The 4 Steps To Restore Optimal Digestive Health

digestive healthPersonal digestive health may mean more to our overall wellbeing than we thought.

Poor digestive health has the potential to wreak havoc on our hormonal functions, damage our vital immune system, and even our nervous systems.

Our entire gastrointestinal (GI) tract is made up of neurons, which release neurotransmitters that are located in the brain.

It’s now said that our gut is our second brain, which makes a lot of sense.

The entire system is responsible for many functions such as breaking down food, retrieving vital nutrients, and then getting rid of the waste that’s not needed or used.

When any part of our gastrointestinal equilibrium is off, it can have great effects on our mood and overall wellbeing.

Many things can throw off the digestive equilibrium such as caffeine, alcohol, bad food choices, parasites, antibiotics, and NSAIDs because they impair the GI lining and can create unwanted penetrability of the system or “leaky gut syndrome”.

Leaky gut can be harmful because instead of food going through the normal GI processes, the partially digested food parts now have access to the blood stream due to the increased permeability and the foreign substances cause inflammation of the body and release of cortisol.

Cortisol is a stress hormone that can wreck havoc on the body if too much is released and may decrease immune response, trigger allergies, cause skin irritations, and make it harder to lose weight.

All in all, it’s vital that our digestive system is working properly in order to keep us healthy and in optimal condition.

So how do we correct it?

Here are the 4 steps to restore optimal digestive health:

Step 1: Remove

Step 1 involves removing any foods or toxins that could be adding stress to your body.

These include alcohol, caffeine, bad fats, overly processed foods and common allergens such as dairy, gluten, or soy.

All of the above may cause irritation of the GI tract and lead to an inflammatory response.

Step 2: Repair

The second step is to repair the GI tract and start healing the lining.

Repairing can begin by eating a less processed diet and eating more whole foods.

There are ways to give the body a boost in the repair process such as taking supplements like zinc, turmeric, omega-3 fatty acids, L-glutamine, aloe vera, and vitamins E, A, and C. 

Step 3: Restore

The third step is to restore the good bacteria in the body.

A great way to do this is to take probiotics such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium lactis.

Check out our list of the 10 best probiotic supplements to find a perfect supplement to restore your good bacteria. 

Probiotics are healthy bacteria that help boost immune function and digestive health.

We all may have bad bacteria such as salmonella and clostridium in our bodies but when we have enough good bacteria, it keeps these in check and we never are harmed.

That’s why it’s important to introduce enough healthy probiotic bacteria in the body to keep us healthy and balanced. 

Step 4: Replace

The last step is to replace your digestive system with digestive enzymes, bile salts, and hydrochloric acid to reach optimal amounts and create proper digestion.

You can do this by taking digestive enzyme supplements and using organic salt to create enough hydrochloric acid in the body.

Supplementing with both friendly bacteria (probiotics) and digestive enzymes can be the perfect combination for creating optimal digestion and overall intestinal wellbeing.

In Conclusion…

We know how important it is to have a healthy, fully functioning digestive system.

Healthy digestion keeps us in optimal condition and protects us from potential ailments.

By removing, repairing, restoring and replacing, you can restore optimal digestive health and feel better than ever!


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About the Author: Kate Watson is the Lead Researcher and Founder of Kate started this site after successfully using probiotics to treat some digestive issues she'd had since childhood. In her free time Kate loves nothing more than a good book (and a good glass of wine).