This is important and needs to be addressed without delay. Too many people are suffering from it without even knowing about it….EVER!
And you could be one of them!
So let me cut the chase.
I’m talking about a ‘leaky gut’.
Most likely you’ve got a leaky gut, if you’ve been suffering for a while from symptoms like:
• Food sensitivities
• Gas, bloating, cramping
• Diarrhea/ constipation
• Conditions like IBS, Crohn’s, IBD, SIBO
• Candida/ parasite/ dysbiosis
• Autoimmune conditions- Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia or Hashimoto Thyroiditis
• Behavioral issues (Autism/ ADHD)
• Skin conditions like acne. Eczema, roasacea, psoriasis
• Lack of energy
• Aches and pains
What is leaky gut?
When you get holes/ tiny gaps in the otherwise tight intestinal lining- you’ve got a leaky gut! The intestinal lining is supposed to be tight, nice and sealed, without any holes/ lose pockets.
So when these holes appear, food particles, toxins, microbes or other such molecules; which are supposed to stay ‘inside’ the gut, can now ‘leak out’ into the blood stream!
And since they are not supposed to be there, the body reacts to them in a defensive manner- leading to inflammation of the gut, causing immune reactions, food sensitivities and the host of other symptoms listed above.
The other term for a leaky gut is intestinal permeability.
Leaky gut also causes nutrient mal-absorption in the body, as we may not be absorbing important micro nutrients like Vitamin B12, Zinc, Iron or Magnesium. This causes low energy and predisposes us to other symptoms and conditions, which we will talk about in another post.
What Causes Leaky Gut?
There are many reasons behind a leaky gut. It certainly doesn’t happen overnight!
Some of the contributing factors are:
Repeated/ prolonged exposure to bacteria, viruses or parasites
Overuse of drugs- antibiotics, NSAIDs, chemical laxatives
Overconsumption of processed foods, sugars and trans fats
Lack of healthy gut bacteria
Prescription hormones or BCPs (birth control pills)
Exposure to moulds/ fungi
How to fix a leaky gut?
It is important that a leaky gut is fixed in order to prevent long terms health complications.
I’ve also suffered from leaky gut for years without knowing it. It was the root cause of my IBS, lactose sensitivity and Candidiaisis. So I know firsthand how challenging it can be to live with a leaky gut.
Through my own healing journey and study of natural nutrition, I’ve learned how to deal with this effectively.
Accordingly, I’ve created my ‘Signature’ Digestion Intensive program, in which I walk my clients through the 5 R’s to gut strengthening. These 5 R’s stand for: remove , replace, repair, re-inoculate and re-introduce.
It may take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to repair the leaky gut lining, and needs careful monitoring and follow up so that it’s done right.
If you want to find out more about it, set up a free discovery session with me by clicking here.
Meanwhile, here are some steps you can take immediately:
1. Remove all processed, packaged foods from your diet:
These foods have no real nutritive value and may be laden with chemicals, preservatives, food colorings and even GMO ingredients. Eating such foods when you have a leaky gut is like adding the ultimate insult to the injury.
2. Stop drowning yourself in high sugar foods!
Excess sugar consumption causes Candida overgrowth. This yeast overgrowth causes an imbalance of bacteria in the gut.
Candida also produces toxins in the body which further causes a leaky gut. It’s a vicious cycle that can be broken only by removing sugar consumption and engaging in a Candida Protocol.
Now if the mere thought of not eating sugar overwhelms you and you think it’s impossible to do, think again. Download my 3 day sugar detox, complete with delicious recipes and grocery list to kick out sugar from your diet right NOW!
3. Start managing your stress levels.
I know, it’s easier said than done. But stress is a major cause of inflammation in the body. Long-term inflammation may lead to a leaky gut or aggravate the situation if you already have a leaky gut.
Find ways to manage your stress levels; whether it is indulging in hobbies, practicing yoga or meditation, journaling or seeking professional help.
4. Get those probiotics!
Probiotics are those good/ friendly bugs, which support digestion, boost immunity, help increase nutrient absorption and fight the bad bacteria, parasites or other pathogens in the gut.
If you want to learn more about probiotics, click here.
5. Eat loads of fresh vegetables
Fresh vegetables are an excellent source of fiber, prebiotics, vitamins and minerals.
You need these nutrient dense, high-quality, wholesome foods to recover from any disease or chronic condition. And leaky gut is no exception. So make sure you have at least 5-8 servings of fresh vegetables per day!
You must have heard the famous quote by Hippocrates, “All disease begins in the gut.”
This is no understatement. After all, 70% of your immunity lies in the gut!
So fixing a leaky gut should be the top most things to do on your priority list. I’ve done it for myself and for many of my clients, so it is possible for you too!
Don’t choose to continue suffering from digestive issues, IBS, aches/ pains, mood swings, brain fog, food sensitivities and skin issues.
You live only once, so why not live it at your best!
If you’d like really dig deeper and figure out how to be at your healthiest best, click here to book your complimentary discovery session with me today.
- Create a crystal clear vision for your health and wellness that will help you enjoy life more fully and get your “spark” back
- Uncover the root cause, hidden challenges and self sabotaging habits that may be making you tired, bloated, crave sugar and carbs and put on weight.
- Leave this session renewed, inspired and ready to finally strengthen digestion so you can enjoy your favorite foods with restrictions and be your best once and for all.