What is Leaky Gut?
Your gut is your entire digestive system from top to bottom. It is a highly complex ecosystem within the body which has a huge impact on your health. When discussing leaky gut we are talking about a condition which affects the lining of the intestinal wall. Think about this wall as skin on the inside of your body. It should serve as a barrier to the outside wall to prevent your body being exposed to bacteria and other harmful particles from the external environment. For example, if you get a cut on your skin, you have to cover it to protect bacteria from invading the wound and getting into your bloodstream. The same goes for the gut.
For nutrients to be absorbed from the digestive system into the bloodstream they have to be processed by the immune system of our gut, which essentially breaks down large particles into smaller particles and deciding what should and shouldn’t be absorbed. When the junctions between the cells of the intestinal wall loosen and holes start to form, it allows larger particles to enter the bloodstream that should have been kept out. Which is what causes the symptoms of leaky gut that appear to be unrelated to the digestive system, but in fact, is where it all begins.
How can Bone Broth help?
Bone broth contains all the nutrients to help heal a leaky gut. There are many complex components to healing your gut which often get overlooked. With bone broth you get all of the components in one food.
When you are suffering from leaky gut the intestinal wall can become very inflamed and irritated which can cause a lot of immediate symptoms, like pain after eating, bloating or cramping.
Gelatin is abundant in bone broth and this is what will help immediately soothe those symptoms in your gut. It will also create an environment where the healing process can start.
Heal & Reseal -
The most important step is to heal the holes that have formed in the gut wall, which are allowing undigested particles into the bloodstream. Amino acids are the building blocks of our body. Glutamine is a very important amino acid for rebuilding the gut wall in particular. Having this amino acid in your diet in large amounts, like in bone broth, will start to rebuild that wall and seal up the holes which are causing the issues.
Once you have soothed and sealed, an important step is to ensure that the newly formed gut lining remains strong and doesn't reopen. We do this by increasing the integrity of the intestinal wall through collagen protein. Bone broth has the highest concentration of collagen protein than any other food.
Could you have Leaky Gut?
Because the gut is the foundation of your health if this isn’t functioning correctly it can cause symptoms throughout your whole body. Here are some of the common symptoms that could be caused by leaky gut.
- Sugar and carbohydrate cravings
- Skin problems like acne, eczema or rashes
- Autoimmune disorders like psoriasis, lupus or coeliacs disease
- Diarrhea and/or constipation
- Bloating or gas
- Nutritional deficiencies like anemia (low iron)
- Headaches, brain fog or memory loss
- Poor immune system
- Arthritis or joint pain
- Mood disorders like anxiety, depression, ADD and ADHD