WILL A JUICE DIET CLEANSE MY GUT?
How can I do a gut cleanse without going on a juice and fruit diet ?
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