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Foods to Help with Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky Gut Syndrome is a condition of intestinal permeability, where certain proteins leak into your blood stream and can cause widespread inflammation. Inflammatory Bowel Disease, food sensitives and Hashimoto’s Disease are some conditions associated with Leaky Gut Syndrome. Have you been told that you have Leaky Gut Syndrome? If so, the following foods can help repair your gut lining and play an important role in gut health.

Bone Broth:

You can make a simple bone broth by cooking ligaments and bones of chicken or beef in water. This simple broth provides amino acids such as proline and lysine which aid in making tight junctions in your gastrointestinal system. Bone broth also contains L-glutamine, which acts as a bandaid for your colon and small intestine. By drinking 8 oz of bone broth a few times a day, these amino acids can aid in repairing the lining of your gastrointestinal tract.

Keefer (homemade yogurt):
Fermented dairy is a superfood that contains specific probiotics like lactobacillus, which balances the good bacteria in your gut. It is imperative to have a sufficient diversity and amount of good bacteria in your GI system. Keefer is a great source of this bacteria, and has shown to be extremely beneficial.

Fermented vegetables
Sauerkraut, kimchi, and coconut keefer are fermented vegetables that contain Bacillus Subtillus , which is a soil based probiotic. These probiotics not only  crowd out bad bacteria, but also act as  organic acids to supply a positive environment for growth.

Coconut Oil:
Coconut oil is known for its antimicrobial  properties. .It also has medium chain triglycerides, which kill off bad bacteria and are integral to gut health.

 

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Wild Caught Fish:
Salmon and Mackerel are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which can help dramatically with leaky gut syndrome. It is imperative that fish is wild and not farm raised, so that it has the optimal nutrients.

Sprouted Flax Seeds:
Flax seeds are loaded with fiber, which can help grow good bacteria in the gut. Just 1 tablespoon a day can be extremely helpful. However, if you have a very sensitive stomach, it is best to consult with a physician who is familiar with sprouted flax to ensure safe and comfortable incorporation into your daily diet.

Steamed Vegetables:
Brocolli, cauliflower, squashes, cabbage, celery and carrots can help nourish the spleen and colon. While formulating leaky gut diets, steamed vegetables are an important part of restoring gut health.

 

Prior to starting a leaky gut diet or GI restorative diet, it is best to consult with a practitioner who is familiar with these protocols.

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