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How To Repair Leaky Gut

Hippocrates already said it nearly 2500 years ago, “All disease begins in the gut”. Many of the present-day chronic diseases like depression, diabetes, eczema, loss of libido, fatigue, constant pain and arthritis are being linked to an irritated or inflamed gut.
Your GI extracts nutrients from the food you eat and delivers energy to the various cells in your body.
Leaky Gut is a condition where the gut lining is compromised and allowing passage of elements such as toxins, pathogens and food particles to pass into the bloodstream. You see, the lining of your intestines is only ONE cell thick. You heard that right-One. This is the gut barrier which has tight junctions to block out unwanted guests and only give entry to the small nutrients and such as that need to pass through. So, if these junctions get to wide or “leaky”, unwanted invaders will make their way into the bloodstream. When this happens, an immune response is triggered. This can lead to inflammation.
Chronic GI inflammation can lead to conditions such as Chron’s, RA. MS and ulcerative colitis.
Symptoms of leaky gut include: constipation, Chron’s, gas, diarrhea, ulcers, celiac disease, SIBO, bloating, food sensitivities, joint pain, nutritional imbalances, food allergies, fatigue, arthritis, skin rashes, weight gain, thyroid problems, brain fog, mood swings, depression and anxiety and more.
Why are guts are leaky: First of all many foods are inflammatory. Some foods cause an overgrowth of bad bacteria. Some foods feed the good bacteria in us that protect the gut lining. Diet impacts the microbiome which impacts the gut. Inflammation due to food sensitivities can cause “leaky Gut”. These reactions may be mild, but they are still causing damage. Many GMO foods are out for the jury. There is reason to be concerned that these foods are wreaking our guts and microbiome. Gluten foods can cause leaky gut. Pasteurized milk and dairy products or any dairy products for that matter may cause gut issues.
Not getting enough fiber in our diets is another problem. The fiber feeds our microbiome, which protects the gut.
Antibiotics are in our food. Animals are overfed antibiotics and many crops are fertilized from their manure. So, meat and produce contain traces of antibiotics. This is besides the overall overdosing of medication antibiotics. All this impacts our gut health by killing off bacteria in our microbiome.
Depression is another whammer. Depression causes changes in the gut microbiota. Stress and lack of sleep also negatively affect our gut microbiota.
To repair leaky gut, your goal should be to lower inflammation and increase and diversify your microbiome. Here is a list of ideas:
1. Relax and get more rest.
2. Remove any possible food triggers, this can be sugar, GMOs, gluten, dairy, processed foods and alcohol.
3. Eat organic as much as possible. Specifically, for the dirty dozen. If you need a list of the current dirty dozen foods check out ewg.org
4. Take probiotic supplements. Make your own fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi. If you can’t or don’t want to make your own, there are many options available on the market. Never get the pasteurized sauerkraut. That kills all the good bacteria.
5. Take prebiotic foods or supplements. These are food for the good bacteria. Things like chicory root, Jerusalem artichoke, beans, onion, apples, burdock root, flaxseed, baobab and garlic.
6. Ginger and turmeric are anti-inflammatory. Consuming them will lower your inflammation and help heal your gut. Aloe Vera is also helpful in healing a leaky gut.
7. Exercise increases gut microbiota.
8. Take digestive enzymes to assist in your body’s digestion process. This will remove an extra burden from your body.

So good luck and let us know if you have any additional tips to heal the gut. This is a top priority to be fixed and healed.

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