Are you affected by Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Dilly Kraut

Leaky gut syndrome is an issue for many people and you may not even know you have it. It’s also referred to as increased intestinal permeability. This affects one of our major organs, the small intestine.

An important role of the small intestine is to absorb vitamins and minerals and allow these to pass through the walls of the intestine into the bloodstream. A healthy wall is considered a tight junction or net, which only allows very small particles to pass through.

In the case of leaky gut syndrome, the net has gotten damaged and now allows proteins (think gluten), toxins, bad bacteria and undigested larger food particles to pass through into your bloodstream.

These particles ultimately cause systemic inflammation and what’s considered an autoimmune reaction and then typically the body will start recognizing certain foods as toxic and will cause your body to have an immune reaction when you eat these foods. Left unchecked, this then leads to an autoimmune disease.

Some earlier reactions or symptoms of leaky gut syndrome are things like food allergies, skin issues like eczema and acne, and other digestive issues like IBS, bloating, and gas.

The problem with most people having leaky gut, is that they start to realize that some of the foods they are eating are causing issues, so the simple solution, would seem to be, elimination. This is also what most physicians will tell you as well.

Unfortunately, that’s only half the problem. The real solution is to allow the body to heal and in order to do that, lifestyle changes must occur and the elimination of processed foods.

My favorite foods to healing the gut and body are:

  • Bone Broth (homemade of course or from a trusted source) provides important amino acids and minerals like proline, glycine and potassium that can help heal the gut lining and improve our mineral deficiency levels, which most of us are.
  • Fermented veggies are an important building block to helping heal the gut lining as well. They are full of probiotics that help balance the PH in the stomach and the small intestines. Foods like kvass, sauerkraut, and kimchi
  • Fermented dairy or raw cultured dairy like kefir and yogurt, are rich in probiotics and help rid the gut of bad bacteria like candida.
  • Healthy fats in moderation are another essential building block. Coconut oil, avocado, egg yolks, ghee and salmon are super easy on the gut and aid in healing.
  • Steamed veggies, particularly non-starchy are easy to digest and are another aid in healing the gut.
  • Fruit in moderation, 1-2 servings a day and earlier in the day are an important part of the healing process too.

You might be wondering what the biggest culprits, food wise that typically cause leaky gut and candida overgrowth. They are:

  • Gluten is the sticky protein found in most grains products and is difficult to digest UNLESS it’s been brought through the sourdough or sprouting process. When you are going through the leaky gut healing protocol, you will want to eliminate gluten and wheat products.
  • Cows dairy has a protein called A1 casein that can cause a similar reaction like that from gluten and should be avoided UNLESS in a fermented form, as mentioned above. Studies have shown A1 casein may be twenty-six times more inflammatory than gluten.
  • Unsprouted grains and soy when left unsprouted and unfermented contain phytic acid which causes irritation of the intestines and causes leaky gut.
  • Sugar is a big culprit as it feeds yeast and bad bacteria that can damage the intestinal wall, causing leaky gut. If you need to have some sweetness, raw local honey is the best, but only at about 1 tablespoon a day. Everything in moderation.
  • GMO or genetically modified organisms contain pesticides and herbicides that are shown to damage the gut lining. Studies have found that GMO foods destroy probiotics in your gut and cause inflammation in your organs.

As you can see there is much cause for changes in our lifestyles and our modern diets. Once you have a grasp on the culprits and can work on eliminating processed and GMO foods, start adding in healing and properly prepared foods, you’ll be well on your way to feeling better, looking better and instead of eliminating troublesome foods, you can become tolerant of them.

The ultimate goal is HEALING, not elimination.

What has been your experience with digestive disorders and what’s worked for you? Leave your comments below and let’s journey together.

To your health,

Kellie

Do you suspect you have Leaky Gut Syndrome?

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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:

  • Bloating
  • Fatigue
  • Food sensitivities or allergies
  • Joint pain
  • Digestive issues
  • Headaches
  • 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:

  1. Cleaning up your diet and the foods you consume. No more processed and GMO laden products on your table or in your body.
  2. Instead you will incorporate foods that are designed to heal and seal the gut lining as well as reduce inflammation throughout your body.
  3. 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,

Kellie

Do you have a happy healthy gut?

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I have a big question for you… do you have a happy healthy gut? Does your belly love you or is it upset most of the time?

I have known for some time and recently re-read this: most people don’t even know they have what’s finally being recognized by Doctors today, as “Leaky Gut.”

I also read that the father of medicine, Hippocrates penned a famous quote someone around 350 BC that says, “All disease begins in the gut”.

Hmmm….makes you wonder how there can be such a disconnect in modern day medicine.

I have a good friend that had a horrible, life changing experience with gut related health issues. The doctors didn’t know what it was, therefore they couldn’t help.

I have another really close friend that suffers with Lupus, an autoimmune disease. It’s debilitating. No energy to navigate everyday life.

Many of you probably can share similar stories of close family and/or friends. It’s rampant today and yet, with all our modern advances, it’s still not something openly dealt with.

Gut health is associated with chronic stress, poor diets, toxins, etc. That envelopes a lot of us!

I believe that most people are sick today, they just don’t know it.

What is leaky gut you ask? To answer in really simple terms, the small intestine is designed to have a tight pore structure that allows nutrients and molecules the body needs through to be escorted all over the body as needed.

When you add chronic stress over time, a really poor diet, drinking a lot of chlorinated water, taking antibiotics, etc. several things happen.

Chronic constipation happens, and over time, this forces the tight pore structure of the intestine to expand. Also an imbalance of gut flora, balance between good and bad bacteria gets out of balance and the bad guys outweigh the good.

This also causes the pores of the intestines to enlarge. Overtime, food particles and toxins are now seeping out into the bloodstream and your body sees this invasion as being under attack.

This causes inflammation to happen everywhere. The antibodies are sent out to destroy and protect. The problem, good cells die too.

Signs and symptoms that you might have leaky gut syndrome are:

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

So what’s a person to do? Several things are in order.

  1. Clean up your diet

This means eliminate hydrogenated vegetable oils, white flours, most wheat and sugar. Processed foods are loaded with all of these ingredients and they are aiding in your illness.

  1. Lower your stress

While most will tell me they don’t know how, it’s imperative to your health. Adding physical exercise helps greatly. Getting enough sleep helps. Meditating helps. Changing the stress filled environment helps. Reducing anxiety helps. Developing a positive attitude helps.

  1. Take in proper nutrition

Consuming bone broth is a big one. If you have no idea what this is, google it. Learn to make some or find someone willing to make it for you. It fights inflammation and heals and seals the gut lining. My basic recipe is here. Scroll down close to the bottom.

While this blog wasn’t designed to give you all that you need, it’s a place to start. Recognizing the signs and symptoms are important. Being willing to take charge of your health is also key.

I am currently putting together a live training call on this topic. We’ll dive deep. We’ll talk more in depth about what it is and I’ll give you specific steps on how to heal from it.

Be watching your inbox for more details to come. You won’t want to miss it!

For now, I hope there have been some seeds planted that I intend to water and nurture for you, when you are open to receive.

In the meantime, I wish you good health,

Kellie

Holistic Wellness Mentor