Have you ever heard of “leaky gut”?
In the natural health community the term gets thrown around almost as much as kombucha or detox.
But, what does it actually mean – is it as freaky and dangerous as it sounds? What are leaky gut symptoms?
Truth About Your Gut
A healthy gut can influence your overall health and wellness beyond just your digestion. As you know stress can rule our lives, make us feel inadequate and more often than not our selfcare routine falls to the bottom of our to-do list…
But here’s the thing, your gut controls much more than you may think. It’s responsible for: Digestion, absorption, immune function, mood regulation, brain function and heart health.
The bacteria in your gut control your health, and the kind of bacteria you host inside your gut matters. Too much bad bacteria you will experience imbalances, sluggishness, pain and disease. Good bacteria, or good bugs will lead to a balanced body, high levels of energy and incredible overall health.
What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Our digestive tract acts as a gatekeeper, keeping the good stuff in and the bad stuff out. But when that protective gate gets damaged, bacteria, food particles and toxins dangerously make their way into our bloodstream. This is called “leaky gut”.
Poor diet, exposure to heavy metals, toxins and pesticides creates an imbalance in gut flora leading to intestinal permeability and leaky gut syndrome.
Think of your digestive tract kind of like a carpet. It’s full of finger like projections that are close together. The problem occurs when these “carpet strings” get damaged and have space between them. In leaky gut syndrome the junctions between our intestinal cell walls are weakened.
This means that the barrier between our gut and bloodstream becomes weakened. When this happens bad bacteria and toxins are able to leak into our bloodstream.
Signs of a Leaky Gut
It can be very difficult to pin-point which symptoms are directly related to leaky gut syndrome, however these are some of the common conditions and signs of leaky gut.
The imbalance of the microbial colonies in the body.
- Food allergies
- Food sensitivity
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Leaky gut
- Chronic fatigue
- Brain fogginess
- Learning or behavioral disorders
- Lactose intolerance
- Skin issues
- Autoimmune disease (MS, Lupus, Arthritis)
Limiting your intake of starch, sugars and processed foods will help with dysbiosis related symptoms and issues. Focus on eating a whole food organic diet and ensuring you consume enough daily fruits and veggies.
Antibiotics not only kill the bad bacteria, but they also kill the good bugs. If you are on antibiotics be sure to also take a probiotic supplement or consume enough foods that contain probiotics. Doing so will keep your gut flora healthy and balanced.
The gut is commonly referred to as the “second brain”. This is because your gut affects your body’s ability to create dopamine and serotonin (your feel good, happy hormones). These hormones are responsible for happiness and overall mental health.
Due to our modern civilisation and an increase in overall poor diet it’s no wonder allergies are on the rise. By healing your gut flora you can help your body handle foods and environmental toxins much better.
Processed foods, sugars and environmental toxins can lead to poor gut health and other serious health related issues.
- Hormone imbalance
- Unexplained nausea
- Digestion issues
- Stomach or abdominal pain
- Nervous system dysfunction
- Brain fog
- Mood disorders
- …and the list goes on, and on and on…
Do your best to limit the toxins in your life. Plastics, processed foods, chemical based cleaning or hygiene products.
How To Create a Balanced, Healthy Gut or Fix Leaky Gut
1. Ditch the processed food, sugars, artificial sweeteners and artificial ingredients.
2. Eat a whole food organic diet with lots of leafy greens.
3. Stick to natural, chemical-free household and hygiene products.
4. Eat Fermented Foods: Fermented foods aid in the growth of beneficial gut bacteria
5. Health Supplements
- Super Greens: Liquid nutrients are easier for the body to absorb and therefore enter the bloodstream quickly. There are countless stories of people transforming their lives with juicing!
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- Probiotics: Provide health gut bacteria.
- L-Glutamine: An essential amino acid which is anti-inflammatory and aids in growth and repair of gut lining.
- MCT Oil: Medium Chain Triglycerides are easier to digest than other fats which make them great for someone with gut issues.
- Bone Broth: Nutrient rich and contains collagen along with the amino acids proline and glycine which aid in healing damaged cells.
- Omega-3s: Help to reduce inflammation and aid in the healing process
6. Reduce Stress
Stress disrupts almost every system in the body. When you’re stressed out, so is your body! A stressed body will result in a ramped up immune system and cause inflammation. Inflammation causes wear and tear on the digestive tract and disrupts gut flora.
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen have been shown to increase intestinal permeability. NSAIDs are toxic to the digestive tract and can cause erosion and ulcers.
With the rising rates of obesity, depression and stress we need to start paying attention to our gut health. Removing the processed foods, sugars, and toxins from your diet will not only enable you to build a healthy gut, but also live a happier healthier life.
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