The Five Offenders
The Gut Diet focuses on eliminating foods that are difficult to digest, interfere with good gut health, and reduce energy levels. Focusing on nourishing, easy-to-digest foods allows your body to find its own natural balance. Here are the five most common foods that can throw your health off:
Gluten: This protein found in wheat and some other grains (barley, rye, spelt, and kamut) can cause irritation in the gut contributing to a host of problems in the body, like low energy and indigestion. Many foods that contain gluten are highly processed and include other Toxic Triggers like chemicals and sugar.
Dairy: This food can be problematic for people even if they are not lactose intolerant. Dairy is acid- and mucus- forming. The most common symptoms dairy causes are increased mucus, skin breakouts, allergies, digestive distress, and constipation.
Sugar: Although we are hardwired to crave the sweet taste, sugar can wreak havoc in the body if we eat too much of it. Sugar can cause insulin resistance and mood swings. It also feeds parasites, yeast, accelerates growth of cancerous cells, and makes us gain weight. Processed sugar is the most toxic, but even too much natural sugar, if you are experiencing digestive issues, can put the body on sugar overload.
Coffee: We remove this harsh, habit-forming stimulant during Clean Gut because it’s highly acidic, depletes the body’s natural energy reserves and stresses the adrenal glands. Commercial crops of coffee beans are also high in pesticides and insecticide. Coffee becomes a major issue when we need it to get through the day. After your Gut program small amounts of organic coffee can be okay if it works for you. The key is to remove dependency.
Alcohol: This social lubricant is acid-forming, habit-forming, and burdens the liver. Alcohol consumption is also dehydrating and contributes to overall sugar intake, feeding pathogenic yeast, parasites and bacteria.