Published On: Tue, Jul 29th, 2014

Digestive issues? This vitamin will heal your gut (and your immune system) now

salad-Did you know that your gut is your body’s POWERHOUSE? It’s true. Your gut fuels your entire body by breaking down food, absorbing nutrients and housing trillions of bacteria that support essential functions of your body.

The bottom line: Your gut keeps you energized AND healthy.

So how can you make sure your gut is functioning at a high level?

It’s simple. You just have to give your body powerful “gut-healing” vitamins by eating the right foods. And we’ll get to that soon. But first, let’s take a look at how your gut impacts your immune system.

A weak intestinal lining = a weak immune system

If you want a strong immune system, you need a strong intestinal lining. Why?

When your gut’s lining is weak:

  • Your entire digestive system becomes weak
  • Your immune system slows down
  • You get more nasty infections
  • You get digestive pains
  • You may develop allergies

“I never realized how important this was to my own health.”

For years, I struggled with allergies. Plus, I had a weakened immune system from ‘leaky gut syndrome’. Basically, my small intestine lining got so thin and porous that undigested food particles started to pass into my blood stream! This gave me a serious immune reaction and some new allergies.

With my thin intestinal lining, I could not properly digest my food and absorb the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients VITAL to my health. Thats when I got sick.

So how can you make sure your stomach lining is healthy?

After years of trial and error I discovered how to heal my small intestine and cure my ‘leaky gut syndrome’ with a healthy diet of probiotic-rich foods and the incorporation of VITAMIN A.

How Vitamin A supports your health:

  • Helps repair the mucus membranes of our intestines
  • Supports cellular renewal
  • Protects against bacteria and viruses
  • Supports healthy vision (especially with the long hours most of us spend on computers).

Vitamin A or Beta-Carotene (the precursor for vitamin A) is found in many foods we eat primarily in the vibrant yellow and orange-colored vegetables and fruits.

Here is a list of my 5 favorite foods high in Vitamin A:

  1. Sweet Potato: an 8-ounce sweet potato contains 270% of our daily vitamin A requirement!
  2. Carrots: Well known for their vitamin A content and for aiding in eye health.
  3. Dark, Leafy Greens: Kale, Spinach, Collards, Mustard Greens, etcall great sources of vitamin A!
  4. Winter Squash: Butternut, Spaghetti Squash, and Acorn Squash are all great options! We love encouraging people to replace pasta noodles with cooked spaghetti squash ‘noodles’.
  5. Cantaloupe: Don’t let its pale yellow color fool you! This fruit is a rich source of Vitamin A.

You may also look for a Vitamin A or Beta-Carotene supplement at your local health food store. Keep in mind that Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin so be sure to follow the instructions on the bottle and if you feel you may need a higher dose consult with your health care practitioner.

The takeaway message: Food is powerful medicine.

If you remember one thing from this article, it’s that the right foods can heal your body. Now, I’m not saying to ignore modern medicine. But try adding more fruits and veggies to your diet when you’re not feeling your best. You’ll feel better.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

― Hippocrates

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