Natural Cures Leaky Gut
Natural Cures Leaky Gut
There are many natural means by which you can cure and treat leaky gut syndrome, or LGS.
The first thing you need to do is change your diet. Then you can use supplements as well.
As your gut lining heals, you can carefully re-introduce some of the foods that were forbidden during the active healing phase. Here are some ideas.
Natural Cures Leaky Gut - Diet
1. Remove gluten from your diet. Gluten is a protein found in wheat and other grains, and relief can often be obtained when glutinous grains are cut out of the diet. Replace corn, wheat and barley with brown rice, millet, and quinoa.
2. Sharply decrease your consumption of white sugar. It feeds the candida that is usually present in LGS, and it requires precious B vitamins to metabolize - vitamins that are in short supply due to the malabsorption inherent in LGS.
3. Eat whole foods in general. Within the gluten-free diet, whole fruits and vegetables are very healing. In the beginning, you may have to eat your whole fruits and veggies steamed or cooked to avoid irritating the inflamed intestinal walls.
4. Dairy products contain the protein casein, which can aggravate LGS and its symptoms of arthritis and diarrhea. Replace cow's milk with rice, hemp, or almond milk, and steer clear of cheese and butter.
Some LGS sufferers find they can tolerate goat's milk products, since goat's milk does not have the same protein content as cow's milk. Yogurt made from goat's milk would probably be an acceptable dairy product for those with LGS.
5. Strong, pickled foods and processed meats are best avoided. Alcohol should be avoided as well.
6. Whole, grass-fed beef, wild-caught fish like salmon, and free-range poultry are good choices for sufferers of LGS. Just don't use lots of spicy flavorings in their preparation.
Natural Cures Leaky Gut - Supplements
1. Probiotic supplements are essential if you want to cure your LGS. Vary the kind of supplements you use to increase the diversity and effectiveness of the good bacteria.
2. Slippery elm is a mucilaginous herb (that means it makes a gel-like substance in water) that is very soothing to the intestinal tract. Make a tea or take the capsules with lots of water.
3. Seaweeds also have this soothing, gel-like effect (that's why they are used as thickeners in ice cream). Try incorporating some into your diet.
4. Miso soup is a wonderful way to heal an imflamed gut. Try starting your day with a bowl of miso soup - stir two teaspoons of miso paste into a cup of hot (not boiling) water. Before adding the miso, simmer the water with some soaked, chopped wakame seaweed and some sliced scallions for about 10 minutes.
5. Juices help deliver nutrients in an easily-digestible form. Carrots, greens, and other vegetables and fruits can make healthful drinks for LGS sufferers.
Some sources say that wheat and barley grass juices are fine for people on gluten-free diets, since the grasses do not have the gluten that the fully-developed grain does. If you are concerned, try juicing the sprouts of clover, alfalfa, chia, and so forth.
6. Enzymes can help heal LGS. Supplements like Coenzyme Q10 can help, as can eating papaya.
7. Take flax oil or evening primrose oil supplements. These Omega-3s fats are very anti-inflammatory, which is what you need to heal.
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