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30/04/2017

Gut Health ~ Part 2

Good flora helps with processing vitamins B12 & K so they are better utilized and absorbed.

… Having enough friendly flora in your gut reduces the incidence of allergies and autoimmune diseases. Restoring and balancing these flora in the gut can treat and reverse these conditions …..

How does it feel if you don’t have enough of the good flora?

1. Constipated
2. Diarrhea
3. “Gassy”
4. Bloated
5. Abdominal cramping or discomfort
6. Reflux and indigestion

“ It is entirely possible that impaired digestion and a leaky gut due to the lack of beneficial gut flora are the reasons some people develop gluten issues in the first place!”
~Susan Blum. M.D

‘…an example of a confused immune system attacking its host is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. This often happens as a cross reaction against gluten. In a gut with hyperpermeability that is exposed to gluten the gut associated lymph tissue mounts an attack against it (the gluten). But certain surfaces of the thyroid system are very similar to the surfaces of gluten, so the thyroid ends up under attack”…. ~Alejandro Junger, MD

To repair the gut takes time:

Four R’s: Remove – Replace – Reinoculate – Repair

What to REMOVE:
1. Gluten
Most people don’t understand the total affect of gluten on human health. The list of syndromes and diseases associated with gluten sensitivity is endless – it affects the WHOLE body hematologic (blood), reproductive, neurologic (nervous system), endocrine, hepatic (liver), rheumatologic (immune) encephalopathic (brain disorders), dental and cutaneous (skin)

Gluten is associated with cancers of the mouth and throat, esophagus, small intestines, lymph nodes, type 1 diabetes, thyroid disorders (Hoshimoto’s) autoimmune diseases such as Sjörgen’s, dermatitis and hair loss.

Also associated with depression, migraines, arthritis, fatigue, osteoporosis and anemia to name “a few”.

2. Toxic organisms, such as viruses, bacteria, yeast or parasites,
3. Toxic molecules (as in foods) preservatives, additives, hormones, antibiotics, heavy metals and chlorine
4. Foods: dairy, grains, soy, sugar, caffeine and alcohol, refined and processed foods.

REPLACE:
1. Nutrients, minerals (especially magnesium), vitamins, proteins, good fats, fiber and complex carbs
2. Digestive enzymes

REINOCULATE:
1. Replant and feed the gut’s intestinal flora with PROBIOTICS – the entire spectrum.

REPAIR:
1. The intestinal wall needs repairing – leaky gut / hyperpermeability. Take L-Glutamine – 2500mg

HOW?
1. 80 / 20 rule
a. Fill 80% of your plate with greens and vegetables (cooked, steamed, baked, raw) and 20% with protein and good fats (tofu, meat, fish, avocado, coconut oil, etc)
b. Stop eating when you are 80% full

2. Combine mindfully – vegetables and greens with animal protein (fish, meat & eggs). Don’t pair animal protein and vegetable protein – e.g. not chicken and quinoa rather do quinoa and veggies or chicken and veggies

3. Add fermented foods to your diet – kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi

4. Add sea vegetables to your diet – nori, wakame, dulse

5. Fruit: fresh and frozen berries, lemons and limes.

6. Supplement: Antimicrobial, Probiotic, Magnesium, Digestive Enzymes, Monolaurin (antibiofilm dissolver), good quality Vit B Complex.

7. Have a digestive enzyme with every meal and take Magnesium just before bed.

Resources
The Clean Gut – Alejandro Junger. MD
Immune System Recovery Plan – Susan Blum, MD
Body Ecology Diet – Donna Gates

 

RECIPES:

Thai Vegetable wrap with almond sauce

Almond sauce:
1 TBS almond butter 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
Juice of ½ lemon 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 garlic clove 1 tsp Tamari
Pinch of cayenne pepper ¼ cup water
Blend to form sauce. If too thick add more water.

4 large lettuce leaves ½ head napa cabbage shredded
1 carrot peeled and grated 2 scallions – thinly sliced (or red onion)
6 snow peas 1 cucumber peeled and thinly sliced
Parsley or cilantro chopped 1 baby marrow thinly sliced
1 Nori sheet

Wash lettuce and set aside.
Combine cabbage, carrot, scallions, peas, cucumber and marrow
Spoon a portion of vegetables on the leaf, drizzle with sauce and strips of nori sheet.

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