by Dr. Will Cole
In a previous article, I defined “leaky gut syndrome” and explained how it can wreak havoc and throughout the body. In another related article, I went over different causes of leaky gut syndrome. If you haven’t already, take a look at those articles before reading this one. Now, in this article, I’m ready with six easy remedies to help heal your gut, restore healthy gut function, and feel better fast. These are some of my favorite tools:
1. L-Glutamine supplements
This amino acid has been shown to heal a damaged gut lining and shows great potential for reversing the insidious effects of leaky gut syndrome.
2. Bone broth
This ancient superfood can do wonders for overall gut health due to its abundant fat-soluble vitamins and minerals but is specifically healing to an inflamed and permeable gut lining because it is a rich source of collagen-rich gelatin. I recommend making bone broth yourself at home (it’s easy), using bones from grass-fed cattle or organic chickens. If you don’t want to make it yourself, Bare Bones and Kettle & Fire are both great options.
3. Herbal remedies
Herbs with a special ability to help heal gut lining damage include slippery elm, marshmallow root, and deglycyrrhizinated licorice. These ancient fold remedies have been used for gut dysfunction for hundreds of years.
4. Fermented foods
Your gut is home to around 100 trillion microorganisms (called the microbiome) and fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir, and kombucha help replenish the most beneficial bacterial species. This shoring up of your microbiome can help strengthen your immunity and boost your mood – both can suffer when you have leaky gut syndrome.
5. Coconut oil
How did we ever live without coconut oil? This versatile superfood is full of the healthful saturated fats that are integral to gut healing, as well as lauric, capric, and caprylic acids that have important antimicrobial, anti-fungal, and antiviral properties. This real food medicine gently cleanses your GI system but is also great externally to nourish your skin. Choose organic, extra virgin, cold pressed varieties for maximum benefit.
6. Intermittent fasting
Give your body a little break from digesting food so it can focus on healing. Intermittent fasting is an easy way to do this. Try fasting daily for 16 hours and eating within an 8 hour window only. Or, for even greater effect, restrict calories to just 500 or 600 a day for two to three days periodically (such as monthly, or even weekly). This restriction can speed up your body’s ability to repair the gut’s lining. The healing foods listed above are perfect choices to eat in small amounts during those low-calorie intermittent fasting days.
Customized Health Solutions
Finally, always remember what works for one person may not be right for the next and there is no one-size-fits-all solution to any health problem, including leaky gut syndrome. A health program should be customized based on the patient’s health history and lab results. This tailored and individualized approach is what I do for people all around the world through my virtual functional medicine practice.
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