• Lisa Santoro, MBA, CRNA

What is "leaky gut"?

Leaky gut is a syndrome associated with increased intestinal permeability. This means the small gaps in the intestinal lining have gotten too wide, allowing undigested food, toxins and bacteria to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Some mainstream doctors do not recognize this as a medical diagnosis by itself, however this can happen with Celiac disease and Diabetes.

When these toxins and bacteria get into your bloodstream, it can lead to migraines, autoimmune disorders, skin conditions, brain fog and other symptoms.

The best way to treat a leaky gut is to eat a diet rich in vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, carrots), fermented foods (sauerkraut, kimchi), fruit (berries, oranges, papaya), gluten free grains (rice, buckwheat sorghum), healthy fats (avocado, EVOO), fish, lean meat and eggs, and raw nuts.

A probiotic may also help to restore normal gut bacteria to help your intestine to heal. It is also important to manage your stress levels. When you take these steps you should be on your way to better gut health.

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