Digestive Disorders And Incomplete Digestion
The lining of the digestive tract can be damaged by overuse of antibiotics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, chemotherapy, alcohol consumption, antacids, too much sugar, stress, bacteria, toxic chemicals, parasites, fungal infection, some foods and various other means. A leaky gut allows food particles to enter the blood stream undigested, thus leading to food intolerances.
Leaky gut and incomplete digestion go hand in hand. Leaky gut allows not only oversized undigested particles to enter the blood stream but also bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. When this happens there is an alarm that goes off in the immune system. The immune system builds antibodies against these foreign molecules. This leads to a vicious cycle of allergic and autoimmune responses. Every time we eat something there is a lot of stress for the body that has a leaky gut. The longer this leaky gut and incomplete digestion exists, the less able the body systems are able to function correctly.
A leaky gut can result in many different types of illnesses such as:
- Autistic behavior
- Food allergies/intolerances
- Inhalant allergy
- Chemical sensitivities
- Alcohol consumption intolerance
- Weak immunity(recurrent infections)
- Celiac disease
- Chronic candidiasis (yeast infections)
- Asthma, bronchitis, respiratory infections
- Shortness of breath
- Skin rashes, hives, eczema
- Allergic sinusitis, nasal congestion
- Nasal polyps and sinus infections
- Chronic tonsillitis, and otitis media
- Arthritis and chronic joint pain
- Abdominal pain and bloating
- Constipation/and or diarrhea
- Indigestion or flatulence
- Mucus or blood in stool
- Fatigue, chronic tiredness
- Confusion, poor memory
- Fuzzy thinking
- Mood swings
- Poor exercise tolerance
Healing the Intestinal Wall & Leaky Gut
Note: This information is for illustration purposes only and should not be implemented without consulting a health professional well-versed in nutrition and digestive disorders.
The intestinal wall is highly regenerative. If given total rest from all irritants, it will repair itself in four to five days. If damage is extensive, healing needs considerably more time. Healing needs to be total in order for the body’s over all health to be restored.
A leaky gut cannot process large protein molecules, so these should be avoided. Starches and disaccharide sugars (sucrose, lactose) are also to be avoided because a damaged intestinal wall is unable to produce the final enzymes needed to break them down. Incompletely digested starches and sugars remain in the gut, fermenting and feeding pathogenic bacteria Candida and other microbes that continue to attack the intestinal wall. It is also necessary to avoid any foods to which a person has unique sensitivities. To continue eating these is to keep stressing the intestinal lining.
There is only one form of sugar that is most compatible with healing leaky gut. It is fructose (fruit sugar). Fructose is a monosaccharide, a simple sugar that is ready to be absorbed through the intestinal wall without requiring any action by digestive enzymes. Fructose has the same chemical formula as glucose, but its molecule twists in the opposite direction. Before the body can use fructose, the liver has to change it into glucose, a conversion that takes about 22 minutes or so. Thus fructose is not released into the bloodstream quite as quickly as glucose.
Foods to Avoid
In order to heal the leaky gut and indigestion it is necessary to eliminate ALL of the following:
amaranth, barley, buckwheat, bulgar, corn, cous-cous, kamut, millet, oats, quinoa, white rice, brown rice, wild rice, semolina, spelt, triticale, wheat, flax seeds
cows milk, goats milk, rice milk, soy milk, butter, cheese, cottage cheese, ice cream., ice milk, kefir, quark, yogurt, chocolate
peas, beans, lentils, chickpeas, soy, tofu, etc.
beets, carrots, parsnips, potatoes, pumpkin, squash, sweet potatoes, turnip, yams
High glycemic fruits:
bananas, dried fruits, fruit juices
brown sugar, white sugar, cane sugar, cane juice, corn syrup, Demerara sugar, dextri-maltose, dextrose, glucose, icing sugar, malto-dextrin, maltose, maple sugar, molasses, raw sugar, rice syrup, sucrose, table sugar, turbinado sugar
splenda, NutraSweet, equal, sweet-n- low, etc.
all artificial dyes, all colors that have a number after their name – example – red 10, yellow 3, etc.
no red meat regardless of source
Signs of Leaky Gut:
- Issues with digestion: gas, bloating, diarrhea, IBS
- Allergies or asthma
- Hormonal imbalances: PMS or PCOS
- Autoimmunie disorders: Hashimoto’s, Lupus, Psoriasis, Celiac
- Chronic Fatigue /Fibromyalsia
- Mood and Psychological issues: depression, anxiety, ADHD, ADD
- Derm issues: acne, rosacea, eczema
- Candida overgrowth
- Food allergies/intolerances