5 Top Tips to Detox your Gut
We are talking about detoxing your gut!! Not so much detoxing, but going for ultimate gut health.
Good gut health is a state where you can get the ultimate nutrients from the food that you’re eating which means that you stay healthy, your immune system is well. Good gut health means you are eliminating toxins effectively, you are able to stay away from bugs and infections because it’s really the core of where our ultimate health comes from. And of course one of the most important things is what you put in it.
Let’s move on before I digress!
Identify any foods that you are intolerant to or allergic to. You may have that sense that when you eat something, immediately afterwards or within that first hour, you feel tired, bloated, lethargic; wind/gas is an incredible indicator that you might be intolerant to something. It’s about identifying those foods that don’t agree with you then this can change.
You might be intolerant to something for a year or two years and then it goes and suddenly you can eat it with no problem. Similarly, you may be fine with something all your life and then suddenly something kicks in to make you feel intolerant to that food. Generally intolerance comes from either overuse of that item so your body is just literally overloaded with it and needs to spend some time without it to get it out of your system or the fact that something has changed in your needs for your own body. Your body now needs something different and it doesn’t need what that item has to offer. And it really takes some listening to your body and recognising that it’s trying to tell you something. That is my top tip number one; identify the food allergies that you may be intolerant to.
To do this notice your body feelings in the short while after you’ve eaten something.
Do you feel bloated?
Do you feel tired?
Do you find yourself yawning all of a sudden?
Do you get gassy really quickly or in the followings of six to eight hours afterwards?
Identify what it is that you’ve eaten and maybe to work out any pattern, you might need to log it down, write it down somewhere, and then start to look at those patterns. As you recognise there’s maybe one particular food that’s doing that, you’re eating it in amongst the meals you’re eating, take it out. Allow yourself two weeks without that item and then start to introduce it back in. Because once it’s out of your system, you will then know as soon as you put it in that it’s causing you a problem. And then it’s a case of looking for alternatives to that item.
Ditching the wheat and the dairy. I have two big intolerances. I’m sure a lot of people out there also have these two big intolerances. Wheat or gluten, it could be both or it could be either, and dairy.
Because our bodies are not designed to be able to digest those things efficiently. So, wheat and cereals are fed to cows to bulk them up to grow wick in size and weight to up to a ton within the first nine months of their lives, as calves to cows. It’s designed to kind of bulk our systems up too, so as soon as you take that out of your system, your body will not only start to slim down, you’ll lose the bloated-ness, you’ll find your body starts to work much more efficiently, you can think clearly, and also your digestion starts to improve as well because it’s not bulking the digestion up- it’s not clogging everything up. Wheat also has a lot of other consequences that I’m sure maybe some of you reading this will be aware of - tiredness, lethargy, achy joints, you name it. And it also has an addictive property as well. It’s really not something that our minds or our bodies benefit from.
Dairy I think really causes us a problem because we’re not designed to really have processed forms of dairy and things, but also because there’s so much of it in our diets that we may become intolerant to it over time. This is something that may come and go for you with dairy. There’s so much I can say about dairy but I will just suggest straight away without going into too much detail, if you can switch to something that is a great alternative like coconut milk maybe as an alternative, almond milk is brilliant, if you can start to switch all of those things - cheese, yoghurts, just no more cow's milk dairy milk in your diet – you will notice a drastic difference not only in your digestion and energy levels, but maybe even any sinus issues you have may clear up. Dairy has a habit of making you quite phlegmy, quite congested. You may find that you start waking up in the morning without your mouth full of gunk and needing to blow your nose or something. You might have that kind of hacky cough as your body is trying to eliminate that phlegm. So it just allows your body to start to process things much, much better.
The best probiotics for gut health. Our gut is full of bacteria, good and bad bacteria. But we have to have some good bacteria in there to help us to digest food, to fight infections, to keep our digestion working efficiently rather than having irritable bowel from upset stomach to constipated and things like that. It’s really, really key that you keep yourself topped up with probiotics. Probiotics are the good bacteria that as they stay in your system you are able then to really increase your defences against any issues that may be found in the food that you’re eating but also from bugs, infections, and other things that can affect your health.
Saying what I said about dairy just now, some of the best probiotics you can get are in things like natural yoghurt. It really depends on whether you’ve noticed that you are intolerant or are making that decision to stay away from dairy. A wise woman in my Facebook community, there are so many wise women in this group, informed me at the weekend, that I wasn’t aware of, is that there are lots now of dairy alternative yoghurts that are fortified with natural probiotics as well. Or you can take a probiotics supplement. What that’s doing is just helping you on the inside to make sure that the food is digested properly, your digestive health is working efficiently, and also that you’re fighting anything that’s coming your way.
Probiotics are incredible if you have been on antibiotics because unfortunately, antibiotics although they help with infections, they do tend to kill every other good bacteria in your system as well which means then you have nothing to fight any further infections or problems with. So, taking a probiotic at times when you have maybe just come off antibiotics or you’re on antibiotics just helps to keep your system in really good balance since it helps you to eliminate toxins as they come into your system.
How to stay a regular little soldier! I don’t know how many of you are regular in that department and also maybe even what kind of indicator your poop is showing you! Is it solid, is it squidgy, is it runny, is it erratic-it goes from one extreme to the other, does it stink?! All of those things that maybe are an indicator that you’re just not quite regular.
There are a few things you can do. First of all, identify if you are regular, I call it the sweetcorn test. If you can eat sweetcorn, sweetcorn is an indigestible fibre so it is something that passes through your system without being digested and broken down completely which means that when you eat sweetcorn, if you jot down the time, then you can observe for when it actually comes out the other end. That is a great indicator for you to see how fast the transit of your digestion is which is brilliant to know where you need to go next.
Where you’d need to go next once you know that, if you’ve got a window of over eight to twenty four hours until that sweetcorn comes through, you’ve got slow digestive transit. You need to increase your fibre. Fibre can come from all sorts of avenues. You can take a supplement, you can get it by your vegetables - leafy vegetables - generally are a great source of fibre. Eating fruits and vegetables – with the skin on is a great source of roughage as well.
Fibre doesn’t contain any calories. Often people think, because we associate fibre with bread and pasta and things like that, that it’s an enormous weight-gain kind of product and food. But fibre actually has no calories whatsoever. It serves its purpose to clean your system out. It’s a great source to have when it’s coming from amazing sources - fruits with the skin on, vegetables, leafy greens, all of those kinds of items. And of course if you are taking fibre as a supplement like Psyllium Husks or something like that, then it’s going to actually be just the fibre. There’s nothing else included at all.
Drink lots of water. If you have slow digestive transit, water really helps to keep the digestion moving, and I do talk about that quite a lot. Add some lemon into that water and it really helps to cleanse your system and to keep you going regularly!
You can get this from anywhere, but aloe vera is an incredible cleanser for the digestive transit, for digestion in general. By drinking it every day, it helps not only to keep your colon cleansed and to really help you to get the nutrients you need from the food that you’re taking, but it also has extra vitamins and minerals as well. You kind of get like a double whammy! You’re getting the cleansing of the digestive system to keep you regular, to keep you topped up, but you’re also getting the extra bonus of the vitamins and minerals, so you’re kind of getting like double goodness! What that will do is help you to keep your energy levels up, keep your concentration levels up, get vitamins and minerals to where they need to go in your body to keep you functioning well and efficiently, they help to keep your digestive system cleansing itself, helps keep you regular, and it’s also a really good source of pre and probiotics. So you are able not only to feed the probiotic you might be taking with the pre-biotics, but you’ve got a little top up in there of the probiotics as well. It’s like an ultimate all round health drink.
It does come in a drink from, as I said, so it has an acquired taste. But the best ones are actually the ones that don’t taste the best, if that makes sense, because that means that they are just the inner leaf gel which just really helps to keep your system clear. The outer leaf kind of agitates the digestive system. If you have something that is a whole leaf aloe, then that’s probably not the best one that you want for your digestive system especially if you’re kind of swinging between solid and soft on the digestive side.
That’s it for me.
Here are all five tips.
1: Identifying the foods that you’re intolerant to or allergies by eliminating them, listening to your body, observing what’s going on in your body.
2: Ditching the wheat and the dairy from your system, gluten possibly rather than wheat.
3: Finding the best probiotics for gut health.
4: How to stay regular. Try the sweet corn test for me; I’d love you to comment and tell me what happened!
5: Look at getting some aloe vera for your gut health because that is just an incredible tonic for overall great health! The link here is a great source of allow vera and I can support and advise on which would be best suited for you.
Have a great week!