Improve Digestive Health

3 Healing Case Studies

One of my favorite questions we get (and have been getting for years) basically come down to this: “When am I going to get better?

I love this question.  Mostly because when I was sick 7 years ago I spent endless hours trolling Google trying to find the answer myself.  So I’m going to share some of the writing I’ve done about this before… because I could reply back with any number of cliché inspirational sayings we have, like:

  • “It took a long time to get sick and it takes a long time to get better”
  • “This healing process is a marathon, not a sprint – you’re doing great!”
  • “Everyone has a custom diet that works for them… you just have to keep testing until you find yours”

Each of these reassuring clichés is completely true, but what I love about it is: it means you’ve already taken an action and started changing your diet/supplements/etc.  You already accomplished the most difficult part of taking control of her health by overcoming thoughts in your head like “What if it doesn’t work for me?” or “I don’t have time to cook all this food.

Starting the diet is not only the first step, but it’s the most important one.  And it usually means you’re finally on the way to unlocking your body’s natural ability to heal.

So When Will You Get Better?

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Blackboard and 'Plan - Do - Check - Act' concept

One of the most common questions we get from people every day is about being “stuck” on their diet.

They’ve changed their diet to improve their stomach problems, and maybe they feel a little better, but they still don’t feel as good as they should.

Whether the diet is SCD, GAPS, Paleo, or WAPF…

Their emails typically go something like this:

“Hey Jordan and Steve, 40 days ago I started the Specific Carbohydrate Diet using your book and at first I felt amazing! I finally had my first formed stool in years, but since the first week or so I’m still getting horrible stomach pain and bloating after meals and I still have loose stools 3-4 times a day. The diet doesn’t seem to be working anymore. I’m only eating beef, pureed carrots, chicken soup, applesauce, and winter squash. I’m going insane eating like this! Can you help?”

Can you relate to this email?

Do you feel like the diet isn’t working for you anymore?

Are you frustrated because you’re only eating a few foods and still not feeling better? Do you feel “stuck” and ready to give up?

If so, there are 5 primary troubleshooting tips that could help you get “unstuck” and feeling like the diet is working again.

Troubleshooting is all about becoming your own “Health Engineer” and beginning to test and tweak your way out of this to get control of your symptoms. Troubleshooting is the difference between those people that heal and those people that never get better.

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digestive-disease-epidemic

Digestive disease is an epidemic…

It’s estimated that over 64 Million People in the US are affected by digestive disease…

  • 600,000 have Crohn’s Disease
  • 1,000,000 have Ulcerative Colitis
  • 3,000,000 have Celiac Disease
  • 60 Million have IBS

What’s worse? It’s expensive! Based on 2004 data that’s beginning to get outdated, the burden of digestive disease costs $141.8 billion annually.

It’s absolutely frightening so many of us are dealing with these types of stomach problems, and what’s worse? Hiding them because poop is a taboo topic in today’s world.

Steve and I were both are part of these statistics… and we personally feel like we’re no longer a part of it. I’m no longer suffering from the symptoms of Digestive Disease. And that’s what this community is all about: lowering these digestive disease statistics…

If you’re reading this right now, you’re probably part of these statistics.
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This is a picture of my annual re-testing regimen. It includes an array of the best quality blood testing, urine testing, saliva testing, and stool testing… OH MY!

This year, it set me back another $2,057.

YIKES!

Here’s the breakdown of my annual re-testing regimen:

    1. Metametrix #2205 Stool Test
    2. Metametrix #0091 Organic Acids Urine Test
    3. BioHealth #205 Functional Adrenal Stress Profile Saliva Test
    4. BioHealth #401H GI Pathogen Screen Stool Test
    5. Dr. Kalish’s Mind Mapping Brain Chemistry Testing (Urine)
    6. A LabCorp Comprehensive Blood Test Panel

    Why spend so much on testing… especially when I feel better than ever?

    Because I’m committed to completely reversing my chronic illness, no matter what it takes… no matter what the cost.

    I take my annual checkup very seriously. It’s how I monitor my healing journey. It’s how I make sure the problems I’ve already overcome aren’t rearing their ugly head again. And it’s how I learn even more from my Functional Medicine mentors about reversing chronic illness…

    Not only that, but ultimately, it’s how I uncover the deeper root causes of my disease.

    Because Overcoming Chronic Illness is Like Peeling Back the Layers of an Onion

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    Thyroid gland

    If you’re struggling with constipation, diarrhea, or stomach pain… it may be related to your thyroid. In fact, your thyroid might be a root cause for your current health issues. It was for me.

    My acne never seemed to go away even though I was doing everything right for years. And my energy wasn’t really all that robust. Not to mention every time I traveled I’d get constipated. It wasn’t until I fixed my thyroid that my skin got clear, energy really took off and the travel constipation stopped happening.

    This is an example of how the body is a complex system and just focusing on the pain can lead to symptom management and never getting to the root cause of your problems. In today’s post, we’ll explore why anyone with gut issues should get their thyroid tested.

    Why is the thyroid so important?

    It’s a hormone factory responsible for two seriously important hormones that do a lot of heavy lifting in the body, like running your metabolism. Every single cell in your body has a need for thyroid hormone… and when things go wrong, your whole body takes a hit.

    It starts with the metabolism…

    Our Metabolism Isn’t as Complex as it Seems

    Our human metabolism is made up of all the chemical reactions that take place inside your body:

    • Fat metabolism
    • Carbohydrate metabolism
    • Protein synthesis
    • Protein catabolism
    • Insulin secretion
    • Cognition and nervous system responses
    • And cardiac output

    … just to name a few general ones.

    Think of the metabolism as the cells in your body doing exactly what they need to do, when they need to do it. Depending on the location of these cells, certain jobs or reactions will be performed. Add up all of these reactions and this is your metabolism.

    The cells in our bodies are told what to do by inputs from messengers. The messenger inputs that give cells directions are mostly hormones. So, if your hormones are either high or low, then problems begin to occur with the reactions inside the cells (metabolism). This cascades into symptoms we can actually feel. Particularly, too much or too little hormones are problems, because our cells will perform too many or too few reactions as signals are received.

    Now, let’s get nerdy about Thyroid Hormones and the role they play with your gut.

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