Leaky Gut Syndrome is a condition that affects the lining of the intestines, and is also known as Increased Intestinal Permeability. This condition occurs when the lining of the intestines becomes inflamed and irritated and therefore allowing unintended substances to pass into the blood stream.
Many people who suffer from this illness experience chronic abdominal pain, nervousness, skin rashes, bloating and excessive gas, anxiety, fatigue, chronic joint and muscle pain, indigestion, and poor immunity.
There are several causes of the syndrome including poor diet, food allergies and sensitivity, excessive use of alcohol, intestinal fungus, chronic stress, environmental contaminants. Overuse of antibiotics, steroids, and NSAIDs are also causes. But, it is most often caused by the foods and beverages we consume (food sensitivities and food contaminates).
Your gut can be healed and symptoms can typically be relieve by making changes in your diet. For most of us, just hearing the word diet puts us in a bad state of mind. But, the focus here is not on reducing calories. The goal is to eliminate foods that are causing the inflammation of your gut. This is the first step in healing your intestinal tract, and reduce some of the bothersome symptoms.
The first diet tip that you will want to follow is to pay attention and eliminate any foods that may be causing possible allergies from your diet. One way to determine what foods you are allergic to is by visiting your doctor for tests. You health professional can give you the a series of tests that will determine which foods which might be causing you to have allergic reactions.
If you aren't up for expensive food allergy testing, simply start by eliminating all processed, or what I like to call "man-made" foods from your diet. This often does wonders rather quickly. We don't realize how many chemicals and contaminants are found in the foods we eat from day to day. And they are often the culprit.
Some experts suggest an anti-inflammatory diet for Leaky Gut. An anti-inflammatory diet is one rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, and includes essential fatty acids like fish oil. You can also a glutamine supplement. This is an amino acid that can help maintain and improve the function of your intestines. This diet cuts down on inflammation throughout the body, and can give you time to recover from leaky gut syndrome.
The anti-inflammatory diet for leaky gut syndrome encourages a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. You want to include as much fresh food as possible. Start eating fresh fruits and vegetables in abundance, and try to include protein, healthy carbohydrates and some fat into each meal. Reduce foods made with wheat flower and sugar. This would be white and wheat breads, and many packaged snack foods like cookies, cakes, chips, and pretzels. Totally eliminate these foods from your diet.
Start eating more whole grain foods like brown rice, bulgur wheat, beans, sweet potatoes, and winter squash. Cut out any foods that include high fructose corn syrup. Increase your fiber intake with the fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains. You will want to start drinking water throughout the day to stay hydrated.
You will also want to avoid margarine, vegetable oils, and any hydrogenated oils. Include foods like avocados and nuts like cashews, almonds, and walnuts. You can also use nut butters that are made from these nuts.
Finally healthy omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, herring, hemp seeds, and flax seeds are part of a healthy anti-inflammatory diet for leaky gut syndrome. You can also take a fish oil supplement if you prefer. It's also a good idea to include good sources of protein, you will need to decrease your intake of animal based proteins and start to eat more vegetable protein. Good sources of vegetable protein include tofu, soybeans, beans, and any soy based foods.
Try not to let these things overwhelm you. I spent the first 30 years of my life eating a diet of junk food and soda, and I just knew my body would go into shock if I stopped eating junk. But, the rewards are worth the effort of making the changes. If you don't think these sound like foods you would enjoy, then just start with one thing at a time.
The best place to start is by cutting out processed foods. This is where I started, a few days later my headaches were gone and I didn't feel so run down. When I woke up in the morning I felt good, and this is what motivated me to take more steps to heal my gut.
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