8 Tips to Reset Your Gut and Get Rid of Inflammation
I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again and again: health (and illness) starts in your gut.
If you have a sick, inflamed gut, you’ll experience anything from wrinkled skin, to weight gain, to autoimmune disorders, to depression. We can thank (or blame) the standard American diet (SAD) for most of our inflammation and gut problems. We’ve been told for too long that foods like whole grains and soy are good for us--when they’re two major culprits making your gut sick! It’s never too late to heal or reset your gut, naturally. You can start today by changing your lifestyle and diet to support gut-healing foods. It’s no surprise what we put into our bodies plays a huge part in our gut health.
How to get rid of bad bacteria in your gut?
1. Get rid of the toxins in your diet.
These foods are causing inflammation in your body and making your gut sick:
- Conventionally raised, non-organic raised meats. These are high in omega-6 oils, which leads to chronic inflammation. (Instead, eat pastured or grass-fed meats)
- Yes, even whole grains.
- Processed foods
- Refined sugars (Get the full list of sugars to avoid here)
- Seed oils like canola, sunflower, grapeseed, and even vegetable oils. These are also high in omega-6 oils your gut doesn’t want!
If you keep eating these pro-inflammatory foods, you’re poisoning your body and quite frankly, setting your gut on fire.
2. Fill your diet with fermented foods
Popular fermented foods include kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi. These are rich in probiotics--the good bacteria your intestines need for optimal digestion and health. Your gut loves food like these! Best of all, you can find them at your local health foods store. And they’re packed with flavor to add to any meal.
3. Take a powerful probiotic
Taking a probiotic daily floods your body with good bacteria like lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium lactis. You may not be able to eat kimchi or sauerkraut everyday, so this is your best option if you want to quickly reset your gut. And because probiotics are filled with good bacteria, it puts your gut on the fast track to healing. Just don’t forget to take it every day.
4. Avoid antibiotics like the plague
5. Take a multi-enzyme supplement (preferable after every meal)
Digestive enzymes break down the foods we eat so we absorb its nutrients. But certain things can decrease our digestive enzymes, like aging, chronic stress, and of course, inflammation. So, even if you eat healthy foods, you may not get all the nutrition you need. That’s why I recommend you take an enzyme supplement such as carbohydrases (break down carbohydrates), lipases (break down fats), and proteases (break down proteins).
6. Consume natural gut-healers
- Aloe vera
- Vitamins A, C, and E
- Omega-3 fatty acids
7. Relax to ease inflammation
8. Sip at least one cup of bone broth a day
I’ve saved the best for last, folks! Bone broth keeps your digestion on track. It gives you incredible healing power and disease prevention.
Which amino acids help get rid of inflammation in my stomach?
Glutamine to help get rid of inflammation
An amino acid that heals and wards off leaky gut syndrome by protecting the gut lining, providing fuel for the cells of the small intestine--improving metabolism.
Take Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) to get rid of inflammation
The most commonly known of these proteins and sugars are glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate. These create healing mucous, which soothes intestinal inflammation. It also facilitates the passage of food, and strengthens the good bacteria while weakening bad gut bacteria.
Get rid of inflammation with glycine
This amino acid stimulates stomach acid secretion, helping intestinal disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux, and issues with FODMAPs. Glycine is also a key part of bile acid, which plays a huge role in fat digestion and regulating blood cholesterol.
Plus, bones and cartilage (which bone broth is made from) are a whole food, so there are undoubtedly other compounds in them that contribute to their effectiveness. And none of nature’s gifts is more of an all-around health multitasker than bone broth.
Did I mention it tastes delicious, too? It keeps me satisfied throughout the day and curbs any sugar cravings (take that, Sugar Demon!). No matter what your health is like right now, remember that healing (and weight loss!) starts in your gut. When you do a reset and get rid of inflammation in the body, miraculous things happen!
Keep thinking Big and living BOLD!