How To Heal “Leaky Gut”
In seeing hundreds of patients each year, it becomes obvious that there are many variables that can disrupt your gut flora and microbiome. I have always believed that food is your medicine and can work wonders with your body. So what foods heal the gut and allow the junctions to become tight again and fully functional? You want your nutrients to be absorbed by your gut and distributed throughout your body where required.
The first food that is excellent at healing the gut is bone broth. It contains the amino acids proline and glycine that can help heal your damaged cell walls as well as collagen which is great at holding the body together. Collagen is found in bones, tendons, joint, etc. You have to cook bone broth properly and let it simmer for the appropriate amount of time. This is very helpful when making at home but there are also distributors across the United States that ship bone broth to your front door.
The second very helpful food in healing your gut lining is fermented vegetables. They contain natural probiotics and organic acids that balance intestinal PH. Some examples of fermented vegetables are sauerkraut, kimchi and kvass. A point worth mentioning is that steamed vegetables and fruits are also very helpful in healing a severe leaky gut.
The third group is a staple in our home and they contain both Short Chain Fatty Acids (SCFA’s) and probiotics and that is cultured dairy. Some examples are kefir, yogurt and butter. They may not always taste the best but they are excellent for your gut health. I also use quality probiotics when working with clients with severe yeast infections or autoimmune conditions. There is a staged approach to this and a quality practitioner can help.
The fourth category that is beneficial for your gut is sprouted seeds. This would include flaxseeds, chia seeds and hemp seeds. These sprouted seeds are great sources of fiber that promote the growth of beneficial bacteria. The final Medium Chained Fatty Acid (MCFA) that I enjoy with a morning tea or to cook with in coconut oil. Coconut oil is easier to digest than other fats (due to its structure) so this makes it easier on your digestive system. You can even combine coconut and kefir so that you have your probiotics and your healthy fats. These foods will help you optimize your gut flora and heal the damage that has been done over the years. I strongly urge you to go out and get them so you can begin your journey back to health and vitality.
Mike, FDN, PT
About the Author:
After completing his Degree at Ryerson University and spending 15 years in Corporate, he graduated from the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition program in California and is now the CEO of Interactive Body Balance where he oversees a vibrant functional medicine health practice. Transitioning from Corporate to the entrepreneurial paradigm has involved seeing patients and clients via the conventional method but also virtually. He has authored the popular self-help book titled “The Transformation From Within” and the Functional Medicine Book ” How To Restore Your Health”, hosts the highly ranked ITunes Podcast called Interactive Body Balance, is creating multiple online health courses while also presenting to audiences around the world.