Leaky gut, i.e. intestinal hyperpermeability, causes chronic and systemic inflammation of the gastrointestinal (GI) lining that separates waste from the bloodstream. It causes the GI lining to become more porous than normal, resulting in large spaces between the cells (“tight junctions”) of the gut wall. When these spaces open, toxic materials like bacteria, fungi, parasites, undigested food particles, and other toxins can pass through the gut wall and enter the bloodstream. If these foreign substances reach the bloodstream, an individual may become increasingly susceptible to autoimmune conditions, GI distress, allergies, and other long-term health problems.
Leaky gut has been associated with food allergies, slow metabolism, thyroid disease, joint pain, low energy, and other leaky gut symptoms. Research shows an individual’s diet may be one of the factors that contributes to leaky gut. Dietary changes are an integral part of an overall health strategy to treat leaky gut.
Several foods have been linked to leaky gut symptoms, and these foods include:
- Lectins: Lectins are sugar-binding proteins found in wheat, rice, spelt, soy and other foods. They help promote the immune function, cell growth, and body fat regulation. At the same time, lectins signal the body to empty the GI contents, which may result in cramping, diarrhea, and vomiting. Thus, foods that contain lectins may be okay at times, but they should be consumed in moderation.
- Gluten: Gluten refers to proteins found in breads, pasta, cereals, and grains such as barley and oatmeal. It helps hold foods together. However, research shows gluten impacts the production of zonulin, a protein that helps separate tight junctions in the digestive tract. As such, people who want to avoid leaky gut symptoms may want to remove gluten-containing foods from their diet.
- Phytic acid: Whole grains contain a fiber-rich outer bran layer coated in phytic acid, which may be tough for some people to digest. Phytic acid may cause inflammation of the GI tract, and it may need to be avoided to minimize the risk of leaky gut symptoms.
Although there are many foods that cause leaky gut symptoms, there are certain foods that may help alleviate these symptoms, too. Some of the top foods that can help reduce leaky gut symptoms include:
- Bone Broth: Bone broth contains a rich combination of gelatin, collagen, and glutamine to help repair the gut lining.
- Steamed Vegetables: Steamed vegetables are loaded with vitamins that help the body break down carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, and they may help reduce GI tract inflammation.
- Coconut Oil: Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which has both antimicrobial and antifungal properties. It also acts as a natural anti-inflammatory that helps soothe the intestinal lining and lower the risk of inflammatory bowel problems.
Dietary changes may help an individual temporarily alleviate leaky gut symptoms, but these changes cannot repair the GI tract lining and do not offer a long-term solution. Fortunately, Sovereign Laboratories offers a bovine colostrum product — Colostrum-LD® — is clinically proven to help repair the GI lining. For scientific evidence about bovine colostrum’s positive effect on the gut, Dr. Raymond Playford is one of the pioneers in this field.
Colostrum-LD® contains growth factors that help repair the GI lining, along with immune factors that enhance the immune system’s ability to do its job. As a daily strategy to maintain the tight junctions and promote gut health, Colostrum-LD® is a superior supplement choice. But, it’s important to remember that colostrum can’t fix all that ails you unless it’s combined with good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.This article was brought to you by Sovereign Laboratories, a world leader in the development of liposomal delivery to maximize the bioavailability of our dietary supplements.