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Foods to Eat for a Healthy Gut

As the old saying goes, you are what you eat. Unfortunately, people eat too much sugar and processed foods, but lack fruits and vegetables in their diet.

We are slowly turning into a constipated and bloated nation. People spend thousands and thousands of dollars on enzymes, fibers, antacids and laxatives when in fact, a healthy diet helps tremendously to keep your stomach soothed, lean and healthy.

There are a lot of foods that can help you tackle those digestive problems. Most importantly, it is essential that you consume organic, non-GMO foods. The pesticides and herbicide residue wreaks havoc on our whole intestinal system. Eating mindfully is a good start in keeping out guts healthy. As with most things, it is one piece of the puzzle.

Read on to find out what type of foods you should eat to keep your digestive tract running smoothly.

Fiber

Fiber is important for our overall digestive health. A fiber-rich diet aids in digestion and prevents constipation.

For a healthy gut, fill your fridge with fruits and green, leafy vegetables. There is simply no substitute for consuming a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Pears, figs, beans, broccoli, apples, carrots, cauliflower and spinach are great sources of fiber.

Whole grains

Whole grains such as brown rice, millet, quinoa, amaranth, barley, oats and sprouted whole wheat bread support healthy digestion due to its high fiber content. Grains should be a small part of one’s diet, concentrating on live, fruits and vegetables.

Water

Water, on its own, is essential to the metabolic process. Drinking too little water slows down and constipates your digestive system. It is recommended that you drink ½ your weight in ounces every day. Drink most of your water away from meals. Drinking some water with your meal is OK, but limit it to 4-8 ounces. Drinking too much water with your meal dilutes the necessary enzymes and acid for good digestion. Also, drink filtered water that has had the chlorine and fluoride removed, which are two very toxic and carcinogenic chemicals.

Avoid consumption of caffeinated drinks such as coffee, soda and tea. Coffee and tea are diuretics, which rob your body of water. Soda is highly acidic due to the high sugar content. Absolutely avoid any and all artificial sweeteners. They have been shown to cause brain and liver damage. Plus, they make you fat!

Good Fats

Good fats in your diet support good digestion as well as balance cholesterol and feed the brain. These include; avocado, coconut, cold pressed olive, sesame, flax and pumpkin seeds; cold water fish such as salmon, sardines, herring, halibut, sole, cod and tuna. Avoid vegetable oils.

Fermented Foods

Believe it or not, trillions of beneficial bacteria are present in your gut. Eat foods that contain probiotics like coconut kefir, water kefir, kumbucha, fermented seaweeds and veggies to improve the ratio of good bacteria to bad bacteria. Eat yogurt occasionally. Although there are some live bacteria cultures present, the dairy does not contribute to a healthy gut.

Good bacteria help reduce digestive problems such as constipation, diarrhea and indigestion. They also help support our immune system which is seated in our digestive tract.

Also, chew, chew, chew your food. Then chew it some more before you swallow! Your tummy will thank you!

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Simple Ways to Detoxify Your Body

Feel tired, bloated and guilty after consuming too much sugar, carbs, alcohol and salts?  It might be time for body detox.

While our body is designed to detox naturally, sometimes, it can use a little help. In this blog post, we’ll give you some simple ways to cleanse your body without going hungry or depriving yourself of essential nutrients. Read on to find a cleansing method that works for you.

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Sweat it out

We all know that exercise can help us shed some pounds and is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. But it is also a great option to turn to if you want to clear your body of toxins.

Our skin is a major eliminative organ. The more you sweat, the more efficient your body becomes at circulating and flushing out toxins. Start your day with physical activity. Go for a walk, do yoga exercises or hit the treadmill. You can also go the sauna once a week so your body can eliminate waste through perspiration.

Replace morning coffee with green tea

Green tea is a much better choice if you need caffeine to get going in the morning. Coffee contains toxins that can impair kidney and liver function. Plus, it can contribute to dehydration.

An occasional cup of coffee is fine. But if you want to cleanse your body, you might want to replace coffee with green tea. Green tea contains a small amount of caffeine, which is enough to help you jumpstart your day. Add to that, it also offers antioxidants that our body needs.

Add naturally detoxing foods to your diet

Stock your home with healthy and delicious foods such as fruits, vegetables and taking a good quality probiotic such as coconut or water kefir. Don’t forget to add foods that are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids like flax seeds, olive oil, walnuts, tuna and salmon. High fiber, high water fruits such as avocado, olives, cantaloupe, pears, grapefruit and berries will help keep your digestive system active and clean out your gut.

As a way to eat healthier, try incorporating organic foods into your diet in addition to increasing fruits and vegetables. Eating organic can have a drastic effect on keeping your digestive system active and your body healthy.

Drink lots of water

Since excess salt, sugar and alcohol can dehydrate our body, you need to increase your fluid intake.  Make sure, however, that the water you drink is filtered to remove toxins such as Fluoride, chlorine, and other chemicals and pathogens.

How much water should you drink every day? Experts suggest 11 cups (2.7 liters) for the average female adult and 15 cups (3.7 liters) for the average adult male. Proper hydration can contribute to properly functioning organs, healthier skin and a more effective metabolism. It’s also one of the easiest ways to detox your body.