All health begins in the gut. That is more than an old wife’s tale. Did you know that 70 percent of your immune system lives there? If you want to improve your health, start with your food.
Here are places to start.
- Reduce or eliminate all processed food. Processed food contains ingredients that are not recognized by your body as real food, so digesting them cause distress.
- Eliminate dairy. Most dairy in our country is not tolerated well for two reasons — the protein is Cassein 1 (which our stomachs are not equipped to process) and lactose, which most people can’t tolerate. Try nut or coconut milk.
- Eliminate gluten. Modern grain products such as wheat, rye, and millet are not the same as the grains eaten 50 years ago and that is why so many of us are gluten sensitive. Sensitivity does not show up like a full-blown allergy. In other words, you will not end up in an emergency room, but over time you may end up with leaky gut ( a topic for a whole other blog). Symptoms of gluten sensitivity include bloating, gas, fatigue, brain fog and increased nasal congestion shortly after you eat.
- Corn products and soy products from the USA. Our corn, soy, and wheat crops are sprayed and injected with pesticides. Those residues make their way into all the processed foods that contain them. They cause digestive issues. Start reading ingredients and avoid those foods and eventually our food industry will get the message.
- Eliminate unhealthy, unnatural fats. In other words, don’t eat a fat that doesn’t smell like a real food. They are chemical concoctions and again are not recognized by your stomach as real food. They are frankenfoods. Corn Oil, soybean oil, canola oil, partially hydrogenated oils are some of the culprits.
Here are the five best food recommendations for your gut.
- Non-starchy vegetables—all colors and all types unless you are sensitive to nightshades. ( i.e.tomatoes, eggplant, peppers) can cause inflammation.
- Low glycemic fruits which include the berries and green apples. If you don’t have sugar issues like prediabetes or metabolic syndrome, then most fruits are ok on a limited basis.
- Proteins. If you are not vegetarian your best bets are free-range, organic chicken, grass fed and finished beef, smaller fishes unless you have signs of mercury poisoning, lamb, organic pasture raised eggs(unless you have a lot of inflammatory issues). Best vegetarian choices include legumes, nuts, and seeds including hemp.
- Healthy fats including avocados, coconut oil, olive oil, ghee which is clarified butter, and almond oil.
- Superfoods and fiber including flaxseeds, chia seeds, goji berries, to name a few.
Do you have more questions or concerns? We would be happy to help!
Andrea Trank is Nutritional Coach and Yoga Teacher for FYZICAL, and can help you slowly get your health back, lose weight, clear up digestive issues and other health concerns while losing weight. Set up an appointment today!
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