If you’re experiencing digestive problems, did you know it could be affecting your overall health in many ways?
Your skin, sleep, mood, immune system, and your body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food. Even more seriously it can be causing/exacerbating serious autoimmune or digestive disease such as Grave’s, Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis.
Healthy digestion is such an important foundation to your overall health. But, if you suffer from some degree of digestive distress, knowing how to solve it is often a frustrating experience.
Here are some preliminary suggestions:
1.) Dietary tactics are the most important step.
2.) This means eliminating toxins from your diet that are causing inflammation and irritation (if not worse).
3.) Such toxins include those from food itself and from the environment. Food toxins are certain anti-nutrients and compounds that irritate the gut, promote inflammation, and promote bad bacterial overgrowth (there are good bugs and bad bugs in our gut).
4.) This is why an elimination diet for s specific amount of time (I recommend 21 to 30 days at minimum) is so important to allow your body time to recuperate.
5.) Cleanses and elimination diets are becoming a ‘fad’ that people do arbitrarily and with no proper guidance. I don’t suggest elimination diets because they are the ‘cool thing to do’, I suggest them because it is crucial to remove certain toxins when trying to resolve digestive distress.
6.) Some of the top toxins to remove are:
- wheat, corn, oats: the ‘gluten-free’ status of oats has been called into question due to cross-contamination. Furthermore, it isn’t just gluten that causes irritation, these foods contain other problematic compounds
- Legumes: especially beans, soy and peanuts. Impair digestion, block stomach acid production (which you NEED), promote bacterial overgrowth
- Fructose: useless to humans and serves as food for bad bacteria
- Omega-6 fatty acid: most standard diets include 10x the desired amount of omega-6 in the diet. Causes inflammation and impairs immune system. This means avoiding the man-made, highly toxic and often rancid oils such as: soybean oil, safflower oil, corn oil, peanut oil, and canola oil.
- Fiber: I know I know, we are all taught to “get your fiber!” but during this attempt to heal and repair your digestive tract, fiber should be limited. The cells of fiber themselves are ‘rough’ and bang up against your intestines, causing damage. They are also a food source for the potential overgrowth of bad bacteria you have in your gut. The natural fiber you get from fruits and veggies are much more desirable than any other source, so don’t worry as much about these, but don’t supplement with additional fiber
Again, this is a preliminary list, and I always suggest having a holistic health professional give you guidance when it comes to healing your digestive tract (gut). There are often layers of complicating factors that influence what specific recommendations I would make, so if you tried eliminating certain foods in the past and felt like it didn’t help, it may be because there were additional issues that you didn’t know to consider.