What is Leaky Gut?
Our intestines are an integral part of our bodies. They are responsible for absorbing majority of the nutrients and minerals we consume, recovering water and electrolytes, and digestion. Leaky Gut Syndrome has been introduced as a condition where the intestines are not functioning properly, or ‘leaking’. Scientifically, this can be referred to as increased intestinal permeability. Intestines that are unhealthy may have holes or cracks in the lining allowing unwanted material to leak into surrounding tissues in the body. This leak makes it very difficult for the intestines to do their job of identifying what to absorb and what needs to be digested. (1)
Symptoms can include inflammation, bloating, digestive issues, and sometimes play a role in chronic disease. Now, the intestines are not supposed to be an impenetrable force – but the degree at which toxins are being released into the body today, it is proving to have unwanted side effects in our gut.
How is Leaky Gut developed?
Some of us may have a genetic predisposition where our digestive system is more sensitive than the average person. However, as the American diet continues to change – it is becoming more and more common in many humans. Today’s diet is lacking in fiber and high in sugar and saturated fats. We are seeing less and less nutrients and minerals in our foods due to soil depletion, food processing and storing and even in our cooking methods. So, by the time a meal reaches your plate the nutritional value is not nearly what it used to be. Supplementation can be beneficial to combat the loss of nutrients in our food as long as you are sure you are absorbing the minerals so the body can reap the benefits.
What You Can do to Have a Healthier Gut
If the intestines are having difficulties absorbing nutrients and minerals it is important to recognize that changing your diet to include key vitamins and minerals will ensure your body can function at its highest level. In addition to choosing a healthier diet, supplementing minerals such as Iron, Selenium and Zinc will aid in a healthier gut.
Further it is important to consider the absorption of minerals from both your diet and supplementation. For example, if you are taking pill-form, these will need to be digested before the benefits are released into your body. If you are suffering from Leaky Gut Syndrome, you may not be getting the full benefit of your supplement program because your absorption levels are low. Liquid Supplements on the other hand, enter directly into your bloodstream, thus leading to higher absorption in your body.
To further optimize absorption, incorporating Fulvic Acid to your dietary regimen may be beneficial. Fulvic Acid may solidify the connection between mineral nutrient absorption within your body’s cells.