Getting the Microbiome Back on Track

Top tips for a New Year gut cleanse

So here we are – another year, another few pounds gained over Christmas, another wave of regret and guilt. We look down and see a tummy which covers our toes and groan. Let’s face it, we have done just about everything to disrupt our microbiome and put our guts into bloated distress:

  • High sugar foods have fed candida and shifted the balance of the microbiome

  • Processed party foods have deposited their junk

  • Alcohol has added more sugar and caused inflammation

  • Late nights have limited natural repair

  • Overeating has tested your digestion

Feeling bloated, sluggish and flatulent? Surprise, surprise!

The temptation is to follow the fad and punish yourself with a stringent detox regime in the hope that you will be back on track in a week. But why start your year with misery and hunger? In addition, it is easy to overdo it. The Times (Wednesday January 4th) has reported a healthy woman being rushed to hospital with dangerously low sodium after an over-ambitious detox in which she mixed various cleansing herbs.

Maybe it is better to love your gut back to health without putting more stress on your body.

The Staying Sassy microbiome reset system has only three principles:

  • Care for your liver – so no alcohol, sugary foods, dairy, processed foods or saturated fats

  • Cleanse your gut with clean, gentle elimination foods

  • Clear your system with water – 2 litres a day

You do not need to keep going all through January – 10 days will have you feeling like a spring chicken.

Getting ready

First, get your head in the right space by clearing the cupboards of temptation. If you have the usual detritus of cakes, biscuits, cheeses, crisps and fancy foods clogging up your cupboards then clear them out. Freeze down what is sensible and take anything unopened to a food bank.

Second, get stocked up with gut-cleanse foods. Go shopping and stock up with fresh vegetables, fruits – make sure you include limes and avocado, chicken, salmon, white fish, almond milk, coconut oil, cleansing spices such as turmeric and cayenne, a good bouillon and green tea. Get almonds, walnuts and apples for snacks. You are going to start every morning with our Great Green Smoothie - see the recipe in our Inspiration section – so make sure you have plenty of ingredients. Likewise, read our recipe for Biome bread, also found in the Inspiration section, as this is the basis for scouring the gut of all the muck you have pushed in there.

Third, get ready to love your body back. Epsom salts for detox baths, a body brush and a body lotion with only natural oils, no parabens. If possible make your own – see our recipes in our Beauty section.


Getting started

It is always rewarding to see how your detoxing is working. So start your detox with a quick assessment of how you are feeling by rating the following wellbeing indicators from 1 to 10 with 1 being horrible and 10 being brilliant:

  1. Energy

  2. Skin

  3. Sleep

  4. Mood

  5. Alertness and thinking

Getting going

The key here is to keep it simple. The Sassistas are averse to ‘regimes’ which tell you what to do and eat every day. But keeping to a pattern is a sure way to get back in balance. So follow the following simple seven point microbiome reset system.

  1. Rise early and start with a cleanse drink of hot water with lemon juice and a slice of root ginger. Try to drink a pint.

  2. Before your morning shower, go for a 15 minute walk around the block or dance in the living room.

  3. Start your eating with the Super Green shake and a slice of Biome bread smeared with avocado.

  4. Make lunch your main meal with protein, steamed veg and another slice of biome bread. No excuses if you eat at work – you can make it the evening before.

  5. Snack on almonds, walnuts and apples then keep drinking your water and green tea.

  6. Make your evening meal a hearty soup – homemade to avoid added wheat and cream. You can have another slice of Biome bread here.

  7. Body brush, have a relaxing Epsom bath and nourish your skin – see our home made night-time body balm in the beauty section - before going to bed by 10.00 p.m. and turning off all phones, tablets, and TVs in your bedroom.

Many people like to add in supplements. If you are going to do this, take advice from a qualified nutritionist or an advisor in a reputable health shop. Some to think about are:

  • A few drops of Milk Thistle in your lemon water to assist liver function

  • Vitamin C to aid repair and support adrenals which might have been under pressure over a busy Christmas

  • Vitamin B for nervous system (though only take in the morning or you will not sleep!)

  • Magnesium for elimination and good sleep

Be careful not to go beyond the recommended dosage and do not mix various herbs and potions.

We know from experience you will be feeling better by day three and your wellbeing ratings will be on the up. Focus on keeping to the biome pattern for 2 weeks and it will become just a normal day.

If you have any stories or tips, please get in touch and share with us in the comments box.

Happy microbiome balancing!

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