- Caprylic Acid (C8): Caprylic Acid is a saturated fat that is antibacterial, antiviral, anti fungal, and anti-inflammatory. Think of coconut oil on steroids. Coconut oil is known for it’s medium chain triglycerides (MCT’s), the good fat for you body. Well caprylic acid also known as C8 is 18 times more stronger than regular coconut oil. C8 also has been shown to help prevent the overgrowth of yeast fungus and candida in your intestines. Bottom line, this is a great anti-fungal for the gut. I personally use Bulletproof Brain Octane Oil, but you can use any C8 out there on the market. If this is too expensive for you, there’s always the poor man’s choice, coconut oil.
- Butyrate (#butter): Butyrate is a short-chain saturated acid the has profound effects for all overall health but especially the gut. It has shown to help reduce symptoms of Chron’s disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and leaky gut. Great sources of butyric acid are butter, ghee, raw milk, animal fat, and plant oils. I typically get mine from Kerry Irish Gold butter, that I pretty much lather on everything. And its great that I do, because studies have shown that you absorb much more polyphenols (essentially antioxidants) from your food when you combine them with a fat source.
- Fermented foods & Bone Broth: Vary up your fermented foods. Try some sauerkraut, kombucha, natto, kefir, kimchi, etc. I hesitate to say yogurt, because most of them are loaded with sugars and pasteurized, so they loose a lot of the benefits they were supposed to have. Also, include bone broth into your regime. It’ll help heal the gut lining and provide you with some of the key amino acids your body is missing. I prefer Osso Good Bones bone broth or La Happy Belly.
- No sugar: You have to avoid sugar at all cost. It’s probably what got you into this mess in the first place. Sugar and these processed foods just continue to feed the bad bacteria in your gut.
- Eat organic: Easier said than done, because I realize organic can be so expensive. At the bare minimum, I would make sure the meat or poultry I was consuming was organic. Secondly, google the dirty dozen foods, and add those to your list of foods you should purchase organic. The problem is, companies are ruining our soil with chemicals such as RoundUp that are leeching toxins into the soil and our food. Then we consume those toxins. Although your spending more money to buy organic, in the long run you’re saving money on hospital bills, and you’re level of energy and wellbeing increase.
- Polyphenols: I mentioned them earlier in the post, and I’m adding them to my list of six as they have actually been found to change “the composition of your gut bacteria, increasing the amount of healthy bacteria and inhibiting the growth of harmful bacteria in your intestinal tract” (Headstrong book). Great sources of polyphenols: coffee, blueberries, dark chocolate, asparagus, spinach, elderberry.
Although I think you can do a lot without probiotics, if you’re someone who is adamant about trying a type of probiotic for you gut, I have two that I would recommend: VSL#3 as it was recommended by Dr Rhonda Patrick, and actually had clinical studies that showed it’s efficacy. I’m also a huge fan of Dr Gundry, as he seems to know everything about the gut, and makes his own 24 Strain Probiotic. Lastly, many of us have leaky guts, due to poor diet, gluten, glyphosate, and other toxins that disrupt the gut lining. Toxins and bugs are more susceptible to infiltrating us and we become either constantly sick or inflamed. In this case, I’d recommend something like Restore For Life. This is not a probiotic, but the minerals inside are designed to help tighten your gut lining. I’ve used and gave it to my three year old son, who seemed to benefit from it as well (noticed him less sick and less runny nose and sniffly).