Living Healthily With Inflammatory Bowel Disease

June 30, 2016
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As a gut health expert, I work with clients using nutritional treatments to improve digestive health. I take a test, treatment, and re-test approach, and have great results with clients who implement proven dietary protocols to rebalance gut microbiota and restore gut health.

As co-founder of Trupp Cooking School I also provide hands on cooking training for people with food intolerances, gut issues, or just those who want to learn to lead a healthier life. I had my own personal journey with digestive health which makes me to be extremely empathetic with my clients, as I know firsthand what it is like to live with poor digestive health… It isn’t easy but it is manageable, thanks to the abundance of new research in the area of gut health and diet.

Your digestive system’s main purpose is to break down the foods you eat and nourish the body, it is important for you to pay attention to your diet in order to keep yourself healthy, well nourish and strong.

There are many foods that will support your health and that will not aggravate your condition. Eating a wholefood diet and minimizing toxic load through healthy lifestyle choices will make a big difference to your gut health and energy levels.

When looking at digestive wellness, bacterial balance in the gut is extremely important. Not many people realize that gut bacteria balance will have a direct impact on your digestive system function.

Often I will start my treatment by identifying any weaknesses in this department and fixing it through specific diet as well as probiotic supplementation. Scientific research and clinical experience shows that without healthy gut flora, the digestive system and the human body cannot efficiently preform its functions.

I would like to share with you some tips on keeping your gut flora in a good shape. Here is what can adversely affect the integrity of the protective bacterial lining in our gut:

  • Antibiotics
  • Sugar
  • Oral contraceptive pill
  • Stress
  • Viral/bacterial infections
  • Poor diet
  • Alcohol

WHAT CAN STRENGTHEN YOUR GUT FLORA?

Fermented foods that carry probiotics and pre-biotics. You may look at adding fermented foods to your diet such as coconut milk kefir, water kefir, milk kefir, yoghurt, kombucha tea and/or fermented vegetables like kimchi (Chinese cabbage), sauerkraut, or pickled vegetables.

A traditional whole food diet; the latest research shows that the Mediterranean diet is one of the best diets to promote gut bacterial balance.

Frequent exposure to complex natural environments such as a farm. Studies demonstrate that sterile environments aren’t good for us. It is best for us to be exposed to a diversity of bacteria to challenge and strengthen our immune system functions.

Maintaining a balanced lifestyle when you can include sport, meditation and relaxation techniques to aid healing.

Implementing these few changes will help you keep your gut in good shape, but there is so much more you can do. Over the next few months, I will guide you towards better dietary and lifestyle choices in my nutritional column to help you all out.

I hope that you find this information useful. Gut health is a life journey and adapting these practices and implementing diet changes can improve your quality of life greatly.

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