By Rachel Feldman
If you are feeling tired, bloated and ill, then it is time to look down at your belly – a.k.a your gut.
Let’s make this simple, because gut health is pretty complex.
When people say they have a gurgling stomach, acid reflux or constipation, it is actually quite simple – it means their gut flora is out of balance. To have a healthy digestion means there’s:
- No belly bloat
- No gurgling after you eat
- Daily bowel movements
- Glowing skin
- Clear mind
- Balanced mood
Which brings me to the next point – we rarely think about skin rashes as a sign of gut imbalances, but they are. A rash or a hive is a histamine reaction, which is why the rash may feel itchy, or even feel hot to the touch.
Imagine what is happening inside your gut! Let me break this down simply… lots of inflammation is happening.
If you have belly bloat, skin rashes or a constant runny nose, these can all be related to the health of your gut. Crazy, right?
Let’s get gutsy and do some repair.
Add these key foods to your gut-healthy diet to get you started on the road to a happy body.
1. Coconut Oil – Cook with coconut oil and consume coconut oil, if tolerated (3 tablespoons by mouth per day is enough to kill pathogens naturally). If you are a coffee drinker (make sure it’s organic), add 1 Tbs. of this to help balance blood sugar levels. It’s also a great addition to smoothies and in liquid form, can be added to your juices as well.
2. Pumpkin Seeds – Pumpkin seeds kill parasites. It is best to consume ¼ cup daily as a late afternoon snack or to make pumpkin seed milk in a Vitamix (or high speed blender) with water, ¼ cup raw unsalted pumpkin seeds, cinnamon and stevia (if needed, to taste).
3. Cloves and Cinnamon – By cooking with each of these spices or adding them to a smoothie or dish, you are naturally killing microbes that are wreaking havoc on your system. Plus, they are yummy!
4. Turmeric – By adding 1 tablespoon of turmeric to your foods, you are using one of the most powerful antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory spices. Fresh turmeric is awesome juiced too so give it a try!
5. Maine Coast Sea Vegetables Sprinkles – You can find them online at Amazon or your local health food store. Add kelp, dulse, or any other of the combinations for supporting your thyroid and adrenal health.
7. Ghee – If tolerated, ghee is fabulous for nourishing and naturally sealing the intestinal lining. While this is technically dairy, the milk solids are removed, making it a great option for many people dealing with any lactose intolerances.
Here's a "gutsy" plan to follow to get you started…