Leaky gut can be a pain to deal with, and there are as many different causes of leaky gut as there are symptoms. But that doesn’t mean you can’t heal your leaky gut. Here’s how to get started on that process.
What is a leaky gut?
While the name sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, leaky gut is more common than you might think. The technical term for the condition is “intestinal permeability,” which means your digestive tract is letting food particles through into your bloodstream that shouldn’t go through which can cause havoc. Symptoms include fatigue and gastrointestinal problems like bloating and cramping, autoimmune disorders, depression, and diabetes.
What causes a leaky gut?
There are a lot of different potential causes of leaky gut, but one thing is sure: no matter what they are, they all increase intestinal permeability. Possible causes of leaky gut can include:
- Chronic stress or extreme dieting.
- Heavy drinking or smoking (or both!).
- Nutrient deficiencies.
- Food intolerance
- Low stomach acid
- Processed foods
- Poor digestion
- Even just an injury or surgery in the abdomen.
So what can you do about it?
How to heal leaky gut naturally:
1. Consume fermented foods.
Fermented foods contain beneficial probiotics that help restore healthy gut bacteria and improve digestion. Try including fermented foods like yogurt, kimchi, and sauerkraut into your diet daily.
2. Eat more fiber.
Fiber helps strengthen the gut lining and heal the damage that has been done to it. It also helps remove toxins from the body, reducing inflammation. Try adding more fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, and seeds to your diet to increase your intake of this critical nutrient. You can also take a fiber supplement if necessary.
3. Get omega-3 fatty acids into your diet.
Omega-3s are essential fatty acids that help reduce inflammation in the body and support overall health and wellness. They can be found in fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, and sardines; nuts and seeds like walnuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds; and oils like flaxseed oil and cod liver oil.
4. Drink bone broth daily.
Bone broth contains gelatin which helps strengthen the gut lining and promotes healing in leaky gut syndrome patients [source]. Drinking bone broth daily is one of the most effective ways to heal your gut and improve your health.
In conclusion, there are many ways to heal a leaky gut naturally. Diet, supplements, and lifestyle changes are essential pieces of the puzzle.
By making small changes in your life, you can see a big difference in your gut health.
Keep in mind, leaky gut and other related gut issues, can take time and may need a digestive specialist to help improve.
If you are struggling with a leaky gut, don’t hesitate to seek help from a professional. There is no need to suffer any longer.
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