Here is an easy 4 step program to ensure that you maintain excellent gut health.
We know that gut health is key to good health overall. Science continues to affirm the role that gut health, including a thriving colony of beneficial bacteria, plays in our overall health. Good gut health is key to strong immunity, healthy digestion and influences many other aspects of good health.
Supporting gut health is intimately intertwined with The Kaufmann Anti-fungal program; making sure you take care of the gut is key to success on the program. It is thought that for those who suffer from fungal problems, by and large these problems are thought to start in the gut. Particularly, when the colonies of beneficial bacteria in our gut are damaged by poor diet, antibiotics or exposure to mycotoxins, this is when yeasts and other more virulent organisms can flourish. Once these organisms begin to thrive, poor health can ensue.
Knowing this, it is critical that along with your Kaufmann Diet and anti-fungal program, you include a strategy for maintaining gut health. Below is a simple, 4 step gut health protocol that is easy to integrate with your Kaufmann Diet.
The main thrust of The Kaufman Diet is starving yeasts and pathogenic fungi, so the diet is a good place to start when attempting to rid the body of yeasts and fungi. The Kaufmann Diet eliminates sugar and simple carbohydrates in the form of grains (breads, pasta, etc.), corn, sugar, potatoes, legumes and many of the sweeter varieties of fruits. Also excluded are foods known to be contaminated with mold poisons, like peanuts and other foods.
Simultaneously, you should add in some natural anti-fungal supplements, such as oregano oil, olive leaf extract or caprylic acid. These are only a few of the myriad of anti-fungal supplements available to you, many of which can be found at your local health food store. Be sure to consult your physician before adding supplements into your regimen.
Restore Your Gut’s Flora With Probiotics
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that come in supplement form. These supplements help recolonize the gut with the good bacteria necessary for health. These can be found at most health food stores; the Dr. Ohirra brand is a trusted, reliable and well-studied product.
Probiotics are different from consuming foods like yogurt, in that they provide you with therapeutic doses of these bacteria. Probiotics are a fundamental part of the Kaufmann Diet and a healthy gut protocol.
Include Plenty of Prebiotics
Prebiotics are specific types of fiber that help nourish probiotics. These include fibers like inulin. This is fiber that your body cannot digest, but works to support the beneficial bacteria in your gut. Foods rich in probiotics include garlic, onions, asparagus, artichokes, and green apples.
Maintain Gut Health
Maintenance is key when it comes to a healthy gut. Maintenance includes a healthy diet, such as the Kaufmann 1 or Kaufmann 2 diet, regularly supplementing with probiotics and avoiding antibiotics unless absolutely necessary. Maintaining gut health also means focusing on a healthy lifestyle; avoid alcohol and tobacco. Focus on reducing stress, as stress is known to negatively affect gut health.