GI Restoration: How to Heal Your Gut (Part 2)

by Alejandra "Alex" Ruani — Get free science updates here.

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In the first part of this special Science Report series, we discussed evidence-based ways in which you can help heal your gut.

Bloating, constipation, abdominal cramping, aches… up to a quarter of people worldwide are thought to suffer from gastrointestinal problems (Shivaji and Ford, 2014).

In Part 1, we looked at the following aspects of Step 1 in the 4R Programme:

  • Alcohol
  • Energy intake
  • Stress
  • Allergens

In this second part of this special Science Report series, we explore the rest of Step 1, with a focus on what’s living within your gut:

How does sugar alter your gastrointestinal balance? And how should you go about it?

What about medicines, painkillers, antibiotics, and antacids? What does the evidence say about their effects?

Continue learning about ways to heal your gut in this comprehensive Science Report.

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Conveniently download this 71-page report (Part 2). Contains links to extra reading materials and scientific references.

Topics covered in this Part 2:

  1. Your digestive symptoms
  2. A recap of the 4R Programme
  3. What’s living in your gut
  4. Removing excesses and stressors
  5. Antacids
  6. The acid in your stomach
  7. Stomach pH and harmful bacteria
  8. Low acidity and gastritis
  9. Activation of acid-producing cells
  10. Low acidity without inflammation
  11. pH and harmful invaders
  12. NOTE: What’s a 24-hour pH test?
  13. Are antacids really beneficial?
  14. Antacids: Mini Self-Assessment
  15. Keeping a symptoms journal
  16. Stomach pH and mineral absorption
  17. Short-term vs long-term antacid use
  18. NSAIDs
  19. What are NSAIDs?
  20. The dark side of pain killers
  21. Prostanoids and your stomach lining
  22. NSAIDs and intestinal permeability
  23. Antacids and NSAIDs, a bad combo
  24. NSAIDs: Mini Self-Assessment
  25. Monitoring your symptoms
  26. The Pill
  27. Gut inflammation and pain
  28. Crohn’s disease
  29. Ischaemic colitis
  30. A multi-factorial condition
  31. The Pill: Mini Self-Assessment
  32. Alternative contraception methods
  33. High-sugar foods
  34. Refined sugar in processed foods
  35. Fermentation and resistant starches
  36. High-sugar diets and bile production
  37. Excess deoxycholate and dysbiosis
  38. Sugar Intake: Mini Self-Assessment
  39. Kicking the sugar habit
  40. Antibiotics
  41. The microbial garden in your gut
  42. Wiping out bad and good bacteria
  43. Resistance to antibiotic action
  44. Figure: Reduced Microbial Diversity
  45. How long to repopulate the gut?
  46. Parasites and paromomycin
  47. Antibiotics: Mini Self-Assessment
  48. What to do after taking antibiotics
  49. When antibiotics are necessary
  50. Your key takeaways
  51. What to expect in Part 3 of this special series
  52. Learn more
  53. References and resources


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Download the entire GI Restoration series by clicking on the links below:

  1. GI Restoration: How to heal your gut (Part 1)
  2. GI Restoration: How to heal your gut (Part 2)
  3. GI Restoration: How to heal your gut (Part 3)
  4. GI Restoration: How to heal your gut (Part 4)
  5. GI Restoration: How to heal your gut (Part 5)


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Alex Ruani leads the research division at The Health Sciences Academy, where she and her team make sense of complex scientific literature and translate it into easy-to-understand practical concepts for students. She is a Harvard-trained scientific researcher who specialises in cravings and appetite neurobiology, nutrition biochemistry, and nutrigenomics. Besides investigating and teaching the latest advances in health and nutrition science, Alex makes it easier to be smarter with her free Science Catch-ups every other Thursday.
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1 Comment

  • junior

    Reply Reply July 19, 2015

    interesting facts

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