Chris Kresser is a neighbor and my favorite savant when it comes to ancestral health and how it informs functional medicine. He generously answered my burning questions about how he got into functional medicine and Paleo, gut health, and his latest interests….
- Remove inflammatory foods that irritate the gut. This will depend upon the person, of course, but in general a Paleo diet is a great place to start. Nightshade plants like eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes may also need to be removed, as they cause problems for some people.
- Eat gut-friendly foods. These include fermented foods (such as sauerkraut and kefir/yogurt, assuming you tolerate dairy) as well as fermentable fibers that feed the beneficial gut flora, which are found in starchy plants like sweet potatoes and plantains, as well as many fruits and vegetables.
- Take high quality probiotics and prebiotics. In a perfect world we wouldn’t need these, but due to the damage many of us have done to our guts over time, probiotics and prebiotics are often necessary. Prescript Assist is my favorite probiotic, and there are many good choices for prebiotics, including resistant starch (e.g. potato starch, plantain flour, etc.), non-starch polysaccharides (inulin, FOS, larch, etc.), and soluble fiber (acacia, glucomannan, psyllium, etc.).