By Trudy Ekstrom (Nutrition Dr. E)
Have you ever heard of Leaky Gut Syndrome? Many people who suffer from this condition don’t know what it is and have never heard of it. If you have symptoms such as digestion problems, inflammation, and/or have been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), you might be suffering from a leaky gut. A clean gut and immune system is the #1 pillar in the 5 pillars of weight loss. Your body needs a clean gut and immune system to be able to strengthen your metabolism and overall bodily health.
What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Your immune system is responsible for keeping your body healthy and preventing sickness. The main piece of this system is the lining of your gastrointestinal (GI) tract. If you are not eating the proper foods for your body, you are damaging your GI tract and thereby wreaking havoc on your entire immune system. A damaged GI tract can tear causing you to have what is referred to as a leaky gut. Undigested foods leak from your torn GI tract directly into your bloodstream. This causes two major problems:
1. You don’t absorb the nutrients from your food (including the healthy stuff like broccoli).
Danger: When your body isn’t absorbing nutrients properly, it goes into starvation mode and collects every nutrient it can get including fat.
2. Your autoimmune system starts attacking these food particles as foreign contaminants causing internal inflammation.
Danger: When your arsenal of antibodies are so busy fighting your food, they don’t have enough manpower to guard you against real threats and diseases such as cancer cells.
Clean Your Gut With an Anti-Inflammatory Diet
The good news is that you can repair your leaky gut! The first step is to get properly tested for food sensitivities and get on an anti-inflammatory diet.
Completely remove these 3 inflammatory products from your diet:
- Quality, hormone-free meats
- Whole fruits and vegetables
- Nutritional supplements
A qualified provider trained in functional nutrition can help put you on a GI friendly diet and advise you on what supplements your body needs specifically. Once you get your gut cleaned out and functioning optimally, you are ready to tackle the rest of the 5 pillars of weight loss. Click to read more about successful weight loss.
If you have any questions or think you might be suffering from leaky gut, call your functional medical doctor or nutritionist right away. It’s important to get your gastrointestinal track in order so that you can be on your way to health and healthy weight loss.
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Nutrition Dr. E