One theme in addressing many issues, including skin, immune, and allergy is to take care of the digestive system. The digestive system is not only a means of absorbing nutrients, but it’s also a major means of eliminating toxins. If your digestive system is stressed or overworked then you will have a hard time with both of these. Two great ways to accomplish this include minimizing digestive stress and minimizing inflammatory foods.
Keeping digestive stress low:
- Give your body a break from digesting food at night. No food inside of 3 hours before bedtime. This way your body can spend the energy repairing itself rather than digesting food.
- Keep meals simple. Limit the number of ingredients in the meals. The less complex the meal, the less energy your body will spend “making sense of it”.
- Chew your food completely. Each bite should be unrecognizable before you swallow it. This means chewing each bite 50-100 times! No kidding. Count them at first :)
- Avoid liquids with a meal. Drinking liquids with your meal results in your digestive enzymes and stomach acid being diluted, increasing the burden on your digestive system.
Foods to Avoid:
- Dairy—ALL forms. We were not meant to eat dairy, period.
- Beans, Legumes, Peanuts, Corn—These all contain lectins and aflatoxins which are known to cause irritation to your digestive tract.
- Sugar (including fruit)—Limit fruit to berries only, which have a better antioxidant to sugar ratio.
- Nightshades (tomatoes, eggplant, peppers). I know, this one is tough.
Other strategies include fasting, intermittent fasting, blood and stool testing and natural supplementation to support the organs of elimination, especially the liver. Talk to us if you’d like help with any of these strategies.