We all have heard about it and it is all over the scientific literature, “intestinal permeability” or “leaky gut”, but what does it mean? Imagine this, put your hands together open in front of you, now bring them close to each other and entwine your fingers, this is how your gut cells should fit together, however if you slowly pull your hands apart, you will see spaces between your fingers, this is what happens to your gut cells when there is leaky gut present, those spaces allow large molecules to get into the bloodstream, being foreign particles, your immune system will go on alert producing antibodies against them, over time leading to possible autoimmune conditions. Things present in our daily life affect the integrity of those junctions, stress, pesticides, antibiotics, chemicals in food and cosmetics. As professor Fasano said, “The gut is not Las Vegas, what happens in the gut, does not stay in the gut”.
So you might question yourself and think, what could I do to alleviate the daily burden my body goes under? There are things we can do, to not just only maintain those “gatekeepers” from allowing strangers in, but also to ensure that as we age, our body functions remain working as close to optimal as we can.
Start your day with warm water and lemon, take a couple of minutes to yourself. Lemon encourages good ph in the body, it contains D-limonene Kicks your liver into detox mode, is high in vitamin C, calcium, iron, potassium and B vitamins.
Soak a spoonful of flax seeds overnight in water, and drink this in the morning before breakfast. Packed with polyunsaturated fatty acids, amino acids, and soluble vitamins, but soaking them produce a mucilaginous gel that “mops up” unwanted hormones and cholesterol trapping them, making sure they are excreted, ensuring as well that stool is easy to pass.
I encourage all my clients to practice mindfulness whilst eating. Mindless eating, we all have done it, responding to text messages, in front of the laptop. If we don’t use our senses, and stimulate them, the body functions that come with them will not occur. If you don’t look at your food, your body does not know it is coming, and this will affect your microbiome (good and bad bacteria). Learn how to eat, don’t grab fast food on your way to a meeting, and wolf it down. Remember, food is information to your body so is it good or bad info you are feeding it? Wait a couple of minutes in front of your food, literally salivating, in order to activate all senses as to what is going to happen, and get your brain and gut ready for it.
And last but not least, bone broth, high in gelatin, which breaks down into collagen, and may not only heal the gut but may also aid with osteoarthritis, good sleep, and reduce inflammation.
Prescribe laughter to yourself, remove unnecessary situations in your life as a means to wellness. Place a gratitude jar in your kitchen, and teach your kids to use it every night so they go to bed on a happy thought, and it is a great thing for you to do as well.
If you are doing all of this and bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, regurgitation, heartburn or burping still sound familiar, why wonder? Life is too precious to be guessing, ring me for a 15 free of charge informal chat.
Be happy in the skin you are in.