What Is Leaky Gut?

You have probably been told that gluten is the cause of leaky gut. But what if you don’t really eat gluten products or you have stopped consuming gluten products but you still have leaky gut syndrome. There must be something else that causes it, right? So, what is really behind leaky gut? What caused it? Is there a natural treatment for leaky gut?

Leaky gut is a condition where your intestinal lining that comes between your intestine and your bloodstream becomes damaged. The lining of the intestines is like a rootlike structure that looks like soft hair with very small gaps, like 1 – 7 microns that lets vitamins and minerals to go through the bloodstream. It allows food to be absorbed into the lymphatic system.

Healthy Gut

In leaky gut, the gaps become bigger like 200-300 microns, so it allows undigested proteins to go through the colon and the bloodstream, which is not good. If this happens, the body starts building antibodies against the proteins. Then you will develop sensitivity to certain foods, food allergies especially to proteins, immune reaction, scar tissue, inflammation. Other symptoms may appear like allergies, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, mood disorder, and many others.

Leaky Gut

The antibody will see the undigested foods, gluten, sugar, protein, bacteria, as an enemy, and it starts to attack the intruder because they should not be there. These things that are not supposed to be in the bloodstream will cause inflammation because the body will try to clean and fix the problems.

If this goes on all the time, which usually does, it will lead to autoimmune reaction and causes a lot of autoimmune diseases to occur. Your body will start attacking its own tissues and cells. Autoimmune diseases are Hashimoto’s, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis arthritis, hypothyroidism, lupus, and many other autoimmune diseases start to appear.

It is important to understand that your gut did not become leaky overnight. This could be the result of years of exposure to inflammatory foods, toxins, and other causes as well.

Our Immune System

Our immune system depends on the ecosystem in our gut. The gut is the one that protects the body against toxins. It reacts towards threats that come to our body. People with unhealthy gut get sick easily, rather than people with a healthy gut. (1)

What I mean sick here is not just flu or the common cold – many chronic illnesses come from gut problems, including IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), allergies, asthma, autoimmune disorders, diabetes, arthritis, migraines, depression and anxiety, skin issues, and even some cancers. (2)

The Main Cause of Leaky Gut

  1. Vitamin C deficiency
  2. Insulin Resistance/High Insulin
  3. Smoking
  4. Modern diet that includes gluten and sugar
  5. Over the counter and prescription medications (especially antibiotics)
  6. Collagen disruption
  7. Chronic Stress
  8. Chemicals and pesticides, GMOs

Leaky gut is not the same as gut/digestive problem. Actually you can have leaky gut syndrome without having gut/digestive problem. How do you detect if you have leaky gut? If you have gas, bloating, acid reflux, inflammatory bowel disease, migraine headaches, food sensitivity, then it’s a warning that you have leaky gut.

Leaky Gut Symptoms:

  • Skin Issues: skin rash, psoriasis, eczema.
psoriasis leaky gut
  • Allergies and asthma
  • Food sensitivity and food intolerances
  • Joint pain and swelling
Inflammation joint pain
  • Candida overgrowth
  • Autoimmune diseases: Chron’s, Lupus, Hashimoto’s, Grave’s
  • Migraines or chronic headaches
  • Digestive issues: gas, bloating, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
  • ADHD and autism
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Joint pain and swelling
  • Vitamin Deficiency

A Happy Gut = A Happy You

happy woman natural treatment to leaky gut

There is a very strong connection between the gut and mental health. Studies show that 90% of our serotonin is made and stored in the gut, not in the brain. If the gut is in improper condition, the production of serotonin is affected. (3) Serotonin is a very important neurotransmitter for many bodily functions such as mood regulation, sexual function, appetite, sleep, cognitive function, and body temperature regulation.

Serotonin also plays an important role in our cardiovascular system, muscles, and many elements in the endocrine system. That’s why when you have leaky gut, you can slip into anxiety or depression easily. When you heal your leaky gut, you will have a better mood and more energy.

How To Heal Leaky Gut Naturally

There are several natural treatments you can take to heal your leaky gut.

1. Avoid gluten/dairy

Gluten is known to be the number one cause of leaky gut and dairy products are the next. So, avoid gluten products like bread, pasta, cereal, crackers, biscuits, that contain gluten. Avoid dairy products like cheese, milk, yogurt. If you eliminate gluten and dairy products, then you will avoid having more leaky gut syndrome in the future.

Gluten triggers the production of zonulin which causes the tight gaps on the intestinal linings to open up.

2. Avoid sugar

Sugar is also known to be the cause of leaky gut. Our bodies do not need sugar. Take a look at your diet for one day. How much sugar do you consume daily from the coffee, bread, pasta, tea, ketchup, sauce? Try to avoid sugar for 2 weeks, you will heal your gut quickly.

If you really have to take something sweet, there are sugar replacements you can consider.

3. Take Bone Broth

Bone broth is loaded with l-glutamine and collagen, which help to heal the gaps on the lining of the intestines. 90% of your gut lining is made of collagen. So you need to supplement on collagen to fix the problem.

4. Eat enough vegetables

You should consume at least 7-10 cups of fresh vegetables per day. Try to get as many leafy, cruciferous vegetables as possible like brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale, cabbage, lettuce.

Cruciferous Vegetables

5. Drink wheatgrass

Wheatgrass helps heal leaky gut with its enzymes and chlorophyll.

6. Cabbage

Steamed cabbage can help heal the intestinal linings, but some people are afraid to take it because cabbage creates gas in the abdomen.

7. Kombucha tea

Kombucha tea is fermented tea that can help restore the microbiome in the gut.

8. Drink Apple Cider Vinegar daily

Take one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and mix it with a glass of water.

Apple Cider Vinegar

9. Take Probiotics

Probiotics can help restore the microbiome ecosystem in your gut.

10. Herbal Tea (cinnamon, ginger, pau d’arco, astragalus)

This tea with herbal combination like cinnamon, ginger, pau d’arco, and astragalus that has bitterness to keep the dampness away in your gut system.

Herbal Tea Heal Leaky Gut

How Do You Know Your Gut Is Healed?

After taking the actions above for 1-2 weeks, you want to know if your gut is healed or not, if it’s worth doing it, right?

Check for the symptoms you have before taking the actions, have they disappeared? If the digestive issues, allergies/asthma, skin issues, mood issues all disappear, then it is a good indication that your gut is healed.

 When the gut is in proper health, it is easier to return to your ideal weight, your mood is improved, you have mental clarity, your energy and vitality is great.

Even as your gut repairs itself after avoiding inflammatory foods such as gluten, dairy, and sugary foods, do not go back to those foods. After the gut is in proper health, try to keep it that way!

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