Guest Post: Heal Your GutBy
So, you’ve transitioned to real traditional properly prepared foods, you may have even removed problematic foods, such as dairy, gluten, grain and so on, but you still have gut issues and inflammation. It’s likely you have leaky gut syndrome, but you can’t get to the root of your problems without forking out big bucks to get testing or find a naturopathic or holistic minded doctor to work with you, so what do you do?
Today I am sharing some tips that can be very helpful to repair your gut even if you can’t take on a lot of dietary changes or tackle a plan like the GAPS protocol. Keep in mind that many things contribute to gut ailments, including chronic stress & overworked adrenal glands. These can profoundly weaken the integrity of the gastrointestinal tissues. So it’s important to support yourself through stress. Here are 6 supplemental/ food tips to help heal your gut, or at the very least manage gut inflammation;
1. L- Glutamine – an amino acid that helps to heal the intestinal tract. The cells of the small intestine (which is where the gut permeability or leaky gut is happening) depend on glutamine as their main fuel, for maintenance and repair. Glutamine is very alkalizing to the body. A dose of 1 to 3 grams daily is recommended, taken between meals in a small glass of juice, or water. I like to take mine in some beet kvass, which also is very soothing. Taking too much glutamine can be constipating, it’s good to start out on the lower end and work up, observing your bowel patterns while doing so. Read more on the benefits of L-glutamine here. Foods rich in L-Glutamine are; beef, chicken, fish and dairy products.
2. Aloe Vera Juice- Aloe vera juice has been used as a traditional remedy for digestive disorders of all types. It soothes and reduces any inflamed and irritated parts of the gut lining. It is especially good for gastric ulcers. Take 2 ounces twice daily. A very good brand you can purchase is George’s 100% Aloe Vera.
3. Chlorophylls/ Green Juices/ Fermented Cabbage Juice – these all help to nourish the gut, as well as neutralize toxins, disinfect the digestive tract and help to relieve gas or inflammation. Fermented Cabbage Juice, is particularly rich in vitamin U and glutamine, which are both great for healing any kind of ulcers or dealing with inflammation. Not to mention fermenting it gives it a probiotic and enzyme factor that also aids the overall health of the digestive tract. For more reading on fermented cabbage juice, check out this article.
4. Slippery Elm Bark/Licorice Root-
Slippery Elm bark is very muciligenic and can be very gentle and soothing the mucous membranes and lining of the gut. It has been a folk remedy for both heartburn and ulcers in European and Native American cultures. It is able to be taken in large quantities without contraindications. Drink it as a tea or chew on the bark. *Note* – this can be problematic for someone with severe parasites & pathogens, as it will feed them.*
Licorice Root (DGL) – Licorice root is very soothing to the mucous membranes of the digestive tract, it promotes healing by stimulating the production of healing prostaglandins. Licorice enhances the blood flow and health of the intestinal tract cells. It’s considered to have the same healing effect as cimetidine (or Tagamet), so if you have any kind of heartburn this could be a great natural remedy. Be sure to buy deglycyrrhized licorice, as glycyrrhins can raise blood pressure. Take it in capsules
5. Bone Broth -need I say more about bone broth? If you’ve read here on Kerry Ann’s site, or on mine, you have read plenty about the healing benefits of bone broth. Bone broth really works to soothe and heal the digestive tract. It’s also a very absorbable form of amino acids & minerals, along with other benefits that are wonderful to obtain this way rather than having to fully digest with an impaired gut. I can’t recommend bone broth enough! If you are not making bone broth already, get started today! For everything you need to know about bone broth and more, plus several videos - check out this link where Amanda of Traditional Foods gets into all the nitty gritty’s of making bone broth.
6. Cultured Foods – such as sauerkraut, beet kvass, kombucha, kimchi, kefir, yogurt. These all contain enzymes, consuming them allows your body to replace digestive enzymes and digest your food better. They also contain good bacteria to help your body to clean out bad gut bugs. Just one teaspoon of cultured veggies can contain 54 billion live good bacteria! That’s reason enough to eat them at every meal!
There certainly are more options than just the above mentioned when it comes to helping to heal your gut. For example, just by making sure you have proper hydrochloric acid in the gut you can repair the small and large intestines. Read here, about ‘Why I Am Supplementing With Hydrochloric Acid.’
Sources for this post:
Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, Dyspraxia, A.D.D., Dyslexia, A.D.H.D., Depression, Schizophrenia
Digestive Wellness: Strengthen the Immune System and Prevent Disease Through Healthy Digestion, Fourth Edition
Digestive Wellness by Elizabeth Lipski
Lydia is currently a student enrolled at The Nutritional Therapy Association, due to become certified as a Nutritional Therapist this June. Lydia blogs at Divine Health. You can read more of her posts there, as well as enjoy plenty of awesome recipes. Find Divine Health on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest as well.