Eat for your Gut’s Sake

Millions of Americans today are living with chronic digestive issues such as heartburn, acid reflux, bloating, constipation, diarrhea or even IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and colitis. These issues can cause uncomfortable and sometimes even debilitating symptoms. A simple change in diet can optimize digestion and heal the gut. Healthy digestion gets vital nutrients to the body, sends important signals to the immune system and helps the brain function. There is no feeling of bloating, no experience in any strain during bowel movements and no running to the bathroom after a meal. In addition, the immune system becomes more equipped to fight off any infections or illnesses brought on by invading pathogens or microorganisms.


1. Eat whole unprocessed foods

Eating foods like fresh raw vegetables and fruits are great for the digestion and work miracles in the gut. Raw foods contain living enzymes, easily digested and do not negatively affect the “good” intestinal flora. On the other hand, processed, fatty foods do nothing but harm the body and hinder the gut’s productivity. They make the digestive system sluggish, tired and vulnerable.


2. Consume a high fiber diet

Consuming a high-fiber diet has many benefits, but the most pivotal is how it can improve and boost the digestive health. Processed and refined foods such as meats and dairy especially are bound to lead to complications for the digestive tract. These foods with no fiber can cause constipation and at worst, Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds and vegetables contain plenty of fiber and make sure to keep things moving in the gut. In fact, these foods contain soluble fiber which aids in slowing down digestion by attracting water and turning to gel. By helping to slow down the digestion process, it makes the body work harder and thus, speeds up metabolism and aids in toxin removal and weight loss. Therefore, regular, healthy bowel function is so crucial to overall health.


3. Get Moving

Exercise daily. It is so important to do any type of exercise for optimal digestion. Exercise does more than tone the heart and muscles; it also tones the intestines and is essential to regular bowel movements. Even utilizing some type of relaxation technique daily, especially biofeedback, breathing exercises or yoga can help. These relaxation techniques can lessen stress that can interfere with relaxation of the whole body, including the bowels.

Digestion is very important to the overall health. With Live Blood Microscopy (nutritional analysis of the blood) through the use of Darkfield Microscope and video technology it is possible to see the shape, size and form of red blood cells that can tell a story about digestion function and weather nutrients are properly absorbed without causing inflammation in the bowels and leaky gut syndrome. If the blood cells are not freely floating in plasma, but instead are sticking to each other, it is likely that there are undigested proteins from food in the blood stream after you had a nice meal. These sticky proteins are called Lectin proteins which form due to excessive consumption of cooked and processed foods. If these undigested proteins enter the blood, the immune system kicks in and helps out with digestion. When that happens, the other functions in the body get shut down and that is when you end up feeling fatigued and have brain fog. So, eat for you GUT’S sake and achieve optimal digestion!


Larisa Belote, Health Practitioner, Certified Detox Specialist and Blood Microscopist is a strong believer that your body is a smart machine and can heal itself given a chance and the right set of tools. Call/Txt 732.996.6963 or email: larisa@stepbystep-wellness.com to set up an appointment for Live Blood Microscopy and discover the shape of your red blood cells and how active and protective your white blood cells are. Consultation and Blood Type Diet are included.


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