200 years ago there were no caesarean births (they became more common from 1830 onwards), no formula milk (1865 was the first formula milk), no antibiotics (penicillin was discovered in 1928), no synthetic pesticides (before the 1940s), no antibacterial sprays, no dishwashers and very little processed food.
From birth we were exposed to our mothers gut bacteria as we were delivered vaginally, then breastfed which provided vital prebiotics to nourish the beginnings of our gut microbiota as well as providing compounds that helped seal our permeable gut lining.
We ate a diet low in processed food and sugar, and high in fibre and micronutrients. Our food was served on dishes washed up by hand with soap and water. There were no antibacterial sprays to sterilize our environment.
We grew up playing outside and got plenty of exposure to dirt and soil.
Our world was full of bacteria and other microorganisms and our exposure to these helped train our immune systems.
There were no antibiotics, pesticides, GMOs, and far fewer chemicals in our environments to damage our gut microbiota.
Fast forward to today and the rate of caesarean birth in the UK is around 26%, only 34% of babies are breastfed until 6 months of age, 14% of children have at least one course of antibiotics per year.
We sterilize our environment and have much less exposure to beneficial bacteria.
We eat processed foods, stripped of the beneficial micronutrients and fibre.
What this means is that many of us have a gut microbiota that is not as diverse as it most likely was in the past, a gut barrier that is not protected in the way it should be, and an immune system that has not been trained properly. This leads to many more allergies, food intolerances and autoimmune conditions than ever before.
In a study published in 2017, 100 seemingly healthy people were tested and it was discovered that nearly 50% of this population had a leaky gut!
Obviously we can’t undo our life experiences that have bought us to where we are today. What we can do however, is work now to support our gut health and our immune system.
- We need to eat in a way that creates a healthy environment for our microbiota to flourish – this means eating to reduce inflammation (a diet low in allergens) and eating to balance blood sugar.
- We need to support gut barrier function with probiotics and gut healing nutrients.
- We need to feed our beneficial gut bacteria by consuming probiotics.
WITHOUT THE RIGHT BALANCE IN YOUR GUT, YOU COULD EXPERIENCE:
- Extra weight/trouble losing weight
- Trouble gaining weight
- Joint aches and pain
- IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
- Loose stool/diarrhea
- Trouble breathing/asthma
- Painful menstrual cycles
- Chronic/frequent yeast/urinary tract infections
- Low libido
- Foggy mind and head (brain fog)
- Memory loss
- Lack of focus
- Poor concentration
- The 3 PM crash
- Phobic tendencies
- Mood swings
I created my Restore Your Gut Health program – an 8-week program designed to reboot, restore and revitalize your health.
Like you and so many others, I chased my symptoms for countless years, never getting to the root of my problems.
I often experienced horrendous allergies, killer headaches, poor sleep, metabolism issues, toxicity, and skin problems.
Thankfully, at some point along the line, I realised that poor gut health was the cause of most of my other health issues. Once I learnt how to cure my gut, my immune system and overall health improved and my life transformed.
DID YOU KNOW THAT MANY PROBLEMS, INCLUDING ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION, ALLERGIES AND WEIGHT GAIN COULD BE ATTRIBUTED TO POOR GUT HEALTH?
Most people don’t realise this; however, approximately 70% of your immune system is located in your gut. Therefore, if your gut is unhealthy, your entire body will be out of whack.
The good news is that your body can regenerate itself when supported with the right foods and the right mindset.
I designed this 8-week program to help you make essential lifestyle changes and restore your digestive health.
In this program, you’ll learn how to give your body what it needs – physical and emotional support. This program is based around the concept of nourishing your body with real foods – the ones we’re designed to digest, absorb and thrive from; the unrefined, one-ingredient, plant- and animal-based foods that our ancestors ate.
You’ll naturally restore your core by nourishing your body with traditional foods like fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meats, fish, eggs, sweet potatoes, nuts and seeds. You will not be dieting or detoxing, the last way I want you to feel is trapped and limited by the foods you eat.
This is not what this program is about. I will teach you about a new way of approaching your health and wellness, and you’ll learn everything from how to eat to nourish your body, to how to balance your gut with good probiotics.
We will cover many topics that will finally allow you to take charge of your life and your health. The most powerful thing you can do to improve your health is to learn to listen to your own body. Let’s get started.
Restore Your Gut is an 8-week program designed to transform your wellbeing. Each week you will learn about topics that are essential to your gut health.
You will follow an initial 4-week elimination meal plan that’s chock-full of gut-rebuilding recipes, then in the second 4 weeks you’ll have more dietary freedom.
HOW IT WORKS
During weeks 1-4 you will follow an anti-inflammatory diet. On 2-3 non-consecutive days each week you will practice intermittent fasting and eat gut-soothing and healing meals.
- Which foods to REMOVE to begin your gut healing journey.
- Ultimate gut healing foods to REPAIR your damaged gut.
- Which probiotics to take to REPLACE what’s missing.
- The best foods, prebiotics and antimicrobials to RESTORE intestinal balance.
You will support your gut with digestive aids, probiotics and prebiotics and will have the option of carrying out a gut cleanse during weeks 3 and 4.
During weeks 5-8 you will reintroduce foods that you have removed to find the optimum diet that is right for you and your gut at this point in time. You will continue to practice intermittent fasting for 2-3 non-consecutive days each week.
Even though you may find that certain foods are not helping your gut at the moment, it does not mean that you won’t ever be able to eat those foods. As your gut heals you should be able to increase the diversity of your diet.
- Week 1: Start the program, remove allergens, incorporate gut healing foods and intermittent fasting
- Week 2: Add digestive support and probiotics
- Week 3: Begin an antimicrobial protocol (optional)
- Week 4: Add in daily movement & time in nature, aim to walk everyday
- Week 5: Add prebiotics. Tackle stress
- Week 6: Optimize sleep. Reintroduce fermented dairy (optional)
- Week 7: Reintroduce gluten-free grains (optional)
- Week 8: Reintroduce gluten (optional)
Hello, I’m Chloe. I’m a nutrition and health coach and I’m on a mission to inspire & support women so they can go from feeling fatigued to feeling fabulous!
I help women who are FED up of being overweight, addicted to sugar and feeling tired ALL THE TIME to lose weight and optimise their health by fixing hormonal, digestive, autoimmune and energy issues.
My step-by-step programme, Revitalise, will help you lose weight, get back your energy, restore vitality and create lifelong health using the power of beautiful & delicious REAL FOOD.
I’m here to make it easy for you to eat healthy, delicious food without counting calories or feeling deprived. You’ll reset your relationship with food, shift your mindset and build new habits for a complete health transformation!
Disclaimer: All information provided is for informational purposes only, and is not to be construed as medical advice or instruction. Please consult your GP or a qualified health professional on any matters regarding your health and wellbeing. I am a nutritional educator and do not dispense medical advice nor prescribe treatment. While nutritional support can be an important complement to your medical care, a nutritional therapy program is not a substitute for the diagnosis, treatment, or care of a disease, illness, or injury by a medical provider. Nutritional evaluations and lifestyle assessments are not intended for the diagnoses of disease.
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