If you’re living with autoimmune disease, allergies, or chronic pain, these conditions could be your body’s way of telling you that you have leaky gut syndrome. Under ordinary circumstances, your gut has just enough permeability to allow the absorption of vital nutrients.
However, certain dietary and environmental factors can greatly increase your intestinal permeability, allowing bacteria, undigested food, microbes, and candida to leak into the rest of your body. This can result in chronic illness.
Leaky gut syndrome is most commonly triggered by:
- Inflammatory Foods – Gluten is an inflammatory food, and for those who are intolerant to it, it can cause serious gut problems. Sugar, dairy, and alcohol are also suspected to cause leaky gut.
- Environmental Toxins – Mercury, pesticides, and BPA exposure have also been linked to leaky gut syndrome.
- Medications – If you’re taking prescription or over-the-counter drugs such as ibuprofen, antibiotics, birth control pills, steroids, or acid-reducing drugs, you could be at increased risk of leaky gut syndrome.
- Intestinal Infections – Candida overgrowth, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), and intestinal parasites can cause increased intestinal permeability.
- Stress – Researchers have found that usually harmless microbes will suddenly become pathogenic in response to stress hormones released by the body. If you have leaky gut, these pathogens will find their way to the rest of your body and cause an inflammatory and allergic response.
How Leaky Gut Causes Allergies, Autoimmune Disease, and Chronic Pain
If your gut becomes more porous than it should be, toxins, microbes, and candida yeast leak into your bloodstream. When this happens, your immune system goes on high alert, marking these “foreign invaders” as harmful pathogens and attacking them.
When your immune system stays on the defensive for a long period of time, the following symptoms can result:
- Multiple food allergies/sensitivities
- Seasonal allergies and/or asthma
- Chronic digestive issues (gas, bloating, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, or IBS)
- Diagnosis of candida overgrowth syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, celiac disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and/or thyroid disease
- Severe PMS and polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Depression, anxiety, ADD, and ADHD
- Inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, eczema, or rosacea
How to Heal Leaky Gut Syndrome Naturally
Many conventional medical doctors do not even acknowledge the existence of leaky gut syndrome. That being said, there are ways you can treat this very real condition naturally.
- Take stock of your medications
First, take stock of your medications. If you are currently using prescription pain relievers, ibuprofen, steroids, antibiotics, birth control pills, and/or acid-reducing drugs, talk with your doctor or pharmacist about alternative options.
- Make important dietary changes
Research has shown that millions of people are sensitive to gluten (the protein found in wheat, barley, and rye), but they may be unaware of it.
This increased sensitivity is believed to be caused by the changes in the way modern wheat is grown and processed, as well as chemical exposure, nutrient deficiencies, and stress in our bodies. These factors have altered our gut microbiome, causing chronic gastrointestinal distress.
I highly recommend a gluten-free diet for anyone treating leaky gut syndrome.
You should also eliminate highly-processed foods containing aspartame, MSG, high fructose corn syrup, food dyes, and sugar, as well as water in plastic bottles containing the endocrine disruptor, BPA.
Furthermore, it is very important to make sure that the water you’re drinking is properly pH balanced. This can make all the difference in the world in healing any chronic condition.
Your diet should consist of whole, unadulterated foods like organic meat, poultry, wild-caught fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes, and organic vegetables.
- Take the right supplements
While cleaning up your diet will do wonders for your intestinal and overall health, these supplements will give you that extra boost you need to heal.
Without fiber, probiotics (healthy gut bacteria) cannot survive. A fiber supplement will help sweep out bad bacteria and waste products from your intestines, which will give your inflamed gut a better chance to heal.
Digestive enzymes are critical to healing leaky gut syndrome naturally. Enzymes help break down proteins and complex sugars and starches, which can help reduce intestinal inflammation while improving nutritional uptake.
A turmeric supplement will act as a powerful anti-inflammatory, and its astringent properties will help seal the lining of your digestive tract and bowel, so you can achieve optimal gut health.
Quercetin stabilizes the cells that release histamine in the body, resulting in a powerful anti-inflammatory and antihistamine effect.
Oregano oil is a very effective natural antibiotic. It helps balance good and bad bacteria in the gut, which gives your intestines time to heal from the effects of leaky gut syndrome.
For best results, build up the health of your digestive tract through the above-mentioned methods. Then, take an oregano oil supplement for 10 to 14 days. Immediately following this time period, stop taking the oregano oil, and increase your dosage of probiotic supplements and probiotic-rich foods.
- Reseed your gut with healthy bacteria
When your gut health has become more stabilized, I recommend eating probiotic-rich foods such as kimchi, kombucha, fermented sauerkraut, organic, unsweetened yogurt, and kefir.
- Reduce your stress levels
Stress is a very common factor in the development of dozens of diseases, yet it’s often completely overlooked. Research has shown that the bacteria present in your digestive system can become pathogenic when exposed to stress hormones in your body.
Stress not only causes the bacteria to mutate and multiply, it also interferes with the proper function of your digestive and immune systems.
So, for the sake of your health, make sure dedicate time to relaxation and stress release.
A healthy gut is the cornerstone of a healthy body. Once your gut health is stabilized, you’ll be amazed at how quickly aches, pains, rashes, and other maladies you’ve learned to live with will just fade away, allowing a brighter, more vibrant you to emerge.
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