Leaky Gut? What exactly does that mean?
Do you experience symptoms like:
- Chronic diarrhea, constipation, gas or bloating
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Unexplained weight gain or loss
- Headaches, brain fog, memory loss
- Excessive fatigue
- Skin rashes and problems such as acne, eczema or rosacea
- Cravings for sugar or carbs
- Arthritis or joint pain
- Depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD
- Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, celiac disease or Crohn’s
I have expressed the importance before, but a large amount of our health begins with our gut. Your gut not only houses a large amount of the body’s “good” bacteria, but it also directly communicates with the brain to control your mood, appetite, and stress levels.
Our lining of our intestines are in control of what is absorbed into our blood stream (nutrients) as well as acting as a barrier to not allow gastric contents to be spilled out into our abdomen, where it doesn’t belong.
When we have inflammation in our intestine, most often due to gluten, parasites, candida yeast and other harmful bacteria.
This creates Intestinal Permeability: which is when the lining is damaged and becomes weak, allowing for contents to pass through to the blood stream. When these particles and toxins enter the blood stream, the immune system is alerted and raises an immune response.
The body then produces a high level of antibodies to defend itself from dangerous toxins entering the blood stream.
It also causes even more damage occurs in the gut’s “microvilli,” the tiny cellular membranes that line the intestines and absorb nutrients from food.
Sounds scary, but its reversible!
How to start healing your gut:
The first step in healing your gut is to eliminate foods that are causing the inflammation. I recommend eliminating gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugar, caffeine and alcohol for 30 days.
In addition to eliminating the triggers, you can also start on a good probiotic to restore gut bacteria as well as ingesting a variety of healthy fats (coconut oil, avocado, olive, omegas).
Consume a diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables as well as grass-fed, and non-GMO/steroid or antibiotic injected protein sources.
It can take up to 3 months on a nutritious diet without the foods listed above to eliminate for you to see a full recovery with lessened or no symptoms.
It may seem like a challenge, but there is no value placed on creating a healthy gut and having life-changing symptoms go away!
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Ali Wells, BSN RN
The Holistic Health Nurse