When consuming a high protein diet sometimes we can lack certain fibres that keep our system moving.
We cover 2 core fibres that can help heal & clean out the body gently.
This quick read will teach you about these two fibres & when exactly to take them.
Slippery Elm – A bark derivative used in ancient Native American times to soothe ailments
The mucilage in slippery elm turns into a gel when it comes into contact with water, coating the throat and gastrointestinal tract. It soothes and heals all that it comes in contact with & is highly nutritious. It stimulates mucus secretion in your gastrointestinal tract, which can offer protective effects and reduce acidity. This is especially beneficial for those who regularly consume animal protein and will aid digestion.
It has the potential to bind to substances in the intestines that the body does not need, such as saturated fatty acids, trans fatty acids and excess sugars. Once bound it helps to eliminate these rather than letting them be absorbed.
It is a great natural product to take for detoxification for exactly these reasons.
How to consume: make a tea by boiling a mixture of one tablespoon of powdered slippery elm and one cup of boiling water for 30 minutes. Alternatively dissolve in a large glass of water – it dissolves best in warm/hot water. Take last thing before bed or first thing on rising.
Psylium Husks – a soluble fibre derivative of a native Indian plant, used as a digestive aid for centuries
Fibre is composed of undigestible carbohydrates mainly from plant sources. It moves through the intestines without being broken down or absorbed, allowing it to carry metabolic wastes excreted in the bile out of the body. It swells in the fluid in your stomach to form a gel, slowing digestion and helping move food through your tract.
The soluble fiber in psyllium husk may aid in reducing high blood cholesterol and glucose levels associated with increased risk of heart disease and diabetes, respectively. When it forms a gel, it slows down the uptake of fats and sugars from food, making blood glucose and cholesterol rise more slowly after a meal.
Increasing fiber consumption may help with fat loss, potentially increasing satiety after meals so that you eat less food throughout the day,
Psylium Husks act like a ‘broom’ inside your intestines, similar to slippery elm it will bind to substances not needed. This together with promoting regularity gives it the unique detoxification benefits we are after. Elimination and detoxification are key to a healthy body.
In an ideal world our food should spend no longer than 6-18 hours in our digestive system. However, stress, eating on the run and simply not drinking enough fluids means that at least 70% of people suffer from sluggish bowels.This can result in a toxic build up. Pyslium husks draws water out of your colon making your stools softer – this will result in less bloating, more efficient digestion and regular visits to the toilet.
How & when to consume:
Increase your fibre intake slowly over 7-10 days.
Start with 1 tsp in a large glass of water before bed. After 7 days you can increase this and have 1 tsp in water first thing in the morning and 1 tsp at night.
You can purchase these from a supermarket or your local health food store for a minimal cost of $3-$10
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