As the name suggests, leaky gut results from the “leakage” of undesirable matter, including bacteria, through the bowel wall and into the blood and lymph fluid creating a toxic environment for your body to deal with.
The gut has a protective lining. You can compare it with a fine mesh that may become weak and develop holes, thus allowing undesirables to enter the blood and lymph.
Why would it become weak in the first place? And what can you do to help repair, prevent leaky gut from happening and have a thriving friendly community in your gut?
Read more to find out!
Here are some examples of why you may have a leaky gut:
Bad diet, food allergies/sensitivities
Aspirin, ibuprofen and other medications
Drinking excessive alcohol
Compromised immune system
Emotional stress and trauma
A list of leaky gut symptoms is listed at the bottom of this blog.
Dr Bernard Jensen is one of my all time favourite teachers on gut health.
It’s so interesting when he says in his book: ” Dr Jensen’s guide to better bowel care” that as the fertilised egg begins to grow inside the mother, the bowel is the very first to form before anything else.
After all, our gut is right in the centre of our body in every direction!
Once the embryo’s bowel is formed, tiny buds start to appear, which later develop into limbs and internal organs.
The bowel tissue covering these buds eventually become the exterior membrane that covers the organs.
You can now see how the gut is interlinked with every internal organ in the body.
Did you know that 50% of our immunity resides in the gut?!
I love kinesiology because the muscle testing method determines any imbalances in the gut and help to correct the gut circuit with corrections involving specialised lymphatic stimulation, finding the right kind of nutrition, emotional work/support and energetically balancing.
If you are encountering quite a few symptoms found in the list below, then it may be a wise decision to take some actions to help heal and repair the gut lining. Here’s how..
#1 Detoxify and cleanse the digestive tract
First of all, you want to eliminate harmful foods and drinks. Replace it with something beneficial.
For example, replace alcohol with non-alcoholic drinks and reduce/eliminate coffee. Drink good quality, filtered, still water (best at room temperature) and herbal teas.
Replace wheat with organic buckwheat, oats, almond flour or even rye. Wheat has been hybridised so many times over that the body doesn’t recognise it anymore and suffocates the villi in the small intestines. The villi are hair like projections in the small intestine responsible for the uptake of nutrients!
Replace dairy, cow’s milk and cheese with organic oat or almond milk.
Some supplements which are great for detoxifying and cleansing the gut:
Psyllium husk is an intestinal cleanser and bowel toner. Make sure you are having 2-3 bowel movements a day!
Cascara sagrada, aloe vera, are bowel laxatives. They help to cleanse the intestinal environment.
Slippery elm helps to soothe the gut environment, very helpful with inflamed bowel conditions such as IBS.
Caprylic acid is a great cleaner for fungal conditions including candida.
Cats claw/uña de gato helps boost the immunity of the gut.
If you suspect parasites, which may be the case, if you live or have travelled to Asia and Africa, or have pets that you kiss because you love them, then you may want to do a parasite cleanse. The supplements that will get rid of parasites are black walnut, wormwood, clove and wild oregano oil. Its a must-do for about 3 weeks… and no kissing your furry creatures for a while!
Contact me if you would like to be tested for parasites by going to the contact page here. Sessions take place in Javea, province of Alicante, Spain.
MSM (a natural sulfur – also helps detoxify the liver, a powerful antinflammatory, also for skin, hair and nails)
Vitamins A,C,E, selenium – these are powerful antioxidants which will get rid of those harmful free radicals
Chlorophyll is a wonderful blood detoxifier and will help against bloating and gas
You also may want to consider doing enemas. A home enema kit that I like to use is a 2 litre bag that you hang up attached to a flexible hose with an attachment at the end which you insert into the rectum. You can easily stop the liquid from entering if you need to by closing a valve. You can add chlorophyll to it or even organic coffee! Organic coffee is great because it stimulates glutathione-s transferase in the liver, which is a master detoxifier! You have to try and hold in for 15 minutes though!
# 2 Therapies that can help speed up the repair work such as Kinesiology, Acupuncture, Reflexology, Lymphatic drainage massage, and professional Herbalists, Homeopathist, Nutritionalists, Naturopaths, Physiotherapists, Massage, Yoga, Psychologists, Hypnotherapists
Seeking professional advice helps to motivate and encourage your healing. It is harder to do it alone and you will receive the necessary attention and support to continue the path.
As you start repairing and healing the gut, you may feel very strong tendencies to fall back. This is because parasites, bacteria, and viruses have a certain influence on your emotions and your thoughts! As they start to die off, they go into emergency survival mode and will do anything to get you off track.
# 3 Provide the gut with a healthy environment
Once you have cleansed and detoxified the gut for a while. Give it at least a month or two… you then want to move on to healing and repairing the gut lining and making it super strong and resistant.
The healers and the workers:
L-glutamine is an amino acid and will repair the entire lining of the gut. It has the added bonus or helping to burn fat, thus losing weight. In addition, it also helps with brain health!
Prebiotics: This supports the environment for the probiotics to thrive on
Probiotics: your friendly community of microorganisms that will keep your entire digestive tract strong
Enzymes are great to help break down the food you are eating, this way you will avoid acid reflux, and enhance nutrient absorption.
Tumeric/curcumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory. A powerful addition, especially if you have had your appendix removed.
Licorice root maintains the mucus lining of the gut. Please do not take if you have high blood pressure though!
For the non-vegan/vegetarians: I have heard from various sources (Dr Axe and Bernard Jensen are a couple) and from my Systematic Kinesiology training, that bone broth is a powerful and effective way to heal leaky gut.
# 4 Diet and emotional support
When you feel under a lot of stress or had a sudden devastating news, you can feel it in the gut. Sometimes it can affect us in different ways: you close up and can’t eat anything for days or you emotionally eat all day to fill up the hole which represents sadness, lack of joy etc..
Our gut is very emotional and thus it is a factor which should not be ignored as part of the healing process.
In kinesiology I do a lot of emotional work and use Bach flowers as part of healing to do at home. Bach flowers are frequencies of flowers that help to overcome a negative emotional or thought pattern.
The colon is all about letting go. Do you hold things in? Holding on to grief because a family member passed away many years ago? Even hoarding things in a house and not throwing things away can have an affect on your own body (house-temple).
The small intestine is connected to joy or lack of joy. It’s important to do the things we love on a daily basis. Something that is just for you and for no one else.
There are many conflicts with nutrition so I won’t go too much into detail here. As a therapist I quite like to work with the blood group diet by Dr Peter D’Adamo. It’s a good point of reference although when I do food sensitivity testing with muscle testing, the blood group diet recommendations are not 100% accurate.
The truth is, we are all biochemically individual. Kinesiology is a way that can help you to determine what foods are beneficial and which ones are the ones to avoid by means of your muscle strengthening or weakening. Kinesiology also determines what supplement will be the most effective for cleaning, detoxifying, and healing the digestive tract.
One Man’s meat is another Man’s poison!
I feel that a lot of us already know more or less what is good/not good for us. For example, you know that fresh, organic fruit, vegetables, seeds and some nuts, are really healthy.
Is it better to eat raw or steamed? I believe a combination of both.
I don’t believe in deep frying, or the microwave! (don’t get me started on that one!)
Is meat healthy for people? Maybe for some I believe, but if people do, I certainly wouldn’t eat it every day and it should be organic.
How about fish? I feel it depends where you get it from. I would stay away for farmed fish because they feed them with antibiotics and hormones and a whole load of toxins which you don’t want your body to deal with. The same goes for meat by the way.
I feel that whilst you are repairing your gut, go for fresh and organic fruit and vegetables, steam or boil your foods, eat light and frequently for blood sugar stabilisation. And… just love your food….
I like to give as much detail as I can without overwhelming you (I hope!)
I would like to include some teas which I love and are very healthy for the gut
Beneficial herbal teas for the gut:
Flax seed Tea: Boil a large mug’s worth of water in a pan and add 1 heaped tablespoon of flax seeds. Lightly boil for 7-1o minutes. The water will have a mucus like substance which is very soothing to the bowel. You don’t have to strain the seeds. They are nice and crunchy. They are full of fibre, so it will help you to have good bowel movements and is also a hunger suppressant. If you want to lose weight, it’s a healthy beverage to ingest regularly. Drink on the day, do not keep overnight in the fridge or it will go bad.
Fennel seed tea: Very tasty and perfect for an after dinner to soothe digestion and avoid flatulence/gas. Allow at least 1 hour before drinking anything though.
A list of possible symptoms connected with gut autointoxication/ leaky gut :
Headaches of various types
Burning sensations in the face, eyes, hands or feet
Lack of concentration
Skin complaints including acne
Dry and or teary eyes
Pain behind the eyes
Sensitivity to noise
High blood pressure
Low blood pressure
Hardening of the arteries
Inflammation or enlargement of the spleen
Degeneration of organs
Degenerate, unclean thoughts
An original blog by Michelle Lodge Gonzalez