The awareness of Leaky Gut Syndrome is growing, yet the understanding of what this condition is or how important our gut is to our overall health is alarmingly low!
What is Leaky Gut Syndrome, or Intestinal Permeability, “is a condition in which the lining of the small intestine becomes damaged, causing undigested food particles, toxic waste products and bacteria to “leak” through the intestines and flood the bloodstream”
Anyone hearing this description about their own intestines might be a little alarmed, but this is becoming an extremely common condition thanks to the varying foods we all eat, the busy lifestyles we lead, and even some medications we might be taking for other ailments.
Nevertheless, there are many tips available to help heal Leaky Gut Syndrome, and to have a healthier lifestyle over all.
Try an elimination diet
Eliminating certain foods that are commonly known to cause problems, like dairy, soy and gluten, can help to pinpoint which foods are triggering problems with the gut; thus letting you know which foods to avoid in the future. Going through the elimination period for two weeks can make a world of difference to mind, body and soul! Furthermore, by keeping a food diary of what you eat, and then paying close attention to how your body reacts and keeping notes on that, you can be much more strategic with what you remove from your diet, and what you reintroduce.
“If you feel bloated, fatigued, or gassy, add that food to your elimination list. “Most likely,” says Lipski, “your gut is telling you what foods it is sensitive to. You just need to listen.”
Work on reducing your stress
Research has shown that stress can affect us physically as well as emotionally. In relation to Leaky Gut Syndrome, stress is a common cause; it increases fatigue and interrupts sleep, which the body needs to heal itself. Luckily, there are lots of ways to reduce stress with these small steps – go for a 10 minute walk, take a quiet moment with the some herbal tea before bed, or even just sit by yourself quietly for 15-20 minutes. All of these strategies have been proven to reduce stress and will help improve any stomach issues you’re experiencing.
You hear it everywhere you go – drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day, stay hydrated, water is good for your skin and your digestive system. Well it’s all true, and it’s one of the easier things to do when you’re stuck at home dealing with a tricky gut, going back and forth to the bathroom.
By drinking plenty of water regularly, you can lubricate your insides, and stop your gut problems from getting worse.
Leaky Gut Syndrome is extremely treatable, and it starts with what you do at home, including changes to diet, physical and mental lifestyle, and even changing to a different painkiller.
These are only a few of the tips available to help heal Leaky Syndrome, and ideally if you think you have any of the symptoms (bloating, food sensitivities, headaches, fatigue) and are unsure of how to deal with them, then you should consult your local GP.