Detoxification Starts With the Gut

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detoxIntegrative experts agree that for almost any health concern, the first step in the healing process is to start by cleaning up the gut. Leaky gut (intestinal permeability) has been shown to be present in so many chronic conditions, such as depression, diabetes, irritable bowel disease, hypothyroidism, rosacea, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.

When it comes to detoxification, the gut is also the first place to focus. This is because if your gut isn’t in an optimal state, then you will keep passing toxins and toxic by-products to the liver and kidneys, placing an even bigger burden on these important detoxification organs.

While cleaning up the gut may look a little different for each person, the process is largely the same. Fixing a leaky gut involves uncovering and removing any foods or pathogens that are causing inflammation. Doing a food sensitivity test or stool analysis can be very helpful tools as part of this process. Then, healthy bacteria and digestive enzymes are often recommended to help restore balance and promote the breakdown of food. And, therapeutic herbs and nutrients are given to repair and heal the compromised gut lining. Once the gut is in a healthy functional state, the focus can shift to optimizing the other organs of detoxification, such as the liver and kidneys.

Below is a sample gut healing protocol, mostly using products from one of our new lines, IQYOU, relating to promoting healthy detoxification. Depending on the severity of one’s leaky gut, this regimen may be followed for 1 to 3 months. However, some nutrients, such as probiotics and fiber, are often recommended to be taken daily so that one can reap their health benefits on an ongoing basis. Consulting with a Village Green health expert can be very helpful in providing guidance specifically for you.  If you have any questions, please let us know!

30-Day GI Reboot

1. Eliminate bad bacteria – Garlic – 1 tablet twice daily

2. Bind toxins for excretion – Fiber – 1 scoop in 8 oz of water twice daily

3. Provide healthy bacteria – Probiotics – 1 capsule three times daily

4. Repair damage – GI healing formula – 1 Tbsp twice daily in water

While on this gut healing protocol, if you are looking for a great, organic and hypoallergenic snack, then I recommend enjoying a plant protein shake daily, such as the one made by IQYOU. It features 20 grams of protein, less than 1 gram of sugar, 7 grams of branched chain amino acids and glutamine, important prebiotics, a synergistic blend of digestive enzymes, in addition to omega-3 essential fatty acids. It comes in both chocolate and vanilla flavors and tastes delicious!

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February 2023