Statistically speaking, it’s likely that you or someone you love has leaky gut syndrome: a condition that may cause chronic inflammation and autoimmune disorders. Most of us eat too much processed food, bad fats, and sugar. We overuse antibiotics and antibacterial personal care products. And we lead sedentary lifestyles full of stress. All of that has wreaked havoc on our guts.
A healthy gut is about so much more than digestion. 70% of our immune system is in our GI tract! Without a healthy gut, even the healthiest diet and exercise regimen isn’t nourishing our bodies in the way it could. So what can you do about it?
First things first, not all leaky guts are alike. Which is why Dr. Josh Axe has not only developed a program to help you identify your specific type of gut but a way to treat it as well. From nourishing foods to specific supplements to a daily self-care routine, Dr. Axe provides simple, easy ways to heal your gut fast so you can start feeling better.
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Here’s a sample quiz from Dr. Axe’s book Eat Dirt. These questions won’t help you diagnose your type, but they can help you see the wide range of symptoms and signals that may be related to leaky gut.
1. Do you have cravings for sugar or baked goods?
2. Do you have any food allergies or food sensitivities?
3. Have you ever had candida or any yeast, parasites, or fungal overgrowth?
4. Do you suffer from digestive issues like diarrhea, constipation, or inflammatory bowel disease?
5. Do you have gallstones, liver issues, or any health problems with your gallbladder?
6. Do you experience bloating or gas after meals on a regular basis?
7. What are the biggest emotions you experience when something doesn’t go your way, or you face adversity?
• Nervousness/emotionally charged
8. Do you have hormonal imbalances such as a thyroid issue or have such a slow metabolism that you can’t lose weight?
9. Have you ever been diagnosed with or suspected that you have an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s, celiac, gastritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, or multiple sclerosis?
10. Have you ever been exposed to any toxins that have caused health issues for you?
11. Do you have any heart-related issues such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure?
12. Do you normally have a white coating on your tongue after consuming carbohydrates?
13. Do you feel tired or exhausted, even when you get enough sleep, or have adrenal fatigue?
14. Do you experience indigestion, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), or acid reflux more than once a week?
15. Do you regularly experience a moderate to high level of emotional stress?
16. Do you have skin complaints such as red skin, dry skin, acne, eczema, or psoriasis?
If you’ve answered yes to 3 or more of the questions above, go to Dr. Axe’s website to take the complete Gut Type Quiz.
Okay! Now that you know your specific type of leaky gut, you’re ready to explore the customized programs in Eat Dirt. Here’s a sneak peek of each one:
This condition is directly related to yeast overgrowth and being overweight, which affects more than 68 percent of all American adults.
- Prescription includes eating a diet low in sugar and high in probiotics and avoiding coffee, alcohol, and grains.
Chronic stress weakens your adrenal glands, kidneys, and thyroid, and can cause hormone imbalances, fatigue, and thyroid disease.
- Prescription includes taking the right supplements: Vitamin B12, selenium, and adaptogenic herbs such as licorice root and ashwagandha.
This condition afflicts the 15 million people who suffer from food allergies and the 1.6 million with inflammatory bowel disease, as well as the 50 million adults with autoimmune disease.
- Prescription includes adopting a grain-free, gluten-free diet and listening to your body, knowing that allergic reactions can occur up to forty-eight to seventy-two hours later.
This is caused by small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SINO) and acid reflux, which afflicts 60 percent of all adults – half of whom struggle on a weekly basis.
- Prescription includes eating smaller meals, chewing slowly and completely, and incorporating lots of fruits, vegetables, and fermented vegetables into your diet.
This condition can result in gallbladder disease, skin conditions, and chronic liver issues that cause thirty million people great pain every year.
- Prescription includes eating plenty of sour foods, raw vegetables, and organically raised meat and fish and avoiding antibacterial personal care products.
*Editor’s Note: This article is for informational use only; it is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult with your healthcare provider before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health program.
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