What is a leaky gut?
You probably have a good guess just from hearing the name. If you guessed something like, “it is when things that shouldn’t pass through your gut pass through your gut and cause lots of problems” you are right.
I recently wrote blog for CentreSpring MD (the holistic and integrative practice where I counsel patients on all kinds of nutrition plans as well as where me and my daughter are patients) explaining a leaky gut, how to recognize if you have one, and how to help heal it through the food you eat. Since I am seeing more and more people struggle with this issue, I thought I would share what I wrote with you, just in case you too may be struggling with some the symptoms of a leaky gut.
The main reason leaky gut can cause problems is when toxic waste leaks from the intestinal wall into the bloodstream which then causes an immune reaction, which leads to inflammation. This inflammation can cause lots of problems including:
- Thyroid conditions
- Joint pain
- Skin issues
- Weight gain
If you have several of these symptoms and wonder if you may have leaky gut, you can contact CentreSpring MD here for further integrative testing and a comprehensive holistic approach for healing.
If you know you have leaky gut, below are some foods to add to your diet to help heal your gut:
1. Fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut and kimchi
2. Raw dairy such as pastured kefir and yogurt and raw cheeses
3. Bone broth
4. Foods with Omega 3 fatty acids such as grass-fed beef, wild caught salmon, and olive and avocado oils
To help you incorporate some of these foods into your eating plan, use one of the following recipes:
Simple Lemon and Dill Roasted SalmonSAVE RECIPE
4 wild-caught salmon filets
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
Sea salt and ground pepper
Preheat to 400 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the salmon fillets in the middle of the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle the tops with olive oil. Sprinkle the tops with a pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper. Bake 8 - 12 minutes until the outside is opaque and slightly firm to the touch and the inside flakes easily.
Remove the fillets from the oven and sprinkle with dill and lemon juice.
Quick and Easy Lunch
1 cup of pastured yogurt
2 hardboiled organic, pasture-raised eggs
1 cup of blueberries
I hope this recipe and meal idea help you on your journey towards healing your gut.
If you need further guidance on a meal plan that is catered to your specific needs, food preferences and lifestyle, I would love to help you. Contact me here, and we can come up with a plan that will work best for your lifestyle and help you heal!