While millions are affected, many may not even know it. Often time’s people associate this with just digestive disorders but the very reality is that it can and does lead to other health issues.
There is much research that says things like food allergies, joint pain, autoimmune diseases, low energy levels and slow metabolism could very well be leaky gut syndrome.
The skinny of what Leaky Gut Syndrome is. The small intestine normally only allows very small and specific substances to pass through the wall into your body. When the lining becomes compromised, bigger food particles escape through the gut wall and compromise your entire body.
Things that can and do pass through are proteins like gluten, undigested food particles, bad bacteria and toxic waste products. These things aren’t meant to enter your bloodstream and when they do, it causes an immune response in your body.
Some basic symptoms you might have Leaky Gut Syndrome are:
- Food sensitivities or allergies
- Joint pain
- Digestive issues
- Thyroid issues
- Unexplained weight gain
While these are some basic things you might experience, when left unchecked these can lead to more severe issues like IBS, skin disorders like psoriasis and eczema, chronic fatigue, arthritis, migraines other inflammatory issues.
There is even much research that diabetes, particularly Type 1 and lupus, which are both autoimmune diseases are caused by a leaky gut.
Another problem that emerges as a result of leaky gut is that the nutrients from your food, think vitamins and minerals aren’t being properly absorbed, thus leading to malnutrition in vital nutrients. Vitamin B12, iron and others are being found to be dangerously low.
So you might be wondering what causes leaky gut in the first place. The biggest culprits are:
- Our poor diets (processed, GMO and not properly preparing our foods)
- Toxic bodies
- Chronic stress
- Imbalance in bacteria (good vs. bad)
I talk a lot about proper preparation of foods, especially nuts, seeds, grains and beans. When we look at most processed foods, they contain high amounts of proteins founds in unsprouted grains, sugar, GMO foods and conventional dairy products. These are some of the most common culprits of damaging factors to your intestinal wall.
Think of the binding on the foods that I mentioned above as having a protective coating, which is the plants natural defense that protect from invaders. Things like bugs, parasites, mold and the like. Phytic acid is a nutrient blocker.
While this is good for the plant, it’s not good for us. The benefit of soaking or sprouting your grains, nuts, seeds and beans is the ability to digest them easier and cause less damage to the gut lining.
Sugar is a big problem on its own, but to the digestive system it’s like a wrecking ball. It feeds bad bacteria, causing imbalance, it causes yeast overgrowth and candida (which is why we are seeing more and more of this). Not to mention the brains response to needing more and more of it. Think cocaine addiction.
Lowering stress is crucial not only for gut health but for overall health. It weakens you immune system which leads to lowering your body’s response to viruses and bad bacteria.
Toxic overload is happening at an alarming rate. We are surrounded by chemicals daily. There are some worse than others and they have been identified as antibiotics, pesticides, NSAIDS, and aspirin. I should also add our water supplies are very unhealthy too, unless you have yours filtered, it’s not a good ideas to be drinking it.
While this may seem all doom and gloom, the good news is that leaky gut can be healed. While all the damage wasn’t done overnight, the healing process takes a bit of time, so be patient and know that you are in this for the long haul, making lifestyle changes.
You will be:
- Cleaning up your diet and the foods you consume. No more processed and GMO laden products on your table or in your body.
- Instead you will incorporate foods that are designed to heal and seal the gut lining as well as reduce inflammation throughout your body.
- Consume foods that are rich in restorative properties as well as probiotics to take back the good bacteria status.
The biggest proponent of healing your gut is bone broth, adding fermented foods and drinks and good healthy saturated fats.
There is hope and light at the end of the tunnel. If you’d like a plan of action to get you started, let’s talk. I have walked many through an amazing process of healing and life outside of all the life-taking symptoms you are now experiencing.
Let’s take back your health and life together.
To your health,