Today, more people have autoimmune diseases than cancer, heart disease, and diabetes COMBINED!Consequence of our toxic food supply. Our Western diet is full of carbs, starches and sugars that feed bad bacteria and yeasts in the gut. Meanwhile, processed food additives compromise the integrity of your intestinal walls. This one-two punch creates tiny rips and tears in your intestinal lining that allow bad bacteria, undigested food molecules, and other toxins to leak into your bloodstream. This is called “Leaky Gut Syndrome.” Once this “sewage” escapes, your immune system perceives them as dangerous foreign invaders and creates antibodies to attack them. This immune assault resUlts in autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, lupus, Hashimoto’s, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and inflammatory bowel disease.Most doctors will tell you the problem is your defective genes. But you don’t develop an autoimmune disease because your great-aunt Sally had one… This modern-day epidemic is a direct
Repair and heal your leaky gut
I use an all-natural protocol to help my patients restore a healthy gut. And they’re always pleasantly surprised to find that it helps clear uP a long list of conditions they’ve struggled with for years. First, I tell them to eliminate all gut-destroying foods. Unnatural foods like grains, gluten, soy, refined sugar, pasteurized dairy, and the chemical additives in processed foods help feed the overgrowth of bad bacteria and yeasts in your gut. Then, add gut-healing foods. Certain foods support your gut by repairing the lining of the intestine. These include healthy fats high In omega-3s, collagen-rich bone broth, and fermented foods that contain good bacteria like kefir and kimchi.
Boost gut health with these supplements
Finally, it’s important to revive your gut with supplements. In addition to a good probiotic, I recommend taking:
- Glutamine. Research shows this amino acid improves the health and survival of a certain kind of intestinal cell called an enterocyte. Glutamine also eases inflammation and soothes the digestive tract. Most high-protein foods like grass-fed beef, pastured chicken, and wild-caught fish contain this amino acid. But your best bet is homemade bone broth. Click here for the recipe I use.
- Zinc. This mineral is essential for maintaining a strong gut lining. But as many as 40% of older people in the U.S. are deficient.1 Studies show that supplementing with zinc can dramatically improve intestinal lining integrity in patients with Crohn’s disease.2 Take 20 mg of zinc a day. But don’t take more than 40 mg per day over a long term.
- Triphala. Studies show this Ayurvedic gut healing formula can repair intestinal holes by tightening your gut wall and rebalancing intestinal mucus. That’s key to protecting you from further intestinal Damage. Triphala is made by blending three powdered rinds of amalaki (Indian gooseberry), haritaki (from the terminalia tree) and bibhitaki (from the bahera tree). I recommend supplementing with 1,000 mg a day. Or, take one dropperful of liquid extract in 2 ounces of water or juice, one to three times daily before eating.
To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD, CNS
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1. “Zinc Deficiences A Global Concern.” Oregon State University. Sept.17, 2009.2. Sturniolo GC, Di Leo V, Ferronato A, D’Odorico A, D’Incà R. “Zinc supplementation tightens “leaky gut” in Crohn’s disease.” Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2001 May;7(2):94-8