How Does Leaky Gut Happen?
There are a few different ways you can develop leaky gut. For example, if you are chronically constipated, overtime the toxins in your stool will irritate the lining of your intestines. This irritation leads to inflammation which will cause the pores in the small intestine to expand. If the irritation and inflammation are allow to continue for an extended period of time it can lead to irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, or colitis.
The other common cause of leaky gut is an imbalance of the flora inside your gut. We all have good and bad bacteria in our digestive system. When your gut flora is in balance the bad bacteria pose no threat. But when the bad bacteria outweighs the good, irritation and inflammation occur, again, causing the pores of the intestine to open up. Source
How to Heal a Leaky Gut
One thing you can do to heal a leaky gut is take glutamine. Glutamine, also known as L-glutamine, is an amazing amino acid that has the ability to heal soft tissue like the lining of your intestines. It is very good for improving the health and integrity of your gut.
Another thing you can do is take a probiotic. Probiotics are full of good bacteria which will help to restore the balance of your gut flora. You want to have more good bacteria in your gut.
I don’t recommend dairy, but if you enjoy eating yogurt, try Kefir, which is full of probiotics. I also recommend fermented foods like sauerkraut, which help balance your gut flora out. Your other option is to just take a good probiotic, which you can find at most health food stores.
As you can see, one of the main causes of leaky gut is inflammation. Omega-3 is known for its ability to combat inflammation. You can increase the amount of omega-3 in your diet by eating more fatty fish like salmon, or by taking a fish oil supplement.
In my opinion, leaky gut is a huge issue that the conventional medical community seems to ignore. As a holistic nutritionist, one of the first things I focus on with my clients is healing the gut. Luckily, there are a number of different ways to do this. Now that you know what leaky gut is and how you can heal it, you have the tools you need to keep your gut healthy without the help of a doctor and without taking medication. Source
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