Is your Gut Imbalanced?
Imbalanced Gut Flora
The average gut contains around 3lb of micro organisms, some beneficial and some disease causing. In a healthy gut, the “friendly” bacteria predominate and they help support good digestion.
Food intolerances can cause digestive problems and can also in turn, be caused by poor digestion. They may result in unpleasant symptoms that occur up to 72 hours after eating a food. Food intolerances can be detected by following an elimination diet or using a food intolerance test kit, that can be purchased from Archturus.
How you eat is as important as what you eat, in order to provide your body with the right conditions for digestion. Learning how to relax is one of the best things you can do to help your digestion! There are a multitude of nerve endings in the gut and it is often called the second brain for this reason. If you are stressed when you eat, digestive function slows down as the body goes into “fight or flight” mode as if it were preparing for an emergency. Taking time over meals can be a real challenge in our 24 hour society but it is really important.
Getting to the cause of the problem depends on each individual case and you may want to work with a nutritional therapist. If you need help finding a practitioner in your local area, call Archturus.
FOODS TO SUPPORT DIGESTION
o Eat more sprouted foods, which are the superfoods for the intestines. A sprout is a germinating plant, which is packed with nutrients. Because the plant is in such an active growth phase, the nutrients in sprouts are particularly charged with life force and they are very bio available to the body. Seeds, beans and grains are all good for sprouting e.g. Mung, quinoa, alfalfa, chickpeas, radish, sunflower, buckwheat, barley and oats are just a few examples. Buy ready sprouted foods or find an inexpensive sprouter in a health food shop or department store.
o Live yoghurt. Unlike other dairy products such as cheese and pasteurised milk, live yoghurt is highly beneficial because fermentation alters the milk solids and creates live bacteria. Look for goat or sheep varieties which contain easier to digest protein molecules.
o Brown rice and Millet form a soft fibrous mass, which is non irritant and cleansing to the gut. Linseeds, oats and Oat bran are also good.
o Fruit and Vegetables, in plentiful quantities and ideally organic to avoid pesticide residues.
o Vegetable as opposed to animal protein, for example from tofu, nuts (except peanuts) beans, lentils and peas. Lentils and beans need soaking well to remove the gas producing substances.
o Asafoetida is an Aromatic resin from the root of the giant fennel. Added in small quantities to bean and lentil dishes it helps prevent gas.
o Black pepper, nutmeg, garlic and ginger root are supportive foods for the colon.
Archturus Probiotic Plus contains 3.5 billion live bacteria per capsule and includes 5 new strains of bacteria in response to the latest research.
Supplementing omega 3 fish oil as well as a probiotic is thought to improve implantation and colonisation of the good bacteria. ESKIMO-3 is a one of the purest fish oils available, having undergone rigorous decontamination processes.