To achieve total health it’s important to have good digestion because doctors have learned your immune system is 75 percent dependent on your gatrointestinal tract, and if your gastrointestinal tract isn’t working properly your ability to fight off diseases and infections is lowered. In addition, poor digestion increases your risk for degenerative diseases, such as cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, or Parkinson’s.
To help get you back on the right track and obtain good digestive health, here’s a one-day Saturday flush plan that will eliminate gut toxins and get rid of gas, bloating, and acid reflux.
|6:45 AM||Rise and shine!|
|7:00||Add Probiotics to 8 or 16 ounces of carrot, tomato, or beet juice. Choose either Theralac or Jarro-Dophilus Probiotics as they restore regularity and benefit the immune system by providing live cultures needed for good intestinal tract health. Probiotics will help restore proper bacteria balance from your mouth to your colon, while the juice will provide fiber to prevent constipation.|
|7:10||Walk or jog for fifteen to twenty minutes. Workouts help to get blood moving and boost your metabolism, which leads to proper digestion. To learn more about fitness, read Physical Activity and Exercise. To see how you compare on the fitness scale, you can measure your fitness level using Not Sure Where You Stand: Measure Your Fitness Level.|
|7:30||Enzymes are needed by the pancreas to aid the stomach in digesting food. With your breakfast take an enzyme supplement to prevent gas or bloating. When you eat protein take a papaya (papin) and pineapple (bromelain) enzyme supplement, such as Trader Darwin’s available from Trader Joe’s. If you’re breakfast is more balanced try Digest Gold capsules, which assists in the digestion of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. To learn more about digestive aids and digestion, read Natural Digestive Aids.|
|7:30||Breakfast consists of whole grains, fruit, and dairy. Chose either 2/3 cup of oatmeal, 2/3 cup of granola, or 2 pieces of 100 percent whole wheat toast. Additionally, choose a plain yogurt with live cultures—read All Yogurts are Not Alike for more information—and add 1/4 cup of berries plus 1 teaspoon flaxseed oil to the yogurt. Grains help to bulk up the digestive tract, while the yogurt relaxes the colon; the berries provide antioxidants to fight disease, and the flaxseed helps to reduce inflammation and lubricate the intestines.|
|9:30||Now is a good time to focus on abdominal breathing. To do so, take ten deep breaths, and, to make sure you are breathing from your belly, place one hand on your stomach and another on your chest. When you breath you should feel more movement from your stomach than your chest. Count to five with each inhalation and each exhalation. Deep breathing helps you relax and when stress leaves, your body can function at an optimal level. After you’ve completed your abdominal breathing, eat a 1/4 cup of almonds. Almonds provide fiber and are one of the greatest sources of antioxidants. They also aid digestion by increasing the level of bacteria in your gut. They’re also considered a cancer preventative and are high in vitamins E and B. To learn more about almonds read, Did You Know Almonds …|
|11:30||Make ginger tea by adding two slices of ginger root to 1 1/4 cup of water. Boil for five minutes. Drink this thirty minutes before lunch. Ginger tea helps settle nausea, morning sickness, or motion sickness, and studies have shown it’s better than Dramamine for seasickness.|
|12:00 NOON||Eat 1/2 ounce of fresh salmon (not farm-raised) for every 50 pounds you weigh. Also include 1/2 cup of cooked green and red cabbage and 1/2 cup of non-cooked red peppers sauteed in 1 teaspoon of fresh chopped garlic and 1 teaspoon olive oil. Drink 4 ounces of a dark tart fruit juice, such as cranberry juice, grape juice, or pomegranate juice. Salmon is one of the best meats you can eat as it is lean and loaded with omega-3s, vitamins, and minerals. Moreover, salmon is rich in astaxanthin which increase stamina and helps lose body fat; cabbage is beneficial to your GI tract because it heals the GI tract lining, prevents peptic ulcers, and is rich in chlorophyll, vitamin C, and selenium; red peppers contain vitamin C and bioflavonoids, and their capsaicin content stimulates circulation; olive oil lowers “bad” cholesterol and lubricates the intestinal tract; lastly, garlic not only stimulates the pancreas but also functions as an antiviral and antibacterial. In addition, it also increases cell activity, which supports the immune system and boosts blood circulation.|
|2:30 PM||Repeat the breathing exercises you did earlier at 9:30 this morning. For a snack, choose between celery sticks, an apple, or a 1/2 cup of cherries. Celery is a high fiber food, rich in potassium, and, in addition, it helps to relax and calm the nerves; apples are one of the best soluble fiber foods. They also clean your teeth and are considered a multi-vitamin fruit because they contain almost every vitamin; cherries are good choice to clean the colon and enhancing bowel motility. In addition, cherries build the body’s blood because of their rich copper and iron levels.|
|4:00||Drink at least 8 ounces of water to make sure you have plenty of liquids to help soften your stool.|
|5:00||Make ginger tea as you did at 11:30 a.m. and drink it thirty minutes before your dinner.|
|5:30||Select grilled chicken tenderized in 1/2 cup lime or lemon juice with 1 teaspoon crushed garlic. Use 1/2 ounce of chicken for every 50 pounds you weigh. Bake yellow squash drizzled with olive oil and flavor it with fennel seeds. Warm up 1/2 cup of sauerkraut seasoned with 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds, and also make 1 cup steamed broccoli, and 1 cup steamed kale. After the broccoli and kale have cooked drizzle a 1/2 teaspoon of flaxseed oil over them, because flaxseed oil nutrients are destroyed by cooking. Grilled chicken is low in fat, and the lemon or lime juice adds vitamin C, while the garlic stimulates the pancreas; squash is high in vitamin A and C and contains high amounts of fiber to benefit the colon, and the fennel seeds stimulate digestion and relieve abdominal distress; sauerkraut’s fermentation helps repopulate bacteria, while the caraway seeds relieve bloating and gas; broccoli has numerous phytonutrients and is a calciferous vegetable with anti-cancer properties, while kale is an excellent source of calcium and provides more than your daily requirement of vitamin A. Additionally, both broccoli and kale offer health benefits to the colon because they contain fiber.|
|7:30||Use a fiber supplement to help soften and add bulk to your stool. Fiber supplements include Benefiber, Metamucil, or Citrucel, and, in this case, take half the recommended dose prescribed on the label. Additionally, drink at least 8 ounces of water to help keep your GI tract lubricated.|
|8:00||Do another 15 to 20 minutes of exercise by taking your dog, children, or grandchildren for a walk around the block. Exercise not only benefits your immune system and your lymphathic system but also improves digestion and relieves stress. Moreover, even if you do short ten minute walks three times a day, it provides accumulative affects. To learn more about the benefits of walking read, Lace Up Those Shoes and Walk.|
|9:30||Lie on your bed and apply a heating pad or hot water bottle to your abdomen for up to fifteen minutes. Heat relieves gas, cramps, bloating, and other uncomfortable abdominal symptoms.|
|10:00-11:45||Bedtime and time for you to get at least seven hours of peaceful slumber. Studies have shown insufficient sleeps leads to type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, hypertension, and arthritis. Additionally, insufficient sleeps can also ensure you gain weight. To learn more about sleep, read Why You Should Nod Off.|
If you want to learn more about ridding your bodies of toxins and flushing your gut read The Gut Flush Plan, a book written by Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., that offers a breakthrough cleansing program to rid your body of toxins that make you sick, tired, and bloated.