A bout of viral gastroenteritis can have long term effects on the gut, disrupting the good and bad bacteria and causing the lining of the gut to become inflamed and irritated.
What can we do about it:
REST - Convalescence is a largely forgotten art. Spending the time to recover from illness can help fight off further infections down the track and heal the lingering effects of the current infection. Plenty of rest, hydration and healing foods is the key.
RECOVER - A stomach and bowel that has been inflamed is more likely to react to foods that it previously had no problems digesting. Avoid inflammatory foods such as wheat, diary, sugar, alcohol and caffeine.
Try the following to assist with recovery:
- Electrolyte formulas
- Herbal teas
- Bone broths
- Coconut water
- Soups and stews
- Steamed vegetables
- Mashed root vegetables
REPAIR - Come and visit us in the Acute Dispensary for:
Probiotics - can encourage the growth of healthy gut flora and are highly recommended after an infection or antibiotic treatment.
Herbal tea – for soothing the gut and help with any lingering symptoms.
Herbal tonics – healing, reducing inflammation and reduce any lingering symptoms.
Other supplements – we have a range of supplements that can assist in restoring gut health.
A warming drink that soothes an irritated and inflamed gut.
- 1 can coconut cream
- 3 cups water
- 1 Tbsp raw turmeric, grated
- 2 tsp raw ginger, grated
- 2 tsp turmeric powder
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- 7 whole cloves, crushed
- small pinch salt
- 2-3 Tbsp maple syrup
Place all ingredients in a large pot. Simmer gently on a stove for 20 minutes then allow to cool before straining. Store in jars in the fridge for up to 4 days. Serve warm.