Guidelines to get or keep your GI Tract healthy
- Change your diet from a toxin-producing process to that of elimination and cleansing (this means avoiding processed, high fat, high sugar foods and alcohol)
- Ensure that you eat a plentiful supply of colorful, fresh raw fruit and vegetables daily
- When your gut is inflamed, eat easy to digest cooked / steamed / baked vegetables or soups rather than raw
- CHEW CHEW CHEW YOUR FOOD WELL!!!!
- Change over from a soft, processed food diet to a more fiber-rich wholesome diet in gradual stages to avoid excessive flatulence (fiber rich foods such as legumes like peas, chickpeas, beans and other foods like asparagus, oats, berries serve your gut greatly)
- Have vegetables juices regularly – like a glass of juice 3 times per week – and if you already have some issues, do 2 consecutive days of vegetable juices / warm broths as a liquid fasting to give your gut lining a rest
Fasting can be a daily activity – you “break fast” each morning after sleeping ! By having only 2 meals per day and resting your gut in between, you offer opportunity for healing. Otherwise fast from 16h00 to 08h00 or 18h00 to 10h00 to give an irritated gut lining time to repair. It rebuilds the enormous surface area of your digestive tract of 300 square meters constantly to replace the lining every 3 – 5 days
Change your sedentary lifestyle to one that is more active. inactivity produces stagnancy in the body too. Exercise 20-30 minutes daily – walking is the most natural activity that serves the WHOLE body, rebounding, stretching, swimming, cycling etc are also wonderful. Build up slowly when you have not been so active for a while.
Make sure to have a daily portion and a variety of the life-saving nourishment that provides you with Pro-, pre- and post biotic:
- Probiotic (sauerkraut, sheep/goat yogurt or goat/coconut kefir);
- Prebiotic (such as whole grains, bananas, greens, brocolli, peas, onions, garlic, artichokes, nuts) which feeds your internal probiotic and
- Post biotic (the assimilated nutrients that become available after the probiotic processed the prebiotic, in other words the metabolites of your internal microbiome, which makes beneficial enzymes, organic acids, bacteriocins, carbonic substances available to our immune system)
- The bowel should ideally empty every 6 hours. Get a poop stool to put in front of your toilet to improve squatting posture for better evacuation and reduction of piles
- Remove accumulated fecal matter by taking probiotics regularly and doing enemas frequently
- Hydration is absolutely essential. Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of pure spring electrolyte rich water daily
- Slippery Elm and Aloe Vera help to cool and heal a disturbed gut lining and can be incorporated in a gut healing strategy
- There are tools on how to cleanse the mind of old negative and stressed habit patterns. Make sure it is a gradual process and that you do not try to do it all at once. Go about it slowly yet consistent, step for step in the healed direction.
- Surround yourself with people who encourage your wellness and who have knowledge and consciousness about these things.
- Keep prescription and OTC meds to a minimum.
- Let our Doctors Beyond Medicine™ practitioner work out a medication reduction plan that coincides with your healing program