Yesterday Stacey and I spent an enlightening afternoon at a meeting covering environmental toxins and how pervasive they are. (Many thanks to Standard Process and Larry Welsh LAc .) We need to be much more proactive about chemicals in our bodies because they will disrupt our delicate hormonal balance. Along with the depressing news we received a lot of great information on how to heal the gut. I know, I know, you are asking yourself, why did they learn about how to heal the gut after hearing about endocrine disrupting chemicals in our bodies/environment?
Well it turns out that the first step in any detoxification of the body begins with a healthy gut. There are some simple things you can do to give your intestinal tract the healthy bacteria it needs to even begin the detox process.
1) eat Potato Leek Soup, with onions. They all grow in the ground, so they have dirt in and on them. When grown organically, or even better bio-dynamically you will get tiny microbes and bacteria with the these veggies. The key is to cook them gently, especially the onions and leeks. Cook them until just translucent, then pull them off the burner. When you mix in the potatoes don’t bring it all to a raucous rolling boil, rather just get it to the temperature where you can stick your finger in and its hot, but not scalding and then run it through the blender. If you get it too hot the bacteria will all die. Here is a good recipe
2) Eat fermented foods: yogurt, sauerkraut, kim chi, kefir, kombucha. I was taught to take a tablespoon of sauerkraut juice first thing in the am to support the gut. The microbes last two weeks so by doing this once or twice per week you’re guaranteed to always be giving your body new good bacteria to replace the dead and dying ones.
3) Eat various types of fiber, red, purple, orange and green veggies. Whole grains like millet and oats.
4) Eat butter or ghee.
5) Come in or look up MediHerb’s Weed and Feed Protocol. For those with food sensitivities/allergies this quote was an eye-opener: “In our guts, our immune systems use arachidonic acid in a very special way: there (in the gut), arachidonic acid forms a critical part of the signals that train our immune systems to tolerate the foods we eat instead of mounting attacks against these foods.” Chris Masterjohn. According to Pubmed “Arachidonic acid is oxygenated and further transformed into a variety of products which mediate or modulate inflammatory reactions.” (Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1907059 ) So the MediHerb Protocol will help boost arachidonic acid in the gut which will help the immune system regulate itself.
Start with these Five Tips and you’ll be giving your gut a good foundation to detox your entire body. Good luck and Be well!