When we think about detoxing, we may simply think about replacing some of the ‘bad’ foods that we eat and replacing them with ‘good’ foods. Of course we want to remove toxins from our bodies by eating a healthy diet. However, we may need to consider more than which foods are ‘good’ in order to have a truly healthy elimination of toxins. Paying special attention to gut health is a key factor in successful detoxing.
Gut health has an impact on our overall whole-body health. A healthy gut promotes a strong immune system, heart health, brain health, mood boost, healthful sleep and effective digestion. Part of having a healthy gut is having a balanced gut micro-biome. Gut micro-biome refers to the approximately 1000 species bacteria living in your digestive tract. Some of these bacteria are harmful but many are good and very beneficial and essential to our overall health. The micro-biome needs proper care and feeding to maintain a healthy supply of good bacteria . Although we may eat better than prior to detox, this means that we also want to eat for a healthy gut and micro-biome. Properly feeding your micro-biome includes avoiding foods such as refined carbs, sugar, refined vegetable oils and genetically modified foods and increasing fiber (soluble and insoluble), eating fruits and vegetables and buy organic when possible.
Another part of having a healthy gut is the function of the liver. According to ‘Medical Medium’ Anthony William, when it comes to gut and digestive disorders, it’s also critical to address the health of your liver. A healthy liver is vital in order to heal from a gut-related illness. The liver is a master at sorting out the good and the bad. It takes the good stuff—the nutrients and other helpful natural compounds—and puts them where they need to be used in the liver. When our liver becomes sluggish due to all the toxins, heavy metals, viruses, bacteria, toxins, and fats, it cannot produce the bile it needs in order to break down the fats that are slowly going rancid. It also identifies the liver troublemakers and works to neutralize and detoxify them. Your liver needs your help in order to do its many jobs, which ultimately keep you alive. It needs the right foods, herbs and supplements to cleanse, detoxify and heal. For more on Anthony William’s perspectives on gut health and liver health, click the links below:
An unhealthy gut can lead to digestive disorders and an ineffective and possibly harmful detox. Constipation, colitis, leaky gut, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and gastritis are some of the disorders that may arise due to an unhealthy gut. There are some notable signs of an unhealthy gut and possible more serious digestive issues, as seen below. See the link for more details. https://www.healthline.com/health/gut-health#signs-and-symptoms
- Upset stomach
- Unintentional weight changes
- Sleep disturbances or constant fatigue
- Skin irritation
- Autoimmune conditions
- Food intolerances