Listen to Your Gut
part 3 gut series
Do you frequently suffer from diarrhea, constipation, bloating or gut pain? Have you had a case of ‘Bali belly’ or travellers’ diarrhea and never fully recovered?
A Practitioner prescribed clinical detoxification program can be the answer to tackling these uncomfortable and frustrating symptoms, improving your digestive health and restoring your vitality once more.
Getting the Balance Right
Within your digestive system you have trillions of helpful bacteria (and other organisms), together referred to as your ‘microbiome’.
In a healthy digestive system these bacteria coexist in balance with each other, however they can be disrupted by infectious organisms such as certain food-borne bacteria (e.g. salmonella), or parasites (e.g. threadworm).
Other people may develop an excess of bacteria in the small intestine (known as small intestinal bacterial overgrowth or ‘SIBO’), with all infections potentially leading to symptoms of gas, bloating, diarrhea and/or abdominal pain.
Left untreated, a gut infection causes damage to the lining of the digestive tract, leading to ‘leaky gut’. This condition causes inflammation and further microbiome imbalance resulting in ongoing and/or worsening of symptoms.
Is it time for professional advice?
Your body and health concerns are completely unique, therefore generic ‘one size fits all’ detoxes off the shelf are unlikely to produce the best results (and sometimes no results at all); wasting both your time and money. Avoid this by speaking to a Practitioner first, who can recommend an individualised gut detoxification program that targets your specific symptoms for a long-term solution.
The Gut Pathogen Elimination Program is only available from your Practitioner. This specially designed, professionally guided program incorporates researched herbs and nutrients with tailored diet and lifestyle recommendations. This program will help relieve your digestive symptoms by improving overall digestive function along with neutralising any gut toxins, removing unhealthy bacteria and parasites, restoring balance to your microbiome, and providing the ingredients required to soothe and repair your gut lining.
Healing Herbs to heal your gut
The key to success when following the Gut Pathogen Elimination Program are the specialised herbs used to remove any parasites, as well as tackle unwanted fungal or bacterial overgrowth.
Myrrh – a precious tree gum resin, this age-old herbal remedy removes parasites, worms and unhealthy bacteria, while also helping to relieve indigestion and bloating.
Nigella – a traditional Ayurvedic herb used to expel worms and remove other parasites. Nigella’s carminative action soothes digestive discomfort
including indigestion and diarrhoea, creating a healthier gut environment within which to re-establish a healthy microbiome.
Pomegranate peel – offers antifungal, antibacterial and antiprotozoal actions (protozoa are types of parasite). Pomegranate peel is also used as a digestive aid, to help relieve flatulence, reduce cramping, and soothe the
Phellodendron – traditionally used in Chinese medicine to maintain upper intestinal health, this herb is indicated when SIBO is present due to its potent antimicrobial properties.
Detox for Life
The foods you eat (or don’t eat!) play an essential role in detox so your Practitioner will tailor your detox diet based on your symptom presentation and health history.
The Gut Pathogen Elimination Program recommends eating plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits, spices, legumes, nuts, seeds, and wholegrains. These foods contain fibre and antioxidants to support your microbiome, promote regular bowel motions, and reduce symptoms such as bloating and abdominal pain. When combined with the herbs and nutrients in the Gut Pathogen Elimination Program, a detox-friendly diet helps you return to optimal digestive health.
Other detox tips include: drinking 8 glasses of filtered water each day to support healthy kidney detoxification; incorporating daily exercise (ideally work up a sweat!) to support skin and gut detoxification; and aim for 7-8 hours restorative sleep every night so your body can generate the vital energy it needs to be well again.
Cindi Young is a leading Gold Coast Naturopath. With a special interest in gut health, women’s hormones, endocrine function; thyroid, adrenal and weight management. She uses and recommends a ketogenic diet to assist with gut health, weight management and hormone balance.
Available for naturopath consultations at The Cycle of Life, Gold Coast and Parkes Avenue Dispensary, Byron Bay. She is also available for online and phone consultations Australia wide. Cindi regularly runs workshops in her Gold Coast clinic as well as regular webinars.
Need help with your gut health?
Book your appointment with Cindi today to get your gut health back on track.