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Dr. Christine Bailey is a qualified nutritionist and health consultant. She is a leading gut health expert and the author of The Diet Gut Health Plan.
Dr. Bailey explains that irritable bowel syndrome affects many people, yet it’s not actually a diagnosis, but more a collection of symptoms. In fact, 10 to 20% of the population will have these symptoms, which can include bloating, abdominal pain, cramping, and alternating diarrhea and constipation. These symptoms express an imbalance in the gut and immune system. To find a solution, you must first find the trigger. For some, these issues can be caused by foods to which the body has an immune reaction. Other times, they may be caused by an overgrowth of bacteria, yeasts, or parasites in the small or large intestine. Other causes can include an imbalance in the gut microbiome, stress, or medications. It’s not always easy to find the triggers.
Dr. Bailey recommends the “R” approach to help repair the gut. The first step involves removing any triggers with the help of gastroenterologist or a process of elimination. The second step includes replacement of vital nutrients such as zinc, which can tend to be low, yet are vital for digestive health. The third step is to repopulate the gut with beneficial bacteria and yeast, usually through eating fermented foods. The fourth step is to repair the gut lining, as a leaky gut may be more prone to long-term or autoimmune conditions. The fifth step is a rebalance. This involves resetting our perception, mood, anxiety, and stress levels, which can impact not only our gut health, but our overall health.
The Diet Gut Health Plan also includes unique recipes, which have different flavorings. Those who have bacterial overgrowth may have to eliminate cellular foods, which includes onion and garlic. These new recipes provide an alternative to other bland offerings, yet they also aid in the digestion process.
To connect with Dr. Christine Bailey or learn more about The Diet Gut Health Plan, visit her website at www.christinebailey.co.uk.