What I do to take care of my gut
2018 is all about the gut and promoting gut health. Your gut is the basis of your immune and hormone health. An unhappy and unhealthy gut can lead to various health issues such as leaky gut, candida, H-pylori, malnutrition, auto-immune diseases, hormonal imbalances and other hormone-related diseases. A healthy gut makes a healthy you. We need to take care of our guts and following whole foods plant-based diet is one of the best places to start. I’ve created a list of plant-based foods, herbs and supplements that I take to ensure that my gut health is superb. Along with a list of foods we should avoid to maintain a healthy gut. If you are currently battling leaky gut, candida, h-pylori or any other bacterial imbalances, this list was incredibly helpful for me… as I hope it will be for you <3
As you may already know, I have been battling with leaky gut and H-pylori for a while now and am currently trying to heal my gut naturally. Taking the natural and holistic approach to heal my gut has taken a lot of hard work, time, and dedication. Regardless, I am so happy that I decided to take this route because I feel better everyday. I have carefully crafted this list based on my knowledge of natural health and on my personal experiences.
Foods to Eat
Fermented Foods - such as kimchi, coconut kefir, kombucha, and tempeh. Fermented foods provide your gut with good bacteria and help balance the bacteria within your digestive system. In doing so, fermented foods assist your body in the proper absorption of nutrients. When you are fighting yeast imbalances or candida, skip kombucha and kimchi that are high in sugar and yeast. Making kimchi or kombucha at home may be more beneficial to those with yeast overgrowth.
Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil - coconut oil is great for your gut and immune health! Coconut oil is anti-microbial, anti-viral and anti-fungal, therefore, it will kill any bad bacteria, fungals or parasites within your gut and digestive system and provide a difficult environment for them to live in. It's particularly helpful in fighting candida. Coconut oil also assists your body in the absorption of much-needed nutrients and healthy fats, which can prevent malnutrition and bacterial imbalances.
Garlic, Onions and Leeks - anti-viral, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory. Garlic, onions and leeks can kill bad bacteria, parasites and fungals within the digestive system. Garlic and onions are detoxifying agents that can help cleanse your body of toxins, parasites, pathogens and other ailments which attack your digestive system.
Cruciferous Vegetables & Leafy Greens- vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts, spinach, arugula, rutabaga, bok choy, chard, broccoli sprouts, broccolini, and watercress can assist one's digestive system in the fight against bacterial overgrowths such as H-Pylori due to their anti-microbial benefits. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli sprouts are high in antioxidants and therefore, can help fight free radicals.
Grapefruit & Lemon- both grapefruit and lemon have an alkalizing effect on the digestive system which provides bacterias, fungi's, and parasites with a hostile living environment. Lemon and grapefruit juices are similar to the stomach's natural juices, therefore, they trick the body into producing bile and stomach acids which helps digest food.
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar - Apple Cider Vinegar balances your digestive system by increasing acidity levels to promote healthy digestion and the breakdown of food. Apple Cider Vinegar is also anti-microbial so it can assist your body in the removal of parasites, bacterias, and other imbalances.
Cranberries- Cranberries can halt the growth of bacteria within the digestive system such as h-pylori. Cranberries are also efficient cleansing agents because they break down foods that are difficult to digest.
Foods to Avoid
Refined Sugar - Bacteria, yeast, and parasites feed off of sugar, if you stop consuming sugar you will starve the bacteria and therefore, inhibit its growth. If one follows a high sugar diet, they create an environment for bacteria, pathogens, parasites and other gunk to thrive.
Glutinous and Starchy Grains- Gluten is an inflammatory food. In many cases, consuming gluten and wheat can produce an inflammatory response in your body that attacks one's digestive lining. When one's digestive lining (gut lining) is compromised the bad stuff within the foods one digests such as toxins, parasites, pathogens, viruses ,and bacteria go into your bloodstream.
Dairy - Similar to gluten, dairy is an inflammatory food which has an inflammatory response. In addition, conventional dairy is full of hormones, synthetics, antibiotics, and forms of bad bacteria which can create bacterial imbalances within your digestive system.
Meat, poultry, and eggs - Similar to dairy, meat and poultry are inflammatory foods that contain several bacterial strains which are harmful to the gut. These bacterial strains threaten the healthy balance of bacteria within your gut.
Alcohol & Caffeine - Alcohol and caffeine are inflammatory goods that damage the digestive lining.
Soybean, Canola, Sunflower, and Safflower Oil - These oils produce a systemic inflammatory response within your digestive system and can release toxins and pathogens into your bloodstream.
If you are suffering from candida consider eliminating corn, most grains, starchy and sugary vegetables (potato, squash, sweet potato, beets), eggplant, most fruits and bell peppers.
Supplements & Herbs that promote digestive help and combat bacterial imbalances, parasites, leaky gut and molds:
L Glutamine - An essential amino acid that helps rebuild one's digestive lining. L Glutamine is particularly helpful for those suffering from leaky gut.
Vegan Probiotic - Taking a probiotic promotes a healthy bacterial balance within your digestive system and also increases the number of good bacteria in your gut.
Plant-based Digestive Enzymes - Digestive enzymes promote healthy digestive by assisting the body in the breakdown of food and ensuring that all nutrients are absorbed.
Aloe Vera Juice - Aloe vera is anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-microbial. Therefore, aloe vera kills bacterias and pathogens within the digestive system and promotes the development of good bacteria. Aloe vera is also healing and can assist with the reparation of one's digestive lining.
Slippery Elm & Marshmallow Root & Deglycerolized Licorice Root & Zinc Carnosine- These herbs have similar healing properties as they increase the stomach's mucilage production which is crucial in the reparation of one's digestive lining.
Goldenseal, Oregon Grape and Olive Leaf - These herbs are powerful natural antibiotics due to their anti-viral and anti-microbial properties. They can effectively fight bacteria, viruses, and parasites within the gut and digestive tract. Only take these guys if you are battling any sort of infection. Do not take this regularly.
Ginger + Turmeric - Due to their anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative effects, turmeric and ginger are excellent herbs to take to promote gut health.