Starting with GI Health includes the following:
Your GI Health Plan which includes the list of supplements, their dosages and timing of consumption. This plan is unique to you and your schedule. Here is an example.
Food List - this identifies food types and quantities to ensure you obtain adequate protein intake, healthy oils/fats and carbohydrates which are nutrient dense and reduce sugar and starch intake.
Example menus - These support the Food List above. You will however have to remove those food types that are not allowed by the Food List to support the food elimination process. Healthy Transformation Program Guide and Healthy Transformation Additional Recipes and Shopping Tips.
For some, the program introduces different vegetable types than they are accustom. This file on “3 Steps to Loving Your Veggies” will help. Nutrient dense vegetables are important to provide the vitamins and mineral necessary for cellular metabolism and carry out the role of the body’s organs and systems.
For most, the program lowers the carbohydrate level more than they are accustom to. This is on purpose as GI pathogens like sugar and starch. The other reason is to facilitate weight loss. This quick reference on “Starting Keto” will help.
Habits to enforce:
Make sure you have at least 1 daily bowel movement. If pathogens are being killed off, toxins will be released. It is important to help them out of your body.
Drink plenty of clean water, at least 6 to 8 cups a day. This ensures you are hydrated enough to urinate routinely to remove toxins and to ensure your cells and hence your organs function optimally for metabolism and detoxification.
Things to be observant of:
Herxheimer effect: this is a short-term detoxification reaction in the body. For example, yeast house in the vacinity of 50 different toxins. Those toxins are released as yeast is killed off. The volume of die off can release more toxins than the body is able to adequately detox. This can present itself as flu-like symptoms including headache, joint and muscle pain, body aches, sore throat, general malaise, sweating, chills, nausea or other symptoms. This is a normal and even healthy — reaction that indicates that parasites, fungus, viruses, bacteria or other pathogens are being effectively killed off. The biggest problem with the Herxheimer reaction is that people stop taking the supplement or medication that is causing the reaction, and thus discontinue the very treatment that is helping to make them better. Although the experience may not make you feel particularly good, the Herxheimer Reaction is actually a sign that healing is taking place.
Your bowel movement: you should be observant of your bowel movement, not only frequency but shape and texture as well - the extremes being constipation to diarrhea. In the case of yeast die off, you may see white/yellowish pieces in your stool resembling toilet paper and even strands.
Be “mindful” of how you feel - all over. Some experience a period of diarrhea or constipation followed by ideal regular bowel movements and a healthy feeling abdomen. It is helpful to take note and track these events. You checked you symptoms initially with the GI Symptoms Questionnaire. Take note of how your symptoms may be changing.
GI Health includes the 5R aspects described below. During GI Health, they are grouped into 3 phases: 1) remove, 2) replace and reinoculate and 3) regenerate with the last step being to retain the progress made with nutritional aides as required.