June 4th, 2012
by Jodi · Filed Under: General Health
I am becoming more of a lover of naturopathic medicine by the day. I literally have fears of waking up a few years from now in a remote forest, wearing just leaves, listening for the sound of deer while I’m foraging for herbs. Seriously…because this passion is getting out of control.
However, there is a fair amount of nonsense out there, too, so you have to be careful when you begin to look for answers for every day ailments outside of the traditional medicine network. First, know that whatever you choose to go with it is not as potent as a drug so it will take longer to work and you will have to play with the dosing. Second, start with well known and proven cures before venturing into the land of weird and bizarre. And lastly, if it sounds wacked out, it most likely is wacked out and at that point you should use it for pure entertainment purposes only.
The following is a list of things you may not have thought of to help you with your digestive and gastric issues:
I have no idea what this tastes like, but the sound of it makes me want to want to wash my hair with it not drink it. Odd.
- It’s good for soothing GI distress.
- It’s the only plant source of Vit B12. Who knew?
- Get it organic and uncooked.
- If you can, get it with glutamine added.
Most of us have heard of probiotics, but prebiotics help your probiotics work better. Now are you actually following that loop? You will take probiotics to help you digest food and promote good bacteria in the gut and you’ll take prebiotics to help the probiotics flourish. Really right now? What’s next? Postbiotics? “No flushing necessary folks; this supplement obliterates your food right in the colon.”
- A mix of both pre and pro biotics is known as symbiotics.
- For probiotics, make sure you get one with 2-6 billion cultures and at least 2 strains.
- Doing one without the other is nowhere near as effective as taking both.
I ended up doing so much research on these that they’ll have their own series soon. The biggest thing to know right now is:
- Should contain protease, amylase and lipase.
- If this is a tummy acid problem, get an HCl based one.
I am partial to a particular fiber product that I have been promoting for years now. I love it. No…seriously…I love it. I do not get paid by them nor am I an affiliate of any kind. I just love them. www.drnatura.com Do NOT look at the website photos while eating lunch. I’m just warning you. Also:
- Get a product with both soluble and insoluble fiber.
- Do not use Metamucil which is probably the least effective product ever. Go to Whole Foods and find one.
- Borage, flax or rice fiber should be in the ingredient list somewhere.
Antioxidants and Amino Acids
The word antioxidants makes me want to stick a fork in my eyeball. Probably one of the most bastardized words in the food marketing industry today. It’s a runner up to “all natural” which nowadays really means, “you can’t prove it one way or the other, so there!”
- Zinc is a mineral that gets overlooked way too many times when it tends to be the culprit. Take note of him.
- Glutathione. Not sure what series he’ll show up in but he’s worth the write up. Big benefit putting him in your diet.
- Arginine enhances wound healing and works well in the GI tract.
- Glutamine is a must if you find yourself constantly getting sick or just overall, general malaise. You want to go high dose with this, though. Don’t mess around on the 5g end.
This wraps up the gut series. I purposefully left off any dosing or specifics because I do not want you to use this site for that. When it comes to medicinal issues, I want to steer you in the right direction but not lead you to the water to drink. You need a good doc to work with or at least a good doc’s website. Cool?
Also, the thyroid is its own series coming soon, too. It’s way too big of a deal to lump into this series. Hang tight for it.
Not sure what’s coming up next. Stay tuned to find out. Woop woop!!