Digestion

The basis of Good Health

Almost ALL good and bad health leads back to the digestive system.When things are running weird, we can often trace it to an issue somewhere along the digestive process. How?Let’s have a look:

1st things first

About 80% of our immune system the gut-associated lymphatic tissue aka GALT is found in the D.S. We can keep the GALT strong by taking probiotics and eating a good clean diet.

The intestinal flora is our second liver, eliminating 40% of the toxins in the food we eat.

When gut functions is impaired by processed foods, excess sugars, medications, antibiotics, stress or high exposure to toxins we can develop constipation, leaky gut syndrome, food sensitivities, autoimmune and inflammatory bowel conditions and hormonal imbalance. 

Our first line of deffense is our microflora.

Beneficial Bacteria:

coconut yogurt

Coconut yogurt: a tasty way to protect your gut

We have around 100 trillion bacteria living in our gut. Their role is to digest food into small nutrients that we can use. Our gut bacteria are an integrated part of the body and are influenced by our diet and lifestyle. If our internal garden of beneficial bacteria are overtaken by yeast (candidiasis), fungus, parasites and bad bacteria, we can tip the scales back by taking probiotics in the morning or before bed on an empty stomach and eating fermented foods and beverages with meals.

If you are suffering from these symptoms on a daily basis:

  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Cramping
  • Constipation
  • Intense food cravings
  • Brain frog

You may need to cut out fruit and ALL sugar (it’s a fertiliser for photogenic bacteria, yeast and fungi) and carbs from your diet for 6 to 12 weeks – depending on how serious it is.

Leaky Gut Syndrome: is a terminology used to describe permable intestines. When the intestinal lining becomes porous, undigested food molecules, yeast, pathogens, toxins and other types of waste can flow freely into the bloodstream = diarrhea, chronic constipation, food allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, rosacea, multiple sclerosis, lupus, impaired immune function, nutritional deficiency, skin conditions, headaches, fatigue, brain frog…

Some contributing factors include:

  • Poor diet: incl. foods full of trans fat, refined sugar, preservatives…can create inflammation in the gut and throughout the body
  • Candida: yeast thrives off sugar. When it gets serious, it grows tentacles that burrow into the intestinal lining, perforating it and allowing matter to get through
  • Wheat gluten: Gut inflammation occurs in about 80% of the population due to the proteins gladden and gluten = causes intestinal cells to die prematurely. These proteins are found in wheat, semolina, spelt, gamut, rye and barley. Some cultivars of oats and quinoa can also create a gut inflammation.
  • Medication: medication like aspirin and acetaminophen decreases the mucosal lining of the intestines.

Constipation:

It’s crucial for the body to process and eliminate ingested food on a timely basis. Optimal transit ia about 12 to 24h, but a sluggish bowel could take days in some cases. Food that is still in the intestinal system after 24h will start to rot and release toxic substances into the bloodstream. Slow bowels can be caused by poor diet, lack of fiber, dehydration, lack of exercise, stress, travel, candida overgrowth, antibiotics, dairy, medication, leaky gut syndrome, diabetes…

It’s imperative that you get the bowels moving before you start your raw cleanse. Your liver will be releasing toxins that will end up sitting in the intestines and will eventually recirculate in the bloodstream. 

How to alleviate constipation:

  • Drink more water. Start the day with hot lemon water to induce peristalsis 
  • Eat fiber-rich foods like fruits, veggies specially dark leafy greens
  • Exercise. Yoga stretches are great for waking up the internal organs 
  • Ingest probiotics and fermented foods and beverages like coconut kefir and kvass

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