9 Supplements and Dietary Changes for Healing Gut Inflammation

 
Supplements, Dietary Changes, Herbs, and Essential Oils for Healing Inflammation of the GI system - gallbladder, liver, stomach, pancreas
 

by Sarah Petruno, Shamana
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I'm a big believer that while there are spiritual causes and underlying energetic factors for nearly every illness, we have but one physical body and it needs our support.

I'd be lying to you if I said I believed that everything could be healed with JUST energy and {spiritual} shamanic healing practices like soul retrieval.

In my own life, I don't just do a soul retrieval and call it a day. I look at the physical, emotional, or spiritual challenge that I'm facing and address the underlying factors, but then I also examine the ways that I can support my physical body in the healing process. (This is also something we’re focusing on in the January 2017 Edition of The Shaman Life.)

My approach to shamanic healing is a two-fold process:

  • Identify and address the spiritual/energetic cause

  • Help the physical body through herbal and natural means while you also heal the spiritual body

All the while, trusting your guidance and following the instruction of your Higher Power (For me, this is my Spirit Team).

Over the course of the last year or so, I’ve been on a journey of healing inflammation in my GI tract. Through gallstones, gallbladder, pancreatic, and liver inflammation, and overall internal inflammation, I knew I had some work to do.

There was a physical aspect to it - I wasn’t the BEST eater, but I wasn’t totally horrible either. I ate loads of foods that are considered inflammatory to the human body, such as dairy, animal protein, egg, gluten, soy, and so forth. I wasn’t the best at keeping my body in an alkaline and non-acidic diet by ensuring was I was eating plenty of alkalizing fruits and veggies.

Spiritually, for me, it was caused by a combination of factors.

I had a habit of keeping heavy emotions stored inside, which energetically can eat away at the GI lining. I repressed worries, fears, pains, anger, and resentment. I had unhealed traumas - STILL - from younger years and past lives.

I experienced anxiety for nearly 10 years, all the while, those emotions worked to erode and inflame my insides.

As I began to peel away the layers, find what I was storing away, and to face those things head on, the physical issues started to arise.

I became acutely aware of the inflammation and toxicity stored in my gut.


To help support my physical healing process, I began integrating a variety of physical changes and supplements into my diet.  

My goal was to detox and remove stored up toxicity, while also decreasing inflammation that was causing pain and discomfort.

This is what I did. You may also want to check out my post on Gallbladder healing (found here).

9 Supplements and Dietary Changes for Healing Gut Inflammation

1. Turmeric

Turmeric is the inflammatory decreasing wonder plant. It is magic for internal inflammation and decreasing your body’s inflammatory response so that you CAN heal. In the height of my inflammation healing journey, I took a turmeric supplement 2 times daily, morning and night. This is the one I took.

I also made it my mission to eat more food and beverages with turmeric, golden milk and curry being two examples.

2. Eliminate Inflammatory Foods

Yes, you cannot continue to eat pizza, cheeseburgers, fried foods, and fatty foods if you intend to decrease inflammation in your gut.

I’m sorry, but this is true. You cannot heal gut inflammation while continuing to consume foods that contribute to inflammation.

Once you cut out all of the inflammatory triggers for you, and it’s hard in the beginning, you’ll find that after a few months when you DO eat those foods, you feel terrible physically, even if it’s not stomach pains. I’m talking feeling sluggish, headaches, and mental fogginess. It sucks and that feeling will make you crave those inflammatory foods less and less over time.

For me, what worked was becoming a gluten-free, soy-free, low-fat vegan, by and large. I had to eliminate dairy, coffee, soy, egg, most animal proteins, gluten, and fatty foods (even peanut butter was a trigger at one point). In the beginning, I cut out everything. After a few months, I started to bring a few things back in very small amounts, and that has worked for me. It feels restrictive at first, but you do figure it out after a while. I highly recommend the food blog Minimalist Baker for recipes. And of course, do your own research on dietary inflammation.


3. Digize Vitality (a Young Living Blend)

Digize Vitality is a blend of essential oils (Tarragon, Ginger, Peppermint, Juniper, Fennel, Lemongrass, Anise, and Patchouli) that can be taken internally, and is made up of the essential oils of herbs that are known for their ability to support and calming the digestive system, while alleviating digestive discomfort that may arise after meals. I take Digize Vitality internally in an empty gel capsule once a day. Interested in purchasing from Young Living? Go here. Want to learn more about joining? Go here

 

4. Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle is a detoxifying and cleansing herb for the liver, and for the body as a whole. It works to clear out stored toxins while also decreasing inflammation. It’s not recommended you take this herb long term, and instead for shorter periods of no more than 3 months at a time. I took milk thistle in capsule form once per day at the beginning of my treatment and stopped when the bottle I was using ran out.

 

5. Alkalizing the Diet

The standard western diet contributes to an acidic internal environment. Acid = bad for your insides. SO, the goal is to shift the internal environment to be less abrasive, meaning, you want to get it to be more alkaline. Less harsh, and gentler on your GI system. Generally, this means eating more fruits and vegetables and eating them in abundance. Citrus fruits are a great place to start with this, especially lemons and grapefruit. While this sounds off, these fruits promote an alkaline environment when they get in your body. I started by drinking lemon water and by drinking grapefruit juice. You can also add lemon essential oil to your water;  I use Young Living’s Lemon Essential Oil

I also did a green juice cleanse following the recipes in this book and using this juicer. After the cleanse, I made it a goal to balance everything I ate with something alkalizing in abundance - vegetables, a salad, leafy greens, an orange, etc. Check out this chart to get started.

 

6. Digestive Bitters

Bitters are a liquid based blend of herbal tinctures that taste bitter, and the bitter taste triggers your body to cleanse, detox, and release, with the overall function of activating your digestive function. As the name implies, they don’t taste great, but they work! Bitters are thought to improve digestion, act as a plant alternative to digestive enzymes, and work to cleanse and release stored toxins from the body.  I use the Urban Moonshine brand.

 

7. Triphala

Triphala is an Ayurverdic herb known for supporting and balancing the digestive system, but particularly, it can be used for balancing the 3 Ayurvedic Doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. When you are experiencing digestive inflammation, this can be attributed to an imbalance and overactivity in fire element, divine masculine, or the Pitta Dosha. Triphala helps to bring balance to the spiritual system, as well as to the digestive system. I prefer to take it in a tincture format and use Triphala tincture from Prana Potions on Etsy and Instagram.

 

8. Pure Aloe Vera Gel

Like I said in the previous point, digestive inflammation can be a sign of overactive fire element, too much heat, or overactive Pitta Dosha. Aloe Vera is COOLING to fire, heat, and Pitta when taken internally. I recommend taking the PURE gel, not the bottles of green aloe vera juice with chunks you can get at some Mexican markets (while those are delicious).  

On that note, I invite you to explore ways that you can balance Fire Element, Pitta, Heat, and Divine Masculine.

 

9. Digest + Cleanse (a Young Living Supplement)

Another awesome supplement in support of digestive health from Young Living. From Young Living’s description,

“Digest + Cleanse soothes gastrointestinal upset and supports healthy digestion. Stress, overeating, and toxins can irritate the gastrointestinal system and cause cramps, gas, and nausea that interfere with the body's natural digestive and detox functions. Supplementing with Digest + Cleanse will soothe the bowel, prevent gas, and stimulate stomach secretions, thus aiding digestion.* Digest + Cleanse is formulated with clinically proven and time-tested essential oils that work synergistically to help prevent occasional indigestion and abdominal pain.”

It includes their proprietary digestive blend, plus Peppermint leaf, Caraway fruit, Lemon peel, Ginger root, Fennel seed, and Anise. Both my husband and I take this supplement!

Interested in purchasing from Young Living? Go here. Want to learn more about joining? Go here. I've written more about my experience with Young Living here, and about how I've been using their starter kit here

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This list includes a selection of the things that have worked for myself and my family in supporting digestive health, healing from inflammation, and detoxifying. I encourage you to do your own research, follow the guidance of your Higher Power and inner voice, and to be your own health advocate.

As required by law, this information is not intended to substitute for medical treatment or advice and I am not a medical doctor. I am a shamanic practitioner. Please see your doctor if you believe your health is at risk.

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xo,
Sarah

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