Continuing from Wednesday’s blog post on gut health, the team at Sun Chlorella follow on with the second part of their 10 point guide to the facts and fictions of gut health.
Sun Chlorella expert nutritionist Nadia Brydon, is on hand to separate the fact from the fiction when it comes to keeping your guts healthy.
“The most important thing when managing your digestion is to identify the causes and stop the patterns that lead to pain and discomfort. Once you know how healthy your gut is you’ll be able to prevent any bloating.” says Nadia.
Don’t eat fruit – FICTION!
Candida overgrowth is a major cause of bloating and is essentially fermentation inside the gut. Foods that encourage fermentation include sugar and that means sugar in fruit too. However, not all fruit causes bloating. Avoid citrus fruits but stock up on bananas, figs, blueberries, mango and papaya instead.
Supplements don’t work – FICTION!
If you are susceptible to bloating and trapped wind there are a number of effective and natural solutions.
Sun Chlorella® ‘A’ – a natural green algae whole food supplement from Japan – is Nadia’s number one choice for bloating as it contains a staggering range of nutrients including around 10% fibre, to help move food through the system more effectively. Due to its special component – the Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF) – Sun Chlorella® ‘A’ re-stimulates the growth and repair of cells, including the growth of good bacteria (Lactobacilli) four-fold once it’s absorbed, which aids digestive health*.
Nadia explains, “Taking Sun Chlorella® ‘A’ on a daily basis helps to keep the gut healthy and happy by acting as an ‘intestinal broom’ and cleansing the bowel. Chlorella has the highest known concentration of chlorophyll – the green pigment found in plants that converts water, air and sunlight into energy – and this helps to bind to any toxins in your intestines, preventing absorption and eliminating them as waste.”
Other options include activated charcoal – an age old remedy to help ease the feelings of trapped wind. Peppermints or warming peppermint tea will ease digestion whilst fennel seed tea or chewing fennel seeds or dill seeds after a meal can also help prevent bloating.
Increase your fibre intake – FACT!
Diet is really important. Avoid bread and any processed or low glycemic foods and try to eat fresh foods instead. Cutting down your intake of foods which are low in fibre – and therefore ‘bind’ inside your gut – such as eggs, chocolate, red meat, cheese and processed foods will help reduce bloating too. A supplement such as Sun Chlorella® ‘A’ also contains fibre which can help to move food through your system.
Food mixing can lead to bloating – FACT!
Bloating can often be caused by the slowing down of digestion caused by mixing incompatible foods (such as protein and carbohydrates) at meal times – which have different digesting times. Bread, along with lactose and gluten, is also high on the list of causative factors.
Stress can lead to gut discomfort – FACT!
Stress is a huge factor as it can cause tension in the body which in turn interrupts the digestion process. Try to find time to unwind at the end of each day – simple breathing exercises, a relaxing bath or even meditation could help the body to de-stress.
* a recent review of research concluded that the potential of chlorella to relieve symptoms, improve quality of life and normalize body functions in patients suffering with ulcerative colitis (a long-term (chronic) condition affecting the colon and causing inflammation of the intestines), suggests that larger, more comprehensive clinical trials of chlorella are warranted; A Review of Recent Clinical Trials of the Nutritional Supplement Chlorella Pyrenoidosa in the Treatment of Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, and Ulcerative Colitis, Randall E Merchant, PhD, and Cynthia A. Andre, MSc
Written by Nadia Brydon