A leaky gut sounds a bit weird or gross but it's very important to check if you suffer from it because it's been associated with many other conditions and diseases. A healthy gut is the pathway to a healthy life so if you think something is not quit right do make the effort of reading this blogpost where I'll tell you all about the different symptoms of leaky gut and how you can heal your so very important intestines.
If you have ever experienced bloating, being constipated or having diarrhea, not enjoying food anymore... you know it's not a very pleasant feeling. I've been struggling with a bad digestive system for many years now. It goes up and down. Sometimes I'm doing quite ok and I just have to watch my food sensitivities. Other times it feels like even a glass of water is too much.
7 symptoms of leaky gut
How do people become sensitive to food?
The many toxins in our world enter the bloodstream in different ways. By eating highly processed foods, using chemical products (soaps, washing liquids, plastic bottles that contain Bisphenol A (BPA), pesticides, car fumes, industrial toxins, prescription drugs,...
"On average we consume 14 pounds each year of food additives, including colorings, preservatives, flavorings, emulsifiers, humectants, and antimicrobials. In 1990, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) estimated there were 70,000 chemicals commonly used in pesticides, foods, and prescription drugs… the use of pesticides and herbicides to limit crop loss has skyrocketed over the past thirty years. " (extract from this article)
The immune system of people with intestinal hyperpermeability start mass producing antibodies against these toxins which makes their bodies more susceptible to antigens in certain foods like gluten and dairy.
2) Inflammatory bowel disease
This is a chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. The two most common diseases in this category are Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Both of them are caused by an abnormal response of your body's immune system, where your system attacks your own tissue
3) Autoimmune disease
An autoimmune disease is a condition in which your immune system mistakenly attacks your body. To understand how autoimmune diseases start we should look at a protein called "Zonulin"
"Zonulin is an inflammatory protein first discovered by Fasano and his team in 2000. It helps regulate leakiness in the gut by opening and closing the spaces or "junctions" between cells in the lining of the digestive tract. Zonulin is triggered by harmful bacteria, and offers important protection to the body: If you accidentally eat a food contaminated with salmonella, you rely on zonulin to help trigger diarrhea and flush out the bugs."
Zonulin is triggered by eating gluten and causes the gut lining to stop functioning correctly. Scientists are further investigating how it all works and more important if there is a way of regulating the "zonulin" production.
4) Thyroid problems
A common known thyroid disease is Hashimoto's disease also known as "Chronic thyroiditis". In this case your thyroid is functioning on a low level which can cause low metabolism, fatigue, depression, weight gain,...
5) Nutrient malabsorption
6) Inflammatory skin conditions
The gut-skin connection has been researched for over 70 years and describes how intestinal hyperpermeability can cause skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, rosacea, eczema,...
7) Mood issues and autism
Leaky gut has been shown to cause various neurocognitive disorders. For example, the inflammatory response characteristic of intestinal hyperpermeability triggers the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines and other chemicals that are thought to induce depression.
A study published in the journal Nutritional Neuroscience described findings from a number of studies that point to their theory that autism may be connected to problems in the gut microbiome particularly within the first year of life. It is actually a common hypothesis in modern science that leaky gut is strongly related to autism.
How to heal your leaky gut
There are a few simple test you can take to learn if you have a leaky gut or not. The medical world is still doing research on the cause of it and unfortunately there are still doctors who don't understand the importance of a healthy gut. There are doctors who do believe this is an important disease that needs to be taken care of. But they often don't know the right approach on how to tackle the cause and they just treat the symptoms with medication.
Different test methods:
There are 4 basic steps you need to consider to heal your leaky gut.
Remove - Replace - Repair - Rebalance
Remove all foods and factors that damage your gut. Foods like gluten, wheat, rye, barley, dairy, sugar,...
Replace these with healthy anti inflammatory foods like almonds, avocado, broccoli, blueberries, olive oil, salmon, spinach, strawberries, carrots, kale,...
Unless of course you are sensitive or allergic to these foods. When you healed your leaky gut you may not be sensitive to these products anymore ;-)
Repair the gut with probiotics, fiber, enzymes, L-glutamine, licorice root, collagen powder, glucosamine,... But please always check with your doctor first or do a test first to see what exactly is going wrong inside. Don't just start taking supplements if you don't know exactly which ones wil work for you. It will only leave you frustrated if not working and it will cost you a lot of money!! Trust me on this...
Rebalance by taking probiotics. We all know by now that our gut functions with bacteria: good and bad. If you had leaky gut syndrome your balance of these bacteria are compromised and need to be restored. Again, see your doctor or a health practitioner first before spending lots of money on probiotics. There are so many different types of probiotics I could write a book about it!
It's very important to follow these steps in the right order because there is no use in spending money on supplements etc if you keep eating or drinking things that will keep the inflammation going in your gut. I know it's not an easy task to stop eating all those "yummy" things but once you understand how bad they are for you and you'll start feeling less bloated and have more energy it will become much easier to stick to this new way of eating. I've been doing this for a couple of years now and feeling much happier and healthier ;-)
If you are looking for meals to heal your leaky gut do a little google search and you'll get hundreds of ideas. Should you have any question about his blogpost please just send me an email or post a comment below.
I do hope to write a book some time full of recipes to heal all kind of different gut related diseases ;-)
I must make a confession...
When I started Healthinez I wanted to be all positive and bubbly and ambitious and... lots of things I now understand I can't be all of the time.
I mean, of course I'll still be positive, bubbly & ambitious but I don't HAVE to...ALL of the time.
For me that's a big difference! I'm stil in the process of getting to understand what it means to have fibromyalgia and most of all accepting that I have it. I've been fighting this diagnose from the moment I got it because I was so sure I could beat this because I'm a strong, independent, ambitious, life loving person! Unfortunately i got smacked down quit a lot in the meantime because of the fact I keep fighting against it.
So slowly I'm learning to accept it and that's what I want to talk about in this blogpost.
What is fibromyalgia? It's commonly know as a medical condition characterised by chronic widespread pain and a heightened pain response to pressure. Other symptoms include tiredness to a degree that normal activities are affected, sleep problems and troubles with memory. Some people also have restless legs syndrome, bowel or bladder problems, numbness and tingling and sensitivity to noise, lights or temperature.
There are many symptoms for fibromyalgia but not everyone always has them all or has the same as somebody else. Which makes it very difficult to get diagnosed. Unfortunately their are many doctors/ people in the world who still believe it's all "in the mind". And partially they are right, for some of the symptoms. I'll get into that later!
When I got diagnosed with fibromyalgia I felt so tired that sometimes I was afraid of not being able to hold my cup of coffee. It felt like I didn't have the strength for it. I never slept through the night and would wake up 3-4 times every night having difficulties falling asleep again. I would wake up in the morning feeling like I haven't slept in 3 days or I had just ran a marathon. No wonder I couldn't remember the smallest things anymore or bumped into everything at home, fall onto the wall when going up or down the stairs,...
I felt so miserable with the low quality of my life and the most horrible was that people kept telling me how good I looked! I know it's strange because everybody wants to hear they look good, no? But it was so difficult to hear people say how good I looked (and I really did look good ;-) ) while on the inside I felt like world war III had started taking over my body.
And that's where the "it's all in the mind" comes from. There is indeed a part in our brain that we need to get control over and when we do we will feel a bit of relieve in the fibro symptoms. Don't get me wrong...going to a psychologist isn't the answer to get rid of fibromyalgia. Or at least not the only answer!
I personally am more in favour to work with a coach instead of going to a psychologist because I believe that you need to look at your present life and not your past life to learn how to live with fibromyalgia. It's those bad habits we need to change. But before you can change them you have to realize they are there! And I think that's the most difficult part. Because once you know what isn't good for you you can start changing it. It's a slow and challenging process but I'm sure you can do it ;-)
Start by taking some time for yourself and reflect on your day. Write down what you did and how you felt while doing it. Physically and emotionally! This is really important because fibro pain is often linked to emotional blockages. However big or small. When you found out your stress marks or what emotional blockages you're dealing with you can start figuring out what to do with them.
I struggled many years with the grief of loosing a couple of people really close to me like my little niece, my father and my godmother. They were all taken away way too early and I never felt like I had the chance to process this in a way that worked for me. I just pushed the pain away thinking that it would vanish and I wouldn't have to deal with it.
In the meantime I learned that with dealing with your emotions or your thoughts comes clarification and inner peace. Once you understand you don't have to get all stressed out about certain situations your muscles will react to that new found zen state and stop fighting against you. Once you stop fighting yourself, the fibromyalgia will stop fighting with you.
I learned this and many other techniques through Theta Healing and meditation. I found this great woman who helps me getting my stress under control and keep dealing with my emotions. Being a high sensitive person this will always be a part of me and my daily life. But knowing that I can handle this and that I'm not alone in this gives me a great feeling of energy and inner peace and relieve of fibro symptoms ;-)
If you have any questions about fibromyalgia, theta healing or anything else, please just send me a message.
You can share this info with as many people you like. People who have fibro or not so we can raise more awareness about this chronic & often invisible illness.
Thanks for reading me and I'll see you on social media.
Today’s blogpost will be all about following your dream. Well, aren’t we all doing that? Everybody has an idea of what they want in life, no?
Some people want to live in a big house, or want to ride a fancy car, others work really hard to get that specific job or someone else really wants to meet that important person,… We all have many dreams, one crazier then the other.
I used to have a dream of hosting a birthday party in a big castle where everybody had to be dressed up like Mme De Pompadour. I just loved those really big dresses which almost didn’t get you through the door! And men wearing tights and shoes with buckles on them. Oh my…I think by now I’m pretty sure none of my friends will be happy or willing to go through that. I mean they love me and all but there are certain limits ;-)
What I did do a couple of years ago is hire that castle (an affordable mini version of it) and invite some close friends and just enjoyed a weekend together for my birthday. I still have some very fond memories of that weekend so sometimes it’s not bad to adjust some of your dreams to make them come true.
And that’s exactly what we sometimes need to do with our dreams. How big or crazy they can be. If you start by scaling them down into a realistic form they might just happen faster. I’m not saying you shouldn’t dream big!!! I’m saying it has to have some kind of realistic elements in it.
If you dream of riding a unicorn on top of a rainbow it might take you some time to achieve that ;-)
If you really want to follow your dream instead of talking about you wanting to follow your dream you will have to take some ACTION. As with everything in life, you need to really DO something in order to get somewhere. Ah but Inez, you say, that is so obvious and you’re not telling us anything new! No, I’m not.
But the fact is that few people really do take the necessary action in order to change or to get what they want. If it is loosing weight, stop smoking, save money, change your job,…It often feels like there’s a gigantic mountain in front of us that we need to climb to get to our destination. And I think you’ll agree with me that nobody ever tried to climb Mount Everest in just 1 time?
Of course not because that is impossible. They do it in different steps and they know exactly what steps they are taking to go where they want to be.
It’s the same with achieving your dreams. First you really have to understand what exactly it is you want and why you want it. The WHY part is as important because this will be your motivator in difficult times. (If you’re interested in finding out the exact what and why in a more clear way I will be organizing vision board workshops where you can learn how to visualize your dream and from there work on it more focused. It’s actually a very fun and creative workshop but you don’t need to be a creative person for this)
When you figured out your what and why you can start planning the different steps you need to take so you won’t get overwhelmed. It’s like planning a project for your work/hobby. You know what the end result needs to be and you start working backwards to figure out what needs to be done and when.
A 35 y old woman,176 cm (5’9”) who weighs 87 kilo (192 pounds) and wants to loose 10 kg (22 pounds)
In general it’s best not to loose more weight than ½ to 1 kilo each week.
In order to loose 1 kilo you’ll have to cut around 7700 calories. (You can find this info on the internet) That’s about 550 calories each day in order to loose ½ kilo each week. The amount of calories necessary depends on gender, daily activity, level of fitness, age,…
This woman exercises an hour each week so she needs 2300 calories to maintain her weight, if we adjust this according to the calories that need to be cut she shouldn’t eat more than 1750 calories each day in order to loose ½ kilo each week. If she wants to loose 10 kg she will need about 20 weeks to get to her goal/dream
This is just an example of course but it’s shows you how you could proceed in order to get things done!
I am using this same system myself because otherwise I would still be dreaming instead of taking action.
My dream is to earn a steady income by helping people:
- to eat healthy: create & share easy to make recipes, provide nutritional information about products to create awareness, organize healthy food tours, food workshops…
- to live a healthy lifestyle: provide tips from my own experience to relieve stress, avoid burn out, get clarity in your life, organize your mind, stop caring about what other people think of you, follow your dreams,… This can be in the form of online coaching, live coaching, an e book, vision board workshop, podcast,…
And I would like to do all of this from the comfort of my own house in sunny Spain.
So you see, I too dare to dream big! But because I know exactly what I want in life and working really hard in getting there step by step (and maybe fail sometimes!!!) I am 100% sure I will be living my full dream one day. Luckily I’m already living a part of it right now being in sunny Spain at the moment and writing to you in this blog ;-)
If you’re really focused on following your dream but you may need a bit of help on the way? Maybe you would like to follow a vision board workshop or you’re ready to get clear on your goals through coaching? Let me know in the comments or send me an e mail.
And don’t forget: the wisest investment you can ever make is in yourself!
Free your mind and the rest will follow!!
my name is Inez.
I'm a positive life enjoyer with fibromyalgia and I have to eat glutenfree, dairyfree, sugarfree and yeastfree.
I'm a health coach and here to help anyone who wants to grow in life on a physical, mental or emotional level.
My specialities are allergy free eating, fibromyalgia (or other chronic illnesses) and emotional well being.
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