If you have digestive issues, getting your gut back on track can feel like a huge ordeal. Where exactly should you start? Here, Dr. Rawls explains the role diet can play in healing gut dysfunction and describes which foods you should consider filling your plate with. Learn how to upgrade your diet with 10 pantry swaps here.
Question: How do you bring balance back to the gut?
Tim Yarborough: So how do you balance your gut once it gets unbalanced?
Dr. Rawls: One thing: You have to change your food. You know, you don’t have to go back to an ancient foraged food diet, as I’ve said. But you do have to eat more vegetables than anything else. And you do have to be really careful about most grains. There are some grains that seem to be well tolerated. Rice, the storage proteins, and lectins do not seem to be as damaging as wheat and some other grains.
Quinoa is fairly well tolerated. So there are some foods beyond just vegetables that you can eat, leaning toward naturally-fed meats and naturally-produced meats instead of grain-fed meats, corn, and soybean-fed is certainly in your favor.
All of those have to be part of it. So diet is upfront. That’s what you have to do. How you go about life, how you go about food, changing that approach will gradually heal the entire gut from top to bottom. How long it takes is highly variable. It depends on the degree of dysfunction and how long it’s been going on.