What’s Growing In Your Gut?

Did you know that your gut houses 70% of your immune system? 

Proactively keeping your digestive system healthy means a boost to your immunity for the gut flora plays a massive role in facilitating immune response. It also protects against invading microbes – but only when there is enough good gut flora that are proficient enough to obtain more nutrients than the invaders.

Here are a few things you can do to keep your digestive system healthy:

  • Avoid sugar!
  • Cut out highly refined and processed oils. Use healthy oils like organic, extra-virgin, cold pressed olive oils, extra virgin coconut oil, ghee and whole avocado.
  • Drink fresh juices; support colon detoxification with freshly juiced carrots and apples
  • Start your day with what I call Lemon Elixir:  a cup of room temperature or barely warm water with juice of half a lemon, 1 tsp. Bragg’s apple cider vinegar and 1 tsp. raw honey  first thing in the morning on an empty stomach to support your liver and gall bladder (which feeds into the digestive tract)
  • Avoid gluten – gluten is comprised of gliadin and glutenin and your body actually creates an antibody called anti-gliadin IgA to protect itself from the negative effects of gluten. It ends up in your stool when your body perceives a threat from gluten, but when the threat doesn’t pan out, the antibody stays in your gut.
  • Take a good probiotic every day before your meal to promote gut flora.
  • Promote healthy gut flora by adding foods that are rich in probiotics – cultured and fermented foods such as yogurt and kefir, kimchi, raw sauerkrauts, natto (Japanese fermented beans) and kombucha
  • Eat more dark, leafy greens, which are one of the most nutrient dense foods available. It’s important to eat these high fiber foods with a little fat, like ghee, to facilitate the absorption of Vitamin K. 
  • Alkalinize your blood pH (particularly great for facilitating elimination):
    • “Green juice” made from algae, spirulina, leafy greens etc. (You can get them in powder form in canisters or packets)
    • Lemon juice in warm water, most effective when taken in the morning on an empty stomach
    • Fruits and vegetables – besides the alkalinizing properties, the fiber can aid elimination while the enzyme from raw fruits and vegetables can aid digestion and absorption of nutrients essential to building up immunity

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