Dr. Holly
Dr. Holly
Dr. Holly

As we all know, detoxing the gut is not a speciality it is a basic. It is a basic health component of every REAL healing discipline. As we discussed last month, we can support our gut by including foods in our regular day to day diet. But where can we go from there? What else can we do to help our gut function effectively so that it metabolizes our food and absorbs the nutrients we need, to bring optimal health to our whole body?

First off, we need to support the immune system in the gut. As you probably know, most immune cells start out in the bones; the system flows throughout the body; but the majority of the system is found in the gut. When the system goes sideways, as it does for most people eating a Western diet full of toxins, GMOs and processed food that are depleted in nutrients; we need Transfer Factor to re-program the gut. There are 8 groups of transfer factors in the body – 6 of those groups are found in the gut. These compounds were named transfer factors because they are transferred from the mother during childbirth and breastfeeding to help the infant establish a healthy immune system. There is fascinating research on TFs around the world but like other products/supplements – there are good brands and not so good brands.

In addition, the gut microbiota works synergistically with our immune system & needs to be healthy and in balance. There is an immense amount of research that shows how the gut microbiota can affect our thoughts, emotions & behavior, never mind issues like weight, diabetes, cholesterol, heart issues and a huge number of other issues in the body. The challenge is, the microbiota most beneficial to your gut may be detrimental to my gut. So as usual, we need to be careful & listen to our bodies – AND know how and what to listen for.

In general, however, a diet rich in a broad spectrum of probiotics is healthier: Greek yogurt – without fruit; Kefir; Kombucha; Coleslaw, Sauerkraut, Kimchi and Cabbage soup; all of your fermented foods and pickled foods all help create a healthy gut. If you make them, they will have a much higher count and broader spectrum of good bacteria.  So here’s to you and your kitchen and springing into Spring with great health.

Here’s to your health!
For more information, contact: Dr Holly at holly@choicesunlimited.ca
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