A fairly new illness is on a rise, and it’s called Leaky Gut Syndrome. Millions of people are affected by this condition, and yet, not many people are aware of what this syndrome actually is.
Leaky gut syndrome has been linked with food allergies, low energy, thyroid issues, slow metabolism, and autoimmune disease development. It is a disease which allows particles to go through the digestive tract, into the surrounding area.
Healthy people have a digestive system lining which prevents this from happening, and those with Leaky gut syndrome develop small holes in that lining, through which gluten, bacteria, and undigested food can go through. The cause for concern is that toxic waste leaking from digestive tract can in this way reach your bloodstream and cause serious harm.
The symptoms of leaky gut syndrome include:
- Digestive issues
- Thyroid issues developing
- Sudden appearance of acne
- Weight gain
- Food sensitivities
The biggest warning sign might be the last one on the list – sudden sensitivity to certain types of food. Not digested parts of protein and fat can go through the intestinal lining and reach the bloodstream, as mentioned before. This can lead to allergic reaction, and other symptoms mentioned above.
After you notice symptoms of leaky gut, you should talk to your doctor as soon as possible, as it can have severe consequences. Some of those are Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome, depression, anxiety, headaches, arthritis, and chronic fatigue. Leaky gut can also lead to issues with vitamin and mineral absorption, and prevent your organism from absorbing minerals such as iron, zinc, and vitamin B12.
CAUSE OF LEAKY GUT SYNDROME
Leaky gut syndrome is caused by poor diet, stress, toxins, and bacterial imbalance. In other words, mostly by our bad habits.
Unsprouted grains are the main dietary cause of leaky gut. They contain a large number of nutrient blockers, phytates and lectins. Lectins bind to sugar, and they act as plants’ defense system, protecting them from potential threats. When ingested, lectin damages our digestive lining and causes inflammation. Plants with a high dose of lectin are wheat, rice, spelt, and soy, especially GMO and hybridized versions of these.
Cow’s milk also contains a protein that harms our digestive lining, A1 casein. With cow’s milk, during pasteurization, vital enzymes are destroyed, causing sugars (such as lactose) difficult to digest.
HOW TO HEAL LEAKY GUT SYNDROME
There are three simple principles that should be followed:
- Avoid food that’s difficult to digest
- Use healing foods (listed below)
- Help your organism heal with supplements (also listed below)
- Bone broth contains collagen and acids that help damaged cells repair
- Raw cultured dairy such as yogurt, butter, and raw cheese contain probiotics
- Fermented vegetables restore pH balance to your gut. Use sauerkraut, kimchi, kvass, and similar ones
- Coconut oil contains fats that help with digestion
- Chia seeds are a great source of fiber and they help healthy bacteria to grow
- Omega 3 fats found in salmon, lamb, and grass-fed beef are essential to your recovery
- Probiotics promote good bacteria, and eliminate bad bacteria
- Quercetin improves digestive lining function and helps with food intolerance
- Licorice root helps balance cortisol levels and improves acid production
- L-glutamine is an essential amino acid supplement
- Digestive enzyme capsules will help you digest food easier