Kickstart Your Digestive System

Kickstart Your Digestive System

Kickstart Your Digestive System

 

The digestive tract produces more serotonin than the brain, so that is why it has been referred to as “our second brain” – if your gut is unhappy, you can be unhappy too! I have seen patients who suffer with mood disorders, including and up to severe anxiety and depression, who recover just by doing a detox and then sticking to a healthy diet. In some people, gluten can cause brain inflammation, as well as gut inflammation. If you eat too much sugar, you can ferment gut contents enough to elevate blood alcohol levels!

  1. Increase the amount of raw fruit and vegetables you consume: Eating a wide range of fruit and vegetables, will provide your system with more soluble fibre to keep your intestines contracting well so you avoid constipation.
  2. Increase the amount of whole foods in your diet and decrease the amount of processed foods you consume: Processed foods are often constipating and promote growth of unhealthy bacteria in the gut. Processed foods are usually found in a packet and contain trans-fats, processed vegetable oils, preservatives, colourings, gluten, sugar and other man-made chemicals. Real food has not been changed by man – this includes eggs, poultry, fresh meats, legumes, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, unprocessed oils. The more real food you eat, the more your gut will love you!
  3. Start your day with a tonic of freshly squeezed lemon or lime or grapefruit in rain water or filtered water: This is alkalizing and helps to clean the stomach of any residual debris. It also kick-starts your digestive system first thing in the morning.
  4. Listen to your body and what it needs: Your body is always talking to you, so if you’re having a difficult time “knowing” what works for you, consider doing a short cleanse such as a 2-day raw juice fast or a 2 day bone broth fast
  5. Eat more fibre (fruit and veg are a great source of this!) as this helps your bowel movements to happen regularly: You should have a bowel action at least once a day, ideally 2 to 3 times a day. Legumes such as lentils and chickpeas and seeds (such as chia, hemp and flaxseeds) are a great source of fibre. Cabot health Fibretone is also a fantastic source of fibre and contains liver herbs as well
  6. Don’t overeat, but eat when you feel hungry: This all comes down to listening to your body’s needs. There is only one proven method of life extension and that is to eat less. You do not have to eat 3 meals a day, especially if you are not hungry – just have a juice or piece of fruit instead.
  7. Aid digestion: herbs such as peppermint, fennel, turmeric and ginger can help as can apple cider vinegar.  Organic apple cider vinegar with the mother tincture in it, should be taken in the middle of meals and not on an empty stomach. If you have lost your gallbladder, supplements of ox bile can be taken in middle of meals – see Dr Cabot’s book on gallbladder problems.
  8. Drink liquids before and after meals, not during: This is the best way to avoid diluting your digestive juices.
  9. Take your time and really chew your food: It might seem silly, but most people don’t chew their food enough! Aim to chew at least 30 times per mouthful.
  10. Eat slowly so your body has time to digest everything: Eating slowly means your salivary enzymes and stomach acid have more time to digest your food.

 

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