WILL A JUICE DIET CLEANSE MY GUT?

Friday - - Beauty -

Q

How can I do a gut cleanse with­out go­ing on a juice and fruit diet ?

A

OK, let’s make this clear: it’s not manda­tory for you to go on a juice and fruit diet to cleanse your gut. In fact, in some sit­u­a­tions it may even make the con­di­tion worse.

Fruit con­tains nat­u­ral sugar but it en­ters your blood stream as sugar. Plus, if you eat in excess, the bad bac­te­ria in your gut can ac­tu­ally feed off this sugar and mul­ti­ply. Fruit is good for you in mod­er­a­tion but as in most things in life, too much of it can cause more harm than good.

Here’s how you can go about tak­ing care of your gut on a daily ba­sis with­out go­ing on a crazy cleanse. Have a ta­ble­spoon of pure or­ganic ghee first thing ev­ery morn­ing. This must be taken even be­fore you have had your morn­ing cof­fee or tea. Then wait for at least an hour af­ter hav­ing ghee be­fore you have your tea or cof­fee. The good fats in ghee can help heal your stom­ach lin­ing and pre­pare it to ab­sorb nu­tri­ents through­out the day. Add glu­tamine to your diet. If you have a very in­flamed gut (ev­i­dent if you have skin-re­lated is­sues, di­ges­tive dis­tur­bances and stub­born fat) you’ll need a five gram daily dose for the first two weeks, af­ter which you can re­duce the dose to two grams. Al­though it’s safe to con­sume this, please speak to your doc­tor be­fore you start this regime.

Have a glass of green veg­etable juice, with a gen­er­ous help­ing of gin­ger and lemon and a pinch of tumeric be­fore lunch and din­ner for an anti in­flam­ma­tory ef­fect. This will also help cleanse your gut.

RASHI CHOWD­HARY is a nutri­tion­ist, di­a­betes ed­u­ca­tor and cre­ator of The Pro­tein Bake Shop

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