Do you bloat or have digestive problems when eating? Do you suffer fatigue and regular headaches? Do you experience joint pain? Do you have skin issues such as acne, eczema, alopecia, and rashes? Do you have strong allergies or excessive mucus? Do you suffer occasional bouts of depression or have thyroid problems?
If you recognize yourself in any of the symptoms above, there is a good chance that your stomach is compromised. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the intestine is your second brain, and when it has problems your whole body suffers. Such problems can develop into autoimmune and degenerative diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and cancer.
When your intestine’s lining is overly permeable, undigested food particles, elements of toxic waste, and harmful bacteria “leak” through your intestine and flood the bloodstream, which leads to the issues mentioned above.
Unfortunately, these situations are common today because we are constantly exposed to toxins, bacteria, and pathogens, and are encouraged to follow poor diets and forced to lead lifestyles that overwhelm us with stress. Keeping the lining of your intestine healthy is crucial in order to avoid exposing yourself to dangerous toxins.
How do you invite only carefully selected hosts?
In the words of Hippocrates, “All disease begins in the gut.” As a Holistic Health Practitioner, I prefer to amend that sentence to say, “Your health begins in the gut.”
The good news is that symptoms are reversible if you address their root causes, which is possible with my four-step plan:
- FIGHT INFLAMMATION
Any of the above symptoms hint that inflammation is compromising your body, but you can “extinguish” it with proper food and herbs.
Avoid inflammation triggers such as sugar, salt, processed food, gluten, dairy, soy, corn, wheat, white flour, alcohol, caffeine, red meat, and fried food, which create a hospitable environment for toxins, pathogens, and harmful bacteria.
Sound difficult? Not at all. Just change your eating habits. Here are some tips to start:
sugar with liquid stevia and cinnamon
salt with Himalayan pink salt
coffee with green tea
dressings with cold-pressed Italian olive oil and apple cider vinegar
butter with coconut oil
-Use only brown rice flour (for pasta, bread, and cake)
-Instead of regular milk, drink coconut milk
-Cook with olive oil
Next, figure out which foods do and don’t work for you (for example, raw or cooked?). Follow a diet that complements your body’s needs. A skilled nutritional consultant can help you.
Make food your medicine by integrating these anti-inflammatory herbs in your diet:
- BLACK PEPPER
Still sounds difficult? Not when you learn to do it right.
Start your day with a hot turmeric, black pepper, lemon, ginger and honey tea. This strengthens your stomach, improves digestion, and fights inflammation. Add a spoonful of cinnamon to your coconut milkshake. Steam your vegetables with a spoonful of turmeric and add olive oil and black pepper to maximize the turmeric’s potency. Add ½ cup of buckwheat to your salad, it is rich in quercetin, a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
As a Holistic Health Practitioner and Nutritional Consultant, I offer a full Nutrition and Food Supplementation and Herbs Plan to help my clients change their eating habits by following a simple, healthy, anti-inflammatory diet. I teach you how to integrate anti-inflammatory herbs in your routine and how to prepare delicious, healthful meals that are tailored to your specific needs.
Purge pathogens from your body with gentle and effective herbs.
We all lead different lifestyles, exercise more or less, and have developed diverse eating habits, so this step must carefully address each individual’s specific needs, including the herbs and food supplements used. A general principle is to cleanse the colon from harmful bacteria with gentle, non-invasive herbs, which soothe the intestine and stomach, and relax the digestive organs by helping them perform their functions with appropriate herbs and enzymes.
Now you are ready to repopulate your intestine with good bacteria, while supporting your organs (stomach, liver, pancreas, gall bladder, and intestine) throughout this process. Take a probiotic supplement and introduce fermented foods into your diet.
Several formulas are available on the market, with different types of bacterial strains. But not all formulas are the same. Moreover, the formula should remain stable for the supplement’s entire shelf life while also possessing the ability to survive stomach acid and reach the intestine.
A good formula should contain at least 10 specific beneficial bacterial strains and beneficial prebiotics in the form of Fructooligosaccharide, bacteria’s favorite food.
During this step, introduce fermented foods into your diet. They contain 100 times more probiotics than a supplement. Some of the best fermented foods are: kombucha (a fermented tea), sauerkraut, miso, tempeh (a soy product made by a natural culturing and controlled fermentation process), natto (a traditional Japanese food made from fermented soybeans), kefir, fermented vegetables of all kinds (cabbage, carrots, kale, collards, celery spiced with herbs like ginger and garlic), apple cider vinegar, and more.
In this phase, support your body and the lining of your intestine with the right amount of B vitamins (B50 complex), omega 3, and antioxidants.
You want an alkaline diet full of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and non-allergenic foods.
Again, we’re all different, so this part of the protocol is very personalized. In this phase, I teach you a healthy, easy, sustainable diet, with many wonderful recipes that address your whole family’s needs. I also teach you how to read food labels and how to shop for food at the supermarket. Familiarizing yourself with the foods you introduce into your body is important because such awareness helps you make the right choices and eat more meaningfully.
Act now. Start your path to a healthy, happy lifestyle now. It’s never too soon to invest in your health.
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