Do You Have a Leaky Gut?
There’s a reason they say “listen to your gut” – it’s actually considered your second brain.
70% of your immune system resides in the gut. Even Hippocrates, the father of medicine, knew “all health and disease begins in the gut” around 400 BCE. Gut health can determine the health of the rest of your body, including your mental health.
So how do you translate the language of your gut into a voice ensuring your health and happiness?
Antibiotics are often introduced into our lives and bodies at a very young age. Despite many readily available natural supplements or simple changes in diet, we’ve become used to the immediacy and convenience antibiotics provide. Antibiotics are necessary sometimes, but they should only be used when truly necessary.
Here’s why: Your gut is a living biome made up of trillions and trillions of bacteria. It may sound gross, but that good bacteria is what keeps your stomach digesting food, your body healthy and vital, and your mental health stable.
Antibiotics don’t discriminate, which is why they kill off both good and bad bacteria, throwing your whole biome out of whack, automatically decreasing the health of your gut and your entire body. This, coupled with stress and poor food choices like alcohol, processed foods, sugar and yucko vegetable oils, can create an imbalance that destroys the gut lining.
A destroyed lining becomes permeable, and the toxins or pollutants you’re ingesting begin to leach and flow into the rest of your body and bloodstream, called “leaky gut”.
Do you have leaky gut?
Estimates gauge roughly 80% of the population has leaky gut, and chances are, 80% of the population doesn’t even realize it!
Leaky gut can result in skin issues like psoriasis, eczema and acne, food intolerances and new food allergies, digestive issues like constipation, bloating and diarrhea, IBS, Crohns, Celiac, autoimmune diseases, migraines, asthma, brain fog, depression, and weight gain or inability to lose extra pounds.
Clearly, a leaky gut can wreak havoc on your body, however, many of these issues can be healed and completely reversed simply by clearing out and healing your pal, the gut.
Before you resort to crazy chemicals and laboratory-made medicines, let’s talk about how you can naturally heal your second brain.
How to naturally heal your gut
1. One of the best things you can do for your health is an elimination diet
Try eliminating some of the top immune-triggering foods from your diet for 2-4 weeks. These include dairy, gluten, soy, corn, beans and eggs. Take note of how your body feels. Then, slowly reintroduce the foods one at a time so you can better evaluate the way each food affects you. This will also give your gut a bit of a rest and give it time to clear out the junk and begin to heal.
2. Start incorporating foods that boost gut health
L-glutamine is an amino acid that works wonders for healing your tums. You can take it in supplement form or eat your glutamine by incorporating bone broth and collagen into your daily regimen. These will work to heal and mend the destroyed lining and rebuild your gut strength.
Probiotics are a great option to restore and increase your good bacteria (we recommend this brand). Incorporating fermented foods like kimchi and sauerkraut is a gut-friendly and delicious addition to your meals.
3. Lay off the booze
Alcohol is known to increase the permeability of your gut lining and create inflammation in the body. Try giving your body a rest for even just a couple weeks (we know this is easier said than done, but the benefits are way worth it)!
4. Balance your stress
Stress can create disease and imbalance in the gut, conversely, disease and imbalance of the gut can cause stress! It’s a two way street. So take a deep breath and give your gut a break.
Write a list of things that bring you joy and peace. Schedule time throughout your week to do more of what you love. Practice yoga, dance, meditate, journal, read… Give yourself a gift and unplug, de-stress and make your heart happy.
The food we eat is more powerful than most of us give it credit for. Diet and gut health is a personal journey that doesn’t have to be stressful. Embrace your gut health journey by avoiding antibiotics when possible and trying an elimination diet. When you start focusing on how different foods make you feel, everything from your physical wellbeing to mental health can improve.