With the rise of toxicity in our food and water, radiation, processed food consumption, GMOs, glyphosate, and stress, most Americans are suffering from gut issues. They include IBS, SIBO, Leaky Gut, acid reflux, mood disorders, systemic inflammation, and even slow metabolisms.
Causes of Gut Issues
Gut issues can be caused by a wide range of factors, and they can vary in severity and symptoms. The list below is extensive, and most of these issues didn’t exist 50 years ago; this is why the increase in gut issues has exponentially increased.
- Processed Foods. What you eat plays a significant role in your gut health. Diets high in processed foods, sugar, and low in fiber can disrupt the balance of beneficial gut bacteria. Processed foods destroy the mucosal lining quickly, leading to malabsorption of nutrients, in addition to bloating, constipation, weight gain, hormonal imbalances, fatigue, insulin resistance, gut inflammation, and brain fog. Processed foods have multiple ingredients that independently cause these issues including fructose, seed oils, artificial sweeteners, emulsifiers, gluten, grains, GMOs, and glyphosate.
- Sulfur Foods. Sulfur foods used to be healthy foods for most people, but due to the glyphosate and other toxic burdens our bodies face, the sulfur detox pathways have been disrupted. As a result, foods containing sulfur have become an additional burden to the body, leading to a backed up liver and leaky gut. These foods include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, onions, garlic, and egg yolks.
- Oxalates. Oxalates are in foods including spinach, almonds, peanuts, kale, berries and other foods; these “poisons” can cause issues including hypothyroidism, urogenital problems, nerve issues, immune system issues, and digestive issues. In fact, as oxalates cause gut issues, those digestive issues cause an inability to process oxalates, and it becomes a vicious cycle. The micro-crystals in foods have sharp and pointy edges; these edges can perforate mucous membrane cells and corrode the digestive system’s lining. As a result, you can develop gastroenteritis, leaky gut, rectal pain, constipation, and diarrhea.
- Amyloids. Amyloid proteins are proteins the body cannot break down into usable amino acids for muscles, tissues and organs. But, what’s more, the amyloids actually strengthen gut pathogens, leading to overgrowth of the bad bacteria and leaky gut.
- Mold. Mold in foods like peas, grapes, mushrooms, and non organic coffee can disrupt the gut on its own in addition to triggering a domino effect of the following:
- Mold creates oxalates
- Oxalates and amyloids strengthen biofilm formation
- Biofilm strengthens the mold, viruses, and bacteria, and increases the oxalate burden.
- Amyloids reactivate viruses.
- This increases biofilm and mold.
- The oxalate burden is increased again.
- Too much fat. Fat is seen by some as a “health” food due to the popularity of the ketogenic diet. However, many people with backed up livers have a difficult time metabolizing even healthy fats. This can cause gut issues to worsen. Moreover, the inflammatory fats, including canola, peanut, grapeseed, soybean, corn, and safflower oil cause leaky gut and inflammation throughout the whole digestive system.
- Dietary Toxins. The levels of toxins in our food and water sources have surged significantly. These toxins include not only genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and glyphosate from our agricultural practices, but also dioxins, extremely hazardous compounds resulting from industrial farming methods that are used in conventionally raised animals. These dioxins are stored in fatty tissues and accumulate within the food chain. Moreover, halogens such as fluoride, bromide, and chlorine are found in both our water and food supplies. All of these toxic substances not only burden the liver and disrupt the gut function but also clog the iodine receptor sites in every one of the body’s 100 trillion cells.
- Radiation. Independent of food and water consumption, radiation from non ionizing and ionizing radiation have been shown to cause insulin resistance and leaky gut. Furthermore, this radiation affects the nervous system, the endocrine system and the hormonal system, in addition to increasing oxidative stress and free radical damage.
- Heavy Metals. Heavy metals, including mercury, lead, and aluminum that come through the food, water and environment, derail optimal digestion and health. These substances are known to not only cause gastrointestinal issues, but also neurological, cardiovascular, kidney, liver, respiratory, bone, infertility, and immune issues.
- Spike Protein. The spike protein affects the ACE2 receptor in the liver; as a result, not only is the liver and gut function being disrupted, but it is causing insulin dysregulation, fluid retention, inflammation, infertility, vasoconstriction, and hormone imbalances.
- Stress: High levels of stress can negatively impact gut health. The gut-brain connection is well-established, and stress can lead to digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
- Infections: Bacterial, viral, and parasitic infections can lead to various gut issues, including gastroenteritis. These infections can disrupt the balance of gut flora and cause diarrhea, cramps, and other symptoms.
- Medications: Some medications, such as antibiotics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and certain other drugs, can affect the gut lining and disrupt the microbiome.
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): Conditions like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are chronic inflammatory diseases of the gut that can cause significant digestive problems.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): IBS is a functional disorder of the gastrointestinal tract characterized by symptoms like abdominal pain, bloating, and changes in bowel habits. Its exact cause is not well understood but is thought to involve a combination of factors, including diet, stress, and gut motility.
- Dysbiosis: An imbalance in the gut microbiota, known as dysbiosis, can lead to gut problems. This can be caused by factors like antibiotics, a poor diet, or infections.
- Food Allergies and Intolerances: Conditions like lactose intolerance or celiac disease can cause gut issues when certain foods are consumed.
- Autoimmune Disorders: Some autoimmune conditions, like celiac disease or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, can impact gut health.
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD): A condition where stomach acid frequently flows back into the esophagus, leading to heartburn and other digestive symptoms.
- Alcohol and Tobacco: Excessive alcohol consumption and smoking can harm the digestive system.
- Obesity: Being overweight or obese is associated with an increased risk of gut-related issues, including fatty liver disease and an increased risk of GERD.
- Aging: The aging process can lead to changes in the digestive system, which may result in issues like constipation or decreased nutrient absorption.
- Genetics: Some gut issues may have a genetic component, making certain individuals more susceptible to conditions like IBD or celiac disease.
The Worst Supplements for Gut Health
Sulfur Containing Supplements and Medications
Sulfur supplements and medications may disrupt the detoxification pathways, which can lead to a backed up liver, cause motility issues in the intestine, and lead to SIBO and other gut issues.
Some supplements and medications contain sulfur including MSM, glutathione, glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, cysteine and methionine, N-acetylcysteine (NAC), Sulfasalazine (ironically used to treat IBD, Colitis and Crohn’s), and sulfonamide antibiotics.
There are so many probiotics available that may be high in histamine in addition to feeding the wrong bacteria in the small intestine. Furthermore, most probiotics don’t survive the stomach acid and get to the proper place to work effectively. Lastly, most probiotic supplements consist of 5-10 strains which may overpopulate the gut with too many of a few strains and not enough of others. This can worsen the gut microbiome balance.
Laxatives may be a temporary solution to constipation, but can cause malabsorption of nutrients, weakened colon muscles, and other gut issues.
Smooth Muscle Relaxants
These may help temporarily relieve and prevent intestinal cramping, but taking them can cause heartburn, constipation, dry mouth, and difficulty urinating.
Medications designed to address diarrhea work by slowing the movement of contents through the intestines, lessening the frequency of bowel movements, and enhancing stool consistency. Nonetheless, these medications may lead to the following adverse effects: skin blistering, peeling or loosening, chest pain or discomfort, reduced urine output, diminished urination frequency, urinary difficulties, rapid, pounding, or irregular heartbeat, appearance of hives or welts, itching, skin rash, or irregular or slowed heartbeat.
Some people suggest that these medications can help treat IBS due to the gut brain axis; however, they may actually cause Leaky Gut, which can worsen gut issues.
Turmeric is renowned for its effectiveness in addressing a broad spectrum of gastrointestinal problems, such as alleviating stomach discomfort and regulating bowel movements. Nevertheless, it’s important to note that turmeric is considered a high-oxalate food, and elevated oxalate levels can potentially lead to inflammatory, hypothyroid, and urogenital complications, among others. Consequently, in the long run, the consumption of turmeric may exacerbate symptoms associated with gut issues.
Psyllium Husk serves as a rich source of soluble dietary fiber, aiding in the cleansing of the intestines by eliminating food residues and toxins from the body. While psyllium husk offers valuable advantages to gut health, it’s worth noting that in some cases, it can lead to constipation, bloating, and discomfort for certain individuals.
Kombucha, sauerkraut, and other fermented foods are full of unknown probiotics and may feed the wrong gut bacteria; this may actually worsen the gut microbiome.
High Fiber Supplements
Most people think more fiber will help with issues like constipation, bloating, and weight management; however, these supplements may worsen the symptoms and put more stress on the digestive system.
Top 4 Best Supplements for Gut Health
Accelerated Cellular Detox® Powder
Accelerated Cellular Detox® Powder is known as the “Gut Superhero” due to the combination of six organic ingredients that help reduce stomach and intestinal inflammation and bloat, balance diarrhea and constipation issues, soak up the toxins from the day and from years of build up, increase nutrient absorption, and help alleviate all gut issues. It is further enhanced with scalar frequencies to soak up insecticides, pesticides, heavy metals, and radiation.
One of the most effective gut healing practices is intermittent fasting where the gut gets a break from digesting food and can reduce inflammation on its own. Accelerated Keto® suppresses the appetite for sugar and carbs, kicking the body into ketosis, and helping the body tap into its own fat stores for energy.
As a result, it is very easy to implement intermittent fasting, allowing the body to do its own healing. Furthermore, the additional ingredients in the supplement help cleanse the liver, turning the saturated liver fat into unsaturated liver fat so that it is easier for the body to utilize for energy and metabolize. The liver function then improves significantly which helps with all gut function. Accelerated Keto® is further enhanced with scalar frequencies to cleanse the liver, increase metabolism and energy, and convert saturated liver fat into unsaturated fat.
Accelerated Ancient Salt®
Most people are low in electrolytes which can inhibit nutrient absorption, fat metabolism, and bowel regularity. Accelerated Ancient Salt® is a strongly negatively charged salt that helps soak up the “positively charged” toxins, parasites, and undigested fats that disrupt gut function. It further helps with nausea and constipation related to gut issues.
Accelerated Leaky Gut Bundle
The Accelerated Leaky Gut Bundle includes the Megaspore, MegaPre, and MegaMucosa, encompassing a full protocol that heals the gut quickly and supports ongoing resilience. These powerful leaky gut supplements work in the following ways:
- Megaspore. This is a sporebiotic, different from any other type of probiotic. it reconditions the gut by promoting the correct microbial diversity that the gut needs without overpopulating it with the wrong strains of probiotics. Furthermore, it is able to survive the harsh environment of stomach acid where most probiotics die.
- Megapre. This is designed to carefully help the beneficial bacteria from the megaspore to populate quickly and reinforce the positive changes in the gut.
- MegaMucosa. This helps restore the tight junctions and the mucosal lining within the gut that is destroyed with most gut issues. It includes immunoglobulins that help with intestinal barrier function and detoxification, amino acids that play an important role in the mucosal lining, and citrus polyphenols that support gut barrier function.
Additional Gut Supplements for Optimal Health
Accelerated Liver Flush Cleanse
If the liver is backed up, then the gut won’t work optimally.
A backed up liver results in poor fat and protein metabolism, lower metabolic rate, increased recycled “bad” estrogens in the body, and other gut issues.
The Accelerated Liver Flush Cleanse is designed to soften liver and gallstones and flush them out of the body. As a result detoxification, microbiome, hormonal balance, metabolism and overall gut function improve significantly. With the level of toxins we are faced with today, I recommend a liver flush 4-6 times per year.
Holozyme Digestive Enzymes
When taken with meals, Holozyme digestive enzyme formulation helps speed up the breakdown of food into usable nutrients, alleviating gas, bloat, and undigested foods. When food isn’t broken down properly, bigger food particles are left to ferment inside the gut and feed the bad bugs. Holozyme is different from any other enzyme formula with its AES patented absorption technology which prevents enzymes from being destroyed by stomach acid, activates each specific enzyme to turn at the right time, and has organic trace minerals in it to support gut health.
Oxy Clear helps provide detoxification of the gut while encouraging healthy bowel movements. It is also an integral part of the Accelerated Liver Flush Cleanse which improves gut function, detoxification and metabolism.
MegalgG2000 is a dairy-free immunoglobulin concentrate that helps clean up the toxins that are not supposed to be in the gut and supports healthy digestion and gut barrier function.
Many times mental stress affects the gut away from food or other factors. Zenbiome is a probiotic that targets the gut-brain axis, helping support digestive comfort and relieving abdominal discomfort, gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation that is related to stress and mood issues.
HU58 has Bacillus subtilis, a spore-based biotic that is known to release a wide range of natural antibiotics that target common pathogenic organisms related to SIBO, leaky gut and other gut issues. Those included are E. coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Enterococcus, S. aureus, S. pyogenes, and Candida.
In some cases, gut issues can be connected to fungal overgrowth or Candida. The undecylenic acid in MegaMycoBalance helps inhibit the formation of germ tubes and restrict the growth of Candida.
Constipation is one of the primary causes of gut issues, because it leads to the recycling of toxins and excess estrogens. Laxa Comfort helps with constipation, as it stimulates bowel movements safely within 6-8 hours.
Lifestyle Changes to Help Improve Gut Health
Eliminate Amyloid Proteins
Amyloid proteins from chicken, poultry and conventionally raised beef strengthen the biofilm formation and reactivate viral activity, causing gut issues to worsen. It is best to focus on wild animal protein like bison, elk, lamb, deer, duck, and wild fish. My favorite source for wild animal protein is Northstar Bison.
Oxalates are plant poisons found in “healthy” foods that not only wreak havoc on the gut, but are also connected to brain fog, arthritis, gout and urogenital issues. Oxalates strengthen biofilm formation which strengthens the gut pathogens like mold, candida, bacteria and viruses that are causing dysbiosis, leaky gut, and other gut issues. Oxalates are found in spinach, almonds, kale, peanuts, berries, chocolate, and most nuts.
Eliminate Sulfur Foods
These foods have been known to be “healthy” and help detox the liver, but with the infiltration of glyphosate and increased toxic burden, our sulfur detox pathways have been hijacked. Adding in sulfur compounds from food and medication overburdens the liver and backs it up further. Foods that contain sulfur include broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, egg yolk, onions, and garlic.
Limit Fat Intake
Many gut issues stem from backed up livers, which inhibits fat metabolism. As a result, fat intake may cause nausea, fat gain, and gut issues. As the body heals, healthy fat intake can be increased, but inflammatory fats including the seed oils should be avoided at all times, as they will cause leaky gut, bloat, nutrient malabsorption and more.
Most people are under severe stress which increases acidity throughout the body, causes leaky gut, lowers thyroid and metabolism function, and usually is the root cause of most gut issues. By incorporating things such as meditation, exercise, gratitude journaling, and proper sleep, the side effects of stress typically lessen.