Gut Healing

I like common sense approaches to wellness. Approaches that when I think about how the body works, make sense. This has always been apparent to me during the pregnancy and birth cycle. For example, I didn’t need research to tell me that putting a baby skin to skin with its mother was a good thing – for both mom and baby. It also makes sense to me that a woman’s body will slow or even stop labor when fear sets in – I saw this as a child when our mama dog would stop labor if her “nest” was disturbed. I could go on.

As it relates to health for all of us, it is common sense to me that if you are having symptoms of imbalance in your body: fatigue, inflammation, insomnia, diarrhea, constipation, allergies, autoimmune, depression/anxiety, hormones imbalances, frequent illness, or prolonged illnesses and on……., we ought to look to the root of the problem, rather than throwing medications at it. It also makes sense to me that the health of our gastrointestinal tract, or gut, – from mouth to rectum – impacts our overall wellness. It is a part of the body that is the container for communication between outside the body and inside the body. The lining serves as the gateway and it doesn’t work well if it is inflamed. If it doesn’t work well, the rest of the body is impacted.

What gets the gut out of wack? The quality and type of food we eat, the environmental toxins we are regularly exposed to, and our lifestyle, all interfere with proper function. We worsen the situation by throwing prescription drugs at the symptoms.

What can we do to heal our guts? Again, some common sense comes in. If you have an inflamed or irritated area on you skin, what types of things would you do? Remove and avoid things that irritate it, and apply things that nourish it and support its healing. We can do the same for our guts. Some initial things to implement:

  • Eat a whole food diet, rich in lots of vegetables, and fiber. Reduce or eliminate processed foods, refined carbohydrates and sugar. For many people taking a break from gluten and dairy is also helpful.
  • Add good bacteria to the gut through eating fermented foods. Consider taking a probiotic.
  • Limit the use of harsh chemicals in your home and on your body. Avoid antibacterial soaps.

If we want to go even deeper with healing the gut, we can set aside 4-6 weeks and focus on healing. We can remove irritants and inflamers through an elimination diet. We can replace digestive enzymes while our system heals. We can repair our gut with healing herbs and supplements. And we can reinoculate our gut with “good” bacteria.

In my practice, I have found anyone who undertakes a gut healing (or gentle cleanse) experiences a positive shift in their health. If you are interested in healing your gut, there are many resources online that can guide you through the process, or you may find undertaking this with the support of a group and a health care provider more your speed. Either way, I have yet to meet someone who undertook the experience and regretted the choice.

At my Woman’s Wellness visit, Amy suggested that the Gut Healing Class could be very beneficial to me and the health problems I was dealing with, so i decided to give it a try.

And I’ve got to say, the Gut Healing Class was the best thing I’ve done for myself! I started the class with so many health issues: achy/swollen and painful joints, feeling tired and fatigued even after a full nights sleep, IBS – irritable bowl syndrome, repeated mouth sores, just not feeling well almost everyday.

Now a month later, i am so thrilled to share that all of the above issues are either gone or at least 80% better! And I am empowered to know my health and well being are truly impacted by the food choices I make. Feeling accomplished, proud and healthy!

Thank you Amy for your recommendation, your knowledge, guidance, support and encouragement through this journey. I have not felt this good in a long time!!

At 75 years of age I believed all my aches and pains were due to arthritis. Both of my shoulders were giving me a lot of trouble and I believed that shoulder replacement would be in my future.

My wife had signed up for the Gut Healing class with Little Tree and I had agreed to drive her there. I sat in on the 1st meeting and I listened to all the expectations of the process and decided I want to try this as well.

We just finished up the 4th week and have started into our reintroduction phase.  I am pleased to report that I no longer
have any shoulder pain along with other nagging aches and pains.  My energy level is amazing, I sleep better and to date I have lost 14 pounds.

Amy Wallace and Little Tree have changed my life, and have given me the control to manage what to eat and what to avoid. It allows me to control and manage my own health by listening to my body.

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