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LEAKY GUT

January 20, 2019

There are many factors, stress, toxins, organ malfunctions, that can cause gastro intestinal inflammation. These inflammations can turn to various types of food allergies or intolerances, cause changes in immune system and even lead to auto immunity problems. There are many promoters of leaky gut, such as, steroids, antibiotics, anti-acids, infection, hormonal imbalances, auto immunity, stress, diet, neurological issues,

Intestinal viruses, yeast over growth, lack of stomach acid (cause gall stone) and cause of  H pylori (it also effects ulcer and many other gut problems) etc.

One of the biggest warning signs that you may have leaky gut can be that you’re experiencing multiple food sensitivities. Partially digested protein and fat can pass through your intestinal lining, making their way into your bloodstream and causing an allergic response. 

This allergic response, if left un-repaired, can lead to more severe health issues like inflammatory bowel disease IBS, arthritis, eczema, psoriasis, depression, anxiety, migraine headaches, muscle pain and chronic fatigue. 

The most common components of food that can damage your intestinal lining are the proteins found in un-sprouted grains, gluten, sugar, GMO’s and conventional dairy. The problem with un-sprouted grains is that they contain large amounts of anti-nutrients or nutrient blockers called phytates and lectins. Lectins are sugar-binding proteins that act as a natural defense system for plants that protect them from outside invaders like mold and parasites. 

This is good news for plants but bad news for your body. Your digestive lining is covered with sugar-containing cells that help break down your food. Lectins gravitate toward this area and when they attach to your digestive lining, it damages your gut and causes inflammation. Lectins are found in many foods, not just grains, and consumed in smaller amounts, your body will do just fine with them. But foods that have large amounts of lectins are more problematic. Some of the lectins and foods that because leaky gut include wheat, rice, quinoa, spelt and soy. 

Gluten triggers an immune response that damages the lining of the small intestine. This can interfere with the absorption of nutrients from food, cause a host of symptoms, and lead to other problems like osteoporosis, infertility, nerve damage, and seizures.

Hormonal imbalances are from progesterone, testosterone, estrogen (estradiol), thyroid. Deficiency of any of these hormones can lead to intestinal permeability. 

Estradiol plays a very important role on intestinal epithelium for tight junction.

Lack of testosterone, delays intestinal healing.

Progesterone, protects intestinal lining from macroscopic injuries.

Lack of thyroid function, leads to ulcerations on the intestines and on digestive systems.

Interestingly, exercise can determine changes in the gut microbial composition playing a positive role in energy homeostasis and regulation.

Low intensity exercise can help stool and the gastrointestinal mucus layer. As a consequence, it seems that exercise has protective effects, reducing the risk of colon cancer, diverticulosis, and inflammatory bowel disease. 

Lets look at some homeopathic remedies for Leaky Gut;

 

Nux vomica

Abdominal pains and bowel problems accompanied by tension, constricting sensations, chilliness, and irritability can indicate a need for this remedy. Soreness in the muscles of the abdominal wall, as well as painful gas and cramps are common. Firm pressure on the abdomen brings some relief.

 

Lycopodium

This remedy is often indicated for people with chronic digestive discomforts and bowel problems. Bloating and a feeling of fullness come on early in a meal or shortly after, and a large amount of gas is usually produced. Heartburn and stomach pain are common, and the person may feel better from rubbing the abdomen. Things are typically worse between four and eight p.m.

 

Podophyllum

This remedy is indicated when abdominal pain and cramping with a gurgling, sinking, empty feeling are followed by watery, offensive-smelling diarrhea—alternating with constipation, or pasty yellow bowel movements containing mucus. Things tend to be worse in the very early morning, and the person may feel weak and faint or have a headache afterward.

 

Sulphur

This remedy is often indicated when a sudden urge toward diarrhea wakes the person early in the morning (typically five a.m.) and makes them hurry to the bathroom. Diarrhea can come on several times a day. The person may, at other times, be constipated and have gas with an offensive and pervasive smell.

 

HEALING YOUR LEAKY GUT

REMOVE foods and factors that damage the gut 

REPLACE with healing foods 

REPAIR with specific supplements 

REBALANCE with probiotics – PREBIOTICS

Sleep well

Exercise, daily

Meditate

Take a food journal

Remember, the top foods to remove that cause leaky gut are sugar, grains, conventional meat, conventional dairy and GMO foods. The top toxic exposures to eliminate are tap water, pesticides, NSAIDS and antibiotics 

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