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Tools for an Essential Digestive Detox


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The first step towards a healthy gut and a routine digestive detox is understanding what the gut microbiota is. The human gastrointestinal (GI) tract has a complex and dynamic population of microorganisms, helping with digestion and absorbing nutrients. By far, diet is considered one of the main drivers in shaping up the gut microbiota across your entire lifetime. Intestinal bacteria play a crucial role in maintaining the immune system and keeping us healthy. So if you want a healthy life filled with lots of energy, you need to start paying attention to your gut.

We all suffer from gut-related problems sometimes and can use some extra help in this area. Today, we will discuss some natural things we can add to our everyday routine that will aid in improving the overall health of our system.

Natural Gut Health Options:

  1. Psyllium Husk
    Psyllium is a widely used treatment for constipation. It traps water in the intestine increasing stool water, easing elimination. This means it soaks up water in your gut and makes bowel movements much easier and can help promote regularity without increasing flatulence. It can be used as a one-off to ease constipation, or it can be added to your diet to help promote regularity and overall digestive health. It improves the healthy bacteria in your system helping with colon healthy
  2. Flax Seed
    Flaxseed has long enjoyed  its “superfood” status for its high fiber and omega-3 content. Consuming flax seeds can help promote regularity, prevent constipation, and reduce your risk of diabetes. When mixed with water, the mucilage gums in flax seeds become very thick. Combined with the insoluble fiber content, this makes flax seeds a natural laxative. It’s easy to incorporate flaxseed in your diet. You can buy ground flaxseed (or buy it whole and grind it yourself) and simply add to fruit smoothies, oatmeal, yogurt and even your pancake batter. 
  3. Triphala
    Triphala is a plant based natural herb which does miracles for your gut health. It comprises three natural fruit blends (Amla, BIbitaki and Haritaki) commonly found in the Asian subcontinent. It is also one of the oldest known herbs, widely prescribed for improving your overall digestive health. It is also believed to promote longevity and overall health. When first added to your routine it provides a mild laxative effect but gives a natural boost to the immune system in the long run which helps in keeping common colds away. It is gaining popularity in the western society due to its healing properties. It is available as a capsule, tincture and in powder form. While all work, people find it easy to consume it in capsule form due to its bitter taste.
  4. Probiotics
    Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for you, especially your digestive system. Probiotics are often called "good" or "helpful" bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy. You can find probiotics in supplements and some foods, like yogurt. Doctors often suggest them to help with digestive problems. When the population of healthy bacteria decreases in your system, digestion suffers. Oftentimes they are recommended as supplements but are very easy to incorporate in your diet. Try adding Yogurt, buttermilk, sourdough bread, cottage cheese, kombucha, tempeh to your everyday diet.

 

In conclusion, research has shown over and over again that there is a link between gut health and overall physical and mental health. Try a natural detox and notice how your energy levels go up. Happy gut, happy mood!

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