Do You Have a “Leaky Brain”? (2 of 3)

Part 1 discussed the direct connections between your gut and brain and how things can go wrong. If you haven’t read part 1 we encourage you to stop and read it now. HERE

Leaky gut and leaky brain are highly undesirable (that’s putting it mildly!) but with deliberate attention and informed choices, they can be repaired. The time to begin is now—there’s no time to waste. It is acknowledged that nearly 75% of Americans suffer with digestive and/or brain issues that interfere with their quality of life. Wouldn’t you rather be in the 25% group? If your symptoms are mild it’s wise to stay on top of it—prevention now is easier than working to repair the damage down the road.

As discussed in part 1 you must begin where you have control- and that starts with what you choose to eat and drink. There is a head-spinning amount of information available nowadays when it comes to what to eat and not eat. Unfortunately, most is either incomplete or not appropriate for permanent gut and brain health.

Our intention is to make it easy to understand and follow so that you get the best results from your efforts. If diligent you will likely notice improvements within weeks and a major difference by the end of only 90 days. Continued avoidance of damaging foods is advised long-term.

Start a food journal– it’s important to track what you eat and drink, including portion size, time of day and how it makes you feel. Create a system that you can follow through with every day for a few months. Record how the foods and beverages you consume affect you both physically and mentally.

Eliminate damaging foods and beverages. This is essential. Start with artificial sweeteners, in particular aspartame (Nutrasweet) and sucralose (Splenda), sugar, alcohol, soft drinks, MSG, refined vegetable oils, saturated fats and trans-fats, dairy products, gluten, grains and processed foods with their chemical additives. Also stop any foods that you know trigger an allergic or negative response and may include meat, coffee, tea, soy, eggs, tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, peppers, nuts and seafood.

Stop taking NSAIDS for pain, or at least limit the dosage to as few as possible. NSAIDS like aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen and celecoxib inhibit the body’s ability to produce prostaglandins which are needed to repair the lining of the gut. Continued use can cause difficult-to-repair damage to the fragile lining of the intestines and may also lead to gluten sensitivity. Some of these medications include aspartame as an ingredient.

Increase your intake of fiber from cooked non-starchy vegetables and supplements. Avoid salads, raw veggies and raw fruit except lemons until gut symptoms are much better. If you haven’t yet read the article The Exciting Secrets of a High Fiber Diet you’ll find it very helpful since it provides cutting edge information for the repair and healthy maintenance of the colon. Fiber is essential in much larger amounts than most of us get in our daily diet and supplementing is easy and effective. Including bentonite clay with your fiber is helpful for binding toxins to prevent their leakage into the bloodstream.

Supplement with a blend of high quality probiotics daily. This is an essential part of the process since having a wide array of beneficial bacteria in your gut is foundational to good health. If you do everything else right but neglect this you’ll continue to find yourself in trouble.

Focus on eating low-inflammation, high-nutrition foods. Examples include generous amounts of lightly steamed or cooked non-starchy veggies and greens; also grass-fed/organic meats, pastured egg yolks (soft cooked only), small fatty ocean fish like sardines and mackerel, fish oil supplements, flaxseed oil/ground flaxseeds, raw walnuts, finely ground hemp and chia seeds. Vegetable soups made with bone broth may be particularly nutritious and healing.

If your symptoms are advanced and debilitating we suggest that you find an alternative health practitioner who will assist and support you holistically. You certainly aren’t “deficient” in medications with their dangerous adverse effects. Stay away from doctors who want to operate as their first option. If “conventional medicine” had an answer for this problem it wouldn’t be so prevalent. Shockingly, many of the medications they recommend contribute to or in a significant way actually cause the problem!

In Part 3 we’ll delve deeper into the process of healing a complicated issue. We’ll discuss what else contributes to and aggravates the problem, the supplements that can help, and how to maintain a healthy gut and brain for life.