Diet For Intestinal Flora Health

If you came here seeking a flora-restart plan for you, this blog will be a great read. Also look at this protocol for curing candida, H pylori, and other flora issues.

My babyhood flora situation

I have come to the conclusion that my health problems developed before my birth. Not just because of my mother's amalgam fillings, which gave me a dose of mercury while developing, but because my mother has been repeatedly on antibiotics for much of her lifetime. In fact, she was on antibiotics for ten years straight during her early years. This was what doctors used to do if you got scarlet fever, to make sure you never got it again. Because if you got it again, you died.
What does it mean for the baby if the mother has taken antibiotics a lot in her lifetime?
Babies are born with the flora of their mother. My mother had imbalanced intestinal flora. To make things worse, I developed rheumatic fever as a newborn and took antibiotics for that. It's a vicious cycle. You have a poor immune system, so you get sick more easily. Then they give you antibiotics to kill off the bad bacterias which weakens your immune system and so you get sick more easily.
I was sick a lot as a kid. By sixteen my gut was destroyed. I was constantly burping, getting sick, experiencing very painful acid reflux, bloating, constipation, locking jaw, yeast infections, and so on. When conventional medicine failed to help, I started researching. At the age of seventeen I put into action some of what I'd learned from the web, and I discovered what it felt like to have energy for the first time in my life. As a result, I became fascinated with food, nutrition and biology.
Over the years, I've become an expert in intestinal health. I've struggled with it so much that I've had to learn more and more about it. By the age of twenty I was taking on clients and helping them with their intestinal issues.
I've taken antibiotics over and over in my life time, somewhere between ten and fourteen times as a child. If you've taken antibiotics more than three times in your life without a restoration plan, the chances are that your flora is a total disaster. This reduces your ability to absorb nutrition and successfully fend off disease.
If two or more of the following symptoms apply to you, then your flora could use some radical improvement.
  • Stomach pains, bloating, gas and/or acid reflux
  • Skin problems (skin infections, eczema, psoriasis, acne, itchy skin)
  • Foggy brain, difficulty concentrating
  • Constant tiredness, exhaustion and/or adrenal fatigue
  • Mood swings, irritability , anger outbursts, or anxiety attacks
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Intense cravings for sugars, sweets, and breads
  • Headaches
I used to have all of the above symptoms and more. I experienced a major shift from removing many toxins from my diet in 2008, but it wasn't until I tried an exclusively raw vegan diet in 2010 that this all shifted. I was living in California at the time and I found that for the first time in my life – as a direct result of switching to raw food – I enjoyed sunshine! Always before it had given me headaches and made my skin immediately feel as if it were burning.
In 2011 I was frustrated that some of these symptoms came back. Of the raw foodists I knew, it seemed like they weren't having this problem after a year of raw veganism, so why was I have a return of problems?
I was on a mission to experience perfect health, so I wasn't content with my improved list of symptoms which I described like this in 2011:
  • Twice a week I get a strong craving for something starchy/bready or sweet, or fatty.
  • Twice a month I get "in a mood" where I'm apathetic/depressed for a few hours.
  • Three times a month I get stomach pains, generally following a large meal containing both fruits and fats
  • Mild skin breakouts
I came to the conclusion that I needed to balance the bacteria in my gut. Of course, I didn't realize at the time that nobody really knows how to do that. Science doesn't have a magic recipe for good gut flora. We only have piles of anecdotal evidence about what has worked for some cultures and some individuals.
In April 2011 I moved from Walnut Creek, California to Buffalo, New York. I experienced the worst shift in my health that month than I had since going raw vegan. The stress was so intense that I actually binged on deep-fried shrimp and fries – foods I hadn't eaten in years!
So how to get back on track? I devised a system, that I will detail in a moment, but first, another question.

Why doesn't a raw vegan diet provide good bacteria?

Unless you're eating fermented food at least twice a day, you're not getting a significant influx of good bacteria in a modern life. Most people no longer eat dirt on their own home-grown vegetables or consume home-made sauerkraut regularly.
Some raw vegans make their own sauerkraut in huge batches, but most tend to stumble into raw food through comfort foods – raw vegan pies and cheesecakes, raw vegan crepes and wraps, raw vegan pizzas and crackers. These recipes are fun, delicious and wholesome, but they're probiotic. In fact, most of these recipes are dehydrating enough to be counterproductive when you're trying to clean up your intestinal environment.
In 2011, in a single week I would consume a bottle of kombucha, two servings of sauerkraut, two servings of fermented nut cheese, and a serving of home-made coconut kefir. I learned that this would never be enough to overcome an unbalanced intestinal tract. Even adding probiotic supplements isn't enough because you have to deal with the existing, entrenched bacterias that you want to get rid of.

Rebalancing Your Intestinal Flora

Here I present to you a combination plan to tackle the bad bacteria full force, and then send in a flood of healthy bacteria.
The diet illustrated below has been indicated as a method for curing cancer, candidiasis, diabetes and many other conditions quite rapidly. I learned about these techniques from Misty Mountain Retreat in Australia, Dr. Gerson, Dr. Ritamarie and many other pioneers.
This diet has two phases: Starve & Kill; Replenish
The starve and kill phase is about starving and killing bad bacteria. The replenish phase is for filling the body with good bacteria.

Phase 1: Starve & Killing unwanted parasites, bacteria, fungi, etc

A raw vegan diet already does a good job of limiting flora problems. The big imbalances come from pasta, flour, bread, white sugar, brown sugar, molasses, corn syrup, trans fats, aspartame, canola oil, msg, artificial colors, artificial flavors, and hydrogenated oils. None of those are included in a raw diet.
Even whole food diets can contain too much empty carbohydrate and not enough antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and healthy fats.
Raw vegetables offer nothing for bad bacteria to feed on, and the vast amount of fiber helps clear bad bacteria out.
Raw fruits offer little for bad bacteria to feed on. The natural sugars in raw fruits provides enough for an imbalance to remain, but not enough to cause a tremendous sporing of bad bacteria.
People who include agave in their raw diet may still experience severe imbalance if they consume it often enough. Remember that agave is High Fructose Agave Syrup.
For a long time the idea of starving out candida has gone around as the "way to go" if you want to successfully get rid of it. Unfortunately, many people are learning the hard way that starving it causes it to become more systemic. If there is nothing in the intestines to eat, it goes elsewhere. It is common to have flora issues in the lymphatic system body-wide. To avoid this, you can water-fast until it really is gone. An easier route is to combine the bacteria-starving diet with a strong course of herbal antibiotics. Supplements like "para-rid" and "parasite free" with an array of bacteria-killing substances highly enhance this phase.
Okay fruits for phase one: tomatoes, avocados, cucumbers, bell peppers, raspberries, blackberries, grapefruits.
Not okay fruits: bananas, pineapples, pears, peaches, plums, oranges, nectarines and apples.
When you do phase one, be sure you absolutely do not turn to oils and fatty foods as your source of calories in place of fruits and vegetables. I made this serious mistake in 2013. I ate macadamia nuts and other nuts with abandon. I ate lots of sauerkraut and vegetables. I ate lots of oils and seeds. And I developed very painful lymphatic blockages in my breasts and glands around my throat from too much rancid fat. The thing is, nuts and oils from the store just aren't fresh enough to be consumed in anything but the utmost moderation.
The "starve and kill" phase as described above continues for the full time period of the diet, which is six weeks.
To kill off the unwanted flora, emphasize garlic, onion and hot peppers. A garlic tea can be made from several cloves of garlic, pressed and steeped in a teapot. You can also take grapefruit seed extract.
Note: Garlic, onion and hot peppers should be avoided for people with stomach ulcers. I also learned this the hard way. With stomach ulcers, you first need to tackle healing those. One of the best things you can do for those is drink lots of fresh celery juice, especially first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.

Phase 2: Replenish with desirable flora

This is some of what I eat while doing this flora-balancing regimen:
  • nori wraps
  • salsa with home-made chia crackers
  • guacamole with home-made flax crackers
  • fresh home-made vegetable juices
  • salad
  • cucumbers with mustard
  • home-grown produce and herbs
  • celery and baby carrots
  • kale/chard chips
  • kelp noodles
Phase 2 additions:
  • inner eco
  • home-made coconut yogurt
  • cashew yogurt (store bought)
  • kombucha
  • sauerkraut
  • vegan kefir
  • nut/seed cheese

Eating Recommendations during a Flora Cleanse or "Flora Cleanse Diet"

  • Nori wraps emphasizing vegetables
  • Salsa emphasizing bell peppers
  • Guacamole emphasizing onions and garlic (up until you're in the replenish phase)
  • Lots of fresh home-made vegetable juices, especially celery, cucumber and kale
  • Large daily salads using cold-pressed refrigerated oils (no olive oil unless its ice-pressed and refrigerated)
  • Some fruits daily in moderation: kiwi, pomegranate, grapefruit, oranges (but not fruit juice)
  • Coconut water from young coconuts
  • Akea Essentials and Inner Eco daily
  • Additional probiotics, sauerkraut, kim chi, kombucha, water kefir, etc, at your discretion
  • AVOID all nuts, nut-butters, non-chilled oils, coconut meat, coconut milk (but coconut water is fine), agave nectar, sweeteners, dried fruits (with the exception of non-sweet dried fruits such as goji berries and seabuckthorn berries), vinegar, alcohol, coffee, cacao, legumes, gluten, processed foods, cooked foods, animal products, smoking and excessive stress.
When Lytenian and I tried this the first time I struggled quite a lot. In 2011 I wrote, "I'm used to eating three to six bananas a day, often with berries, plums, apples, etc. "
~ Raederle
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