Almost all nutrient absorption happens in the small intestine but about 80% of us have got impacted, clogged digestive systems
The good news is – when we cleanse the digestive system of these wastes, we get a huge, instant energy hit that lasts a long time – because our body is now absorbing 100% of the goodness we eat
That’s right – once cleansed, you get massive amounts more energy, vitality and strength without having to put in any extra effort!
What’s the problem?
The digestive system is more simple that you probably think, but it’s the cornerstone of our whole health
You can’t be healthy with an unhealthy digestive system
The intestinal tract is the hub of our entire body – all organs, glands, even our brains, heart, and cells are totally dependent upon a good functioning digestive system. In the Western World, most people have polluted their bowels with filth unimaginable and weakened their digestive function. As long as this filth remains within, our bodies grow weaker and we become more and more prone towards deficiencies and acidic disease
It’s important to understand that many diseases that seem to be totally unrelated to the gut – such as eczema, psoriasis, or arthritis – can actually be caused by gut problems
- Skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea etc
- Excess weight
- Weak immune system
- Premature ageing
Such is the importance of the digestive system that all of the above are symptoms of an over-acid, clogged digestive system
We have to have a clean, functioning, thriving digestive system in order to be healthy, vibrant and moving towards our big health goals
What is it clogged with?
When we live an acidic lifestyle and diet the digestive system is rapidly clogged with yeasts, acid wastes, microforms and bacterias. And this compounds quickly
As soon as we eat acid-forming foods, these contribute more acidity, yeast, sugar (which ferments and turns to more yeast) and more to the mess
The problem within the problem is that this waste in the digestive system creates it’s own waste, which it then consumes to grow and multiply, which creates more waste…which feeds itself further and on the growth goes!
How does this stop nutrients from being absorbed?
Nutrient absorption occurs in the small intestine and is achieved because of the existence of millions of tiny little finger-like protrusions called villi
The villi and microvilli are innumerable small folds on the intestinal wall, that massively increase the surface area of the small intestine to ensure efficient and rapid absorption of nutrients
BUT – when we are clogged a
nd acidic, these villi are hidden and lost beneath the wastes that impact and block up our digestive system – meaning the surface area of the small intestine is dramatically reduced. It is reduced by up to 90%
How to cleanse your digestive system
Here are 7 steps to follow:
1: Do an Alkaline Cleanse
Doing an alkaline cleanse is such a fantastic way to totally cleanse your digestive system in just 5-7 days. It’s incredibly powerful
Unlike most ‘detox’ or ‘cleanse’ programmes that require you to restrict and fast, the alkaline cleanse actually gives your body a huge abundance of all of the nutrients and tools it needs to rebuild and repair.
During the cleanse you are consuming just alkaline soups, smoothies and juices (at least two of each every day so you’re never hungry) which delivers around 25-30 serves of vegetables every day in a format that is easy for the body to use, digest, assimilate and detoxify you!
The alkaline cleanse is probably the most involved of all of the suggestions on this list and it requires effort – but the rewards are huge.
There are many alkaline cleanses out there on the internet, but most include the following:
1) consume ONLY raw alkaline soups, smoothies and juices
2) consume up to 4 litres of filtered water
3) exercise VERY gently (walking, yoga, rebounding)
4) no acidic foods
2: Eliminate Yeast & Sugar (slowly)
If you don’t want to go the full and fast route of the cleanse – then the ‘baby steps’ approach is the next best alternative and the best thing to start with is the fuel that builds the fire of digestive trouble – yeast and sugar!
As yeast is directly what we’re trying to get rid of in the digestive system, so to stop consuming it has to be the first port of call
Next is sugar because all sugar ferments and becomes yeast in the digestive system. Sugar fuels acidity like petrol on a fire
But slowly does it…
This is what to do:
1 Analyse Your Everyday Diet for Yeast & Sugar: look out for hidden sources like fruit juice – and make a note of the areas where you currently have yeast or sugar on a regular, daily basis
2 Pick ONE: and work on how to eliminate it by swapping it for something just as nice and delicious that doesn’t contain yeast or sugar
3 Eliminate One at a Time: some will be easier than others and you can wipe them out one each day, but others may take some time (like sugar in your drinks) and you’ll have to transition over a period of 7-14 days
By doing this gradually you won’t notice the cravings as you would if you did it all at once. Cravings and that feeling of deprivation is exactly what we’re trying to avoid here
And although you’re not getting the instant fix as you would with the cleanse – you will slowly chip away at it. By cutting off the source, as long as you still get the good stuff in – you will get there
It may take 8-12 weeks but you will get there
This is simple. For optimal functioning of the digestive system you HAVE to be properly hydrated
When we’re dehydrated our whole body stops functioning optimally, and there is no surefire, faster way to having a clogged digestive system than to be dehydrated
You simply HAVE to have at least 2 and ideally 3-4 litres of filtered (preferably alkaline) water per day
If you’re currently drinking nowhere near that amount right now – don’t worry – again just build up. It’s all about transitioning and baby steps. Start by increasing by 2 extra glasses per day – one when you wake up and one after dinner…and slowly build and add to that
Remember, herbal tea can be alkaline and this can add to your daily intake too
4 Get in the Greens
Green foods, especially leafy greens, are a great source of fibre, chlorophyll, antioxidants, alkaline vitamins and minerals and will get your digestive system cleansed and replenished in no time
7+ serves of greens each day is ideal and is easier than you’d think
5 Increase Fibre
Fibre is essential to cleansing and maintaining the digestive system but so many people get nowhere near enough!
The simplest thing you can do right now, to guarantee you are getting enough fibre is to supplement with psyllium husks
They’re cheap, you can find them at the grocery store and you simply need to have two teaspoons in a glass of water each day (followed by another glass of water right after)
This can have a dramatic, fast impact
- Excellent food sources of fibre include turnip greens, mustard greens, collard greens, navy beans, eggplant, and cinnamon
- Very good sources of dietary fibre include romaine lettuce, celery, Swiss chard, spinach, fennel, asparagus, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, green beans, cauliflower, carrots, tomatoes, green peas, beets, bell peppers, broccoli, kale, pinto beans, black beans, kidney beans, lentils, barley, flax seeds, coriander seeds, cloves, and oregano
- Good sources of dietary fibre avocado, sweet potato, summer squash, onions, leeks, olives, beets, rye, quinoa, buckwheat, oats, spelt, garbonzo beans, soybean
6: Do an Alkaline Cleanse
Yes, we’re saying it again because it really is the best way to cleanse your digestive system and get those fantastic results that this brings. If you want these results, and you want them in abundance, the cleanse is the way to go
So the simple message is you have to cleanse your digestive system. To have the energy, vitality and health you want and deserve, your digestive system needs to be running optimally
So the question is – how are you going to do it?
You can do it either with the alkaline cleanse OR you can do it slowly and ease into it with the steps above
But either way it has to happen!