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Herbs for Leaky Gut Syndrome

Herbs For Leaky Gut Syndrome

A common disorder, leaky gut syndrome develops when lesions form on the intestinal lining due to inflammation. These lesions have abnormally large spaces between the cell walls, allowing toxic material to seep into the bloodstream. Autism, rheumatoid arthritis, periodontal disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, Crohn’s disease and colitis stem from the inflammation triggered by a leaky gut. Malabsorption of nutrients, candida and parasitic infections along with food sensitivities and allergies are also connected with this syndrome. Inflammatory skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and acne indicate a leaky gut too.

Once you determine what’s contributing to your intestinal permeability, you need to remove that from your life and diet. Whether it is a particular food, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs , medications, alcohol or a combination of these and other causes, you must completely eliminate them. What it does mean is that you cannot heal unless you remove them at least for a period of time – potentially a few months to a few years. Some substances – particularly legitimate food allergies, may mean saying goodbye forever. No matter how ‘healthy’ you are or how many supplements you take, your efforts will be fruitless without complete removal of inflammatory substances, as you will have chronic low levels of inflammation and permeability.

Protocol for healing
A damaged gut responds well to select herbs and supplements, a clean diet and healthy lifestyle choices. Below are a few recommendations.

Diet

A pure diet is crucial for repairing the gut. A standard anti-candida protocol is beneficial — eliminating sugar (in any form), gluten, processed foods, dairy, refined carbohydrates, alcohol and caffeine while focusing on high-fibre, nutrient-dense living foods. Since pesticides and GMOs antagonize the situation, consume only organic food. Essential fatty acids from flaxseeds, chia or borage are also vital to healing the bowel and reducing inflammation. Drinking plenty of purified water is crucial as well to avoid gut-destroying contaminants.

Digestive enzymes

Often times, those suffering from leaky gut syndrome have low stomach acid. This creates poor digestion, causing toxins to leach into the body. Digestive enzyme supplements are helpful along with lemon or raw apple cider vinegar water and bitter herbs.

Fibre

Fibre protects the gut while sweeping fungus, harmful bacteria and other pathogens quickly out of the system. Good options include organic psyllium powder, ground flaxseeds and chia seeds.

Herbs

Several herbs are known to calm inflammation and the subsequent damage that occurs in the gut. Marshmallow root along with slippery elm are excellent choices. Both soothe and coat the intestinal tract, minimizing the absorption of toxins. These herbs also help to heal damage, further reducing excessive permeability. Liquorice root, goldenseal, fennel seed and ginger root are beneficial as well. To eliminate parasites that frequently accompany a suppressed digestive system, try Echinacea, garlic, colloidal silver, cloves, wormwood, black walnut, or grapefruit seed extract. Some herbs, such as milk thistle & dandelion root, are important for detoxifying the liver, which is imperative as it is most likely overloaded with all the toxins it’s been filtering from your blood. You have to revive your liver along with healing the digestive tract. Essential fatty acids are anti-inflammatory in function and help sooth mucosal deterioration. They help form healthy cell membranes and are imperative for proper development and functioning of nervous system. Zinc, vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) support healing mechanisms of the gut while vitamin C and vitamin E provide antioxidant support.

Supplements

Since leaky gut syndrome contributes to malabsorption of many nutrients, it’s important to supplement the diet. A, B, C and E vitamins are essential as well as calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, selenium and coenzyme Q10. Colostrum helps to heal the intestinal lining and reduces inflammation. To rebuild gut wall integrity, L-glutamine is exceptional. And don’t forget a daily, high-quality probiotic. Probiotics are absolutely crucial in the reinoculation of your gut to maintain proper gut flora. These are the good guys that help keep your digestive system properly functioning. Glutamine, also referred to as L-Glutamine, is an amino acid that is hugely effective in helping your intestinal lining repair itself, as it’s a big game player in intestinal function, metabolism and structure. Healing happens much quicker with glutamine. Glutathione, N-Acetyl cysteine and quercetin are all important components in the defence again free-radical induced tissue damage and can assist in inhibiting histamines.

Lifestyle

Maintaining a balanced lifestyle is valuable for encouraging a healthy digestive system. Minimizing stress, gentle exercise, adequate sleep and slowing down during mealtime supports healing.

As we have seen, disease is substantially influenced by the health of the gut. In light of this, the words of Dr. Campbell-McBride, author of Gut and Psychology Syndrome, ring true:

“A well-functioning gut with healthy gut flora holds the roots of our health. And, just as a tree with sick roots is not going to thrive, the rest of the body cannot thrive without a well-functioning digestive system.”

Good nutrition, healing supplements, time, and ultimately, persistence, will heal a leaky gut.

If you are concerned about your digestive system, why not contact the clinic to arrange an appointment.

To book an appointment phone 085-2157479.

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