by Julia Loggins
Scientific studies from around the world have now shown what Hippocrates Health Institute (HHI) has taught for decades — that the gut is where disease starts and healing begins.
I learned that firsthand. Early in life, I was hospitalized for months yearly for bleeding ulcers, colitis, and gut-related diseases such as asthma and life-threatening allergies. I saved my own life after doctors had given me a death sentence of “incurable” illnesses. Thirty years later, as a certified colon therapist in private practice, I know without a doubt that taking care of gut health is the passport to energy, vitality and optimism.
If your gut is healthy, you are happy.
70 – 80% of our immune system resides in the gut. Thanks to Dr. Michael Gershon’s ground-breaking book, The Second Brain, we now know that 90% of the happiness hormone serotonin (actually a neurotransmitter), is produced in the gut.
Gut health is key to eliminating inflammation and therefore, diminishes chronic pain. So, what can you do to enjoy optimal gut health?
Eat Easy-to-Digest High-Nutrition Foods
When I came to HHI, my stomach and intestines were scarred. I drank nut milks and green juices; and ate blended soups, sprouts and avocados, until my gut healed. If you cannot digest and assimilate a food, it will rot in your stomach and ferment in your gut.
Fast One Day a Week on Green Juices
Wheatgrass juice and green juices are nature’s miracle healers. Chlorophyll will not only nourish you, but begin to detoxify you, gently and safely. Foregoing solid food one day a week is like giving your tummy a five-star vacation.
Take Food Enzymes
Food enzymes assist the most challenged guts to assimilate and properly eliminate what you eat. By using food enzymes, especially with protein and carb meals, you will enjoy more energy, stabilize blood sugar, and lose that sleepy, dazed feeling that often comes after a meal. Do not leave home without them!
Love Your Lymph
We cannot effectively detoxify without focusing on drainage first. A key system for our body’s drainage is the lymph. The lymph plays a critical role in our immune health and is responsible for ridding the body of inflammation. We can love our lymph through daily dry skin brushing, bouncing gently on rebounders and accessing professional lymphatic therapy.
Detox with Colonics and Enemas
People ask me, “Why are colonics and enemas necessary? Don’t our bodies eliminate by themselves?” My answer is, yes, maybe one hundred years ago, prior to the chemical age. This is no longer true. We connect with 2500 chemicals daily, which become stuck in our vital organs, and begin to kill us. The body is not designed to assimilate or eliminate chemicals not on earth when our ancestors were cave dwellers.
The colon holds immense amounts of waste in a valiant effort to keep us alive. This waste paralyzes our livers and kidneys, stops metabolism, and diminishes thinking processes. New clients get colonics because they are sick and their gut hurts. Seasoned clients get colonics because they love the clarity they feel with
a clean colon.
Stress is another key factor that rules gut health. Stress has an influence on the gut equal to or beyond what we eat. We cannot heal our bellies without calming our minds, whether through meditation or movement such as dance, yoga, or Tai Chi. Offer yourself time to play. You are not childish when you are being child-like. Living stress-free may save your life; and it will definitely remind you that your life is worth saving.