digestion

Keep fit and healthy from head to toe – Digestion and gut microbiome

Today’s highlighted body region contains the digestion and gut. Pay extra attention to this region, exercise it, and look after it! Below you find some tips and recipes. You can do these also on other days, but use this symbol as a reminder, and after all, today is the best day to do it

The disease starts in the gut

Folklore always maintained that most diseases start in the gut. So it is of utmost importance to look after your gut health. Food allergies and intolerances are increasing all the time. Mainly because we all eat too much-processed food (fast food, pre-prepared, deep-fried) and not enough organic or even biodynamic,  unpasteurized, and fermented food. Probiotic supplements can help to add ‘good bacteria’ to your food. Try to make small changes, by swapping heavily processed white bread for sourdough bread.  You can also make your fermented foods, like  Sauerkraut or Kombucha. Here is a recipe for how to make Sauerkraut. 

If you want to find out more about the gut microbiome, please check out the Zoe website. I have been following Dr. Spector for years and particularly like his book ‘The Diet Myth.’ He is a professor at Kings College, London, and one of the forefathers to undertake research into to topic. If you look him up, there should be plenty of resources to keep you busy!

Regular salt flushes to cleanse your gut 

Liquid Fast DayWhenever I want to lose a few pounds, I start with a Liquid Fast weekend. Part of my regime is to start the day with a glass of dissolved  Epsom Salt. I call it ‘flush’ for a reason and I advise you to stick near a toilet.

 

The evening before I add 1 teaspoon of Epsom salt to a large glass of water and pour a small amount of water on top.  Then I leave this mixture overnight. In the morning the Epsom salt will have completely dissolved and all I need to do is fill the glass with tepid water. Then I drink or sip it before breakfast.

Once in a while, it might be helpful to have colonic irrigation. Opinions are split on this, as colonics also remove the ‘friendly gut bacteria’. But performed under the supervision of a specialist it can be very beneficial. But please make sure that after the cleanse you recolonize your gut with the right gut bacteria. The specialist will advise you on what to do.

Here is an article about the gut microbiome.   

 

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