The Wild Guide To Gut Health
Read our CEO's note: Our Commintment To Gut Health
“All disease begins in the gut”
If you had to boil down the majority of gut issues to a core problem, it would be a low stomach acid—also known as HCL, which stands for hydrochloric acid.
Signs of low stomach acid:
- Poor digestion
- Bloating & gas
- Parasite overgrowth - SIBO, candida
What causes low HCL?
- Lack of animal protein. Low protein consumption results in low HCL excretion.
Lack of nutrients related to eating animal foods → zinc, B-vitamins.
- Low sodium intake is also linked to stomach acid production. Low salt diets are stressful to the body and nonsense, having nothing to do with hypertension (the few bad studies are bunk).
- Pharmaceuticals, toxins, stress, alcohol, high-carb diets
- You've heard the phrase: you are what you eat. But it should be: you are what you absorb.
I firmly believe that every modern human living in an industrialized society has some form of leaky gut. That currently hidden epidemic has become "normal" to cope with.
It's not natural, even though it may be normal.
Inside our bellies is a large area of the intestinal lining, more than 4,000 square feet. When it's working correctly, it forms a tight barrier that controls what gets absorbed into the bloodstream.
If the gut lining isn't healthy, it may have big cracks or holes that let partially digested food, toxins, and bugs into the tissues below. This could cause inflammation, and changes to the normal bacteria in the gut (gut flora) could cause problems in the digestive tract and elsewhere.
Strengthening your gut lining is a multi-step process:
First is elimination—eliminating gut stressors is the most important thing. As with most health recommendations, not what you add but what you take away has the most impact. In this case, that includes the following:
Avoid toxic and intolerant foods that attack the gut. These include:
- Reduce fiber - seeds, nuts, legumes, grains, and cruciferous veggies
- seed oils
- Conventional dairy products
- tap water and water in plastic bottles
- Alkaline water (you want an acidic gut, and high PH water lowers gut acidity)
- carbonated beverages
- Lower or cut coffee and tea intake (some herbal teas are ok)
- Processed and refined foods
The second step is about adding to your diet:
- Fulvic acid - an antioxidant powerhouse that heals and strengthens the gut lining
- eat slower
- eat fermented foods
- More collagen and collagen-boosting foods
Gut and Lifestyle
Finally, gut health and overall health are intertwined, so what you do for "health" is what you do for "gut health."
Here are the basics of a healthy gut-healing lifestyle:
1. Lots of sleep
2. Plenty of sunlight - vitamin D
3. Physical activity
4. Eat plenty of animal proteins
5. Avoid major environmental stressors (Food, alcohol, stress, unfiltered water, etc.)
6. Manage stress
7. Get outside as much as possible (barefoot, get dirty)
8. Balance your light nutrition (read more about this here and consider adding a red light on the belly + body routine to your stack)
Gut Healing Foods
Eat as many of these as possible. That's really all there is to it.
These each require a guide of their own, so do your research and then test in your routine slowly and attentively.
- Check out our recommended stack: reWILD Your Gut bundle
- Fulvic Acid - 32oz - The foundational gut healer
- Lots more magnesium (Wild Magnesium Complex has 7x forms)
- K2/D3 + LOTS AND LOTS OF SUNLIGHT (even on the gut)
- Wild Fish oil
- Oxy-mag Magnesium and zinc blend with electrolytes
- Cream of Tartar
- Mushroom extracts (prebiotic powerhouses): Master Blend 5x
- Wild MCT Oil (with lauric acid)
- Wild Pink Salt
- Digestive bitters
- Apple cider vinegar
- Cod liver oil
- Oregano oil
- Activated charcoal, take before bed + in the morning
- Black seed oil 1-2g daily for 12 weeks on an empty stomach
- Digestive enzymes
- Wild Prebiotics - Probiotics with digestive enzymes
The Morning Wild Gut Elixir
- 8oz water
- ACV / lemon / lime
- Dash pink salt
- Oxy mag half cap - 1 TBSP
- 1/8 TSP cream of tartar
- 1/8 TSP Master Blend
Let's review the gut health protocol.
First, you eliminate foods that attack your gut. These foods are universal to most people, while others will be more dependent on their biology.
Next, you add gut-supporting foods and supplements to your routine. Finally, you incorporate the basics of a healthy lifestyle—all those things you should already be doing. You can't skimp on this list if you're serious about improving your gut health. It's not a pick-and-choose thing—it's a holistic, everything-together thing.
According to research, the best way to build a habit is to have environmental cues to help those habits trigger every day until they solidify into a habit. That's where the reWild gut bundle comes in perfectly.
This fundamental stack will serve as the foundation for your gut health program. Get the intro bundle today, and also check out the monthly refill subscription, so you never run out.