Rosalie F. Tayurang
The main issue when you have a leaky gut is the INABILITY of your body to absorb nutrients. In this situation, you can imagine how scary it is to have a body that is depleted of nutrients. In view of this fact, serious diseases are linked with leaky gut such as cancers, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and among others. Therefore, having a leaky gut is not an ordinary health issue. It takes serious attention and commitment to address this problem.
A leaky gut occurs when your microbiome is imbalance, meaning the good bacteria is diminished paving way for the bad ones. In this situation, your intestinal linings are having leaks which bring the substances ingested into the bloodstream. One of the evident leaky gut syndrome is bloating. Yet this instance is shared by other problems leaving the person unaware that his intestinal lining is not working properly. In fact, not all physicians are aware that the biggest immune system organ is our gut.
What should you do when you have a leaky gut?
Obviously, the first step is to eat right foods because the type of foods affect your gut bacteria. You have to feed your good bacteria and starve the less desirable bacteria. Start it by putting off your list the processed foods, breads and pastas. Instead, swap them with plant-based foods, fruits, seeds, and nuts. In any cases, try to avoid unncessary use of antibiotics because it reduce the number of healthy bacteria. If there's a need to take antibiotic, back it up with probiotic supplements to recreate a healthy bacterial community in your gut.
In addition, create a slightly acidic environment inside your colon. It helps to inhibit the growth of bad bacteria such as Salmonella, Shigella, and E. coli. Acidity encourages the production of good bacteria known as Lactobacillus. One of the recommended foods to eat are the naturally fermented foods such as pickled vegetables, and fermented milk and soy products. So, ferment your own foods and eat a small portion of them once or twice a day. Taking probiotic supplements will have a sound contribution too.
1. Remove : inflammatory foods, GMO products, infections, and irritants like alcohol, caffeine, or drugs.
Get rid of these foods for about two weeks, then gradually get back to them one at a time and check your responses.
Infections: parasites, yeast, or bacteria.
Have a stool analysis to identify the levels of good bacteria as well as the degree of infections. Treat your infection using medication or herbs.
2. Replace. Strive to replace the good by taking digestive enzymes, hydrochloric acid, and bile acids that are required for proper digestion.
3. Reinoculate. Restore the healthy bacteria by taking probiotic supplements which contain bifidobacteria and lactobacillus species. Recommended is 25 -100 billion units a day. Do not forget to include prebiotic so that the growth of good bacteria is sustained and increased..
4. Repair. Add helpful suplements such as L-glutamine, an amino acid that helps to rejuvenate the gut wall lining. Other key nutrients include zinc, omega-3 fish oils, vitamin A, C, and E, as well as herbs such as slippery elm and aloe vera.
It doesn't have to be complicated. We are 10% human and 90% bacterial. The average human has a 100 trillion of microbial cells found in the gut. One of its important roles is to produce hormone such asthe serotonin which is a happy chemical affecting our mental health. So, imagine the damage incurred when the number of gut bacteria is reduced. We'll be in bad moods. We can be depress or anxious.
Of course, this is hard to believe as our minds are being pinned to world where the main modus operandi is "to kill bacteria". But there is a raging debate between "kill bacteria vs. synchronize ourselves with bacterial community". However, the dense research on human microbiome has altered our previously held concepts about bacteria. The current scientific findings are pointing out the role of bacteria in our health. It turns out that if we feed these bacteria in us with right foods, they can become beneficial to our health. Our only main concern is how to raise the growth of good bacteria over those bad bacteria.
Nothing more simple and safer steps to restore your gut health except eating the right foods and creating slightly acidic environment in your gut. Add to it the 4R programs and watch how your body recover a well-balanced microbiome.
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