I shared my wellness journey with you all earlier this year. I was on a variety of different supplements in addition to a limited, anti-inflammatory nutrition plan. Since then, I’ve been able to reincorporate all of the foods that I love back into my life.
It truly was a journey getting here, but I’ve also been able to take step back and determine which foods and habits I had that may have caused the gut health issues I faced. While I have reincorporated gluten and dairy…I’ve done so in moderation and I continue to take digestive enzymes prior to meals where I know I will be having gluten…or if I am eating a bit off my normal routine.
I’d like to discuss what my routine looks like now that my gut has healed. I still have a morning supplement regimen; this time it is for prolonged gut health rather than for a reparative nature. It is also important to remember that supplements are there to do just that…supplement the diet, they are not the end all, be all, but they can be helpful to sustain health.
Ideally, our omega-6 to omega-3 ratio should be 1:1…unfortunately most Americans have a 45:1 or 15:1 ratio. Since I am still waiting on blood work, and because I don’t have salmon daily…I take an omega-3 supplement. Fish oils can help to decrease the risk of heart disease and stroke; suboptimal levels of omega-3 may contribute to symptoms of ADHD, Alzheimer’s, and cancers in addition to other medical issues.
I’ve mentioned before that a variety of probiotics via food and supplementation is ideal to help repopulate the gut bacteria. To ensure that I am providing my gut with the bacteria it needs, I switch between two varieties of probiotic supplements. Consuming foods that contain probiotics like kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, and keifer has become part of daily life.
Our foods, even if organic, can contain a chemical called glyphosate which is a component found in RoundUp. There have been studies that show it doesn’t necessarily affect humans; however, the bacteria in the gut have a significant response to glyphosate. The population of good bacteria can more easily die off, allowing for bad bacteria to take over. To help combat this, I take a supplement called BiomeMedic that helps to remove the glyphosate from the lining of the GI tract & eliminates it.
Other tactics I’ve been taking have been food related…I consume a green shake daily as well as aloe to help protect the gut. It is important to also maintain a well balanced diet inclusive of dark leafy greens, a variety of veggies, lean grass-fed / wild caught proteins, and whole grains (I’ve been doing mostly GF at home and then treating myself when I go out to a gluten full option).
It will always be a process…having had a candida overgrowth there is potential that it can return and knowing how to maintain a healthy diet to minimize regrowth is key.