Sounds gross, I know… Leaky gut refers to toxins leaking out of the intestines and into the blood stream which can lead to autoimmune diseases. There is a lining in your intestines that is suppose to prevent this from happening, but it can be weakened due to predisposed genetics and various bacteria.
The entire surface area of your intestines covers 4,000 square feet, that’s A LOT of room you have tucked away in your stomach. When the lining of the gut weakens this can create holes or cracks where the substances can leak through or escape from. Even food that hasn’t been completely digested can get through in some of these spots.
When this happens it can change the flora or normal bacteria that we have present in the stomach and can lead to inflammation in your gut and other parts of your body.
According to Frontiers in Immunology publication (referenced below), “Multiple diseases may arise or be exacerbated due to a leaky gut, including autoimmune diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, autoimmune hepatitis, type 1 diabetes (T1D), multiple sclerosis, an systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).”
What that means is that a person that has a leaky gut may experience worsening symptoms of their autoimmune disorders due to this or the leaky gut itself may be the actual culprit to begin with.
So what does a person do to try and fix a leaky gut?
First step is to take an honest look at your diet. There are several foods that can cause inflammation in the gut and those that people may have a slight allergy or intolerance to but still choose to eat.
The first thing you want to do is cut out processed foods, oh boy are there a heck of a lot of these! I know.. I know.. Damn chips and queso! Breaks my heart literally, I love cheese! Ugh.. Oh well
Other than good ol’ queso you’ll want to remove or limit the amount of the following
Soda and sugary drinks, even fruit juices. Most are not made from actual fruit without adding extra sugar.
- Butter, margarine, shortening & lard
- White bread, pasta, potatoes, & other starchy items like pastries, donuts, etc.
- Fried foods: fried chicken, fried Oreos, fried pickles, french fries, fried (fill in the blank)
- Barbecue food: hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages, bratwurst, steak (read meats).
You can instead eat more green leafy vegetables, fruits, nuts, and fish.
I’m working on getting use to this fish thing. It’s a work in progress because I am much more of a steak and potatoes kind of lady being from Texas and all.
Growing up the only fish I would eat would have to be disguised in batter and deep fried to perfection..Hello popcorn shrimp at Red Lobster! But I’m expanding my horizons and got on the fish train and EVEN started to eat the most stinkiest (not sure if that’s a word) of fish there is.. Salmon.
I probably shouldn’t write this stuff so close to dinner time, I’m Starvin-Marvin over here. I’ll be grilling up some shrimp here soon.
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