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Leaky gut? Sounds pretty gross, doesn’t it? Well it is. And it’s just what it sounds like, too. The intestines become permeable, allowing toxins, bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites to enter the blood. Ewww! Leaky gut can cause a whole host of health issues, usually misdiagnosed and mistreated. (See symptoms below.)
Causes of leaky gut
* Gluten intolerance & food sensitivities
* Use of antacids, antibiotics & non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs- Ibuprofen, aspirin, Naproxen)
* Over consumption of alcohol
* Regularly overeating
Symptoms of a leaky gut
* Digestive complaints, including: gas, constipation and/or diarrhea
* Chronic fatigue
* Skin conditions, including rashes, rosacea, & eczema
* Fuzzy thinking
* Mood swings
* Weakened immunity
* Chronic joint or muscle aches
* Asthma, bronchitis, respiratory infections
* Sinus congestion
* Food allergies
Foods to Avoid or Minimize
In order to heal leaky gut it is necessary to temporarily eliminate all of the following:
* Junk & processed foods
* Refined grains, especially white flours
* Starchy vegetables- beets, carrots, potatoes, pumpkin, turnips, yams
* High glycemic fruits-banana, dried fruits, fruit juices
* Refined & fake sugars
* Alcohol, sodas, and caffeinated drinks
Foods to Eat
Make sure to eat as much organic as you can. Take a look at my posting on which foods are most important to eat organic.
* Lemon in water daily
* Non-starchy vegetables, including: alfalfa sprouts, artichokes, asparagus, bean sprouts, beet greens, bell peppers, bok choi, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, chives, cilantro, collard greens, cucumber, dandelion greens, eggplant, endive, escarole, fennel, garlic, ginger, green beans, horseradish, kale, leeks, okra, onions, radish, romaine lettuce, mustard greens, parsley, pickles, sauerkraut, scallions, snap peas, snow peas, spaghetti squash, spinach, summer squash, Swiss chard, tomatoes, watercress, zucchini.
* Fresh fruits, including: apples, apricots, berries , cantaloupe, cherries, currants, dates, figs, grapefruit, grapes, honeydew melon, kiwi, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papaya, peaches, pears, persimmon, pineapple, plums, pomegranate, tangerine, watermelon.
Supplements to Take
* Digestive enzymes
* Chinese herbs
* Plant Source Omega 3s
There is hope! The microvilli in the small intestine can be repaired. They normally regenerate within four to five days. The healing process may take longer, depending on the severity of the damage.
Live Natural. Live Well.
Hello and welcome to LiveNaturalLiveWell.com! Come here every week to find all the latest info on health related topics as well as tips for how you can heal your body and the environment. I am thrilled to be starting this blog. So to kick things off I thought I would tell you a little bit about myself and how I got started. People are always asking me, “Heather, how did you get interested in Chinese medicine?” It started when I was a teenager and I had two major health incidents.
The first was when I was 14 and I had a severe case of mono that flared up off and on for almost a year. I missed over 2 months of school and had to give up swimming because I was so weak. I was constantly seeing my doctor and he didn’t have any advice on how to heal from this very common illness. He literally said, “There’s nothing you can do.” After this illness took its course, I couldn’t help but wonder if there was any information out there besides what my doctor was telling me.
The second health event happened when I was just turning 15, and like many young people in America, I was a junk food junky. But after learning about the conditions of the meat industry and animal treatment, I decided to become a vegetarian. Like the good student I was, I went to my doctor to get any nutritional expertise I could find. He had no idea what to do with me, besides saying “Make sure you get enough protein.” I remember feeling so confused. If doctors are supposed to help people, why doesn’t he have any specific guidance about my nutrition and wellbeing? It seemed that if I wasn’t sick or injured, there wasn’t anything he could do for me.
Well, it turns out that I was sick. I was anemic for almost two years, and that was when I realized I would need to go beyond my doctors to find appropriate nutritional support. This led me to start studying nutrition, herbs, and supplements on my own. I loved reading anything health related, especially holistic medicine. I found out better ways to eat vegetarian and that mono is treatable. More profoundly I learned that there is never one answer to a solution, no quick fixes, and no magic pills. As I studied nutrition more I was fascinated to learn that there are so many different ways in which our bodies can get out of balance and that this affects our wellbeing. Over the years, I kept learning purely out of curiosity. I had no idea that one day I would be doing this for a living!
I found out later that M.D.s have very little nutritional training, just a few hours in fact. Also, many (but not all!) doctors will just say nothing can be done or nothing is wrong because tests results are normal. I see this almost daily in my private practice. Patients come in desperate, because their doctors didn’t have the tools to help them get better.
After college, I moved to Los Angeles. That was when I realized I could do what I love for a career. At this point, friends were regularly asking me for advice, and I didn’t always have the answers. I don’t always have the answers now, but with my training and continued studies, I have the tools to do what I really want to do: help and empower others to be healthy and live a fuller life.
I would like to encourage those of you reading this to do research and see if the illness you’re dealing with can be treated naturally to eradicate it. Then ask questions. I’m so excited to create a dialogue with people all over the world. I have a long list of ideas to get started, but I would love to get to know all of you reading this. What are you curious about? What do you find confusing? What are you interested in? I truly look forward to hearing from you. Til then,
Get Natural. Get well.