Lately, I’ve had several people who came to see me for stomach issues. Their ailments range from bloating, gas, cramps, gastric ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflex, Crohn’s disease and allergies to various foods. All these stomach ailments can be put under the category of Leaky Gut.
The father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, said, “All disease begins in the gut.” This sentence has been proven true for centuries now. The functioning of our digestive system has a huge impact on our overall health. The weird thing is that the medical industry does not recognize leaky gut syndrome, so its better to turn to natural healing practitioners to heal your digestive problems.
Leaky gut or intestinal permeability is a condition in which the lining of the small intestine becomes damaged, causing undigested food particles, toxic waste products and bacteria to leak through the intestines and flood the blood stream. The foreign substances entering the blood can cause negative responses in the body including inflammatory and allergic reactions such as migraines, irritable bowel, eczema, chronic fatigue, food allergies, rheumatoid arthritis and more.
With leaky gut, damaged cells in your intestines don’t produce the enzymes needed for proper digestion. As a result, your body cannot absorb essential nutrients, which can lead to hormone imbalances and a weakened immune system.
Signs You May Have Leaky Gut
The following symptoms might indicate signs of leaky gut:
1. Abdominal bloating
2. Lots of gas and gas pains
3. Stomach cramps
4. Chronic fatigue
5. Sensitivities to various foods
6. Candida overgrowth
7. Hormonal imbalances, including PMS and estrogen dominance
8. Swollen joints or joint pain (arthritis)
9. Skin rashes including acne, eczema and rosacea
10. Headaches, brain fog and memory loss
11. Depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD
12. Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, celiac disease or Crohn’s
Processed foods with additives and preservatives, refined sugar food products and foods from fast food restaurants are the most damaging to gut health. Foods that cause inflammation actually damage the cells in the gut tissue. This damage to your gut tissue can cause holes in the gut lining and cause the tight junctions in your small intestine to break down, which is how leaky gut happens
For this reason, it’s important to consider— and even test for— any food intolerances and sensitivities you may have, so you know which foods to remove from your diet to reduce inflammation and support the gut-healing process. The good news is, once you begin to heal your gut, the food sensitivities and intolerances you have now, often go away.
The good news about certain foods being the culprit in leaky gut syndrome is that you have control over your diet. You can start reducing gut inflammation right away by replacing pro-inflammatory foods with healthier alternatives. For example, you can replace dairy milk with nut milk made from hemp, coconut, or almonds, and use organic coconut oil or ghee to cook with instead of canola oil or margarine.
Not only are probiotics essential for keeping bad bacteria out of your digestive tract, but they’re also shown to strengthen the gut lining, which helps prevent leaky gut. Antibiotic use and chronic stress can deplete your body’s natural stores of good bacteria.
You can help rebalance the good gut bacteria in your system by regularly eating fermented foods, which naturally contain probiotics. Fermented foods include apple cider vinegar, sauerkraut, kefir, tempeh, natto and unsweetened yogurt.
You also can take a probiotic supplement that will contain several different strains of beneficial bacteria. These can be found in the refrigerated section of your local health food store.
For more information or to schedule an HijamaHerbs appointment for healing physical, emotional or sihr/jinn ailments, contact Amin Shah at 617-787-5151 or email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
HijamaHerbs sessions are also available for ladies. It is performed by Nusrat Shah. For children, we normally do not perform hijama, however herbs, homeopathic remedies and emotional healing is performed.