Have you ever had to heal your gut because of a leaky gut? A leaky gut occurs when your gut no longer properly absorbs nutrients your body needs. You develop an intolerance for certain foods along with a whole host of health issues. A leaky gut occurs because of many issues, like stress, poor nutrition, food allergies or medication intolerances.
But, you can heal your leaky gut and you can do it naturally. I think all too often when you have any illness or condition that no one knows how to fix, you are not given much hope of recovery. This happened to me several years ago to me when a doctor told me I had fibromyalgia. He was wrong. What I had was a nutrient deficiency, which I overcame, of course.
What shook me to the core was he sent me home with no cure and no medication for the pain and fogginess I was experiencing. It was my first lesson in how to get well without the medical community. But, I digress. I developed a leaky gut when I was going through incredible stress and I stopped eating a regular diet.
* Please note, I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice.
What is a leaky gut?
Leaky gut is generally known to be the excessive permeability of the small intestine. Generally speaking, the small intestine absorbs nutrients the body needs, but when leaky gut develops, this God-given process becomes at risk, and so does your health.
The pores in the intestine widen due to a variety of causes, which allow substances to leak into the bloodstream. Not only does this cause a level of toxicity in the body, but it also keeps the gut from absorbing necessary nutrients for good health. If the cause is not determined, a vicious cycle can continue which creates poor health and serious illnesses.
What can cause a leaky gut?
There are five major triggers of leaky guts:
- Hidden sugars in foods
- Conventional dairy cow’s milk products
- Improperly prepared grains
- Chemical additives found in foods
Leaky gut can be caused by food intolerances and/or allergies, primarily. Frequently, people with celiacs disease and Crohn’s disease develop leaky gut because they are intolerant to foods or chemicals they have yet to discover, or they simply have a genetic predisposition to intestinal problems. Eating foods which are difficult to digest develops a weakened intestine, and eventually creates excessive permeability, which impairs your body’s filtering of its proper nutrients.
What are the symptoms of a leaky gut?
Some of the major symptoms of leaky gut are:
- Bloating and gas
- Food sensitivities
- Thyroid conditions
- Fatigue and joint pain
- Headaches and skin issues
- Digestive issues
- Weight gain
- Type 1 Diabetes
My own experience with Leaky Gut
Several years ago, I was under quite a bit of excessive stress and I tried to keep going on few calories, coffee and popcorn. While I did eat meals, it wasn’t enough to counteract my long hours, little sleep and poor eating habits (especially the popcorn!). My body crashed and I gained excess weight—can we say 30 pounds in a month? Plus, when I ate, I gained extra weight and no, I did not even eat the foods known to actually cause digestive problems. However, there is a family sensitivity to corn. Apparently, I have it too. 😉
Now, I have never had a weight problem in my life. I was never a fitness person, but I was always skinny and did not need to worry about what I ate. But, when I developed my own digestive issues, I was shocked at the results. I did not gain weight gracefully (ask my family).
While I am still trying to get off those extra pounds, my body is finally healing. Yes, I could probably keep a few pounds on my body from before I gained weight (I was really thin), but dropping excess weight and building muscle is my goal to maintain good health.What I learned most of all is that I lost a lot of muscle without even knowing it, and it kept me quite thin.
Now, I am not nearly as thin as I was, but I do have more muscle tone and I am quite strong. But, my body is healed because of one major change I made below.
How can you begin healing a leaky gut?
While changing the eating habits listed above is the root cause of leaky gut, and changing your lifestyle, are major issues. Don’t live in the fast food drive-through restaurants. Get outdoors with your kids and exercise, or go to a local recreation center if the weather is poor. Make healthy eating a good part of your daily life! Even get the kids in on the action.
Plus, you can eat two foods to change the course of your problem:
The first natural food you can add to shakes or smoothies or simply drink to help you on your way is beef gelatin and bone broth. Not only is bone broth delicious to drink, especially in the winter, but it brings life back to your body and actually heals your gut lining. But also, adding just 1 TBL of beef gelatin to a smoothie or shake recipe does the same thing, plus it helps to reduce wrinkles and cellulite. That is always a plus!
A second natural food we have added back into our diet is homemade cow’s milk yogurt. I tried all the probiotic supplements I could find to heal my family’s gut, and what it all came down to was a lot of money and very small results. After my own gut crash and continued problems in my children, I decided to begin making organic cow’s milk yogurt again. I used a starter I bought from Azure Standard and the results have shocked me. Even my special needs son tolerates this yogurt and it keeps good bacteria growing in our gut.
Plus, there aren’t any fillers added to the yogurt and I use a simple gallon of store-bought organic milk.
Can this really heal me?
These two changes have allowed our family to move from a no grain diet to a diet including brown rice, wheat and dairy products.
Compared with all of the medications and extra supplements you can spend money on, that really saves you money!
Can this help me lose weight?
Well, think about it, if you are suffering from weight gain because of a malabsorption issue, irritable bowel syndrome or worse, leaky gut, then stopping the cycle can only help you lose fat.
If your hormones become imbalanced because of your poor diet, your body can end up in one big mess. Yes, you still have to let go of some of those foods causing problems in your digestive tract, but honestly, many of them you may be able to bring back into your diet once you are healed.
Bone broth, beef gelatin and yogurt not only heal your gut, but also allow you to re-introduce a few foods that you could no longer tolerate before.
It is honestly a win-win situation!