The health of your Gastric System

Taking care of yourself as we move toward the colder months ahead. Time to make some changes in your diet.


There are so many people out there that have gut problems.

Is it because many of us do not eat right?  Maybe.

In the articles written by : Food Matters, there are many suggestions for helping with your gut.

Why is it so important to change your diet?

Well, many authorities agree that you can develop autoimmune system disorders that start with your Gastrointestinal system.

What is a leaky gut?

Harmful conditions can develop from a “Leaky Gut. ”  And how does one get a leaky gut?

As we age, the lining of our digestive tract begins to break down in some people,  and if this conditions continues, we may experience an antigen-antibody response which can occur in our GI system whenever incompletely digested protein leaks into  the thinning areas.

Therefore, these toxins can enter our blood system. And if your immune system decides that these harmful substanaces in your body are a threat, it will attack to eliminate them through an inflammatory response. This is where autoimmune illnesses can begin, right in the gut.

How do you begin to take better care of your GI tract?

1. Eating better helps. You can restore the health of your GI tract. For example: If you could see how that hot dog that you just ate is putting stress on your GI system, you would not eat hot dogs.

2. Other unhealthy living such as stress, lack of rest, and anger can cause your GI to be unhealthy.

3. In order for the GI to get better, you must eat healthier, and allow it to heal. Therefore, if you know that you are already having problems with your GI, then you need to give it a rest. Signs that you might be having GI problems includes chronic constipation and /or diarrhea,  discomfort in your abdomen following  or even during meals, excessive, foul smelling gas.

What is an autoimmune disease?

Diseases that begin because of an antigen-antibody complex that can float around in your blood which can cause inflammation, pain and discomfort.

To best support recovery from autoimmune illnesses,  it is suggested by many authorities that reducing the animal protein in your diet may help the GI to heal. Avoid eating more protein than you need, and begin to choose plant based protein over animal protein.  Most people need no more that half of their body weight in protein/day. That means that a 150pound person only needs about 75grams/day. And a 3 ounce piece of chicken is about 25 grams.

Other Suggestions:

Listen to our body and adapt better eating habits.

1. Chew your food. The most important thing that you can do to help your gut it to chew your food. Chewing well aids you GI to break down foods into microscopic nutrients that can easily pass in the small intestine and into your blood.

Whenever you do not chew well, your GI has to take on the added stress that your teeth should be responsible for. If you have dental problems that prevent you from chewing well, you may need to blend your foods.


2. Eat more foods that nourish your body: plenty of veggies, especially green ones such as broccoli, lettuce and cabbage. Vegetables have protein enough for your daily consumption.  Avoid eating large amounts of protein dense plant foods such as nuts, seeds and legumes. As long as you eat vegetables, you will get your protein needs for the day

3. Eat fresh salads that include plenty of dark green lettuce and colorful vegetables such as carrots, peppers, zucchini and and for your fat intake, some avocados.

4. For your carbohydrates try some brown rice, millet, quinoa, buckwheat and oats. They provide plenty of carbohydrates that can take care of your caloric needs.

5. The best choices for fruits include blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, pomegranates, mangos, papayas, apples, watermelon, cantaloupe and gogi berries. Stay away from dried fruit because of its abilities to put stress on your blood sugar regulating mechanism.

Taken in part from: Food Matters @ 8/19/12