Frequently asked questions
Yes! All three supplements included in the kit can be a part of an ongoing healthy way of life program.
FODMAP stands for “fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols,” a group of carbohydrate types that may not be completely absorbed in the digestive tract and may trigger gut distress. While several foods that contain FODMAPs are generally really healthy (like garlic, onion and avocado), it’s worth a try to eliminate FODMAPs if you are having gastrointestinal symptoms like diarrhea, gas, bloating, etc.
While VeganMax is our go-to protein powder option for people that do not tolerate dairy, it may not be best to include it during your first GUT.FIX nutrition program. VeganMax is made from peas (legumes) and rice (grains), which are both generally low-inflammatory proteins. For GUT.FIX, we want to try to eliminate legumes and grains for a period of time, then reintroduce them to see how they impact you.
Always check with your healthcare provider regarding supplements and nutrition changes—especially if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Generally speaking, the supplement components of the GUT.FIX program are safe, but check with your physician regarding your unique situation. While we focus on whole, real foods, the nutrition plan may be a bit restrictive. Be sure to consume adequate carbohydrates and nutrients during these critical developmental times.
Heartburn medications are designed to reduce stomach acid levels and be used for a 2-4 week period. While there are times when heartburn medications are necessary, low levels of stomach acid negatively impact the breakdown and absorption of protein, Vitamin B12 and iron. Talk to your physician about the risks and benefits of any medication you are taking. The Digestive Enzymes are designed to support levels of stomach acid at mealtime, and are therefore contraindicated with heartburn medication. Please work with your physician to determine whether or not this supplement is appropriate for you.
Digestive health is closely related to our overall stress levels. You can keep your exercise routine to what is “typical” for you, but we recommend not increasing the intensity or duration of your exercise sessions while on the program. Some active recovery, such as pilates, yoga or tai chi, may be beneficial to help with stress levels.
It’s important to realize that gut health can be incredibly complex. When switching from processed foods to real foods, a reasonable level of gas, bloating or discomfort is to be expected at first. The GUT.FIX program addresses several of the most common factors that can disrupt optimal digestive health. However, there is a chance your symptoms are related to something the GUT.FIX kit may only provide slight relief from. There are a number of gut health factors that you directly control, but many more that can control you, such as ulcers, gut infections and underlying sensitivities and allergies, to name a few. The factors that commonly affect gut health that are not in your direct control often require medical attention from a licensed practitioner. Even with gut-friendly eating and mealtime habits, healing your gut may need extra attention if there are other issues wreaking havoc in your system. We recommend working closely with a medical practitioner that is skilled in assessing digestive function and addressing treatment plans to help get to the root cause and address it to alleviate the symptoms. Make sure you check with your physician before beginning any new program.
Most vegetarian sources of protein are triggers for gut imbalances, so using high quality, minimally processed animal proteins from healthy animals fed their natural diet (along with the enzymes of course!) during GUT.FIX is preferred. Within vegetarian restrictions, both Amino Complex and BCAAs are encouraged on GUT.FIX and can contribute to amino acid pools.
If you are looking to reduce your intake of quality animal proteins from meat, poultry, and fish, we’ll have to take a slightly modified approach for you to get additional sources of protein during your program. If you want to go that route, consider adjusting the program to include:
- A complete rice and pea protein such as VeganMax
- Organic, pastured egg yolks (typically tolerated better than egg whites)
- Organic tempeh
From a purely gut health standpoint (not related to your particular vegetarian preferences), including some of those sources above could potentially compromise the results of the program.
You can absolutely utilize the GUT.FIX kit and supplements without doing the full GUT.FIX program. The GUT.FIX program is designed to be a modified elimination diet in combination with supportive supplements and improved mealtime habits to take a comprehensive approach to supporting optimal gut health.
That being said, each component of the program brings its own benefit. Taking the supplements found in the kit are designed to complement any nutrition approach. Taking the supplements and heightening your focus on chewing thoroughly and slowing down at mealtime is even better. You can modify the elimination diet as well to adjust it to the changes you are personally ready to make.
The full program and guided elimination diet are mindfully designed to go together for the best results. However, doing some of it is better than doing none of it.
No, the 30-day meal plan provided is just an example. Ideally, follow the approved and non-approved foods list to your liking, ensuring that you are prioritizing protein, healthy fat, and produce at each meal.