TAG | Harmful Bacteria
Last week, America’s favorite TV doctor talked cleansing, detoxification, and gut health, three topics we’re pretty passionate about at ReNew Life. If you missed those shows on cleansing, or if you’re simply wondering how you can support your gut defenses for better energy and digestion, here are a few points to note.
Let’s Talk Energy and Weight Loss
Two of America’s top “obsessions,” right? So many of us are addicted to junk food, energy drinks, and processed sugary snacks to keep our energy levels normal throughout the day. Unfortunately, these very substances and many others we eat and drink are seen as toxins by the body, and toxins only serve to make us more sluggish. Toxins can also stand in the way of your weight loss goals while detoxing can help reduce bloating, water retention, and help shed those stubborn pounds with diet and exercise.
- Make it your goal to cleanse at least twice a year (and more often if needed) to flush out toxins and waste. ǂ There are many pure ingredient internal cleanses available to make finding the right one for you a cinch.
- Cleansing/detoxing is also one of the fastest ways you can help your body reclaim its natural energy. ǂ
What a Strong, Balanced Gut Will Do For Your Health
Your gut is your health center. It’s home to up to 80% of your immune cells and half of your body’s nerve cells, a “second brain” that produces most of the feel-good hormone serotonin you need for a stable mood and well-being.
Certain supplements help fortify your gut defenses:
- A potent, multi-strain probiotic with at least 50 billion cultures per capsule helps replenish the good bacteria in your gut. ǂ These bacteria produce vitamins, digest food, and help crowd out harmful bacteria, keeping you and your immune system healthy. ǂ Experts are recommending upwards of 50 billion cultures daily because we have 100 trillion bacteria in our guts. Potency counts.
- The amino acid L-glutamine is available in intestinal renewal supplements that help soothe and support a healthy, strong intestinal lining. ǂ L-glutamine is a great energy booster for gut cells that make up this healthy intestinal lining. A strong intestinal lining that doesn’t “leak” helps keep toxins and too-large particles out of the bloodstream.
Adding prebiotic foods to your diet such as flax, bananas, garlic, onions, leeks, artichoke, asparagus, and chicory root helps “feed” the beneficial bacteria in your gut. Prebiotics are also available in gut-nourishing fiber supplements as FOS (fructooligosaccharides).
Herbal cleansing is a safe and effective way to help eliminate harmful yeasts, parasites and other unfriendly organisms from the body. If allowed to thrive and grow out of control, such opportunistic microbes may cause health issues such as fatigue, brain fog, sugar cravings, unexplained aches and pains, gas and bloating, as well as recurrent vaginal yeast infections or bladder infections. Below is a list of simple diet recommendations to follow during a yeast or parasite cleanse.
General Diet Recommendations during a Yeast/Parasite Cleanse
Overall, stick to fresh vegetables (raw or lightly steamed) and lean proteins such as organic (or natural) chicken, turkey, beef, fish and eggs. Legumes (except peanuts) are also a healthy source of protein and complex carbohydrates. Avoid shellfish, as many types of shellfish can harbor harmful bacteria and mercury.
Wheat alternatives* may include quinoa, amaranth, millet, spelt, teff, basmati rice and khorasan wheat. These make excellent pastas and hot cereals and can often be found in your local health food store and some grocery stores. Soups and stews are also excellent during a yeast/parasite cleanse. Remember to practice healthy food combining (See Cleansing Diets, Part 1) and digestion will be greatly improved. Drink at least half your body weight in ounces of purified water each day to help flush your system.
What Can I Eat? A Quick Overview (Serving sizes are typically ½-cup.)
Sprouted grain breads: (millet, quinoa, flax made with baking soda)
Steel cut oats (for oatmeal)
Fruit: Granny Smith apples, lemons, limes, unsweetened cranberries
Nut butters (ex. almond)
Legumes: includes hummus, beans (black, kidney, navy, adzuki, any type of dried bean)
Butter, ghee (clarified butter)
Eggs (natural/organic are best), eat sparingly – a few times a week
Wheat grains, wheat products
Fruit juices; fermented beverages such as ciders
All other fruit, fresh or dried
Milk: includes milk products, sour cream, buttermilk, cheeses
Plain, organic yogurt
Herbal teas (ex. chamomile, peppermint, pau d’arco)
Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds (soaked overnight, preferably raw)
Carrot sticks, celery sticks
Almonds (preferably raw)
Unbuttered fresh-popped popcorn
All fresh vegetables (raw or lightly steamed)
Green vegetable juices (with lemon Granny Smith apples to taste)
Fruit or fruit juices
Nuts (nuts in general are acidic and hard to digest)
Peanuts, peanut butter
Microwave popcorn (typically contains harmful hydrogenated/partially hydrogenated oils)
Carrot juice, beet juice, tomato juice, tomatoes
Canned vegetables, mushrooms
Lean meats: beef, chicken, turkey (organic is best, or no antibiotics/hormones)
All fish: deep-sea white fish and salmon are particularly good
Yeast-free grains: millet, quinoa, basmati rice, amaranth, brown rice, khorasan wheat, teff, buckwheat, rye
Yeast-free grain cereals: UNSWEETENED (no fruit juice or other sweeteners, except SweetLIFE™)
Red-skinned potatoes (sparingly)
Olive oil, flaxseed oil (cold-pressed if possible)
Shellfish: shrimp, lobster, crab (mercury content)
Wheat, wheat products
Yeast-containing foods (ex. breads, pastries)
White potatoes, russets, yams, sweet potatoes
Soy milk, rice milk, almond milk
Tofu (if tolerated well)
Rice, soy, almond cheeses
Goat milk, goat cheeses, goat kefir
Bragg® Liquid Aminos (in place of soy sauce)
Raw apple cider vinegar
Rice flour, rye flour, soy flour
Artificial sweeteners: (ex. aspartame, Sweet’N Low® and NutraSweet®)
Sugars: honey, maltose, raw sugar, date sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, maple syrup, maple sugar, fructose, molasses, lactose, glucose, mannitol, sorbitol, galactose, sucrose
Condiments, sauces, vinegar-containing foods (ex. mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, pickles, MSG)
Tomato sauce (or sauce with tomatoes)
Packaged/processed foods (including enriched flour products)
Malt-containing products (including malted milk drinks, cereals, some candy)
ParaZYME™ is recommended after meals to promote intestinal lining health. It contains an added protein matrix, probiotics (acidophilus/bifidus), HCL and plant enzymes (for digestion).
*NOTE: Wheat sensitivity is often due to the high gluten content in certain types of wheat. Many species of the wheat family such as (unprocessed) spelt and khorasan have a much lower gluten content and are therefore a better alternative.