To stay truly well, it is vital to help your body clear these toxins. The beneficial nutrients in whole natural foods, and in naturally derived remedies in our detox program, combine to support your body during the detoxification and repair processes.
This digestive repair program is a cleansing, healing program which allows your body’s detoxification and repair systems to recover and function efficiently.
This program is designed to rebalance disturbed intestinal bacteria, restore poor digestion, prevent allergic exposure, and repair the ‘leaky gut’. These factors can all contribute to the entry of toxins from the gut into the body, causing systemic inflammation. This dysfunction of the intestinal wall, and the consequent toxic invasion, is associated with many chronic diseases.
Every day we are exposed to a vast number of toxic substances that we may not even be aware of – in the foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the environment we surround ourselves in.
The following protocol can be summarized as a ‘weed, seed, feed’ process:
Stage 1 – Weed
In order for our body to flourish and thrive, we need to ‘weed out’ pathogenic microorganisms and improve the immune system. Antimicrobial herbs, clean eating and keeping your pH levels within a healthy range will ensure these nasty critters are eliminated from your body.
Many herbs can help you with this final stage of detoxification: green tea, uva-ursi, dandelion root, slippery elm and gotu kola to name a few. These can be ingested as teas or powders added to smoothies and protein shakes.
Stage 3 – Feed
The final stage is all about nourishing and restoring the eliminatory organs and involves foods and herbs that have supportive and nourishing effects.
Stage 2 – Seed
This involves renewing the gut with beneficial bacteria and healing the lining of the intestinal wall. Not all probiotics are the same. They differ between species and strain. A naturopath will be able to help you determine which probiotic is most suitable for you.
A proper detoxification program needs to be thorough and holistic and will take at least six weeks to complete. Throughout a detox, it is important to keep your diet as clean, wholesome and healthy as possible.
In today’s face-paced, tech-savvy environment, eating with intent is a practice many of us are out of touch with. We often inhale our foods (chew, swallow, chew, swallow), while scrolling through Instagram, typing away at our desk or chilling with Netflix. No matter how great we believe we are at multi-tasking, our gut much prefers when we take the time to sit, focus on and enjoy food in front of us.
Danijela Unkovich is a nutritionist from New Zealand. She divides her time between both public health and clinical work, and also runs the health blog Healthy Always, where she shares healthy recipe and meal ideas, and wellness blogs.
If you’re having digestive issues, it could be caused by a range or combination of issues. These simple tips will help regulate minor issues and get you into positive habits when it comes to your eating. If your issue continues, we would recommend that you seek advice from a healthcare professional. It may be exacerbated by an intolerance or you may need to go onto a ‘weed, seed, feed’ protocol to assist in realigning your gut health.
Some types of dietary fibre also provide a meal for beneficial bugs. These are commonly known as ‘prebiotics’ ,and include garlic, artichoke, leeks, onion, asparagus, banana, dandelion greens, oats, apples, flax seeds and yacon root. By increasing our intake of prebiotics we can help increase our proportion of good bugs in our gut. Aim to get in as many different kinds of plant-based foods each week – remember, different foods contain different nutrients needed for health.
Our digestive system is a cornerstone of health. It is the site of our body where food is broken down and nutrients absorbed. These nutrients are crucial in every bodily process, from strengthening immunity to rebuilding new cells, to supplying us with energy or influencing our hormones. While this may sounds relatively straight-forward on paper, if there’s one thing for sure, our gut is no simple internal plumbing system! As a system of organs, it’s intricate and fine-tuned, and if we don’t give it the TLC it needs, our health may be impacted or compromised.