How To Mend A Broken Gut

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Did you know that there are more cells in your body that are not you, then cells that are you? What I mean is that there are trillions of bacterial, viral, yeast and other microbial cells that live in your body and they reside primarily in your gut. This amounts to more cells that are not you, compared to cells that make up the rest of your body. You have to take good care of your gut flora or it may become your worst enemy.

Good gut flora is essential to good health

1 – Beneficial bacteria provide enzymes which aid in digestion. As we age, the number of enzymes decrease, contributing to poor absorption of nutrients.

2 – Beneficial bacteria provide a protective barrier along the entire length of the digestive tract much like a thick layer of turf protecting top soil.

3 – Beneficial bacteria provide antibiotic and antiviral substances for protection. Lactic acid bacteria enhance GI and systemic immunity in humans by:

  • Increasing B cells which recognize foreign substance.
  • Increasing phagocytic activity which works to destroy foreign matter.
  • Increasing IgA, IgG, IgM and Secretory IgA which boast antibody activity.
  • Increasing gamma interferon which supports white blood cells to fight infections and disease.


4 – Lactic acid bacteria produce SCFA (short chain fatty acids) such as butyric acid and proprionic acid. Importantly, these organic acids lower the ph in the GI tract, making it more acidic which reduces the growth of pathogenic bacteria.

5 – Beneficial bacteria nourish the enterocytes (cells of the lining the digestive tract) and are the primary source of energy for these cells. It is estimated that the gut cells receive 60-70% of their energy from bacterial activity.

6 – Beneficial bacteria manufacture vitamins for us.

9- An imbalance in the microbiome in the gut may result in lactose intolerance, gluten intolerance, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, yeast infections, allergies, asthma, or any number of other seemingly unrelated conditions.

Good gut flora is hard to come by

In this day and age, with all the toxins in our food, water and air, and the gut breaking lifestyles we have, many people suffer from an imbalance in their gut flora. Its no surprise so many people are sick with chronic conditions.

All diseases begin in the gut

A famous quote by Hippocrates so many years ago says it all.

A person with an unhealthy digestive tract (dysbiosis) will have trouble digesting certain foods. Of the three macronutrients (proteins, carbohydrates and fats), carbohydrates are actually the hardest to digest.

Carbohydrates are also the main food for the intestinal flora. When they are not digested properly, they stay in the intestines and become food for the pathogenic bacteria and yeast. These pathogens can then proliferate and overpower the numbers of beneficial bacteria and yeast in the gut.

Gut flora can become your worst enemy

When this happens, a vicious cycle begins.

Undigested carbohydrates  become food for pathogens, and these pathogens multiply and take a strong residence in the gut. These pathogens give off toxic acidic byproducts which can damage the delicate lining of the intestinal tract and cause symptoms such as, excess mucous (in an attempt by the goblet cells to protect the epithelium against toxins), excess gas, diarrhea, constipation, blood in the stools, etc.

Any damage to the lining of the digestive tract also causes a loss of the digestive enzymes that are embedded in the lining. Therefore, digestion is further compromised.

This can eventually develop into a disease process. If the carbohydrates are continuously eaten, it drives the cycle, and the symptoms as well as the intestinal damage gets worse and worse.

The 3 R’s: Remove, Repair, Restore

In my practice, I have used the concept of the 3 R’s with patients who have broken guts.


The first concept is to remove the offending foods. I have found that removing all grains is a great first step in this rehabilitative process. This takes away any interference to healing because it removes foods that are not being digested properly and that are left in the gut as food for the pathogens.

Remove the food the pathogens feed upon and you are one step closer to healing.


There are many steps on the road to repairing damage to the intestinal lining and the gut flora. Healing foods like bone broths and good fats from animals on pasture help in this process. I have written a lot about the good fats that have been much maligned by health officials, the USDA, American Heart Association and many other conventional associations.

Check my other posts for more information about butter, tallow, CLA, coconut oil and other good fats.


It is essential to restore the good microflora in the gut with supplemental probiotics as well as gradually introducing traditionally cultured foods such as yogurt, kefir and fermented vegetables.

The solution

A grain-free diet is an essential part of restoring the balance of the gut flora on your healing journey. The SCD or GAPS healing diets as well as the Paleo or Primal ancestral diets are examples of grain-free diets.

Get Started Today

Check out my new online class called go grain-free

In this 12-week class I share with you everything you need to know to get going. From the basics — learning how to make basic condiments and staples such as coconut milk, coconut milk yogurt, homemade mayonnaise, coconut butter and soaked nuts — to making fermented foods and bone broth — to breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

There will be an awesome snack class and dessert class where you will learn how to make healthy grain-free cookies and amazing dairy-free treats — I know it is very hard to find healthy substitutes for snacks and desserts — especially for children. In this class, I will share snacks and desserts that are healthy enough to eat as part of the meal!

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You’ll get lifetime access to 12 weeks of classes including:

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  • Neveen September 21, 2012, 12:22 pm

    I have a friend who has a toddler with severe food allergies. He’s experienced anaphylactic shock after taking a tiny sip of milk. He’s on a very strict diet that’s almost paleo in nature, but without nuts. And eggs, butter and other top allergens. Wondering if this kind of allergy starts in the gut and if GAPS or SCD would work wonders in reversing his issues, poor guy.

    • Katie September 26, 2012, 6:40 am

      There is a therapy called NSRT. It is non-invasive, and works like homeopathy to remove food sensitivities, allergies, adverse reactions, as well as environmental sensitivities, impaired organ systems, etc. I just started it 3 weeks ago, and my environmental allergies are non-existent. This is after 15 years of allergy shots. I was just treated for foods yesterday and am very excited to see if I can eat foods I couldn’t again! It may be something to look into. My chiropractor offers the treatment, and a naturopath in the area also offers it as well.

  • amber September 21, 2012, 4:30 pm

    Fantastic information, Jill. As always…you offer us such practical information about health (and our guts in particular). I found this very helpful. Thank you!!

  • Tracee September 22, 2012, 4:35 am

    I so very much want to participate in the go grain-free online classes you are offering. I have learned so much from you already. You are an incredible teacher. Thank you! As much as I could use the instruction, I just can’t afford it. It kills me to say that because I think the price you are asking is beyond reasonable. My 14.5 yr old son has Crohn’s and only God knows, my husband and I have spent a fortune on doing this and doing that, to not only educate ourselves on the disease, but supply him with what he needs to thrive. It has been empowering, exhausting and extremely expensive. I could go on and on about our journey thus far but am hoping I will get a chance to participate in the online classes at a later date. Currently, I am transitioning my son into a plant based diet. It is a work in progress. He just started HS and is enrolled in an all boy boarding school, away from home. I supply ALL his meals for the week. It is a labor of love! You, my friend, have helped me by generously sharing your knowledge, which in turn benefits my son! I am so grateful! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Tulip September 26, 2012, 1:40 am

    My mom has a really tough time digesting any veggies or fruits. It just started happening to her in the past 6 months. She has always taken a lot of supplements and has been irregular for quite some time, but nothing like this. If she eats any veggies she can not sleep. I am really worried for her. Probably Candida or something. I hope she finds a solution, but it also makes me try and take better care of myself. I really want to do a cleanse. Hopefully I can try some of your suggestions and eat less grains. Thanks for sharing. I am stopping by from Crystal & Co. Hope to see you at True Aim!

  • Amanda @Natural Living Mamma September 26, 2012, 5:36 pm

    I too have found that a grain free diet is THE BEST way to heal! I have almost convinced my family of that fact too. As always, love the post! Hopefully one day I can afford to check out your program 🙂 Ill share this with my followers!

  • Miranda September 27, 2012, 11:53 am

    Thanks for linking up to Eat Make Grow.
    Unfortunately we’re getting a little more strict on the parameters of our hop. Only posts about things you’ve cooked, grown, or made will be accepted. I’m removing this post, but hope you’ll link up with something else 🙂

  • Judy@Savoring Today October 1, 2012, 7:23 pm

    I’ve heard the gut referred to as the 2nd brain – vital to our health and well being. Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. 🙂

  • Crystal October 3, 2012, 4:50 pm

    Woot! Thank you so much for linking this up last week in The Mommy Club. Your post was one of my most clicked.

    Thanks for sharing and stop in and see your feature. I always love your contributions!


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