At Integrative Health Matters, we frequently discuss leaky gut syndrome. Leaky gut is associated with dozens of related conditions and diseases.
Poor diet choices, chronic stress, toxic overload and bacterial imbalance all contribute to the prevalence of leaky gut in our country.
Why should leaky gut syndrome concern you? Recently a leaky gut has been called a “danger signal for autoimmune disease.” You may be well on your way to serious digestive health issues and may not even be aware of it. If you’re wondering if you may be experiencing leaky gut, the first thing to do is assess your symptoms.
Here are 12 common signs that your gut may be in trouble:
Bloating, gas, or other post-meal discomforts
Frequent yeast infections
Losing weight is hard no matter what you do
You have a constant sweet tooth
Your immune system is compromised
Chronic irritable bowel syndrome and/or diarrhea
Frequent acid reflux, gastro-esophageal reflux Disease (GERD), heartburn, etc.
You crave bread and other carbohydrates
Autoimmune diseases such as diabetes, hashimoto’s, graves disease, celiac disease, lupus, etc.
Food allergies, intolerances, or sensitivities
Chronic skin inflammation such as acne, eczema, or psoriasis
If you’re struggling with any of these GI issues, the first step is to remove processed foods — including added sugar, GMO’s, refined oils, synthetic additives and conventional dairy products.
A gut healing diet includes:
Raw cultured dairies like kefir, yogurt, grass-fed butter, and cheese
Dairy alternatives like almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, and vegan cheese
Fermented vegetables, probiotic supplements, and probiotic foods.
Sprouted seeds (like chia seeds, flaxseeds, and hemp seeds)
Foods with omega-3 fatty acids, especially salmon and other wild-caught fish
Fresh organic veggies, fruits, sea veggies, and superfoods
Apple cider vinegar
Nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory foods like Wild caught salmon, lamb, free-range organic chicken, and grass-fed beef (in moderation)