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Heal A Leaky Gut Naturally With Food And Supplements

What Is Leaky Gut?

Leaky gut is a condition in which the lining of the small intestine becomes damaged, causing undigested food particles, toxic waste products, and bacteria to “leak” through the intestines and flood the bloodstream. When the lining of your intestine, which is supposed to keep the contents of our digestive system separate from the rest of the body, it becomes compromised. Your body perceives these particles as invaders, triggering an immune response which can then set the tone for a host of health issues.

According to research that points to the leaky gut syndrome as a major cause of autoimmune diseases. When the cells in your intestines don’t produce the enzymes needed for proper digestion, they become damaged. As a result, your body cannot absorb essential nutrients, which can lead to imbalances and a weakened immune system.

There Are Many Causes

Medications including antibiotics, steroids or over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin and acetaminophen, can irritate the intestinal lining and damage protective mucus layers. This irritation can start or continue the inflammation cycle that leads to intestinal permeability.

Me personally, my diet was pretty bad after having abused fried/ fast foods, bread, pasta, sugary candy and desserts over a very long period. I never cared much for vegetables and rarely ate them. After years of abuse, when I ate these foods, my body went to war producing antibodies, which triggered an immune response that caused illnesses and chronic inflammation throughout my body ruining my digestive lining.

Not Good!

Chronic Conditions Can Result

Constipation is extremely toxic for the body because your body needs to have at least 1-2 bowel movements each day to remove those toxins. If you are constipated, toxins are sitting in your colon and mucus and plaque along with fermented waste keep building up. Another problem with constipation and toxic buildup is that it can cause malabsorption of vital minerals and nutrients, including zinc, iron and vitamin B12. If left untreated, the foreign substances entering the blood can cause more severe health issues. Diabetes (Type 1), arthritis, migraine headaches, brain fog with memory loss, hormone imbalance, depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD, Lupus, Celiac disease, Crohn’s, Lyme disease and thyroid issues which have gotten to that point for some.

Common Signs Of Intestinal Permeability

Chronic diarrhea
Constipation
Gas or Bloating
Food sensitivities
Ear infections
Urinary tract infections
Vaginal yeast infection
Poor immune system
Cravings for sugar or carbs
Digestive problems
Weight gain
Joint pain
Sinus infections
Excessive fatigue
Skin rashes, acne
Eczema or Rosacea

 

There Are Tests You Can Take

If you have any of the symptoms, mentioned, you should get checked by your health care provider or nutritionist so that a treatment plan can be designed for you. Sensitivities to certain foods could also be a contributing factor.

•The Food Sensitivities Test

Utilizes blood or saliva to test for leaky gut. Different laboratories have different names for their versions of the leaky gut test to analyze the presence and quantity of antibodies to bacteria, yeast, and common allergy-producing proteins (cow’s milk, eggs, wheat, corn, and soy).

•The Intestinal Permeability Test

It is a urine test for leaky gut that measures the ability of lactulose and mannitol (two non-digestible sugars) to pass through the intestinal lining. The patient drinks a solution containing lactulose and mannitol and provides a urine sample after six hours; the amounts of lactulose and mannitol are measured to determine the presence and degree of leaky gut.

•Comprehensive Stool And Digestive Analysis Test

An ova and parasite (O&P) exam is a microscopic evaluation of a stool sample that is used to look for parasites that may infect the lower digestive tract, causing symptoms such as diarrhea. … A variety of parasites can cause infections of the digestive system (gastrointestinal (GI) infections).

•Blood Test Checking For IgA And IgG Antibodies

Immunoglobulin A (IgA), which is found in high concentrations in the mucous membranes, particularly those lining the respiratory passages and gastrointestinal tract, as well as in saliva and tears.

Immunoglobulin G (IgG), the most abundant type of antibody, is found in all body fluids and protects against bacterial and viral infections.

Handle Yourself With Care

Normally it takes about two to three weeks for a healthy gut to generate a new lining but if you have food intolerance sensitivities or any of the diseases mentioned earlier, I would give myself 3 to 6 months or more depending on the severity of your illness. You must remove foods and factors that damage the gut. Sugar will wreak havoc on your digestive system and feed the growth of yeast. Bad bacteria can damage your healthy cell growth and eat a hole in your intestinal wall.

Conventional cows milk can take a toll on your digestive tract. The component of dairy that will harm your gut is the protein A1 casein. The pasteurization process will destroy vital enzymes, making sugars like lactose very difficult to digest. Buying raw dairy from A2 cows, goats, sheep or buffalo would be a better choice.

It’s essential to remove allergens and inflammatory foods such as un-sprouted grains, GMOs, refined oils, synthetic food additives and gluten from your diet. The top toxic exposures to eliminate are tap water, pesticides, NSAIDS, and antibiotics. Always check with your doctor before removing any prescription medications. When I started healing my leaky gut syndrome, I was taking medication that I had been on so, I had to work around that.

Healing Foods

Bone Broth – Bone broth contains collagen and the amino acids’ proline and glycine that can help heal your damaged cell walls. I’ve seen examples of people who do a bone broth fast for three days to help heal leaky gut and autoimmune disease. They have gotten results that have given them relief.

Raw Cultured Dairy – contains both probiotics and short-chain fatty acids’ (SCFAs) that can help heal the gut. Pastured kefir, yogurt, amasi, butter, and raw cheese are some of the best probiotic foods.

Fermented Vegetables – contain organic acids’ that balance intestinal pH and probiotics to support the gut. Sauerkraut, kimchi, and kvass are excellent sources.

Coconut Products – all coconut products are especially good for your gut. The medium-chain fatty acids’ (MCFAs) in coconut are easier to digest than other fats so they work well for leaky gut. Coconut kefir contains probiotics that support your digestive system. Coconut water keeps you hydrated, aids in weight reduction and balances out sugar levels.

If you have a severe leaky gut, you may need to start out getting your fiber from steamed vegetables and fruit. I ate tons of broccoli, asparagus and baby spinach.

Later I added sprouted seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds and hemp seeds that have been sprouted. They are great sources of fiber that can help support the growth of beneficial bacteria.

Healthy Fats – consuming healthy fats in moderation like egg yolks, avocados, ghee, and coconut oil are easy on the gut and promote healing.

Omega-3 Fats – anti-inflammatory foods like grass-fed beef, lamb and wild-caught fish like salmon benefit a damaged gut.

Fruits – Consuming 1–2 servings of fruit daily is good on a leaky gut diet. I eat blueberries in my yogurt or sometimes I just grab a few and eat them throughout the early day. grapes, bananas, raspberries, strawberries, kiwi, pineapple, oranges, mandarin, lemon, limes, passion fruit, and papaya are good but, don’t overdo it.

You can also steam apples and pears to make homemade apple sauce or fruit sauce. The fruit is best consumed in the morning and not later on in the day and keep fruit intake in moderation.

Healing Supplements

In a treatment plan, there are many supplements that support your digestive health as well as protect the gut lining from further damage. The four most beneficial leaky gut supplements that helped me are probiotics, digestive enzymes, l-glutamine, and licorice root.

Probiotics – This is the most important supplement to take because it helps replenish good bacteria and crowds out bad bacteria. Probiotics in both food and supplement form are best 50-100 billion units daily. By only following part of the protocol in healing but not removing the damaging irritants, you may fail to re-inoculate the gut with beneficial bacteria that will keep bad bacteria at bay.

Digestive Enzymes (1–2 capsules at the beginning of each meal) – these ensure that foods are fully digested, decreasing the chance that partially digested foods particles and proteins are damaging your gut wall. If you are sensitive to probiotics at any time and you know it’s not a die-off symptom of bad bacteria, you can take digestive enzymes instead. They also are a must with every meal.

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L-Glutamine – critical for any program designed to heal leaky gut. Glutamine powder is an essential amino acid supplement that is anti-inflammatory and necessary for the growth and repair of your intestinal lining. L-glutamine benefits include acting as a protector: coating your cell walls and acting as a repellent to irritants.

Licorice Root – an adaptogenic herb that helps balance cortisol levels and improves acid production in the stomach. It supports the body’s natural processes for maintaining the mucosal lining of the stomach and duodenum. This herb is especially beneficial if someone’s leaky gut is being caused by emotional stress because of the way it can help improve the way you produce and metabolize.

In Conclusion

Don’t try to do everything at once, if your detoxification symptoms become too intense.

If you have anything you’d like to add, feel free to let me know what you think in the comment section of the article.

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12 thoughts on “Heal A Leaky Gut Naturally With Food And Supplements

  1. This is such an informative article. I do believe that if you have a healthy gut, you will most likely be healthy.
    I learned about making sure your gut is healthy when I always had constipation, then I wasn`t really feeling well. I had some tests, and the doctor mentioned about leaky guts.
    Thank you for sharing some supplements to make sure my gut is healthy.
    All the best!

    1. Thank you Hanna, I’m glad I was able to mention some gut supplements that you found helpful with added information.
      All the best to you.

  2. That’s great information for either someone that knows about this condition and is struggling with it, or has no idea concerning it. Knowing what foods to avoid is essential for avoiding this condition, and the natural substances that can help heal it are good. I also think that the different effects listed will help you know better wether you may have the condition or not.

    1. Hi Justin, I always say knowledge is the key. Leaky gut syndrome can be complicated but there’s definitely help for it. I appreciate you reading and commenting on my information. I hope you found something useful that can pass along. All all the best and much success to you.

  3. I’m so glad I found this post. I have had issues with gut health ever since I was little. I have been in and out of doctors offices and have had multiple procedures including a colonoscopy, and I’m only 24!

    I’m glad I found something that offers a natural remedy for healing your gut because quite frankly I’m sick of procedures and doctors offices.

    I’ve heard a probiotic can help heal leaky gut before, but I have not tried one yet. Would you recommend a certain brand of probiotic for leaky gut?

    1. Hello Madeline,
      Thank you and I am glad I could offer you information that can assist you getting relief. Finding a good probiotic that you can take daily will be beneficial in helping you to recover. Dietary changes are a must. There are many good probiotics to chose from and you should have no problem getting them online or at your favorite health food store. Always read reviews from others who have made purchases online. That way you can eliminate products that you think may not work for you. Working with a nutritionist can personalize a plan specifically to meet your needs.
      Good Luck!

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  5. Great post and I have been working on this problem of mine for a while, so I appreciate all the tips that I can find to fix my issues.

    I am going to get some L-Glutamine and some fresh HCL. When is the best time to take probiotics if I am using L-Glutamine? Should I split the dose or take them all at once (which is usually how I do supplements).

    1. Hello Irma, You are welcome. Thank you for visiting and reading my content on leaky gut syndrome. I left my 2 recommedations in the context of article. I take a probiotic everyday as I have for serveral years, along with the pure free form L-Glutamine powder. I take mine together usually in the morning but, you may follow the directions or do what you find is most convienient for your schedule. Feel better and don’t hesitate to stop by anytime.
      -Stori

  6. I’m glad you mentioned that bone broth can be great for healing leaky gut. My brother might think that he has been getting ready for testing for leaky gut and wanted to start taking steps in case he does have it. Maybe we should try some of these tips and see if that makes him feel better in the meantime.

    1. Hello Thomas, I’m glad you found the information in my article helpful to read. Thank you for visiting and feel free to come back at any time.

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