Leaky gut is a term used to explain many gastrointestinal and immune disorders. Essentially, a leaky gut is when the ‘gates’ from your intestines to your bloodstream are broken. There is a hole big enough to let microbes and toxins through that should not otherwise be allowed in.
Gluten exposure is one cause of a leaky gut. And that’s just the beginning of the problem.
Leaky gut can contribute to:
* Vitamin and Mineral deficiencies
* Food Allergies
* Good Bacteria Imbalances
* Autoimmune Disease
4 steps to repair a leaky gut:
1) Remove inflammatory foods & factors that contribute to damaging the gut. The top inflammatory foods are gluten, dairy, eggs, peanuts, GMO foods (corn, soy, sugar beets, canola oil), inorganic foods (contains herbicides, & insecticides), food colorings, processed sugar, artifical sugars, alcohol, NSAIDs, antibiotics.
2) Consider lifestyle factors that contribute to leaky gut. These include, lack of sleep, unmanaged stress, low stomach acid (leading to microbial, fungal, and parasitic infections)
3) Replace with foods that heal and strengthen the gut. These include organic (non-GMO) produce, healthy fats, nuts/seeds, high-fiber/low-glycemic carbs, nonstarchy vegetables, hypoallergenic proteins (peas, rice, chia, & hemp), clean proteins (hormone-free, pasture-raised beef & lamb, free-range chicken & poultry, wild-caught cold-water fish, wild game)
4) Repair the damage. Consider supplements like L-glutamine, DGL, Aloe Vera, essential fatty acids (EPA, DHA), zinc carnosine
5) Rebalance the microbiome. Consider a prebiotic to feed healthy bacteria (chicory root, dandelion greens, garlic, leeks, onion, asparagus, raw banana), probiotic to protect against pathogens which reduce the ‘leakiness’