The concept of the “gut cleanse” has been thrown around the health and wellness world for a while now, but it’s one of the most misunderstood trends in recent years.
Most of us have a basic grasp of how the body digests food, burns fat, and builds muscle, but the inner workings of the gastrointestinal system are far beyond common knowledge!
We hear a lot of social media quarrels and bold proclamations about gut health, but what are the facts? What do we really know, how can we use this knowledge for good?
Today we’re looking at the truth about gut cleansing, how to do it safely, and how the right kind of bread can be your greatest ally in the process.
The basics of gut health
Gut health is not as complicated as it seems. According to Medical News Today, the term simply refers to the balance of microorganisms living in the digestive tract.
In every human gut, there are trillions of bacteria cells thriving and competing to feed on the food that we eat. While good bacteria helps us maintain a healthy weight and nutrient absorption, bad bacteria causes a number of problems.
We’ve all experienced some degree of gastrointestinal discomfort, and of this can be contributed to the overwhelming levels of bad bacteria in the gut.
Here are just a few of the ways that bad microbes cause issues:
- Bloating, gas, and constipation.
- Negative effects on the immune system.
- Decreased intake of key nutrients.
- Chronic inflammation in organs, joints, and tendons.
- Blotchy skin and acne breakouts.
- Problems with elimination and colon health.
- Higher levels of unhealthy fat deposits.
Unfortunately, this list pretty much summarizes the state of the average American’s health, and as science reveals more about gut health, the more clear the link becomes.
Far too many people in the country are suffering healthwise from a lack of balance between the good and bad bacteria in the gut, and doing little to turn things around.
If you think you are suffering from this type of imbalance, it’s vital that you take steps to improve the levels of good microbiomes in the gut and get back on track.
This does not mean rushing out to buy ten bottles of probiotics or chugging drinks that claim to have healthy bacteria.
While these products are well-intentioned, the reality is that your gut needs to be flushed out of the bad bacteria before you see the benefits of these treatments and drinks.
If you make the mistake of overdoing it on probiotics without first doing a proper cleanse, you run the risk of having the whole thing backfire, and suffer more in the long run.
That’s why we recommend doing a cleanse as soon as possible so you can reset your gut to the way it’s supposed to be. From there, you can make other small tweaks and supplement as necessary.
Why fiber is critical
Many of us have been misled by the food industry, which has told us repeatedly that low fat is the way to a healthy body and a fit physique.
The harsh truth is the nearly 75% of Americans are missing out on fiber, which makes a huge difference in maintaining a healthy balance in the gut microbiome.
Yes, fiber is technically a carbohydrate, but it does a lot more good than bad for our bodies.
For starters, it helps our digestive systems slow down the absorption of starches and proteins, helping to regulate our blood sugar levels and ensuring we don’t experience crazy peaks and valleys of energy throughout the day.
It also helps us with regular bowel movements, which is an issue for the majority of Americans as well. It’s a constipated nation, and fiber can fix that!
Even if we think we’re getting plenty of fiber through fruits and veggies, it’s likely that we’re still deficient. While we need around 30 grams per day, most of us only get half that.
If you are dedicated to cleaning up your act in your gut, fiber will be your best friend moving forward.
Keys to a complete cleanse
From microbiologists to nutrition experts, all the brightest medical minds agree that fasting is the turnkey solution to resetting the gut and achieving a complete cleanse.
As Americans, we tend to think that three meals a day are crucial to our survival. It’s not true! In fact, most of our bodies are probably begging for a break from constant digestion.
By limiting food intake through fasting, we do our bodies a big favor by eliminating many of the bad gut microbes that feast on stuff like sugar and other buildups in the gut.
Yes, it’s gross to think about, but just imagine that you’re helping the good guys beat the baddies on the battlefield in your own body.
Fasting is also not as challenging as it appears. You do not have to starve yourself for days at a time to see the benefits, you simply need to set a schedule and stick to it.
One of the most popular ways to cleanse the gut is to do what is called alternate fasting, which means eating every other day.
At bare minimum, you’ll want to go 18 hours straight without eating during the “off-days” and then eat as you normally would on the others.
That means you can eat a somewhat late dinner the day before you fast, then have your next meal in the afternoon the following day. It isn’t that difficult!
It can be done even more easily if you drink plenty of water and make sure you stick to super nutritious meals on the days that you do eat.
Foods to consider during this process include prebiotic veggies like cabbage, asparagus, artichokes, onions, and garlic.
You’ll also want to have plenty of protein and some healthy carbs, but make sure to avoid junk foods containing lots of sugar and bad fats.
If you do choose to eat bread, just make sure it has the right nutritional profile, which we will touch on next.
The bread that heals
The truth about most bread is that they lack the fiber to help you accomplish a full gut transformation.
Even the “healthy” bread found in the freezer section is loaded with carbs and does not have the fiber to flush out all the bad bacteria holding you back.
If you want to really experience a full-on gut cleanse but aren’t willing to take the alternate fasting route, we don’t blame you.
That’s why we came up with the Toast Cleanse Challenge, which uses our Superfood Bread to reset your gut and get you on track with the fiber your body is craving.
The premise of the challenge is simple: 3 straight days of eating Superfood Bread to see a major transformation in your gut health and overall well being.
We recommend that you eat three meals a day, spaced out between 4 and 6 hours, shooting for a total of 5 slices of bread per day.
We recognize it can be a little repetitive having the same meal again and again, but you can actually make some very tasty recipes and stay on point.
Avocado, kimchi, relish, and cheese are all acceptable to have on the diet, so you have more freedom than you may think.
Every piece of bread needs to have some amount of fat to help aid digestion, so you can add regular butter, nut butter, or MCT oil, whichever you prefer.
We permit the use of spices and seasonings as well. Just be sure to drink plenty of water and keep yourself distracted from any cravings by staying busy!
Once that three days are up, you will notice some big boosts to your energy levels, diminished inflammation throughout the body, and better results in the bathroom.
Another big advantage of the cleanse is you get a better perspective on which foods agree with your body, and which ones have an adverse effect.
We are so accustomed to eating anything and everything that we fail to comprehend the impact of individual foods on our digestive systems and overall health.
This bread cleanse is a great way to start from zero get a clean slate.
Getting started on the gut cleanse journey isn’t the easiest at first, but with the right info and some determination, you can see dramatic increases in health and happiness.
Remember, the gut does way more for our bodies and minds that just digestion, so you should approach a cleanse with focus and take it seriously!
There are many ways to go about the process, but we recommend that everyone attempt a Superfood Bread cleanse at least once to really showcase the benefits.
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