Detoxing and Your Gut Health
After a long holiday weekend, I’m sure many of you, like me, are feeling bloated, constipated, and sluggish after an abundance of heavy dairy, alcohol, and fat filled dishes this weekend. This comes into play especially if you don’t typically eat these kinds of things.
The human gut contains 10 times more bacteria than all the human cells in the entire body. This bacteria promotes normal gastrointestinal function, protects us from infection, regulates metabolism, and comprises more than 75 percent of our immune system.
The best way to get your body back on track is to do a “detox”. I don’t mean it in the traditional sense of fasting or anything like that, I just mean feeding your body the things it needs to heal and removing the bad things from your diet. Here are a few things you can do to speed up the process and get yourself back on track.
Natural Detox Options
Fermented foods: kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt, pickles, and kefir are all great options for fermented foods. They contain bacteria that your gut needs to function properly.
Senna tea: any of your “detox” tea options usually contain senna, an herb that acts as a gentle laxative to get things moving. I don’t take these often, only after a really bad couple of days of eating just to clear me out a little faster. This is not something you should take everyday, I wouldn’t recommend more than twice a month.
Dandelion Root Tea: helps with bloating and water retention
Cut beer, dairy, white flour, and sugar: these all wreak havoc on your gut and kill the good bacteria your stomach needs to function properly.
Pineapple contains bromelain. The core of the pineapple has a group of protein-digesting enzymes, which provide the key health benefits found in bromelain and help with digestion in the intestinal tract.Pears stimulate secretion of digestive juices so food moves more easily through our system. The gritty nature of pear fiber helps it bind to and flush toxins out of the colon.
Cucumbers are rich in two of the most basic elements needed for healthy digestion: water and fiber. This combination is very effective in ridding the body of toxins from the digestive system.
Ginger is used to aid digestion and increases saliva and other digestive fluids, which alleviates indigestion and other symptoms like flatulence and bloating.
Mint is a digestive aid, as it soothes stomachs in cases of indigestion or inflammation.
Digestive Dream Juice
- 1 pineapple (including core)
- 3 pears
- 1 cucumber
- Thumb-length of ginger
- Handful of mint leaves
Put all the ingredients through a juicer.