From a Chinese Medicine Perspective, leaky gut can occur due to several reasons. Some people who have had repeated rounds of antibiotics in childhood or strong antibiotics as an adult can suffer from digestive issues. Antibiotics can be very cold forming, thus creating cold in the digestive system. Our gut is a bit like a slow cooker. It needs to be warm and moist to allow the appropriate breakdown of the food and therefore adequate absorption to fulfil our energy and nutrient requirements.
Antibiotics also have a tendency to knock out our beneficial gut flora. This can lead to an overgrowth of malevolent gut bugs that often take the energy from our food for themselves. In this way clients can experience weight gain or loss, fatigue, bloating, muscle weakness, constipation, diarrhoea, sinus congestion, food intolerance or allergies and a weakened immune system.
If poor digestion has been an issue for several years, malabsorption can occur along with an accumulation of metabolic toxins that can lead to brain fog, hormonal irregularities, anxiety, depression, poor sleep and even inflammation.
Full blood panels along with tests for Hormone and Vitamin D levels, Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR) or C-Reactive Protein (CRP) can be a good measure to detect imbalances that can lead to inflammation or detect inflammation itself.
Pathogenic gut bugs and parasites can also lead to a weakened digestive system. It is imperative that parasitic gut load is eliminated to ensure a healthy digestive system and overall general wellbeing.
The Four R’s
- REMOVAL of inappropriate foods: Dairy, sugar, wheat, cold and raw foods, LD lipids such as trans fats and oily foods.
- REPLACING a poor diet with real, whole foods, and in some cases Chinese herbs.
- REINOCULATING the gut microflora with fermented food and introducing good quality pre and probiotics. Kefir, Kim Chee, Kombucha, Sauerkraut and Inner health plus are great sources.
- REPAIRING the gut with bone broth and Chinese Herbs.
Avoid Inflammatory Foods, Increase Anti-Inflammatory Foods Intake
It may sound obvious but; If you have an inflammatory condition, you should avoid Inflammatory foods. Processed and fast foods are often the main culprits, many contain preservatives or are chemically processed, both factors that can lead to inflammation. Not only do these foods cause inflammation of the GIT, they can also cause systemic inflammation of the muscles, skin, joints and reproductive system. Some natural foods such as those of the nightshade family can also cause problems for those who are prone to inflammatory conditions.
Eliminating foods can be a bit daunting, but the benefits you will gain will far outweigh the desire to have those foods in the long run. Strengthening your gut will reduce inflammation, food intolerances and will boost your immune system.
Refined Sugar: Soft drinks, processed bars, Lollies, baked goods and jarred sauces. Sugars are hidden in everything, definitely read the labels.
Vegetable Oil: Potato Chips, Salad dressing, Mayonnaise, Soy and Palm oil.
Fried Foods: Fish sticks, fried chicken, Chicken tenders, fried, onion rings, chips, deep fried fish, chips etc.
Refined Flour: Pizza, White bread, Crackers, Pasta, breakfast cereals etc.
Dairy: Cheese, yoghurt, Milk (esp. low fat) and butter.
Artificial Sweeteners: Diet soft drink, sugar free gum, NutraSweet, Saccharine. Anything that states low in sugar either contains artificial sugar or is loaded with fat.
Artificial Additives: Processed foods containing fruit, breakfast cereals, Lollies, Ice-cream, packaged foods. Dried apricots should be brown, not orange.
Saturated Fats: Burgers, fried foods, Pizza, lollies, potato chips, fried chips etc.
Conventional Grain Fed Meats: Beef, Chicken and Pork.
Processed Meats: Bacon, Hot Dogs, Cabana and Salami.
Gluten: Mainly from store bought bread, white bread has also been bleached so a definite no no.
Excessive Alcohol: Spirits, Beer and Wine (in excess).
Trans Fats Foods: Cookies, donuts, margarine, frozen pizza and frosting.
Fast Foods: Often have all of this inflammatory factors included in their products.
The Nightshades: Eggplant, Tomato, Peppers and Potato’s.
|Green Leafy Veg||Beets||Bone Broths||Walnuts||Turmeric|
|Bok Choy||Broccoli||Pineapple||Coconut Oil||Ginger|
|Celery||Blueberries||Salmon||Flax seeds||Chia seeds|
Samsaras Signature Juice
1 Wedge of watermelon
1 Stick of Celery (with leaves)
1 stick of silver beat (with leaves and stalk)
½ Lenanese cucumber
1 cube or wedge of fresh beetroot
1 Lemon wedge
1 Sliver of Ginger
1 Sliver of fresh Tumeric (can get fresh from Kings on Brown rd)
This mix tastes better when juiced rather than put in a nutra bullet. The ingredients should be room temperature. Food and drink warmed or at room temperature proves easier on our digestion.
The digestive system is like a slow cooker, you can imagine that throwing ice cubes into it would slow down the cooking and break down procees of food. The Chinese state that one should not eat raw or chilled foods, as this can lead to cold in the gut and lead to poor digestion.
If you would like any further information, please feel free to discuss any questions you may have with your Samsara fertility practitioner.
Written by: Britt-Amber Robertson
BHSc (Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs)
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