If you have problems with confusion, brain fog, irritability, poor memory or some other serious diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes or osteoporosis then you might be having leaky gut. All of them are connected with that syndrome. Many natural practitioners and physicians think that the base of our health can be found in our bowel and if you want to combat a disease then you will have to heal your gut.
The syndrome of leaky gut is very common in the USA and in many cases it is misdiagnosed or even undiagnosed. The symptoms of this syndrome can cause pain and can be uncomfortable as well. It can cause serious harm to your digestive system and destroy the ability of your body to absorb nutrients.
The leaky gut syndrome occurs when the intestinal lining of our gut starts to break down. Then the particles of the food that is undigested can pass through the walls of the intestines and can easily go in our blood stream.
Some of them are gluten undigested food particles, bad bacteria and toxins which can cause immune reaction.
There are no certain medications which can help and cure this condition. However there are many natural remedies and ways that will help you to cure the intestinal lining. You can read more about them in this article.
The cause of leaky gut
First of all you need to know that there are four things that cause leaky gut:
1. Bad/poor diet
2. Many toxins
3. Chronic stress
4. Bacteria imbalance
Second thing that you need to do is avoid foods that contain proteins which can be found in sugar, un-sprouted grains, conventional dairy and GMO’s. The un-sprouted grains are full of nutrients blockers. They are called lectins and phytates.
Lectins are proteins which bind sugar. They act like a defense system for the plants and keep them safe from parasites and molds. Our digestive lining has a layer of cells which contains sugar and they help the food to break down. The lectins lean towards this spot and once they are attached to the digestive lining they cause a severe damage to the gut which causes inflammation.
They can be found in different foods. Remember not to eat a lot of grains. Other foods that have a high content of lectins are rice, wheat, soy and spelt. They are more problematic.
On the other hand fermenting and sprouting grains can help and reduce the lectins and phytates. They can improve digestion and they are good for you.
Hybrid foods and GMO
They are full of lectins because they are modified to fight against bugs.
If you are trying to heal your organism do not eat grains which have gluten because it can cause damage to your intestinal lining. Especially avoid wheat. When the healing process is over, you can gradually add grains in your diet, and remember the ones that are sprouted and fermented.
Conventional cow milk
Dairy contains A1 Casein. It is a protein that will cause damage to your gut. During the pasteurization process the vital enzymes will be destroyed and the lactose will be hard to digest. In order to prevent that you can consume only raw dairy from goat, sheep, buffalo or A2 cows.
Sugar can cause a huge destruction of our digestive system. It will feed yeast, Candida, bad bacteria and it will help them to cause damage to your gut. Exotoxins are toxins which are created by bad bacteria and they can destroy the healthy cells and can make a hole in the intestinal wall. So try and consume less sugar.
Other factors that cause leaky gut
Over time stress can lower our immune system and that will weaken your ability to fight against bad bacteria and viruses. This can cause leaky gut and inflammation. If you want to reduce stress then you need to sleep more, rest more, exercise, hang out with friends or meditate.
The worst toxins that cause leaky gut among other 80.000 toxins and chemicals are tap water, antibiotics, aspirin, NSAIDS and pesticides. In order to eliminate fluoride and chlorine you need to buy a water filter and reduce inflammation by searching and buying natural herbs.
This is the main thing that causes leaky gut. It is a condition and it represents the imbalance between good and bad bacteria. Many people have it since their birth and the main reason is because the mother had unhealthy gut. This imbalance of bad and good bacteria can be caused due to lack of probiotics, use of antibiotics and tap water that contains fluoride and chlorine.
Signs of leaky gut
Periodontal disease, Crohn’s disease, autism, rheumatoid disease, chronic fatigue syndrome are some of the conditions and diseased that are caused by the syndrome of leaky gut. Other things that are connected with the leaky gut syndrome are Candida, parasitic infections, allergies, food sensitivity etc. We can also add the eczema, acne and psoriasis. All of them cause inflammation and other symptoms including:
– Weight gain
– Problems with digestion
– Food sensitivity
– Thyroid conditions
– Acne or rosacea
– Joint pain
The biggest sign is several food sensitivities. When the fats and proteins which are partially digested, flow through the intestinal lining they find their way and go into our bloodstream. This causes allergic reaction.
It does not mean that you will start and scratch yourself but it can cause some of the above mentioned signs. In some cases it can cause inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis, eczema, anxiety, IBS, muscle pain, migraine, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Journal of Diabetes claims that there is evidence which shows that leaky gut is one of the biggest causes of Type 1 diabetes.
Brain function and leaky gut
Leaky gut can affect our brain. In cases where a child with autism has a mood swing it may be a sign of intestinal permeability. A diet that does not include gluten or casein is very effective and can help them because the proteins inside them cause a leak through the gut and act as an opioid drug.
Opioids may produce mental confusion, constipation, nausea, drowsiness and in some cases depress respiration. When they are attached to their receptors they lower the pain perception. In some cases people are euphoric because these drugs can affect the regions in the brain which are involved in reward.
There are some examples of opioids:
This is the reason why leaky gut has a strong connection with many psychological disorders including anxiety, bipolar disorder and depression. Remember that if you heal your leaky gut, your brain will heal as well.
How to heal leaky gut
You don’t have to worry. A damaged gut can be easily treated because it reacts well on proper foods and herbs. We present you some recommendations:
A healthy diet is the most important part of healing your gut. You have to avoid white sugar, processed foods, gluten, dairy (this does not include kefir, Greek yoghurt or cow’s milk), alcohol, refined carbohydrates and caffeine. You have to eat a lot of whole foods that are nutrient-dense and full of fiber. Consume only organic food and fatty acids that come from flax, chia seeds, and fish. They are very important and can reduce inflammation. You have to drink a lot of water because it will help you to avoid the containments that destroy gut.
They are the best weapon against leaky gut. They have many health benefits and can reduce the quantity of Candida albicans that can be found in our gut. This can make a big change during the healing process. Candida attaches to the lining of the intestines and causes irritation, inflammation and damage to the mucosal lining in the intestinal tract. Probiotics can help and destroy the bad fungus, also known as Candida. Remember to buy probiotics that are refrigerated and reputable. They have to contain beneficial bacteria, more than 10 million per serving. You have to be patient and take probiotics regularly during a long period of time. That is how your body will get their benefits.
Some of the best raw cultivated dairy that can help you with leaky gut are Greek yoghurt, kefir, butter and raw cheese. They contain SCFA and probiotics as well.
They are full of organic acids and can help you to balance the pH of the intestines. They also contain probiotics. Some of them are Kvass, Kimchi and sauerkraut.
Products with coconut
Everything that contains coconut is good for your gut. The coconut contains MCFA which can be easily digested. You can consume coconut kefir for the MCFAs and for the probiotics as well.
People who suffer from leaky gut have a low stomach acid. This causes poor digestion and then the toxins go in our body. You can drink lemon water or water with apple cider vinegar.
Fiber will protect the gut and it will sweep away fungus, bad bacteria and many pathogens out of our system. You can try ground flax seeds, chia seeds or psyllium powder.
You can use flax seeds, chia seeds and hemp seeds that have been sprouted. They are full of fiber and can increase the growth of good bacteria. Remember that in cases of severe leaky gut you may need to take your fiber from steamed vegetables. Another thing that you can use is omega 3 fatty acids, such as, grass-fed lamb, beef or wild salmon.
Many herbs can reduce inflammation and they can also calm the damage in our intestines. The best are marshmallow root and slippery elm. They can soothe the intestinal tract and minimize the absorption of toxins by coating the intestinal tract. Other herbs that can be used are:
– Licorice Root
– Sheep Sorrel
– Ginger Root
– Fennel Seed
For eliminating parasites you can use:
– Black Walnut
– Grapefruit Seed Extract
– Caprylic Acid
The amino acids can repair the tissue in the intestinal tract that has been damaged. They can also promote the re-growth of the tissue and the gut regeneration. The L glutamine can strengthen the immune system, and can stop viral, bacterial and fungal infection in our organism. They are very important in the healing process.
It is very important to take supplements such as vitamin C, A and B, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, coenzyme Q10 and selenium. Colostrums will help you to reduce the inflammation and heal the intestinal lining. The most important supplement for rebuilding gut wall is L-glutamine.
You need to have a healthy lifestyle that will help you to heal your gut. You need to reduce stress, get more sleep, slow down while eating, exercise…
Our body needs its stability in order to function properly and its stability comes from our healthy gut. It is the root of our health, so take care of it.