Coming back from a trip to India & Nepal unscathed is pretty much impossible when it comes to picking up a critter from something you've ingested. I've been super sweet to my belly after clearly having a digestive upset as a result of this exotic trip. Ya, it showed up in the usual ways: belly bloat, a bit of belching, occasional wicked cramping session and of course alternation of no flow and... a whole lot of flow, you know what I mean.
So, whats the best thing for a boo boo belly? Regardless of what the source & origin may be, first and foremost: get adjusted. Your nervous system controls what? Everything! Especially your immune & digestive system. So, chiropractic first and then do what you can, "outside - in" to assist the healing process.
Taking the load off digestive system altogether is important to restore gut health. This means really eating light for a while, no joke. Making & eating "jook" or congee in the mornings is a wonderful way to take the pressure off and introduce a soothing, healing state back to the system. Being the experimental scientist that I am, I must say I feel amazing, with loads of energy and no more of the pescky symptoms after only one week of doing jook.
Its easy, take a handful of rice, throw it in a pan, rinse it, add water... enough to cover the rice an inch & boil. Bring it to a simmer meanwhile finely dice some fresh ginger & pop it in. Cook for about 20-30 minutes and you should have a milky white soupy texture along with the rice & ginger.
Now add a simple herb or green - think calming, cooling: cilantro, spring onion. I recently tried chrysanthemum leaves, which is rich in chlorogenic acid (a type of hydroxycinnamic acid), carotene, flavonoids, vitamins and potassium. Some of the beneficial effects associated with eating garland chrysanthemum leaves include weight loss, antioxidant protection, a reduced risk of lung cancer, as well as protection against cardiovascular problems, kidney stones, cellulite, bloating and bone loss. Just a little note, chrysanthemum can have a strong detoxification effect so be aware if you have a big day & drink lots of water.
Don't forget the salt! Good salt, I mean... I love Himalayan pink salt, It provides a whopping 84 trace minerals, plus a unique ionic energy that is released when the salt is mixed with water.
Then I love, love... love! adding a tad of something fermented. My recent obsession which I eat with absolutely everything is beet kvass, the next best thing for boo boo belly because of its exponentially powerful probiotic potency. Heres a fabulous recipe! Today I used kimchi (it seemed to just go better with the chrysanthemum for some variety.)
And, thats it! Even if you don't have a boo boo belly, this is an excellent way to start the day... a simple mild detox. You can do it for a week to give your digestive system a rest, for no other reason. Also, if you are "fighting a flu or cold" its a good time to jook. My energy in the morning is so much smoother going into the day, I feel lighter and ready to eat a more substantial lunch which by the way, is a healthy internal urge aligning with the highest point of the sun around noon to one pm. I will write more about alignment & natural cycles at another point, for now... enjoy your day, enjoy jooking!