How to heal your gut by addressing these….and by these, I mean a multitude of different things.

Way back when, I thought gut healing meant, “Stop eating the junk and you’ll be healed.”

My goal is to help you see that by healing your gut, you’ll heal your life. Oftentimes, healing your life (by way of addressing all the things I’m addressing today) can also heal your gut. It’s a two-way street.

Nutrition (aka stop eating the junk) is only a small portion of the equation. 

How to Heal Your Gut By Addressing These

This post was sparked by a graphic I shared on Instagram from The Organic Dietitian.

I asked, “Which of these topics do you want to know more about?”

I think every single one was mentioned. So I decided to not only share the main list, but to then list each one out and give detailed information. 

Let’s start at the top and go around clockwise.

14 Things to Address for Healing Your Gut

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How to Heal Your Gut by Addressing These #guthealth #thyroid #stress #leakygut

Okay, while I think I have mentioned all 14 on A Gutsy Girl, I haven’t written in detail about them all.

The goal of this post is to give you brief information with all the links for further information in one place. Therefore, if I’ve written about the topic in detail, simply click the link to be taken to that piece of information.

If I have not yet written about it in detail, know that it’s coming. Once it’s here, I’ll be sure to link the full post back on this original one as well.

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According to the National Institute of Health,

The relationship between gut microbiota and the liver is still not well understood; however, dysfunction of the gut mucosal barrier (“leaky gut”) and increased bacterial translocation into the liver via the gut–liver axis probably play crucial roles in liver disease development and progression.

As the liver’s main job is to filter and detoxify, addressing it for overall gut healing works. 


Do you feel like the words “toxin” and “toxic” are thrown around freely without true understanding of what they are? Yeah, me too. Merriam-Webster says that a toxin is,

a poisonous substance that is a specific product of the metabolic activities of a living organism and is usually very unstable, notably toxic when introduced into the tissues, and typically capable of inducing antibody formation

But what exactly does it all mean as it relates to the gut? 

Emotional Issues

In 2018, I finally began to understand how addressing emotional issues will help heal the gut. 

This is a topic for which I am highly passionate about, but haven’t written a post directly about. 

Leaky Gut

Leaky gut, intestinal permeability, dysfunction of the gut mucosal barrier – call it whatever you want, but it’s real. I know because I had it and have studied it in a way many have not. In fact, I wrote an entire book on it with a meal plan included –The Leaky Gut Meal Plan: 4 Weeks to Detox and Improve Digestive Health.

14 Things to Heal for How to Heal Your Gut By Addressing These #guthealth #healthyliving #toxins #stress


You can’t always live with food fear and expect your gut to heal. It doesn’t work that way. And yet, food and nutrition are important if you want to heal your gut.

Well, literally, since I studied over 100 different dietary theories at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, if you simply put in any specific diet or nutrition search term into the search bar, you’ll likely find it!

Don’t see something? Let me know in the comments below.

Immune System

70-90% (depending on your source) of the immune system lies within the gut. So yes, a strong immune system is directly correlated with overall gut health.

Digestive Enzymes

By now you should know just how much I believe in and use digestive enzymes. But I have yet to fully put together a post around them. Stay tuned!

To find out which digestive enzymes I use and recommend (along with many other things on this list), grab A Gutsy Girl’s Master Links spreadsheet. Don’t worry. It’s free.

Stomach Acid

This has been one of my hottest topics on A Gutsy Girl. Chances are, if you have a specific question around it, I’ve written about it already.

Mineral Status

What are the minerals to watch out for while healing the gut? This is a topic I have yet to explore, and am very excited to dig into for you.

Vagus Nerve

This past year I got really into information about the Vagus Nerve. It’s fascinating!


A low-functioning thyroid contributing to my gut mess. Whether you’re hypo- or hyper- (or even “just” a milder version of either), getting it under control is critical in overall gut health.

While I have alluded to the thyroid, I haven’t specifically written a post for it. 


So much talk of the microbiome these days. It’s not just the gut microbiome, either!

Gut Infections


Last, and certainly not least, stress. I think this one can go hand-in-hand with emotional issues as well. 

Now that you’ve reviewed them all, are there any you think should be added? If so, what?

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