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Published Date
December 19, 2018
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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Gastrointestinal
Functional Medicine, Nutrition, Diet Therapy
Medical History

Gut Health

Gut health is such a huge topic! There are books written about it because it’s so important to our overall health. Our gut is even known as our “second brain.”

This is just a very simplified overview. As a disclaimer, I am not a doctor. But I have researched a lot and am treating my own leaky gut successfully.

This year has been all about exploring gut health for my husband and me. I learned about a natural Leaky Gut course that we studied and implemented. The results were really good!

Symptoms of Leaky Gut

Our gut health affects every area of our lives. If your gut is off at all, it can cause so many health issues. According to Bliss Health Coaching, some of the issues include:






Autoimmune Disease

Weight Problems


  1. Mig

What is Leaky Gut?

Our guts are made to have tight junctions that create a seal around our stomach and gut lining. If we eat things that our bodies don’t like such as sugar, grain or dairy, then it breaks these tight junctions down over time. Little particles then leak out of our gut. Thus the name “leaky gut.”

There are several types of leaky gut. Some different gut types are immune gut, toxic gut, and gastric gut to name a few.

Short Personal Story

I found out once I started on this journey that I have toxic gut because I had my gallbladder removed about 20 years ago. This puts a strain on the liver because the gallbladder and liver work together with bile production and recycling.

So I wanted to learn how to heal my gut and protect my liver from not having a gallbladder to work with it.


With education, I followed a toxic gut diet. There are foods like greasy fatty foods, nuts, and alcohol that are extra dangerous for my gut health. So I avoid these now. And there are great foods that can actually bring healing to your gut. I eat a lot of sweet potatoes, lean meats, and salads for example. And my husband, who had GERD for years, found out he had a gastric gut. He now stays away from tomatoes, dairy, and bell peppers just to name a few. He now eats foods that are healing for his gut including turkey, spinach, and mango for example.

Supplements and Essential Oils

We also added the supplement Quercetin to our daily routine. It works like a Band-Aid to seal your tight junctions back up when taken with a gut-healthy diet. I personally added Milk Thistle and Ox Bile to support my liver.

As for essential oils, I added lemon and clove to my daily routine. Lemon is frequently used in Ayurvedic medicine and can detox the liver. And clove is a powerful antioxidant. So these are just a couple of the essential oils that can detox the body.  This article about Gut Health and Essential Oils is also helpful and shows how oils help your gut.

There are many other supplements, like Bentonite Clay and activated charcoal for  example, that we use on the occasion that works great too. Other ways to treat gut health that are also quite effective are acupuncture and other natural therapies that I didn't try.



So you are probably wondering what the results were for both of us after following these protocols.  After 30 days, my acne had completely cleared up, which I struggled with for 2 decades! My joints felt better. Plus I had more energy and slept better.

My husband’s heartburn went away and it’s been gone for almost one year since we finished the plan. So he’s sleeping better as he’s not bothered with GERD every time he lays down. If you would like to read more about my experience with healing leaky gut and improving my gut health, please click this article on Leaky Gut After Gallbladder Removal.

Here’s a free online quiz you can take to see what kind of Leaky Gut you may have.

I hope you find this helpful as you pursue your overall health goals!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Allison Shorter and her family live in Colorado where they enjoy hiking, healthy living, essential oils, and homeschooling.


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