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