Our digestive health is key to achieve optimal health. We really are what we eat! What we eat literally becomes every cell of our body, therefore, what we are eating, how our digestive tract is absorbing nutrients from the food we eat, determines the health of our bodies. The better our digestive tract is, the better health we will have.
Our digestive tract is also our barrier to the outside world. Decide what enters the body and what remains outside. Therefore, it is a large part of our immune system. If the integrity of the digestive tract is compromised in some way, unwanted substances can enter the body.
Another important aspect of the digestive tract is that approximately 80% of the lymphatic system is lodged in the digestive tract. The lymphatic system is the system that drains and cleanses our tissues and removes unwanted substances from the body. If the lymphatic system becomes congested, it can affect the ability of the entire body to cleanse the tissues and effectively eliminate unwanted substances from the body. Some of the signs that the digestive tract is unbalanced are: gas, bloating, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, sugar cravings, nausea, headaches, fatigue, decreased immunity and depression. Here are ways to improve your digestive health:
1. Eliminate the main inflammatory foods; which includes wheat, cow's milk and refined sugar.
The elimination of these main inflammatory foods helps to diminish the inflammation in the digestive tract, helps to extinguish the fire and allows that the tissues, the mucous membranes and the lining of the digestive tract of the digestive tract can be cured.
2. Take high quality PROBIOTIC supplements.
Probiotics are the healthy bacteria that help build a healthy microflora base in the digestive tract. Research is showing that the healthier our microflora are from the digestive tract, the healthier we are.
3. Incorporating natural PROBIOTICS to your diet.
Fermented foods have natural probiotics that help build a healthy digestive tract microflora. There are fermented vegetables like sauerkraut and kimchee. There are fermented dairy products, such as kefir and yogurt, but I recommend that they come from dairy products of sheep or goat, not cow's. There is also fermented tea like kombucha.
4. Incorporating PREBIOTICS into your diet.
Prebiotics are the food for healthy bacteria and help healthy bacteria to diversify and repopulate within the digestive tract. Asparagus, garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, jicama, onions contain inulin, a type of prebiotic. Carrots, leeks, radishes, tomatoes, turmeric contain arabinogalactans, another type of prebiotic.
5. Eat healthy fats
Healthy fats are the building blocks of our cells, therefore, consuming healthy fats will give our body the building blocks to repair any damage to the mucous membranes of the digestive tract. Healthy fats include avocados, nuts (excluding peanuts), seeds, flaxseed and flaxseed oil, hearts of hemp and hemp oil, coconut oil.
6. Take L-Glutamine as a supplement
L-glutamine is an amino acid that occurs naturally in the body. The supplements are naturally derived from fermented vegetables. L-glutamine helps reduce inflammation in the digestive tract and increases tissue repair.
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