Leaky Gut Myth or Fact?
It is all over the media now....if you have this symptom or that illness you must have leaky gut. It seems like everyone has leaky gut. Is this really true? Is leaky gut even a real thing or the latest fad term? How do I know if I have it? How can I heal it?
It is real.
In fact, the medical term for leaky gut is intestinal permeability. The medical community has known about this syndrome for a while, but it is now being more understood and accepted as the root cause of many other illnesses, especially autoimmune disease.
Your intestinal lining is supposed to be a closed barrier to anything that is not a nutrient. When your intestinal lining becomes weakened, the gaps that are supposed to stay tightly shut, called tight gap junctions, break apart. Once this occurs, pathogens, toxins and undigested food that would normally continue on through the digestive tract, leak into your blood stream causing all sorts of inflammation and immune system distress.
This is why so many illnesses and symptoms have the same root cause of leaky gut.
- Food allergies/sensitives
- Autoimmune disease
- Digestive issues, IBS, SIBO
- Chronic fatigue
- Candida infection
- Chronic yeast/fungal infections
- Allergies, eczema, asthma
- Irritable bowel disease
- Achy joints
- Weight gain
While the cause of leaky gut will vary among individuals there are some things in our day to day lives that do make us more susceptible.
- antibiotic use
- Candida yeast or fungal infection
- eating a diet high in processed, sugary foods.
- chronic stress
- eating a lot of foods that are irritating to the gut, like gluten and dairy
- excessive environmental toxins
- low stomach acid
This isn't to say that everyone who has had or done these things at some point in their lives has leaky gut. All of these factors though do cause a disturbance to the natural micro flora (healthy bacteria) of the gut, and do result in at least low level inflammation. It is this chronic inflammation that weakens our intestinal lining over time and puts us at risk.
So, start where you are, doing one thing at a time. There is no urgency that one must do everything at once or else. With that said, many will find it is easiest to jumpstart with products to more quickly cleanse the body of excess pathogens from yeast to E.coli, while learning to make food changes.
Check out this list of products we offer for this, and choose anything that feels like a good match for you. It is also necessary to starve the unhealthy bacteria and feed the beneficial ones to restore balance to the intestinal tract. Read about food ideas below.
IntestiMax - Soothes the lining of the intestines and has key nutrients to rebuild the cells of the intestinal wall. For gastrointestinal issues, such as leaky gut, IBS, ulcers, UC, etc.
ParaMax - will clear out parasites, worms and their eggs
Candisol - will break down and eliminate yeast from candida albicans and some other fungi
PB formula - replenish the beneficial flora with this multi-strain probiotic
Floraphage - for breaking down unwanted bacteria in the intestines such as E.coli AND SUPER FEEDS AND MULTIPLIES THE GOOD BACTERIA!
Devigest - - Powerful digestive enzyme that helps further break down undigested food, provides more digestive support for dairy and gluten, helps reduce stress and inflammation in the digestive tract.
Red Desert Clay - Will move into the bloodstream and cleanse all kinds of toxins from dead yeast, endotoxins (yeast bi-product), and other chemicals and pathogens which burden the immune system.
Foods that will keep inflaming the gut are:
- any other food sensitivity or intolerance you might have.
Vegetables- You remember when your mom said "eat your vegetables"? Well she was right. The fiber and nutrients in a variety of vegetables, are the main food source of the beneficial bacteria. So eat up!
Bone broth - Either cook it yourself or purchase from a reputable quality company like Kettle and Fire. Bone broth contains so many nourishing nutrients that the body does not have to digest. Bone broth is amazing for healing the gut due to its high collagen, proline and glycine content. It will also supply many minerals that help to rebuild the skin, hair, teeth, and tissue of the Gl tract.
Probiotic/fermented foods - Raw dairy and fermented veggies like Kimchi or Sauerkraut will help to quickly build up the beneficial bacteria that all our intestinal tracts need to stay healthy and function optimally.
Wild Caught fish - Especially Salmon has a fair amount of healthy Omega 3 oils that are great for healing and decreasing inflammation.
Coconut oil and Coconut milk - This is another type of healthy fat that is very supportive of the body and bringing down inflammation.
Take what works for you, and you will be on your way to relief in no time!