Gut Rescue Program – Help is Here!

Are You at Your Wits’ End with Gut Health Issues & Chronic Disease??

Do NOT give up!!!  You are NOT alone, and there IS something you can do!  Trust me I have done it, and I have helped others get better too!

So many of my clients come to me as a last resort.  They have seen multiple doctors, they have been on multiple prescription medications, they have dumped crazy money into strange treatments that didn’t help.  Some of them even had important organs removed, which just made their problems worse.  Does any of this sound familiar???

We do we do about that?  Often times it is as simple as asking the right questions, and using the right tools to uncover the root cause factors causing our digestive issues.  We take out the bad, put in the good and…. Viola!!!  Symptoms Gone!!  Life back!!!

 

Following a Nutritional Therapy Program, my clients have experienced relief and resolution of the following Chronic Digestive Issues:

  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • IBS
  • IBD
  • Crohn’s
  • Colitis
  • Cramping
  • Heartburn / GERD
  • Acid Reflux
  • Celiac Disease
  • And others….

Good Health Starts AND Ends in The Gut!

Digestive issues can sometimes be less obvious and may present with symptoms and conditions such as:

  • Chronic Joint Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Weight Gain
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Brain Fog
  • Insomnia
  • Thyroid Disorders
  • Skin issues like Eczema, Psoriasis, Dandruff
  • Toe Nail Fungus
  • Chronic Sinus Infections
  • Food Allergies
  • Seasonal Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Autism
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart Disease…Ya!  You read that right!!

All of these issues and more can be related to gut imbalances and digestive dysfunction!

Digestive Dysfunction is almost always a contributing factor in any chronic disease or illness.  Even if it’s not part of the root cause, the gut will still be affected in some way…. at some point in time… if the underlying problem (or problems) are not resolved.

Take away…..If you have a chronic illness, it’s always a good idea to assess the gut!

Conventional strategies are focused on masking symptoms, killing things and cutting things out of you. Even if you feel better with those types of treatments, the “problem” may still there!  Burning under the surface and waiting to rear it’s ugly head in a different way.

Functional strategies seek to identify the sources or root causes of your digestive issues by assessing gut health from top to “bottom”.

“Keep asking questions until there are no more questions!”

What does the diet look like?  Are there suspected food allergies or food intolerances?  What does the eating enviroment look like?  Is there weakness in one of the organs of digestion?  Is it genetic or maybe due to a nutritional deficiency or maybe a mineral imbalance?  Is this imbalance causing maldigestion & malabsorbtion of nutrients from food? Is this undigested food feeding a bacterial, parasite or yeast infection???   Hmmm????  Is there a toxin present like mercury, cadmium, aluminum or other toxic metal feeding an infection or creating distress???  We can investigate those things!

Is there a simple way to investigate deeper into what’s happening in your gut?  There IS!   Thanks to the GI MAP Stool Test.

The GI MAP Stool test is the most comprehensive and most sensitive stool test that I know of.  GI MAP uses advanced DNA testing technology called polymerase chain reactivity or PCR.  It is similar to what crime labs use for forensic testing, only they are looking for microbes instead of criminals.

Microscope Stool Testing vs PCR DNA Testing

Looking for microbes under directly under a microscope can pose issues because “what if you can’t see it”.  Or what if the thing your looking for wasn’t in the sample.  That’s a common problem with stool testing.  What’s super cool about GI MAP’s PCR Testing is that they are looking for traces of DNA.  Enzymes are added to the sample that cause this DNA to multiply so it is easier to detect, even if there is only a tiny amount in the sample.  A microscope would not be able to see that.  At Happy Tummies we have found relevant infections in people that were missed by other stool tests.

 

The GI MAP looks for over 84 different markers related to:

  • H. Pylori (12 different markers and virulence factors, some of which cause stomach cancer)
  • Fungus / Candida / Yeast
  • Pathogens
  • Auto-Immune Triggering Bacteria
  • Histamine Producing Bacteria!!
  • Worms
  • Parasites
  • Viruses
  • Phyla
  • Dysbiotic / Overgrown Bacteria and SIBO short for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth
  • It measures your good bacteria too!!!
  • Pancreas
  • Gallbladder / Fecal Fat
  • Presence of Blood
  • Inflammation
  • Immune Response

I have had some amazing outcomes with long standing and really tricky cases using the GI MAP test with clients and myself!   I know from experience this information is invaluable!!  Especially when someone has been suffering for a long time and has not been able to find answers.  I am a perfect example of one of those people!!!

I found an auto-immune trigger and histamine producing bacteria on my test which I addressed with a low histamine diet and a simple antimicrobial herb, and that was the end of my horrible abdominal bloating!

Gut infections are inflammatory, disruptive to our immune systems, toxic and create a major stress on our entire body!

 

But wait!  There’s more!  You Cannot Talk about Gut Health without talking about Stress!

We all have stress in our lives  and stress can come in many forms.

It can be:

  • Emotional
  • Physical
  • Psychological
  • Environmental (Toxins)

How are you managing your stress?  Because if you are not managing your stress well, your gut health WILL be affected.  No questions asked.

The gut and the brain are intimately connected via the Gut Brain Axis.  In fact the connection is so strong that some may even argue that the gut and brain are the same organ.

****Fun Fact:  We make 400x’s more serotonin in our guts than we make in our brains.  *****

The mind body connection is very real.  If you want to heal your gut, you also need to heal your mind.

Any type of stress will cause chemical reactions in your body.  Hormones are released in response to stress which communicate with the nervous system in our guts and can affect motility (movement), mucus production, immunity and intestinal permeability…You’ve heard of Leaky gut.  This is a big deal!!!

Could IBS be related to stress??  OH YESSSS!!!!

Stress hormones, specifically cortisol, are also catabolic.  That means they break down our bodily tissues and take the components for use in fueling the stress response.  Excess Cortisol from  chronic stress will break down your intestinal lining causing it to become extra permeable, or leaky….Leaky Gut.

The integrity of our gut protects us from toxins and pathogens entering our blood stream.  When this barrier is broken, we loose our protection.  We also loose the integrity of our immune system which resides (about 85% of it) in our guts.  This leaves us “Up Poop Creek without a paddle”…  wide open for systemic infections and autoimmunity.  And guess what??  All of that just added to our total stress burden.  It is a vicious cycle!!!

This is such a crucial piece that I have included a Mindfulness component as part the Gut Rescue Program.

 

A What’s included in Happy Tummies Gut Rescue Program?
  • Full Nutritional Therapy Assessment
  • Functional Exam of the Gut using gentle pressure at various points on and around the gut
  • GI MAP Stool Test (over 84 markers including microbial, function and inflammatory markers)
  • Customized Diet for a Happy Gut
  • 3 Months of support with weekly communication
  • Accountability – Weekly Food and Mindfulness Log Review
  • Gut Balancing Therapy
  • Optional – Free Guided Meditation Session
  • Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis may be added on for an additional cost
  • Blood Panel may be added on for an additional cost

Book an Appointment

Getting your life back is NOT too much to ask for.  Are you ready?

Call Hollie at 843-227-1042 to schedule an Assessment and find out if the Gut Rescue Program is right for you!

Hollie Donelson – Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner

Happy Tummies of the Lowcountry, LLC
167 A Bluffton Rd./ PO Box 899
Bluffton, South Carolina 29910

Tel: (843) 227-1042

Email: hollie4realfood@gmail.com

 

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4367209/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5772764/

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