Gastrointestinal (GI) health is at the core. Without healthy GI function, other systems—the immune system, the skin, the musculoskeletal system, the cardiovascular system—cannot function optimally. Interventions that effectively support GI function have been shown to help maintain and restore wellness and support health. An optimally functioning digestive system is the cornerstone of good health.
Digestion is the breakdown of large insoluble food molecules into small water-soluble food molecules so that they can be absorbed into the watery blood plasma.
Food takes 24 to 72 hours (about 3 days) to move through your digestive tract. The exact time depends on the amount and types of food eaten. Drinking and eating habits can play a key role in how you bloat. Foods or beverages that contain added sugar alcohols or ‘polyols. Should be avoided to manage bloating.
Foods like Pineapple, papaya, chia seeds, apples, Kefir, Fennel, Whole Grains can help improve digestion, Stay Hydrated and Control Stress.
Provide Gastric Support
Occasional discomfort after consuming coffee, spicy or fried foods, and experience relief after eating small amount of food or drinking milk, may suggest a need for soothing gastric support.
A demulcent is a soothing protective film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane.
Demulcent foods include Green Bananas/plantains, bone broth, cabbage juice and ginger. Ginger is a widely used culinary herb but has many excellent health benefits due to the active ingredient—gingerol. Other demulcent herbs include black pepper and turmeric.
Establish Healthy Gut Flora
Normal bowel microflora supports healthy gastrointestinal function through numerous mechanisms. Everyday factors such as poor diet, stress, and travel can disrupt healthy intestinal microflora, contributing to digestive upset and irregularity.
One way to rebalance gut flora is to eat polyphenol-rich foods such as berries, dark chocolate green and black tea and cloves, get rid of artificial sweeteners, Exercise regularly, Avoid smoking.
Detoxification and Elimination
In a healthy gut, toxins and waste products are detoxified by the liver and eliminated via the bowel. Efficient metabolism and excretion of xenobiotics support the health of tissues and organs throughout the body, not just in the intestinal tract.
Lifestyle and environmental factors can play a significant role in determining the extent of exposure to xenobiotics. Despite the ubiquity of these chemicals in the environment from multiple sources, it is food that represents the most common source of exposure to xenobiotics.
The major sources of xenobiotics are food additives such as colorings, flavors, preservatives, etc. The other sources are fungicides, pesticides, herbicides, antibiotic or hormone residues and various other drugs.
Fruits and vegetables that can reduce and eliminate xenobiotics include Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Beets, turmeric, and ginger. Spirulina is one of the most impressive greens you can add to your diet.