How to Improve Gut Health
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In this article, we will discuss 3 Amazing ways to improve gut health naturally, why our gut needs a reset, the clear signs that our body gives, the best foods, and the 3 most effective ways as mentioned in Ayurvedic scriptures to cleanse the intestines without much effort. Gut health is incredibly important as it plays a crucial role in our overall well-being. So let’s start by knowing about our gut the first question that arises is “Why is gut health important”? Here is Your answer.
Why is gut Health Important?
First of all, we must understand why is gut health important. Consider a road used daily by light and heavy vehicles. From time to time, frequent repairs are required for its smooth functioning. Similarly, your whole digestive tract starts right from your mouth covering the stomach down to the small and large intestines is the gut through which our food travels. Over time, it gets clogged up and if you ignore servicing it, the gut gets overloaded with toxins which then start to damage its lining, get reabsorbed in the bloodstream, and become the reason for various health problems.
How do we know if our gut needs a reset?
Right from the digestion of food, and absorption of nutrients to the excretion of waste material, the 30 feet and gut is probably the most vital system in the human body. Hence, if anything goes wrong in the digestive tract, the body is quick to show up its signs and signals. The most obvious digestive disorders like gas, bloating, constipation, acidity, and IBS suggest that there is an imbalance between the good and bad bacteria in your gut. So, if you fall ill often, your gut needs a service. If you often face skin problems, be sure that its root lies in the gut. Deficient in vital nutrients, it’s a gut problem. Apart from this, unexplained weight changes, hormonal disorders, food intolerances, disturbed sleep, constant fatigue, and poor mental health are your body’s way of saying, focus on your gut. If ignored, you are inviting chronic diseases.
Why does our digestive tract gets clogged up ?
So why does our digestive tract gets clogged up? Well, apart from environmental factors, eating fast food, consumption of fiber fewer grains, irregular food timings, heavy doses of antibiotics, too much non veg, food deep fried in bad oils, binge drinking, smoking, and overeating regularly clog up the intestines. Essentially, how long it takes food to get from one end to another depends on dietary habits.
The beetroot test to find out if your digestive system need a Cleanse.
Yes, there is a simple beetroot test to measure your own oral anal transit time. Eat some beetroot, either as salad or cooked. Then note when does your stoop turns pink. If it takes less than 36 hours, you are in a safe zone. Later than this, you should get alert.
How to cleanse intestines ?
So, how to cleanse the intestines Well, give your body an opportunity and it is competent enough to clean itself. Yes, every time you give your digestive system some rest by eating light, avoiding food post-sunset, or fasting, an internal mechanism activates, and the workers get to work and begin removing the waste materials. When we sleep well at night, it eliminates toxins the signs of which can be easily noticed in the morning. The focal point is reducing the causal factors as much as possible.
Ayurvedic scriptures propound various herbs and concoctions that help cleanse the digestive tract and reset the gut in a few days. Out of the numerous, I have selected 3 ways that are easy, practical, and time-tested.
First is Triphala. A combination of 3 fruits Amla, harad and baheda, this classical formulation is arguably the best for the gastrointestinal tract. It is a potent detoxifier with an antioxidant value highest among all foods. It strengthens the digestive system, soothes the intestinal walls and aids smooth bowel movements. You can have 500 mg tablet with warm water before going to sleep at night for 45 days. When consumed in a small quantity, it doesn’t act as a strong laxative but a rejuvenative supplement that can be continued for a long period.
2. Carrot Kanji
The Second is Carrot kanji. The traditional Indian probiotic supplement not only restores the gut microbiome but also its high vitamin c content cleans the intestines. To make it, in a mud pot, add 1 liter of drinking water. In this put 3 medium-sized carrots, 1 beetroot, coarsely grounded yellow mustard seeds, rock salt, black salt, black pepper, and hing. Cover it with a muslin cloth and let it sit in a warm place. Depending on the environmental conditions, within 2-3 days kanji will be naturally fermented. Then every morning, for 5 to 7 days take out 200 ml from the pot and have it 1 hour before breakfast. Not only it’s super tangy but with the miraculous benefits that come with it, the effect of this 5-day gut treatment can put long-term probiotic pills to shame. Each of these three ways is powerful in itself, you can choose as per your convenience.
The third is Isabgol. Just as a scrubber pulls out the clogged-up dirt off the skin and opens up its pores, isabgol or psyllium husk is a fiber that acts as a scrubber attaching the toxic debris to itself. It acts as a natural probiotic as good bacteria thrive only on fiber. To use it, before going to sleep at night, mix 2 teaspoons of isabgol mixed with warm milk or warm water. Have it continuously for 5 days and that will be enough to properly service the gut.
What are the best foods for gut health?
What are the best foods for the gut? Focus on “Dietary Fibre”. If your diet comprises of whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, spices, fresh seasonal fruits, and vegetables you are least likely to have intestinal problems. If you already have it, you are on the path of reversing it. Be sure of this. Still, if you ask me, the best foods for the gut are warm water in between meals, spiced buttermilk post lunch, the gourd family especially bottle and scarlet gourd, pomegranate, amla, and khichadi. To reduce the body’s toxic overload, the daily practice of yogic pranayama and asanas is extremely helpful.
In conclusion, gut health is vital to our overall well-being and a gut reset can help restore balance to the gut microbiome. By identifying the signs that our body gives, including constipation, bloating, gas, fatigue, skin problems, and mood swings, and following a gut-friendly diet and Ayurvedic cleansing methods such as Triphala, Carrot kanji, and Isabgol, we can support the health of our gut.
If we take care of the root cause, most diseases don’t find a place to breed. This is why gut health is so significant. Following the above, your gastrointestinal tract will renew itself in a few days and you will feel lighter, energetic immunity will get better and the skin problems will begin to disappear.
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