Wholefoods For Healing Gut Related Health Conditions

Good gut health can be challenging, but it doesn't have to be this way.  Many health copywriter suggest that health conditions associated with and affecting the gastrointestinal tract include; halitosis (bad breath), mouth ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux, peptic ulcers, constipation, diarrhoea, intestinal dysbiosis, leaky gut, inflammatory bowel disease, gallstones, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), coeliac disease and diverticulitis.  Stress, I think plays a massive part in upsetting your digestion, however, more destructive to your metabolism is your diet.  Let's take a closer look at a few common digestive conditions and how we may be able to heal them.

Coeliac Disease

It is a chronic malabsorption syndrome due to gluten intolerance.  It results in malnutrition and wasting because the gluten irritates and eventually destroys the finger-like villi that are necessary to absorb nutrients from the small intestine.  Treatment aims include; removing gluten from the diet, restoring, soothing and protecting the small intestine, enhancing nutrition, improving appetite and gastrointestinal function.  Herbal medicines effective for the coeliac disease include; marshmallow root, slippery elm bark, Withania, nettle,  chamomile, fennel and Siberian ginseng.

Bad Breath

Also known as halitosis may be caused by an infection in the mouth, dental condition, throat infection, poor gastric digestion of proteins (hypochlorhydria) or other systemic diseases including diabetes and overgrowth of harmful bacteria in the intestines.

Treatment Aims For Bad Breath

  • Treat infection

  • Improve digestive enzyme function

  • Improve intestinal function

  • Check for food sensitivities

  • Maintain oral hygiene

  • Improve immunity

Nutritional Support For Bad Breath

  • Digestive enzymes

  • Vitamin C

  • Zinc for anti-viral, collagen repair and immunity

  • Quercetin for anti-inflammatory and immunity

Leaky Gut

I cannot explain how many times this condition gets overlooked.  Some say it is the root of most health conditions we hear about today.  Leaky gut is a chronic gastrointestinal disorder resulting from the permeability of macromolecules within the intercellular spaces of the enteric luminal epithelium.  Food allergens disrupt the mucous membranes which line the lumen.  Reduction in immunity defence leading to hyperinflammation in the gut.  Barriers become permeable to toxic compounds and macromolecules.  Poor diet, chronic stress, toxin overload and bacterial imbalance are four of the main causes of leaky gut.

Signs and Symptoms of Leaky Gut

Depression and changes in mood and behaviour, bowel changes, lethargy, decreased immunity, bloating, flatulence, poor memory and concentration, foggy head, skin rashes, endocrine disorders malnutrition, inflammatory disorders in the joints and other areas, cancers, irritable bowel, food sensitive, thyroid conditions, headaches, skin issues, weight gain etc.

Treatment Aims For Leaky Gut

  • Support digestion and liver function.

  • Reduce inflammation

  • Support nervous system

  • Improve diet

  • Remove foods and factors that are damaging the gut

  • Replace with healing foods

  • Repair gut lining with nutritional support and supplements

  • Rebalance with probiotics

Nutritional Supplements For Leaky Gut

  • Probiotics - improve the gut flora

  • Quercetin - anti-inflammatory

  • Glutamine - an amino acid that helps repair the digestive tract

  • Digestive enzymes - help break down food and improve nutrient absorption

  • Fish oil + quercetin - reduce inflammation

  • Aloe vera - healing for the digestive system

  • Tryptophan - serotonin production

Wholefoods For Healing Your Gut

Bone broth, bone broth and more bone broth.  Bone broth provides gut healing amino acids.

Steamed vegetables are easy on the digestion.

Healthy fats including extra virgin olive oil, wild salmon, avocados, coconut oil and egg yolks are excellent for healing the gut.

Fermented vegetables include kefir, sauerkraut or kimchi.  They are packed with probiotics which are essential for repairing the gut as they balance the pH in the stomach and small intestines.

Natural greek style yoghurt helps heal the gut by destroying the harmful bacteria.  Greek yoghurt has a high amount probiotics

Foods To Remove From Your Diet

Gluten.

Cows milk contains a protein called A1 casein which is difficult for our digestive system to digest.

Sugar feeds the harmful bacteria in our gut which causes leaky gut.

Unsprouted grains and soy as the phytic acid content irritates the intestines and may cause leaky gut.