HEART TO PLATE SPECIAL: HEAL YOUR GUT
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first of all I would like to thank each and every one of you for your ongoing support. Every single message I receive about someone either making or
recreating a Heart to Plate recipe totally makes my day.
It’s been nearly six months since this little project started with a small virtual community of mostly my friends. It’s such a rewarding experience to see this group slowly grow and expand with like minded people.
Initally my idea was to share healthy (and sometimes experimental) recipes with a focus on eating with more joy and gratitude.
Today’s entry goes a little beyond, mostly because of what’s been going on in my personal life in the last four months: To make a (very very very) long story short, my naturopath found a long list of heavy metals, viruses, fungi and bacteria in my body that I didn’t invite but seem to happily thrive there..
To get rid of my unwanted visitors I have been taking another loooooong list of remedies that literally pull these bad guys out of my body. A low allergy diet (no sugar, gluten or dairy) is mandatory for this process.
I have been thinking and researching a lot of how this imbalance came together and found that the answer (for me) comes from the gut! The small and large intestine are the logistical nutrition center of the body. If everything is in order, this is where decisions are made of what’s good, what’s bad, what stays and what goes...
However, if things here are out of order, also called a leaky gut, things like toxins, microbes, undigested food particles, and more can escape from your intestines and travel throughout your body via your bloodstream. Your immune system marks these ‘foreign invaders’ as pathogens and attacks them.
The immune response to these invaders can appear in the form of many
1. Digestive issues.
2. Allergies or asthma.
3. Hormonal imbalances.
4. Autoimmune diseases.
5. Chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia.
6. Depression, anxiety, ADD or ADHD.
7. Skin issues such as acne, rosacea, or eczema.
8. Diagnosis of candida overgrowth.
9. Food allergies or food intolerances.
I have never wondered much about my digestion because it’s mostly been the same and regular so I figured there is nothing much to worry about.
BUT out of the nine points above I do have to admit that my gorgeous temple qualifies for a whopping six!
There are a number of things of what you can do help heal your gut. I chose the cheapest and easiest one that was recommended from my practitioner: A three day bone broth fast.
Friends, this made such a big difference after the first round that I have been doing it every week and I am purely astonished of what a huge change it makes to the size, colour and consistency of your #2s. (Pardon, we are getting a bit more personal now).
Bone broths contain minerals in forms that your body can easily absorb: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and others. They contain chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, (compounds sold as pricey supplements in health food shops). Broth is rich in amino acids and the real magical ingredients:
Collagen and Gelatine
which are both immune-boosting but also protect and soothe the lining of the digestive tract and can aid in healing. Gelatin promotes probiotic balance and growth and health provides bone-building minerals in easily absorbable ways. Gelatin in bone broths contains “conditional” amino acids arginine, glycine, glutamine and proline. These amino acids also contribute to stock’s healing properties.
Note: Crucial for this ‘healing exercise’ is to use organic, free range animal bones. If you can’t afford or find these use grass fed bones. Don’t forget that you eat what the animal ate and there have been studies showing that animal bones contain heavy metals if not fed correctly.
I do want to point out that the last time I bought free range, organic bones they cost $4 for 1 kg which makes about 8 cups of broth.
3-day Bone Broth Fast
- two servings of bone broth with as many vegetables you like for either breakfast, lunch or dinner. Read how to make a bone broth here.
- one green smoothie (with leafy greens, one fruit of choice and one scoop of protein powder) for either breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Read more on smoothies here.
So, for example you would have a smoothie for breakfast, warm bone broth with veg for lunch and another for dinner. You can swap these around as much as you like. Make sure the broth is warm and nourishing. Cold foods create dampness in the body.
That’s essentially it. You can have little healthy snacks in the middle if you like - maybe a green apple (low in sugar) or a teaspoon of tahini. Drink 2-3 l of filtered water and go wild on green or roiboos tea.
The point of this fast is to give your body a break from your normal heavy food loads and go lighter for a few days. Nourishing your gut with minerals, vitamins, amino acids, collagen and probiotics which are all natural and easily absorbable will contribute to its its rapid healing.
If you are having any digestive issues I can highly recommend reading the book Trust your gut by Dr. Andrew Weil.
I would love to hear from your experiences... so please email me :-)
Healthy body, healthy gut, bone broth, smoothies
Bone Broth with Vegetables