An inflamed and irritated gut can lead to Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Chrones Disease, allergies, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and depression to name but a few. This is often caused by infection, antibiotics or NSAID use, poor diet, stress or a yeast overgrowth. Luckily, there is a way to reduce inflammation and promote healing, naturally.

It is vital to maintain an anti-inflammatory diet, which includes fish, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Include foods high in antioxidants such as berries, apples, carrots, squash, sweet potato, greens, broccoli, lentils, chickpeas, brown rice and oats. Ginger and turmeric should be consumed daily as they are highly anti-inflammatory. Avoid rancid or hydrogenated oils (such as those from fried food and plant oils) as these can contribute to inflammation.

An irritated gut is often permeable which leads to allergies and improper digestion. Nutrients to heal the gut include vitamin A, glutamine and omega 3 fatty acids. Removing yeasts will also help to heal a ‘leaky’ gut. It would be wise to perform a stool test to check for any infection or intestinal pathogens. These need to be dealt with immediately with natural means (such as oregano oil, olive leaf, cloves and/or wormwood).

Olive oil and coconut oil are the best options for cooking.

Introducing certain types of bacteria can produce anti-inflammatory reactions in the gut, which allows the gut to repair itself. The loss of the microbial balance and an ongoing stressor may lead to chemicals being sent from the intestinal tract to the brain, which cause depression. The probiotic Saccharomyces Boulardii enhances the production of secretory IgA, an immune chemical which is secreted mainly in the gastrointestinal tract to prevent the attachment of viruses and modify inflammation.

Aloe Vera is a muco-protective agent, meaning it accelerates healing of the gastrointestinal tract. It is a natural anti-inflammatory and contains many essential nutrients and amino acids which benefit those who cannot eat a variety of foods or who are not digesting and absorbing their nutrients through the intestinal wall.

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