Do You Have A Leaky Gut?

Leaky gut or intestinal permeability is when toxins, foods, inflammatory agents leak through your intestinal walls and into the bloodstream.

Our gut lining is super thin, thinner than a strand of your hair. But when the tight junctions don’t work properly or have small tears in them that is when leaky gut begins.

Much research has been done on the microbiome in the past few years and how it contributes to our overall health.

Fascinating Facts About Your Microbiome

  1. You are more bacteria than human- our bodies contain 100 trillion bacteria. We have 1o times more bacteria than human cells and these bacteria play a significant role in our health
  2. You get most of your bacteria when you travel down the birth canal and through breast milk. Those who were delivered by C-section or were not breast fed are at a disadvantage when it comes to healthy gut bacteria and may be more susceptible to food allergies and other illnesses.
  3. You have more brain cells in your gut than you do in your brain. The human gut is lined with more than 100 million nerve cells, it’s a brain unto itself.
  4. The number of genes in all the microbes in your microbiome is 200 times the number of genes in the human genome.
  5. There is a connection between your gut and your immune system. Gut bacteria maintain a balance immune system, therefore bad gut bacteria can lead to illness.

 

Signs You Have Leaky Gut

  1. Digestive issues, bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation
  2. Autoimmune conditions
  3. Food allergies or sensitivities
  4. Skin issues, psoriasis, eczema, acne, rosacea
  5. Arthritis, joint pain
  6. Fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome
  7. Hormone imbalances

 

How To Heal A Leaky Gut?

Have a healthy, diverse gut flora by eating lots of fresh, organic vegetables. Eating foods that contain prebiotics; garlic, onions, leeks, asparagus, dandelion greens, as well as probtiotics; sauerkraut, kefir, miso, kimchi and tempeh. Beans, legumes and fruit in wide variety are a super way to heal your gut.

Play in the dirt. According to Dr. Zach Bush, M.D. it’s a great idea to get our hands in the dirt. Plant a garden, walk in the forest, touch a tree. Expose yourself to as many different and diverse environments as you can as it will help your microbiome. Touch Mother Earth and breathe in fresh clean air, this will do wonders to help your gut to heal.

 

About the Author

Written by: Shirley Plant
Shirley Plant is a nutritionist and the author of Finally… Food I Can Eat, a dietary guide and cookbook for people with food allergies, and those looking for healthy, tasty recipes. Shirley offers dietary counselling and menu planning through Delicious Alternatives.

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