Leaky Gut Syndrome is a condition that is not completely understood; nor is it something that’s taught in medical school. Leaky Gut Syndrome affects the lining of the intestines and involves the dysfunction of the filter between our stomach and small intestine. It’s also called ‘increased intestinal permeability’, because, with leaky gut, the intestines lose some of their ability to filter nutrients and other substances. When this happens, particles of undigested foods, bacteria, other waste by-products may leak through the intestines into the bloodstream. Leaky Gut is usually caused by some form of damage to the intestinal lining.
To help us better understand, cope, and heal this condition is a new book that hit the bookstands this spring, The Complete Leaky Gut Health & Diet Guide, Improve Everything from Autoimmune Conditions to Eczema by Healing Your Gut.
Part 1: Understanding Leaky Gut Syndrome
Part 2: Managing Leaky Gut Syndrome
Part 3: The Leaky Gut Syndrome Diet Plan
Part 4: Menu Plans and Healthy Food Lists
Leaky Gut Syndrome has been linked to numerous medical conditions from autoimmune disorders, autism, diabetes, to food allergies. Symptoms can include gas, bloating, cramps, food sensitivities, diarrhea, and a host of others.
Going through the pages, I think the majority of us have a leaky gut in varying degrees. This book is loaded with tons of information as to why and how we got in this situation and offers us easy to follow solutions. Clearly, it’s the foods and fluids we ingest that trigger the after effects, so following a healthy diet is imperative.
Chapter 8 focuses on eliminating inflammatory and artificial foods. Chapter 9 prioritizes what foods are safe and beneficial. Chapter 10 is the heart of the book, it describes in detail the three transition phases of the LGS diet. Phase 1 is the Calming Diet is the most restrictive. It’s intended for severe, continual states of inflammation with a very low threshold of aggravation and increasing gut hyperpermeability. Phase 2 is the Restoring Diet is less restrictive and reintroduces a few more foods. It’s intended for moderately bothersome conditions related to a leaky gut. Phase 3 is the Maintenance Diet and offers an expanded diet. Which phase you start with is reflective of your current health condition. If you need to start is phase 1, you can transition to the next phase when you start to see specific improvement.
The Leaky Gut & Health Guide is perforated with lots of additional information in the sidebars along with ‘Did You Know’, highlights. There is also Doc Talk, FAQ’s, Research Spotlights, and Case History’s shared for our benefit. I found these so insightful. For instance, did you know that improper chewing may affect the processing and assimilation of nutrients and cause inflammation of the intestinal mucosa? I’ve watched some people and on average they chew 4 – 6 times. Wow, that’s a far cry from the recommended 20 – 40 times. No wonder our digestive system is so messed up. I found the facts on ‘The Long-Term Health Effects of Food Additives disturbing. Everyone should read this!
The fun part starts in Part 5; it’s filled with 150 healthy and nutritious recipes our bodies can handle. They are easy to make and use regular wholesome ingredients. Diet is only one part of restoring our body to homeostasis. We also need to remove stress and exercise. Combining all these components will improve our daily life and overall health. The bottom line is that we are responsible for our own health and need to take action to improve it. The Complete Leaky Gut Health & Diet Guide is a great resource book and it offers sound advice and hope for those struggling with leaky gut.
Disclaimer: I received product to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.