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Identifying possible dietary triggers

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DIETARY TRIGGERS

In some individuals, certain foods can cause gut-related issues.

Identifying these triggers can help you to have a healthier and happier gut garden.

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THE TRIGGERS

Dietary triggers can vary greatly from person to person. For some it could be soy, for others it may be wheat, gluten, dairy, or any number of foods.

If you suspect you may have an issue with a certain food or foods, you can try not eating that food for a period of time.

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DOING IT THE RIGHT WAY

Too often people get excited to try eliminating foods and seeing if they get better and they eliminate too many foods at once or do not properly keep track of things.

The proper way to do this, is to pick one food at a time to try. Do not start with 3-4 at once and do not make a lot of other dietary and lifestyle changes or start a bunch of new supplements when you do. 

You need this to be a clean test. 

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BE STRICT

When eliminating a particular food you need to be very strict about.

For example, if you are eliminating gluten, you need to eliminate all gluten containing products, not just bread or pasta.

You cannot just do it for part of the day, or for a day or two.

We recommend at least a two week trial period to see if it helps.

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TRYING A SECOND OR THIRD FOOD

If ever trying one food for a couple of weeks. you do not notice any difference, then you can try a second food.

First, you would want to add back in the other food you had eliminated previously, and then continue the process for the second or third foods, etc.

Remember, not to try more than one food at a time.

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KEEP A DIARY

Keep a daily food diary while you are eliminating foods with any symptoms you may be having or any changes you notice.

Keeping daily notes will help you be able to remember and notice any changes that you may forget as the days go on.

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ELIMINATION DIET

Some people find it helpful to try an elimination diet.

This is where a large number of possible dietary triggers are eliminated all at once.

Then gradually they are added back in one at a time to see if one particular food is a trigger.

If you think you may benefit from an elimination diet, it is best to work with a registered dietician who can help ensure you get enough nutrition and are doing it properly and safely.

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CONSISTENCY

The key to effectively trying to see if you have a food trigger is being consistent. 

If you stop eating a food for a day then eat it the next, etc you are not going to know.

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PRESERVATIVES

Many aloe vera products contain preservatives such as potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate.

This are not necessary when a product is manufactured properly. 

If you see these ingredients then you know that manufacturing was done with an eye on cost savings, not quality.

All aloe vera liquids need, when processed properly, is a bit of citric acid or lemon juice, to stabilize the ph.

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FLAVORINGS AND SWEETENERS

One of the most beneficial effects that aloe vera has is as a bitter. 

Flavorings, juices, and sweeteners mask the taste and will reduce the benefits you receive from it.

Most people have only tasted aloe vera products that were improperly tasted, or contained large amounts of the bitter outer leaf. 

Aloe vera actually has a much better taste than that.

You want the aloe to taste like aloe!

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MALTODEXTRIN ADULTERATION

Many aloe vera products are adulterated with maltodextrin. You won't see it on the label or know it has been added.

This is done by manufacturers in order to cheat certain tests.

We will be making a video shortly to show you how you can see if your aloe has been adulterated with maltodextrin.

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POLYSACCHARIDES

Polysaccharide testing is often done to show how "active" or beneficial an aloe is. 

This compounds are just one of many important constituents in aloe. 

Focusing on how much of a particular compound is in the aloe is the wrong way to look at it.

Plants are not isolated compounds. How the various constituents interact with each other is a huge part of their benefit.

In addition, many aloe vera products contain added polysaccharides or other adulterents to cheat the testing, so even if they were the most important compounds, the testing is not reliable.

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CHOOSING A GOOD ALOE

Finding a good aloe vera, that met all of our criteria was not easy.

We looked at and tested over 50 brands of aloe vera.

Thankfully we were able to find one that met our high standards and are so excited to bring you this incredible farm-to-bottle aloe vera

You can finally experience the full potential that aloe has to offer!

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HOW TO TAKE ALOE

Start slow when taking aloe vera and gradually increase the dosage, up to three ounces per day.

It is best taken 10-15 minutes before a meal. 

Make sure to shake it well and keep it in the fridge.

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DIGESTIVE BITTERS

These are bitter tasting herbs that are taken  before meals to help support and enhance digestive function.

 

They help to support the proper release digestive compounds such as enzymes, bile, and much more.

 

Bitters are one of the best ways to support healthy digestion and are especially helpful for gas and bloating.

How to take:

 

5-10 minutes before a meal, place 5-10 drops directly under the tongue.

Check out our choice for farm-to-bottle digestive bitters, formulated and grown by an incredible herbalist.

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BURDOCK ROOT

Not only is burdock a great prebiotic, it helps to support the healthy secretion of bile.

Insufficient bile secretions can lead to dry hard stools, constipation, and poor digestion of fats.

How to take:

5-10 minutes before a meal, place 5-10 drops directly under the tongue.

Check out our choice for farm-to-bottle burdock root, formulated and grown by an incredible herbalist.

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DANDELION ROOT AND LEAF

Dandelion helps to support gut motility and healthy pancreatic function. 

How to take:

5-10 minutes before a meal, place 5-10 drops directly under the tongue.

Check out our choice for farm-to-bottle dandelion, formulated and grown by an incredible herbalist.

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GINGER ROOT

Ginger is one the best herbs for digestion.

It helps to relieve nausea, supports gastric motility, and healthy digestive secretions and function.

How to take:

For digestive support:

5-10 minutes before a meal, place 5-10 drops directly under the tongue.

For gastric motility:

10 drops under the tongue, between meals, 2-3 times per day, on an empty stomach 

Check out our choice for farm-to-bottle ginger root, formulated by an incredible herbalist.

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LICORICE ROOT

Licorice helps to soothe and calm irritated digestive and esophageal  tissues.

It also helps to support a healthy bacterial balance in the stomach.

How to take:

Take 10-20 drops in water, 2-3 times per day between meals.

Do not use licorice if you take blood pressure medication, have high blood pressure, heart, or kidney problems.

Check out our choice for farm-to-bottle licorice root, formulated and grown by an incredible herbalist.

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MARSHMALLOW ROOT

Marshmallow root is one the most soothing digestive herbs.

It is one of the best demulcent herbs, helping to calm and protect the delicate mucous membranes.

How to take:

20 drops in water, 2-3 times a day between meals.

Check our choice for farm-to-bottle marshmallow root, formulated and grown by an incredible herbalist.

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MILK THISTLE SEED

Milk thistle helps to support healthy bile flow and gallbladder function.

How to take:

20 drops in water, 2-3 times a day between meals.

Check out our choice for farm-to-bottle milk thistle seed, formulated and grown by an incredible herbalist.

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TURMERIC ROOT

Turmeric is a warming herb that can help to improve gastric motility, calm, soothe, and help to support healthy bile flow.

20 drops in water, 2-3 times a day with meals.

Check our choice for farm-to-bottle turmeric root, formulated by an incredible herbalist.

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Bring your belly some bliss with this box of herbal tinctures intended to encourage healthy digestion and soothe mild, occasional gastrointestinal discomfort. Each bottle in this set is packed full of goodness and can be used individually or in combination.

The blissful belly box is the perfect way to get started with herbs on your journey to a healthier gut garden.

Herbs can be powerful helpers in your gut garden. Use them properly and watch your garden flourish. The right herb can make all the difference.

HAPPY GUT EQUATION SHOP