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Reset Your Gut

IBS? Bloating? Far from being isolated digestive disorders, these are now being linked with everything from osteoporosis to depression. For years the gut – or to be more precise, our system of digestive organs has been the Cinderella of medical science. While the brain provides an endless focus for research, fascination and wonder, the gastrointestinal tract has been rather neglected, dismissed as little more than a simple, subordinate system of plumbing.

Our health starts in the gut. Here are few ways in which you can heal your gut.

  • Ditch Toxins : Get the toxins and irritating substances out of your diet. This means limiting or better yet eliminating; alcohol, caffeine, conventionally raised meats, grains, processed foods, refined sugars, seed oils.
  • Eat Fermented Foods : Start eating lots of fermented foods such as raw milk yogurt and kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi. These are rich in probiotics, which repopulate your intestines with the good bacteria needed for optimal digestion and health.
  • Take a Probiotic : Take a powerful probiotic. In addition to fermented foods, take probiotics in pill form to flood your system with good bacteria such as lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium lactis. You really can’t get enough of these, especially when you’re resetting.
  • Skip the Antibiotics : Don’t take antibiotics unless it’s absolutely necessary. Antibiotics are the opposite of probiotics. They kill off healthy gut flora. And in the past doctors have prescribed them way too readily. If you’ve spent significant time on antibiotics, then you really need this reset.
  • Eat Bone Broth : Eat a bowl of bone broth at least once a day. Bone broth offers incredible intestinal healing power and disease prevention.
  • Find a Good Multi-Enzyme : Take a multi-enzyme supplement, preferably one after every meal. Digestive enzymes breakdown the foods we eat so we can absorb the nutrients. But things like aging, chronic stress, and inflammation can decrease our digestive enzymes.
  • Consume Natural Gut-Healers : While you’re resetting your gut, there are many natural gut healers you might want to consider taking or counseling. For starters, consider: Aloe vera, Vitamins A,C and E, L-glutamine, or Omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Relax : Develop a daily relaxation practice. Stress can seriously contribute to damaging your gut. to counteract the stress of living, give yoga and/or meditation a try.

Boost your healthy bacteria by taking probiotics. These come in powders, capsules and drinks (but the last cost more and can be sugary). There are two strains you need – A for acidophilus and B for bifido bacteria. Glutamine is your gut’s best friend. It’s an amino acid that heals your digestive tract. Often prescribed after gastrointestinal surgery, it speeds up repair after an infection, antibiotics or excess alcohol.

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    • Thank you Pia. The human gut is more complex than previously thought and has a huge impact on whole-body health. A healthy gut contributes to a strong immune system, heart health, brain health, improved mood, healthy sleep, and effective digestion, and it may help prevent some cancers and autoimmune diseases.

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    • Thank you Micheal. In the gut microbiome, the “good” bacteria do more than just help with digestion. They help keep your “bad” bacteria in check. They multiply so often that the unhealthy kind don’t have space to grow. When you have a healthy balance of bacteria in your gut, it’s called equilibrium.

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  1. I just got back from Chicago with Marla, my wife. She had her annual gastrostomy tube replacement done by a great gastroenterologist. Due to extensive neck surgery, related to complications with her Wilson’s disease, she (for the most part) is unable to swallow. I am retired but used to work as a teacher for the multiply handicapped, and (ironically enough) i had to help my students with their enteral tube feedings daily. Marla is taking a formula that is organic (which is good) and i give her Swanson’s Premium Probiotics. I am going to try to include Bone Broth soon (for her), as it may help (collagen-wise) with skin issues that she has.

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    • Bone broth would make a great addition Tom. Bones themselves are rich in vitamins and nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous.Also, brewing connective tissue into bone broth provides the body with natural compounds from the cartilage.Tissues and bones also contain collagen. Cooking collagen turns it to gelatin, which provides the body with amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. It is not possible to say how much of any nutrient will be in a particular batch of bone broth, since this largely depends on the type and quantity of the bones and tissues that went into it.
      However, it may be best to include many different types of bones and tissues for the highest amount of nutrients.

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    • Thank you Michelle, I am glad you liked it. The main drivers of gut health change are shifts in stomach acid, gut immunity and gastrointestinal flora—the complex ecosystem of bacteria in your digestive system. When gut health is good, he says, you’re less likely to experience damaging inflammation and lapses in immunity.

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    • Hi Alexandra, probiotics are a blessing. Mixtures of probiotics had beneficial effects on the end points including irritable bowel syndrome and gut function, diarrhoea, atopic disease, immune function and respiratory tract infections, gut microbiota modulation, inflammatory bowel disease and treatment of Helicobacter pylori infection. However, only 16 studies compared the effect of a mixture with that of its component strains separately, although in 12 cases (75%), the mixture was more effective. Thank you for stopping by.

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