How have you been feeling these days? Any problems? Stomach issues? Maybe you have leaky gut.
What is leaky gut syndrome? – It’s when your gut has an increased intestinal permeability, your gut needs this permeability to absorb nutrients from food, but when you have leaky gut syndrome the increased permeability can let substances seep through into the bloodstream that are not supposed to be there!
Do you have a leaky gut? Well you may have it if for a while you have been suffering with stomach issues, IBS, diarrhoea, bloating and gas are just some of the symptoms. Having any one of these symptoms may be normal once in a while for example if you’ve eaten something that doesn’t agree with you, however if you’ve been experiencing these for weeks or even longer, then don’t rule out the possibility you have leaky gut.
What causes leaky gut? It can be caused by a number of things, especially toxins coming into your body, even alcohol could damage the lining of your intestine if you have too much.
Let’s cut to the chase, how can we fix this?
Here’s the protocol:
- You need to give your stomach time to heal, so avoid big meals, try and eat little amounts a bit more often.
- Eat foods that are easily digested, this means less processed foods! And instead of raw veg/ salad, eat steamed veg instead.
- Buff Banana pro tip: Try busting out the crockpot or slow cooker and make some nice stews, this way when you cook something like chicken or lamb it will be nice and soft and easier to digest.
- Chew you food well, by chewing food well, enzymes in your saliva can break down the food a bit before being processed in the intestine, this will help with digestion and give your gut less hassle.
- Try digestive enzymes with your meals, this will help with digestion once again and make it easier for your gut to absorb nutrients, meaning your gut will have less to do and can heal.
- Pro biotics- encourage good bacteria in your gut, this is a big one- you could have an imbalance of too many bad gut bacteria in you.
- Try fasting for a while- increase your rate of Autophagy.
Next try these natural remedies which are great for digestion and relaxing your overactive gut, (they will promote healing):
- Herbal teas: especially fennel, ginger & lemon and mint
- Liquorice root
- Turmeric and black pepper
- Bone broth
- Aloe Vera juice
Note that all of these remedies and natural ingredients play an important part in the healing process, whilst this list is not exhaustive, these are some of the most effective remedies.
More articles regarding leaky gut and the ingredients/ benefits will be posted on the blog soon, but at least you have a checklist of what to get started on, stay peeled for more information and insightful articles!
Buff Banana pro tip: Healing can take a while, don’t give up, it could take months but stick with the methods and try to implement these remedies into your diet and lifestyle. Also make sure to stay from foods/substances that can irritate your gut whilst your still in the healing process, this could include any foods your intolerant too for example lactose/ dairy products and even alcohol. Once your healed you will be able to enjoy all the foods you ate before in moderation.