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Are you suffering from a leaky gut?

Are You’re Healthy Efforts Leaking Away? What you should know about a Leaky Gut.
Leaky gut is a condition in which the lining in your gut isn’t functioning well, so nutrient absorption is hindered and the gut becomes permeable to pathogens. Read on for signs of a leaky gut and what you can do to tackle it!

Normally, tight junctions between cells along your intestinal wall act as gatekeepers. But, if unwanted substances slip through your gut lining, your immune cells launch an assault, which stimulates inflammation and hinders gut function.

Signs that Your Gut May be Leaky
• Weak immune system
• Multiple food allergies/intolerances
• Swollen or painful joints
• Nutritional deficiencies
• Fatigue
• Foggy mind/brain
• Chronic sinus infections
• Skin conditions
• Digestive discomfort

Ways to Eat Your Gut Back to Health
• Avoid foods that may be irritants to your gut (gluten, wheat, milk casein).
• Reduce intake of refined sugars.
• Minimize stress (mental, emotional and physical).
• Bite into fermented foods and other sources of probiotics.
• Serve up some fish and other sources of essential fatty acids.
• Enjoy some spice in your life, like ginger and other digestive herbs.
• Dodge things that can inflame the gut (e.g. alcohol and NSAIDs).
• Support your gut with nutrients like colostrum, glutamine, digestive enzymes and aloe vera.
• Detox internally with help from traditional herbal medicines like chlorophyll and milk thistle.

Soothe Your Leaky Gut
• Intense exercise can stress out your gut – researchers in Spain recently reported athletes should focus on their gut’s microflora for better performance.
• Soothing digestive herbs (ginger, fenugreek), digestive enzymes or glutamine may improve gut health.
• Lacking energy? Leaky gut affects how well nutrients are assimilated and absorbed in the body, including vitamin B12.

Supplements for Leaky Gut
• Detoxing encourage the body to rid itself of excess toxins, which may be a factor in your gut discomfort.
• Studies suggest you can help combat intestinal inflammation with omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics.

References:
Shaping the (auto)immune response in the gut: the role of intestinal immune regulation in the prevention of type 1 diabetes.
Am J Clin Exp Immunol. 2013; 2(2): 156–171.
Probiotics Monograph – Health Canada
http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/atReq.do?atid=probio
Ginger Monograph – Health Canada
http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/monoReq.do?id=99&
Glutamine Monograph – Health Canada
http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/monoReq.do?id=126
Fenugreek Monograph – Health Canada
http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/monoReq.do?id=84
Exercise-induced stress behavior, gut-microbiota-brain axis and diet: a systematic review for athletes.
J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2016 Nov 24;13:43.
Gut permeability is related to body weight, fatty liver disease, and insulin resistance in obese individuals undergoing weight reduction.
Am J Clin Nutr. 2017 Jan;105(1):127-135.
Zinc carnosine works with bovine colostrum in truncating heavy exercise–induced increase in gut permeability in healthy volunteers.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2016; 104 (2): 526
http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/104/2/526
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