A leaky gut—a poorly functioning or damaged gut—does not have one specific cause, and unfortunately, it’s something that many people struggle with daily. Fortunately, there are leaky gut treatment options that are not only doable but easy and natural as well. Here we’ll cover what to do for leaky gut, including cutting out the bad influences in your diet.
Here are five ways to easily and naturally treat your leaky gut so you can start feeling like yourself again.
Some people have an allergy to gluten—celiac disease—but why should the rest of us get rid of gluten? Experts suggest that non-celiac wheat sensitivity can lead to leaky gut and immune flare-ups. Even if you don’t have celiac disease, you could be experiencing gastrointestinal problems because of gluten.
Your leaky gut and gluten intolerance can cause symptoms like bloating, gas, skin problems, weight fluctuations, and even mental health issues. The good news is, leaky gut treatment starts with revamping your diet.
Incorporating healthier foods like fermented dishes and beverages, healthy oils, lean meats, and plenty of fiber are helpful. Drinking more water, cutting out sugar, and staying active are also helpful for nourishing your gut and enhancing your health.
Foods with polyphenols are another great support for gut health. Polyphenols are micronutrients that come from plant-based foods. You can find supplements with polyphenols, or you can eat foods which contain them, like:
While a healthy diet is crucial for recovering gut health, food isn’t everything. Experts suggest looking out for food sensitivities (including gluten and dairy, which can offer up a host of symptoms of its own) and adding support to your diet, too.
When it comes to your microbiome, it’s not only your gut that requires attention. Your microbiome includes trillions of bacteria—mostly good ones—and keeping it healthy helps ward off illness. To support your microbiome, you can take simple steps like consuming prebiotics and probiotics and adding detox teas to your routine.
Prebiotics are foods that promote healthy bacterial growth while probiotics are extra “good” bacteria to add to your existing reserves.
The best diet for leaky gut syndrome symptoms starts by eliminating or reducing gluten, but don’t stop there! Alcohol is also damaging to gastrointestinal health. Studies have found that alcohol can stress your gastrointestinal (GI) tract and your liver.
When you drink alcohol, you can develop inflammation in your GI tract and even sustain organ damage. In short, alcohol keeps your body from detoxing itself and:
While red wine does contain polyphenols, we don’t recommend adding it to your diet. Due to the negative effects alcohol can have on your system, it’s probably best to focus on healthier sources of gut support.
For those of us with a serious sweet tooth, it can be challenging to drop sugar altogether. But research has suggested that even artificial sweeteners are not good for our bodies. Not only can they negatively impact our microbiome, but artificial sweeteners can still affect blood sugar.
You’ll notice that we recommend natural sweeteners—such as honey and nectar for our Skinny Tea Blend and other detox teas.
Better yet, make it a habit to eat lots of fruits and vegetables as part of your daily diet. Many fruits contain high amounts of natural sugars, so be sure to be careful to not overdo it. However, fruits and vegetables also provide vitamins, nutrients, and minerals you simply won’t be able to get from foods with processed sugars.
Although getting enough sleep is critical for many bodily functions—and not just gut health—your microbiome and sleep patterns are more in sync than you might expect. Experts note that not only does a lack of sleep negatively affect our microbiota, but our gut can also impact our sleep quality.
In short, insufficient sleep can lead to your microbiome becoming unhealthy, which then causes mental and cognitive challenges. The finding isn’t that surprising when you consider how many scientists nickname the gut the “second brain,” but it’s still a sobering thought.
The average adult requires between seven and nine hours of sleep per night. Keep in mind this number refers to quality sleep—not fitful tossing and turning. It might seem impossible to fit those hours of restful sleep each night, but it’s vital for both your physical and mental health.
Rest is crucial for your body’s recuperation and rejuvenation after a long day. It’s also the time when your system works on digestion and detoxification. Cutting your restful hours won’t help your overall health, and it likely won’t help your mood, either.
Fortunately, by taking these simple and natural measures for leaky gut treatment, you can reduce the effects of poor gut health and get your microbiome functioning at full power again!
These are just a few ways to address a leaky gut. Overall, it’s important to maintain a balanced diet while ensuring you get plenty of rest and practice good health and wellness habits on a daily basis.
Detox products are another way to cleanse your microbiome without damaging it. For example, our natural colon cleanse uses ingredients like Hawthorn berry, rhubarb root, psyllium husk seed, and other natural ingredients.
If you need a bit more help getting started with treatment for leaky gut, our 30 Day Detox Pack gets you on track with detox tea, a tumbler, infuser, and a calendar to note your progress.
Teami Blends - Co-Founder + CEO
Certified Nutrition Health Coach