stressful and sometimes there’s no way around it.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help: When you’re struggling with mental health issues, don’t be afraid to seek out help – as I said, our brain and guts are super connected!
Try The 4 Week Gut Protocol With Me
When the program launches, I’ll DEFINITELY be trying it, and I’d love to do it with you! While I have no doubt that each of our experiences will be very different depending on our different sensitivities, having that support there to help us get through it can be SUCH an amazing tool!
Simply fill out the form below and I’d love to help you get started and set up in our private accountability and support group!