Leaky gut syndrome and diet – Paleo foods to heal a leaky gut
A diet rich in grains, dairy, carbohydrates and unhealthy oils can contribute to leaky gut syndrome which in turn can lead to autoimmune disorders and other ailments such as chronic fatigue, inflammatory bowel disease, rashes, diabetes, mental disorders and other health related problems. To add insult to injury, the modernized human being has typically had their fair share of gut damaging antibiotics and prescription drugs which only serve to further throw off the intricate balance in one’s digestive tract.
Gut Healing Foods
As obvious as it may seem, the gut should be thought of as the primary interface between the human body and the environment. Every type of food that is put into your system will create a reaction in your gut. Certain foods will increase gut permeability with long term exposure thus allowing normally digested particles into the bloodstream invoking an immune system response. Over time, this response can lead to the formation of autoimmune illnesses and other health issues. Avoid these foods on a gut healing protocol:
- Unhealthy oils
- Alcohol and caffeine
- Excessive carbohydrate consumption
By removing these foods you should be able to reduce overall body inflammation and assist in restoring gut health. Certain foods, however, should be incorporated into your Paleo diet to accelerate the healing process.
Probiotic rich foods are essential. The gut is home to roughly 100 trillion organisms and many gut related problems stem from loss of gut flora diversity. These foods are tremendously rich in probiotics and should be consumed regularly:
- Fermented vegetables (sauerkraut, kimchi)
- A multi-variety of dairy free probiotic supplements can be equally beneficial
Heal the intestinal wall
- Bone broth, which is rich in glycine, gelatin and glutamine, is essential for intestinal repair.
- Fermentable fibres such as sweet potato
- Healthy fat sources which include pasture raised animals, avocado, coconut oil and pure olive oil.
- Omega-3 rich foods like seafood and salmon.
If you have yet to achieve success after adopting the Paleo diet, there is a good chance that your gut functioning is not up to par and your digestive system could be allowing toxins into your bloodstream thereby preventing adequate nutrient intake regardless of how healthy you may be eating. To support immune function and overall well-being, one must account for the importance of gut health. Fortunately there are many foods and lifestyle practices you can adopt to restore your gut’s equilibrium.
Finding ways to deal with ailments naturally is where Dr Alain Sanua can help you. As a doctor of naturopathy, Dr Alain Sanua believes in a natural and holistic approach to healing. From dealing with leaky guts to Hashimoto’s disease, Dr Alain Sanua will be able to assist you. Book a consultation or visit Dr Alain Sanua’s website, www.homeopathjohannesburg.co.za, to find out more about his natural approach to healing.