I gave up coffee for 3 weeks.

Holy cow.

I love coffee. I love the smell of it, the taste of it, the way it perks me up.

I also love the occasional gluten-free dessert, chocolate, and snacking on nuts and seeds. I love eggs and bacon, and my paleo sandwich bread. I love butter, and I love the occasional slice of grass-fed cheese or cup of grass-fed yogurt. I love spicy food, and baba ganoush made with smoked eggplant. But I gave all of these up for 3 weeks.

Why? Well, it comes down to one simple thing: I’m trying to get to know my body better. I’m trying to learn what is healthy for me. Those all may be healthy for some people, but for me, they could be problematic.

The fact is that no matter what I do, I always seem to have issues with bloating. Don’t get me wrong, if you’ve read my story, you know that I’ve battled with a lot of digestive issues. I’m nowhere near that point anymore. I’ve done a lot of healing.

But there seems to be a lingering bloating issue that continued when I expanded my diet.

So what do you do when you have annoying digestive problems, and you can’t seem to tell where they’re coming from?

What do you do when you have any repeating health or weight issues that don’t seem to go away?

You get to the root of the problem.

You see, most health issues come from the fact that our digestive systems are damaged. This usually creates a cycle of problems – from bloating, constipation, and diarrhea, to skin rashes, acne, and sinus issues.

You never know when the problems will turn up because something happens in your body when your digestive system becomes damaged: your immune system goes haywire. And this has a cascade of effects on how you feel and how your body functions.

This condition of a compromised gut has been called “Leaky Gut Syndrome” by some. Whatever you want to call it, the truth is clear: our gut health is inextricably tied to our whole health.

Your gut lining, your gut bugs , and even parasites can cause a host of issues with your digestion, skin, mood, and ability to think clearly.

Want some science on this? Check out this article from Johns Hopkins Medicine that discusses the link between your gut bacteria and immune health. Or this article from NCBI (the National Center for Biotechnology Information) that explains that the lymphoid tissue in your gut makes up about 70% of the entire immune system, and how this is related to food consumption. And here’s yet another article from the U.S. National Library of Medicine that discusses the role of the gut in overall immune health and autoimmune diseases.

Science can’t deny the connection: your gut has the potential to control the health of your entire body. Healing your gut, then, can be one of the most critical things you can do to feel and function better.

Some problematic foods that could be causing your health to decline are:

all nuts and seeds
all nightshades (eggplant, peppers, mushrooms, potatoes, and more)
all dairy
all grains
cacao (chocolate)
all caffeine (including coffee and black tea!)
and all sweeteners (including stevia)

It may seem drastic, but in most people with recurring health issues, removing these foods for a short time is a must. Why? Because healing your gut can only begin when you take out all of the foods that may be damaging it.

Then, you support your gut with supplements to rebuild the health of your gut lining, and reintroduce foods slowly, one at a time, to find what is causing the damage.

For a lot of people, reading this may seem like great but heavy news. Many people connect to this and know that their health would be better if they could let go of some of these foods for a while. But it seems overwhelming and difficult. So we never make the change

If this is you, participating in private coaching or in my Find Your Healthy Balance program can help you get the support you need to make the change.

Check out the program here, and get started on finding your health today!

In Health,