The core philosophy of the DripBar is Healthy Gut. Happy You. We advocate for attention and priority to Gut Health and a Whole Food Plant Based Diet (WFPBD) as two absolute fundamentals in improving overall health and wellness. IV Vitamin and Mineral drip therapy is used as a powerful adjunct in improving and supporting micro nutrient imbalances, illness, disease and stresses along this lifetime journey.
The information in this article is further supported by the work of plant based Drs’ Gemma Newman, Michelle McMackan and Alan Desmond.
Our gut health benefits from a diet that provides a variety of fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains…while limiting or avoiding animal fat, animal protein, dairy, artificial additives and emulsifiers.
A Whole Foods Plant Based Diet (WFPBD) reduces your risk of common Gastro-Intestinal conditions such as Crohn’s disease, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diverticulosis and colon cancer. WFPBD has also been shown to reduce heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, insulin resistance and its associated conditions as well as to improve mental health disorders including anxiety and depression.
In moving from a standard western diet to a WFPBD, one needs to be aware of two possible issues: 1.) Fibre 2.) FODMAPS (Fermentable Oligo-,Di-, Mono-saccarides and Polyols.
1.) The standard western diet provides about 13g of fibre per day. On a varied WFPBD, this number may jump to a much healthier number of 50 g plus. Making this change to more fibre too rapidly can lead to bloating or discomfort especially in the presence of Leaky Gut
2.) A WFPBD is also rich in FODMAPS. These are small carbohydrates that are fermented in the colon and cause gas. Many FODMAPS are actually PRE-BIOTICS, ‘the good guys’ or Short Chain Fatty Acids (SCFA’s) that help lower inflammation in the body, protect the lining of the colon, promote insulin sensitivity, improve fat oxidation in our cells and MORE+.
But more fermentation = more digestive gas, with the potential for bloating and discomfort.
To avoid or reduce digestive issues while making the switch to a WFPBD, here are a few tips: 1.) Increase your fibre intake slowly. We generally eat 21 meals per week – start by making 5-7 of these high in fibre and slowly increase 2.) When it comes to legumes, start with the smaller ones eg lentils and split peas and work your up to the larger beans. Chickpeas, fermented beans (tempeh) and tofu are lower fibre forms of legumes 3.) Rinse all canned beans and double soak dried beans – changing the water between soaks. Ensure you cook all beans thoroughly. 4.) Eliminate all FODMAPS and then slowly re-introduce them. You can get a whole list of high and low FODMAP foods @tinyurl.com/VeganFODMAP
This blog contains information that is not designed to take the place of, substitute, or replace any form and method of professional or medical advice and treatment or medicine. All content is the author’s opinion and is not intended to diagnose and remedy. The facts and figures contained in this document are presented solely for informational and educational purposes only.
The Health Coach