Your Gut Flora Is Constantly Under Attack

Your gut bacteria—and therefore your physical and mental health—are constantly affected by your environment, your diet, and lifestyle choices. If your gut flora is harmed and thrown out of balance, all sorts of illnesses can result, both acute and chronic.

There are 4 main causes of leaky gut:

  • Poor diet
  • Chronic stress
  • Toxin overload
  • Bacterial imbalance

The crux of digestion occurs in the small intestine.

If you’re not properly digesting your food, inflammation occurs, causing holes in the lining of the small intestine. Food particles then leak through and make it into your bloodstream. Food particles aren’t supposed to be in your bloodstream, so your body sees this as a foreign invader and marks it as an antigen. Your immune system mounts an attack on these invaders. Now, every time you eat that food and it leaks into your bloodstream, your body recognizes the protein from that food as an invader, and your immune system fires.

Whatever else is in your small intestine (yeast, other toxins, bacteria) can also leak into the bloodstream, adding to your toxic load and making you feel crappy.  This vicious cycle is commonly referred to as “Leaky Gut Syndrome.”

There are a few things that you can do to end this cycle:

1.  Re-establish internal ecology and healthy intestinal flora with anti-fungals and probiotics. Take steps to eliminate Candida issues. 

2. Eat fermented foods such as yogurt, Kefir, Natto, naturally fermented vegetables, and sourdough bread.

3.  Address nutritional deficiencies focusing on increasing antioxidant intake. Some good choices are, which will be included in more detail later are:   B complex, vitamin C, E, zinc, selenium, germanium, coenzyme Q10, bioflavinoids, especially quercetin, catechin, hesperidin, rutin and proanthocyanidins, pycnogonals, grape seed extract.

4.  Change the diet to incorporate only natural and organic foods. Avoid Genetically Modified Foods (GMO’s).  

5.  Eliminate all processed foods, refined sugars, and refined white flours from the diet.

6.  Include quality soluble and insoluble fiber into the diet.

7.  Remove hard to digest proteins such as gluten and dairy from the diet, if you have not already.

8.  Add in digestive enzymes to the diet to aid in proper food breakdown and digestive support. This can help to clear out waste that can be leading to bloating and puffiness around the middle, sabotaging that tight tummy you are aiming for.

9.  Enhance the mucosal lining of the stomach. Supplements such as: betain and pepsin, glutamic acid, , apple cider vinegar, Slippery Elm, Marshmallow Root, and amino acids – L-glutamine, and N-acetyl-glucosamine (NAG) are all very helpful.

10. Avoid Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) and antibiotics whenever possible. Both contribute to intestinal permeability.

11. Increase Vitamin C intake.

12. Consider making your own bone broth. Add it to EVERYTHING! Bone Broth is packed with healing macro-minerals, is essential to digestive health, is packed with protein and amino acids, and is an amazing immune system supporter.

13.  Sip Raw Apple Cider Vinegar Regularly.  Apple Cider Vinegar supports a healthy immune system, Improves Bowel Irregularity, Helps to control weight by breaking down fats so that your body can use them rather than store them, and even helps to promote digestion and balance pH, just to name a few of it’s benefits.

So if you feel that you may have a leaky gut, try to add as many of these steps as possible to begin to see huge improvements in your health.

 

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