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.
Removing aggravating factors reduces irritation, damage, inflammation and symptoms and paves the way for healing to occur.
Ensure your gut has what it needs for adequate function and breakdown of food. These necessities may have been depleted by inflammation, diet, medications like antacids, or stress.
This is where the gut lining gets some love. We use specific supplements here to reduce inflammation, soothe the gastrointestinal tract, support the mucosal layer and directly repair the damaged gut.
Introduce more good bugs and feed them well. This helps rebalance the gut microbiome to prevent leaky gut recurring.
And one more: Relax!
Chronic stress reduces production of stomach acid and enzymes required for adequate breakdown of food and reduces blood flow to the gut for healing.
If you get the gut feeling you would benefit from this protocol, reach out for a 15 minute discovery call to see how I can help – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally written by Leila DiQuinzio for I Quit Sugar