Digestion is a complex process with many moving parts, and there are many steps along the way for something to go wrong. One of the more increasingly common disorders is a condition known as "leaky gut." Leaky gut, otherwise known as intestinal hyperpermeability, is when perforations develop and allow undigested food and toxins to pass back into the body. Leaky gut can be the starting point for anything from food intolerances to inflammatory bowel disease. If leaky gut is an issue for you, you have options. Here are five to get you started.
Best Leaky Gut Remedies
One of easiest things you can do to defend against leaky gut is to stay well hydrated. Chronic dehydration causes constipation. This, in turn, allows bacteria to linger and inflame the intestinal lining, leading to — you guessed it — leaky gut.
Your gut is home to lots of bacteria — good and bad. Sometimes an imbalance can occur, and the bad bacteria can take hold. When that happens, regaining balance is of vital importance. A probiotic supplement can help replenish the good guys and soothe and calm an unstable gut environment.
3. Digestive Enzymes
Taking digestive enzymes before eating a meal is an excellent way to help ensure your food is properly digested, lessening the chance that partially digested food will cause more harm to your body. Studies also suggest digestive enzymes can help encourage a healthy bowel environment.
L-glutamine is an essential amino acid with anti-inflammatory properties that works by coating cell walls and protecting against irritants. Studies suggest it could aid in the repair and growth of the intestinal lining and reduce some of the complications associated with leaky gut.
5. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Increasing the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet is another way to combat inflammation. Some research even suggests omega-3s could work to alleviate symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease. There are a couple of ways to get more of this nutrient; you could consider a supplement, or simply eat more fatty fish, like salmon. If you're a vegan or concerned about some of the aspects of eating fish, that, of course, limits your options.
Is leaky gut currently an issue for you? Have you tried any of these five remedies, or do you have another to share? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.
Leaky Gut | Natural Remedies to Heal the Gut
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†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.