Leaky gut is a condition which affects millions of us. Leaky gut not only impacts your digestive health, but also leads to many other health conditions.
Essentially, leaky gut affects the gut lining whereby the gut wall becomes damages, allowing the gut to ‘leak’ into the bloodstream.
Food sensitivities and allergies are some of the first symptoms which may indicate you are suffering with leaky gut. These sensitivities and allergies firstly lead on to the person experiencing unexplained weight gain, fatigue, bloating and skin issues such as acne. These conditions if left untreated can then lead to more severe conditions such as depression, chronic fatigue, arthritis and IBS.
Leaky gut can also cause malabsorption of essential vitamins and minerals that are crucial for a healthy body and healthy mind.
Common causes of leaky gut:
- Frequent alcohol use
- A poor diet lacking in nutrients and high in processed foods
- Diet high in gluten
- High levels of sugar in the diet
- Refined oils – sunflower oil, canola oil, rapeseed oil
If you feel that you have unexplained symptoms such as bloating and weight gain and do tend to eat a diet high in processed foods and sugars, it would be worth considering switching your diet up to eat foods that support your gut health, digestive health and help to repair your gut lining.
Foods and supplements to help repair and heal leaky gut:
- Healthy fats – avocado, coconut oil, nuts and seeds, extra virgin olive oil are all examples of healthy fats that help to promote nutrient absorption. Adding healthy fats into every meal is not only great for your gut lining, but will also help balance blood sugar levels too!
- Fermented foods have also been shown to improve gut health as they contain an array of probiotics which help to feed our good gut bacteria. Kimchi, miso, sauerkraut are all great examples of fermented foods!
- Add fruit into your breakfast- eating two servings of fruit each day is a great way to incorporate more vitamins and minerals into your diet and to help heal your gut. Eating fruit on an empty stomach in the morning is ideal so try adding some fresh berries or a green apple into your breakfast to reap the benefits!
- Good quality probiotic – this will help to feed the good gut bacteria. Work with your health professional to find the best one to suit you and always check for quality.
- L-Glutamine – this supplement has been shown to heal leaky gut due to it being an essential amino acid and having anti-inflammatory properties. L-Glutamine helps to protect your cell walls by providing a coating and helps to repair your gut lining. As always with supplements, always check with your health professional and make sure you are choosing the best quality.