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Happy Tummy: Treatment for Leaky Gut Syndrome

Modern lifestyle increases our risk to digestive tract problems due to stress, alcohol, medications, processed foods and bacteria. These are considered irritants that causes digestive inflammation and a lot of pinprick-style leaks in a very delicate and thin lining of the intestines. A tiny leak can be a big problem causing undigested food particles, toxins and bacteria to the bloodstream that leads to a potentially out sized immune response. Severely damaged intestinal lining causes substances to regularly leak which can cause bigger problems. The conditions associated with a leaky syndrome are allergies, asthma, acne, arthritis and autism. The symptoms of a leaky gut may include fatigue, respiratory issues, joint pain, rashes, and autoimmune responses like psoriasis.

The first step in treating a leaky gut is identification and removal of the source of the irritation intestinal linings. The things you can do to identify and remove the intestinal irritants that cause intestinal inflammation are starting an elimination diet, keeping a food journal, limiting use of NSAIDs and alcohol, and ruling out infections. Remove digestive irritants such as dairy, sugar, soy, gluten and chemical additives found in processed foods. It can cause immediate relief and it is advisable to eliminate food for two weeks then reintroduce it and noting its effects. Having an elimination list of foods that makes you gassy, bloated or fatigued will help you monitor the foods you need to avoid. Listen to your gut because it tells you what foods you’re sensitive to. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs inhibits the production of prostaglandins needed for rebuilding the lining of the intestines, while alcohol steals the nutrients from your gut. Leaky gut can be caused by parasites and pathogenic microorganisms that live in the warm and mucosal environment of your digestive system.

A leaky gut needs lots of fiber such as berries, vegetables, nuts, legumes, seeds, and whole-kernel grains for elimination of toxic waste materials quickly and efficiently. Flaxseeds, chia seeds, psyllium seeds, or oat bran can be consumed as a food supplement. Take one or two capsules of enzyme supplement with meals three times a day, to give your gastrointestinal tract a jump-start for good digestion, so food are easier to break down and nutrients are easier to assimilate. It will also help taking glutamine supplements to fuel the small intestinal lining to support digestion and immunity. Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as avocado, seeds, nuts, cold-water fish and purslane that help in reducing inflammation and rebuilding the wall of the digestive system. If you have a leaky gut, avoid foods for upset stomach, and consume foods that are helpful in achieving a digestive system.

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