Follow Your Gut
Posted On May 24, 2016
Just as there are a few blood and skin types to divide up the world, there are also gut types that are contingent on digestive imbalances.
Natural Medicine Doctor and Nutritionist Josh Axe presents five different gut types along with ways to achieve belly balance in his new book Eat Dirt: Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It. To determine one’s gut type, Axe uses everything from food cravings to prescription drugs. He then recommends detailed treatments to cure your gut including what to eat and what to ditch, supplements, lifestyle practices, essential oils, and more.
Keep reading to learn your gut type and discover a few tips and tricks from Axe.
Symptoms: Unexpected weight gain, slow metabolism, loose stools, and exhaustion. Many people also experience cravings, gas, bloating, bad breath, brain fog, and joint pain.
Eating too much sugar, dairy, and wheat could cause a candida gut, which refers to an overgrowth of yeast in the digestive tract. Overuse of antibiotics, birth control pills, and eating an excess of cold foods such as smoothies and salads also lead to a candida gut.
Avoid: Eliminate the bad habit of consuming cookies, dairy, sugar, refined grains, raw foods, and yeast. More specifically, try to shun smoothies, ice cream, and unnecessary pill taking.
Seek: Treatment entails broths, soups, herbal teas, kimchi, baked fruit, and warm, starchy vegetables; also try to incorporate probiotics.
Symptoms: Workaholics pick up signs of a “stressed” gut by noticing a low sex drive, muscle weakness, poor focus, allergies, and insomnia.
Avoid: According to Axe, these individuals overdo the intake of stimulants. To counteract a stressed stomach, avoid caffeine, alcohol, sugar, and grains, which trigger an inflammatory response in the gut.
Seek: Instead of caffeine, try herbal teas. Eat salty, dark-colored foods and vitamin B-rich foods like grass-fed beef, salmon, yogurt, and kefir. Axe also recommends purple cabbage, berries, nuts, pumpkin, and avocado to help with this gut type. It is also time to get serious about implementing stress reduction practices.
Symptoms: Inflammatory bowel diseases and irritable bowel syndrome.
Avoid: Alcohol, dairy, raw, and packaged foods.
Seek: Bone broth is a healer of this gut type, so heat up some homemade chicken soup. Axe also suggests keeping a food journal to easily identify the problem foods and eliminate them from your diet.
Symptoms: This fiery eater basically inhales his/hers food and in larger portions. A person with a gastric gut regularly feels bloated and suffers from acid reflux.
According to Axe, “overworking and overexertion are the biggest reasons why people come down with gastric gut.” Those with gastric gut have a slow-moving digestive system, and not chewing foods properly, overeating, and taking antacids causes bloating, gas, and acid reflux.
Avoid: Reduce coffee intake and avoid processed, fried, and spicy foods.
Seek: Rather than eating three big meals, eat smaller portions more frequently, and chew thoroughly. Also, try sipping warm water with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar before you eat to lower the pH level in your stomach, and only drink in between meals rather than during as this can water down stomach acid and hinder digestion.
Symptoms: If your stomach is toxic, symptoms include inflammatory skin conditions like rosacea, as well as gall bladder disease. These individuals have a bad habit of eating processed and fatty foods.
Avoid: Cut down on non-organic dairy and produce, fried foods, nut butters, and oils.
Seek: To treat a toxic tummy, eat foods that are high in fiber and foods that support your liver and gall bladder. Dark leafy greens, green fruits and juices, and wheat grass are good options to fight toxic.
Have you determined your gut type? Dr. Axe has a detailed online quiz to help you verify which gut type you might be suffering from.