Could This Sneaky Gut Issue Be The Real Reason You’re Sick?

Leaky gut cause of health problems - Dr. Axe

Some call it “dangerous”

Others say it’s “the #1 problem facing our generation.”

And perhaps most troubling of all the NYT Best-Selling Author & Talk Show Host, Dr. Oz, says,

“Millions of you could have it and not know.”

What is “it”? It is a condition known as Leaky Gut Syndrome.

And while it’s true that most people — and even many Doctors — haven’t heard of the issue, one thing is clear: Almost all of us are familiar with the symptoms.

To name a few:

  • Bloating
  • Food sensitivities
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Skin issues like rosacea and acne
  • Digestive problems
  • Weight gain
  • Syndrome X
Graphic of leaky gut problems

This long list of symptoms might seem overwhelming. But there is good news: If you’re struggling with these issues right now, you don’t have to forever.

In this article, I’ll show you how to fight back against leaky gut and break through the health challenges you’ve been struggling with — once and for all.†

But before I do that, let’s take a look at what Leaky Gut is and where symptoms come from in the first place.


What Is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

You wouldn’t knowingly drink a glass of bleach or scratch your intestines with a steel-wire brush…would you?

And there’s no way you’d willing tear the lining of your GI tract, aggravate your lungs, and irritate your skin, right?

Of course not.

But the fact is, the foods you eat every day could be doing this to your gut and whole body.

And that’s what Leaky Gut is: An aggravated digestive tract that begins to “leak” particles, bacteria and other substances into the bloodstream.

Leaky gut progression

If you imagine the lining of your digestive tract as a net with extremely small holes, then you know that “net” can only allow certain items pass through. The mesh blocks larger things, while allowing smaller items to pass right through.

Your gut lining works in a very similar way. It has a barrier that keeps bigger particles out, while still allowing nutrients and other minerals through.

At least — that is the way a healthy gut is supposed to work.

But if your digestive tract gets damaged, that can lead to bigger holes in your gut’s “net.”

After that, foodstuffs, bacteria and other invaders that normally wouldn’t pass through does.

What gets through that shouldn’t?

Proteins like gluten, bad bacteria and undigested foods particles all “leak” through once a gut is inflamed. Once leaked, these toxic items can get into your bloodstream causing an immune reaction.†


What Foods Cause Leaky Gut?

Here are the biggest (and worst) foods that cause a leaky gut by creating intestinal inflammation and candida:

  • Gluten – Gluten is the most notorious offender of Leaky Gut. And for good reason. Gluten is the sticky protein found in most grain products including wheat and is difficult to digest unless it’s been brought through a sourdough or sprouting process. On the leaky gut diet, you will want to avoid all foods that contain gluten and wheat products.
  • Conventional dairy – The protein in most conventional cow’s milk and dairy is called A1 casein. This protein can trigger a similar reaction as gluten and, therefore, should be avoided. In fact, A1 casein may be 26x more inflammatory than gluten!
  • Sugar – We all know sugar isn’t the healthiest food. But what many don’t know is the too much sugar can damage the intestinal wall creating a leaky gut. This happens because sugar feeds yeast and bad bacteria. If you are going to use a sweetener, go with raw local honey. But even that should be consumed in moderation at one tablespoon daily.
  • Unsprouted Grains – Grains and soy when unsprouted and unfermented contain phytic acid which can irritate the intestines causing leaky gut.
  • GMO foods – Genetically modified organisms contain herbicides and pesticides that damage the gut lining. Studies out of the Journal of Environmental Sciences have found GMO foods destroy the probiotics in your gut and cause organ inflammation.

These foods create inflammation and bring many negative responses, including fatigue and food allergies.

And it only gets worse with time. As more and more things irritate and pass through your leaky gut, toxic waste spreads from your intestinal walls into your blood, causing more and more inflammation.

From there, you’re at serious risk for a host of other diseases and complications.

Here’s how this cycle can quickly spread throughout the body.

Leaky gut cycle - Dr. Axe

Having a leaky gut is a serious risk. But it’s also one of the few risks you can erase and eliminate, starting today.

As the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, says, “all disease begins in the gut.”

Well, I’d add that all nourishment begins in the gut as well.


60 years of illness in the making

For almost 60 years, we’ve based our diets on the USDA sponsored food pyramid.

We’ve been taught that the best place to get vitamins, minerals, and fiber is from the government-sponsored grain-a-thon.

New research into gluten, grains, lectin and sugar are proving this isn’t, in fact, true.

In fact, according to research conducted jointly at Harvard University and The Medical College of Wisconsin, conventional grains actually contain large amounts of nutrient blockers and anti-nutrients called phytates and lectins.

  • Lectins are found in high quantities in beans and wheat, which as mentioned earlier reduce nutrient absorption and can cause indigestion, bloating and gas for many people. One of the most nutritionally important features of plant lectins is their ability to survive digestion by the gastrointestinal tract, which means they can penetrate cells lining the digestive tract and cause a loss of gut epithelial cells, damage the membranes of the epithelium lining, interfere with nutrient digestion and absorption, stimulate shifts in the bacterial flora, and trigger autoimmune reactions.

    Lectins can cause GI upset similar to classical food poisoning and immune responses like joint pain and rashes. Improperly prepared raw grains, dairy and legumes like peanuts, and soybeans have especially high lectin levels.
  • Phytic Acid (Also Called Phytate) This is probably the most well-known antinutrient that’s found in grains and legumes and interferes with the absorption of minerals. Phytic acid can unfortunately lock up high percentages of phosphorus, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc.

    Another very problematic component to phytic acid is that it inhibits certain essential digestive enzymes called amylase, trypsin and pepsin. Amaylase breaks down starch, while both pepsin and trypsin are needed to break down protein.

This is good news for plants but bad news for your body.

The 4-Step Plan to Heal Leaky Gut

The good news is there’s a solution to successfully healing Leaky Gut. There is a four-step process that includes:

  1. REMOVING foods and factors that damage the gut

  2. REPLACING with healing foods. In fact, there are 5 specific foods I wouldn’t recommend anyone be without.

  3. REPAIRING with specific supplements. I’ll show you the exact supplement plan I believe to be incredibly powerful for gut health

  4. REBALANCING your gut biome

And on this upcoming training, I’ll show you 1. how to KNOW if you have leaky gut and 2. the 4 step process to begin healing in more detail.

You can watch online, from the comfort of your home. All you have to do is register right here: Register for the FREE Training

And for anyone who attends, I’ll be answering your digestive questions.

A small sample of what we’re covering

 I can’t wait to see you there.

 

† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.