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The 4Rs in functional medicine has the power to turn the tide against chronic disease. It lets you address root cause imbalances and restore function to the body, mind, and spirit.
The 4R Protocol is a simple and effective tool for health practitioners to remediate chronic disease from the inside out. But the protocol is also simple enough for people to utilize on their own without medical supervision, making it an excellent option for those who want to take their health into their own hands.
To give you a quick recap, the 4Rs are:
Remove – Remove the offending agent(s)
Replace – Replace nutrient deficiencies
Reinoculate – Support the microbiome
Repair – Repair damage
No doubt, following The 4R Protocol is your first step toward recovery and optimal wellness. Today we’ll be talking about the third step of the 4R Protocol, which is to re-inoculate the microbiome.
Disclaimer: I am not a physician. I am providing content for information purposes only based on my own personal experience and research and my clients’ experience. Always seek advice from your practitioner regarding medical conditions or treatment options, and never delay due diligence in taking care of your body.
The 4R Protocol Series
Before we move on, let’s ensure everyone is on the same page. We’ve been digging deeper into understanding how this protocol works and if you’ve missed our first two posts, check them out here:
The 4R Protocol: How to Increase Your Functional Health Span
The article gives you an overall understanding of what the 4R Protocol is and how it works.
How to Apply the 4Rs in Functional Medicine: Removing and Repairing to Overcome Dis-Ease
We followed up our original article by examining how to remove things (not just food) that could contribute to the development of chronic disease and replace them with things that will help restore balance and health.
What Does it Mean to Re-Inoculate?
Now that we have addressed removing and repairing, it’s time to re-inoculate the body with beneficial microorganisms. You see, the gut microbiome plays a vital role in digestion, immunity, and overall health. When the gut is out of balance or pathogenic bacteria have taken over, it can lead to issues ranging from digestive problems to fatigue and even mental health conditions.
Re-inoculation is all about restoring balance to the gut microbiome, whether you are doing it under the guidance of a functional medicine practitioner or on your own.
How to Re-Inoculate
Luckily, there are many different strategies that you can use to re-inoculate your microbiome and get it back on track. These strategies may include taking probiotics or fermented foods, engaging in activities like yoga or meditation to reduce stress, and changing your lifestyle to help keep your gut healthy...Read More