What is Leaky Gut Syndrome
This causes significant irritation to the immune system which is always on alert in this area to protect the body. Another common feature of leaky gut is dysbiosis, or the overgrowth of ‘bad’ bacteria in the digestive tract. Bacteria can give off toxins and chemicals which cause the membranes of the digestive tract to become more porous in the first place.
- Excess gas
- Food sensitivities
- Diarrhoea/ constipation
- Burping/ reflux
- Skin disorders
- Weakened immune system
- Urinary Tract Infection
What causes Leaky Gut?
- Alcohol/ smoking
- Lack of exercise / excessive exercise
- Illness or infection like a gut bug or parasite
- Toxin overload
- Overuse or misuse of medications
- Recurrent Antibiotic use
- Chronic stress
- Chronic Fatigue
- Food Allergies/Sensitivities
- Joint Pain
- Imbalanced gut bacteria
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Medications: antibiotics, Oral Contraceptive Pill, Steroids, Chemotherapy (to name a few)
Other diseases associated with Leaky Gut.
- Crohn’s disease
- Ulcerative colitis, ulcers
- Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
- Dysbiosis (imbalance of microbes/bacteria)
- Compromised microbiome (gut environment)
- Celiac disease
- Autoimmine Disease
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Food allergies
- All Autoimmune disease – Psoriasis, hypothyroidism (Hashimoto disease), hyperthyroidism (Graves disease), metabolic syndrome, diabetes, multiple sclerosis (MS), Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus), Rheumatoid arthritis. Up to 80 autoimmune conditions.
- Pain and inflammation.
- Lectins and lipo-polysaccharides.
Do you find yourself saying ,
‘I just don’t feel quite right’?
Way’s you can improve Leaky Gut
- STAY HYDRATED. Staying hydrated improves overall cellular hydration and bowel movements. Water calculation: 30ml x weight in kg is needed per day to avoid dehydration. Up to 50ml x weight in kg per day when exercising.
- CONSUME 25-30g of fibre per day. Eat fibre containing foods such as leafy green vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and legumes to help improve bowel movements.
- EAT ORGANIC. Non-organic foods which use glyphosate (roundup pesticide) and has the capacity to destroy your gut microbiome healthy bacteria and it’s environment). Avoid it if possible.
- EAT BITTER FOODS. Eat bitter foods such as broccoli, cabbage, kale, radish, bitter melon, apple cider vinegar, lemon and dandelion greens. They will help stimulate digestive acids and digestive enzymes to improve overall digestive function.
- EAT FOODS WHICH CONTAIN PREBIOTICS AND PROBIOTICS. Prebiotics feed your probiotics so they can be more effective in doing their job. Prebiotic foods include asparagus, onions, garlic, artichoke and legumes. Probiotics are your good microbes fighting the constant battle in your gut to improve overall gut function, immunity and health. Probiotic foods include fermented vegetables, kefir, yogurt, coconut yogurt and kombucha.
- AVOID GLUTEN. Gluten containing foods can destroy your gut lining, which can lead to leaky gut syndrome and autoimmune disease. It is best to avoid both gluten and gluten-free processed foods. Certain grains can be pro-inflammatory and cause the same damaging effects of gluten containing foods. It’s best to stick to an organic whole-food diet.
- AVOID EVERYTHING LISTED IN THE CAUSES OF LEAKY GUT SYNDROME.
- REST & DIGEST – Never eat on the run or under stress as it may impair digestive function. It’s best to sit down whilst eating at each meal to allow your parasympathetic nervous system to do its job.
- CONSUME BONE BROTHS REGULARLY – bone broths have the essential nutrients requires to rebuild a compromised gut.
- BALANCE DIET – Eat a low carbohydrate, moderate protein and high fat diet.
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