Improving Gut Health
A couple of months ago I started having major issues with my gut. None of the symptoms were new to me, as I have been dealing with these since my teens, but they were much worse, to the point where I didn’t feel comfortable leaving the house.
They included, bloating, pain, and all the other embarrassing symptoms. I was confused because I hadn’t made any drastic changes to my diet recently, and I was eating mindfully. I was highly stressed but wasn’t sure if this was the main cause.
Knowing that our gut is the “be all and end all” of most of the human physical condition meaning that, what happens in our gut affects our physical health, mental health, behaviour and is the key to understanding many diseases, I had to start at the beginning.
I started eliminating some foods that I thought might be the cause, and was basically eating mainly soups, boiled veggies, some salads and very little grains, plus some homemade sauerkraut, but I wasn’t solving the problem. Then, I watched a documentary called ‘Super Juice Me’. http://superjuiceme.com Wow what an eye opener!
Just a quick summary: They did a juice experiment that lasted 28 days, where people with many medical issues only had fresh juices, and by the end of it they had lost weight, solved digestive issues, gone off most of their medications and were generally much healthier and happier than when they started.
Now, of course, I wasn’t going to live on just juices for 28 days (at least, not yet) but I could start with juicing in the morning. We have a juicer in the house but never used it as I thought it would be too much hassle to juice: peeling, chopping the veggies, then having to clean the juicer, put it together, take it apart. Oh no, not for me!
It turns out that juicing has changed my life, and bear in mind, this is just one juice a day.I started out with: celery, lemon, ginger, cucumber and any other green I have in the fridge.
It tastes great btw 🙂
I sometimes add beetroot, cabbage or carrot. You can get as creative as you like. I avoid fruit as its quite acidic and high in sugar, but I occasionally add pomegranate. I also started adding a teaspoon of spirulina for a protein boost. It turns out that it’s no trouble at all to use the juicer and those 10 min are worth it!
In just a couple of weeks, my gut has settled and is almost back to normal. I feel so much better. Not only does juicing contribute to lowering inflammation, but so many nutrients are absorbed without putting strain on the gut. By feeding the body much needed nutrients, you can prevent and even reverse many diseases.
Other benefits include: boost in energy levels, detoxing, improved sleep, feeds the good gut bacteria, better skin, helps lower blood sugar and cholesterol, getting more live veggies in your diet and overall improved health.
Saying that, you need to pair juicing with a healthy diet by eliminating processed and chemicalized foods, eating whole natural foods, plenty of fresh greens, limiting dairy and meat and drinking plenty of water.
This is just one way of helping to heal your gut. Stay tuned and I will take you on a Gut Healing Journey.
I’ll leave you with this thought:
“If there’s one thing to know about the human body; it’s this: the human body has a ringmaster. This ringmaster controls digestion, your immunity, your brain, your weight, your health, and even your happiness. This ringmaster is the gut”
– Nancy S. Mure