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July 28, 2017 4 min read

Leaky gut syndrome is a commonly misunderstood health condition even with today's advancements in modern medicine (and one suffered by many people). So what is leaky gut and can it be healed or helped in any way?

First, let’s check out what it does to the body.

When everything is working as intended, the gut digests food normally, extracting and absorbing energy and nutrients. The problem arises when some undesirable substances make it out of the intestine.

Leaky gut syndrome boils down to increased intestinal permeability, allowing unwanted substances to "leak out of your gut" into your bloodstream. This "leakage" is caused by irritation of the gut, which causes negative symptoms like bloating, cramps, sensitivity to certain foods, and an overall discomfort.

Unfortunately, leaky gut symptoms aren’t very unique and a wide array of ailments manifest themselves in similar ways. Leaky gut syndrome can be very hard to identify and diagnose, making it sort of an unsolved mystery in the modern medicine world.

More often than not, tests fail to pinpoint the specific cause of these symptoms, which doesn’t help when trying to find a proper diagnosis.

Does that mean you're out of luck? Nope, not by a long shot.

Finding the right doctor to help you with your symptoms is the first step. There's a ton of stuff you can do on your own to help your leaky gut syndrome, but a doctor's help and guidance should never be underestimated.

So what can YOU do for your leaky gut?

1. Remove

Start by removing common irritants and inflammatory foods from your daily diet. These include refined sugar, gluten, dairy, soy, and chemical additives. Removing just some of these from your diet can provide huge amounts of quick relief, especially in the case of sugar.

A "food journal" can be very helpful in this step. Try removing specific food items from your diet for a week or two, and then go ahead and eat them again to see how they makes you feel. Take notes of the effects these foods have on your stomach. Feeling bloated after eating a specific food? Add that to the "bad food" list. Your stomach will tell you what's bad and what's good for it, you just need to listen and take notes.

Note: If you’re experiencing extreme discomfort, we recommend scaling back on is alcohol. Alcohol is incredibly harsh on the liver, which in turn steals important digestive nutrients from your gut.

2. Replace

Now that you've removed the "bad food" from your diet, what do you replace it with?

A good place to start is whole foods: foods that are processed and refined as little as possible. Fresh, real food goes a long way when it comes to repairing and rebuilding damaged gut tissue. But what sort of whole food are we talking about?
 

  • Steamed Vegetables: Prioritize non-starchy vegetables like onions, spinach, celery, cabbage, artichoke, and asparagus.
  • Bone Broth: The word "whole" is key to this broth. It should be made with 100% grass-fed beef bones, organic vegetables, and some herbs for added flavor. Our Beef Gelatin and Collagen supplements can be used as an All-Natural substitute to a bone broth.
  • Fermented foods: These are foods that have processed carbohydrates into organic acids using microorganisms like yeasts or bacteria. We know this might sound counterintuitive, but bear with us. These foods are actually great at rebalancing gut bacteria! Some foods to try out include kimchi, sauerkraut, and gherkin pickles.
  • Raw cultured dairy: For the same reason you should be consuming fermented foods. Coconut milk kefir and yogurt are the stars here.
  • Healthy fats: The word "fat" tends to have a bad reputation, but the fact is there are good fats, and they help out with leaky gut. Looking for healthy fats? Try avocado, salmon, tuna, and egg yolks.
  • Grass-fed meats: Not only are you avoiding all the hormones, corn, and grain that go into factory farmed animals by eating grass-fed meat, meat coming from pasture-raised animals is also very rich in anti-inflammatory fatty acids and minerals, as well as Pasture-Raised Beef Gelatin supplement.

3. Supplement

Last but not least, the kicker: supplements. Healthy, whole food is great, but supplements significantly accelerate your gut's healing process in a way no food can.L-glutamine is a must. It's a naturally occurring amino acid and a crucial nutrient for the intestines that plays an essential part in leaky gut healing by rebuilding and repairing your gastrointestinal health. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. It is the building material to renew cells in all areas of the body including hair, skin, nails, eyes, teeth, cartilage, bones, tendons, arteries, blood vessels, immune system, and you guessed it: internal organs.Just like with organic produce, when looking for a collagen or gelatin supplement, it’s important to read the label to make sure you’re consuming the highest quality product. Amandean’s Grass-Fed Collagen Peptides supplement comes from premium grass fed South American cattle. They are non-GMO, all-natural, fat-free, and gluten-free, making them the ideal supplement to take when dealing with leaky gut syndrome.And there you have it, an easy to follow, three step guide to healing your leaky gut. Changing your eating habits is tough at first, but with these steps and a bit of discipline and patience, you'll be on your way to a much healthier and pain-free gut.Want to find out more about how collagen peptides can help with your leaky gut? Check all of their properties and the benefits of taking them in our online store.



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