3 SUPERFOODS TO HEAL YOUR GUT
By Shana Lynn Yao
Your gut. It sounds like an unpleasant subject, but research now shows that ALL disease starts in your gut. Everything from autoimmune disorders, acne, skin issues, IBS, Parkinson's, Cancer - everything. The subject is so wide and deep and since I'm not a scientist or a nutritionist, I leave it up to the experts to learn from and extrapolate so I can help others live your best HEALTHY life.
The phrase "health is wealth" couldn't be more true. Everything from the clarity in your own mind, to your confidence and even your weight, can effect your business AND your bank account. In the short term, not feeling good and not looking good (to yourself) can make you shy away from doing videos, speaking in public, and drowning in low self esteem.
In the long term, mild to severe gut related illnesses like IBS, acne, or like me, a connective tissue disorder caused by autoimmune disease causes life changing illness and lowers your quality of life... and eventually can progress into more severe conditions and even death.
First Steps To Better Health
The first step to anything you want in life is as simple as just becoming aware that there is a problem. Acknowledging that you have a health issue or even if you don't have symptoms, want to ensure you are doing things to maintain your health is the first step. It requires not only the acknowledgement that you can change your health but that you - and only you - are responsible for your health and wellness.
Where you are today with your heath is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. If you are suffering from a health condition (or anything in life in general) owning the fact that you are the one that got yourself there - even if you just didn't know better - that's a powerful acknowledgement. I recently heard podcast host Rory Vaden say
He was talking about your business and financial status - but that phrase actually applies to all areas of life. And while it sounds negative, it's actually really EMPOWERING. Because owning that you caused the situation you are in - EVEN IF you didn't consciously do it - means that you have the power to CHANGE IT.
Own it. Trust me - as I said, I have a connective tissue disorder from a lifetime of NOT KNOWING how to eat. Back when I was growing up I never heard that starchy carbs tear your intestines every time you eat them. Research now shows so much more about how our own biology works with food that it's dumbfounding that even "healthy" stores sell food that actually says on the package "may cause cancer" and that people still buy it. (there is a sign at Starbucks that literally has that written on the WALL).
So anyway, as I said, there is too much information to go over in one article (or even several) but let's get started just knowing 5 superfoods to heal your gut so you can start looking and feeling better TODAY.
3 Superfoods To Heal Your Gut
1. ALOE VERA
Aloe Vera (the inside gel) is rich in enzymes and has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties. It's known to be an anti-inflammatory superfood that can help heal your gut lining. Personally, it doesn't taste very good, but remember, you're doing this for your health and not your taste buds :)
Chlorophyll is known to fight cancer, improving liver detoxification, speeding up wound healing, improving digestion and weight control, and protecting skin health (hello glowing skin!). The primary reason chlorophyll is considered a superfood is because of its strong antioxidant and anticancer effects. (*** I am not a nutritionist and ALL information whether it is from me or some other resource should be investigated, researched and run by your own doctor).
This is a big one for me, personally. I have never eaten an avocado before last night. I avoided them like the plague after, when I was a child, my dad used to chase me around the house telling me to "try it, you might like it". They horrified me so much I used to CRY from the terror.
But in an effort to heal my gut and skin - I ATE ONE. And actually, it wasn't bad. In actuality, after researching it, I can't recommend adding it to your diet DAILY enough. Taken from a UCLA research study:
""California-grown avocados contain 11 carotenoids. According to USDA's Agricultural Research Service, avocados contain a complex package of phytonutrients, including carotenoids that may provide numerous health benefits. Carotenoids appear to protect humans against certain cancers, heart disease and age-related macular degeneration."
That's powerful information. And in fact - ALL of it is quite powerful. And if you haven't decided to take charge of your health, it literally is a simple as just DECIDING you are worth it. To live your best life.
So I want to hear - what are you going to decided to do to better your health, better your skin, and live your best life? Tell me in the comments below.
*** And as an added bonus - I pulled this easy reference charge from an article I recently came across. I can't recommend enough to do your own research and really get nerdy and passionate about becoming healthier and better at just being YOU.
Dietary Guidelines - ** reference by Justin Faerman - after researching numerous resources, scientists, nutritionists and health specialists, this is one of the best most thorough articles I have seen on how to cure your gut. I highly recommend reading the article)
The following suggestions, with the exception of eliminating artificial sugars, are only necessary until you get your digestion functioning back at optimal levels. At that point, you can reintroduce foods and see how your body is reacting to them. If you feel fine, then you can include them in your diet in a balanced manner.
Foods to Emphasize
Ideal Foods for Healing Digestive Problems
Whole, gluten-free grains (brown or any other colored rice, non-GMO corn, millet, amaranth, quinoa, etc.)
+ Beans, lentils and other legumes
+ Vegetables of any kind
+ Organic, grass-fed, pasture-raised meats
+ Wild-caught seafood
+ Sea vegetables
Eat in Moderation When Healing Digestive Problems
+ Nuts and seeds, sprouted or roasted
+ Fermented foods*
Recommended Oils & Fats
+ Coconut oil
+ Olive oil
Seasonings for Healing Digestive Problems
+ Celtic, Himalayan or other unrefined salts
+ All natural spices and herbs
+ Always choose whole, organic, unprocessed, non-GMO foods whenever possible
+ All food—with the exception of fruits—ideally, should be cooked
+ Limit intake of liquids and cold foods when eating
+ Chew food thoroughly
Foods to Reduce or Eliminate
+ Wheat and other gluten-containing grains
+ Cheese and milk products
+ All artificial and refined sugar and limit natural sugar intake (honey, fruits, juices, etc.)
+ Eat nuts and seeds sparingly; and if so, make sure they are sprouted or roasted
+ Pay attention to how your body reacts to eggs. If you feel fine, you may continue to eat them; however, many people find them to be difficult to digest
+ Limit intake of soy products
+ Be careful when eating at restaurants, as all of the above-mentioned foods are frequently added in copious amounts to improve flavor
It is important here to note that the above mentioned foods are not bad for you by any stretch, especially if they are eaten in a whole, unprocessed form (again, with the exception of artificial and refined sugar). In fact, they are all highly nutrient-dense foods that provide many health benefits and should be included as part of a well-rounded diet. However, if you are suffering from digestive problems, they can be aggravating because of their difficulty to digest. Eliminating them from your diet in the short term will allow you to heal much faster, so you can get back to eating the foods you enjoy once again. If unsure, check in with your body and see how it reacts when you eat them.
*In small amounts, these can sometimes help, but they can also hinder, primarily because they are damp, wet and cold. As always, listen to your body.
**If your digestive problems are severe, then fruits may need to be limited. In this case small amounts of berries are usually tolerable.
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