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Leaky Gut Treatment Protocol Phase Two (Seed)

In this next phase, the focus is on planting the ‘seeds’. Killing the bad guys leaves room to add some of the useful bacteria we need in our system.

Using a combination of foods and supplements again is the best way to achieve this. We not only want to add the good guys into our diet, we also want to provide food and a good environment for them to grow.

Cultured vegetables and various fibres like Slippery Elm and psyllium are a great place to start. Instead of juicing, this phase is great for blending green smoothies! The good bacteria thrive on the fibre we are now providing. Again, focussing on vegetables is key and limiting fruit and sugar means that the leftover bad guys are not being fed and allowed to grow and reproduce again. I do not mean that you are never allowed to eat anything sweet again, once the good bacteria have regained their footing and your gut health is optimal, your body is able to cope with a larger variety of foods.

Leaky Gut Treatment Protocol Phase One (Weed)

There are a few different protocols to use. I’ve chosen the weed, seed and feed method.

I’m aiming for an approximately 2 week long juice detox. Ideally, you just want to have as ‘clean’ a diet as possible, with no processed foods and plenty of fresh vegetables of all types.

This first phase will include herbs and supplements that help kill or destroy parasites and opportunistic bacteria and viruses that have managed to gain a foothold in the body.

I suggest juicing as it ensures that there is minimal energy directed towards digestion, and maximum energy directed towards healing. Approximately 30-40% of our daily energy requirements are used purely to digest the food we eat ?. Providing already broken down foods, where the nutrients are super available, lessens the amount of energy needed considerably.

Excluding the roughage from fruit and vegetables is not normally what is recommended. Fibre is such an important thing for the health of your digestive system, so it sounds counter-intuitive. However, when juicing, the nutrients your body need is very easily available to you with very little effort from your digestive tract. By freeing up the time and energy you would normally use for digestion, the body can focus purely on cleaning and maintenance jobs.

Minimising fruit intake helps to starve the bad bacteria that live off the sugars in our food. There are also amazing supplements available that help to destroy a wide range of baddies.

Contact me if you need help or advice tailoring a gut health protocol for yourself. I will be happy to advise on diet and supplements based on your personal needs.

 

 

 

Healing the gut

So, I’m finally shaking myself out of denial.
I’ve always known that I have a Leaky gut issue. And I’ve made some lame attempts at using supplements that will help fix the gut lining.

It’s been so many years now and my gut’s getting worse.
I am beginning to feel very malnourished for all the food I consume. I always complained that I do so many things right, why doesn’t my body register that and respond with some healing and positive change. Well… If not much of what I’m putting in my mouth is getting through, that would kind of explain it!

A Leaky Gut happens when the gut lining is so damaged that instead of letting through properly digested nutrients for the body to use, it lets through larger bits of food that just act as harmful intruders.

This causes a lot of stress and an inflammatory reaction. Sometimes these larger molecules even get to the brain creating a ‘fogginess’. It causes quite a stress on the body constantly fighting off this low grade, never-ending, barrage of not-properly-presented food molecules. It doesn’t know how to deal with it. That’s the gut’s job, and no one else knows what to do!

Vegan Guacamole

Fantastic, relatively healthy quick-n-easy dip – great to get your omega’s while being a little bit naughty J
Ingredients:
Avocado
Lemon juice
Salt
White Pepper
Tabasco
Tofutti supreme sour (optional)
Method:
Mash 3 x Avocado
Add  teaspoon lemon juice
Salt and white pepper to taste
4 drops of Tabasco (or more to your taste)
Mix thoroughly
Then add 2 tablespoons of Tofutti supreme sour cream (or more to your taste)
Optional Extra:Stir through one more avocado that has been cubed to add texture!
Enjoy!