Leaky Gut. This is what I was diagnosed with back in August 2016. Leaky what??? I was a Registered Nurse and then got my masters degree to become a Nurse Practitioner and I had never ever heard of such a thing! Leaky gut??
The Naturopath I was working with at the time did not spend much time explaining to me what this new diagnosis was. I was told to stay away from my food sensitivities for 3 months and that was basically it. So….. Research Freak to the rescue!!!
I researched to figure out what exactly this was and what all I needed to do in order to get this resolved. I have always been the type of person who is willing to do whatever is needed in order to resolve an issue.
Leaky gut, or “intestinal permeability,” is a condition in which the lining of the small intestine becomes damaged, causing undigested food particles, toxic waste products, and bacteria to “leak” through the intestines and flood the blood stream. Doesn’t sound very good, right?!
The causes of leaky gut include long term oral contraceptive pill, chronic NSAID use, gluten, excess sugar and alcohol intake, and toxins (breast implants as one example).
The symptoms of leaky gut include bloating, poor immune system, diarrhea and/or constipation, gas, brain fog, memory issues, skin issues, headaches, excessive fatigue, and nutritional deficiencies. Once you have Leaky Gut Syndrome then you become easily susceptible to candida overgrowth, bacterial infections, and other GI disorders.
The only thing my Naturopath told me to do regarding my Leaky Gut was to stay away from my food sensitivies, but what I learned was it was much more complex. It was no wonder why after 3 months of staying away from those “bad for me” foods that my gut symptoms did not resolve and in fact I continued to decline.
In order to heal your gut you must first Remove all inflammatory and harmful foods to your body. You then need to Replenish with healing foods. Examples are bone broth, organic meats, vegetables, and coconut oil. You then need to Repair with supplements. Supplements include Glutamine, Probiotics, Collagen, and possibly digestive enzymes. And then lastly you need Rebalance with Probiotics.
This process of healing your gut can take years so be patient. I saw ZERO improvement with my Leaky Gut until I removed my breast implants. Breast implants can cause mold, fungus, and bacterial issues within your entire body. I am so happy to share that here I am 9 months post op and my gut issues are about 80-90% resolved! And my food sensitivies are completely gone. My gut has improved more with me enjoying pizza, tacos, ice cream with my implants out than with my implants in and me being on the most strict diet EVER!!! Anyone who dined out with me during that time frame knows exactly what I mean! “Um…. I will order the salad and hold everything other than the lettuce and make sure you put olive oil on the side.” Yes, can you imagine the looks I received from the wait staff. It was miserable but I prevailed!
Leaky what? Leaky Gut. I hope this blog has educated you if you are experiencing any gut issues. Please advise a physician; particularly a naturopath if you are experiencing issues and think you may also be dealing with Leaky Gut. Contact me with any questions! I am here to help.