Incorporating 5 Essentials™
- Get a chiropractor adjustment to remove any interference in the “gut-brain axis,” which is the communicationnetwork between your brain and your central nervous system.(8,9) Because your gut and brain are linked, you have to have good communication in your central nervous system to have a healthy gut.(8,9)
Minimize the amount of water you drink with meals. It can potentially dilute mineral balance and digestive stomachenzymes.(10)
Avoid high-sugar, packaged, and processed foods, like frozen dinners, granola bars, cereals, hot dogs, anddesserts.(11,12) Also, read the Nutrition Facts label and avoid these ingredients: high-fructose corn syrup, dextrose, maltose, trans fats, and hydrogenated oil. A high-sugar, highly-processed diet reduces the number and diversity of beneficial bacteria in the gut.(11,12)
Eat a primarily plant-based diet or consume more plant-based carbohydrates like whole and ancient grains, veggies, nuts, and berries.(13) Plants contain phytochemicals that feed your healthy gut bacteria and can improve digestion.(13)
Increase fiber intake by eating more veggies, whole and ancient grains, low-sugar berries, and legumes.(14) Men should aim for 38 grams and women should aim for 25 grams.(15) Fiber fermentation in the gut produces short chain fatty acids, which improve immunity, protect your gut lining, and can help prevent inflammatory diseases, like colon cancer.(14,16)
Eat fermented foods, such as kimchi, sauerkraut, and no-sugar-added coconut yogurt. Fermented foods support the colonization of healthy gut bacteria, which helps improve digestion, nutrient absorption, and fight off pathogens.(17,18) You can also take probiotics, which has been shown to help to balance and maintain healthy gut flora.(18)
Get 7-9 hours of sleep per night.(19) Interrupted and lack of sleep changes your gut microbiota.(20)
Reduce stress. Try deep breathing, meditation, or keeping a stress diary.(21) Stress causes inflammation, irritates yourstomach, and can alter your gut microbiota.(22)
Be positive. Maintain a positive mindset by thinking of your goals and successes.(23) The gut-brain connection suggeststhat your mood can impact your gut health and vice versa.(24)
Oxygen & Exercise
Perform endurance exercise frequently. Both high-intensity and low intensity workouts can support a healthy gut.(25,26) The increase in oxygen in your body from cardiovascular exercise can increase the diversity of your healthy gut bacteria.(25,26)
Please consult with your healthcare practitioner before starting any exercise program.
Don’t smoke or drink alcohol. Both deplete healthy gut bacteria, lower your immune system, and can contribute to intestinal damage.(27)
If you can, avoid taking medications and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories. These kinds of medications can reduce healthy gut bacteria and contribute to antibiotic-resistance.(28,29)
Talk to your healthcare practitioner about including these and/or any other supplements in your dietary practices.
Gut Health Supplement Recommendations
PurePath™ Fiber (unflavored)
Gut Renew (capsules or powder)
Detox System - Cell Detox
Detox System - Body Detox
Instructions for Use
2 capsules before each meal
1 teaspoon in water or juice, twice daily
2 teaspoons in water daily
1 tablespoon or 7 capsules daily
2 capsules daily, 30 minutes before a meal
2 capsules daily, one hour before bedtime
Multivitamin (Men's or Women's)
Vitamin D3 + Probiotics
B-Complex with Delayed Release
Instructions for Use
1 capsule twice daily with food
1 capsule daily with food
1 capsule daily
2 softgels - 1 -2 times daily with food
4 capsules daily with food
Never modify any medications or other medical advice without your healthcare practitioner’s support.
*For optimal results, we recommend you perform a metabolic analysis profile test, which tests for key biomarkers that identify nutritional deficiencies, toxicities, bacterial overgrowth, and drug effects. Talk with your MaxLiving Chiropractor about the Metabolix Program to get tested and be able to obtain a more customized health plan.
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