As you know the stomach is the most important organ in the human body, in fact scientists are now calling the gut our “second brain”. As we grow older, our diet changes, and stress gets the best of us our stomach lining becomes damaged. This damage causes certain food remnants, toxic waste and chemicals, and bad bacteria to leak through our intestines and hit our blood stream.
When certain toxins and chemical waste enter the blood stream they are moved into our cells and eventually to our organs and tissues. They can start to cause inflammatory and allergic reactions to our bodies that come at random times. These include but are not limited to eczema, food allergies, fatigue, irregular bowel movements, and other strange bodily responses.
Since the gut is not as strong and efficient as it usually is, our gut lining starts to poorly digest foods and many of the enzymes we have in our stomach do not work efficiently. Stomach lining damage is not only caused by stress and poor diet but it can also be caused antibiotics, over the counter steroids, and pain relievers such as aspirin or tylenol.
Here are some great ways to heal your stomach lining and prevent or treat leaky gut syndrome:
- Get better at copying with stress. Ever wonder why when we get anxious, feel nervous, or have anxiety we feel it in our stomach? There is certainly an effect on the stomach lining!
- Glutamine, Glutamine, Glutamine. This is the best amino acid for healing the stomach lining, in fact glutamine also helps your good bacteria prosper. I recommend Solaray Brand Gutshield, put 1 teaspoon of the powder in a 750 ml bottle every morning before any meal.
- Stay hydrated. Water is your best friend because it keeps the stomach lining lubricated and helps move food and waste out allowing for the digestion process to ease up.
- Be good to your liver. Your liver is what assists in removing waste and toxins from your body, if it is not healthy and functioning properly it puts a significant amount of stress on the intestines.
- Chew your food. Try and really take the time to break down the food in your mouth because that is where digestions starts. The better broken up the food is, the easier it is on the stomach to process all of it.
- Eat fermented foods. There are natural probiotics in these foods that help strengthen the enzymes in your stomach for breaking down protein, fats, and carbohydrates.
- Take a good probiotic supplement. Now this piece of advice might be a bit challenging because you have to find a supplement that works for you, but experimentation is part of life 🙂