Leaky gut is a silent epidemic that has become worse in recent years with the advent of GMO foods, Roundup, glyphosate, and other toxins in our food supply.
Characterized by a damaged gut lining, leaky gut happens when the intestines become permeable, allowing gases and liquids to pass through them.
When this happens, unhealthy bacteria, undigested food particles, gluten, toxins, and other substances can wreak havoc on your digestive and overall health.
Leaky gut affects millions of people; as much as 80-90% of the population to some degree according to some estimates.
Holistic Doctor Shares: Eat These Foods to Stop Leaky Gut
Recently, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Dr. Josh Axe shared his top seven foods for healing leaky gut on his popular YouTube channel.
1. Bone Broth-
Made from boiling ligaments and bones of chicken and beef, bone broth helps to seal the gut lining from the inside-out.
It’s rich in amino acids, protein, and collagen.
One amino acid found in bone broth, glutamine, helps to maintain the function of the intestinal wall and has been shown to both prevent and heal leaky gut.
Gelatin found in bone broth has also been shown to protect and heal the mucosal lining of the digestive tract in lab animals, and is thought to have the same effect in humans.
Dr. Axe recommends consuming at least eight ounces of real organic bone broth (find it online here), twice per day.
“Drinking bone broth every day is incredibly healthy for healing leaky gut syndrome,” Dr. Axe says in the video shown at the bottom of this article.
Bone broth can be made ahead of time in a crock pot, and stored in glass mason jars for easy consumption.
If you’re in a pinch, organic bone broth protein powders like this one offer similar benefits to traditional bone broth.
Kefir is a fermented drink made from cow, goat or sheep’s milk. It can also be made from water kefir grains.
Kefir is derived from the Turkish word “keif,” meaning “good feeling,” and it lives up to its name when consumed often as it helps to soothe, heal and replenish the stomach of healthy bacteria.
3. Homemade Yogurt-
Store-bought yogurt has some benefits, but it doesn’t approach homemade yogurt from a starter culture like this one.
A recent study found that 90% of patients who consumed homemade yogurt reversed their Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms in a hospital setting.
Homemade yogurt replenishes probiotics and helps restore gut health, according to Dr. Axe.
4. Coconut Products-
Coconut oil is Dr. Axe’s cooking oil of choice, as it helps to kill of hostile pathogens and microbes in the body to clean out your digestive tract.
Coconut oil is recommended for cooking, especially at high heat.
Coconut milk, coconut aminos, and coconut water also offer health benefits.
5. Wild-Caught Fish-
Wild-caught fish and fish oil products like this one are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which help to reduce inflammation.
Dr. Axe calls this a key component for overcoming leaky gut syndrome.
6. Sprouted Flax Seeds-
Sprouted flax seeds that have been soaked can help grow healthy gut bacteria, Dr. Axe says, although they are not for everyone, as he notes in the video below.
7. Steamed Vegetables-
Broccoli, cauliflower, celery, carrots, and butternut squash are among the vegetables recommended by Dr. Axe.
Watch the video below for full information, and be sure to implement these foods as soon as possible to start healing the gut because this is one condition that become incredibly problematic over time: