By Gemma Hurditch, Naturopath for CNM

Many health problems begin or are worsened by what’s going on in the gut. Leaky gut and dysbiosis are two of the various different malfunctions that can occur. They are separate conditions that can, frequently, occur together.

How can I look after my gut?

Dietary and lifestyle factors and infection are all implicated in the development of leaky gut and dysbiosis. Physical, mental and emotional stress can increase the production of digestion-disrupting stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, which can lead to a compromised gut lining and poor digestive health. So, too, can certain medications and vaccinations.

Food intolerances can worsen leaky gut.

  • Look after your gut by limiting caffeine and alcohol and stopping smoking.
  • Include relaxation, eating in a calm environment and including fermented foods such as sauerkraut.
  • Eat more omega 3 (oily fish and walnuts) for tissue repair and to reduce inflammation.
  • Consume whole foods and avoid processed, low fibre foods which have calories but are nutrient-poor.
  • Reduce wheat and pasteurised dairy consumption and increase leafy greens and raw foods.
  • Drinking raw cabbage juice is very gut healing!
  • Eating organic produce can help protect the gut by reducing exposure to toxic irritants.
  • Next time you make out your shopping list, remember to think about keeping your gut happy!

If required, enlist the support of a naturopathic practitioner who can help identify triggers, and who will be able to suggest appropriate dietary and lifestyle changes.

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