So far we have had an overview of the vital organs of the digestive system (liver, gallbladder, colon) and why they need to be in good working order to create the right environment for a healthy digestive system, so what now? After the body has been cleansed, it is easier to balance and nourish the systems of the body. This includes rebuilding and nourishing beneficial intestinal flora and re-mineralizing the blood and tissues.
Foods to nourish and re-mineralize the intestinal flora are called prebiotics. In the book Microbiome Diet by Raphael Kellman indicates that the bacteria in our gut helps to improve digestion, metabolism, and immunity.
We hear a lot about probiotics, everyone is on the bandwagon but very little is shared about prebiotics, so what is the difference between prebiotics and probiotics. According to WebMD nutritionist Michael Smith MD “Probiotics are “good” bacteria that help keep your digestive system healthy by controlling growth of harmful bacteria. Prebiotics are carbohydrates that cannot be digested by the human body. They are food for probiotics. The primary benefit of probiotics and prebiotics appears to be helping you maintain a healthy digestive system.
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Basically, probiotics are prebiotics cousin and they need each other. You can take a prebiotic supplement or Natural Prebiotic and Probiotics but if you can regularly eat these foods raw you get double the benefit, both prebiotic and fibre, to keep your colon healthy. Do not cook them as heat changes the composition and alters its natural state, so be creative and you will enjoy eating them.
- Chicory root
- Jerusalem artichoke
- Dandelion greens
Wheat bran and wheat flour also contain prebiotic friendly bacteria, but for those who are gluten intolerant I will not recommend you consume them.
You will also need to eat probiotic foods as well, as they are symbiotic. You can usually find these in your local health food stores, if not, from Amazon: keifir (unsweetened and organic), sauerkraut and kimchi
Sometimes we may succumb to the temptation of eating foods that make our stomach bloat or have issues with occasional constipation. I’m not immune to that because I am gluten intolerant and sometimes get the urge to eat foods that contain gluten. Here are a few video links to some useful tips and information from Natural Cures and Dr Eric Berg that can help:
- How To Get Rid of Bloating Quickly
- How to Get Rid of Bloating
- 9 Home Remedies for Natural Colon Cleansing
- Ramp Up Your Gut Bacteria
The video Ramp Up your Gut Bacteria is a must watch 10-minute video. Products mentioned in above videos can be obtained from Amazon (see links below), if you are unable to source locally:
- Organic Fennel Seeds
- Organic Peppermint Leaves
- Organic Chamomile flowers
- Activated Charcoal (powder) or Activated Charcoal (capsules)
- Grain Brain Whole Life Plan (book)
- Organic Prebiotics (with acacia fibre and jerusalem artichoke)
If you get one thing only, get the organic prebiotics to ramp up your gut bacteria. When you have made all the effort to perform a full body cleanse, try to use as much as possible organic products in their natural state to prevent reabsorbing toxins unnecessarily.
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