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Heal your gut

Heal your gut

Last week I discovered that Nurofen, belonging to a group of medicines called NSAIDs or anti-inflammatory medication, was likely to be contributing to my pain. Yup, not only did I have severe period pain, but I hit the jackpot and got gut pain as well. Happy days. I admit I went to Google for guidance. I asked, can I take nurofen for gut pain? What came up was a series of case studies where NSAIDs actually caused gut pain. So I switched to paracetamol. Meanwhile, my gut was definitely impacted. What works for gut pain? Well, I happen to have done a lot of personal discovery around that, and while I don’t have IBS anymore, I certainly am armed with plenty of home remedies for gut pain.

  1. Aloe Vera juice. Number one. Recommended to me by the man who did my colonoscopy.
  2. Pre-soaked chia seeds – when your gut needs a gentle internal massage. Similarly, psyllium husk.  Make with ginger tea for extra warmth.
  3. Self-massage and essential oils – peppermint oil especially.
  4. Peppermint tea
  5. Hot water bottle
  6. Natrajasana – Lying down sideways twists

I’m now on a ‘heal your gut in 7 days’ progression. Nicole Cunningham is a homeopath from Puraforce Remedies. She recommends making bone broth. As a paleo advocate since 2010, I’m a big fan of bone broth but have never made it at home. She says,

“The gelatin in bone broth protects and heals the mucosal lining of the digestive tract and assist with the digestion of nutrients. Bone broth is exceptional for healing a leaky gut.”

After a trip down to the local butcher at the Sydney Fish Markets, we picked up some 2kgs of beef bones, put them in the slow cooker, filled with water and turned on high for 24 hours.  I’ve had two days of bone broth – my hot tip is – it tastes good, just don’t smell it.

Love

Danica

Food: Do you have a big enough why?

Food: Do you have a big enough why?

Most of us need a ‘why’ big enough to eat consciously. Being present and giving thanks when eating are all valuable practices but it takes a big enough ‘why’ for most of us to stay true to our food choices.

I’ve been Paleo since 2010. How come? Our CrossFit trainer lent us the book, The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf and I read it. Highly engaging and entertaining, the man also backs up his theories with a lot of scientific evidence. When he recommended going paleo for 30 days, no grains, no dairy and no legumes, no processed sugar and see how you feel, I did and it worked. I felt clean. And light in a clear, good way. Interestingly a very similar way of eating was prescribed to me by my GP a few years earlier. So after 30 days, I just kept going and haven’t stopped for five years. Foods that I don’t eat, just don’t occur to me as food, treats or nourishing anymore. I look at a big sugary mud cake, and what I see is toxic – don’t put that in your body!

A friend of mine, in their self-confessed ‘unsolicited wisdom’, proffered the view that I might be a little too rigid in my food choices. I’ll be the first to admit my puritan tendencies. In fact, there is a now a new eating disorder for people obsessed with healthy eating called Orthorexia.  Gratefully I don’t suffer from any of the symptoms described. However, I considered my friend’s words and have been mulling them over. It occurs to me that when it comes to the matter of what food I put in my body, I am reliable for keeping my word. I do not stray. There are times on the rare occasion, where I will declare an exception for butter for example, when the person cooking for me has a passion for it. However, I made a commitment to no longer eat chocolate (raw, organic or cacao) due to the over-stimulating characteristics and the possible link to menorrhagia last year and not once have I ‘slipped up’, been taken by temptation or broken my word. In other areas of our lives, we call that level of commitment and honouring of one’s word, integrity.

It seems to help to have a big enough why. My body is not just my own. I’ve registered to be an organ donor so I intend to keep my organs as clear and clean as I can to pass onto the next human being. What’s a why that would be big enough for you?

 

* Roo burgers on raw cauliflower ‘rice’ #paleo #rawfood