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  • IntestiNEW helps support healthy intestinal lining cells ǂ
  • Probiotics help support optimum levels of beneficial intestinal bacteria ǂ
  • Omega-3 fish oil helps moisturize and soothe the intestinal lining ǂ
  • Digestive enzymes with meals help promote optimal food particle breakdown ǂ

Digestive Tract Support—For Leaky Gut

A little known digestive fact is that leaky gut syndrome is at the heart of almost any digestive issue you can name. Leaky what? Most people haven’t even heard of this condition, much less know what it means to have a leaky gut. It’s far more common than you might think and can have disastrous effects on your health.

Leaky gut is a condition in which the normally semi-permeable membrane of the intestines becomes more permeable, letting in undigested food particles, pathogens, toxins, and microorganisms that don’t belong in the bloodstream. Leaky gut significantly increases the toxin load on your liver and the amount of toxins you have recirculating in your body. It also sets up an immune response in the body that can contribute to autoimmune conditions and other issues.

How Do You Get Leaky Gut?

Leaky gut usually results from a cascade of factors that eventually erode the gut lining, causing extra holes that make it leaky.
 

  • It starts with undigested food particles. Stress, overeating, improper food combining, processed food, a diet high in carbs, and inadequate chewing all contribute to undigested food particles in the intestines.
  • Intestinal bacteria act on these undigested particles and release endotoxin (internally produced) byproducts that damage the semi-porous mucosal lining of the intestines.
  • Repeated damage to this semi-porous lining results in a too-porous lining that lets in all sorts of particles on top of the well-digested micronutrients the lining is designed to admit.

Other factors such as alcohol, caffeine, environmental endotoxins (externally produced toxins), pesticides, certain medications such as antacids, hormonal medications and NSAIDS, dental toxins, and pathogens/parasites also aggravate leaky gut. This condition does not correct itself without attention to specific nutrition and lifestyle changes.

What’s the Big Leaky Deal?
Okay, so the gut becomes more porous and increases the rate at which toxins and potentially harmful particles leak into the bloodstream. Can’t the body just take care of this leakage and flush the unwanted stuff out?

  •  A leaky gut overloads the liver, your #1 toxin processor, with a host of extra toxins. If the liver cannot process all these toxins it recirculates them, further contributing to leaky gut, poor energy, immune issues, weight gain or weight retention, and overall poor health.
  • Extra particles leaking into the bloodstream sets up an immune and/or inflammation response, contributing to allergy problems, skin rashes, joint and muscle issues, fatigue, malabsorption, occasional diarrhea, poor concentration, irritability, memory issues, IBS, and more.

Your body depends on the gut to only let the nutrients through that it needs. If the gut integrity fails, the whole body is affected and the longer the failure the greater the health problems. You can’t feel leaky gut as it’s happening, but you can recognize the signs when they appear even if you don’t attribute them to this common condition.

Recommended Care for Leaky Gut ǂ

The first goal for someone with leaky gut is to reduce their exposure to both endotoxins (produced internally by the body due to poor digestive conditions) and exotoxins (toxins taken in from the environment).

  • Reducing endotoxins – Reduce or eliminate most processed foods, especially processed carbohydrates and sugars. Reduce stress through stress-relieving practices such as yoga, tai chi, chi gong, massage, biofeedback, and others. Chew food thoroughly and pay attention to proper food combining (always eat fruit alone and don’t overload meals with too many protein types such as beans, meat, and faster digesting grains).
  • Reducing exotoxins – Eat organic whenever possible. Read labels on foods and watch out for artificial flavors, preservatives, and colors. Be careful when eating raw fish or rare meats because of the potential parasites they may harbor.

 Eliminate common triggers such as alcohol, caffeine, and potentially dairy and gluten for a time while the gut is resealing to a healthy permeability.

Select nutrients in supplements can also help to support a healthy gut lining that is properly permeable. ǂ These supplements include:

  • L-glutamine and gamma oryzanol powder. These nutrients are cell strengtheners in the intestines, helping the body repair intestinal areas that may have become too porous. ǂ They are best taken in powder form because they are more readily available to the gut and not in a tablet which can contain binders that place an extra burden on the intestines.
  • Probiotics. These beneficial bacteria help to rebuild levels of good bacteria in the intestines that may have been reduced by leaky gut and poor digestion. Your good bacteria make up part of the important protective layer along the intestinal walls that help to seal it against leaking. They also produce vitamins, help break down food particles, and help crowd out potentially harmful microorganisms from taking root in the intestinal lining. ǂ Begin with 100-200 billion cultures daily for several months until the gut has stabilized and then continue with 50-100 cultures as a daily maintenance amount.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids with both DHA and EPA omega-3 plus vitamin D3 help moisturize the intestinal lining and reduce inflammation. ǂ Omega-3s are found in certain foods and in potent fish oil supplements. Aim to get between 1,000 and 2,000 mg of omega-3 daily. NOTE: this is the amount of omega-3 in the fish oil and not the amount of overall oil in the product.
  • Digestive enzymes, taken with meals, help to break down food particles more thoroughly for better digestion and absorption in the intestines. ǂ We get enzymes from raw fruits and veggies, but because we are usually not eating enough of these an enzyme supplement is a great option for managing leaky gut and for long-term digestive health support. ǂ