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Leaky Gut Symptoms & How To Treat Them

What Is Leaky Gut?

“All disease begins in the gut” (1) Over 80% of the U.S. population has some form of leaky gut or related symptoms. There is certain triggers that exasperate these symptoms such as, food sensitivities, constipation, anxiety, inflammation and weight issues. Leaky gut can throw off your immune system, hormones, and brain function. What can we do to treat leaky gut? There are over 11,000 studies generated from PubMed.gov on (Intestinal Permeability).

Leaky gut can affect the whole body. When your small intestine gets damaged and your gut starts to leak into the “net” in your digestive tract gets damaged, which causes even bigger holes to develop in your net, so things that normally can’t pass through, are now be able to. (2) Toxins and food particles can get trapped in the gut. Some of the common causes are related to pain, inflammation in the gut, digestive issues, allergies, thyroid issues, skin issues, constipation, IBS, ADHD, Autism, mood, stress, migraines, gallbladder issues, liver issues, and autoimmune diseases. Skin issues do not start on the skin they begin in the digestive tract.

Key Foods To Remove 

GMO – Foods kill microbes in the gut.
Gluten – Can cause inflammation because it’s not properly broken down. It can circulate into your blood stream and cause inflammation in the body. For example it can cause joint pain, autoimmune disorders, thyroid issues and can cause brain fog. There are several gluten-free options. Such as switching to gluten-free grains and reading the labels to your food. Click here to read more on this topic.
Sugar (toxic) – Causes infection to thrive. Causes an unbalance in the body as sugar turns to yeast and throws off the good bacteria and can cause candida.
Milk (dairy) – For meat eaters or those who eat dairy products, traces of antibiotics and medications fed to the live stalk are found in food.
Food allergies & Food Sensitivities – Hidden food triggers may cause leaky gut, such as food groups in the night shade family or high histamine type foods. Being more aware of these food groups can reduce symptoms of food allergies, skin rashes or acne.

Nutrient Deficiencies 

Nutrient deficiencies are a huge indication that can contribute to symptoms related to leaky gut.  It is important to balance out the microbes and probiotics in the gut. Probiotcs create enzymes to help expedite digestion. It is recommended to take digestive enzymes to help break down the food and gain optimal digestion.

Key Foods To Consume

Blueberries – Contain flavinoids which show reduction of symptoms of leaky gut. Blueberries nourish you internal organs such as your liver.
Coconut oil – Contains antibacterial and antimicrobial properties and aids in reducing bacteria in the gut.
El Glutamine – Protects intestinal gut lining and coats the small intestine giving protection in order for the lining to rebuild.
Fermented Vegetables (probiotics & prebiotics) – The body needs good bacteria to function properly. For example, sauerkraut contains sulfur which heals the intestinal passage because it can help balance out stomach acid.
Squash – Contains high nutrients that can nourish your spleen which can help aid in healing emotional unbalance.
Super Foods – Foods containing vitamin B12, folate, amino acids, omega 3’s, and minerals.

Herbs To Consume

(All herbs listed can be consumed in tea’s or herbal supplements)

Ginseng (Nightshade family)- Aids in weight loss, reduces risks of cancer, reduces menstrual cramps (PMS), balances blood pressure, stimulates cognitive abilities, and treats sex related disorders.
Ashwagandha (Nightshade family) – Known to aid against cancer, diabetes, inflammation and arthritis.
Liquorish Root -powerful antioxidant and antibody simulator, which improves the overall functioning of the reproductive, respiratory and liver functions. Liqourish is known to have healing affects to treat menopause and premenstrual syndrome.
Cinnamon Bark (Ground) Good for the skin. balances blood sugar, and can eliminate candida and reduce yeast growth.

Caution: Use caution consuming ginseng tea as it can impede your sleep and lead to heart issues.

Refrences:

(1) “Does All Disease Really Begin in The Gut? The Surprising Truth.” 22 Apr. 2017. Authority Nutrition. N.p., 18 Aug. 2016. Web.

(2) “4 Steps to Heal Leaky Gut and Autoimmune Disease – Dr Axe.”  22 Apr. 2017. Dr. Axe. N.p., 15 Mar. 2017. Web.

Sources:

“Does All Disease Really Begin in The Gut? The Surprising Truth.” 22 Apr. 2017. Authority Nutrition. N.p., 18 Aug. 2016. Web.

“4 Steps to Heal Leaky Gut and Autoimmune Disease – Dr Axe.” 22 Apr. 2017. Dr. Axe. N.p., 15 Mar. 2017. Web.

Hollander, Daniel. “Intestinal Permeability, Leaky Gut, and Intestinal Disorders.” 22 Apr. 2017. SpringerLink. Current Medicine Group, n.d. Web.

Healthy Living,

Jaclyn Rae