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My gut healing cleanse

This time around, the gut healing cleanse seems to have really hit the spot. Mostly, I’ve cleansed using a raw food diet or juicing, to try and lower my HbA1c. This time I was keen to fix the elephant in my body. My obviously leaky gut. Yes I binged. But I also ate a very good diet a lot of the time. I still felt sluggish tired and malnourished.

Initially, when drawing up the gut healing protocol, my body seemed unwilling to juice. It craved warmth, nourishment, nurturing. So I started making soups. Not my ideal but still clean eating.

And I discovered that I LOVED THEM. Sounds weird? Almost 40 and never made soup before? When my husband attempted to make soups a few times in our marriage, I was quite keen. For some reason, probably I never loved my mom’s only soup recipe, I never tried to make soup. Like ever.

Anyway, my body for the first time since I started juicing (2-3 years now) was not ready for juice. So instead of stir-frying; the only other method I could think of was boiling up all my favourite vegetables in water and blending them. And I discovered heaven. Broccoli soup, I couldn’t get enough of cabbage!!, sweet potato, pumpkin, beetroot, you name, I souped it. Spiced them up with my favourite spices – I’d become addicted to fresh turmeric – ginger, pepper, Himalayan salt .

I stuck with soups and salads. Still sugar-free, dairy free, and grain free. I did my phase one with this diet.

After 3ish weeks, I felt ready to implement phase two, and ready to start juicing.

A few weeks ago, a friend had talked about water fasting. I was intrigued and couldn’t stop thinking about it.

After a few days of juicing and phase two supplements; I tried one day of water fasting. And then two. And then a few more.

It was the most intense cleanse of my life. Body AND mind!

I got pretty dark and angry on day two and had a bit of juice. About 200ml cabbage and blood orange diluted with 300ml water. And continued doing this throughout as I was still on my Janumet and my sugar readings were still good with such a small amount of juice in my system.

But things were shifting energetically for me. Maybe the supermoon had something to do with it? Besides weight loss; the fast gave me ENERGY. And I was never really hungry. With raw food, the smell of cooked food made me weak at the knees. With water fasting, I never felt that way at all. I didn’t feel the need to eat. So many of my life issues stemmed around food and energy. Taking food out of the equation… life became CLEAR. For the first time in a long time.

My motivation to continue: a blood test confirmed that my body was in ketosis (!!) I didn’t even know a vegan could go into ketosis til I did some research. And number two, I didn’t need insulin if I wasn’t eating anything. Number three, my urine was very yellow and very smelly (TMI??). Things were coming OUT of me! Lots of things. And I didn’t want to stop this intense deep clean that was obviously going on. I did eventually stop at day 5. And learnt that once your digestive system has completely shut down, it needs a bit of time to start up again LOL.

 

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!

You know your body best

There are so many different theories around..

Which diet works the best: low carb, low fat, high protein, high carb, raw, paleo, 5:2, 16:8 …

Which exercise regime gives the fastest results: hiit, tabata, weights, cardio, boxing …

The options are endless. And confusing!

My amazing friend and personal trainer Kate Martin said: “You know yourself best.”

Trust your instincts, listen to your body.

I know my body responds really well to raw foods. It annoys me when I’m told to add a bit of protein, some fish or eggs. I know I have a leaky gut. I know I need to heal it. And I know how!

However, despite all I know; I have not been successful at creating a routine or strategy that complements my life, my thinking, ….and my excuses.

Which is where hearing what others have to say or what they believe in, helps me fine tune my process.

For instance, the GP I saw (Dr Malcolm MacKay) suggested that some complex carbohydrates in each meal is essential. He means brown rice, sweet potatoes, etc. Apparently as a means to balancing your blood sugar levels.

I have been avoiding complex carbs like the plague. But it makes sooo much sense to add a tiny bit to enhance satiety. (It doesn’t take much to make you feel satisfied!) And hence enhance success. The challenge is to stop at just a little. So far, it has been an insurmountable challenge. But I will prevail!