Millions have it and have no idea. Some research states that 80% of Americans are suffering from “leaky gut syndrome” and it is the root cause of many diseases today. It’s often overlooked by conventional Western medicine, but the awareness is growing, the evidence is real, and opinions are changing.
Our digestive lining is truly what protects us from the outside world. It serves as a protective barrier. Think of a net with extremely small holes only allowing certain substances to pass through, while keeping bigger particles out.
When someone has leaky gut syndrome, they have increased intestinal permeability, meaning the net, which serves as the protective barrier, has been damaged. Once damaged, tiny holes start to develop in the intestinal lining, which gets bigger and bigger over time. These holes allow the “leak” of bacteria, viruses, protein, toxins, and undigested food particles to enter into the bloodstream, which causes an autoimmune response.
Dr. Josh Axe, an expert in leaky gut syndrome and autoimmune diseases, states that this autoimmune reaction leads to inflammation throughout your system causing symptoms such as bloating, food sensitivities, thyroid conditions, fatigue, joint pain, headaches, skin issues, digestive problems, weight gain, and autoimmune disorders.
One of the biggest indicators that you could possibly be suffering from leaky gut syndrome is if you are experiencing a multitude of food allergies or food sensitivities. Partially digested food particles leak through the intestinal lining and into the bloodstream. This causes an allergic response, which is known as a food allergy.
A leaky gut can take several weeks or even years to heal completely. When taking the appropriate measures, many people can notice an improvement in about six weeks. Along with eating a diet rich in fermented foods, there are several ways to initiate healing of the intestinal lining.
- Probiotics are the most important supplement that you can take to replenish the good bacteria in your gut, which is crucial for your digestive health. Dr. Derrick DeSilva, a practicing internist specializing in natural and alternative medicine, said a bold statement: “Every single American needs to be taking a probiotic daily.”
- Digestive enzymes help your body to fully break down and digest food so you can absorb the nutrients and not do further damage to the intestinal lining.
- Bone broth is said to be one of the most healing foods you can consume. This is a main staple of a gut healing diet. Bone broth contains healing compounds such as collagen, which aids in healing of the gut lining.
- L-Glutamine is an amino acid critical for healing the intestinal lining of the gut. Glutamine protects against further mucosal breakdown in digestive tract. Some recent studies are showing that glutamine can even fight against bad gut flora.
- Aloe juice is a crucial part of a leaky gut protocol. It aids in healing the lining of the intestines. Dr. John Pittman, founder and medical director for center for Bio-Oxidative Medicine, says, “Aloe fixes the damaged membranes, intestinal swelling decreases, and the cells of the intestinal wall are tightened, which basically corrects intestinal weakness.”
Unfortunately, most people do not realize they have leaky gut syndrome until it’s too late. Take notice of the signs your body is telling you early on. It could be something as small as food allergies or skin rashes, and even fatigue. Pay attention, because these small signs could save your life one day.
“All disease begins in the gut” ~ Hippocrates