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3 Tips to Patch Up a Leaky Gut

A leak in your ship never ends well, the same goes for your gut. Lets look at how chronic inflammation can cause some “cracks” in the cells of your gut, leading to major issues.

Inflammation in the Digestive Tract

Chronic inflammation in the gut from food sensitivities, infections, or allergies can start a vicious cycle that promotes a “leaky gut” which further allows more food proteins to irritate and sensitize immune cells. Leaky gut is a term used to describe the intestinal wall no longer doing its job in preventing unwanted substances from entering the body. 

   As larger food molecules and proteins can enter the bloodstream or tissues and cause the immune system to attack them as if they were a bacteria or virus.

The most common food allergens are dairy products, soy, corn, eggs, oranges, beef, pork, and gluten/wheat also part of this infamous group. There are a number of natural options that facilitate in healing the digestive lining and offset the effects of the allergic inflammation.

L-Glutamine & Leaky Gut

This conditionally essential (meaning sometimes you need to get it from your diet) amino acid, that is the primary fuel source for the cells lining your intestinal wall (enterocytes). It works with other with other amino acids, such as leucine and arginine, to maintain integrity and function by decreasing inflammation, enhancing antioxidant protection and restoring the tight junctions between enterocytes. A central characteristic of glutamine is that it becomes seriously depleted during the course of catabolic stress such as injury, infection, or even strenuous exercise. L-glutamine supplementation has been shown to improve symptoms in conditions with increased intestinal permeability such as Crohn’s disease, food sensitivities, infections, dysbiosis (overgrowth of bad bacteria), postoperative inflammation, and other gastrointestinal conditions.

Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice Extract

Most people do not have an over secretion of acid. The cause in most cases is a breakdown in the integrity of the intestinal lining. While drugs like Zantac® and Tagamet® can block symptoms and promote temporary healing, they don’t address the underlying cause. DGL addresses the underlying factors and promotes true healing. Rather than inhibit the release of acid, licorice stimulates the normal defense mechanisms that protect the gastrointestinal lining. The whole extract improves both the quantity and the quality of the protective substances which line the intestinal tract, increases the lifespan of intestinal cells, and improves blood supply to the intestinal lining.

Zinc-Carnosine

Zinc is important for the functioning of the immune system and for the production of sex hormones, among many other important processes that occur in the body. Zinc-carnosine helps to heal the cells lining the gut that have been damaged either by H. pylori, stomach acids or harsh pharmaceuticals all along the digestive tract. Due to the fact that zinc-carnosine has the ability to up-regulate key antioxidant enzymes thereby preventing free radicals from damaging cells. Studies have confirmed that zinc-carnosine has anti-ulcer properties prevents the development of H. pylori related gastritis that can also increase risks for intestinal cell damage.

So there you have it, patch up your gut and quench that inflammation!

Dr. Navnirat Nibber

About The Author

Dr. NavNirat Nibber, ND is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and a registered Naturopathic Doctor. She is a Co-Owner at Crescent Health Clinic, as well as a Senior Medical Advisor at Advanced Orthomolecular Research.

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