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Regain Your Optimal Gut Health With The Four Rs
We live in the time when everything is fast (especially food), but the metabolism. Taking care of your diet is considered too challenging and time-consuming, but the truth is that the poor food choices we make, combined with alcohol consumption, caffeine intake, bad bacteria, antibiotics and NSAIDs can cause significant damage to our gastrointestinal tract. This can lead to partially digesting the food which can cross through the intestinal lining and enter directly into the bloodstream, a problem otherwise called a “leaky gut”. The solution is right in front of you and it is adopting a new approach to your food consumption, which consists out of four steps: remove, repair, restore and replace.
Step 1: Remove
If you had made some wrong dietary choices in the past, now is the right time to get rid of their residues and remove them from your menu. First, you will have to stop consuming any chemical irritants and allergenic foods. Most common foods that affect your GI tract negatively and cause inflammatory response are gluten-containing products and soy, peanuts, cow milk, corn, etc. Other irritants can include processed food, coffee and alcohol. Also, you should try your best to eliminate sugars or at least eat less sweet foods. Furthermore, this stage will require taking some time to relax and find peace, because stress can have a devastating impact on your digestive system.
Step 2: Repair
In the next step your gut will start to recover slowly and you should aid that repairing process. Do that by opting for a balanced diet clear of processed food, based on substances you know are good for your gut health, such as omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, zinc, L-glutamine, turmeric, aloe vera and quercitin. Full recovery will not happen in a day, but in time, if you continue with this diet, your digestive system will find a way to repair the damage of the intestinal tract caused by all the irritants and stressors which tormented your body for years. Repair is the only process that lasts from the beginning and never truly ends.
Step 3: Restore
The following step will require you to introduce probiotics, such as Bifidobacterium lactis and Lactobacillus acidophilus in order to restore your gut’s optimal bacterial flora population (a healthy gut contains 85 percent of good bacteria). Probiotic is a good bacteria which helps the reinforcing and maintaining a healthy digestive tract and fighting illnesses. The decline in good bacteria allows bad bacteria to grow and develop which are striving for taking over control and bringing illnesses into your organism. Some foods naturally rich with probiotics are kimchi, kefir, miso and sauerkraut.
Step 4: Replace
Now it is the time for replacing or adding all those factors that may be lacking in your body or missing in your diet. Think of this step as you giving support to your digestion, which is essentially different from any other person’s digestion, so it should be considered accordingly. Mostly, people need sufficient amounts of hydrochloric acid, enzymes and bile. Some people will find supplementing a digestive enzyme well enough for their goal of improving digestion, while others will turn t some more natural solutions like drinking a glass of water with a few drops of apple cider vinegar before meals or introducing raw vegetables and fruits into the diet. It is always helpful to follow the main principles of food combining (pairing foods that is easy to digest together).
Struggling with digestive problems is not at all rare. Most people live with it every day, and a part of them even seeks medical help. For example, these days there is a lot of talk about the H. Pylori controversy. Some medical research shows that H. pylori is the direct cause of heartburn and acid reflux, but it hasn’t been proven yet. Anyway, if you feel burning or ache in the abdominal region that is worse on an empty stomach, those are probably h-pylori symptoms so better consult a doctor.
There are some natural changes that can be implemented in your diet which will help your gastrointestinal tract work more efficiently.
Do not hesitate to apply them
About the author
Amy Mia Goldsmith is a literature graduate from Melbourne. She leads a green lifestyle and is a healthy lifestyle enthusiast. You can find Amy on Twitter..