When there is damage to the gut wall (caused by pathogens, medications, chemicals, food sensitivities, alcohol, or untreated IBS) tiny microscopic holes form along the gut lining. This causes the gut wall to be compromised and a permeable gut lining is known as “leaky gut”.
Leaky gut is implicated in many conditions including autism spectrum disorders (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, thyroid dysfunction, rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, fibromyalgia, psoriasis, rosacea, migraine, allergies, asthma, cardiovascular disease, visceral adiposity, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, acne, eczema, fatigue and brain fog – and more!
Healing a damaged barrier involves removing irritants (including the identification of pathogens and supporting microbial health), healing the gut wall with targeted nutrients and herbs, and thereby reducing inflammation.
Targeted nutrients and herbal medicines for gut healing
Bone Broth: Bone broth is easily digested and soothing to the digestive system, unlike many other foods that can be difficult to fully break down. It contains gelatin and collagen, which are both targeted nutrients for promoting healthy gut integrity and reducing inflammation.
Glutamine: has been well studied in a variety of clinical settings and been found to reduce gastrointestinal permeability, provide food for enterocytes, and reduce inflammation. Glutamine is an integral component to a gut healing protocol.
Zinc gluconate: zinc has been proven to successfully heal a damaged intestinal barrier in human clinical trials. Zinc gluconate improves clinical outcomes in ulcerative colitis, possibly by modulating immunity and inflammation.
Aloe vera: supports gut healing in ulcerative colitis and gastric ulcer and provides symptom relief in irritable bowel syndrome. Its beneficial effects are due to its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, wound healing, antimicrobial and prebiotic properties.
Turmeric: possesses a multitude of beneficial effects on gut health that may explain its positive impact on systemic health despite poor bioavailability. Turmeric reduces intestinal permeability, is an antioxidant, antimicrobial against known gastrointestinal pathogens, reduces gastric ulcer formation, and improves clinical parameters in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Slippery Elm: has a long history of use as a soothing agent for the gastrointestinal tract. It is indicated for gastritis, reflux, ulcers, IBS and Crohn’s disease. Slippery elm has been trialled in combination with other ingredients and found to benefit both constipation-dominant as well as diarrhoea-dominant IBS.
Breaking the inflammatory cycle and healing a damaged intestinal wall is a crucial step in treating many health disorders.
To optimise your health, optimise your gut.
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Yvette is a qualified Melbourne-based Naturopath and Nutritionist, MINDD Practitioner, member of the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia, and Complementary Medicine Association. Yvette specialises in the treatment of digestive complaints, skin issues, mood disorders, hormonal concerns, fatigue, and also has a key interest in children’s digestive and neurological conditions. Yvette consults in South Yarra, Camberwell, and Australia-wide via Zoom. Book HERE
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