We’re human and we’re designed to eat. So when leaky gut gets in the way of that, it sucks. If you’ve experienced the frustration, sadness and physical symptoms that go along with this diagnosis, it’s easy to lose hope. But there’s good news- it’s curable. Functional medicine chiropractor Kirk Johnson D.C. has helped thousands of patients recover from leaky gut with the same 4 steps we’re about to give you. Just remember, things will get better.
Remove the Irritants – Sugar, grains (wheat, especially), vegetable oils, dairy and artificial sweeteners, colors and flavors are hard for the body to digest. Cutting these foods out of your diet will jump-start your body’s healing process and get you on the road to a healthy gut in no time.
Replace With Healing Foods – Vegetables, fruits, organic meats, nuts and seeds are the least inflammatory foods, so chow down! When your diet contains a lot of healing foods your body quickly combats the uncomfortable symptoms of leaky gut.
Repair With Supplements – Take a digestive enzyme with every meal. This helps your body break down and absorb the nutrients from your food (nutrients from food are the body’s medicine.) A good digestive enzyme supplement has a blend of 360mg of enzymes per one capsule.
Take 100 billion CFUs of probiotics everyday. There’s a battle going on between the bad and good bacteria in your gut; when you take probiotics it builds up the good bacteria and kills off the bad. Make sure the probiotic blend you choose includes saccharomyces boulardii. This bacterium specifically, helps kill foreign pathogens in the GI tract.
Take chlorophyll. It rebuilds the intestinal wall. It’s found in almost all sea and dark green vegetables.
Create Gut-Healthy Habits. Commit to daily movement. Simple movement and increased heart rates aids in digestion. Find something active you enjoy doing and make it a daily habit!
Drink more water. Water helps to lubricate the digestive system and pass food through the stomach, so it’s important to drink a minimum of 2 liters a day.
De-stress. Your digestion not only digests your food, it digests your life. The more your gut has to digest the stress (and the hormones that are released due to these feelings), the harder it has to work to digest food. Deep breathing is a great practice to help ease stress levels. Before meals or whenever you think about it, take three deep breaths and focus on something positive. AND don’t forget to have fun! Make time to do the things that bring you joy.
Functional Medicine Chiropractor and nutritional expert, Kirk Johnson says that certain whole food supplements can provide an alternative to traditional therapies when alleviating the symptoms of leaky gut. Kirk and Jonathan Wiggins founded Pro Alpha Nutritionto create a healthier population that sees a decrease in disease and increase in overall health and happiness. They have a goal of improving alternatives to many of the unsafe supplements on the market, and their original product, Pro Alpha Greens is particularly effective for those suffering from leaky gut.