A renowned, trusted, time honoured, and clinically effective pathway, this 4R protocol is used to address microbial imbalances, heal leaky gut and bring order to a chaotic gut.
As discussed in this article, leaky gut and microbiome imbalance can be implicated in many different health conditions, from eczema to allergies to weight gain. So, as naturopaths, we use this protocol often.
Stool microbiome testing is commonly recommended beforehand so we know exactly what we’re dealing with and have a marker of measurement for re-test if needed. Working with a practitioner is highly advised so they can tailor the program specifically to you and your needs and help prevent die off side effects.
If you suffer digestive problems or have an interest in gut health then I’m sure you’ve heard the term ‘leaky gut’ by now. It sounds a bit weird and can leave you wondering if it’s actually a real thing. The more technical term for leaky gut is Intestinal Permeability, and it is just as it says – gaps in the gut wall.
The gut wall lining is made up of a single layer of epithelial cells, each connected by proteins called “tight junctions”, then covered in a layer of mucous. This relatively simple combination forms a selective barrier which plays an enormous part in our defence against the outside world!
The incredibly important role of the gut wall is to be choosy: absorbing helpful nutrients and keeping out nasty organisms, toxins, and other waste products.