Our gut is more than just a garbage disposal for our food – it is involved with immunity, mental health, detoxification, & hormone balance.
When the lining of our gut is impaired from inflammatory conditions we put it under (stress, chemical additives, inflammatory foods, alcohol, etc) then shit hits the fan.
More specifically, the junction points between the tiny cells that line our gut (enterocytes) are compromised, allowing fragments of protein & bacteria to enter directly into our blood. Our body goes on red alert & then reacts to many things in the environment that it wouldn’t normally.to.
Signs you Have a Leaky Gut:
Gas, bloating, loose stools
Acne, eczema, rashes
Anxious, depressed, moody
SIBO or Candida overgrowth
Achy joints that swell
Brain fog/memory impairment
How to Heal a Leaky Gut
1. Remove – makes sense – remove what is causing the problem. Not sure what the deviant is? Do an Elimination diet for 2 weeks that removes all the common offenders like gluten, soy, dairy, vegetable oils, processed foods, alcohol (check out the book “Healthy Gut, Healthy You” by Michael Ruscio for a personalized approach), even remove medications (check with yo doc) & stress as well.
2. Replace – Add in a digestive enzymes (protease, lipase, etc.) with each meal. If you are feeling nauseous while eating, try Betaine HCl or even 1 T. apple cider vinegar with meals.
3. Reinoculate – Add in a good quality probiotic to help restore gut flora. Min 15 billion CFUs in each dose with Lactobacillus & Bifidobacter species (I use Hyperbiotics PRO-15). Fermented foods such as miso, sauerkraut & kombucha also help!
4. Repair – To further help repair the intestinal lining, add in the following supplements: tumeric, aloe vera, marshmallow root, & DGL licorice (reduce inflammation), Zinc, Antioxidants (Vitamin A, C, E, & Selenium to reduce oxidation), Fish oil, & L-Glutamine (to provide adequate amino acids for immune system).
If you are still having the same issues after completing all these steps, then work with a functional med doc to do a stool test to further diagnose.
Reference: Paraphrased from Aviva Romm “10 Signs that you have Leaky Gut _+ How to Heal it)