The gut (a.k.a. digestive tract) is not just a tube that absorbs nutrients and gets rid of waste - it’s a complex alive system that’s a huge foundation of health. And not just gut health, but the overall health of our bodies and minds. We know how important it is to get all of our essential nutrients from food - and this is a big part of what our digestive tract does. But, there is way more to the story than just that.
Published in Deanna's Blog
Friday, 17 November 2017 14:53

Leaky Gut and Food Allergies

 
 
I knew from a young age that milk just didn't do my body good.  I would get stomach aches and then have to run to the bathroom.  Over time left untreated, I developed other food sensitivities and leaky gut.
 
Our intestines are designed to be impermeable to large protein molecules that our body may mistake as “invaders” and launch an “attack” by producing antibodies, which lead to allergic reactions. Modern diet, lifestyle and medications often times compromise the permeability of our digestive tract, creating what is known as the “leaky gut” syndrome. When the gut becomes permeable to larger protein molecules, they can get into our bloodstream and trigger an immune response, resulting in symptoms of food allergies.
 
Here are some strategies to help protect and heal the digestive tract:
 
Maintain Healthy Gut Flora:
  • Increase intake of probiotics, eat foods such as yogurt, kefir, natto, kimchi and sauerkraut.
  • Eat fermentable fibers (starches like sweet potato, yam, yucca, etc.)
  • Avoid antibiotics, birth control and NSAIDs
 
Reduce Inflammation:
  • Use herbs such as slippery elm and marshmallow roots, which helps coat and heal the intestinal lining and reduce inflammation
  • Increase intake of omega-3 fatty acids – supplement at therapeutic dosage, cold water fish, walnuts, and flaxseed to help support the immune system and reduce inflammation (EPA in particular helps reduce inflammation)
 
Reduce Irritations:
  • Avoid refined carbohydrates, including refined sugar – which irritates the intestinal lining
  • Avoid alcohol, which is an irritant
  • Avoid caffeine, which irritates the gut and dehydrates the body
 
Positive Lifestyle Changes:
  • Reduce stress
  • Practice mindful eating
  • Chew well
 
Book your Food Sensitivity Screening today.
 
Reference:
http://chriskresser.com/9-steps-to-perfect-health-5-heal-your-gut