Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Leaky Gut Help

What is Leaky Gut and How to Help it

Unfortunately the medical term 'leaky gut' is exactly what it sounds like. It's when the lining of the gut has holes in it and the waste can spill out into your bloodstream, reaching (and essentially poisoning) your vital organs.

Unfortunately, for a shocking percentage of Americans, this “nightmare scenario” is a reality.

Ask yourself, have you experienced…

A bloated belly that just won’t go away?
Extra pounds that are hard to lose?
Gut discomfort and slow digestion?
Stiff, achy joints?
Energy levels that crash too early in the day?

These could be the early signs of leaky gut.
Also, one of the biggest warning signs that you may have leaky gut can be that you’re experiencing multiple food sensitivities. Partially digested protein and fat can seep through your intestinal lining, making their way into your bloodstream and causing an allergic response.
This allergic response doesn’t mean you’ll break out in a rash all over your body, but it can lead to various symptoms:
  • Bloating
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Skin issues like rosacea and acne
  • Digestive problems
  • Weight gain
If left un-repaired, it can lead to more severe health issues like inflammatory bowel disease, IBS, arthritis, eczema, psoriasis, depression, anxiety, migraine headaches, muscle pain and chronic fatigue.
According to the Journal of Diabetes, there is a strong body of evidence pointing to leaky gut syndrome as a major cause of autoimmune diseases, including type 1 diabetes. 
Another problem with leaky gut is that it can cause malabsorption of vital minerals and nutrients, including zinc, iron and vitamin B12.

Lectins and Foods that Cause Leaky Gut

Lectins are found in many foods, not just grains, and consumed in smaller amounts, your body will do just fine with them. But foods that have large amounts of lectins are more problematic. Some of the lectins and foods that cause leaky gut include wheat, rice, spelt and soy.
Sprouting and fermenting grains reduces phytates and lectins, making these foods easier to digest. GMO and hybridized foods tend to be the highest in lectins since they have been modified to fight off bugs. Also, gluten-containing grains may damage your intestinal lining and potentially cause leaky gut syndrome. Once your gut is healthy, you can add back in grains to a point that your body can handle them without causing damage to the intestines. 
Conventional cows milk is another food that can cause leaky gut. The component of dairy that will harm your gut is the protein A1 casein. Also, the pasteurization process will destroy vital enzymes, making sugars like lactose very difficult to digest. For this reason, I only recommend buying raw dairy and from A2 cows, goats, sheep or buffalo. For more information on A2 milk, read here.  
Sugar is another substance that will wreak havoc on your digestive system. Sugar will feed the growth of yeast, candida and bad bacteria, which will further damage your gut. Bad bacteria actually creates toxins called exotoxins that damage healthy cells and can eat a hole into your intestinal wall.

The 4-Step Plan to Heal Leaky Gut

The good news is there’s a solution to successfully healing leaky gut. There is a four-step process that includes:
  1. REMOVE foods and factors that damage the gut
  2. REPLACE with healing foods
  3. REPAIR with specific supplements
  4. REBALANCE with probiotics

Nutrition Response Testing can specify all 4 steps to your specific needs.  No 4-Step plan to heal leaky gut is the same.  Everyone needs different supplements and to remove different foods from their diet while they are healing. There are general steps to take that can help before getting muscle tested. For more details on how to heal Leaky Gut, read here

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