Leaky Gut is a term that you may be hearing about more often in today’s society. With the onset of quick, heavily processed meal, higher amounts of stress, and less whole healthy foods more and more people are experiencing a wide range of digestive problems. Leaky gut results from chronic inflammation that can lead to tiny leaks in the very thin membrane of your intestinal wall. These pin-hole leaks lead to larger than intended, undigested food particles making their way outside of the intestinal wall and into your blood stream and can cause an immune response in your body. These leaks may lead to digestive issues, food allergies, or autoimmune problems, as well as, joint pain, rashes, fatigue, along with bloating , gas and cramping. With proper support, leaky gut can be treated and turned around, as the lining of the intestinal tract cells replace quickly. Some ways to work towards a healthy gut include:
- Performing allergy testing- Its estimated that more than half the population have been impacted by food intolerances and sensitivities. Food allergy testing looks into both acute allergy food as well as food sensitivities that may be causing a myriad of problems in your digestive health. There has been additional studies and information on food sensitivities causing more than just GI issues such as headaches, skin rashes, acne, fatigue and muscle aches.
- Once food allergy testing is done, using a food elimination diet to remove the foods that you are sensitive to and help you pinpoint foods that may be causing you the most problems.
- Limit or eliminate known irritants such as alcohol and NSAIDs. Other irritants include cigarette smoke, highly processed foods, and high sugar foods.
- Build a diet rich in vitamins and nutrients. Eat the colors of the rainbow in healthy fruits and vegetables. Grass fed beef contains good amounts of omega-3.
- Probiotics help restore balance of healthy microorganisms living in our guts and are needed to protect the GI tract and aid in digestion. Too few healthy bacteria and too much bad bacteria can lead to problems beyond digestive concerns and studies are now showing links of microbiome imbalances with issues in mental healthy such as depression and anxiety, heart disease and more you can read about here.