We often hear the saying ‘you are what you eat’.
But more importantly, you are what you don’t eat.
It doesn’t matter if you had a green smoothie for breakfast or had a healthy gluten-free meal for lunch, if you end up snacking on a big bag of Doritos. When it comes to digestive healing, the number one step is to remove all allergenic foods that are the root cause of inflammation and disease in the gut.
If you’re not sure what you are allergic to, it is advised to remove the most common allergy-causing foods such as wheat, dairy, eggs, gluten, alcohol, caffeine. In addition to food-related allergens, you should also be aware of other sources of inflammation such as environmental toxins like personal hygiene products, emotional causes like stress and anger, antibiotics, NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), and even birth control.
Imagine how liberating it feels to clear out junk in the house.
Removing offending items from your life is just as liberating, if not more!
Below are detox supporting herbs to supplement during the removal stage.
(Taking random amounts of these supplements can be harmful. Don’t take these without the guidance of a professional. Licorice, ginseng, goldenseal, pau d’arco, seaweed, garlic, herbs.)
- Dandelion root, milk thistle and artichoke help cleanse the liver
- Grapefruit seed and garlic are strong anti-microbials
- Goldenseal and oil of oregano can lower yeast count
As mentioned in my post about the basics of digestion, a healthy digestive system is like a good recipe. It requires the right mix of ingredients to make up a good dish. Likewise, your digestive system requires the right mix of enzymes, stomach acid, bile, and prebiotics and probiotics to facilitate a healthy ecosystem within your gut.
At the restore stage, we need to replenish the gut with necesasry nutrients that may be missing or lacking.
Hydrochloric Acid (HCl)
The primer of the chain of digestive processes. A lack of hydrochloric acid leads to acid reflux, heartburn, and the impairment of the successive digestive steps to come. A sufficient amount of HCl is required to activate pancreatic enzymes and the appropriate release of bile.
These are required to break down food particles into smaller molecules for absorption. Insufficient enzymes will lead to undigested food left in the gut lining, leading to putrefecation and the development of harmful bacteria that releases carcinogenic gases that leads to bloating and belching.
Responsible for alkalizing the stomach pH. Without proper amounts of bile, the bolus or chyme (lump of food travelling down the gut) will be too acidic for the delicate walls of the gut, leading to damage in the intestinal lining. Insufficient levels of bile will also diminish the breakdown of fats, which can lead to constipation.
At this stage, you need to supplement the gut flora with good bacteria. As a general rule of thumb, we should aim for a 20/80 split of bad bacteria to good bacteria.
A probiotic supplement is needed to do so.
You can also supplement with natural probiotics such as:
kimchi, sauerkraut, miso, amazake (natural japanese probiotic from fermented rice)
Don’t forget to feed probiotics (live bacteria) with prebiotics (food for probiotics). Some natural sources of prebiotics are found in:
- Oliogofructose: garlic, rye, banana, chicory
- Inulin: artichoke and chicory
- Xylooligosaccharides and fiber: bran and psyillium husk
Once imposing foods are removed from the diet, the necessary digestive juices and hormones are in place, and gut bacteria are normalized, the foundation is set for digestive healing to begin.
- Vitamin A, C, E,
- Aloe vera juice
- Dyglcyrrizhed Licorice (DGL)
- Peppermint Oil
- Marshmallow Root
- Slippery Elm Bark
- Essential Fatty Oil
This digestive protocol is suitable for you if you want to:
- Recover from serious digestive disorders like (Intestinal Bowel Disease, Intestinal Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis, etc)
- Prevent the onset of serious digestive disorders
- Eliminate chronic digestive discomfort
- Relief chronic constipation or diarrhea
- Strengthen your immunity
While the digestive protocol can be followed by anyone, specific dosages of each supplement must be individually tailored for optimal results. Also, it is likely that adjustments be made based on your specific condition. Therefore, it is highly advised to consult a professional for safe and effective application of the protocol.