The first thing you need to know in order to start healing your leaky gut syndrome naturally, is to fully understand what you are dealing with. You may have been told that it’s just another typical disease, but as with so much else, the mainstream medical industry does a poor job of imparting wisdom to its patients.
Leaky gut is simply the word given to a loose collection of various symptoms that all have to do with an impeded or damaged intestine or digestive tract. There is no formal disease or illness known as “leaky gut,” with a specific set of conditions that can be quantified and treated.
Any doctor or pill-pusher that tells you that you have “leaky gut syndrome” is flat out lying to you.
With that being said, how do you treat a bunch of symptoms if you don’t really know what is wrong?
The answer lies in the need for holistic awareness.
The body needs to be treated as a whole, and that means complete healing. Not a pill that is made of a bunch of artificial chemicals cooked up in a lab, not some kind of operation that requires you to be cut open so your intestines can be patched up.
That is not healing, just a haphazard and dysfunctional last resort.
True healing begins when you take stock of your entire body and begin to treat it holistically.
Let’s take a look at what leaky gut syndrome really is, and how it can be treated and completely healed with the right holistic techniques.
Leaky Gut is Intestinal Malfunction
There’s no easier way to put it. Think of the symptoms of leaky gut as your body telling you the “check engine” light is on for that part of your body.
No you don’t have some kind of specialized or rare disease. No it’s not genetic. No the answer isn’t in a pill.
Your body just needs to heal.
But how do you go about doing that, and why did you get leaky gut in the first place?
There are a host of related factors as to why your digestive system is malfunctioning that all boil down to an improper diet.
- Nutrient Deficiencies: Perhaps the biggest offender, the gut relies on a complete array of balanced nutrients in order to maintain its integrity, like all parts of the body. If there is anything lacking, and there are no reserves available, it will begin to become permeable. The most important vitamins for gut integrity seem to be A and D, which is no coincidence. The western world is highly vitamin D deficient, because hardly anyone gets enough sunlight. We are solar creatures, so it’s crucial that we get enough sun.
- NSAID drugs: Medicine like aspirin and ibuprofen, if taken in excess or too regularly, can destroy the lining of the stomach and intestines, leading to increased permeability. Gut malfunctions in general can be linked back to these substances.
- Alcohol: One of the bigger offenders for gut imbalance and toxicity, this substance can destroy the delicate balances our body relies on to maintain gut health. The highly acidic nature of alcohol doesn’t help either.
- Stress: We already know that stress is one of the leading causes of ulcers, and a leaky gut is a closely related condition. Because of the effects prolonged and continual stress has on the body, systems break down, especially ones that can easily get damaged by stress-related hormones. This includes the stomach and intestines.
- Processed Sugars: like refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup, are proven to effect the digestive tract in negative ways.
Intestinal imbalances are mostly present when the body is compromised on multiple fronts.
When the body has to cope with a diet lacking in essential nutrients, or one that is too acidic, bodily systems begin to slowly deteriorate over time. It is simply a matter of which symptoms begin to reveal themselves first: these symptoms get lumped together and form what we know as “diseases.”
However, as holistic and aware health practitioners know, many modern day “diseases” don’t really exist at all.
Leaky gut, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), gluten intolerance, adrenal fatigue, and other popular and trendy illnesses, are nothing but pet phrases for a compromised immune and/or digestive system, nothing more.
If your doctor “diagnoses” you with IBS, they are selling you up a river. Same as with “leaky gut.” These are modern for-profit attempts to pigeon-hole a collection of symptoms into a neat classification to make it easier to create and sell pills for.
Doctors make millions off of people who really buy into the belief that these are specific conditions that can be treated with pills, when in all actuality, most pills will only make these conditions worse in the long run.
You can protect yourself from getting swindled by the medical industry by simply taking charge of your own health and being aware.
What You Need to Know to Heal Leaky Gut
Healing your digestive system starts with your diet. Here’s the no-nonsense breakdown:
- Cut out processed sugars.
- Eat more greens, especially leafy vegetables. The natural cofactors and alkaline nutrients in greens go a long way toward promoting gut balance and health.
- Reduce your use of alcohol, NSAID medicine, and other aggravating substances.
- Start meditating. This will teach you how to manage stress so you are not constantly weighing down your body. Meditation will also help your body regulate and ground itself in other ways, as well as promote balanced thinking when it comes to food choices.
- Add turmeric to your diet: this popular spice is known to reduce bowel inflammation and promote a balanced body.
- Increase your intake of probiotics. In order to properly function, your gut needs a healthy ecosystem, and probiotics help greatly in this area.
Once you take these steps, you will be well on your way to impacting your leaky gut.
By treating it the right way, naturally, you will also be reducing the symptoms you suffer from over time.
It’s important to note that with natural processes, you will likely not see immediate results. This is because the body needs time to repair itself and also begin to get back into a state of balance.
In order to further alleviate symptoms and push your body along on the right track, you might want to consider an herbal remedy for leaky gut. There are several natural cures that are actually quite effective in healing intestinal problems of this kind.
This tree has signature brown to reddish bark and can reach a height of 60-80 feet, and has long been used by Native Americans healing a variety of ailments with its slimy inner bark. When consumed, slippery elm has a strong therapeutic effect on the lining of the digestive tract.
The great part about this herbal remedy is that it is relatively inexpensive for how effective it is, so it makes the perfect supplemental treatment for anyone suffering from leaky gut.
Carnosine is a rather obscure nutrient that has recently been revealed to be integral in muscle and organ lining health, and is typically formed naturally inside most animals with a combination of beta-alanine and histidine. Carnosine and zinc are closely related compounds that were formed into an artificial supplement called Zinc Carnosine and has been since used by doctors trying to heal leaky gut and other intestinal disorders.
It is surprisingly effective, because zinc itself plays an important role in maintaining the health of our digestive systems as well.
Many forms of carnosine come from animals, but there are certainly vegan varieties on the market.
The last natural remedy we’ll look at is quercetin, another lesser known cure for various bodily ailments.
Despite how obscure this remedy is, quercetin is actually a compound we consume all the time, it is a healthy antioxidant plant pigment found in everything from apples and berries to red wine. There is significant scientific research that says it is a reliable anti-cancer remedy, as well as an overall benefit to the body.
Concentrated antioxidants can be powerful remedies for all kinds of ailments, with very little side-effects. This is because they are essentially required components of our true natural diets.
While quercetin is most known as an anti-cancer and heart health remedy, it is also quite effective in regulating and healing the gut.
A healthy gut is something that you can obtain if you make the decision to give up unhealthy and damaging habits. Your body’s natural state is health, let it do its job by abstaining from foods that damage the gut, harmful substances like alcohol, and stress. The best thing you can do is to simply start leading a more natural lifestyle, and that means eating much more fruits and vegetables, and far less meat and dairy.
Herbal remedies can be used to great effect when healing the gut, but remember, nothing can replace a healthy lifestyle. You want to focus on the most holistic approach possible whenever you are aiming to heal the body.
If you follow all of the steps above, you will be well on your way to healing your leaky gut naturally. Take your time and don’t look for any “one day” miracle cures. It took decades for your bowels to deteriorate, but given enough space and the right environment, your body can reverse the damage in less than a year.
If you have extreme intestinal issues, consider a long alkaline water fast before undergoing a lifestyle change. Sometimes after years of abuse, our bodies need to hit the “reset button.”
Regular fasting is a reliable way to jumpstart / reset the healing processes of the body, because digestion ordinarily is one of the most intensive tasks and burdens our body’s have to undergo each day. When you take away the task of digestion, it leaves your body room to heal.
Listen to your body and keep a holistic mindset. Healing will follow.
The founder of Digital Sages, Matt has an extensive background in self-mastery and has authored several books on the subject. His goal is to demystify important esoteric subjects and help people transform their lives through self-awareness and personal empowerment.