Digestion: SHARE Model

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The SHARE Model for GI Symptoms

If you have gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, consider integrating the SHARE Model for 4-6 weeks to ease discomfort and restore more resilient GI health. SHARE is an acronym. Each letter represents one of five practices that contribute to GI tract health. Be sure to look below the image for more details on each of the five practices. The Share Model is a modified version of the 5 Rs from The Institute for Functional Medicine.

BONUS: Put SHARE Into Action

See below for more details on how you can implement each component of SHARE.

S | Support

Support digestion by supplementing your system with digestive enzymes. These help to break your food down into smaller particles and ease digestion. Look for a “complete digestive enzyme” capsule that contains enzymes that break down fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. Many people like to take one capsule with each meal for 4-6 weeks. Talk to your doctor to determine the best duration of use for you.

H | Heal

Heal and repair the GI tract with nutrients and herbs that soothe. Glutamine is a necessary amino acid for building new GI cells. Take it as a powder or capsule for 4-6 weeks, around 2000-4000 mg each day or as directed by your health care provider. You can add other supportive herbals like DGL, slippery elm, marshmallow root, or aloe. Consult a professional for how and when to add these.

A | Add

Add good bacteria for 6-8 weeks to re-establish the right balance of healthy, helpful bacteria
(called probiotics) and as a way to crowd out any unhelpful bacteria (called pathogens). Add
“bacteria chow” called prebiotics to make sure the good bacteria make a happy, long-term
home in your gut. Prebiotics include various types of fiber. Look for a multi-strain probiotic that is a higher dose variety at first (at least 30 billion CFU’s daily) and then reduce after 6-8 weeks.

R | Rebalance

Rebalance the nervous system to reduce stress and increase relaxation. Stress can throw off the balance of the microbiome. Practice deep relaxation in any form (e.g., meditation, yoga, breathwork, imagery, biofeedback, progressive muscle relaxation) for 5 minutes twice daily as part of the SHARE system for a resilient digestive tract.

E | Eliminate

Eliminate chemicals; additives; or foods that you may be allergic to, intolerant of, or that just make you feel lousy. This can include trying an elimination diet for 4-6 weeks (which could mean eliminating wheat, dairy, soy or eggs as common examples) and seeing if you experience positive physical or psychological changes during the elimination trial. You can then “rechallenge” your system by re-introducing the eliminated foods in an organized sequence and
see if undesirable symptoms re-emerge. Eating food that is organic, chemical free, non-GMO, and unprocessed can also be helpful. Be sure you talk to a health professional before trying an elimination diet.

There are some basic GI health supplements from Resilient Remedies that can help you as you implement SHARE. Find them at the Remedies section at the end of this Digestion category. 

After 4-6 weeks of SHARE, try implementing the Resilient Diet. As you reintroduce foods you eliminated during SHARE, your reactions to those foods can help you identify what works well for your system and what doesn't. Keep what works and stay away from what doesn't! The Resilient Diet can support your new choices and help build a resilient GI system.

How we move our bodies is as important to healthy digestion as what we put into them. When you're ready, click over to our Digestion: Move section to learn more.

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