Home remedies to KEEP YOUR GUT CLEAN

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Aug 2018 12:41:08



■ By Dr Manoj Kutteri

Gut health is one of the most discussed subjects in the wellness world in the current times. Unhealthy gut can lead to myriad of health complications that includes digestive problems, allergies, mood swings, skin diseases, diabetes, immune compromised disorders, hormone related issues including PCOD and Thyroid diseases etc. DRINKING WATER FLUSHES TOXINS One of the most important of all the remedies is Hydration. Water being a universal solvent can dissolve many toxins and get them out of our body through kidneys, skin and respiration. However the extent of toxic elimination also depends on the healthy functioning of these organs as well. Moisture content in the food is also key to the health of gut and other excretory organs. Having adequate water within the food also helps in proper mixing of digestive juices with the food thus improving the nutrient absorption.

Moisture can be obtained by eating moist foods and also by drinking adequate amounts of water. Consuming plenty of fluids, soups, raw salads and fruits ensure sufficient intake of water throughout the day. GUT FRIENDLY DIET Diet plays a major role in maintaining the gut free from toxins and also remove all the waste products from the colon. The below are some of the key food items one should always target. Diet that helps in keeping the gut clean are Vegetables - Broccoli, Cabbage, Brussels sprouts, Kale etc. Fruits - Raspberries, Blue berries, Banana, Avocados etc. Nuts - Almonds, Walnuts, Chia seeds and Flax seeds etc. Citrus fruits - Lemon, Oranges, Pineapple, Grapefruit etc. Herbs and Spices - Turmeric, Cumin, Fennel, Ginger, Coriander, Cayenne pepper etc. Wholegrain - Brown rice, Ragi, Quinoa, Amaranthus etc. Fibre - Fibre is an important ingredient of our daily diet plan.

It is recommended that each adult requires at least 30 - 40g fibre every day. Fibre is essential in checking the blood sugar levels, cholesterol and to promote absorption of nutrients. Incidence of diabetes, coronary artery diseases and bowel cancers were observed to be low among communities who traditionally consume more of fibre in their diet. PREBIOTICS AND PROBIOTICS Prebiotics are non-digestible carbohydrates that help to enhance the growth of healthy bacterial activity within the gut. The action of probiotics is accelerated in presence of prebiotics. Fruits are one of the best prebiotics one could consume regularly.