Got Gut Issues? The 5 R’s Can Help!

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What causes digestive issues? Food? Emotions? Stress? Drinks? When working with people who are having GI issues – anything from constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas,  – using a protocol based on the “5 R’s of Gut Restoration” helps get the issues resolved.  The 5 R’s provide a protocol, an approach, to figuring out what’s causing the problem, repairing the digestive tract if it’s been damaged, and getting clients on the road to being symptom free again. The 5 R’s are:

  • Remove
  • Replace
  • Reinoculate
  • Repair
  • Rebalance

You’ve got to be systematic when trying to figure out gut problems because there are a lot of things that contribute to them. If you don’t have a protocol, a lot of time you can just be “shooting in the dark” to try to figure out what is triggering the symptoms. And, if the problem is more than one thing, which it usually is, the protocol takes multiple things into account.

Briefly, each R is:

  • Remove: figure out what is causing the symptom and remove it
  • Replace: replace things that are missing – like digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid
  • Reinoculate: seed the gut with probiotics to be sure that the microbiome is well established
  • Repair: if the lining of the GI tract is damaged supply key nutrients to repair it
  • Rebalance: look at lifestyle choices that impact the GI tract including sleep, stress, and exercise

The 5 R’s are not necessarily addressed in the order above. For example, if the lining of the GI tract is damaged, it should be repaired before or while the microbiome is reinoculated. The order in which the R’s are addressed depends on the person’s symptoms and the severity of the symptoms.

Using the 5 R’s to address GI issues allows us to look at the GI tract as a whole, the person as a whole, and the symptoms they are experiencing. Then, together we develop a plan.

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to break down each of the 5 R’s. Next week, I’ll start with “Remove” and talk about things that may be causing problems, how to test for them, and how to remove them. Removing some things, like foods, can be easier to remove than others, like parasites.

Do you have ongoing digestive issues – gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation – which you haven’t been able to figure out? Would you like to talk to someone about it? I want to help. I’m offering a free 60 minute “Target 3 Triggers” session. To schedule your session, click here.

Do you want to get started on Removing those things that may be triggering your symptoms? Logging can be key to figuring it out. I’ve created the Symptom Log for Digestive Wellness to help. You can get your copy here.

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