Chronic Diseases like arthritis, diabetes and depression are rising to epidemic proportions. Many of these problems are being linked back to inflamed and irritated gut issues.
When your gut is unhealthy it compromises all other body functions in the immune, nervous and endocrine system; they all communicate and interact with each other.
The gastro- intestinal (GI) tract is the main engine for the body. It extracts nutrients from the food you eat and delivers energy to the cells.
The cells of the intestinal walls function by opening only to let in small particles of nutrients needed for cell to function; like gates in a wall, they should protect by only letting in important guests and not intruders!
But sometimes the gates become too wide and let in bacteria, toxins and even food particles….this becomes a “Leaky Gut”. After this starts the GI inflammation becomes chronic and can develop autoimmune ailments like Crohn’s, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis.
To help take care of these problems, we need to correct the “microbiome” or the bacteria that live in your gut. We need to remember there are good bacteria and we need them for our tummies to function correctly and vital for our survival!
Leaky gut has many symptoms not associated with your intestines:
- Constipation or Diarrhea
- Gas or bloating
- Celiac disease
- Food sensitivities.
- IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
- Or general symptoms of joint pain or chronic fatigue
- Brain related symptoms like depression, brain fog and anxiety
- Autoimmune like thyroid issues, fibromyalgia, neurological symptoms, Lupus and Alzheimer’s
Factors that affect the health of your gut:
- Food, some food helps grow and maintain health of your ‘good’ bacteria. Other foods cause inflammation and growth of ‘bad’ bacteria. Even food sensitivity can cause inflammation.
- Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) have now been found to increase allergies, digestive and reproductive issues. Or this could be from the Glycophoshate used to spray the GMO’s.
- Gluten found in grains like wheat, barley and rye produces a substance called Zonulin, that opens up the gut wall to accept nutrients, can overproduce causing leaky gut.
- Research shows that milk and Dairy products reduce the amounts of good bacteria.
- Environmental contaminants like pesticides, metals and antibiotics that have gotten into our water and food supply.
- Depression, Sleep and Stress can create an imbalance in your microbiota. Chronic stress, increase cortisol hormone and leads to gut dysfunction which in turn accelerates Parkinson’s disease.
There are ways to help repair your microbiome by adjusting the diversity of your bacterial growth and lowering GI inflammation.
Here is an action list to help with Abdominal Distress or Leaky Gut:
- Get tested: Breathe test, SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth), Candida or Food sensitives.
- Rest and Relax.
- Get sufficient Sleep.
- Find your triggers, like which foods cause problems; like gluten or shellfish or dairy. Buy non-GMO food.
- Buy probiotics and/or add fermented foods to add good bacteria. Foods that help are sauerkraut, kimchi, miso or kombucha.
- Eat Anti-inflammatory foods like turmeric or ginger.
- Consume herbs: marshmallow root tea soothes the GI tract, Aloe Vera reduces the gastric acid in the stomach, and Licorice root helps the stomach lining.
- Increase Dietary fiber.
- Other helpful supplements are L-glutamine amino acid, digestive enzymes or even essential oils like lavender, peppermint or thyme.
So, if you are frustrated by your health and tired of having issues with your gut on a daily basis, do not ignore it.
Gut health or Leaky Gut may be the missing piece of the puzzle. Look at these suggestions and have your health practioner help you resolve your puzzle and get you back on the road to recovery.
Cindy Burrows, B.S., M.T., Herbalist and Nutritional Health Consultant. Helps individuals start health programs to improve their life, wellness and happiness. Cindy is a speaker, writer and entrepreneur of several businesses.