by Dr. David Minkoff September 17, 2023 6 min read
Disclaimer: Neither this article, nor the Gut Health Guide or Protocol, make any claims as to treatment or cure of any disease or illness. This information, guide, and protocol exist only to help raise the overall health of our gut through nutritional means.
This is Week One where we’ll be starting off with the protocol while at the same time learning more about how the gut functions and what is preventing it from functioning properly so we have a full understanding of what’s happening and why.
This is probably the most important protocol we have released.
Our gut is the chief entrance to our body. And its ability to break down foods into nutrients our cells need to function, to balance our hormones, to provide key neurotransmitters for our brain and nervous system, and to prevent harmful toxins and microorganisms from making it into our bloodstream, is more important than any other aspect of our body to ensure our overall health, ability and longevity.
While that sounds simple, if you look at the entirety of what it entails, you'll see the importance of a well functioning gut.
Our hormones control the overall functioning of our body at the direction of our brain. If key neurotransmitters are low, we won’t just be stressed out, anxious or sleepless, our brain’s control of the body through hormones goes off.
If our hormones are deficient or out of balance, our cells aren’t getting the correct messages at the correct times to carry out the functions they need to so we can maintain energy, strength and ability levels.
If toxins or microorganisms make it through into our bloodstream they can destroy tissue and corrupt cell structures, overloading our immune system and causing autoimmunity. And they can corrupt our DNA, leading to faulty cell repair or replacement.
They also cause intense sugar cravings, gas, inches of bloating around our waist, prevent weight loss, give us heartburn, GERD, and IBS, make muscle building hard, cause skin trouble, and just give us an overall bad time.
Even more, and while it takes longer to see, as there are only so many stem cells in our body to replace injured or destroyed cells, and as they each can only replace cells a set number of times, the more we use them to heal the damage done by these harmful bacteria and toxins that get through our gut, the sooner they run out.
And they are the key to our overall longevity.
So this is important.
Over the next thirty days we’re going to address your digestion, harmful bacteria, candida and parasites that my be living in your digestive tract, Leaky Gut, and your microbiome, the trillions of bacteria living in your colon.
We’ll be breaking down the biofilms that protect these harmful microorganisms that weigh on our energy levels, strength, immune system, brain function and hormones, and destroying the majority of them. (Some parasites may need specific addresses from a functional medical doctor).
By the end of the thirty days your digestion, energy levels, sugar cravings, hormonal balance, cortisol levels, ability to gain muscle and lose fat, ability to sleep soundly, and overall stress levels and health will be significantly improved.
All you have to do is follow the protocol.
Keep to the foods and food types on the yes list and avoid the foods on the no list as they will make the process much longer.
And make sure to take the supplements listed in the ways listed.
These supplements help to kill off the harmful microorganisms while adding to and feeding the beneficial bacteria in our gut.
At the same time they help to protect our cells from the bio-toxins these microorganisms release and help to repair the damage they’ve done.
It is especially key to follow the directions in regards to Bio Clear. While taking more won’t harm you, it could make you feel uncomfortable if you go too fast, as these bacteria release bio-toxins when they die and too much bacterial death could overload the immune system.
Move up gradually with this for the easiest and most effective route through.
As covered in the protocol, the first 1-2 weeks are when you will experience most of the reactions. This is when we will be starving the harmful bacteria, candida and parasites in the colon (while feeding the beneficial bacteria), and at the same time disrupting the biofilms they hide behind so they can be destroyed.
During this you may experience flu-like symptoms of headaches, body aches, or chills.
You may get quite tired.
That’s fine, just get more rest and sleep. And if overly tired, don’t workout that day or the next as your body needs it’s energy to get through this and working out on top of this will put too much stress on the immune system.
Gas and bloating may increase some at first, but this will go way as well.
Make sure you're drinking plenty of water, at least 8 glasses per day, but more if you need it.
If you experience any diarrhea, make sure to take electrolytes, as this can dehydrate you as much or more than sweating. This may occur when the body is trying to get rid of toxins or bio-toxins released, or the microorganisms once they’re out of their protective bio-films.
Electrolytes are also very helpful to flush the toxins and bio-toxins out of the body.
By the end of the first week, or possibly the second week, most of these reactions should be gone or significantly reduced.
Over weeks three and four, energy levels, strength and mood should lift.
Brain fog should start clearing and it should become easier to relax and fall into deep sleep.
Gas and bloating should have subsided and will continue to.
Digestive troubles should have cleared up or be far on their way to being, depending on how bad they were before.
Cravings for sugar and junk food should also be much lower and you may have lost weight as well.
By the end you will feel much better than you did at the beginning, and if you carry on further it will not only be much easier to do, but will carry on producing even more results for up to a few months.
I wish you the very best on this, it’s quite effective and quite significant in it’s results on overall health.
If you need any help or advice during this, make sure to join our VIP group where you can ask any questions you have.
There are certain metrics you should keep while doing this, starting today. They will help you to judge how far along you are and how well you’re doing.
Remember, these may get worse for the first 1-2 weeks before they get better and then continue to get better.
You do not need to keep track of all these metrics, and different metrics will be more important to different people.
Keep track of the ones important to you.
Sleep, Heart Rate & HRV:
Each day note down, to the best of your ability, how many hours of sleep you got the night before.
If you have an Oura Ring, Apple Watch or other device, keep track of how many hours and minutes of Deep Sleep and Rem Sleep you got.
Also keep track of your Resting Heart Rate (RHR) and Heart Rate Variability (HRV).
At first deep sleep may lessen some, Resting Heart Rate and body temperature may rise, and HRV may lower.
Then they will reverse again.
On the first day, measure your waist at the belly button and note down the exact measurement.
You will then measure it again at the beginning of weeks 2, 3 and 4, and at the very end.
The gas and bloating caused by SIBO is generally more significant than most people think and often we can lose an inch or more.
Next, starting today, and weekly through the end of this protocol, rate yourself on these points and note them down each week:
1. Rate your energy levels on a scale of 1-5, with 1 being very lethargic and 5 being very energetic.
2. Rate how refreshed you do or don't feel after sleep from 1 to 5, with 1 being not refreshed at all and 5 being very refreshed. (Remember, if your body needs more sleep during this, give it the sleep it needs).
3. Rate your stress levels on a scale of 1-5, with 1 being very stressed out often and 5 being more relaxed and much less stressed.
4. Rate your mental alertness on a scale of 1-5, with 1 being heavy brain fog or lessened mental alertness and 5 being quite alert and quick-thinking.
5. If you had indigestion, acid reflux, GERD, IBS or constipation often before starting this, keep track of this as well on a week to week basis, with 1 being quite bad and 5 being no trouble anymore.
That’s everything. I wish you well on your adventure and hope to see you happy, smiling, energetic, and very healthy at the other end!
Again, if you need any help or have any questions, do join the VIP Group where you can ask any question you have and get support.
And if you’re just starting and haven’t seen the Gut Heath Protocol yet, check it out.
And use the code GUTHEALTH to stock up on any needed products.
by Dr. David Minkoff
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