When the body doesn’t receive enough optimum nutrition, it causes it to work harder to keep the system clear and clean. So many things can suffer from sleeping to the digestion and energy levels will suffer from influx of fat, sugar and alcohol we typically consume around this time of year.

If your still feeling exhausted after a holiday break it might be a sign that your body needs a detox. What’s a better way to start off this year than with great health and loads of energy?

However, there is one key element that we should always keep in mind during any detox program…The healing of our gut, which is our centre for good health, immunity and vitality. Therefore, every detox should include a focus on restoring and optimizing your gut health.

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When the gut health is suffering, all of the good nutrients have a difficult time absorbing them. So the times you think your cells, they are actually passing straight through your body, or causing pain.

Here’s how to ensure your detox includes a gut healing regime so you’re making the most of your time and efforts: 

  1. Probiotics 

Our friendly gut bacteria play a massive role in our health and gut function. These busy bugs digest some of the fiber that cannot be broken down by human digestive enzymes. As they munch away on these, our gut bacteria produce all sorts of marvelous compounds that strengthen our digestive and immune systems!

Sadly, many factors such as pesticides, antibiotics and other unnatural chemicals in our environment destroy our gut flora. A good quality probiotic can boost your good intestinal bacteria and is an essential aid to any detox program.

  1. Fermented Foods

Offering some of the same benefits to probiotic supplements, fermented foods are a great wholefood that can support a healthy gut. Fermented foods go through a unique process of lacto fermentation, during this good bacteria changes the natural carbohydrates from food to lactic acid, enzymes, vitamins, fatty acid and health probiotic strains, all of these will support detoxification and a healthy gut.

Fermentation also allows food to digest easier and preserves the nutrional quality of food. A detox should include fermented foods like:

  • kefir,
  • sauerkraut,
  • kimchi,
  • tempeh,
  • miso,
  • and kombucha.
  1. Anti-inflammatory Foods

When you think of inflammation, do creaky joints and arthritic aches and pains spring to mind? Whilst musculoskeletal pain can definitely be caused by inflammation, in the context of a detox we must take a different view of inflammation.

Sugary and processed foods, combined with chemicals in our environment, cause inflammation across our whole system (not just in our joints) as our body metabolizes and eliminates them. As a result, our body produces inflammatory markers that circulate around our system and promote disease.

The good news is that a detox can reduce this inflammation! And thankfully, Mother Nature has provided us with some super anti-inflammatory foods to include in a detox. We recommend:

  • turmeric,
  • fish oil (or flaxseed/linseed oil if you don’t eat fish),
  • ginger,
  • olive oil,
  • and plenty of crunchy, cruciferous vegetables.
  1. L-glutamine 

Are you looking for a way to reduce inflammation and heal your gut? This one supplement might be everything you’ve been looking for. This was first made for athletes to help repair their muscles, the benefits one can receive from it is beyond amazing.

L-glutamine has a very crucial role in the gut, it is needed to heal and create healthy intestinal cells. It enhances the intestinal health and can greatly help with certain types of health issues like a Leaky Gut Syndrome, ulcers and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Consuming a good L-glutamine supplement can also help with ones metabolism and assist with detoxification.

You can include foods that naturally have a high source of L-glutamine with you detox program. Some of these vegetables are:

  • red cabbage,
  • spinach,
  • parsley,
  • beans,
  • and spirulina.
  • If you’re okay with eating animal protein, wild caught oily fish, turkey, bone broth and grass-fed beef are also excellent sources.
  1. Gelatin (not vegan friendly) 

This may sound like an unusual ingredient to include in a detox, as many cleanses tend to eliminate animal products. So what sets Gelatin apart from everything else? Gelatin is incredibly rich in collagen, which is essential for healthy connective tissue, vibrant skin and mobile joints. The main amino acid in gelatin, glycine, also offers anti-inflammatory benefits.

Many experts believe that our traditional diets were a lot higher in gelatin. As our hunter-gatherer ancestors did not have the luxury of throwing away meat, the whole animal was utilized more fully. This meant that the whole suite of minerals, amino acids, connective tissue – and gelatin – were gained by eating meat.

As part of a detox program, a high-quality gelatin supplement can support your gut as it heals, metabolizes the wonderful nutrients from your cleanse and reduces inflammation. But beware, as gelatin must be premium quality from a free-range bovine source, such as Great Lakes Gelatin.