Tips for Healthy Digestion and Hydration
Ground Flaxseed- 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed can provide the body with adequate fiber and help the body have regular daily bowel movements
Probiotics- The health of your gut flora determines how well your immune system functions. Take probiotics that contain Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains
Avoid Allergenic/Inflammatory foods- dairy, gluten, alcohol, red meat, refined sugar. Give your digestion and immune system a break and eliminate one or more of these foods for 4-8 weeks.
Zinc deficiency: Zinc plays a vital role in the maintenance of the intestinal lining integrity. Lack of Zinc causes the weakened intestinal lining. High zinc foods include: oysters, beans, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, lean red meat
L-Glutamine-s critical for any program designed to heal leaky gut. Glutamine is an essential amino acid that is anti-inflammatory and necessary for the growth and repair of your intestinal lining. L-glutamine acts a protector and coats your cell walls, acting as a repellent to irritants. Take 2-5 grams 2x daily.
Curcumin-One of the interesting benefits of curcumin is that it has not only been shown to reduce inflammatory compounds in the intestines, it can actually strengthen the intestinal wall to prevent harmful bacteria from passing out of the intestines and reaching other organs, such as the liver and kidneys.4
Stress Management techniques- The Nervous system and digestive system communicate with eachother at all times, it’s important to incorporate breathwork or daily meditation to manage stress levels.
For example 10 minutes of focused deep breathing 2 x day can greatly improve irritable bowel symptoms
Keep the Body Well Hydrated
Recipe for Natural Electrolyte Drink
- 1 quart of liquid (options: green tea, herbal tea, water
- ⅛-1/4 tsp of sea salt or Himalayan salt
- ¼ to ½ tsp crushed Calcium magnesium tablets or powder (optional)
- ¼ cup or more of juice (optional. Can use grape, apple, lemon, lime, pineapple, etc)
- 1-2 TBSP sweetener (optional)- can use honey, stevia, etc. I suggest brewing stevia leaf into the base liquid for the most natural option.