circulatory, integumentary, respiratory and reproductive systems. Some of the major functions of the gut include:
Gut health in the United States is declining and costing people their lives due to its important roles as the first line of defense, second brain, and emotional center within our bodies. Unfortunately, most Americans are suffering from some sort of gut-related issue and are not being treated appropriately.
Some of the health issues that can be traced to an unhealthy gut are digestive distress, respiratory problems, heartburn, rashes, water retention, constipation, acne, migraines, congestion, fatigue, irritability, depression, brain fog, and many others.
The current medical model has failed to recognize the impact gut health has on the entire body’s well-being. This epidemic can be reversed, however, with natural medicine principles, herbs, comprehensive diagnostic testing, and individualized care.
The gut is powerful, yet delicate. Many different factors inhibit the gut’s ability to maintain its bacterial balance, structural integrity, and absorptive qualities. A few of the most common enemies to gut health include:
While everyone’s dietary needs are incredibly different, there are general guidelines that everyone can benefit from adhering to. Unless you are aware of any specific nutritional needs or your doctor has advised otherwise, the ideal diet for someone looking to prevent gut imbalances, heal from gut dysfunction, and reverse gut damage includes eating:
Try to eat organic as much as possible.
To determine what you are allergic to or is currently causing you gut problems, it is recommended to follow through with an elimination diet. Elimination diets are incredible diagnostic tools to determine food irritants, sensitivities, and allergies that are contributing to a compromised gut.
An elimination diet is administered in a way that removes common food irritants that could be sabotaging your health. The foods to eliminate from your diet include:
This exclusion lasts at least 21 days to allow time for the adverse food-related immune reactions to disappear. Once you have waited the proper amount of time, you will begin to reintroduce each food group individually while paying close attention to how each food makes you feel. If any food starts to bother you, remove it again, and continue reintroducing the remaining food groups.
If you have gut issues or have developed food sensitivities, I will also recommend working on restoring the lining of your gut with the help of herbs. Especially in the form of teas. I will be speaking of these herbs next week, so stay tuned.
Until next week
Dr. Toni is a Best-selling author, Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) & Registered Herbalist in San Diego, California. She holds a PhD in psychology, and a Clinical Herbalist Certificate, an HHP certificate and is a Certified Trainer in the Success Principles. In private practice as a HHP she has been influenced by a variety of clinical modalities and orientations, and by the diverse life experiences of her clients. Toni’s approach to healing is holistic & transpersonal. In her work, she integrates the principles of Eastern and Western nutrition, herbololgy, energy medicine, Buddhist mindfulness and personal counseling to assist others in working through their physical or emotional blocks to attain optimal health.