The gut is the powerhouse of the body and with so much talk about the importance of good gut health, I thought I’d share with you an excerpt from my book ‘Understanding The Divine Gut – How To Eat Your Way To Ultimate Digestive Health’.
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The Gut Is The Powerhouse Of The Body
It is said that the gut is the body’s second brain and I can attest to this. Over the years of my chronic digestive condition I came to know it well. I now show it a degree of respect for its intelligence that I never contemplated possible. Most people don’t and I put this down to a very poor level of ‘self-connectedness’. In other words when you are not ‘in touch’, the mind will choose to fill the body with poisonous food as if out of some desire to self-harm – a sort of Munchausen by Proxy disease – you deliberately harm the body you reside in.
I have proved my body has not succumbed because I am not taking the following into my body:
1. Flesh from beef, lamb, pig or fish
2. Dairy based products such as cheese, milk, cream and yogurt
3. Wheat based products such as bread, croissants, bagels, pasta or grains, fruit cake
4. Anything containing white refined sugar
5. White, brown rice or grains
7. Lipitor – Cholesterol imbalance.
8. Nexium – Stomach acid management.
9. Actos – Type 2 Diabetes, sugar management.
10. Tenormin, Atenolol Beta Blockers for blood pressure
11. Avodart for enlarged prostate
I have personally proved that my body thrives on and enjoys:
• All greens, reds, yellows and white vegetables – kale has five times more protein by volume than cow meat.
• High protein plant powder in the form of hemp and hemp seed – five to eight times more protein by volume than cow meat and infinitely better for the environment. Beetroot, carrot, kale, spinach and leafy greens!
• Locally sourced nuts such as macadamia, pecan and almonds – all contain proteins and life supporting oils.
• Avocado – a potent plant food in its own right and full of EFAs and life supporting oils.
• Other functional fruit and vegetable delivered in a concentrated way such as green papaya powder that balances gut function and promotes hyper absorption. Papaya powder was in fact the precursor to my quest for knowledge on the subject of digestion. It helped to balance my digestive function, take the stress out of the digestive function, as the proteolytic nature of the papaya enzyme called papain sets to work on breaking down both plant and animal protein. It is a gem of a fruit. Green papaya is high in papain and lower in sugars whilst a ripe pawpaw or papaya is high in sugars and lower in papain. It helped me heal myself.
Kale is by far the most nutritious of all leafy greens and by far my absolute favourite. It is also number two behind garlic in the antioxidant stakes. The seven reasons below as to why it is such an important ‘now-food’ may just shed some new light onto the nutritional benefits of this most beautiful green vegetable.
Inflammation is the number one cause of arthritis, heart disease and a number of autoimmune diseases, and is triggered by the consumption of animal products. Kale is an incredibly effective anti-inflammatory food, potentially preventing and even reversing these illnesses.
Despite the myth that vegetarians are anaemic, the number of nonvegetarians with iron-deficiencies is on the rise. Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef.
Dairy and beef both contain calcium, but Australia and the US still have some of the highest rates of bone loss and osteoporosis in the world. Kale contains more calcium per calorie than milk (90 grams per serving) and is also better absorbed by the body than dairy.
Like protein, fibre is a macronutrient, which means we need it every day. But many Australians don’t eat nearly enough and the deficiency is linked to heart disease, digestive disorders and cancer. Protein rich foods, like meat, contain little to no beneficial fibre. One serving of kale not only contains 5 percent of the recommended daily intake of fibre, but it also provides 2 grams of protein. Fibre is required to remove ‘bad’ bacteria from the body.
5. Omega fatty acids:
Healthy fats play an important role in our health, unlike the saturated fats in meat. A serving of kale contains 121 mg of omega-3 fatty acids and 92.4 mg of omega-6 fatty acids.
Superbugs and bacteria are a serious risk to our health. Many of these come as a result of factory farm meat, eggs and dairy products. Kale is an incredibly rich source of immune boosting carotenoid and flavonoid antioxidants, as well as vitamins A and C.
Kale grows to maturity in 55 to 60 days versus a cow raised for beef for an average of 18 to 24 months. Kale can grow in most climates and is relatively easy to grow at home or on a farm. To raise one kilo of beef requires 16 kilos of grain, 11 times as much fossil fuel and more than 3000 litres of water.
(Excerpt from “Understanding The Divine Gut – How To Eat Your Way To Ultimate Digestive Health”)
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Scott Mathias is a Certified Holistic Health Coach (CHHC) and a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP). Scott is a Digestive Health and Raw Food Educator and Co-Founder of the Noosa based, GoVegan Deli. He takes an integrative approach to solutions, based on functional aspects of the body and his own ‘self healing’ experience which led him to create his own range of plant-protein healing products. A former television network journalist, in Australia and New Zealand, Scott is the author of ‘Understanding The Divine Gut – How To Eat Your Way To Ultimate Digestive Health‘ and the acclaimed, ‘Lets Eat RAW’ Vegan recipe book and his latest, ‘Raw Vegan Meals’ Scott lives in Noosa, QLD with his Scottish partner Clare Darwish.