How to Heal Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky Gut Syndrome Bone Broth

Could healing your gut also heal your disease?

In our article “Autoimmune and Inflammatory Diseases Caused by a Leaky Gut?” we described how a leaky gut happens, what diseases it causes, and what to avoid to keep your gut healthy. “Refined flours and highly processed foods are really hard on the epithelial lining of the gut. High glycemic index foods, dairy products, and gluten are damaging. High chronic caffeine use, excessive alcohol consumption, and overuse of antibiotics are bad for the epithelial lining. All of these things weaken the bonds between the cells letting particles escape.

You don’t necessarily have to avoid all of the things above, forever. Once the gut is healed, it can handle most of these things in moderation. Think about how our ancestors ate. They ate seasonally; they didn’t eat chemicals; they didn’t eat processed food; they didn’t eat wheat every day. We bombard our epithelial lining with damaging products all day, every day.

The first step to healing your gut is to eat fresh, unprocessed foods. Vitamin D and Vitamin B12 levels must be optimal before protective bacteria in the gut can be produced. Check with your doctor before starting and ask about adding probiotics into your vitamins and supplements routine. Avoiding genetically modified foods (GMOs), which contain manmade proteins that your body recognizes as invaders, is a great way to start.

The absolute fastest way to heal your gut is to consume iodine-laden bone broth daily. Don’t be afraid, it is just homemade broth. Read about the amazing benefits of bone broth here. There are so many things in bone broth that heal the gut that you would have to take a borage of supplements to even come close and the supplements wouldn’t do as good of a job. Minerals, glucosamine, chondroitin, hyaluronic acid, collagen, gelatin, proteins, iodine, and glycine, just to name a few. These are great for all of the connective tissues in your body. Thyroid health, bone health, joint health, skin, hair, nails, fertility, and sleep are all supported by these compounds. Bone broth is so healing for the gut that some doctors recommend only drinking bone broth for 3 days to heal the gut very quickly.

Glutamine is essential for intestinal function and immune regulation. Glutamine can be taken in supplement form (L-glutamine), but it is most easily used by the body in the form of bone broth. Glutamine provides your mucous, tears and saliva with antibodies against viruses and bacterial pathogens. Without it, your first line of defense against illness is nonexistent. Glutamine normalizes the effects of cytokines associated with the generation of allergy responses. Healing the gut with glutamine can greatly reduce allergic responses to foods and environmental triggers. Glutamine is also directly responsible for producing leptin, a protein that tells your brain when your body is storing enough fat. Without it, obesity can occur and multiple metabolic processes are halted.

Vitamin C is important for restoring the bonds between the epithelial cells of the intestinal tract. Vitamin C is responsible for manufacturing collagen and elastin in the body, so without it we do not maintain healthy connective tissues. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and ask your doctor about supplementing while you heal your gut. Avoid vitamin C products that have a lot of additives, flavorings and binders in them. A good, pure, buffered vitamin C powder, like our famous C-Salts, is easy on the gut and gets you the extra vitamin C that you need without extra acidity or chemicals.

Fermented foods are very healing for the gut. Examples of fermented foods include sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi, yogurt, kefir, horseradish, and olives. Fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) supplements feed the good bacteria that you’re trying to replenish.

About the Author: Stacy A. Pessoney is Wholesale Nutrition’s Marketing and Research Director. She has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with the help of vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on vitamin C powder in the form of buffered vitamin C. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

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4 Steps to Heal Leaky Gut and Autoimmune Disease

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