Healing starts in the digestive system. The digestive system is where our body gets all the nutrition it needs to do what it was designed to do. Without proper nutrition our bodies cannot function properly.

Many don't initially link their digestive system to what might be ailing them because they don't have any OBVIOUS "digestive" issues. But the truth is that much can be going wrong in the digestive system (stomach, small/large intestines, kidneys, liver, pancreas, etc) without you being aware of it...until something REALLY goes wrong.

In fact, food allergies, seasonal allergies, eczema, asthma, joint pain are some of the FIRST SIGNS that your body isn't getting proper nutrition. (I personally experienced all of these problems at one point except for eczema before I began my healing journey.)

How do you know that you have a compromised digestive system?  So, if you don't heed the warnings in the list above, you might end up with one of the following conditions: Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, Celiac disease, diverticulitis, cystic fibrosis, chronic diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome and leaky gut are symptoms of a digestive system gone wrong, AND rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer are among the many other degenerative diseases that can be added to this list - all which can be traced to the lack of nutrition (or improper nutrition), especially when these diseases occur in children, teens and young adults.  Yes, there are many other factors involved when there is cancer, but proper nutrition could possibly help prevent cancer and surely aid one who is battling cancer. Choosing a healthy lifestyle builds up your immune system and lowers your risk for chronic diseases.

Ever heard that your immune system is in your stomach? - well it is true because your stomach holds the key to getting the proper nutrients that your body needs. If your body cannot get proper nutrition to continue to build it up and regenerate, other organs begin to fail and other diseases begin to manifest themselves.  This is why so many "young" people have diseases that were at once only common in "old" people. In the US especially, our digestive systems are wearing out far too soon because of improper diets and lack of nutrition.

NOTE: An improper diet is one that doesn't work with your body - even though it includes REAL FOOD and avoids all the other. You must be willing to consider that some REAL FOOD might not be digestible by your body at a particular point in time. (..or perhaps never) and be willing to make the necessary changes that will benefit your body.. Eating food that cannot be properly digested will create problems in your digestive system and prevent your body's ability to heal and receive nutrients.

I've put together a few guidelines about what I've learned about the healing diets outlined below. The truth is, that every person has a different issue because of the different states of each person's body and unique design. Yet, there are some basic elements that should be found in each healing diet.  Also, each healing diet must be based on real food. (See the basic Guidelines  for further reading.)
  • Whole Plant-Based Diet - is based on eating whole and unrefined plant foods based on fruits, vegetables including tubers, nuts, seeds, legumes and whole grains. This diet minimizes or totally eliminates meat/fish, dairy and refined foods such as bleached flour, refined sugars and refined oils - definitely avoiding preservatives, additives, food coloring and other food enhancers.
  • Gerson Therapy (Cancer Therapy) - includes all food groups but excludes animal products (except for a bit of yogurt) and removes high fat/oil foods (except for flaxseed oil)
  • Low FODMAP Diet avoid certain fermentable short-chain foods that are know to cause IBS symptoms of gas, bloating and digestive issues. This diet is only meant to be a temporary diet which you can follow while healing your digestive system. FODMAPs promote good "gut" bacteria, so you do not want to eliminate these from your diet for too long.
  • Gluten Free avoids large amounts of gluten in foods. A gluten-free diet is primarily used to treat Celiac disease

Remember: The ideal diet is one which includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, beans/legumes, nuts/sets and whole grains.

* When I gave my digestive system a break by following the Low FODMAP Diet I was able to grains back to my diet.

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