18 Feb How to Restore Digestive Health
Certain diets claim to deal with digestion and can lead you down a long and windy path, feeling like there is no answer.
I have been there and I want to help guide you through what I have learnt so you can discover the right diet to help you with digestion problems.
Your Body Will Tell You If You Have Poor Digestive Health
There are some really hard and fast facts that first of all are a must. Then there are some tweaks and different paths you can try depending on how your body reacts. The key is to start listening. Your body is one of your most intelligent tools you will ever own. It tells you things instantly. Food can have a reaction in the cells in your body within 15 minutes, so what you put in your mouth will affect your digestion and your overall health and well-being.
If you have good digestive health then this post probably isn’t for you. However if you want to impr0ve your overall heath then carry on reading. I am aiming at those who may be suffering and those who want to improve their digestive health. All of this I have learnt through having my own battles with regard to digestion and skin health as the two go hand in hand.
How to Restore Digestive Health
Whether or not you have a problem, all sugar and processed foods need to be removed from your diet. Now!
Also the removal of toxins and chemicals from your diet should be paid particular attention to as this is what the bad bacteria in your stomach feed off, the food you can’t digest. So any food you do eat now must be simple to digest and easy on the stomach.
So get rid of:
- sugar: this includes too much fruit
- processed foods
- packaged foods
- spicy foods
- gluten containing grains
For those with bad digestive issues or skin problems, you have to go all in. If you are consuming any of the above items, you have to at least start there and get rid of them. Those items are the basic to start to cleaning up any digestive issue. It is all about clean eating eating real food.
With regards to fruit, if you consume a lot of fruit, you are eating a lot of fructose sugar. This feeds bacteria. Fruit is good if you have a healthy digestive system, but to much a no for those who don’t.
Time To Remove The Foods That Are Causing You To React
If you have applied the first steps and you are still having problems, then come on in and delve deeper. This is what we need to do. Any little bit of the wrong food will just keep bad bacteria thriving. You need to be really diligent with your approach if you are serious about it. I have been there and any little bit of the wrong thing would cause everything to come to the surface and usually angrier than before because it was starving and will take you longer to get back before you had that wrong food.
So it’s time to look into the consumption of all grains, legumes, fruit, dairy, egg whites, nightshade vegetables, nuts and seeds and how you are eating them and what sort. All of these foods can cause reactions and can cause inflammation. So the best place to start is to get rid of them, then reintroduce when they are properly prepared and start listening to your body’s reaction. These items are going to be specific to each and every person, but they are high on the allergen list.
So eliminate first, fix the problem, get your digestive system healthy again through good whole food nutrition, probiotics, quality cod liver oil and then reintroduce these foods one at a time to discover what you can tolerate once your digestive system has recovered. The key first is to allow your digestive system time to heal and remove anything that may aggravate it.
A good way to do this is via some form of rotation with your foods and begin to listen to what your body tells you. For example all the foods you eat on a monday, don’t eat again until thursday. The simplest way to do this is just change your meat source, vegetable source and starch source each day. You can get as creative as you wish around this, or keep it simple.
Monday – Chicken, leeks and pumpkin
Tuesday – Beef, cabbage and kumara
Wednesday – Pork, zuchinni and parsnips
Thursday – Lamb, cauliflower and carrots
Friday – Repeat if you wish.
Have dinner as left overs for lunch and breakfast or rotate your breakfast also. Smoothies, eggs etc.
The Foods You Should Eat Lots Of For A Healthy Digestive System
Animal Protein – Beef, chicken, fish, salmon, tuna, lamb, pork, eggs.
Vegetables – Kumara, sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, pumpkin, broccoli, spinach, cauliflower, cabbage, zucchini, leeks, salad greens, silver beet, lettuce, brussel sprouts, fennel, cucumber, spring onion, avocado, lemons.
Good quality fats – coconut oil, coconut, avocado oil, apple cider vinegar, coconut cream, butter, extra virgin olive oil
Also including Probiotics and quality cod liver oil.
I have lots of recipes on my site with all these ingredients, so get creative and use this time to discover what makes you feel good and keep the food whole real food. Once the body has repaired itself, other foods can be reintroduced such as quinoa, rice and oats and see how the body reacts to them. We are all different and for some these non gluten grains may be okay and for others not.
The next layer to this puzzle is to include plenty of foods that promote healing and digestion, so this is the inclusion of fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut, kimchi, and also bone broths and homemade jellies. All of this encourages the replenishing of the cells and the building blocks for healing.
Feel like you can’t eat anything but want to learn about how you can improve your digestive health? Check out my next post and learn the 4 things you can eat when it feels like you can’t anything
Listening To Your Body Is The Key
The key is to understand your body. This is why I created the BR30 program which gives you a menu plan which helps you eliminate problematic foods and discover whats right for your body. I give you the tools to help you lose weight the right way. Clean up your health from the inside out and improve your digestive health.