Is Your Gut Giving You All the Nutrients You Get?
In his research on nutrition and dental health among traditional cultures, Weston Price found that fat-soluble vitamins and good fats seemed to be the common denominator among the healthy.
But it’s impossible to get all the nutrients you need if your gut is unhealthy. And the acidifying standard American diet has a lot to do with a gut whose microbial community is out of whack – along with antibiotic use, pharmaceutical use, chronic stress, and other lifestyle factors.
Research continues to show that good physical and mental health alike depend on the health of your gut. For a person working to heal from chronic health problems, restoring gut health is often fundamental to long term healing.
- The GAPS Diet is a great way to heal the gut. The key is eliminating foods that are hard to digest and that damage gut flora, opting for more nutrient-dense foods instead.
- As we’ve mentioned before, Pharmax is a great oral probiotic. It supports good immune health and increases nutrient absorption, while creating an unfavorable environment for bad bacteria. Taking apple cider vinegar or HCL supplements with meals can also improve the breakdown of nutrients and increase their bioavailability.
- Neither a probiotic or prebiotic, Restore is a fantastic supplement to help rebalance gut flora on the healthy side, as well as improve immune function.
- Drink a cup of “gut tea” daily. Recipe: Boil 2 cups of water. Add 1 tablespoon each of fresh grated turmeric and ginger. Remove from heat and let seep for 5 minutes, Strain. Add the juice from half a lemon, a pinch each of cinnamon and black pepper, and stevia to taste.
- If you have mercury amalgam fillings, get them safely removed and replaced with biocompatible restorations. According to Dr. Chris Shade, a gut can’t be fully healed when mercury is still in the teeth. The vapor they release gets swallowed or ingested, causing inflammation in the gut.