The Gut-Brain Connection is getting more and more attention as the source of all sorts of issues, from mental health issues such as anxiety or depression, to autoimmune disorders, to digestive problems.
How can a leaky gut cause so many varied issues? If undigested proteins can get through the gap junctions in your intestine, inflammation will occur, which can cause widespread issues.
So how do you know if your issue stems from this vital part of your body? The gut can be damaged by exposure to antibiotics, prolonged stress, toxins, or medications especially Tylenol (acetaminophen). If you have one or more of the following issues, chances are your gut may need some work:
- Bloat, reflux, gas, or cramps
- IBS or IBD (Irritable Bowel)
- Food sensitivities or Allergies
- Hormonal Issues such as PCOS or PMS
- Skin Issues - psoriasis, eczema, acne, or inflammation
- Thyroid Disorders
If you have leaky gut, we would love to talk to you more about how we can help. Elimination of foods and improving the signal of the vagus nerve, which connects your brain to your gut will likely be necessary to fully heal. But to begin with, we recommend the following foods which may aid in repair:
- Bone Broth
- Fermented Vegetables (juicing vegetables is also super helpful!)
- Raw Cultured Dairy (or Fermented kefir water if you are dairy sensitive right now)
- Sprouted seeds such as flax, chia, and hemp
- Organic beef, lamb, and wild-caught salmon