How to Heal Your Gut When You Have Diabetes

The gut has been called the second "brain" of the body, because it is so intricately linked to health.

And as emerging research shows the intestinal microbiome - or makeup of specific gut bacteria - can contribute to conditions like diabetes, it's never been more important to focus on gut health.

Here are a few ways to heal your gut naturally, which could improve your diabetes symptoms.

Remove inflammatory foods.

The gut environment is negatively influenced by foods that cause inflammation. Minimize consumption or steer clear entirely of alcohol, caffeine, gluten, dairy, soy and sugar.

Do a candida and parasite cleanse.

Candida - or yeast - overgrowth is common when your gut health is compromised, and it can lead to a number of vague symptoms. Parasites are also very common, which can drain you of energy and affect your gut health, too. Under the supervision of your doctor, consider doing a detox or cleanse to rid your body of these toxins.

Add the right supplements.

Gut health can also be enhanced using the right supplements. Probiotics help to restore beneficial bacteria and enable the body to digest food more easily. Enzymes also help in food assimilation and keep the gut from working so hard.

Get tested for food intolerances or allergies.

If you're suffering from food allergies, your gut can never repair itself so long as you're eating the offending food. If you have chronic gut issues, it's worth getting tested for sensitivities to things like dairy or wheat.

Achieving gut health is long-term process, and it can take time to repair years of damage. As always, if you're taking medications, ask your doctor before taking any supplements, doing a cleanse or radically changing your diet.

Source: Amy Myers MD

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