~ Food Has Power ~
Where do I begin...?
I've found that many people are overwhelmed with which healing "diet" to choose and where to start. And the diets often have 'rules' for sequencing food introductions and HUGE food elimination requirements, and can contradict each other. Additionally, there are many detoxification and nutrient deficiencies overlooked in some of them, in my opinion. Plus many rely heavily on (very expensive) supplements.
I believe we can nourish and heal our body with whole foods. However, if someone has such a messed up gut that they need intensive nutrient support, Dr. Amy Yasko's site is an amazing resource, as is Andy Cutler and Amalgam Illness regarding chelating mercury (a common gut imbalance variable).
As a result of the above, I coined a short version of the highlights,
14 Steps for Healthy Guts. These are nutrient-dense, healing foods which we can easily include in our normal diets for optimizing our health and strengthening our immune system. And they are the most cost effective alternatives because they are whole food nutrients. Whole foods work in synergy to provide nutrients which science hasn't even isolated and defined yet. And they are in bio-available forms in combination so that our body can safely support our detoxification system at the same time.
Most cost effective alternatives are whole food nutrients.
Nutrient dense foods:
homemade bone broth every. single. day. 1 cup (MANY nutrients needed for detox, plus minerals)
homemade milk kefir every. single. day. 1 cup (gradually work up) (B vits, enzymes, most probiotics in proper ph)
homemade kombucha every. single. day. 1 cup (start with an ounce, increase by 1 ounce a week.) (displaces and replaces candida albicans in the gut, only if no mercury/amalgam fillings/toxicity issues, nor nursing)
green smoothie every. single. day. day 2 cups (any frozen fruit plus any dark leafy greens, rotate produce)
liver one ounce, only three times a week. (B-vits essential for detox)
lentils or beans, 1 cup per day. (folate, molybdenum)
coconut oil 1 Tbls every. single. day. (medium chain fatty acids, kills candida in the large intestine)
fermented CLO, every. single day. (most expensive item) (vit A, D, K, EFAs)
Bubbies sauerkraut 1 Tbls. every. single. day. (or other raw, fermented food) (probiotics)
Brazil nuts 1 ONLY, every. single. day. (selenium)
Celtic Sea Salt a pinch in every glass of water, broth. (microminerals)
Lemon juice , fresh squeezed, 1 tsp. in every glass of water or smoothie. (alkalizing to body ph, paradoxically)
Raw local honey , 1 Tbls at bedtime. (helps bifidum bacteria to grow in the gut)
Egg yolk , 1 per day. (nutrients help to detox)
Nettles infusion, 1 or 2 cups per day. (many vitamins and minerals and phytonutrients)
Additionally, avoiding wheat/gluten, pasteurized dairy, GMO-corn and GMO-soy are huge for healing an inflamed or "leaky gut". None of this has to be done perfectly, in any special order, nor started all at once. These foods can be gradually added to a regular diet to enhance our health naturally and nutritionally.
Epsom salt baths, 1 cup in a tub of water 3x/week for 20 minutes.
Total cost about $4 per day.
The other four ingredients to avoid as much as possible are artificial colors, preservatives, HFCS and MSG.
And avoid anti-microbial products in the home.
Those simple ideas could help more people than all those other diets put together, in my opinion, because they are practical.
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Pat Robinson, Wellness Educator
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