You know your blood type, your body type and your skin type…but what about your gut type?
Most people are prone to one of the 5 main gut types—kind of like we are prone to being an endomorph, mesomorph or ectomorph or having oily, normal or dry skin.
The 6 Gut Types include:
- Stressed Gut (anxiety, type a, driven, overthinking, thyroid/hormone imbalances, adrenal)
- Immune Gut (leaky gut, allergies, skin problems, cancer)
- Gastric Gut (acid reflux, Gerd, stomach bloating)
- Dysbiotic Gut (yeast, SIBO, constipation)
- Toxic Gut (liver, gallbladder)
- Inflammed Gut (high cholesterol, high blood pressure, non-gut related symptoms)
Your “gut type” doesn’t necessarily mean you are stuck that way FOR LIFE. It simply is an awareness of your gut’s own predisposition when things are out of balance.
Your Gut Type is a sign when things may not be 100% well underneath the hood.
Figure Out Your Gut Type
Type 1: Stressed Gut
Primary Symptoms: Anxiety, Insomnia, Hormone Imbalances, Constipation or Bloating
Personality & Emotional Profile: Type A or High Performing, Easily Anxious, Overthinking Things, Difficulty Sitting Still
Bad Habits: Overdoing the Coffee or Alcohol, Overtraining, Undersleeping; On phone/technology a lot (especially at night)
What It Means: If your stress hormones are constantly pumping, blood flow is diverted away from your gut, which impairs the growth of good bacteria and digestive enzyme production. Axe says those with this gut type often have adrenal fatigue, which causes sleep issues, decreased libido, and trouble focusing, among other symptoms.
Ways to Heal: Regular exercise; Phone/technology detox or limits; Supplements: Vitamin B-12, Zinc, Quality Probiotics, Adrenal Adaptogen
What to Avoid: Sugar, alcohol, coffee (more than 1 cup black drip/day), gluten & refined grains or packaged foods.
Type 2: Immune Gut
Primary Symptoms: Skin Problems, Autoimmune Conditions, Allergies, Low Immunity
Personality & Emotional Profile: Detail Oriented, Perfectionistic, Empath, Insecure, Easily Stressed
Bad Habits: Relying on medicines (Flonase, Benadryl, etc.), antibiotics or products to try to suppress symptoms
What It Means: Approximately 80% of your immune system is produced in your gut and your gut bacteria are responsible for “boosting” your immune function. Leaky gut and/or imbalanced gut bacteria (i.e. not enough good guys or too many “bad”) guys is a common underlying theme at play.
Ways to Heal: Autoimmune paleo or elimination diet to identify sensitivities; Bone Broth; Supplement: Quality soil-based probiotics, short chain fatty acids, liposomal curcumin & liposomal glutathione.
What to Avoid: Alcohol, sugar, nuts, eggs, nightshade spices (chili powder, paprika), conventional dairy, grains & gluten
Type 3: Gastric Gut
Primary Symptoms: Heartburn/GERD, Indigestion, Sense of Fullness After Meals, Bloating After Meals, Gas, Feel Hungry 1-2 Hours After Eating
Personality & Emotional Profile: Fiery, Passionate, Reactive
Bad Habits: Pop Antacids or Tums like candy, Inhale Food/Eat Fast or On the Go, Craving Carbs or Sweets
What It Means: Contrary to popular belief, indigestion and GERD or reflux are often signs of low stomach acid, low digestive enzymes and/or carbohydrate malabsorption, often associated with bacterial overgrowth—not high stomach acid.
Ways to Heal: Apple cider vinegar shots or hydrochloric acid (if not on a PPI) with meals; Supplement with digestive enzymes, soil-based probiotics and short chain fatty acids; Drink chicory tea or ginger tea; Chew your food really well and eat sitting down; Low FODMAP and/or low starch consumption (limit to 1-2 servings) while addressing the underlying root cause
What to Avoid: Processed foods, High starch consumption & grains, High FODMAPS, Industrial seed oils, Nightshades (chili powder, paprika, tomato sauce, eggplant, bell pepper)
Type 4: Dysbiotic Gut
Primary Symptoms: Constipation &/or Bloating, Loose or Hard Stools, Sense of Fullness After Meals, Noticeable Food Intolerances/Sensitivities, Foul or Frequent Gas, Food Cravings (sugar or same foods—low variety); Cruciferous Veggies Hard to Digest
Personality & Emotional Profile: Anxious, Obsessive, Easily Worried, Analytical
Bad Habits: Eating the Same Things, Low Water Intake,
What It Means: Imbalance of gut bacteria (either too much pathogenic bacteria or not enough good bacteria) and/or yeast overgrowth (like Candida)
Ways to Heal: Eat hydrating easy-to-digest foods (soups, stews, shredded meats, cooked veggies); Drink plenty of water; Chew your food really well; Small servings of fermented foods as tolerated; Quality probiotics, prebiotics and short-chain fatty acids; Consider anti-microbial herbs (like oregano oil) and digestive enzymes to ease symptoms; Ginger or Smooth Move Tea
What to Avoid: Sugar, High FODMAPS, Dry Foods (Nuts, Bars, Processed Foods)
Type 5: Toxic Gut
Primary Symptoms: Pain Under Right Rib Cage, Fatty Foods Cause Distress, Fatigue (despite sleeping); Skin Problems (Acne, Dry or Flaky Skin); Brittle Nails or Hair; Lower Bowel Gas Several Hours after Eating
Personality & Emotional Profile: Inpatient, Impulsive, Questioner & Skeptic
Bad Habits: Eating or Craving Processed or Fast Foods; Not Eating Enough Healthy Fats & Fiber; Using toxic cooking, cleaning or hygiene products; Overdoing the coffee or alcohol
What It Means: Liver and/or gallbladder inflammation may at play. Low
Ways to Heal: Eat Lots of dark leafy greens, lemon & liver loving foods (beets, organ meats, pickled and fermented veggies); Digestive enzymes and bile acids (ox bile or Beta TCP), Drink dandelion or milk thistle tea; Get more sleep; Meditate
What to Avoid: Greasy, fatty processed foods; Extremes (super low fat, Standard American diets or super low carb diets); Conventional meats and dairy; Grains and gluten
Type 6: Inflammed Gut
Primary Symptoms: Often Non-Gut Symptom Related (High Cholesterol, Thyroid Imbalances, Brain Fog, Blood Sugar Imbalances, High Blood Pressure, Difficulty Losing Weight or Building Muscle, Sweat Easily)
Personality & Emotional Profile: Not always connected to how they feel (physically or emotionally), Stubborn, Independent
Bad Habits: Eating fast, Eating Anything, Sometimes forgetting to take breaks/Relax, Eating sweets or one too many coffees, Skipping meals
What It Means: Inflammation in the gut can extend to body regions beyond just the gut. Since your gut is responsible for fighting the stress response and inflammation, when inflammation is high inside, it suppresses your body’s ability to fight and can also trigger a release of circulating Lipopolysaccharides (LPS) from gut bacteria into your bloodstream— endotoxins that “switch” for systemic inflammation.
Ways to Heal: Eat lots of anti-inflammatory foods (dark leafy greens, berries, turmeric, lemon ginger, pickled and fermented veggies, bone broth, celery juice, wild caught salmon); Apple cider vinegar shots; Supplement with Extra Virgin Cod Liver Oil, Liposomal Curcumin and Short Chain Fatty Acids; Drink ginger or green tea; Get enough sleep and vary your exercise
What to Avoid: Gluten, Processed foods, Industrial seed oils (canola, grapeseed, vegetable) especially out at restaurants and takeout.
Knowing your gut type can help you better take your health into your own hands—no matter what comes your way! However, if you’re interested in digging deeper, or figuring out the best supplements, foods and lifestyle game changers for you, consider booking a consult with functional medicine practitioner.