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.