Supplements for Healing your Gut

Supplements for Healing your Gut

There are many supplements that support your digestive health but Dr Axe believes that the most beneficial are: L-Glutamine, Probiotics, Digestive Enzymes and Aloe Vera Juice.  There is also supplements for healing gut titledstrong evidence that Bovine Colostrum and Maca are particularly good for gut healing and immune boosting properties, which is incredibly important for people with Leaky gut, as their immune systems have been under attack for a long period of time.

Probiotics Are a Vital Part to Healing Your Gut.  If you’re going to heal your gut you MUST consume probiotics in food and supplement form. I see people all the time only follow part of the protocol in healing their gut by removing the damaging irritants. But the part they often leave out is re-inoculating their gut with beneficial bacteria that will keep bad bacteria at bay.

You can load up on BOTH probiotic rich foods and take supplement with a good quality Probiotic. The one that I recommend is a Super Symbiotic which has a probiotic component along with what’s called a ‘packed lunch’ or booster that assists with multiplying the probiotic strains throughout the body, causing the birth of new good bacteria in the body and gorgeous healing.

L-glutamine is critical for any program designed to heal leaky gut.  Glutamine is an essential amino acid that is anti-inflammatory and necessary for the growth and repair of your intestinal lining.  L-glutamine acts a protector and coats your cell walls, acting as a repellent to irritants.6

Digestive enzymes (one or two capsules at the beginning of each meal) ensure that foods are fully digested, decreasing the chance that partially digested foods particles and proteins from damaging your gut wall.

Similarly to how Aloe Vera helps burns heal faster, it can also support the healing of ulcers and areas on injury in your digestive system. I liken it to putting the fire out in your digestive tract.

Demulcent herbs like Licorice Root and slippery elm soothe the mucus membranes that line the digestive system, acting as a bandage.  Other herbs like ginger and peppermint can also are beneficial because of their anti-inflammatory properties.

 

If you can follow the above protocol you are well on your way to healing your gut for good!

Refer to our Gut Healing Program on What can I Eat.

Kylie offers a free 15 minute product referral service to ensure you are partnered to the right products and services to meet your needs.

Foods for Healing Your Digestive Tract

Foods for Healing Your Digestive Tract

#1 Bone Broth – broth contains collagen and the amino acids proline and glycine that can help heal your damaged cell walls. You can drink bone broth as you wish to assist with gut healing.

#2 Raw Cultured Dairy – contains both probiotics and SCFA’s that can help heal the gut.  Pastured kefir, yogurt, amasai, butter, and raw cheese are some of the best.

 

 

#3 Fermented Vegetables – contain organic acids that balance intestinal pH and probiotics to support the gut.  Sauerkraut, Kimchi, and Kvass are excellent sources.

 

 

#4 Coconut Products – all coconut products are especially good for your gut.  The MCFA’s in coconut are easier to digest than other fats so better for leaky gut.  Also, coconut kefir contains probiotics that support your digestive system.

 

#5 Sprouted or Activated Seeds & Nuts – chia seeds, flaxseeds, and hemp seeds that have been sprouted are great sources of fibre that can help support the growth of beneficial bacteria.

 

Also, consuming foods that have anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fats are beneficial such as grass-fed beef, lamb, and wild caught fish like salmon.

We strongly advise you to take a look at Lee Holmes book – Heal your Gut for recipes and visit the pantries of What Can I Eat as there are many suppliers manufacturing good quality Activated Nuts/Seeds, Coconut products, Broths and more here in Australia.

Resource: Dr Axe – Food for Medicine

Problem Foods for those with Leaky Gut

Problem Foods for those with Leaky Gut

The top foods to remove that cause leaky gut are essentially sugar, grains, conventional meat, conventional dairy and GMO foods.  The top toxic exposures to eliminate are tap water, pesticides, NSAIDS, and antibiotics but remember to always consult with your physician if he has prescribed these for you.

Lectins are found in many foods, not just grains, and consumed in smaller amounts your body will do just fine with them. But foods that have large amounts of lectins like wheat,ricespelt, and soy are more problematic.

Sprouting and fermenting grains reduces phytates and lectins, and makes these foods easier to digest.

GMO and hybridized foods tend to be the highest in lectins since they have been modified to fight off bugs.

Gluten containing grains will damage your intestinal lining causing leaky gut.  So while you are working to heal your system stay away from all grains especially ones that contain gluten like wheat.  Once your gut is healthy you can add back in grains that have been fermented and sprouted to eat occasionally.

Conventional cows milk is another food that can cause leaky gut. The component of dairy that will harm your gut is the protein A1 Casein.  Also, the pasteurization process will destroy vital enzymes making sugars like lactose very difficult to digest. For this reason, I only recommend buying dairy that is raw and from: A2 cows, goat’s, sheep, buffalo or camel.

Sugar is another substance that will wreak havoc on your digestive system.   Sugar will feed the growth of yeast, candida, and bad bacteria which will further damage your gut. Bad bacteria actually creates toxins called exotoxins that damage healthy cells and can eat a hole into your intestinal wall.

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Our Bio-Compatibility Food Test is the perfect solution in assisting with identifying any additional foods that are causing inflammation and immune response in your system.

Kylie offers a free 15minute consultation so you are able to get your questions regarding the benefits of this test to you.

 Please refer our 4-Step recommended plan to Heal Leaky Gut

Healing Leaky Gut and Autoimmune Disease in 4 Easy Steps

Healing Leaky Gut and Autoimmune Disease in 4 Easy Steps

Leaky gut syndrome is a rapidly growing condition that more and more people are struggling with everyday. This condition may be the cause of your allergies, low energy, joint pain, autoimmune conditions and weight gain.

Let’s have a look at specifically how you can cure your leaky gut.

Your Digestive Lining

Your gut lining works as a barrier keeping out bigger particles that can damage your system. Think of the lining of your digestive tract like a net with extremely small holes in it that only allow specific substances to pass through.

When someone has leaky gut (often referred to as increased intestinal permeability) the “net” in your digestive tract gets damaged, which causes even bigger holes to develop in your net, so things that normally can’t pass through, are now able to. Some of the things that can now pass through include proteins like glutenbad bacteria and undigested foods particlesToxic waste can also leak from the inside of your intestinal wall into your blood stream, this causes an immune reaction.1

The Progression of Leaky Gut

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This leads to inflammation throughout your system and can cause symptoms, such as:

  • Bloating
  • Food sensitivities
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Skin issues like rosacea and acne
  • Digestive problems
  • Weight gain
  • Syndrome X

 

One of the biggest warning signs that you may have leaky gut can be that you’re experiencing multiple food sensitivities. Partially digested protein and fat can seep through your intestinal lining making their way into your bloodstream, which will cause an allergic response.

This allergic response doesn’t mean you’ll break out in a rash all over your body, but it can lead to one of the symptoms I’ve mentioned above.  And, if left un-repaired can lead to more severe health issues like inflammatory bowel disease, IBS, arthritis, eczema,2psoriasis,3 depression, anxiety, migraine headaches, muscle pain and chronic fatigue.

According to the Journal of Diabetes there is a strong body of evidence pointing to leaky gut as a major cause of autoimmune diseases including Type 1 Diabetes.

Another problem with leaky gut is that it can cause malabsorption of vital minerals and nutrients including zinc and iron.

What Causes Leaky Gut?

There are 4 main causes of leaky gut which include:

  • Poor diet
  • Chronic stress
  • Toxin overload
  • Bacterial imbalance.5

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Other Factors that Cause Leaky Gut

Chronic stress weakens your immune system over time, which cripples your ability to fight off foreign invaders like bad bacteria and viruses leading to inflammation and leaky gut.  To reduce stress I recommend getting more sleep, schedule fun into your week, rest one day a week, meditate on scripture, and hang out with positive uplifting people.

  1.  We come into contact with over 80,000 chemicals and toxins every single year but the worst offenders for causing leaky gut include antibiotics, pesticides, tap water, aspirin, and NSAIDS.  I recommend buying a high quality water filter to eliminate chlorine and fluoride and look to natural plant based herbs to reduce inflammation in your body.

 

  1.  Finally, one of the leading causes of leaky gut is a condition calleddysbiosis, which means an imbalance between beneficial and harmful species of bacteria in your gut. For many, this imbalance can begin at birth because of a C-section or because the mother didn’t have a healthy gut herself. The overuse of prescription antibiotic drugs, tap water with chlorine and fluoride, and the lack of probiotic rich foods contribute to this imbalance of good and bad bacteria.

 

The 4-Step Plan to Heal Leaky Gut

The good news is there’s a solution to healing leaky gut.

There is a four step process that includes:

  1. Remove foods and factors that damage the gut along with any reactive foods which are no good for you individually identified with the Bio-Compatibility Food Test
  2. Replace with healing safe foods that will assist to heal the gut
  3. Repair with specific supplements – we can recommend Gut Support Products to you
  4. Rebalance with our Super Symbiotic Probiotics

 

If you can follow the above protocol you are well on your way to healing your gut for good!

Resource : Dr Axe – Food is Medicine

Gut Health 101 Series – 5 Steps to Healing the Gut

Gut Health 101 Series – 5 Steps to Healing the Gut

As part of the ongoing amazing Gut Summit launched in January  where 35 experts from around the world presented the benefits of addressing your Gut health being at the core of many chronic health concerns.5 steps to healing the gut titled

For Dr Josh Axe, is fast becoming one of the leading experts in healing leaky gut and irritable bowel.

His journey began when his mother became ill when he was a child.  They were a family who thought themselves to be healthy and fit, so this was somewhat of a surprise.  His mother’s health continued decline to a point where she was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 40.  She commenced chemotherapy and proceeded to develop major digestive issues.  According to Dr Axe his mother at one point would average 1 to 2 bowel movements a week for about 10 years.

Her health ailments ranged from constipation to autoimmune disease namely Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, food sensitive’s and depression.

Dr Axe introduced his mother to the concept of looking at the root cause of her illnesses instead of just treating the symptoms.  They changed her diet radically and introduced vegetable juices and bone broths along with goat’s milk kefir.

After 4 months of implementing a radical natural holistic approach she returned to her oncologist to find that the tumor in her lung had reduced by ½ and within a year she was in remission.

She also found that her bowel movements started to become more regular, daily, and the symptoms to her other health issues started to disappear.

As Hippocrates said “All disease begins in the gut”.

In the medical world they are still denying the existence of leaky gut, so what exactly is it.

Dr Axe explains “Leaky gut is typically termed “Intestinal Permeability”.  There are over 11 000 different studies citing and sourcing leaky gut syndrome or should I say intestinal permeability. “

Your digestive system is basically a barrier to your bloodstream from your mouth to your anus.  It allows certain nutrients and microorganisms to go through to the bloodstream and certain things out.

When you have chronic inflammation of the lining of the small intestine, it’s similar to having a tear in your fishing net.  Certain things start to pass through that shouldn’t be able to.

If we take a protein like gluten and put it into the bloodstream where it should never be, our body sets up a inflammatory response which over time can turn into these immune or even autoimmune reactions.

Essentially, Dr Axe explains, leaky gut starts off with that inflammation of the small intestine, those junctions get larger and over time it can lead to immune issues like food sensitivities and further down the road autoimmune-like conditions as well.

So the 5 top things you can do according to Dr Axe are:

  1. Remove the triggers.
  2. Consume Healing and therapeutic foods
  3. Supplementation
  4. Change your Lifestyle
  5. Eat right for your Gut Type

Dr Zielinkski goes on to comment also about the onslaught of toxicity we are exposed to in our water, environments, food and personal care products.

Both Docors  agreed that the first trigger is food.  Food goes into our body on a daily basis, food can be our friend or our enemy.

One of the top foods to try and reduce or avoid is sugar.  It is hidden in everything.

The number two food to avoid would be cows milk dairy which he suggests can be 26 times more inflammatory than gluten.  In an average bottle of milk there are over 20 different medications and chemicals in our dairy supply.

3rd is gluten. We are eating foods today that are not properly prepared.  Our ancestors used to sprout and ferment many foods prior to ingesting, traditionally for example sourdough and Ezekiel breads.  This makes various foods easy to digest.

The last food Dr Axe believes is really adding to our leaky gut problems is GMO foods.  Studies show that herbicides and pesticides do damage to the gut lining creating inflammation.

We will look next week at number 2 consuming healing and therapeutic foods to help heal the gut.

Ultimately though, we need to identify the foods that are the triggers and we believe the easiest, fastest and most effective way to do this is by taking a Bio Compatibility Test and finding out what foods your body is reacting to.

For more information on this interview or the Gut Healing Summit – click here

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