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What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
To put it plainly, leaky gut syndrome occurs when substances leak from your intestines into your bloodstream. These substances are food particles, toxins and microbes (bacteria, fungi, etc). These substances that leak into your bloodstream consequently cause inflammation. Consequently, inflammation leads to disease.
While leaky gut syndrome is not often recognized by conventional medicine, Naturopathic Doctors are well aware of this condition. Furthermore, evidence is accumulating for Leaky Gut Syndrome as a legitimate condition. Finally, Leaky Gut Syndrome is quickly becoming an epidemic.
What causes Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Causes of leaky gut syndrome include chronic stress, corruption of the food supply, environmental toxins, overuse of antibiotics and overuse of disinfectants.
Do you have Leaky Gut Syndrome?
You may have leaky gut syndrome if you have skin conditions, malabsorption (of vitamins and nutrients), autoimmune conditions or bowel diseases (Chrone’s disease, IBS or Ulcerative Colitis). In addition, other warning signs include food allergies, sensitivities or intolerances.
To find out for certain if you have Leaky Gut Syndrome, you can have what is called an Intestinal Permeability Test. This test will analyze whether molecules are passing through the digestive lining.
Leaky Gut Symptoms and conditions
Hippocrates said, “All disease begins in the gut”. I truly believe this. Since I’ve eliminated certain foods from my diet and added others, my symptoms have reduced dramatically. Most of my symptoms have completely disappeared. If you would like some help with this yourself, you can access my FREE guide HERE.
Leaky Gut Syndrome has been linked to many conditions such as ADHD, Autism,Alzheimer’s, Celiac disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Eczema, Psoriasis, Bowel diseases and more.
Healing Leaky Gut Syndrome
This will depend on your unique situation. My best advice would be to see a Naturopathic Doctor. However, if that is not possible, there are steps you can take that are very helpful in healing Leaky Gut Syndrome.
- Eliminate foods – First of all, remove foods from your diet that may be exacerbating the problem. This will be different for each person. Yet, some likely culprits include dairy, commercial wheat, refined sugar and artificial sweeteners, gluten, yeast, alcohol, soy and lactose. Instead try goat’s milk products, almond milk, coconut milk, sprouted wheat, almond flour, coconut flour, cassava flour, coconut oil, honey, maple syrup, and stevia (no calories).* If you would like help to eliminate foods, you can access my FREE food and symptom diary below.
- Bone broth – Preferably from grass-fed animals because otherwise, you may be ingesting more antibiotics and toxins that may have partly caused the problem in the first place.
- Fermented foods – Eat fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut and fermented milk (kefir).
- Probiotics – Probiotics help replace good bacteria that may have been eradicated from taking medications such as antibiotics. You can take a supplement or you can consume foods with probiotics.
- Digestive enzymes – Digestive enzymes help to digest foods that are not easily digested.
- L–Glutamine – This is a supplement that can be very helpful in healing the lining of your digestive tract which is problematic with leaky gut.
- Eat organic, local, healthy foods – Eat veggies, fruits, nuts, eggs and grass-fed meat.
I cannot tell you how many stories I have heard of people who have healed various conditions just by changing their diet. Please don’t be so quick to reach for medications (and all of their nasty side effects). See a Doctor, change your diet, eliminate your pain, feel better naturally and live longer.*
I have the following 2 books and I have found them very helpful and informative:
*To get a better idea of healthy food substitutions, check out my list here.
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Be happy, stay healthy! 🙂