The rest of your cells are from the bacteria that live on you and in you. So you’re really a symbiote that lives in conference and mutual benefit with many different bacteria. Some are for helping us live and thrive, some for breaking down our bodies at death.
Candida gets a bad rap, but it has a very important function. It helps the human body decompose. Guess what candida (it’s got a longer name, but we’ll call it by its nickname) loves to eat? Sugar and gluten, to name just a couple. When the majority of someone’s diet includes these things, Candida gains the upper hand in the ongoing battle of the gut, and it starts doing its job.
I think we covered what that job is.
Soooo… on to the next point.
As things go sideways in the gut and digestive tract, it extends to our other organs. Our stomach acid and bile get out of balance. Our liver and pancreas start acting sluggish, and things don’t drain properly. The waste our body is trying its best to get rid of just sits in our gut, leeching its nastiness into our bodies as the whole digestive process slows down.
Then we begin to notice things like chronic stomach pain, acid reflux, diarrhea or constipation (generally a mix between the two). We may develop food allergies, which cause more inflammation, which becomes part of this cycle of, well, being unwell.
It gets worse, and we get miserable. Which is usually when people begin to reach out for help.
Which is a good time for some positive changes.
Well, this all started with what you fed your bacteria, so that’s where the change will start too. Gravitate toward unprocessed foods, proteins that actually help you feel “full” so you don’t inhale a bag of potato chips later. Add in organic fruits and vegetables. In fact, your symbioses need those in relatively equal amounts every day. So, 1/3 protein, 1/3 veggies, 1/3 fruit.
Drink about 8 glasses of water a day. I know we’ve all heard this at the doctor’s office. Turns out it’s a good thing to do. Who knew.
Something we’ve all heard about that really helps unsettled tummies is ginger. If you’ve ever taken something for motion sickness, chances are the pills were packing a large amount of this powerful root in the mixture. It’s known for helping settle the stomach, and for aiding in inflammation and healing.
Ginger tea, with or without honey, can really help if you drink it with or after your meal.
Other herbs that are powerful helpers in your gut healing are: Green tea (loaded with antioxidants as well!), cumin, coriander, and fennel. We recommend an oil made by Doterra, called DigestZen, that combines several of these herbs, along with several others for extra “punch”, to help with nausea and gut health. You’re welcome to read more about that product on our DoTERRA website, if you’re interested.
We want to leave you with some quick tips for helping your digestive system:
- 15-20 minutes before you eat, drink a big glass of water. This will get your digestive system “woken up” properly.
- Don’t be afraid of flavoring your food with herbs and spices! They not only make your food delicious, but you’re adding medicine to your food. Win, win!
- Cinnamon (oh look, another spice!) is very good for helping cleanse the bile ducts.
- Beets are one of the best bile stimulants we have available in our diet.
- Fenugreek tea is a powerful help in flushing out bile ducts as well. And—bonus–it’s not beets.
- Eat leafy green veggies: cabbage, fresh spinach, broccoli, kale. I actually crave spinach when I’m feeling out of balance.
- Avoid excessive sugar content, which was gonna mess you up anyway. Eliminate processed foods whenever possible.
We here at Sagebrush Wellness are passionate about teaching you how to manage your own health, and give you hope! Please contact us if you have any questions or comment below.
To your health,
Annette Hunt, guest blogger