You ate something and it just didn’t sit well…or worse, it made you SICK. 

We all experience these moments when we eat something and afterward, we can just tell something just isn’t sitting right. Food poisoning is no joke, but for IBD patients especially (or anyone with gut issues) the panic that ensues after eating something bad is REAL! If we already have sensitive tummies, the last thing we need is some bad food to put a wrench in our day.

Today I want to share with you some tips that have helped me detox during the times I’ve accidentally eaten something bad. This is part 1 of 3 total – here are the second and third videos.

(2:46) – Tip # 1: Increase Your Probiotics – All About Probiotics
(4:18) – Tip #2: Bentonite Clay or Activated Charcoal – The Benefits of “Binders”
(5:53) – Tip #3: BCPH Shake (Bentonite Clay Psyllium Husk Shake)
(8:05) – BCPH Shake Recipe & Jini’s Gut Infection eBook

As the symptoms begin, our minds race with thoughts like:

  • Is this going to cause a flare?
  • Since what I ate was bad, what do I do now?
  • Is this going to affect my healing journey and hinder my progress?

What should you do in these situations? This is where Listen to Your Gut has got you covered. From 2 gut health experts, and experience from yours, truly, we have ALL of the tips you need!

All of these suggestions have been tried and tested by myself and many others. These tips can alleviate the negative symptoms experienced from eating something bad, as well as proactively treat your gut so it doesn’t cause future issues/flares. One bad meal shouldn’t have to equal months of pain as a result!

Tip #1: Increase your probiotics

This can REALLY help calm things down. It’s important to introduce more “good guys,” or good bacteria, to your gut to offset the bad bacteria lingering as a result of bad food.

When I’ve had a sensitive tummy day due to eating bad food, too much grease, or too many celebration meals, I increase my probiotics – and I can literally feel them soothing my GI almost instantly! These powerful microorganisms can get in there and help to rebalance your gut again.

If I’m on a 1x/day routine of probiotics and eat something bad, I’ll bump it up to 2x/day on an empty stomach, 20 mins before meals. Here is a probiotic cheat sheet Jini created to help you choose which probiotic is best for you. I also highly recommend browsing the probiotic section of the blog here, as you’ll find TONS of valuable info on probiotics there as well.

Tip #2: Use Bentonite Clay or Activated Charcoal

What do these do and why are they so effective? Well, these products absorb toxins and impurities!

They work by trapping toxins and chemicals in the gut and gently pull them out. The reason these are so effective is that when you eat something bad you want to get it out quickly – but you want to do it safely without causing ulcers or strictures from tearing while moving through the system! This pulling that comes from these products is effective to remove not only the food itself, but the bacteria and toxins around it.

I have more personal experience using bentonite clay, but activated charcoal is also an option. This leads me to tip #3, and the way I personally have used bentonite clay…

Tip #3: Take a BCPH shake

This stands for bentonite clay and psyllium husk shake. It’s these 2 ingredients combined that grab and pull toxins out of your body, doing all the work for you! Jini says this can be a very gentle way to flush out and detox. She likes using bentonite clay combined with psyllium seed, chia seed, or flaxseed.

NOTE: 1.84% of women over age 60 have heart palpitations caused by psyllium. Either due to an allergic reaction or due to psyllium slowing down the digestion/absorption of carbohydrates, thus resulting in low blood sugar and increased heart rate.

It is recommended that you don’t consume anything 90 minutes before or after you take this shake, but when it comes to consumption of something bad, I personally took it as soon as I could – and then made sure I ate nothing after for 90 minutes or more.

You’ll find the recipe for a BCPH shake, as well as more info on the benefits of binders, here.

This is part 1 of 3 total, so here are the second and third videos.