Heal Your Gut


Heal Your Gut by Lee Holmes

I love autographed books. I've bought some unusual books just because I've had the opportunity to meet the author and receive a personal introduction to a book that maybe I wouldn't normally pick up. In this case, my friend Jo bought this book for me because she had the chance to meet the author. Our local bookstore has some great 'Meet the Author' nights.

I've had this book for a little while now, let two friends borrow it and haven't cooked anything out yet. I love cookbooks, but not just for the cooking.  I love the experience of reading a cookbook. This book 'Heal Your Gut' by Lee Holmes is part biography, part mindfulness guide and part cookbook. It is an interesting read if you are looking to take a healthier path to home cooking.

Lee talks about four phases of gut healing (because the gut offers the greatest potential for healing or harm - stuff happens in your gut). I acknowledge I have trouble saying the word 'gut' out loud. Yes, in my mind it's also in inverted commas. The word just sounds like slang or some form of cursing, but alas it's a medical term (but if you like you can say 'gastrointestinal tract' (I think it's the same thing). The 'gut' is 'the tube by which bilaterian animals (including humans) transfer food to the digestive organs'.  Aside: What is 'bilaterian'?  an organism with two fold symmetry - front and back, left and right side.  The gastrointestinal tract is divided up into foregut, midgut and hindgut (there's no getting away from it).

'Befriend your body, listen to what it's telling you and learn to love it's wisdom'. Lee Holmes.

If you want to be at your healthiest, Lee Holmes recommends a four step process to gut healing: Heal your intestinal walls; Detox your body; Start a long term healthy diet; and Detox your life. I can't argue with most of that advice. So this month I'm going to take a look at this book and see if there is something I can incorporate into my daily life.

The basic advice is:

  • Eat Less Crap (C- Carbonated drinks; R - Refined and Processed Sugars; A - Additives including artificial colours, flavours and sweeteners; P - Processed and Packaged foods).

  • Eat More Food (F - fermented food, low-fructose fruits and vegetables; O - Organic and unprocessed food; O - Omega-3 fatty acids; D - Drinks such as herbal tea and filtered water).

I might start with the Morning Elixir. Ginger, lemon, apple cider vinegar and a few other magic ingredients. My mother used to hand out apple cider vinegar for every ailment. It's definitely making a come back.  Check out this blog for more ideas on ginger and lemon teas.