Natural Digestive Rehabilitation
Considering the pervasive use of preservatives and increase in modified foods in our diet, is it any wonder why we have more digestive problems than any other generation on Earth? Our high sugar and carbohydrate intake feeds the fungus and molds that we don’t want in our gut (like Candida). The preservatives in food that are designed to kill bacteria in the bread, cereal, canned and dried foods are killing the good digestive bacteria that we do want in our gut. We all know that antibiotic use disturbs the bacterial balance in a terrible way.
If you have tried probiotics then you know that they can have a positive effect. But if your front yard was a huge crab-grass/weed patch, would you sprinkle thousands of dollars of high-quality seed on it expecting a beautiful lawn to emerge? Of course not. You would first get rid of the weeds. Consider this three pronged approach to the gut rehabilitation process. The first step is to get rid of the weeds; kill off as many of the bad bacteria and irritating fungus as possible. The second step is to re-seed the gut with good bacteria which will aid in digestion and keep out the fungus. Thirdly, we need to repair the damage that has been done to the epithelial lining of the intestines by the fungus and bad bacteria. This can be done holistically and naturally.
In order to accomplish the first step, we need a broad-spectrum antimicrobial that is bio-compatible yet kills bacteria and fungus significantly. An enhanced aqueous silver colloid of better than 40 ppm will accomplish this nicely. It is best taken on an empty stomach and in bolus dosing of 2 ounces every 2 hours. This can be continued for two or three days with one 8 ounce bottle per day being consumed. It should be remembered that mixing a colloid of silver with anything containing salt will ruin it and food tends to make it less effective. Taking the colloid on an empty stomach and not eating for an hour afterwards maximizes the effect. After two or three days of this protocol, you will have attenuated the bacteria and fungus in your gut significantly. Another side benefit of this is that the level of H. pylori in your stomach will also be dramatically reduced.
Once you have knocked-down the population of bad bacteria and fungus in your gut, it’s time to re-seed with the probiotic of your choice. This will re-establish the fauna of bacteria necessary to support proper digestion and nutrient extraction from your food. The pro-biotic ingestion should be continued for at least a month. It is not that important to have the most expensive probiotics available. The most important task is to make sure that they have a good environment in which to multiply and thrive. You will have given them an environment where they’re not fighting to survive when you cleared out all the bad bacteria and fungus in the previous step.
The third step is to repair the epithelial lining. The years of antibiotics, preservatives and sugar have allowed a fauna of pathogens that have been eating-away at your intestinal lining, 24/7 for years. This tissue needs to be healed. Take a mixture of herbs that are designed to heal the tissues, increase mucus to protect the region and reduce histamine sensitivity allowing the intestines to re-build a healthy effective lining. We would suggest the following: Plantain, Licorice, Aloe Vera, Peppermint, Marshmallow root and Slippery Elm bark. These can be encapsulated or made into a tea. Again, taking the capsules or drinking the tea on an empty stomach is best.
Of course building new tissue requires some very basic building blocks. Take 2000mg of Vitamin C, 10,000 IUs of Vitamin D and a good B-complex daily.
The GI tract is critical not only to absorption of nutrients through digestion, but also to the proper operation of your immune system. A non-functional or poorly functioning digestive system can cause a myriad of health problems as it produces nutritional deficiencies and a compromised immune system. Diseases such as arthritis, auto-immune disorders, and many skin conditions have been traced back to problems of the gut. Obviously, conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, SIBO and Chrones are problems of the gut. Without a digestive system you would die. So why then is it hard for us to appreciate that with a poorly working digestive system we will be in poor health?
Kill, re-seed, restore. Put your gut back on track and watch your health improve.