It was Hippocrates who, more than 2,000 years ago, said “All disease begins in the gut.” At Clean Market, we’ve long understood the importance of gut health and its impact on our overall health. Gut activity is regulated by the autonomic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system activates the fight or flight response while the parasympathetic nervous system is the rest and digest mode. Given the current state of our world, it’s not surprising that most of us are in a sympathetic dominant mode much of the time. This can lead to several problems including changes in gut motility, digestive distress, and diversion of blood flow from the GI tract to the muscles, leading to reduced delivery of essential nutrients to the gut. We’ve invested in clean services and supplements to support our clients with gut health issues (irritable bowel syndrome is estimated to affect 15% of the population), including offering Lymphatic Drainage Massage at both Clean Market NoHo and Clean Market Midtown East. Read on below to learn more about the importance of Lymphatic Drainage Massage and how it works to support your overall gut health.
What benefits does Lymphatic Drainage Massage offer for gut health?
Lymphatic drainage massage can be incredibly beneficial for gut health.
- Helps to remove toxins, waste, and excess fluid from the body which helps to reduce inflammation in the intestines.
- Can improve circulation and stimulate the production of digestive enzymes and hormones so that your body is able to better absorb nutrients. This can help to keep a healthy balance of gut flora too.
- Reduces stress, which can help with digestion, improve gut motility, and thus reducing bloating and improving bowel movements, and reducing the risk of anal fissures, ulcers, and abscesses.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage is also great for those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) as it can help to reduce symptoms such as abdominal cramping and bloating.
What Dietary Changes Can I Make to Support Lymphatic Drainage for Gut Health?
If you're looking to improve your gut health and further support results from your lymphatic drainage massage, particularly if you have IBS, there are a few important dietary changes you can make. You can reduce inflammation by avoiding sugary foods, processed carbohydrates, specific proteins (dairy, gluten, etc), and alcohol. Carbonated drinks, popcorn, vegetable skins, nuts, and other high-fiber foods may be triggering to some individuals. Keeping a food diary to identify foods that are causing problems can also be helpful in identifying your specific trigger foods.
The types of food you incorporate into your diet can also help support your lymphatic drainage results when it comes to improving gut health. Increase low-glycemic, whole foods such as organic fruits, organic vegetables, legumes, whole grains, fermented foods, and lean proteins in your diet. Eating more plant-based proteins can also help reduce inflammation and improve digestion. In addition to the foods you are avoiding and the foods you are incorporating, it’s also helpful to think about ways to make digestion easier. This could mean drinking more liquids throughout the day, eating smaller meals more often, chewing more thoroughly to start the digestion process in the mouth. Eating slower and paying attention to how food makes you feel can significantly support digestion.
What Nutritional Supplements Can Help with Lymphatic Drainage for Gut Health?
In addition to lymphatic drainage, different nutritional supplements can help with gut health. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that can help restore a balance of healthy bacteria in your gut, while prebiotics feed the good bugs. Omega-3 fatty acids work to reduce inflammation while providing essential nutrients. Digestive enzymes are another supplement that can support your natural digestive process, and work to reduce bloating. L-Glutamine is an amino acid known to improve intestinal permeability and reduce inflammation. Herbal supplements, like slippery elm and marshmallow root, can also soothe the digestive tract and reduce inflammation.
Here’s our Clean Market approved list of a few of our gut health supplements you can find in-store at our New York City & Las Vegas locations:
DESIGNS FOR HEALTH
ProbioMed™ 100 is a highly potent, shelf-stable, dairy-free probiotic formulation containing 100 billion CFU per serving. It consists of 10 of the most highly-researched probiotic strains, with each strain and specific CFU count being fully disclosed. These are robust strains that are capable of surviving the harsh journey to the intestines and are able to attach to the intestinal walls, where they can grow and function effectively to support gastrointestinal health.* The survivability of the strains is further assisted by delayed-release technology and unique moisture-resistant, desiccant-lined packaging. This novel packaging removes the need for refrigeration, making ProbioMed™ 100 convenient for travelers and anyone on the go.
DESIGNS FOR HEALTH
Digestzymes™ is comprised of a proprietary blend of digestive enzymes along with betaine hydrochloride (HCl) to support the optimal digestion of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. This product contains the special protease dipeptidyl peptidase IV (IVDPP), which aids in the breakdown of the peptides gluteomorphin (from gluten) and casomorphin (from casein). Digestzymes™ also includes the enzyme lactase, which helps break down the dairy sugar, lactose. The use of Digestzymes™ before meals may be helpful for patients who experience gas and bloating after eating, occasional constipation, or a feeling of fullness after eating only a small quantity of food.
DESIGNS FOR HEALTH
L-Glutamine capsules supply the amino acid L-glutamine, which is essential for the health of the immune system and the digestive tract. In the gut, it promotes the health and function of the mucosal cells for normal healing and repair. L-Glutamine also supports optimal muscle growth and strength, and it has been shown to be particularly useful in helping to maintain muscle tissue, as it can be used as a substrate for protein synthesis and an anabolic precursor for muscle growth.
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