In a world where digestive problems run amok, it’s little wonder that people are desperately looking for remedies that will help fix their gut issues. Although it is not simple, these five superfoods can help clean up the ‘internal trash’, balance your bacteria, and heal any damage that has been done, so you can heal your gut and get back to normal.
Garlic is an amazing superfood that can dramatically alter your inner ecology with its antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. Quite simply, it helps safely remove all those little critters that are destroying your digestive system.
In fact, Washington State University has confirmed that garlic is far more effective than pharmaceutical antibiotics in fighting a common bacteria known as campylobacter bacterium, which currently infects 2.4 million Americans per year.
Some other healing benefits to garlic include:
Increasing the powers of the immune systems natural killer (NK) cells
Shrinking tumours, including stomach, colon, breast, and prostate cancer
Detoxifying lead, mercury, and aluminum from your body
Promoting cardiovascular health
Treatment of yeast overgrowth (Candidiasis)
Destruction of meningitis
Lowering blood pressure and cholesterol
Destroying pathogenic bacteria
Repelling mosquitos, ticks, and parasites (as well as removing internal parasites such as tapeworm)
Coconut kefir is somewhat of a lesser-known superfood, but is powerful nonetheless.
Coconut kefir is the simple process of using young coconut water and fermenting it to a state that leaves it teeming with billions of beneficial microorganisms. These friendly bacteria help balance your inner ecosystem, which in turn facilitates digestion, nutrient absorption, and toxin removal.
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Kefir also contains beneficial yeasts that are known to hunt out and destroy pathogenic yeasts in the body. These beneficial yeasts are considered the best defense against dangerous yeast organisms like Candida. They clean, purify and strengthen the intestinal walls and help the body become more efficient in resisting dangerous pathogens such as E. Coli, salmonella and intestinal parasites. Since we have ten times more bacteria in our body than cells, creating an optimal environment for bacterial balance is paramount.
Bottom line, if you want to heal your gut, repopulating it with beneficial bacteria is a requirement. Taking an ounce of kefir in the morning, at meals, and before bed is a great way to start.
Sauerkraut is essentially fermented cabbage, which contains a vast array of nutrients and a hardy strain of probiotics, and does an exceptional job of cleaning and ‘furnishing’ your gut with beneficial bacteria so that it can heal and work efficiently again.
The healing action of sauerkraut includes:
Treating all kinds of gastrointestinal orders, including Candidiasis and IBS
Prphibits the growth of cancer
Helps relieve chronic fatigure
Helps alleviate allergies
Naturally relieves constipation
Helps remove problematic bacteria and parasites
Improves skin conditions
Improves liver function
Add it as a side to any meal, or get creative and incorporate it into dishes where you would normally add vegetables.
Aloe vera is a highly medicinal plant, and most of the benefits seem to come from the gel.
Aloe gel contains active compounds that help temper inflammation and block bacteria from infecting various areas of our body, including our digestive tract. They are also believed to help regenerate cells for faster healing times, which is vitally important in healing your gut after significant damage has occurred.
Aloe gel has also showed promise in healing gastric ulcers. According to a study in the World Journal of Gastroenterology in April 2006, when given internally, aloe gel reduced gastric inflammation and generated ulcer healing in mice.
The laundry list of things aloe can help heal includes:
Easing inflammation and soothing arthritic pain
Helps heal ulcers, IBS, Crohn’s Disease, colitis, and other digestive disorders
Helps treat and prevent candida and parasite infections
Accelerates healing from wounds, burns, and ulcers (externally and internally)
Stabilizes blood sugar
Oxygenates blood and protects body from oxidative stress
Helps repair “sludge blood” and reverses “sticky blood”
Reduces high blood pressure
Improves physical performance and recovery
Improves skin health
Helps reduce and reverse acid reflux
Helps heal gum disease
Reduces heart attack and strokes
Helps halt growth of cancer tumours
Sangre de grado is a medium to large sized tree that grows up to 20m high in the upper Amazon region of Peru, Ecuador, and Columbia. It has large, heart shaped, bright green leaves and unique, greenish-white flowers on long stalks.
Its Peruvian name means “blood of the dragon” because when it is cut the tree oozes a dark red sappy resin, as if the tree is bleeding. This medicinal sap has been used for a variety of ailments, including ulcers in the stomach and intestines.
The two main phytochemicals responsible for its healing properties are an alkaloid known as Taspine (documented as anti-inflammatory, anti-tumorous, and antiviral) and a lignan known as Dimethylcedrusine, which plays a central role in sangre de drago’s wound healing capabilities.
When smeared onto a sterile plate and allowed to dry, then doused with E. coli bacteria, it was found that the bacteria promptly died in the presence of the sangre de drago. In 2000, a study for its gastrointestinal effects showed that sangre de grado is a potent treatment for gastrointestinal ulcers and distress via antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory actions.
In 2002, these same researchers reported that it had an in vitro effect against stomach cancer and colon cancers as well. In 2003, Italian researchers reported that the resin inhibited the growth of a human myelgenous leukemia cell line and also prevented cells from mutating in test tube studies.