Leaky gut syndrome is a rapidly growing condition that millions of people are struggling with and don’t even know it. It affects more than your digestive system, but in reality it can lead to many other health conditions.
According to research, low energy, joint pain, thyroid disease, autoimmune conditions and slow metabolism could be symptoms of leaky gut syndrome.
In this article, I will try to outline specifically how you can heal leaky gut syndrome and break through the health problems that people struggle with.
Hippocrates said this more than 2,000 years ago, but we’re only now coming to understand just how right he was. Research over the past two decades has shown us that gut health is critical to overall health, and that an unhealthy gut contributes to a broad range of diseases including diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, autism spectrum disorder, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Unfortunately, as noted by renowned health expert Dr. Joshua Axe, many features of the modern lifestyle directly contribute to unhealthy gut flora:
- Antibiotics and other medications like birth control and NSAIDs
- Diets high in refined carbohydrates, sugar and processed foods
- Diets low in fermentable fibers
- Dietary toxins like wheat and industrial seed oils that cause leaky gut
- Chronic infections and chronic stress.
- Antibiotics are particularly harmful to the gut flora. Recent studies have shown that antibiotic use causes a disruption of the microbiome, and gut flora! This diversity remains after antibiotic use without intervention.
We also know that infants that aren’t breastfed and are born to mothers with bad gut flora are likely to develop unhealthy gut bacteria, and that these early differences in gut flora may increase the odds of diabetes, eczema/psoriasis, obesity, depression and other health issues in the future.
Another topic I want to quickly discuss is how leaky gut can affect the brain. If you’ve ever seen a child with autism experience a mood swing, this can be caused by intestinal permeability. Gluten-free and casein-free diets have proven effective for many children with autism because these proteins can leak through the gut and impact the brain similar to an opioid drug.
This is also why leaky gut syndrome has been linked to other psychological disorders such as anxiety, depression . So, in many cases, if you can heal the gut, you can help the brain heal! Some ways to do this is remove the toxins & factors that damage the gut. Replace with foods that heal the gut.
Repair with certain supplements that repair the gut lining. Like quercetin, DGL and digestive enzymes. And rebalance using pre-probiotics, probiotics that include kefir, fermented vegetables like kimchi and sauerkraut.
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And a great way to heal and keep your gut healthy is with bone broth !!
- Place bones in a pot or a crockpot, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, let this mixture sit for 1/2 to 1 hour so the vinegar can leach the mineral and collagen out of the bones.
- Add some and onions, carrots, garlic, bay leaf, pink or sea salt & pepper and plenty of water if needed to cover the bones.
- Bring to a boil and cook on low for 12 to 48 hours, skim fat & scum off. Remove veggies buy pouring everything into a large strainer, catch and jar up the bone broth for further use. Or no vinegar.
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