Part 2 is “The Leaky Gut Quiz”
This helps to pull out the most urgent leaky gut triggers in your life to start following and give you the exact path you should go down, depending on whether you’re a tough case or a mild case. It’ll also look for other risk factors like adrenal fatigue and hormone imbalance.
My results said that diarrhea or loose stools are an issue and that I should do a 5 day diarrhea protocol before starting the 30 day protocol.
They then gave 4 criteria that digestive experts agree on,
- The frequency should be 1 – 3 times a day,
- You should have a type 4 on the bristol stool chart
- Your stools should be easy to pass, taking not much longer than 5 minutes without straining or pushing or experiencing pain, and
- Everything is out when you go to the bathroom and you don’t have to go back in right after you step out of the bathroom.
They then gave action steps for diarrhea and also noted that 95% of the people that they’ve worked with 1-on-1 suffering with digestive problems like mine tested positive for gut infections. This is no surprise because I tested positive for H. Pylori and e. coli on my stool test.
They also let me know that I am a “tough case” for solving leaky gut and I’m going to need a lot of support to heal. For tough cases, they step in and support the 3 main body systems; The gut, the liver and the hormones. Each of these support the other and if one isn’t working well it affects the others. They provide a supplement plan and a meal plan to follow specific for my case.
They then went on to say that I am at high risk for adrenal fatigue. Well low and behold I recently got my 205V Adrenal Stress Test results back which showed that I’m in late stage 2 adrenal fatigue. Spot on guys.
They even mention that “cortisol is the main hormone that is typically out-of-balance when you’re in “Adrenal Fatigue”. Cortisol can get a bad reputation as a stress hormone, but it’s really important. It’s one of the main anti-inflammatory hormones in our body. It’s also critical for regulating blood sugar levels, managing blood pressure and getting good restful sleep. Having too much or too little can be a big problem. In the case of leaky gut, we’re finding most people don’t produce enough cortisol.” Well, my cortisol levels were low considering where they should be and they were dipping into really low territory.
I know from my functional nutrition training the importance of steroid hormone balance, which they mention. Without having proper steroid hormone balance, people simply cannot be healthy. Without supporting our hormones, the protocols won’t yield the results they can.
Finally they said that I’m at risk for male hormone problems and that I’m suffering, or about to suffer from sex hormone dysregulation. My 205V already confirmed that I’m low in pretty much all of my sex hormones. So that’s 4 for 4 boys. Good job! They even mentioned how having sex hormone dysregulation can make it difficult to gain weight which is something that I’ve been trying to do for a long time now.
Based off of the results I got from taking the “Leaky Gut Quiz” they provided me with a customized roadmap to follow.
They mentioned that if you are coming from a more processed diet, you may experience detox symptoms where you will feel worse for the first 10 days. If it extends past the first 10 days you need to talk to a practitioner and seek hidden stressors. My diet is already whole foods, and because of me reading Breaking the Vicious Cycle, I’ve already cut out grains, corn, legumes, potatoes and other foods.
A really big thing they mention is to not fall into what they call the “sad Sally trap.” The hypothetical Sally has changed her diet and lifestyle and is feeling so much better, yet she still complains about everything. Don’t get caught up in what you haven’t achieved yet. Instead, track your health and take note of how your health has improved. People have the tendency to forget how they used to feel and to be concerned with only the situation they are experiencing at the present moment. They forget the progress that they made. Don’t forget where you came from! You need to remind yourself where you’ve been and how far you’ve come. You do this by Journaling every day and night. Don’t fall into the “sad sally trap.” Journal and track your health complaints and what you are doing to get better.
I will track how many days I have been doing this program and keep it in a place that I can see every day.
My Personal Protocol: The 5 day Diarrhea Protocol
There’s a lot of ways to stop diarrhea, and they give dietary and supplement tweaks to help deal with diarrhea including getting rid of the food triggers that could be causing the diarrhea and to eat really easy-to-digest food and take digestive enzymes. Reducing stress and checking for low stomach acid is also part of the plan.
They give a really nice pdf with a meal plan, recipes, how to get the right digestive enzymes, reduce stress, how to check for stomach acid and then what to do after the 5 day protocol and a little more help if you need it.
I’m personally glad that I did an MRT food sensitivity test and a 401H stool test before hand because I know which foods on the safe list cause inflammation in my body so I can exclude those, and I know that I have a h. pylori infection so I shouldn’t take HCL supplements. That’s why testing is so important!
And speaking of that, they actually talk about gut infections and what to do with them and they urged me to watch the “gut infection” video right away.
In the gut infection video I learned that it’s actually really common for people in industrialized nations have gut infections and parasites. A lot of people think that is something only relegated to third world countries. If you have a gut infection, unless you take care of that you will never be totally healthy. A lot of times it doesn’t matter what you eat If you have a parasite or infection. If you have SIBO, candida or an infectious bacteria or worms or amebas you have to take care of them!
For SIBO, that’s when you have overgrowth of bacteria in your small intestines that normally shouldn’t have that much bacteria in it.
Candida is when candida overgrows and can cause complaints.
Infections and parasites are really common in people with g.i. issues.
Infectious bacteria like h. pylori or c. difficile are big time problems that can be responsible for acid reflux and GERD symptoms and stomach cancers. They need to be eradicated.
Jordan and Steve give some options to take in concerns with this issue. I think that getting proper testing is crucial and that’s what I recommend.
You want to test all of the different areas of the gi tract to get the whole picture. This is really important because a lot of times g.i. infections come in groups. The first test to get is the SIBO Lactulose 3 hour breath test to check for SIBO. These guys recommend getting 2 advanced stool tests such as genova, doctors data and biohealth’s 401H because the testing isn’t at the level of accuracy or accountability that Jordan or Steve like. On their website they talk about how you really need to do 2 stool tests the same week to rule out any possible false negatives that can occur.
Getting the organix dysbiosis profile to check the bi-products of yeast and bacteria in your gut is also important. You want to retest 2 months after any protocol. Another option is to do a protocol for infections and then to test only after just to make sure it worked.
In the “Gut Infection” video they brought in Dr. Tom Obryan and Michelle Ross. They talk about the infection protocol that helps to control e.coli, candida and a variety of bacterial infections. There’s a really nice PDF that gives the entire outline of the protocol, which is a biocidin protocol that’s really cool because it doesn’t target the good bacteria like antibiotics do, but it only targets the bad bacteria. This is the same protocol I’m currently learning in my functional diagnostic nutrition course so this is really cool seeing this in a program such as this one.
They talk about the positive and the negative effects of detoxing by killing off too much bacteria too quickly. The toxicity can’t be eliminated fast enough so things such as fatigue, congestion, aches and pains and other symptoms can happen. There’s a way to limit the detox reactions like titrating in each supplement. You should be feeling better within 3 weeks. There shouldn’t be any long term detox symptoms which you might hear about in some dietary circles (ahem raw foodist and vegans).
The 5 day protocol involves removing food triggers, eating a specific diet, reducing stress, taking digestive enzymes and checking to see if you have low stomach acid. Then you move on to a “mild” or “tough” case meal plan.
The diet they recommend has lots of chicken soup, seafood, beef burgers, sausages, applesauce, cucumbers, electrolyte drinks, and cooked carrots.
They explicitly say that there is no such thing as a perfect protocol or perfect supplement. I’m glad I got the MRT test and did IgG testing to see what foods are reactive in my body before hand. This way I can truly customize the diet to my particular needs.
After the 5 day protocol, it’s time to move onto the “mild” or “tough” case. I’m going to move onto the “tough” case just because I know I can do it.
Since chicken soup, beef and other animal products are such a main component of this part of the diet, I’m going to order the best quality I possibly can (pasture-raised and grass fed). A few sites that offer top quality meat products are tropicaltraditions.com and grasslandbeef.com. You can also go to localharvest.org to find the best quality food near you.
I’ll order the food I need, then start the protocol once everything comes in.