Our intestines are designed to absorb nutrients from food while keeping other substances from entering.
But when the cells that make up the wall of the intestines are compromised, undigested proteins such as microbes and toxins can enter, leading to inflammation. This is known as “leaky gut.” (zyto.com)
The good news: with the right nutrition, adding healthy foods, supplements and behavior modification, as well as essential oils, your gut can heal and get back to normal.
Here are four essential social media posts I did for a ‘Leaky Gut’ series for our Lacuramor.com subscribers.
Maybe you suffer from leaky gut.
What is the term "Leaky gut " anyway, have you ever heard of it before today?
It’s a term used often in functional medicine.
When someone has a 'leaky gut', it means that the gut lining is damaged and cannot optimally function.
This could mean:
- Hair loss
- Skin issues
- Thyroid problems
- Celiac disease
- Food sensitivities
- Autoimmune disease
And more. If any of this describes you, follow along!
In my next post I will explain this in detail, and how it’s all connected, so look out for it.
I’m back with part 2 of my leaky gut series.
So, do you suffer from heartburn, hair loss, bloating, anemia, skin issues, hypo or hyperthyroidism…
Stay with me and follow... but first I must give you basic information regarding the organs that may be responsible.
But… you need to understand that the body systems work together and all organs are connected to one another.
The stomach acts as a storage tank for food so the body has time to digest large meals properly. This central organ not only holds the food, it also works as a mixer and grinder.
Stomach secretions are made up of hydrochloric acid (remember this solution!!), several enzymes, and a mucus coating that protects the lining (remember this also) of your stomach.
Hydrochloric acid helps your body break down, digest, and absorb nutrients. It also eliminates bacteria and viruses in the stomach, protecting your body from infection.
The small intestine is a long, thin tube. Most of the digestion as well as the nutrient absorption occurs in the small intestine. As you can see, the lining of the small intestine is crucial for the increase in absorption (remember this also). It is the job of the lining to help prevent leaky gut.
I promise, the next post will be a clear explanation of exactly what leaky gut is! So stay with me, follow along, and at the end you will see how to heal this condition.
What is the term Leaky Gut and what causes it?
Ok here goes! I gave you some background (read the last 2 posts) about leaky gut, and here is the explanation of what it is exactly.
- Poor diet
- Bacterial imbalance
- Chronic stress
- Toxic overload like medications, pesticides and unclean food
When someone has a 'leaky gut', it means that the gut lining is damaged and cannot optimally function as a barrier any longer.
(Remember I mentioned in the previous post about the small intestine and its role in absorption.) The smaller holes become larger and allow harmful substances like gluten, bad bacteria, and undigested food particles to enter your system and cause considerable damage to health.
The lining of the gut is where minerals are being absorbed, and a lot of times when the lining is not tight enough there is a decrease in absorption in crucial minerals like calcium, zinc, iron and many vitamins.
When your gut is "leaky" and bacteria and toxins enter the bloodstream, it can cause inflammation and in many cases trigger a reaction from the immune system. Symptoms of leaky gut syndrome include bloating, food sensitivities, fatigue, digestive issues and skin problems.
The good news is that we can rebuild the lining. Yes, we can!
The next post will tell you how, so follow along!
The good news post is here!
Leaky Gut? We CAN rebuild the lining.
A four-step process for helping to heal leaky gut:
The 4 R's
- Remove foods and factors that damage the gut.
- Replace these with healing foods as you follow an anti-inflammatory leaky gut diet.
- Repair the gut with specific leaky gut supplements like collagen, licorice root, marshmallow root, bone broth, apple cider, ginger
- Rebalance your microbiome with probiotics (beneficial bacteria).
- and remember the HCL solution I mentioned earlier? Antacids, sugars and inflammatory foods can decrease this crucial solution and can cause unbalanced bacterial overgrowth that can lead to leaky gut and helicobacter.
Also - less stress, decrease junk food and get enough sleep.
Remember: The aromatic use of fragrance oils can have a monumental impact on our gut bacteria. That’s because our olfactory system has a symbiotic relationship with our vagus nerve, which regulates our gut-brain-axis.
Therefore, essential oils might be able to biohack your mental and digestive health! (Just Gut Science.com)
Some of our recommended oils:
Peppermint Essential Oil: This oil can make those minor stomach pains go away, and research shows that when combined with fiber, peppermint oil can be effective at treating IBS. This oil can be taken internally with water or diluted with coconut oil and rubbed on the abdomen. (zyto.com).
Thyme Essential Oil: Used by the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, thyme is another beneficial oil for gut health. This herb has been found effective in treating small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) while protecting beneficial bacteria at the same time (zyto.com).
Here is a link for viewing our selection of essential oils, and for more information, and to contact me. lacuramor.com