What is the gut microbiome?
Our gut microbiome is a sensitive ecosystem and can go out of balance when we take certain medications or when we consume certain foods.
Foods that contain toxins such as unhealthy fats, sugar, artificial sweeteners, colourants and artificial flavours have little to no nutritional value for our bodies. When consumed, they feed the ‘bad’ gut bacteria which then make you crave more of these foods so that they can thrive.
This can happen slowly over time and you may not realise that you have slowly started to feel worse, gain a bit of weight and develop troublesome symptoms that seemingly have no connection to the gut.
How do I know if my gut is damaged?
The gut lining is there to control what passes from the digestive tract into the bloodstream which is the transport system for the entire body.
When the ratio of healthy to non-so-healthy bacteria swings in the unfavourable direction, they gut lining weakens and has trouble keeping unwanted particles such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and even undigested food particles from getting into the bloodstream.
These particles are then transported all over the body and put the immune system on red alert.
This can happen slowly over time and you may not realise that you have slowly started to feel worse, gain a bit of weight and develop troublesome symptoms that may seemingly have no connection to the gut such as:
Why do I need to cleanse my gut?
The body is strong and built to be resilient, but when your eating habits cause more harm than actually providing nourishment, the side effects begin to compound.
To reverse these effects, you have 2 options:
- Make conscious decisions every time you feed your body, in order to get the healthy choices to a mode where they begin to compound and heal your body. This process can take years, depending on how much damage has been done and how strict you are.
- Or you can choose to kick start the process by cleansing your body of the junk and giving it time to heal the damages before rebuilding it with healthy nourishment. This means you dedicate a shorter amount of time to reversing your poor health and then the maintenance afterwards is much more manageable thereafter
Why should you do a gut cleanse?
- Set you up to start healing your gut
- Get rid of cravings
- Kick start any weight loss program