What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

September 23rd, 2019

Leaky gut is a disorder in which the lining of the small intestine develops damage, which causes undigested food bits, poisonous waste and bacteria to “leak” through the intestines and overflow into the blood stream. Autoimmune responses can appear in the body including allergic reactions, inflammatory, migraines, irritable bowel, eczema, chronic fatigue, food allergies, rheumatoid arthritis and more due to these foreign substances entering the blood.

Symptoms of a Leaky Gut

With leaky gut, impaired cells in your intestines cannot produce the enzymes needed for good digestion. Which means, mal absorption of important minerals and nutrients. This can lead to a weakened immune system and hormone imbalances that leave you feeling zapped of you’re your energy.

These are additional symptoms of leaky gut:

  • Excessive fatigue
  • Headaches, brain fog, memory loss
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Poor immune system
  • Cravings for carbs or sugar
  • Chronic gas or bloating, diarrhea, constipation
  • Skin rashes and problems such as eczema, acne or rosacea
  • Arthritis or joint pain
  • Depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD
  • Autoimmune diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease or Crohn’s disease

Healing a Leaky Gut

Depending on the severity, you can successfully treat leaky gut syndrome by using food and non-GMO organic supplements as medicine. Here’s how:

Eliminate certain foods that can damage the gut.

Foods that have large amounts of grains in them are more challenging on your digestion which can begin leaky gut syndrome. Some of these foods include rice, wheat, soy, sugar, alcohol and some types of dairy.

It’s essential to remove all allergens and inflammatory foods such as GMOs, un-sprouted grains, synthetic food additives, added sugar, and standard dairy products. Tap water, pesticides, NSAIDS and antibiotics are some of the top toxic exposures you should eliminate.

Replace gut-damaging foods with gut-healing foods.

These easily digested foods support healing and can help repair the lining of the intestines.

Your diet should include:

  • Bone Broth contains collagen and the amino acids and glycine that can help heal your damaged cell walls.
  • Raw Cultured Dairy – Yogurt, butter and raw cheese contains both probiotics and fatty acids that can help heal the gut.
  • Fermented Vegetables – contain organic acids that can help to support the gut.
  • Coconut Products – are particularly healing for your gut.
  • Sprouted Seeds-chia seeds, flaxseeds and seeds that have been sprouted are great sources of fiber that can help support the growth of beneficial bacteria.
  • Alkaline Water– Instead of ingesting any tap or unfiltered water
  • Healthy fats – consuming healthy fats in moderation like egg yolks, avocados and coconut oil are easy on the gut and promote healing.
  • Grass-fed beef, lamb and Wild-caught fish like salmon are anti-inflammatory which can benefit a damaged gut.
  • Fruit – Consuming 1–2 servings of fruit in the morning daily is good on a leaky gut diet.

Fixing Leaky Gut through Lifestyle Changes

Leaky gut syndrome is no joke! Ask your doctor if changes to your diet or adding probiotics will help alleviate your symptoms. You can restore the balance of your leaky gut to feel healthy and rejuvenated again!

Ready to live your best life- free from leaky gut issues? Call/Text Team Driven to learn more about our whole-body approach to your health and wellness!

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