nutrition

Gut Health & Leaky Gut Syndrome

“All disease begins in the gut.” – Hippocrates

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Your gut health holds the key to your overall health! The health of your gastrointestinal system is extremely important to your overall well-being. When your gut health is impaired, it can affect your body’s vitamin and mineral absorbency, hormone regulation, digestion, vitamin production, immune response, and ability to eliminate toxins, not to mention your overall mental health.

Leaky Gut syndrome is still a bit of a mystery. What we do know is that certain symptoms may be related to intestinal permeability. This happens when tight junctions in the gut, which control what passes through the lining of the small intestine, are impaired. When this happens, substances like undigested food particles can leak into the bloodstream causing the body’s immune system to respond. The result can be detrimental to your health.

Signs of a Leaky Gut
  • digestive issues
  • fatigue/brain fog
  • weight gain
  • joint pain
  • mood issues
  • headaches
  • recurrent illness/infections/colds
  • skin problems
  • blood sugar issues
  • thyroid issues
  • poor nutrient absorption
  • nutritional deficiencies
  • autoimmune disorders
  • allergies/food sensitivities

What can you do?

There are a number of dietary, supplemental, and lifestyle changes you can make to ease the symptoms of leaky gut.

Eat more of these foods:
  • homemade whole foods
  • bone broth
  • raw, cultured dairy
  • sprouted nuts & seeds
  • fermented vegetables
  • fiber rich fruits & veggies
  • coconut products
  • ginger
  • turmeric
  • herbs & spices
  • essential fatty acids
    (fish, avocados, cold-pressed healthy oils)
Avoid these foods:
  • caffeine
  • eggs
  • legumes
  • all sodas
  • gluten
  • pasteurized dairy
  • soy products
  • refined sugar
  • processed foods
  • alcohol
  • nightshades (tomatoes,
    eggplant, potatoes, peppers)
Recommended Supplements
  • Good Quality Multivitamin
  • Good Quality Probiotic (50 billion units daily)
  • L-glutamine
  • Vitamin D
  • Licorice Root
  • Anti-oxidants (such as Gingko biloba, Vitamin E,
  • Vitamin C, Quercetin, and Zinc)
Lifestyle Support
  • Get plenty of restful sleep
  • Drink plenty of good quality water
  • Move regularly in a way that makes you feel good
  • Reduce your exposure to stress

Please seek medical attention if you experience chronic illness, bloody stools, severe dehydration and/or nutrient deficiency, uncontrollable allergies, severe depression or anger, progression to IBS, Crohn’s, or ulcerative colitis.

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