Guest Post by Karen Brimeyer, Holistic Nutritionist and Functional Medicine Practitioner
One thing is for sure, everyone wants to be healthy. But there are millions of people suffering from Leaky Gut and the vast majority doesn’t even know it. So what can you do for your gut health?
First of all, let’s get one thing straight. Poor health, diseases, conditions, and symptoms (you name it) occur because of one fundamental rule is broken. The body has fallen out of balance.
So it only makes sense that if you want to resolve your symptoms whatever they may be, you must bring your body back into balance. Bring your body back into balance and disease, conditions, symptoms, and even Leaky Gut simply cannot exist. It’s as simple as that!
If you are on the hunt for the Holy Grail, you won’t find it in the form of a pill. When dealing with Leaky Gut, you have to start by rebuilding the foundation. This begins with the basics.
1) Diet and Nutrition
There are a few things in life that we do more than “eat”. Considering that we get everything we need to survive from our food, it is easy to see that diet and nutrition have a significant influence on our health.
With Leaky Gut, your digestive system is already impaired making it even harder to get the required nutrients from the foods you eat. Because of this, you need to focus even harder on getting the most nutritious and nutrient dense foods into your body. This will help you get the most nutrients possible and provide you with the building blocks for healing.
This is why a diet focused around whole foods like organic meats, fruits, and vegetables is best. They are more nutrient dense than the conventional and processed food counterparts. So you may be a paying a little more but you’re getting more bang for your buck!
Lifestyle is more of a blanket term to describe the choices we make in life. We constantly have to make choices and deal with the consequences. There is no escaping it. But the real issue here is the stress that you endure from making these choices.
There are a lot of stress factors that contribute to Leaky Gut. Without getting too scientific, stress affects every aspect of the body from your hormones to your brain function. Stress will also bring your ability to heal and repair your body to a screeching halt.
So if you want to heal your Leaky Gut, it is best to minimize stress as much as possible. Make a list of your main sources of stress and work on the sources that you have most control over. You may not be able to change your deadlines at work, but you can certainly stop arguing with your spouse about things that typically have no true relevance in the first place.
Let’s set one thing straight. Supplements are meant to add to, not make up for a lack. So only after you do your part with the nutrition and lifestyle aspects of health should you even consider using supplements.
As far as your Leaky Gut is concerned, supplements will do little if you don’t create the foundation that will let them do their job. It would be like trying to put out a forest fire with a garden hose; you will always be fighting a losing battle.
But if create the proper foundation for your garden, those supplements can help water it so it can grow to its true potential.
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Karen Brimeyer is a Nutritionist, Functional Medicine Practitioner, and Health Consultant who has helped over a hundred personal clients heal their Leaky Gut and digestive problems, lose weight, and resolve their chronic health conditions.
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