Remove Offending Foods and Stop Feeding Systemic Infection
Healing begins in the digestive tract. Removing foods that weaken the immune system and make you an easy “host” to infections is a vital first step. the goal is to starve the bad microorganisms that are creating inflammation and feeding the systemic infection.
Foods to Avoid
- Sugars such as refined sugar, organic sugar, sweet fruits, and juices made from fruits. But sour fruits such as fresh and frozen berries, and juices made from
lemons, limes, pomegranate, noni, acai, mangosteen, seabuckthorn and cranberry juice concentrate are fine. Use stevia or Lakanto as a sweetener.
- Gluten, found in wheat, spelt, kamut, rye, barley, and oats. (These also feed yeast.)
- Casein, found in all dairy products including milk, cheese, milk kefir and yogurt. This includes raw, fermented, or pasteurized dairy products.
- Grains and starches that feed yeast, such as rice, beans, dried peas, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, etc. Red-skinned potatoes are allowed, but best to include a fermented food or liquid at that meal to consume the sugar.
- Processed foods, boxed foods, prepared mixes, hydrogenated oils, etc.
- Soy, because it suppresses the immune system unless properly fermented. (Soy needs a longer fermentation time with stronger cultures to break it down.) Soy is also estrogenic and you will want to remove foods that add more estrogen to your child’s body.
- Refined Vegetable Oils, including canola, soybean oil, margarine, sunflower, safflower, and peanut oils. High-oleic sunflower oil is acceptable in smaller amounts.
Introduce Probiotic Rich Foods
The best way to rebuild the microbial community in our intestines is through foods that are probiotic rich. the fermentation process increases nutrient bioavailability and results in living strains of beneficial bacterial and yeast, active enzymes, amino acids, antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins.
Body Ecology offers easy to drink probiotic liquids as well as starter cultures to make probiotic drinks and cultured vegetables at home.
Introduce Good Fats
Switching to good raw, organic, unrefined oils and fats and eliminating hydrogenated oils and oils that are harmful will aid in the healing process.
Introduce Nutrient Dense Superfoods & Enzymes
Vitality SuperGreen™ and Super Spirulina Plus™ are alkalizing, nutrient-dense, green drinks designed to supply protein, minerals, vitamins, fatty acids, and beneficial bacteria to heal the gastrointestinal tract and restore a healthy inner ecosystem.
Body Ecology has several digestive enzymes to use including Assist Full Spectrum Enzymes, Assist Dairy & Protein Enzymes, and Assist SI (Small Intestine).
Combine Foods Properly to Promote Alkalinity
A very important aspect of digestion is eating the right foods at the right times. Here are some simple guidelines for how to get started on the Body Ecology Diet and the Body Ecology Guide to Growing Younger, and the kinds of foods that work best at different periods of the day.
When we wake up in the morning our bodies are dehydrated, contracted, and naturally acidic. We also need energy to start our day. Using the Principle of Balance to guide us it will be best to drink liquids that hydrate us while giving us energy, relax us a little and also help us become more alkaline. Our bodies are still waking up and need time to get into full gear, so nutritionally-dense, easy-to-digest, liquid-y foods and drinks are a must.
What would the perfect beginning to our day look like?
First, drink several glasses of water. Nothing hydrates like water, and water with minerals added to help alkalize is best. Then, drink a “probiotic juice” that acts as an adrenal tonic and also provides the “sweet taste” you need when you are too contracted. Choose a sour juice like cranberry, pomegranate, açaí, noni, mangosteen, or black currant and put this into a probiotic liquid like young coconut kefir or InnergyBiotic™. Add stevia to sweeten.
A cup of an energizing green tea sweetened with stevia and a grapefruit sprinkled with sugar-free Lakanto is comforting on a cold winter day. Kiwi or a handful of berries provides more energy and antioxidants as you begin your day.
Stir Body Ecology’s Vitality SuperGreen™ into some young coconut kefir and add some chia seeds. Let this thicken for several minutes, and you have a great drink
that will nurture your intestines.
I always find time to mix 1/2 tsp. or more of our Super Spirulina Plus™ (fermented protein powder) into InnergyBiotic™. In minutes my energy increases even more.
You can whip up a nutritious anti-aging “Green, Morning Smoothie” with water, two stalks of celery, two leaves of romaine lettuce, a small zucchini, a small cucumber, some soaked chia seeds, a handful of mint, a large squirt of Barlean’s 3-6-9 swirl Essential Oil and a few drops of stevia. It’s an amazing, yet alkalizing, high fiber drink too.
If your body likes casein, (the main protein in dairy foods), pour some homemade milk kefir over a bowl of your favorite berries. Milk kefir is a European favorite in the hot summer months because it is cooling. This cooling quality is great for inflammation (internal heat) all year round and is another reason why it is an anti-aging food. Or take the berries and your freshly-made milk kefir, and add stevia to create a delicious berry smoothie. Milk kefir, a splash of roasted pumpkinseed oil, some vanilla flavoring, and Lakanto and/or stevia is another tasty smoothie combination.
This “lite” yet extremely nourishing start to your day is a perfect example of practicing calorie restriction with optimal nutrition. These are all good options that hydrate, give you energy to start your day, are filling, and are all properly combined. An acidic meal is inappropriate, so bacon, eggs, toast, oatmeal, and cereal with milk (a food-combining nightmare) are not on the Body Ecology Diet.
While all the suggestions above are easy to digest, you may want to take digestive enzymes if you feel you need them. For example, even though fermenting helps with digestion of casein in the milk kefir, the casein may still be difficult to digest for those with weak digestion. If you have this problem try taking a digestive enzyme with HCL and pepsin for digestion of casein in your stomach and a second enzyme with pancreatin that breaks it down when it reaches your small intestine.