Leaky Gut also referred to, as Increased Intestinal Permeability is a condition that numerous individuals suffer from whether aware of it or not. In fact, the amount of people faced with Leaky Gut Syndrome is growing rapidly over the years.
This condition not only affects the digestive system, but the rest of the body as well. Did you know your recent food sensitivities, autoimmune conditions and low energy could be a result?
How Does Leaky Gut Develop?
Typically, Leaky Gut is developed as a result of damage to the digestive tract lining. The lining is comprised of many tiny holes that regulate what substances are able to pass through the barrier. When these holes are damaged, they become larger in size giving larger damaging particles the ability to enter the gut. The invasion of toxic waste into the bloodstream results in an immune system reaction.
- Bacteria Imbalances
Bad bacteria are extremely harmful as they create toxins known as, exotoxins. As these toxins form they feed on the healthy cells causing holes in the intestinal tract.
- Chronic Stress
High amounts of stress weaken the immune system reducing the body’s ability to fight off harmful bacteria and viruses, which results in inflammation. Focus on incorporating fun and relaxing activities into your week and be sure to have a well-balanced sleep schedule.
- Poor diet
The foods that tend to cause the most damage to the digestive tract are conventional dairy, GMO’s, sugar and proteins in un-sprouted grains.
- Overload of Toxins
We encounter numerous toxins from chemicals and other sources on a daily basis. The ones that perform the most damage on the gut are from antibiotics, pesticides, tap water, aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Choosing to drink filtered water and consuming plant-based anti-inflammatory supplements are two ways to reduce your risk of exposure.
Our gut health directly impacts the health of the entire body. An inflamed gut causes inflammation in areas such as, the brain, mouth, joints, etc.
- Food Sensitivities
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Joint Pain
- Skin Irritation
- Weight Gain
Can Leaky Gut Be Healed?
Yes, following a simple four-step process can heal Leaky Gut. All it takes to be successful is a little patience and will power. If your doctor has prescribed you any of the medications listed as a “damaging” factor, please consult with them before making any changes.
- Remove damaging foods
Conventional meat and dairy, GMO’s, grains and sugar
- Replace with nutritional foods
Bone broth, raw cultured dairy, fermented vegetables, coconut products, sprouted seeds and omega-3 fat sources
- Repair with supplements
Digestive enzymes, L-Glutamine, Licorice Root and Quercetin
- Rebalance with good quality probiotics
Loading up on both food and supplement sources of probiotics is crucial to restore good gut bacteria. A healthy amount of good gut flora will help to keep bad bacteria away. A probiotic of at least 50 billon active cultures is what to look for to ensure you have purchased a good quality supplement.
How Can Colonics Help?
As our home needs some care once in awhile, our bodies require TLC in the same way. The performance level of all functions in the human body is a direct result of the attention you provide it. When our digestive tract or “human plumbing” is ignored the body cannot function at its’ best.
When we fail to adequately cleanse the colon, old matter eventually begins to ferment and putrefy resulting in a build-up of toxins. When the colon is filled with this overload of toxins, the immune response weakens and toxic waste can easily pass through the intestinal lining and enter the bloodstream. In other words “Leaky Gut” occurs at this moment.
Performing a full series of colon hydrotherapy sessions is the best way to ensure unwanted toxins are fully eliminated. Yes after just one session many people do feel an improvement, but that is just the beginning. The years worth of old impacted fecal matter requires a minimum of several sessions of thorough soaking to be removed in a gradual and comfortable way for the most effective result.
Posted by Meaghan LaFranca, M.Sc, Nutritionist, Colon Therapist