The health of our Intestinal system is a critical part of regaining our overall health. You may be thinking “what does joint/muscle pain, headaches, brain fog, cardiovascular disease, skin irritations etc. have to do with your gut?” Consider this: the intestinal system is the hub that all body systems encircle and relies on for nutrition. Healing the gut is the most important first step everyone should do no matter what their health issues are. What happens in the gut is extremely important for the rest of the body—if your gut isn’t healthy, then neither are you!! 80% of your immune system is located in your gut. If your gut is not healthy, then your Immune system is not healthy – opening the door for viruses, bacteria, inflammation, autoimmune disease, and leaky gut.
What is Leaky Gut?
Leaky gut is when the tight junction of the gut becomes porous allowing toxins, undigested food, bacteria, yeast and more, to get into your blood stream. Once there, these toxins travel throughout the body. These “foreign invaders” put your immune system on high alert, causing chronic inflammation. Inflammation is at the root of most health issues. Think of the “tight Junctions” as the “gateway” between your intestines and what’s permitted to pass into your blood stream. Having a leaky gut is like having the gates broken from your intestines to your blood stream.
What causes Leaky Gut?
Things that contribute to Leaky Gut are: gluten, dairy, sugar, alcohol, corn, nightshade vegetables, GMO’s, grain and pseudo grains, stress (physical or emotional), food additives, antibiotics, antacids, Prednisone, birth control pills, medication for inflammation (such as aspirin and ibuprofen), SIBO (small intestinal bacteria overgrowth), Candida, and Parasites.
Conditions associated with chronic inflammation:
-Autoimmune disorders of all kinds
-Bone and joint disorders (e.g., back pain, muscle pain, arthritis)
-Cancer of all types
-Cardiovascular disease (heart disease, Atherosclerosis)
-Digestive disorders, such as acid reflux (GERD), irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, gallstones, fatty liver, diverticulitis, food sensitivities, food allergies, emotional and cognitive disorders (e.g., anxiety, brain fog, depression)
Steps to heal a Leaky Gut:
-Remove – we must lessen the load by removing offending foods that cause
inflammation (gluten; dairy; corn; sugar; and for some, legumes and pseudo grains (e.g., rice, quinoa, millet, buckwheat) for a short time. These can be re-introduced later.
-Reset – we reset the gut by incorporating healing foods
-Repair – repair the gut with specific supplements
-Replenish – replenish the good gut bacteria with probiotics