June 24, 2014

Tips for a Healthier Gut!

My pee was red!

And I had a near PANIC attack. 

Been there? 

Or should I say, BEET there?

Just pretend you have for my sake, aight?

You see, I forgot I drank beet juice. 

And it turned my tinkle a tinged pink color. 

Sure, seems normal, but I still decided to research it. 

Did you know there is such a thing as a beet test to test your digestion? 

You can read more about that HERE

Well you know how research goes, you start reading and reading and soon you've diagnosed yourself with anything and EVERYTHING. 

Well in this case, the knowledge was good for me. It was a good push to get going on some steps to a healthier gut! 

I eat pretty healthy and clean so I assume my gut is running smoothly. 

Not always the case, people! 

Which means you could use a good clean up as well!

This is copy and pasted straight from HERE:

Step 1: Remove

In this first step we remove the offending foods and toxins from your diet that could be acting as stressors on your system. This means caffeine, alcohol, processed foods, bad fats, and any other foods you think may be causing issues, like gluten and dairy. All of these all irritate the gut in some form and create an inflammatory response.

Step 2: Repair

The next step is to begin to repair the gut and heal the damaged intestinal lining. You do this by consuming an unprocessed diet and giving your body time to rest by providing it with substances that are known to heal the gut, like L-glutamine, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, antioxidants (in the form of vitamins A, C, and E), quercitin, aloe vera, and turmeric.

Step 3: Restore

This involves the restoration of your gut's optimal bacterial flora population. This is done with the introduction of probiotics like Lactobacillus acidophilus andBifidobacterium lactis. A probiotic is a good bacteria and is ingested to help reinforce and maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract and to help fight illness. In general a healthy lower intestinal tract should contain around 85% good bacteria. This helps to combat any overgrowth of bad bacteria. Unfortunately in most people these percentages are skewed and this allows for the gut health to drastically decline. The human gut is home to bad bacteria like salmonella and clostridium, which is fine as long as they are kept in order and don't get out of control.

Step 4: Replace

This involves getting your bile salts, digestive enzymes, and hydrochloric acid levels to optimal levels to maintain and promote healthy digestion. This can be done by supplementing with digestive enzymes and organic salt to help make sure you have enough hydrochloric acid.

I also drink apple cider vinegar and take lots of supplements! 
(supplements deserve a whole different post!)

Lets BEET an unhealthy gut! 

Did you know that almost all disease begins in the gut? 
If you think you need some clean up, do your research, it's worth it! 

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