This critical first step involves the removal of anything that can be damaging your gut. This includes processed foods, poor quality fats and oils, foods you may be allergic or intolerant to, infections, parasites, heavy metals and stress. It is recommended to follow an allergy elimination diet to identify possible food allergies and intolerances. Additionally, remove alcohol, caffeine, refined sugars and foods containing chemical additives. Avoid the use of antibiotics, antacids and anti-inflammatory drugs. Depending on the severity of digestive issues, it may even be necessary to temporarily remove any foods that are difficult to digest to allow the gut time to heal.