• 10 Easy Ways to Improve Gut Health

    May 3, 2017 • BEAUTY, EAT, GUIDES

    Ways to improve gut health and gut problems are at the forefront of many people’s health concerns: bloating, constipation, indigestion, food intolerance. But did you know that an unhealthy gut has also been linked to other medical issues?

    Evidence suggests there is a significant link between the human digestive system and overall physical and mental wellbeing.

    Lee Holmes of Supercharged Food suggests that an unhealthy gut can be linked to issues such as IBS, Crohn’s disease, coeliac disease, thyroid problems, and diabetes. Further research indicates that an unhappy gut can affect your immune system, disrupt your hormones, mental health, and even have in impact on your mood and energy levels, making you feel tired and run-down.

    It was even Hippocrates that said, ‘all disease begins in the gut.’

    As Lee Holmes writes in her wellness book, Heal Your Gut,

    All the systems within your body work closely together to maintain optimal health, so when one system is unbalanced, it can trigger a domino effect, causing problems in other areas of your body and creating a cascade of chronic health complications. This is particularly true of the gut and its impact on immune health. Your gut health and immune system are inextricably linked. Did you know that 70-80 percent of your immune tissue is located within your digestive system? The gut is often the first entry point for pathogens (bad bacteria and viruses that can cause disease); your gut immune system therefore needs to be thriving and healthy in order for you to avoid illness. This was one of the key drivers to my own healing – knowing that if I could heal my gut, my symptoms would start to improve.

    So how do you improve gut health?

    10 Ways to Improve Gut Health

    Lee Holmes suggests that most of us could benefit from ‘spring cleaning’ our gut, including those of us with health issues aggravated by a poorly functioning digestive system. Here are some easy ways to help with this spring clean and improve gut health.

    1. Reduce refined sugars, gluten and processed food

    Lee Holmes recommends to reduce refined sugars, white rice, gluten containing flours, and processed grains and pasta in the diet to help improve gut health.

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    Honey or agave sugar are ideal refined sugar alternatives. We are big fans of Bee One Third 100% raw honey, which is produced and harvested from rooftop beehives in Brisbane’s inner-city. It is seasonal, unique and offers a taste of the local floral diversity that can never be repeated. Neighbourhood honey is unheated, unprocessed and unadulterated to maintain its optimal flavour and nutritional characteristics.

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    Natural Evolution green banana baking flour is gluten free and helps to save the waste of wonky bananas! You can learn more about Natural Evolution and the waste saving initiatives here >

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    2. Increase your intake of vegetables and fruit

    If you need inspiration to increase your vegetable and fruit intake, a recipe book or a food blog can be a handy resource.

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    Kathryne Taylor of America’s most popular vegetarian food blog, Cookie and Kate has put together this lovely vegetarian cookbook, Love Real Food, where she offers over 100 approachable and outrageously delicious meatless recipes complete with substitutions to make meals special diet-friendly (gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free) whenever possible. Her book is designed to show everyone—vegetarians, vegans, and meat-eaters alike—how to eat well and feel well.

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    3. Add some fermented foods to your diet each day

    Pickles, kimchi, yoghurt and kombucha are popular fermented foods which may improve gut health if eaten each day.

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    The book, Real Food Fermentation shows you the process, tools and guides you in choosing the right ingredients to get started with you fermenting. Learn to make sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi, yoghurt, kefir, creme fraiche, vinegar, kombucha, and much more.

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    4. Sip herbal tea

    Siping herbal tea can help to alleviate sugar cravings and aid with digestion. Digestive tea may help to improve gut health.

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    Love Tea digestive tea is an organic and fair trade herbal tea to help support healthy digestive function. Naturopathically selected fennel, aniseed and lemon balm offer therapeutic qualities that have traditionally been used to support and repair the digestive system.

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    5. Dry body brushing

    Incorporating dry body brushing into your daily routine can help you detox and aids digestion and kidney function.

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    EcoMax’s jute princess body brush  is a 100% plant fibre body brush that is ethically handmade in Sri Lanka using biodegradable, environmentally-friendly, natural fibres. Bristles are soft with just the right amount of pressure to naturally exfoliate, increase circulation and detoxify the skin.

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    6. Oil pulling

    Lee Holmes suggests that oil pulling may help to detox, kill bad bacteria, parasites, fungi and viruses in the mouth, preventing them from causing a secondary infection in the gut.

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    Dr Tung’s oil pulling concentrate is based on an ancient Ayurvedic formula, made with 24 herbs and botanicals in an organic sesame oil base. It works to detoxify, condition gums and helps balance oral flora. Use it as part of your daily routine to strengthen teeth and gums and help with oral dryness.

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    7. Magnesium or Epsom salt bath 

    Make time for yourself to have an Epsom salt or magnesium salt bath at least twice a week. Soaking in a magnesium bath is known relieve sore muscles, draw toxins from the body and provide lymphatic support.

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    Amazing Oils magnesium bath flakes are retrieved from a pristine source in the Australian desert and are a favourite of ours.

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    8.Diatomaceous earth

    Add diatomaceous earth to your juice, smoothie, cereal or water, for ongoing maintenance and to help clean out the accumulated build up of waste, toxins, heavy metals and mucus.

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    Learn more about diatomaceous earth in our blog post here >

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    9. Listen to your body!

    Above all, befriend your body, listen to what it’s telling you and learn to love it’s inner wisdom.

    10. Read Heal Your Gut by Lee Holmes

    Heal Your Gut - Lee Holmes

    Lee’s beautifully designed wellness book, Heal Your Gut will help guide you in healing your gut with its wealth of practical nutritional information, meal plans and over 90 nourishing anti-inflammatory recipes. These include delicious smoothies, healing soups, easy-to-digest meal, fermented foods and tummy soothing desserts.

    Shop Heal Your Gut by Lee Holmes here >

    Lee Holmes’ other books include SuperCharged Food: Eat Clean, Green & Vegetarian and SuperCharged Food for Kids.

    Lee has also recently launched a skin care product SuperCharged Earth Mask & Scrub using just two ingredients: the highest grade Diatomaceous Earth from the USA and Volcamin from the iconic outback town of Lightning Ridge in Australia.

    Disclaimer: Lee Holmes is a Holistic Food and Nutrition Coach (Adv. Cert. Food and Nutrition), a certified health and wellness coach and a wholefoods chef. This blog post is intended as an interest piece. If you have a medical concern, please consult a medical professional.

    Photo: Supercharged Food, Lee Holmes


    Further reading

    www.superchargedfood.com

    www.gutfoundation.com.au

    www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/healthy_aging/healthy_body/the-brain-gut-connection

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