So… What even is Leaky Gut?
Leaky Gut is also known as Hyper-permeable Intestines. It literally means that the intestinal lining is no longer able to function as it should do; it is allowing the contents to spill from your gut into your blood stream. This means that potentially harmful particles such as bacteria, toxins and partially digested food products are ‘leaking’ into your bloodstream through your intestinal wall – your hyperpermeable ‘leaky’ gut. And it’s negatively impacting your health!
How it works is the intestinal lining is the first defence of our immune system – therefore very valuable. As I said, the wall blocks bacteria, harmful toxins, food particles – you name it; if you’ve injected it, the intestinal lining stops that from leaking into the blood stream and causing deficiency in the immune system. When something called the ‘tight junction’ becomes faulty and loosens, you will begin suffering from leaky gut and the side effects associated. So…
What are the symptoms? And do you have Leaky Gut?
Firstly, what are the symptoms you need to look out for to be aware that you may have leaky gut?
- Seasonal allergies and/or asthma
- Auto-immune disease
- Acne, eczema, rosacea
- Candida overgrowth
- Diagnosis of fatigue
- Digestive system bloating, gas, diarrhoea and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
Inflammation of the gut will occur as the immune system is forced to leap into action against the toxins, bacteria and food particles that are released into the blood. Not being isolated to the gut, inflammation will occur not only in your gut, but in other parts of the body such as your joints, which may result in an ‘under the weather’ feeling as your immune system is struggling to keep up with the fight with the bacteria in your blood. This in turn can lead to fatigue, breakouts and skin irritation such as eczema (other symptoms listed above).
How do you treat your leaky gut?
If you’ve looked and the symptoms and identified a few or all within yourself. You have leaky gut. Now you must repair your body or suffer the effects of autoimmune diseases for longer. In three simple and effective steps you could eliminate your symptoms and heal your gut – if you stick it out! It isn’t an overnight cure; however short-term immediate actions have long term benefits!
1 – Removal of the causes
As you probably know, it is no good treating the condition if the causes are still present and causing negative reactions in your body! It’s time to take up Paleo. Taking up Paleo will eliminate refined sugars, food additives, processed foods, dairy such as cow’s milk and cheese and grains such as rice, wheat, gluten along with carbs such as pasta and bread. These foods are most likely causing your leaky gut. Ever felt bloated and inflamed after eating pasta, bread, rice or heavy dairy products? It is because your gut is being damaged by them and is unable to fully process the amount you’re ingesting. Therefore, the first thing to do in this process of healing your gut is to cut out the cr*p that’s causing you all this torment in the first place. our bodies were not designed to process the amount of dairy, gluten, wheat etc. the mass population are consuming. Mass produced food is bad for your health. Once you become paleo, you will be introduced to a huge range of foods that don’t have a negative effect on your gut and therefore help the healing process for a healthier you. The food you will be directed towards have health benefits to help combat auto-immune disease, and recipes are created by training nutritional advisers.
2 – Repair
You’ve now cut out the cr*p and your gut will reduce in swelling. Your skin is either detoxifying (having a breakout) or getting clearer – in my case my it got worse for a few days before it got better.
It’s time to repair the gut. Vitamin D and Zinc will help repair the lining of your gut. And most importantly, it’s time to begin consuming gut healing paleo products such as Kombucha and Coconut Water Kefir. Kombucha is a fantastic source for pro-biotics which is exactly what your gut is in need of for it to repair. Click the link and visit our Instagram page for the FREE Coconut Water Kefir Recipe @thepaleocottage!
3 – Rebuild
Rebuilding your gut health is hugely important to not only heal the symptoms of auto-immune disease but also prevent it from happening again. Rebuilding and maintaining the gut health is the key to keeping the auto-immune diseases gone for good! The best way to do that: change your lifestyle completely, staring with your diet! At The Paleo Cottage we have built 30 Day Plan, 5 Week Plan and a 10 Week Meal Plan. 3 Recipes a day, 7 days a week. It is known that the hardest part of any change is the preparation, it is knowing what you’re going to eat and when rather than making it up as you go and slipping up when you’re on the mend. We removed the stress of the preparation for you, making life easier so you can focus your energy on healing you gut health and making positive changes in your lifestyle. Click the links and check them out on our website, read what you get with each and work out what works best for you. They have been created by training nutritional advisers and made to use food as medicine, the recipes we’ve made are used to maximise any healing preterites the ingredients may contain, and limit the damage of other foods.
Finally, high stress in your lifestyle can also cause your leaky gut to become more severe than it has to be. Changing your diet to paleo and following the steps to eliminate leaky gut will do wonders if you stick to it, however reducing stress in your life will speed up this healing process, and in future will help maintain a healthy gut. Therefore, try meditation a couple of times a day for at least 10 minutes and review stressful areas of your life in which you can make changes to make it easier. 10 minutes of mindfulness and concentration on your breathing. You will be amazed at how short periods of mindfulness and meditation in the beginning can change your life for the better.
Here’s to a healthier you! Fight through the journey, thrive in the destination!
Alex (co-founder of The Paleo Cottage)
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