“All Disease Starts in the Gut” – Hippocrates
There are 6 foods to avoid if you have IBS or Leaky Gut. If you wish to heal your gut and do not know what food and liquids to avoid – here is a list that will help you live a much happier life and avoid chronic disease.
Mind you, it may take more than just avoiding these foods. It may take putting yourself on a 30 day gut renewal program that will guarantee a massive health improvement.
One of the ﬁrst things to remove from your diet PERMANENTLY is sugar.
Sugar raises insulin levels, is a high Glycaemic Index (GI) carbohydrate, and causes diabetes, obesity, and most degenerative diseases. Sugar creates fermentation in the stomach and upsets the alkaline balance of the body and the bacteria levels in the gut. Sugar plays havoc with the immune system, leaches out B vitamins, and causes irritability and anxiety.
Gluten is a protein found mainly in wheat, barley, and rye and causes of a variety of unpleasant symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhoea, bloating and excessive wind, as well as lethargy, poor concentration and general aches and pains, not to mention it can be the cause of skin rashes like dermatitis – itchy, blistery rash for many people.
The gluten free foods such fresh fruit and vegetables, organic eggs, nuts, seeds and legumes, healthy fats and oils, and grains like amaranth, buckwheat, brown, white and wild rice, millet, quinoa, sorghum are a healthy alternatives. A note about oats: Oats do not contain gluten, but they are often contaminated with gluten because they are processed at mills that handle wheat. Make sure when purchasing oats that it comes from a mill that does not handle wheat.
Dairy products are mucus forming, and often the cause of allergies, such as asthma, dermatitis, eczema, sinusitis, post nasal drip. Dairy food can cause other problems, such as middle ear infections, arthritis, heart disease, migraine headaches, malabsorption of nutrition, diarrhoea, constipation, IBS and hormone imbalances, to name but a few.
The only milk from an animal suitable for human consumption is human milk.
Humans are the only mammals that drink another animal’s milk. Do not drink cow’s milk; it is indigestible and harmful to your recovery.
Eighty percent of people are intolerant to lactose — an enzyme in cow’s milk. Consuming food that cause an allergic or intolerant reaction puts a strain on the immune system.
Casein is a protein in dairy and many people are also allergic to this and are unaware they have this problem.
Allergies are the immune systems response to environmental substances, foods, plants or animals. The proteins in milk strip the calcium from the body.
It is so easy to make your own almond milk. Home made almond milk is so much better due to the fact that it is raw. Buying a carton off the shelf of the supermarket is also more costly.
Alcohol contributes to irritable bowel syndrome and leaky gut. If you are currently suffering from leaky gut or other gut issues, you do need to cease consuming alcohol.
With an unhealthy gut there is no place for alcohol.
Alcohol stops you from digesting your food properly because it decreases the secretion of digestive enzymes from your pancreas. Enzymes are what breakdown the food/nutrients we eat. You need to be able to digest and absorb your food in order to heal and stay healthy.
In order to get your gut back to normal – refrain from drinking any alcohol for at least 3 months. Then you might be able to have one glass of red wine from time to time. If you do have one glass of wine though, make sure it is with food and follow up with juice of half a lemon in water. Drinking any form of alcohol on an empty stomach will play havoc with your liver, gut and other organs.
5. RED MEAT.
” A single meal of meats, and dairy can cause a spike of inflammation within hours that can stiffen one’s arteries”. Dr Michael Greger MD, FACLM.
The inflammatory effect of meat and the fact that it is hard to digest is enough for me to avoid it at all costs. I guess that is why I eat more raw food to help with elimination. Otherwise we can become very toxic and the lining of our gut is affected in a nasty way.
Apart from being a trigger for IBS and leaky gut, red meat in particular can cause kidney damage, raising the uric acid levels in the blood. High uric acid levels are responsible for having gout.
Caffeine elevates stress hormones, is acidic so in turn effects the pH balance of the body.
Caffeine decreases magnesium absorption, and acts as a diuretic
Caffeine interferes with a neurotransmitter that is naturally produced in the brain and the GI tract that effects mood and stress management that has a calming effect on the GI tract.
Caffeine has been shown to have a bad effect on the GI tract, for anyone suffering from any gastrointestinal disorders. It is obvious that caffeine needs to be avoided.
Try this coffee substitute: Teeccino. I found it to be very acceptable to the palate. Available online and some grocery stores.
Teeccino has many flavours to choose from.
Remember too that chocolate is full of caffeine unless you are eating raw chocolate.
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