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Anyone with leaky gut is going to want to get better as quickly as possible. The following tips will help you follow a lifestyle that facilitates the return of good digestive health.
1. Alcohol: You are very much mistaken if you think you can engage in even mild alcohol consumption if you want to recover from leaky gut. Once your digestive system, your energy, your sleep, and your sense of well being are great, occasional use of alcohol may be okay.
As soon as you get to two alcoholic drinks per day, or even several drinks per week, and you’ve got leaky gut, you’re not going to recover from leaky gut with that level of alcohol intake. That’s true even if you’re following a perfect diet, you’re exercising regularly, and everything else in your life is balanced. Alcohol is that powerful when it comes to interfering with gut recovery.
Mistake number one is thinking that you can drink even small amounts of alcohol regularly when you have a leaky gut. You must fix the gut first. Get your digestive system into great shape, and then from there, figure out how much alcohol your system can tolerate will style staying healthy.
2. Stress: Alcohol sometimes comes hand in hand with stress. Some people drink more in response to stress or unfulfilling lives. Work and marriage problems and conflicts with other people contribute to high levels of stress. Work out what the stressors are in your life and deal with them as part of fixing your leaky gut.
Stress undermines your autonomic nervous system. If you can’t get a handle on your stress, it will continue to impact your emotionally and physically – including contributing to poor digestive health.
3. Junk food: Many people think it’s fine to eat junk food or take out once a week. But if you want to recovery from leaky gut, don’t make the mistake of thinking occasional junk food is okay, because it’s not. If you’re going to get your digestive system into great shape, eat healthy meals all the time. Make good dietary choices every day.
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4. Regular medication: Taking paracetamol, ibuprofen, birth control, antidepressants, and taking acid-blocking medications can contribute to leaky gut. If you are on long-term medications, this can make it more challenging to improve your digestive health. Investigate if there are alternatives to using drugs that compound leaky gut.
5. Not testing. If you’ve had a leaky gut for a long time, you may need to do an intestinal permeability test or a comprehensive stool test. For ongoing digestive problems, not having testing done is like sailing on the ocean without a compass. You need to investigate the cause of your symptoms to know how to treat them most effectively.
6. Being overly preoccupied with your diet: Many people that I see talk only about what they eat, but they don’t look at their lifestyle. They don’t look at the quality of their sleep. They don’t look at their breathing. They lack regular relaxation in their life. Stress affects your gut more than you might think. A hectic lifestyle must be addressed.
7. Only treating one particular aspect of your digestive system: For example, only taking L-glutamine because you think you have leaky gut. Or only taking CanXida supplements because you think you have Candida. This relates to point #5, not testing. You must understand the full gravity of your situation and what needs to be treated. Testing will allow you to prioritize everything that needs to be addressed.
8. Not enough relaxation: A significant issue I see with a lot of people is that they are not breathing properly. You can watch some of my videos which provide suggestions on relaxation. I recommend that everyone have a 20 to 30-minute relaxation session every day.
9. Improve your sleep. If you have poor sleep, you will never heal a leaky gut. Poor sleep leads to impaired immune function, adrenal problems, and thyroid dysfunction. An excellent sleep pattern will help optimize your digestive health.
10. Worrying too much about your health: Too many people worry incessantly about their health. Don’t be a hypochondriac. Don’t assume that every little ache or pain is a sign of a life-threatening illness like cancer. Stop worrying about your health, let it do its own thing, and you’ll be much more relaxed. Anxiety about your health contributes to poor health, poor sleep, low energy, and adrenal fatigue.