Want to start this year out healthier? Here are 5 steps you can take to heal your gut!
Part of it’s in your gut.
Did you know 80% of your immune system is in your gut? And no, I don’t mean that extra little bit of stuffing around your middle that’s been hanging on since Thanksgiving. I mean your intestines! Yep, those squishy, slimy looking things that swirl around inside of you.
The same way a happy, healthy gut can keep your body going strong, a compromised, distressed gut can be the cause of all sorts of health issues:
- skin issues
- autoimmune diseases
- chronic illness
Sounds depressing, doesn’t it?
But (thankfully), there’s always something you can do to help your body out! Here are five easy steps you can take to get your gut (and your health!) on the right track.
5 Steps You Can Take to Heal Your Gut
I feel your pain, even though the holidays are over, it’s still hard to stop eating the sugar. Processed sugars (corn syrups, white sugars, pretty much any ingredient with “ose” at the end of it) severely compromise your immune system. Not only that, they also act much like cocaine in your brain, causing an addiction forming reaction.
If you really have to have sweets, go for natural forms like fruits, honey, maple syrup, or stevia. Though even those should be used in moderation!
Much like refined sugars, processed foods will eat away at your immune system. Plus, they’re usually full of sugar and unnatural ingredients that your body doesn’t recognize, lowering your immune system.
That’s right, even gluten-free grains are hard on your system! All grains, nuts, beans, and some seeds contain phytic acid, an enzyme inhibitor that makes them extremely hard on our intestines.
Also, like the sugars, too many grains can lead to an overgrowth of candida, a fungi that will damage your gut lining.
Here’s are some of my family’s favorite grain-free recipes, if you need help cutting back:
- Baked Garlic & Dill Flounder in Browned Butter
- Coconut Chicken Curry
- Pumpkin Spice Muffins
- Death By Chocolate Paleo Blender Brownies
Bone broth is a very nutrient dense food, full of vitamins and minerals. It helps seal up your gut and heal it from the inside! Just be sure that the broth your getting is homemade, the stuff from the store usually has added ingredients that are unnecessary and hard for your body to digest (like soy). So the next time you’re roasting up a chicken, save those bones and make yourself a pot of broth with them!
I like to drink a cup of homemade broth as often as possible – it’s comforting and delicious! But if you aren’t into that, you can add your homemade broth into soups (you can check out my soups HERE).
Much like broth, these natural supplements will help keep seal your gut lining and keep your intestines strong and healthy! Gelatin and collagen contain the amino acid glycine which helps increase hyrochloric acid in the stomach helps our bodies digest and assimilate the nutrients in our food.
Not quite sure how to get these into your diet? Homemade fruit snacks are a great way! They’re also wonderful added to smoothies and drinks.
- Apple Cider Fruit Snacks
- Honey Orange Fruit Snacks
- Healthy Eggnog Smoothie
- Peanut Butter Mocha Smoothie
Like the opposite of antibiotics (which kill off bacteria in your body), probiotics help keep your immune system functioning well by keeping your gut full of healthy bacteria. Fermented fruits and veggies like pickles and yogurt are great ways to get probiotics into your diet, as well as fermented drinks like kvass, kefir, and kombucha.
Want to know more about a healthy gut?
At the Heal Your Gut Summit you’ll learn about boosting immunity by healing the gut, losing weight by improving digestive health, reversing allergies and autoimmunity with foods and herbal remedies, and more from over 30 of the top experts in gut health! Speakers include:
- Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS: 5 Steps to Heal Leaky Gut
- Leo Galland, MD: Why Allergies Could Be Signaling Bigger Problems
- David Perlmutter, MD: Heal Your Gut by Going Grain Free
- Ty Bollinger: Boost Immunity with Gut-Immune-Cancer Connection
If you register today (before Jan. 18, 2016) and you’ll get the following free gifts:
- Expert Talk #1: 5 Steps to Heal Leaky Gut, Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS
- Expert Talk #2: Boost Immunity with Gut-Immune-Cancer Connection, Ty Bollinger
- Expert Talk #3: Getting to The Root Cause of Thyroid Disease, Izabella Wentz, PharmD, FASCP
- Expert Talk #4: Secrets to Overcome Candida & Yeast, Donna Gates, MEd, ABAAHP
Register for FREE at the following link today:
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