Did you know that just one meal could change your gut microbes for the good or the bad? Seriously. I’m not kidding.
What if your attempts at trying to eat healthy are sabotaged by deceptive ingredients (like processed gluten-free products), or lifestyle recommendations who promise you cardiovascular protection–like the advice of consuming any type of wine in moderation? Your wine could have been doused with fungicides and herbicides, and now you’re consuming chemically-laced wine—definitely not the type of wine Mediterranean’s were drinking in longevity villages long before the advent of modern day farming.
Without knowing this, “healthy” people consume these foods daily, not understanding the destruction this causes to our microbiome (microbiome is defined as the microorganisms that literally share space within our body).
What research is starting to tell us, is that most dietary recommendations of the past 50-years went totally wrong. Also, agricultural practices have strayed far away from what farming should be, constantly bombarding our bodies with really bad stuff, and ultimately hurting the immune system found in our gut.
So, can you undo the past or change the future? I say yes to both, because research is now combining ancient wisdom with modern science—like studying our gut for clues. And this, my friends, is great news.
Fact: Optimal health depends on your digestive tract.
Are you detoxing all wrong?
Look, I’m not a huge fan of juicing. There, I said it…now you know where I stand.
Let me tell you why: It’s totally unnatural to bombard the digestive tract with juices as a primary source of fuel. < BTW: I have a totally different opinion on intermittent fasting >
Do you really think cultures that are notably leaner and who live longer consume $8.00 veggie juices?
I can tell you right now they don’t. In fact, you’d be shocked at what they do eat and how little of calories–compared to us–they consume for the amount of walking they do out in nature. And trust me, I’ve seen it firsthand.
I just gave you three hints on why they’re lean and healthy: 1) source of calories matters most and that includes fats, pastured animals, and high fiber vegetables grown in quality soil, 2) walking in nature throughout the day, and 3) the calorie burden of sedentary, modernized lifestyles do not exist.
Most people who take up juice cleanses are actually skimming on over 80% of their caloric intake and go back to the original diet that is typically processed, or might include a healthful strategy Monday through Thursday’s, followed by the common weekend binges. How is a veggie juice going to repair the damage you just caused to your intestinal lining? It won’t and you could actually make it worse with this destructive cycle.
The Right Way
For almost 10-years now, I’ve been practicing the importance of building digestive health as “Rule One” for all casework in my private practice.
When I advise on the best for digestive repair, my number one rule is to intake powerful ingredients in combination with plant fibers to repair, restore, reinoculate, and rejuvenate (also known as the 4 R’s in functional medicine).
I have (6) levels of detoxes I recommend, and all of them will be featured in my book that’s publishing very soon!
My introductory, basic level cleanse introduces you to ingredients that are known for boosting intestinal health. You’re consuming steamed seasonal greens, organic protein from my approved list of farmers, fresh garlic dressing made with cold pressed olive oil, nori sheets, Broth-Shots, and unsmoked Yerba Matte or ginseng tea (serious coffee drinkers have the OK to dilute organic coffee into equal parts warm water). *And yes, you guessed right–these foods are consumed for breakfast as well.
Depending on what level you’re on, supplements are always incorporated as “in addition to” your cleanse. The supplements in level (1) are intended to stabilize blood sugar, help to assist you in the elimination process, and try to remove pathogens known to cause leaky gut.
The recipe I include here for Broth-Shots is included in all my levels of digestive detoxes. Broths help to lubricate the intestinal lining and have a massive dose of collagen and trace minerals known for their nourishing properties.
Start to Finish
1 teaspoon, olive oil
2 large onions, chopped
5 cloves garlic, chopped
1 leek, chopped
3 stocks celery, chopped
8 oz., organic mushrooms of choice, chopped
Your choice of organic chicken, beef or fish bones weighing approximately 6-8 oz.
Handful, fresh rosemary and thyme
2″ piece of fresh ginger, grated.
1. Heat the large stockpot over medium-high heat and gently coat the pan with olive oil.
2. Add the onion, garlic, leek, celery, and mushrooms; cook for 1 minute.
3. Take the filtered water and fill the large stock pot 2 inches from the top and add the chicken or beef bones; bring ingredients to a boil.
4. Reduce the pot to simmer.
5. Place the grated ginger and fresh herbs in the pot, cover and allow to simmer on low for 6 hours, checking every hour or so.
6. Once the broth is cooked, remove from heat and allow to cool and drain into a large bowl.
7. Freeze the remaining broth.
For the Broth-Shots
Take a shot glass and fill with the broth. Add 1-teaspoon fresh ginger or turmeric and stir.
Best to consume 1 “shot” in the morning, 1 in the afternoon, and 2-hours before bedtime.