What is “Leaky Gut Syndrome” and how to heal it.
Leaky gut syndrome is a condition that is becoming more and more common in today’s society of highly processed and GMO foods, and overly stressed fast-paced life style. It can also be caused by a bacterial imbalance caused by a poor diet and/or use of anti-biotics. It is becoming more and more evident that leaky gut syndrome can be attributed to a wide range of maladies such as auto-immune disorders – allergies, asthma, low energy, joint pain, and weight gain to name just a few. Autism, rheumatoid arthritis, periodontal disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, Crohn’s disease and colitis stem from the inflammation triggered by a leaky gut. Mental disorders such as depression and even Bi-Polar disorder have been linked to leaky gut syndrome.
How to heal Leaky Gut Syndrome
A damaged gut needs foods and supplements that will bring down inflammation and promote healing. Select herbs and supplements, along with a clean diet can do wonders. Here are a few recommendations:
A pure diet is essential for repairing the gut. What will bring down inflammation is to eliminate foods that are causing it, such as eliminating sugar (high sugar fruits included), gluten foods, such as wheat, processed foods, dairy, refined carbohydrates, starches, alcohol and caffeine. Also, it is important to avoid conventional pesticide laden foods along with and GMOs which can cause inflammation and disrupt benefital bacteria and consume only organic food.
Since leaky gut syndrome and Candida are closely linked, following the principles of an anti-Candida diet can work wonders. An anti-candida diet can include raw vegetables (mostly greens or non-sweet vegetables such as nopales or jicama, not potatoes or beet/carrot juices), green juices, occasional soaked nuts and seeds, seaweeds, superfoods (Vitamineral Green, powdered grasses, marine phytoplankton, chlorella), young wild coconuts (not sugary Thai coconuts), raw coconut oil butter, raw cacao butter, a wide variety of low-sugar fruits, and if you find it absolutely necessary, one medium-sized, mildly sweet fruit or small fruit serving per day – berries are best. However, sweet fruits of any type are not recommended. Essential fatty acids such as from fish, flax, or chia are also vital. Drinking plenty of spring or filtered water is important as well to avoid gut-destroying contaminants.
Fermented vegetables in the diet also help heal leaky gut. They contain organic acids that balance intestinal pH and probiotics to support the gut. Sauerkraut, Kimchi, and Kvass are excellent sources.
Coconut Products – All coconut products are very healing for your gut. The MCFA’s in coconut are easier to digest than other fats and are gentile on the digestive system. Also, coconut kefir contains probiotics which help populate the gut with benefital bacteria.
Bone Broth – Bone broth is essential to help heal gut permeability. According to integratednaturalmedicine.com:
The gelatin in bone broth heals the mucosal lining of the digestive tract. A healthy gut is the cornerstone of health. When your gut and digestive system are healed and working well, you absorb and digest nutrients properly.
Bone broth is one of the best things you can consume to heal and seal your gut.
Low stomach acid is also common with Leaky gut syndrome, digestive enzyme supplements are helpful along with lemon, lime or raw apple cider vinegar water.
There are a number of herbs that are known to calm inflammation and help heal the gut. Slippery elm combined with marshmallow root are effective to help soothe and coat the intestinal tract and also minimizes the absorption of toxins. Licorice root, sheep sorrel, goldenseal, fennel seed and ginger root are beneficial as well.
Maintaining a balanced lifestyle is valuable for encouraging a healthy digestive system. Minimizing stress, gentle exercise, adequate sleep and slowing down during mealtime supports healing.
Clearly, a key to good overall health is keeping our digestive system healthy.
In light of this, the words of Dr. Campbell-McBride, author of Gut and Psychology Syndrome, ring true:
“A well functioning gut with healthy gut flora holds the roots of our health. And, just as a tree with sick roots is not going to thrive, the rest of the body cannot thrive without a well-functioning digestive system.”
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