Heal Your Leaky Gut

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Leaky gut can cause an array of problems in our bodies when we develop this condition.  It is a condition that affects the intestinal lining.  What happens is food toxins, bacteria and incompletely digested proteins, fats and waste make their way into the bloodstream.  Large spaces occur between the cells of the gut wall allowing all of the above mentioned to pass into the bloodstream.  When these toxins and materials enter the bloodsteam, our bodies will attack itself causing an autoimmune reaction.

As a result, a person will experience chronic inflammation, bloating, gluten intolerance, malnutrition, food allergies, heartburn, insomnia, acne, anxiety, candida and muscle cramps.  The intestinal environment is no longer protected and the ability to aid in proper digestion and nutrient absorption is hindered.

Getting this condition under control and alleviating the symptoms is important in order to presume a healthy and productive lifestyle.

The most effective way to treat the leaky gut syndrome is through a healthy diet.  The goal is to find out which foods cause the symptoms  inflammation and avoid them in order to start the intestinal healing.

Here are some food you should incorporate into your diet if you want to treat the leaky gut syndrome.

1. Eat foods that are rich in fiber.  Don't skimp on vegetables and fruit.  They provide the high fiber content needed to heal this condition and your intestines.  In addition, it is recommended that grains, nuts and seeds along with flaxseed or oat bran.  The extra fiber will help to absorb waste from the bloodstream and help the colon to replenish and repair itself. On a side note, if you also suffer from celiac disease grains may contain gluten that is hard to digest, so read labels before you eat a particular grain.

2. Drink distilled water.  It will detoxify your body by removing toxic substances.  It is free of microscopic toxins like bacteria, viruses and fungi. In addition, it rids cells of minerals and helps prevent gallstones.

3. Consume a lot of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.  You can get omega 6 fatty acids from sunflower, safflower, wheat germ, sesame and pumpkin seed oils. The source for omega 3 fatty acids is fish, fish oil, flaxseed, green leafy vegetables, pumpkin seeds, sweet potatoes and broccoli.  Eating foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids will also strengthen your immune system.

4. Consume a lot of garlic.  The garlic will kill any yeast overgrowth.  In addition, garlic is helpful in reducing cholesterol levels and blood pressure as well as being able to fight off colds.  It may even protect against stomach cancer.  Garlic has a strong smell, but its antimicrobial properties are valuable to our bodies.

5.  Drink fresh vegetable and fruit juices.  These juices will be easily absorbed by the body and rich in nutrients that the body needs with this condition.


Foods to Avoid

Along with foods you should eat, there are foods you should avoid with the leaky gut syndrome.

1. Sugar.  Consuming sugars will cause the yeast from candida to grow; it thrives on sugar. Avoid sugar, honey and molasses.

2. Fermented and fungi products.  Eliminate anything that has yeast, soy sauce, all vinegars, mushrooms and cheeses.

3. Simple and refined carbohydrates, chips, baked goods, sodas, fruit juices, white bread, white pasta, refined flours, candy and milk.

The goal of treating the leaky gut syndrome is to heal your intestines by detoxifying and supplying lost nutrients.  The advice above will be able to help you start your journey of relief from this condition.