Hi everyone, good morning. I hope everyone is having a lovely morning so I just wanted to hop on and do a quick live with you guys and want to talk a little bit about healing your gut because I just see that there is a ton of confusion. You know I see it on Facebook groups I see it when people talking to me a lot of people are having a ton of gut issues a lot of really chronic GI issues gas, bloating, pain, constipation, diarrhoea, so they go on for years, and they’re trying really hard but they’re not getting results they’re not seeing any relief and they’re really confused about you know why what they’re doing isn’t working. So if this is your first time joining me for a live video my name is Kendra Perry. I’m a functional diagnostic nutritionist I specialize in female hormones and chronic GI disorders so very familiar with this kind of thing I’ve worked with hundreds of clients to heal their guts if you want to learn more about me you can visit my website Kendraperry.net I blogged quite a bit about GI issues so I want to talk today about the one thing people are missing when it comes to healing their gut. So generally what people do first is they always focus on the diet, and yes that is very important. It is very important to implement a diet that removes a lot of those more inflammatory foods. Especially processed refined food sugar even things like grains and gluten are really important to give up if you want to heal your gut in dairy so you do need to implement that diet and a lot of times this is kind of the one or maybe the only thing that people are doing to try to heal their gut and unfortunately just changing your diet is not enough. Okay, so yes a lot of Crap comes into our body via foods, and yes, we are sensitive to certain foods but the reason you’re sensitive to foods isn’t because you were sort of genetically predisposed to having these sensitivities of course that does exist sometimes some of us will just never be able to tolerate certain foods, but the reason why you react to so many foods and why you need to limit your diet so much, when you have a gut problem is just because your guts unhealthy so food sensitivities, it’s not a root cause for the most part unless you have something like celiac, it’s mostly just a symptom it’s a symptom of the gut being really unhealthy the lining of the gut maybe is in producing enzymes in the way that it should the bacterial gut flora is imbalanced and that means that you don’t digest very well. There’s a lot of different things that are going on that really just prevent you from digesting well, so that suddenly foods that maybe weren’t an issue in the past suddenly are a massive issue now, okay so that’s a big thing is like yes You need to clean up the diet and temporarily like reduce that inflammation, but if you can heal your gut you can actually tolerate a ton of foods, and you should be able to tolerate foods that maybe right now you aren’t quite agreeing with you. So diet is a big thing and yes, we do want to implement the gut healing diet but it is not going to heal your gut okay, we really need to address why is the gut unhealthy to begin with and I’m gonna talk about one thing but I’m actually going to give you a second thing kind of like a little bonus tip because I love bonuses. But the one reason why people fail to heal their gut is because they don’t address infections and they don’t and if they do decide they’re addressing infections they usually have no idea what they’re addressing so let me explain okay, so a lot of people think you need to travel to a foreign country to get things like parasites, bacteria, yeast whatever this is not true. There’s actually tons of parasites in North America or in Australia, New Zealand the UK wherever you’re joining me from you don’t need to travel to a country like India or South America to get an infection although you can pick those up there. The thing is is they’re around us all the time and if our gut is healthy then you know this really shouldn’t be an issue. They should pasture our system our immune system should deal with it, and they should just be flushed out the back end right, but when the immune system is worn down our body or we have imbalance gut flora things are just kind of out of whack in there we actually can’t fight these things off and of course you know our gut is this nice warm home obviously, it’d be a really nice place to you know live if you were a parasite or a bacteria because you’re getting this constant influx of food warm dark place sounds good right so a lot of us we end up developing chronic infections so we all know what it’s like to have food poisoning like if you get that acute exposure to a stomach bug, right you throw up you get diarrhea, but this is not really what I’m talking about I’m talking about the kinds of things that are in you and they’re existing in a low-grade your immune system is constantly fighting them so you don’t have those really acute symptoms, but you have a lot of those kind of more vague symptoms like fatigue, you know just in digestion things don’t sit with you very well. Maybe you get kind of inconsistent bowel movements like loose poops, hard poops. It’s kind of fluctuating it’s all over the map a pretty good sign that there’s a low-grade chronic infection in there and for most of us for most people there’s a few very kind of like famous infections that people get really fixated on so Candida is a big one a lot of people doing candida diets are like I must have Candida, They go online they self diagnose themselves because if you look at the list of symptoms for Candida you’re probably going to relate to a lot of those symptoms. That’s really common Blastocystis hominis another one that’s like pretty popular or even something on small intestinal bacterial overgrowth so we sort of people tend to self diagnose and they’re like okay “I have candida so im going to do a candida diet.” But this is the thing so the symptoms for Candida are pretty much the exact same for any other different type of infection you have so yes It could be an overgrowth of Candida, but it could be twenty other different types of yeast that might exist in the body or infect the body it could be a bacterial infection or it could be a parasite or it could even be a GI virus. So there’s so many different things and the problem is depending on the type of infection you have a totally different protocol is required. Okay, so if you have a parasite you’re probably gonna you’re gonna need to take a different type of herb or treatment or even antibiotic than if you have something like candida, overgrowth or a parasite like Blastocystis hominis or SIBO small intestinal bacterial overgrowth a very common infection but there’s two different types, and they require different protocols so when you’re just kind of doing a generic pathogen protocol you’re kind of just shooting in the dark. You don’t know of what you’re doing is actually addressing the infection that you have and you don’t know how long to be doing that protocol for and you don’t know if there are other Co-infections, and I’ve never actually seen I’ve tested hundreds of people for infections, and I’ve actually never seen just one infection if people have one they tend to have a bunch of other infections as well also, this is really interesting so in the gut testing that I do we run the test we see a bunch of infections. We clear it up then we retest and on the retest you tend to see a whole host of new infections, so you may have either not gotten rid of the original infection, so you need to do longer treatment or even change your treatment or a whole different set of infection to show up And this is actually probably the most common situation that I see it’s not a bad thing it’s just that the gut there’s it’s this deep dark place there’s tons of layers and as we get in there and we’re affecting the biofilms and the different bacterial communities we kind of are starting to unearth things that were there But they existed in such small amounts that they weren’t detected by it even you know any test wasn’t going to detect them. So we’re just kind of un peeling off, think of it like I’m un peeling the layers of an onion and slowly digging a deeper pulling out all those infections so gut healing it needs to be strategic you can’t guess you do need to test I always say test don’t guess because honestly you can waste a lot of time and money guessing that you have Candida or SIBO or blasto or whatever it is and you don’t know if what you’re doing is the right thing you don’t know if you’ve actually cleared the infection you end up just kind of spinning your wheels and kind of running in circles. So this is really important so when I do gut testing with clients I do run a full gut panel I want to see every possible infection that could be infecting a person so that we can make a strategic plan on how to address it and then of course we do want to follow up with retesting to see have you cleared the infection, are there new infections that pop up, what is the next course of action so you know it does require a bit more investment of money. But it’s gonna save you so much time in the long run because you can literally waste decades just Guessing to see what’s wrong and never actually address the real thing that is going on in your gut that actually might be pretty quick to clear certain facts they don’t take longer than 30 to 60 days to clear it but people can spend 10 years or 20 or 30 years trying to address things that maybe aren’t actually there to begin with. So I want to give you a quick little like bonus tip here, so good health is huge these days. Everyone is super focused on gut health people are like okay, so the key to my health my longevity my happiness is healing the gut and that’s true we do want to have healthy guts but like everything a gut doesn’t actually get unhealthy on its own so if you are getting chronic infections you have chronic gut issues, inflammation, bloating, gas, you know we have to ask the question why is the gut unhealthy to begin with and why is it getting chronically infected with all these bugs, parasites he’s like what is the actual cause of that, and this is something that not a lot of people are talking about I find even in the functional health community I don’t see a ton of practitioners or doctors talking about this but one of the main things that actually depresses the gut immune system is toxicity coming from environmental chemicals and heavy metals and mineral imbalances, so this is really important. So I think a lot of our understanding around heavy metals, sorry heavy metals and toxic exposure environmental chemicals is pretty much focused on the workplace so people who are getting exposed because of their jobs but things have really changed in the past few decades. So we are constantly creating new chemicals every year there are 84 thousand chemicals currently in the US alone and only about 1% of those have been tested for safety. So these things were always getting exposed. It doesn’t really matter if you live in a really like pristine mountain environment, you know you’re drinking really clean water, eating organic food unfortunately we can’t avoid these these things. We know this because we see this in the polar bears. And you know animals that are at the corner of the earth so far removed from society and we’re still finding that their blood is full of flame-retardant, pesticides, herbicides, metals the list goes on so none of us are immune, and we are getting exposed to our diets or our water through our air we’re getting exposed Just in our home like if you just look around me right now. I mean there’s plastic and chemicals all around me a lot of us are also getting exposed to household cleaning products, chemicals, skincare, beauty products that sort of thing so these things our inner body. It’s not really a matter of do you have metals do you have, chemicals in your body. It’s a matter of how much do you have okay. So these things actually they totally depress the immune system they interfere with the functioning on your of your body on a very basic deep cellular level So they interfere with mitochondrial function and production of ATP. Which is your body’s main fuel source, if you can’t produce ATP if you can’t have a well-functioning mitochondria, I mean the symptoms that you’re going to experience are going to be quite far-reaching, so this is a big missing piece with gut health in people, you know maybe they get so far to find a practitioner who can help them clear infections but they don’t go any further. They don’t ask the reason well you know why is the immune system not functioning like why is this person getting chronically infected and why do these infections keep coming back? there’s always going to be an underlying metal sorry metal chemical and a mineral imbalance. So just on the subject of mineral imbalances, minerals out the spark plugs at the body we need them for all the chemical reactions that we do on a regular basis examples of minerals are going to be calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium. So those are the big four the most important of the electrolytes and minerals that we need to function. Unfortunately, we have a very deficient food supply again. Even if you’re eating that 100% organic diet You’re not getting these things and you do need to supplement but all of our imbalances are very unique and the mineral system is very dynamic and every single mineral has an effect on every single mineral so you can’t just take a multi mineral and expect it to help and can’t just you know guess oh maybe I need this maybe I need this because you could actually throw your entire mineral system out of balance so again this is where I test as well when I do a gut healing program with a client, I run the gut panel I run the mineral panel which will also tell me about toxins and metals very very important, so if you are looking to you know increase your mineral status, maybe you can’t afford to work with me and do the testing. The one supplement that I do recommend for everyone to take is kelp. Kelp is full of minerals. It’s full of vitamins. It’s full spectrum. Everything is in a really you know you pretty much have every mineral and every vitamin in kelp powder, so you know you’re way less likely to throw the mineral system out of balance because it is a very all-inclusive type of food. Be careful with kelp there are a lot of really toxic forms out there the three that I recommend are oceans alive marine phytoplankton, this is an amazing supplement. Nature’s way kelp you can take up to two to three hundred two thousand to three thousand milligrams a day that one has been tested for safety, so I do recommend that or endo mat is another one that I recommend it has been tested for safety, so those are the only three. There’s probably other good ones out there i just I’m not familiar with how they’ve been tested, I haven’t looked at them specifically so I’m I can’t really speak to the rest. So those are the three that I recommend, you are looking to get a jump on increasing your mineral levels mineral balance. Okay, so yeah, I just read a ton of information at you So hopefully you found that valuable. If you have any questions even if you’re not with me live today just throw a question in the comments box more than happy to come back, I will be checking the comments on this video for a while, if you’re on youtube with me you can comment on the YouTube video and I will respond to your comment. If you do have chronic GI problems and you’re ready to make a change you’re ready to heal the gut start feeling better start getting better results you can book a free 30-minute consultation. So the link to book that appointment is just at the top of this video and I would love to speak more with you I do. Probably would be able to get in next week or the week after I’m a little bit busy right now but I would love to speak with you. I love talking poop. I love talking gut issues. It is something that I have a lot of experience with and I’d be more than happy to help you with so if you want to learn more about me just visit me kendraperry.net and again, just let me know if you have any questions happy to help have a great day guys. Bye!