A strong inside is imporant for a healthy all-around

Published 8:39 pm Friday, January 15, 2010

Dining at my favorite Indian restaurant was the icing on the cake for my anniversary this past weekend. However, on my special day, I heard a remark that always ruins a conversation for me,

“I know this is bad for me, but it it’s sooo worth it.” That is what I heard myself saying as I used a soft, fluffy piece of Indian bread called naan to scoop up palak paneer, a creamed spinach with fresh cheese.

I haven’t had milk products in almost two years, and have avoided gluten at all costs. Were there any regrets? No! The gluten only caused a slight queasiness and a mild itching on my chin. I expected way worse, but that experience is proof of the advantages of a strong gut.

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How important is the gut? At the end of the digestion process, the blood from the gut and colon complete digestion by carrying nutrients, minerals, toxins, etc., to organs that clean the blood. Organs such as the liver or pancreas work as hard or less as possible to clean blood.

If the digestive system is constantly overloaded with low quality foods such as sugar or gluten, which is used as an adhesive for envelopes and stamps, it will need time to detoxify in order for various organs to function properly.

The malfunctioning of organs leads to diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, etc. So, a healthy strong gut leads not only to better digestion but better health in totality.

Allowing the body to heal is simple. For seven days or more eliminate foods that trigger poor digestion such as canned foods, foods high in starch/carbohydrates, beer, refined foods, syrups, food thickeners, wheat gluten, dairy, sugar, and yeast.

Eat a diet high in quality foods and as close to their natural state as possible.

Supplements found beneficial are probiotics and psyllium. When deciding on a probiotic, the best choice is one that contains a combination of lactobacillus and bifidobacterium. While taking a supplement with psyllium drink plenty of water to prevent headaches.

Some recipes to try:

Marinated Greens

1 bunch collard greens destemmed and shredded

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1/2 Tbsp garlic

1/8 cup Braggs Liquid Aminos or soy sauce of choice

2 bunches of scallions thinly chopped

1 medium tomato finely chopped

Directions: Mix all ingredients together and allow to marinate overnight or at least 4 hours if you can wait that long

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