A healthy digestive system is a core component of having good health. It has been estimated that 80% of our immune system lies within our gut lining, showing the importance of keeping your gut healthy.
The digestive tract is an important part of how we stay healthy, it acts as a barrier between us and the world. Our digestive tract’s main job is to keep undigested food particles, toxins and other unwanted substances out of our bodies, where they don’t belong. This, however, can be damaged due to your poor food choices, alcohol and cigarettes intake, medications, and even stress.
You are likely to exacerbate this by causing several digestive problems, for example Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). As well as setting off an autoimmune reaction, leading to further health complications, such as pain, fatigue, skin conditions like eczema and mental health conditions like depression.
So here are 5 steps to help you get your gut feeling better:
Remove anything negative in your diet, this includes foods you might be sensitive to and gastric irritants such as caffeinated drinks and alcohol.
If you are unsure of what food could be irritating you, take some (or all) out of your diet for a number of weeks (at least 4), and then add them back over time, and make note of how your body reacts.These foods include: diary, wheat, gluten, eggs, corn, peanuts, soy and citrus. This process might feel a little daunting at first, but once you find the one or multiple foods irritating you, you’ll feel so much better.
The second part to this section is the get rid of infections (overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria and fungus) or parasites that might have embedded themselves within you, therefore leading to poor gut health. The main food groups to try and cut out are sugar, and antimicrobial agents such as oils, berberine, caprylic acid, leaf extract and garlic. By decreasing these foods within your diet will help eradicate the unwanted organisms.
By taking the food groups listed above out, means you need to replace them with something. Otherwise your body will be lacking in the right properties for a full digestion. The body needs enzymes, bile and hydrochloric acid (HCL) to digest food properly, these components could have decreased due to lack of a good balanced diet, medications, disease and aging.
Digestive supplementals can benefit some people’s digestive systems. Herbal remedies, such as bitter herbs can also benefit your digestive system by stimulating the digestive tract.
Reintroduce your body to healthy bacteria called probiotics, this will help to restore balance in your body. Introducing probiotics will enable your digestive system to repopulate the gut and steer away unwanted, unhealthy microorganisms.
Foods that can help this process are: fermented food like kimchi, yoghurt, cheese and kombucha.
It is now time to repair and protect your gut lining by incorporating nutrients, amino acids and herbs (such as zinc-carnosine, l-glutamine, marshmallow root) and anti-inflammatories (such as omega-3 fish oils and curcumin). Having a regular intake of these nutrients listed above will benefit your gut massively.
Please make sure you read the intake instructions on the back of the products, as well as asking the pharmacist or your doctor whether you can take multiple items together.
An important step, which is usually missed is rebalancing your body into one. Being mindful, doing yoga, deep breathing, meditating, and having regular sleep can rejuvenate and relax your body. Overall benefitting your gut, mental health and whole body.