Detox and heal your gut with these 6 superfoods
By Louise Belle BHSc (Nut Med)
Your gastrointestinal system (AKA your gut) is the window to your health. Research has shown that maintaining a healthy gut is important for overall health. Whilst digestive function and nutrient absorption are obvious benefits of having a healthy gut; mental health, weight, immunity and skin health are some additional benefits.
Your gut basically has its own ecosystem; a colony of bacteria that have to remain in harmony for the gut to be healthy. Antibiotic use, processed foods, sugar, infection, gluten, food intolerance and alcohol are just some of the factors that could cause your gut to become damaged and out of balance. Candida and pathogenic (bad) bacteria can take over and your gut lining can become inflamed and damaged (leaky gut).
The following superfoods will help to get your gut health back on track. They are all included in the Dr Cabot 15-Day Cleanse formula. Also, Ultimate Gut Health will provide you with the tools you need for a healthy and happy gut.
Glutamine is a natural amino acid that is required by the cells of the small intestine as a major fuel source to promote healing. It helps to bridge holes or gaps between the cells of the intestinal lining and reduce inflammation. Glutamine is particularly important for those with food sensitivities, leaky gut and inflammatory bowel conditions.
2. Saccharomyces Boulardii
This is a strain of probiotic yeast, that weeds out pathogenic bacteria and candida overgrowth, and creates a friendly environment for the good bugs to thrive. It can improve gut immunity, digestion and reduce symptoms of bloating and flatulence.
Pectin is a fibre found in apples, pears and other fruits and vegetables. Pectin supports the growth of good bacteria in the gut, and stops pathogenic bacteria from sticking to the gut lining. It is beneficial for supporting gut integrity, and can bind to heavy metals to remove them from the gut.
4. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera has antioxidant properties, can heal damaged cells and supports gut immunity. It is also very soothing and cooling for those with damage or inflammation in their guts (ulcers, leaky gut etc).
5. Slippery Elm Bark
Slippery elm is very good for soothing and calming inflammation in the gut lining. When combined with water, it creates a gel which protects the gut barrier (maintains it’s integrity) from damage and ulceration. Slippery elm is also fermented by the flora (gut bugs), further nourishing the cells of the gut lining.
6. Chia seeds
These little seeds are a great source of soluble fibre, which the good bugs in the gut use for food. Chia seeds also have the ability to absorb toxins and heavy metals from the gut, for removal from the body.