Gut Health 101

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Everything begins and ends in the gut.  In fact, our second brain is the center of our gut and is home to the central nervous system and is actually larger and more powerful than the one in our skull. It holds the power to 3/4 of our immune system. The gut is also the first place we should look when we are experiencing chronic disease and inflammation.  When our digestive tract has been compromised our whole immune system can be compromised.

The foundation of gut health is understanding digestion. Digestion starts in the mouth when food is mixed with saliva. If we rush or hurry through a meal, we have not properly started the digestive process. Slowing down and chewing food is the core principle of digestive health.

Once the food leaves our mouth, it travels through your esophagus into our stomach. Your stomach is the mixing bowl where your liver, gallbladder, and pancreas secrete enzymes to break down your food into bile. If any of these organs are inflamed or compromised, they also cannot break down your food properly and will lead to constipation, gas, diarrhea, or chronic bloating.

Beyond the organs are your intestines. The large and small intestines. Let's take a quick look into the gut and it's four major parts.

  • The intestinal wall is the lining of the digestive tube. 
  • Intestinal flora is the good bacteria that live in the intestinal wall AKA microbiome. 
  • The Gut's lymphatic system or Gut associated lymphatic tissue; GALT
  • Nervous system or small nerve fragments that are spread throughout the gut

If any of the four parts of the gut have been compromised, your immune system will be notified and your body will start to become inflamed. You may start to experience light digestive discomfort or bloat to begin however, if not addressed properly if can morph into many other symptoms.

  • food allergies
  • indigestion
  • bloating
  • Inflammation of the joints
  • depression and anxiety
  • auto immune disorders - Celiac, Chrohn's, MS
  • skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and acne

These signs and symptoms of gut inflammation should not be taken lightly. Predominantly referred to as "Leaky Gut" this type of inflammation will definitely effect the long-term health of your body and your brain.

What is Leaky gut really? Leaky gut is simply a penetration of the intestinal wall, or the most important wall in our body. A colon contains these hair-like tight junctions that help ward off toxins from poor nutrition and uncontrolled environment. When they have become inflamed it starts to pry the junctions open and can create tiny cracks in between the junction. Instead of digesting and dumping the toxins through the body, they can slip through the cracks and into the bloodstream.  This is ultimately where disease begins. 

Things that can disrupt the gut lining:

  • exposure to BPA and other toxic chemicals
  • pesticide exposure (non-organic food)
  • antibiotic overuse
  • stress
  • chronic infections
  • alcohol
  • caffeine
  • sugar
  • gluten (for some)
  • dairy (for some)

Indefinitely, avoiding these things will help the healing process, however it's important to understand that healing takes time. The gut heals in stages. We have to reduce the inflammation first and the allow the lining the opportunity to heal properly.

The best place to start is from the beginning.

My foundation of gut health can be found in my free 5-day fix to beat the bloat. This will give you my core principles of gut health before you get too deep. Follow these for a few weeks to notice significant changes in digestive health. 

Beyond that if you still are experiencing symptoms, I recommend purchasing my 7-day Flat Tummy Food Guide. This is an incredible jump start to healing.

The guide includes:

  • A clean out list
  • Daily protocols to detox
  • A healing foods grocery list
  • 7-day meal plan; breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks
  • Over 20 of the best gut healing recipes that I have tested over time

This guide is normally $75 but for a limited time, I am offering this guide at $35. Get your copy today and let's get healing!

Following my JRW lifestyle guidelines, along with your personalized program will remove all of your struggles and symptoms and help you thrive. I know what it feels like to live every day in a constant struggle. Let me guide you towards better health and wellness so you can enjoy life again. XO Jaclyn Renee 


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5-DAY FIX: Beat the Bloat

A 5-day guide to reducing bloat and healing gut inflammation significantly.

Almost all of my dry ingredients come from Thrive Market and I get them at a fraction of the cost of what I'd pay at other stores. If you want to save money and score some of the great things you see on this blog, check them out! 

Want to save 20% off your first 3 orders? Use the link below!

Do you have food sensitivities?

Food sensitivities and related diseases affect nearly 100 million people worldwide. These sensitivities can cause a wide variety of illnesses ranging from skin rashes and headaches to chronic intestinal disease. 

The first thing that is the most important thing to understand is the difference between a food allergy and a food sensitivity. A true food allergy causes an immune system reaction that affects numerous organs in the body. Most of the time these reactions can be life-threatening or take the person down for days. This is common in allergies to things like nuts or gluten. A food sensitivity is much less problematic but more of a chronic annoyance. It causes smaller reactions and is usually connected to digestive issues. These are the most common symptoms that people experience with sensitivities:

  • Anxiety - Depression
  • Bloating - Stomach pain
  • Headaches - Sinus issues
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Impotence - Low libido
  • Fatigue - Insomnia
  • Joint Pain
  • Constipation - Diarrhea
  • Poor concentration - Brain fog
  • Craving Sugar

It is very important to understand that symptoms from sensitivities can often be delayed. One may not experience any issues until a day or two later making it difficult to pinpoint the culprit. Also, it is not only toxic triggers such as gluten or dairy that cause such a response. In fact, even healthy foods like fish, grains, and vegetables can bring on inflammation.

Often times, food intolerance can occur because of inflammation in the digestive track and or Leaky Gut. Leaky Gut is when you have experienced digestive issues chronically and the lining of the colon becomes weak, letting food particles and toxins leak into the bloodstream. This can be remedied with diet and lifestyle changes. Before you start to get tested for sensitivities, join my private Facebook Group JRW Crew to get access to me free 5-day fix to Beat the Bloat. Try to focus on these specifics for at least a couple weeks to see if symptoms subside first.

If you have tried eliminating toxic triggers or followed my guide for a bit and are still experiencing issues, then it is time to get tested. The test I turn to for all my clients is from the fully-integrated medical diagnostics company KBMO. Testing involves a simple finger prink and placement of blood on a small card. Then, the sample is sent to the lab with results arriving within 10-14 business days. This test measures sensitivity to over 132 foods, coloring, and additives spanning all the major food groups. If you suspect that you have problems with certain foods, this test will help you get to the bottom of it once and for all. Book a free consultation below to see if this test is right for you and have one sent right to your front door. 

Want additional guidance before, during, and after your test? I can help! Sign up for a 3-month mentorship with me, which will include an initial 90-minute session with me where we'll conduct the diagnostic test, and five follow-up sessions to work through the elimination of foods, personalized healing protocol, supplement strategy, and health lifestyle changes. 

To start your journey with me, sign up for a FREE Consultation todayOr you can shoot me an email at jaclyn@jaclynreneewellness.com

Living in constant pain is not a way to live, and technology has made it possible for us to understand our bodies and take action for our health. If given the opportunity, the body has an incredible ability to heal itself. 

XO Jaclyn Renee

** A core principle of the Jaclyn Renee Wellness program is to choose organic whenever possible. This includes all fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, flours, nuts, and even spices. Reducing your exposure to pesticides and chemicals is a major part in healing your body and preventing disease. 


granolaberries.jpg

5-DAY FIX: Beat the Bloat

A 5-day guide to reducing bloat and healing gut inflammation significantly.

Almost all of my dry ingredients come from Thrive Market and I get them at a fraction of the cost of what I'd pay at other stores. If you want to save money and score some of the great things you see on this blog, check them out! 

Want to save 20% off your first 3 orders? Use the link below! 

5 tips to heal your gut

Do you feel like you are constantly bloated and tired? Do you feel like no matter what you eat, healthy or not, your stomach is upset.? You may be experiencing chronic inflammation in your gut. Inflammation in your gut does not only limit you to digestive issues. Many other issues can come along with it including joint pain, chronic fatigue, brain fog, difficulty concentrating, acne, and many more. Society has taught us if there is a problem then to make it better you just have to take a pill to fix it. While that may be true for some cases, healing your gut is not one of them. In fact, taking any medications in general disrupts the healthy bacteria, or flora, that we need to keep our immune system strong and digest food properly. 

If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, then it is time to start taking action. The key to healing is to nourish your intestines with good food and vitamins to reduce inflammation. The body is a beautiful force and given the opportunity, it has the power to heal itself. Follow these 5 daily tips and you will feel better fast. If you have been experiencing digestive issues for a long time, you may have to continue these things for the rest of your life. My recommendation is to try these tips daily for 6 weeks and note how you feel. Has your bloating gone down? Do you have more energy? If so, then there is no harm in continuing for preventative care. If you fall off and feel sick again, you can pick up any of these tips again to get some relief. 

1. Hot water with lemon and honey

First thing in the morning, boil some water and add a squeeze of organic lemon and raw honey. Warm food and drink will soothe the inflammation. Lemon is known for it's detoxing properties and will assist the liver in detoxing. Honey has many health benefits including it's anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties. Together this will help flush any lingering bad bacteria and toxins and start the healing process off nicely. Trade this out for your morning coffee. Coffee on an empty stomach is very acidic and can cause early morning bloating without food in your stomach. It can also stress your adrenals and and spike your blood sugar level. If you need coffee, drink it after you've eaten a little something.

Organic raw honey

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Forget apples. A shot of this a day, will keep the doctor away for sure! With a list of health benefits longer than the line at Starbucks on a Monday morning, you will begin to see instant relief. I always recommend Bragg's apple cider vinegar (with the mother). This is one of the first things I teach my clients to do for general overall health. 

Bragg's apple cider vinegar

3. Eat slower and chew your food

These days everything is about instant gratification. Faster, stronger, better and now! If I had a nickel for every time someone told me they were busy, I'd be rich!! However, you cannot be too busy to sit down and eat food. It is the easiest way to help digestion. If you are gulping down your food in seconds, no matter what you eat, you will be bloated. If you don't chew your food thoroughly, you are allowing air to become trapped in your digestive tract which causes bubbles of gas. Also, the food is going down your throat so fast that the actual digestive process can not keep up and we miss out on essential nutrients and vitamins that we need. The process begins in your mouth with your saliva breaking down your food. Take the time to chew your food thoroughly and enjoy your meal.

4. Remove toxic triggers

The top toxic triggers for poor digestion are sugar and caffeine. They have got to go now! I know you are cursing me under your breath right now, but once you can get away from these things, you will be blessing me later. Both sugar and caffeine cause responses in the body that we are not equipped to handle. They spike our blood sugar levels and create a glucose response that forces us into a fight or flight response. This, in turn, puts a ton of stress on our hormone known as the adrenals. The more our body goes through this cycle, the worse the inflammation in our gut becomes. It also continuously forces the body to use glucose instead of our stored fat, making it near impossible to lose weight, especially in our belly. If you cannot live without caffeine, I recommend consuming it on a full stomach. Stick to decaf if possible or limit to one cup of coffee per day before 10am. For sugar, you can switch to natural sweeteners like honey, dates, or fresh fruit. Coconut palm sugar can be used as a sugar substitute for baking and such. It has a low glycemic index so it doesn't cause the blood sugar spike like white sugar. 

Organic coconut palm sugar

5. Eat cooked leafy greens

ESpecially cooked cruciferous vegetables. I love a great fresh salad but when your gut is inflamed it can be one of the worst things for it. Steam or saute leafy greens everyday with a healthy oil like olive or coconut, or ghee (clarified butter.) Try new dark greens like collards, bokchoy, spinach, chard, or kale. The greens make a huge impact on digestion and contain tons of fiber to support elimination. Don't be afraid to add them to breakfast with eggs or sneak them into soups. These are great for your skin too.

Consider a pressure cooker

Not too bad right? OK, maybe the sugar and caffeine one has you a little upset, but what have you got to lose? You've been suffering for too long and it's time to get relief. You can start slowly and incorporate one at a time or dive in and try them all together. Be advised that you might go through a little bit of a detox when you start to incorporate these things. You may want to start over a weekend so you can get plenty of rest or be prepared for the changes your body will go through. If you don't see positive changes after a week or two, then I suggest booking a  consultation so we can figure out what the root cause is. Book your consultation here. 

It is possible that you could be experiencing food allergies. If these simple steps do not do the trick, you can get tested for inflammatory foods through a simple finger prick blood test from a company called KBMO. I assist my clients ion performing the test. It takes about 2 weeks for the results. Once we receive them, we will meet and go over the necessary protocol to remove these foods and your 6 weeks action plan to heal the gut for good. 

Additional product worth noting! Try using collagen in your smoothies or food every day. Collagen and helps boost gastric juices and aids in restoring the lining. Purchase  JRW approved Vital Proteins marine collagen here.

Happy Healing! 

XO Jaclyn Renee 

** A core principle of the Jaclyn Renee Wellness program is to choose organic whenever possible. This includes all fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, flours, nuts, and even spices. Reducing your exposure to pesticides and chemicals is a major part in healing your body and preventing disease. 

Almost all of my dry ingredients come from Thrive Market and I get them at a fraction of the cost of what I'd pay at other stores. If you want to save money and score some of the great things you see on this blog, check them out! 

Want to save 20% off your first 3 orders? Use the link below! 

granolaberries.jpg

5-DAY FIX: Beat the Bloat

A 5-day guide to reducing bloat and healing gut inflammation significantly.