Every disease starts in the gut.
Leaky gut is the cause of the rapid increase of a variety of conditions that affect millions of people, such as food allergies, low energy, joint pain, thyroid disease, autoimmune conditions, cancer, obesity, slow metabolism, migraines, among others.
What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Think of the lining of your digestive tract like a net with extremely small holes in it that only allow specific substances to pass through. Your gut lining works as a barrier keeping out bigger particles that can damage your system.
When someone has leaky gut, the lining of the digestive tract gets damage which causes even bigger holes to develop in your net, so things that normally can’t pass through, are now be able to. Some of the things that can now pass through include proteins like gluten, bad bacteria and undigested foods particles. Toxic waste can also leak from the inside of your intestinal wall into your blood stream causing an immune reaction.
This leads to inflammation throughout your system and can cause symptoms, such as:
- Food sensitivities
- Thyroid conditions
- Joint pain
- Skin issues, like rosacea and acne
- Digestive problems
- Weight gain
- Syndrome X
According to the Journal of Diabetes there is a strong body of evidence pointing to leaky gut as a major cause of autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes.
What Causes Leaky Gut?
There are 4 main causes of leaky gut which include:
- Poor diet (gluten, dairy, sugar, GMO’s, lectin, etc.)
- Chronic stress (weakens the immune system)
- Toxin overload (100 00 toxins in our environments)
- Gut imbalance or dysbiosis (candida, parasites, bacteria, viruses)
Leaky Gut and the Brain
Leaky gut has been linked to a range of psychological disorders such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder. So, in many cases, if you can heal the gut you can heal the brain.
The 4-Step Plan to Heal Leaky Gut
The good news is there’s a solution to healing leaky gut. There is a 4-step process that includes:
- REMOVE foods and factors that damage the gut
- REPLACE with healing foods
- REPAIR with specific supplements
- REBALANCE with probiotics
Healing foods for the Leaky Gut
These are the tops foods I recommend for healing the gut: bone broth, collagen, raw cultured dairy/raw milk, fermented vegetables (sauerkraut, kimchi, kvass, kombucha), apple cider vinegar, coconut and its products, fish like salmon, grass-fed beef, pastured eggs
Top Supplements for Healing Leaky Gut
There are many supplements that support your digestive health but I believe the most beneficial are: L-Glutamine, Collagen, Probiotics, Digestive Enzymes, Aloe Vera Juice, Pau D’arco, Wormwood, Chlorella, Olive Leaf Extract, Garlic, Echinacea, Golden Seal, Neem, among others.
The Secret Weapon
Coffee enemas have been shown to do wonders when it comes to detoxifying the body of a variety of toxic components like heavy metals, pesticides, chemicals, parasites and fungi. Therefore, you may want to consider incorporating this tool in your health routine.