Leaky gut is a condition that often stirs up quite a conversation in the health and wellness realm. It is believed to be a contributing factor to close to 50% of chronic health issues yet continues to go unrecognized as an official medical diagnosis. Crazy, right? The good news is there are many ways you can take your gut health into your own hands and heal your leaky gut naturally.
Understanding Leaky Gut
Leaky gut, or increased intestinal permeability, is a digestive condition where bacteria and toxins “leak” through the intestinal wall. Our bodies have an intestinal lining over 4,000 square feet and contain tight junctions or tiny gaps. When healthy, tight junctions are responsible for controlling what can be absorbed into our bloodstream. These tight junctions are meant to block harmful substances from getting through, while only allowing nutrients and water to pass. As these barriers weaken, it increases the risk of the gut being penetrated, resulting in what we know as leaky gut. An unhappy gut lining suffering from holes and cracks will continue to allow toxins and our partially digested food to pass through and penetrate tissues that lie underneath. When this happens, inflammation sets in and begins to affect our body’s healthy bacteria, weakening our immune system.
The Unhappy Gut
Health issues in our digestive tract are often the root of many other chronic health issues, so a happy gut should be one of our top priorities. There are many health concerns related to a leaky gut that you may not have even realized, including:
A few of the more commonly associated health issues include:
- Crohn’s disease
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
- Ulcerative colitis
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Bone Broth Benefits
Bone broth is a fantastic way to help heal a leaky gut. Bone broth is also extremely beneficial because it is easily digested, even by a gut that has already suffered damage. Rich in many vitamins and nutrients, bone broth and additional dietary changes can put you on the path to a healthier gut. Bone broth’s powerful intestine-healing properties include:
The collagen in bone broth provides nourishment to the intestinal lining, reducing its inflammation. It is known to help regulate our acid secretions as well as healing stomach ulcers.
The amino acid glutamine is credited with the ability to help tissues naturally repair themselves. Glutamine helps to improve metabolism and protect the intestinal lining from further damage.
GAGs contribute by creating healing mucus that has the ability to calm inflammation. In a nutshell, GAG’s can strengthen good bacteria and decrease the effects of the bad. Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are the more commonly known GAG’s.
Glycine is another powerful amino acid found in bone broth. By stimulating acid secretions, glycine has been known to benefit many intestinal health issues including acid reflux and IBS. Glycine has also been recognized for regulating blood cholesterol and assisting with fat digestion.
If you’re tired of suffering from digestive issues and ready to try the natural healing powers of bone broth, you’ll find my delicious and easy to make recipe here. Let’s get your gut back on the road to wellness!
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