Now, in 2015, everyone is asking how to optimize their gut health. In an excerpt below from my first book The New Health Paradigm (which is now 100% free online), I outline some of these steps. Here are 4 ways to boost your gut health for better immunity:
1. Eliminate or Severely Limit Sugar Consumption
Inflammation is the most common cause of poor digestion and overall gut health. Sugar is a leading cause of inflammation, with the average American consuming 100 grams of sugar each day in the form of high-fructose corn syrup. You may remember that 50 percent of high fructose corn syrup has also been found to contain toxic mercury, which will wreak havoc on your body.
Sugar will also feed the yeast and bad bacteria in the intestinal tract, leading to an imbalance between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ forms of gut bacteria. When you have too much ‘bad’ bacteria, digestive conditions arise.
Limit your sugar consumption to 16 grams per day or less and watch your gut health drastically improve along with your mental health and clarity. If you are not experiencing any health conditions, you can increase the limit to around 25 grams per day.
2. Eat Probiotic Rich Foods or Use a Supplement
In order to restore the balance of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria, you need to replenish your good bacteria through the intake of probiotics. This can be done through natural foods or high quality supplementation, though you may find consuming such foods to be a challenge. Fermented food items such as sauerkraut, tempeh, miso, or kefir are all rich sources of probiotic bacteria. There are countless probiotic supplements out there, but most either contain toxic fillers or do not even reach the gut due to improper capsule production. I personally take and recommend a high quality probiotic supplement that is based around whole foods.
3. Chew Your Food
Not only does properly chewing your food lead to fat loss, but it can also help to preserve and restore your gut health. Chewing your food until it is nearly a liquid will allow your digestive system to work less, and won’t leave undigested pieces of food to float around your digestive tract. You may need to chew around 20 or 25 times before swallowing.
4. Cleanse Your Colon
Many of us have colon problems, and a lot of it has to do with not following the rules above. There is often old fecal matter residing that is the result of undigested food buildup, mostly from dairy and meat products. Left to rot, the compacted matter often compromises the health of the colon, which severely hinders your ability to fight off disease. As a result, an unhealthy digestive system is often impacted with mucus, toxins, and unwanted waste.
This can trigger conditions such as:
- Weight problems
- Mood swings
- Back Pain
The most effective way of eliminating this buildup is through cleansing the colon without the use of harsh laxatives. Many colon cleansers use extremely powerful laxatives to simply eliminate the contents of your stomach, but this does almost nothing. An oxygen-based colon cleanser is a very effective way to eliminate toxic buildup from your colon and subsequently restore gut health. You can also try foods high in fiber and L-Glutamine.