What is a ‘leaky gut’ and why should I try to heal mine?
One of the latest buzzwords in the health and fitness area is LEAKY GUT. Do you have one? Do you know how to heal it?
I’m not sure who first coined the keyword, but I heard about it first from Dr. Axe, one of my favorite health gurus who has a huge following, not only because he gives good advice but because his videos are so easy on the eye. According to Dr. Axe, a leaky gut can be responsible for all sorts of health related conditions, including
The culprit, I understand, is sugar, or more correctly the yeast imbalance (candida) caused in your system by feeding it too much sugar. Eliminating processed foods in your diet can go a long way toward reducing the amount of sugar you eat — hidden sugars that are added to processed foods to make them taste better —yes, you can reasonably expect to find sugar in cookies, cakes and ice cream but did you know that you will find also find a good amount of sugar in its various forms in odd places like spaghetti sauce, ketchup, soups, bread, milk products, and especially low-fat foods, where sugar is added in order to make things taste good because the fat has been removed.
Does anyone still believe the lie that low-fat or diet foods are good for you? Let me state it for the record: Eating fat does not make you fat. Eating sugar, however, does.
So the first step toward healing your gut is to take more care about what you put inside you. Limit processed foods, especially. junk foods, and while you’re at it limit artificial sweeteners and other additives as well. Here’s a thought — eat food. Real food. The kind you buy in its raw form, and prepare yourself. The kind you grow, non-GMO, and the kind you grew up on.
The GAPS diet is an excellent place to begin if you would like to clean up your eating and get your body back on track. Some people will also. choose to go gluten-free as a way to help bring their bodies back into balance, but really, following any healthy, low-carb real-food eating program and taking quality probiotics to support your gut flora will do wonders for healing your leaky gut.