Gut Health Part 2: Leaky Gut

leaky gutHealing Leaky Gut is the buzzword in the functional medicine world and for good reason.  If you are wondering if you have leaky gut, I suggest a self assessment here.  For more exact testing, please see a functional medicine doctor.  This type of doctor can help you with leaky gut and so much more in your own personal crazy journey towards health.  If you decide to do it on your own, then I will do my best to provide you with the best information and resources available to me as well as the tools used in my own journey to wellness.  Below are affiliate links to help you locate relevant products or resources.

How long will it take? There is no one answer for any body. Every body is different but I can give you a range of about 3 months to a year for an average length of time to heal your gut.  It will go faster with supplements and faster with the right supplements (for you).  Some guts are harder to heal than others and some respond easier to others.  Some have additional issues complicating their gut health (such as parasites, candida, dysbiosis, sibo, toxicity and more) and their healing journey.  For the sake of this article we will only cover the leaky gut portion of gut health.

Where do I start?   To put it simply, you need to do the following things:

  • remove the harmful or aggravating components of your life (some refer to this as “weeding” as in “weeding out the bad”)
    • stress- it damages the cell walls and reduces hydrochloric acid which then contributes to leaky gut syndrome.
    • poor food choices
      • gluten
      • grains
      • processed foods
      • gmo’s
      • refined sugar
      • alcohol
      • antibiotics (using them for viruses or acne would be considered unnecessary uses of antibiotics and destroy gut health by destroying good bacteria in the gut)
      • over the counter and prescription drugs- natural and beneficial alternatives provide relief without harming your body, which common over the counter drugs and prescriptions do more than they don’t.  The natural ones, based on herbs or by use of homeopathics, not only address the problem but usually offer additional benefits.  Using turmeric for pain relief is a perfect example, as it detoxifies, heals the body and provides antioxidants as well as reduces inflammation.
    • bad bacteria, fungus or parasites
  • put in the good components ( some refer to this as “feeding” and “seeding”.  I have included some affiliate links to help you locate some of these items, where applicable.
    • introduce good bacteria
      • probiotics and fermented foods, a variety
    • feed the good bacteria
      • prebiotics such as leeks, bananas, and resistant starches
    • eat foods that discourage the bad bacteria, fungus and parasites
      • coconut oil
      • garlic
      • onions
      • ginger
      • turmeric
  • heal the organs
    • this may mean detoxifying the liver and GI tract
    • healing the intestines
      • bone broth- this differs from standard broth or stock. It is made from the bones to extract their minerals, collagen and marrow.  The collagen is very important for healing the intestinal lining
      • gelatin
      • collagen
      • colostrum
      • glutamine
      • balancing good and bad bacteria
    • Healing herbs and supplements
      • turmeric
      • garlic
      • coconut oil
      • sulphurous vegetables
      • ginger
      • aloe
      • Da Vinci Labs GI benefits
      • probiotics- rotate your probiotics to get a variety of good bacteria strains.  Do not depend on yogurt as it provides only one strain when a healthy gut has billions.

For additional things you can do to heal your gut click this article here or look into books by Dr. Amy Myers or Dr. Susan Blum.  These books and their websites (here and here) are wonderful, complete resources for self assessments, additional recipes, brand names of various supplements and more information on the science behind leaky gut and healing from this and additional gut maladies.

Sources/Resources

The Immune System Recover Plan by Susan Blum

Dr. Kelley Engleman at Enhanced Wellness

www.kitchenstewardship.com

 

 

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