The great breakdown of the digestive system is responsible for a host of health concerns that, more often than not, start in the digestive tract. Join me as I take you through the genesis of the great digestive breakdown, and how to remedy some of the most common health concerns that stem from digestive imbalances. The bacteria in the intestinal tract are responsible for the lion’s share of the physiological functions in the body and, like the three little bears, the balance of the digestive system and intestinal skin must be just right… not too dry or not too wet. Let’s stop killing off the “bad bugs” and start employing logic, time-tested Ayurvedic wisdom, new modern science and clinically-proven strategies to bring the digestive system back into balance.
Watch the Podcast: Troubleshoot Your Intestinal Bacteria, Candida and SIBO
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Air Date: May 16, 2016
Playtime: 1 hour and 24 minutes
- Eat with the seasons >>> Try our Free 3-Season Diet Challenge: A yearlong monthly seasonal eating guide
- Avoid high-fat, processed foods
- Stop overusing medications
- How to close the IC valve:
- Clockwise, upwards circular abdominal massage
- How to open the IC valve:
- Counterclockwise, downwards circular abdominal massage
- To pull the stomach down and break up the adhesions between the diaphragm and the stomach: Learn Stomach Pulling
- Scrub the intestinal tract with bitter roots and herbs
- Soothe the intestinal lining by eating more cooked vegetables, bone broth, soupy stews made with quinoa, easy-to-digest grains, kitchari
- Drink a large glass of water 30 minutes before the meal to pre-hydrate the stomach lining, buffer the stomach acid, and turn on the digestive fire
- Five Spices to Rock Your Digestive World
- De-stress your life: One Minute Meditation
Herbs and Supplements:
Amalaki: Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), also known as Indian Gooseberry, is a small fruit from the Amla tree. Amalaki may be most well known for its support of antioxidant activity and healthy skin via the encouragement of natural collagen and elastin production. In this way, Amalaki supports not only the health of the outer skin, but also the inner skin that lines the gut, respiratory tract, and all the mucous membranes of the body. Notably, Amalaki has also been shown to encourage cholesterol levels already within the normal range in support of optimal heart and cardiovascular health.
Gut Revival Probiotic and Intestinal Restore: LifeSpa’s Gut Revival is a high-potency probiotic that is ideal for individuals seeking a comprehensive revival and restoration of healthy intestinal microecology while neutralizing the proliferation of bacterial toxins. It features a unique blend of well-researched probiotic strains, a non-pathogenic yeast, intestinal immune support and a prebiotic (stimulates the growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract). The benefits of each component are complemented by the mechanisms of the others. While few probiotics have the ability to survive the elements of the human digestive tract (stomach acid, bile secretions and pancreatic enzymes), even fewer have been shown to adhere to the gut walls and proliferate on their own unless they continue to be ingested. The immune-supportive beneficial bacteria in Gut Revival have been shown to survive the digestive tract, adhere to the gut wall, restore healthy flora and support an immune response against unwanted microbes.
Slippery Elm Prebiotic Formula: According to Ayurveda, the health of the intestinal wall was tended to with great care in innumerable ways. Today, there are many scientific studies confirming how these Ayurvedic therapies actually support a healthy microbiome as well as optimal digestive and overall health. My favorite such therapy that I have been using successfully in my practice for almost thirty years is a concentrated tea made out of chopped (not ground) slippery elm bark, marshmallow root and licorice root.
Brahmi: The herb Brahmi has long been revered in Ayurveda for its mental-clarity enhancing properties. Recent research has designated Brahmi as a powerful agent for microcirculation – meaning that beyond being a boon to the circulation as we know it, Brahmi enhances blood flow into event the smallest vessels, thereby powerfully supporting the skin and water retention.
Gentle Digest: Gentle Digest is a combination of Ayurveda’s Five Spices of Digestion. The spices: ginger, cumin, fennel, coriander and cardamom have been time-tested for thousands of years and have a library of good science to support their digestion-boosting benefits.
Neem: Neem (Azadirachta indica) is traditionally called “the Queen of Skin,” as it supports healthy skin. While we have skin that wraps our bodies, we have even more skin on the inside of the body. There is the skin or epithelium that lines the digestive and respiratory tract as well as numerous other locations in the body such as the arteries and heart. It is said that 80% the complexion and radiance of the skin is due to the health of the inner skin of the gut. Neem is Ayurveda’s most powerful support for healthy inner and outer skin. Neem also supports healthy liver, intestinal, and immune function. Neem has been historically used for the treatment of skin in beauty and skin care products, and we employ it in our LifeSpa skin care line.
Liver Repair: Liver Repair has two components: the first rejuvenates the liver, while the second supports healthy detoxification of the liver and blood. Liver Repair supports healthy detoxification pathways while supporting the body’s energy production function, promoting vitality. Because liver detoxification may deplete the body, this kind of simultaneous liver support is key. Liver Repair combines support for liver rejuvenation and detoxification.
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