Our bodies are amazing machines. They do a lot of incredible things without us even giving them a moment’s thought. Bien, that is until something goes wrong.
Take digestion for example. It’s an incredibly complex process, and yet day in and day out it just happens like clockwork. We take food in, our body extracts the nutrients we need to thrive and survive, and the waste is processed and excreted.
But with so many moving parts sometimes things can go wrong. One of those things it the development of an increasingly common disorder known as intestinal hyperpermeability or “leaky gut syndrome.”
Leaky gut is when perforations develop in the lining of your digestive tract. These tiny breaks in your intestinal lining can allow undigested food and toxins to pass back into your body and circulate through your bloodstream.
If that sounds like a problem to you, that’s because it is.
Leaky gut syndrome can be the starting point for anything from food intolerances, to allergies to inflammatory bowel disease.
5 natural fixes to shore up your leaky gut
If leaky gut is a problem for you, you have options, and here are five to get you started.
One of easiest things you can do to defend against leaky gut is to stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
Chronic dehydration causes constipation. This, in turn, allows bacteria to linger and inflame the intestinal lining, leading to—you guessed it—leaky gut.
2. Replenish Good Belly Bugs:
Your gut is home to lots of bacteria—good and bad. Sometimes an imbalance can occur and the bad bacteria can take over. When that happens, regaining balance is critical. UN probiotic supplement can help replenish the good guys and soothe and calm an unsteady gut environment.1
3. Support Digestion:
Taking digestive enzymes before eating a meal is an excellent way to help ensure your food is properly digested, lessening the chance that partially digested food will cause more harm to your body.
In addition, studies also suggest digestive enzymes can help encourage a healthy bowel environment.2
4. Soothe and Protect with Amino Acids:
L-glutamine is an essential amino acid with anti-inflammatory properties that works by coating cell walls and protecting against irritants. Studies suggest it could aid in the repair and growth of the intestinal lining and reduce some of the problems associated with leaky gut.3
5. Douse Inflammation with Fatty Acids:
Increasing the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet is another way to combat inflammation. Some research even suggests omega-3s could work to alleviate symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease.4
There are a couple ways to get more of this nutrient; you could consider a supplement, or simply eat more fatty fish, like salmon. If you’re a vegan or concerned about some of the aspects of eating fish, that, of course, limits your options.
Is leaky gut currently a problem for you? Have you tried any of these five remedies, or do you have another to share? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.
1. West, N. P. et al. Probiotic supplementation for respiratory and gastrointestinal illness symptoms in healthy physically active individuals. Clinical Nutrition. 33 (4).
2. Olendzk, B. C. et al. An anti-inflammatory diet as treatment for inflammatory bowel disease: a case series report. Nutrition Journal. 13.
3. Rapin, J. R. & Wiernsperger, N. Possible Links between Intestinal Permeability and Food Processing: A Potential Therapeutic Niche for Glutamine. Clinics (Sao Paulo). 65 (6).
4. Simopoulos, UN. P. Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Inflammation and Autoimmune Diseases.Journal of the American College of Nutrition. 21 (6).
Dr. Edward F. Group III has his Naturopathic Doctorate, Clinical Herbalist, Holistic Health Practitioner, Clinical Nutritionist certifications, and is a Diplomate of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition and the American Board of Functional Medicine. He founded Global Healing Center Inc. in 1998 which has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.
A dynamic author and speaker, Dr. Group focuses solely on spreading the message of health and wellness to the global community with the philosophy of full body cleansing, most importantly colon cleansing, consuming pure clean organic food, water, air, exercise and nutritional supplementation. Visit GlobalHealingCenter.com to learn more about living green and healthy!
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