“LEAKY GUT SYNDROME”
In recent scientific research the phrase “leaky gut” is now well accepted in the medical community, research over the past two decades has revealed that gut health is critical to overall health, and an unhealthy gut contributes to a wide range of diseases including diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Ancient Wisdom and in most religions it is mentioned to eat food from the seasons’ harvest for a healthy gut and in order to stay away from disease…
“There emerges from their bellies a drink, varying in colors, in which there is healing for people. Indeed in that is a sign for a people who give thought. .”
“Due to the purification of the body, the capacity of digestion and metabolism is enhanced, normal health is restored, all sense organs start working with vigor, old age is prevented and diseases cured.”
– Charaka Samhita Ch. 16 Sutra 17-19
Gut bacteria have a direct link with the risk of many diseases such as:
-Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
-Chronic Heart Diseases
In Holistic medicine, most treatable diseases arise from the presence of “micro biomes”, and a toxic by-product of poor digestion. Intestinal permeability is the inflammatory response in the digestive tract due to a combination of insults to the gut mucosal lining. As a result, persistent GI inflammation eventually disrupts the integrity of the mucosal lining of the gut and tiny perforations allows for molecules much larger than usual to pass through this defensive barrier. As toxic by-products of poor digestion pass through this now weakened defense barrier this initiates an immune response which then allows for the formation of specific antibodies towards these very toxic elemental by-products of poor digestion.
“There is growing evidence that increased intestinal permeability plays a pathogenic role in various autoimmune diseases [including celiac disease and type 1 diabetes]. Therefore, we hypothesize that besides genetic and environmental factors, loss of intestinal barrier function is necessary to develop autoimmunity.” – Dr. Alessio Fasano
“Top 7 Foods For Healing Leaky Gut” – Dr. Josh Axe
The top 7 foods to get rid of leaky gut for good are:
- Bone Broth – 8 oz 2 times a day
- Kefir or fermented yogurt
- Fermented vegetables
- Coconut oil
- Wild caught fish like Salmon
- Flax seeds
- Steamed vegetables or vegetables in the crockpot: broccoli, cauliflower, celery carrots, cabbage or squash are all great
Healthy Gut – Strength, Nourishment, Luster
Ayurveda has described the underlying function of digestion and metabolism in our body as Agni [“Fire”]. Regarding the importance of Agni, the father of Ayurveda – Charak stated that when Agni of the individual is balanced then that person would be absolutely healthy and would lead a long, happy and healthy life.
“Agni converts food in the form of energy, which is responsible for all the vital functions of our body. Therefore, Ayurveda considers that Dehagni as the cause of life, complexion, strength, health, nourishment, luster, ojas, tejas [vital-yet-subtle energy] and prana [life sustaining energy].
– Charaka Chikitsa 15/4
Factors Which Can Influence the Gut Flora:
Diets high in refined carbohydrates, sugar and processed foods
Diets low in fermentable fibers
Dietary toxins like wheat and industrial seed oils
Chronic stress and chronic infections
Important Tips to Help Improve Your Gut Flora:
Avoid foods and chemicals which irritate the gut mucosal lining
Eat plenty of fermentable fibers [i.e. starches like sweet potato, yam, yucca, etc.]
Eat fermented items like kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut, kim chi, etc.
Consider taking a probiotic and prebiotic supplement
Reducing & Extinguishing the Inflammatory precursors.
Individuals with autoimmune disorders are often in a weakened state and any additional insults can easily worsen the state of health. Therefore, extreme caution must always be considered. Therefore, management should always be under the supervision of qualified holistic professional and always first discussing risk/benefits/alternatives with one’s primary care physician.
There are certain botanicals with anti-inflammatory properties such as:
– Black cohosh
– Wild yam
– Amla berry
By supporting a healthy gut flora we can help inhibit the overgrowth of pathogenic diseases and have a happier and healthier life.