If you have scoured the internet in search of reasons for why you may be experiencing symptoms like IBS, acne, allergies, joint pain, extreme PMS or chronic fatigue, then you have likely come across the term "leaky gut". The more technically term for this condition is "intestinal permeability" which means that the lining of your intestinal wall has become so inflamed that particles such as partially digested food, pathogens and toxins are now able to seep through your intestinal lining and into into your bloodstream.
But why is this a problem?
Your intestinal lining acts as a filter between your digestive tract and your bloodstream. It should only allow select substances (like nutrients and water) to pass through. When your intestinal lining is inflamed it becomes "leaky", allowing foreign particles to cross over your intestinal "security gates". When these foreign particles are able to pass into your bloodstream, they cause your immune system to react as it works to defend the rest of your body against what it perceives to be potential illness causing pathogens.
If your intestine continues to remain inflamed, this will cause chronic activation of your immune system, resulting in >> CHRONIC INFLAMMATION. **Which is the root cause of 90% of all disease!**
However, our healthcare system does not often address (or even consider) the health of your digestive system when treating symptoms/conditions.
If you experience any of these symptoms, it could indicate that you have a leaky gut:
Chronic digestive upset, bloating, gas, stomach pains, acid reflux
IBS, IBD, diarrhea, constipation
Brain fog, chronic fatigue, attention issues
Skin problems, eczema, acne
Chronic sinus congestion, allergies
Trouble sleeping well
Type 2 Diabetes
What causes leaky gut?
There are MANY factors that contribute to inflammation in the digestive tract. Here are a few of the most common:
A diet high in starchy, refined and processed foods
Industrial farmed & factory raised food/meat
Antibiotics & medications
Environmental toxins: air pollution, cleaning products, body care products
And the list goes on...
How can you heal your leaky gut?
Because there are so many contributing factors that lead to intestinal permeability, it is important to determine the root causes behind why you have this condition in the first place.
While you work to determine those, here are a few steps that you can take to begin the process of healing your gut:
Stay hydrated with clean, filtered water. 1/2 body weight in oz per day.
Enjoy a diet rich in organic, low-starch veggies, healthy proteins and quality fats.
Avoid refined and processed foods.
Optimize your digestion to ensure that you are properly breaking down and absorbing nutrients.
Move your body with moderate exercise everyday.
Practice relation and meditation.
Get 7-8 hours of restful sleep.
Address underlying causes with a Functional Practitioner.
If you are looking for professional guidance to heal and seal your gut so that you can feel amazing inside and out, I can help. I specialize in helping my clients identify the root causes to their symptoms while also utilizing state-of-the-art gut microbiome & food sensitivity testing to customize a nutrition and gut healing protocol to your specific needs.
I'll guide you through each step of your protocol so that you feel confident and supported throughout the entire process and get to feeling well as soon as possible!
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