If you suffer from constipation, bloating, IBS, skin issues or autoimmune disease, your body’s telling you that something might be wrong with your gut. These illnesses are indications that your gut might be having an imbalance of good and bad bacteria.
When this happens, food particles or microscopic irritants seep through tiny holes in your gut and pass into your bloodstream. This is what is called a Leaky Gut Syndrome.
What you eat and ingest causes this to happen. When you don’t eat enough fiber or when you eat too much sugar, the balance between good and bad bacteria gets compromised. But what really causes a leaky gut?
What triggers a leaky gut?
In order for you to fix this, it’s important to know what triggers it. There are many triggers that cause people to suffer from leaky gut syndrome. This may include over-the-counter medications for inflammation and acid reflux, antibiotics, alcohol consumption, sensitivity to gluten and dairy, processed foods, and even chronic stress.
Any of these reasons could cause damage to your gut’s wall and release undigested food particles and bacteria directly into your bloodstream.
Just imagine the havoc this may cause when you consume gluten-rich foods while taking anti-inflammatory medication combined with antibiotics. At the same time, you allow yourself a glass or two of red wine to help you “relax” from the stresses and pressures you’ve had to endure during the day.
It’s no wonder so many people suffer from a leaky gut syndrome resulting in numerous diseases that plague most of us as we go on our daily routines.
Our body is unable to properly absorb all the nutrients from the food that we eat and it becomes difficult for our bodies to fight the “foreign” invaders into our bloodstream. Toxins accumulate in our bodies and our immune systems suffer.
How do you know if you suffer from a leaky gut?
You might not even realize that you could be suffering from a leaky gut. There are a lot of diseases that develop because of this that you might not be aware of and should definitely not be ignored.
Here are some of the symptoms that you might be suffering from a leaky gut:
- Arthritis or pain in the joints
- Overweight and increased appetites, craving for sugar-rich foods and carbohydrates
- Headaches or memory loss
- Chronic diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating, frequent burping, IBS
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Chronic fatigue
- Poor immune system
- Skin problems such as acne or eczema
- Anxiety and depression
- Celiac Disease
- Crohn’s disease
We might be struggling with weight issues and mood swings. We might not even realize that our mood changes may be caused by physiological factors rather than psychological and it’s all because we have a leaky gut.
A leaky gut affects almost all of our bodily systems. It is the root cause of most of our health issues. Our overall health and well-being depends on the quality of digestion and absorption that takes place in our digestive systems.
How do you reset and fix a leaky gut?
There are many ways for you to turn this around and it all starts with a total diet overhaul and major lifestyle changes. It takes time to undo the “sins of the past” and get back to a healthy body. A healthy balance of good and bad bacteria need to be established in order to achieve this.
The first step in overhauling your digestive system is to make sure you have a clean colon free of the toxic ingredients that may have accumulated through years of unhealthy diets. Popular methods of doing this include the use of laxatives, supplements or having a colonics procedure done at a clinic.
These methods are however, not the safest methods of going about achieving a clean colon. They can even be potentially harmful to your health. A safer way of cleansing your colon is to radically change your diet and starting a regular exercise regimen.
Here are some tips to safely cleanse your colon:
- Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. If you can have 8 to 10 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables daily, that would be ideal. Try having berries with cereal for breakfast and snack on vegetable sticks such as carrots, celery and cucumbers and include some nuts.
- Choose whole grains instead of bread. Brown rice, barley, oats, millet, quinoa, and buckwheat are excellent sources of fiber and loaded with vitamins and minerals.
- Incorporate flax seeds in your diet. You can improve your body’s ability to eliminate waste by adding flax seeds to cereal, yogurt, salads, and oatmeal.
- Drink more water. Water is life. It has zero calories and cleanses our bodily systems. A big part of the reason why our digestive systems go haywire is because we do not consume enough glasses of water daily. Aim to consume from 8 to 10 glasses a day to keep hydrated.
- Cut down on foods that cause inflammation. Sugar is the main culprit that brings about inflammation in our bodies. Apart from sugar, foods that cause inflammation include gluten, alcohol and artificial ingredients. These foods aggravate a leaky gut.
- Take probiotics daily. Probiotics are live and healthy good bacteria that our colons need to function properly. The best sources are fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, pickles, yogurt, kefir and miso. Taking these regularly helps repopulate the good bacteria in our guts.
- Manage your stress. Whenever you feel anxious or like you have butterflies in your stomach, your body releases hormones that slow down your digestive system. High stress levels sends your digestive system into shutdown mode. Your body won’t be able to absorb nutrients properly and most likely will develop an imbalance of bacteria in your gut.
- Exercise moderately. Too much exercise can also be bad for your health. It can lead to increased permeability of your gut lining that worsens a leaky gut.
- Try doing yoga. It not only stretches your body and helps you lose weight, it also gives you an opportunity to connect to your inner self and results in a complete mind, body and spirit overhaul.
They say that our guts are our second brain. It controls major body systems. At the sign of any discomfort in your general well-being, you can be sure that it all boils down to your gut. Always be mindful about what you put into your bodies. A healthy gut leads to a healthier and happier life.
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