You are not what you eat. You are what you digest and absorb. What’s the point of eating nutritious organic foods if your body isn’t digesting and absorbing the nutrients?
A healthy digestive system (gut) is vital to good health, radiant skin, and strong hair and nails. With all of the processed junk we are consuming, abnormal gut flora and leaky gut syndrome have become a big problem. Leaky gut is a term used to describe intestinal lining that has been damaged and punctured. Undigested food particles are then able to cross through the gut wall into the blood stream where they are seen as invaders and consequently attacked by the immune system. When undigested food is constantly under attack you develop symptoms of inflammation.
Digestive problems don’t just cause bloating, gas, diarrhea and pain; they can be the root cause of chronic health problems. If you’re experiencing acne, eczema, hair loss, headaches, body aches, fatigue, brain fog, depression, bloating, gas, allergies, asthma, weight gain, blood sugar problems, diabetes, a depressed immune system, neurological disorders and other symptoms of chronic inflammation it may be due to both abnormal gut flora and leaky gut syndrome.
Taking good care of our gut is highly beneficial to our health. Our body is made up of various bacteria, the largest amount residing in our digestive system. This bacteria is vital to our health and survival, providing a barrier in our digestive tracts against invaders, undigested food, toxins and parasites. Among other things our healthy gut bacteria maintains our immunity, inactivates carcinogenic substances and suppresses cancer formation. Beneficial bacteria are able to digest and convert food into nourishing substances for the cells that line our digestive tract.
On the other hand, when our gut flora is compromised or damaged we are not able to digest and absorb food properly. If we do not have enough good bacteria, the bad bacteria can get out of control. Unbalanced gut flora does not function properly and leads to an unprotected and malnourished gut lining. This creates opportunity for possible invasion of the gut lining by bacteria, toxins and parasites which can penetrate the wall and cause severe inflammation. The result is nutritional deficiencies, malabsorption and food intolerances. Our skin, hair, nails and eyes mirror the health of our gut. Results will show when we’re able to fully heal the gut. So how do we develop leaky gut syndrome and inflammation? Some of the causes are antibiotics, birth control pills, processed foods, trans fats, sugar, alcohol, gluten and dairy.
How to restore gut health:
Two of the most powerful foods for healing the digestive lining are bone broth and sauerkraut. Incorporating these foods into your diet will help balance gut flora and repair damaged gut lining. The result is a strong immune system, reduced chronic inflammation, eliminated food intolerances, and the ability to properly digest and absorb nutrients. All of these lead to increased energy, elevated mood, clear radiant skin, clarity in mind, healthy joints, thick, gorgeous hair and nails, and anti-aging benefits.
Bone broth: Contains amino acids, hyaluronic acid, collagen, glycosaminoglycans, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and trace minerals. These will heal and seal the gut lining ultimately leading to vibrant health and the prevention inflammation and illness. Drink 1-3 cups throughout the day before meals.
Fermented vegetables / Sauerkraut: Full of beneficial bacteria, sauerkraut will help restore normal stomach acid production and balance your gut flora. Begin by drinking the liquid, starting with a small amount (1 tsp. - 1 tbsp.) and increasing until any digestive problems decrease. Next, add small amount of the fermented vegetables to your meals and increase to 1/4 - 1/2 cup per meal.
-Allie White