About Leaky Gut – explained for the rest of us
Although leaky gut is not really recognized by common medicine, a growing number of doctors and scientists are convinced leaky gut syndrome exists. On the other hand, it is more common of holistic practitioners and researchers, alternative health care workers and medical doctors to take this health problem seriously. And theyʼve even come up with valuable explanations, information and solutions.
We predict that one day, leaky gut will be “officially” recognized as a medical condition.
In general, one of the main culprits of leaky gut appears to be too much grain consumption. We’re told that whole grains are healthy, but now researchers have found that grains and legumes also contain “anti-nutrients” that defend the seed from being digested. Our digestive system is not well adapted to grain nutrition, which is actually a nutrition development from “later” eras in the development of humans. In combination with other factors, these anti-nutrients can cause permeability problems in the gut, called leaky gut. This goes often in association with bowel diseases like visceral fat, IBS, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, and ulcerative colitis.
Hence the solution: an organic diet that contains less or even no grains and sugars. At the same time, eating more naturally fermented foods like miso, tamari, sauerkraut, etc., should help improve general gut health. These products contain probiotic organisms, which predigest your food, and are among the oldest ways of conserving food. These so-called “good bacteria” should be able to restore the natural balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut.
Another important common cause of leaky gut seems to stem from mercury amalgam (50% mercury!) – most frequently used in tooth fillings. More and more research leads to the conclusion that mercury is constantly leaking into the body. This causes more gut related health issues earlier in life. Lots of information on this underestimated poisonous practice is to find here.
What is Leaky Gut?
When the permeability of the bowel lining is beyond “normal”, this allows stuff like undigested food parts and toxins to leak through the wall of the intestines. This can cause an almost immediate feeling of sickness and/or immune reactions in the long run.
As a test – when you feel nausea, brain fog, headache, etc., it is interesting to note that you likely begin feeling better shortly after a bowel movement. This is logical because the colon stops leaking poisons into your blood stream, hence your body. Sounds too simple to be true, right? Yet thatʼs what happens in case of leaky gut.
On the inner side of the colon, we have villi, containing epithelial cells, which should be close enough next to each other, so that no toxins or undigested food particles can pass between them and thus pollute the blood stream. Like this they become enemies of the immune system, which is then fighting them.
This is a real threat to the liver, because these extra particles in the polluted blood then have to be processed by the liver, which becomes easily overworked. The immune system canʼt handle this excess, and the unwanted toxins cause inflammation.
There is the problem:
Inflammation in an unhealthy bowel lining > Non-fitting epithelial cells > Leaky gut > Inflammation. And it becomes a vicious cycle.
This war on the body can eventually result into chronic fatigue syndrome, IBS, MS, Fibromyalgia, and other autoimmune diseases.
Symptoms of Leaky Gut
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Intestinal Infection
- Brain fog
- Memory problems
- Hair loss
- Tongue pain, spots
- Bad breath
- Anxiety & mood changes
- Immunity problems
- Gluten intolerance
How to Cure Leaky Gut the Natural Way?
Once you know how leaky gut occurs, you are closer to becoming healthier! You have to break that vicious circle. First things first: respect nature and be aware that the body, which has its own internal problem-solving methods, always tries its best to resolve internal issues. But we have to give it the right tools, instead of arming it with unhealthy food and drinks. One of the most important issues is the best natural food in the right amounts for your condition and your body type. That also means organic whenever possible, of course.
Consider the fact that mainstream medicine generally uses compounds and chemicals that are unknown to the body and can possibly cause harm without you noticing. I always wondered why people are willing to take medications that have so many side effects, even mentioned directly on the labels!
Available natural remedies that are considered essential to cure leaky gut:
- Colon cleansing
- Diets: gluten free, sugar-free, …
- Suitable probiotics
- Fasting or at least avoiding specific foods that cause leaky gut
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