What a beautiful gift to raise children! I was just reminiscing on raising my kids, Nathan, Sam, and Emily. I was truly blessed that the boys were really best friends. I don’t ever remember them fighting. They loved doing everything together. Then they finally had a little sister. We had so many adventures exploring the nooks and crannies of Florida. As I look back, I’m so thankful for the fun we had. On the other side of the coin, there was something I overlooked as a mom. I would say most other moms at the time overlooked it too. As babies, I now can see a difference that I wish I had known about.
Does your baby cry a lot? I nursed all three children. My first son almost never cried. But my two other children had bouts of crying frequently. I remember trying everything: nursing, changing diaper, car ride, baby slings, and more. Eventually they settled, but still had moments of sensitivities as they got older. The word Leaky Gut did not exist in my world. These two sensitive children of mine went on to develop several auto-immune diseases including Type 1 Diabetes, Low Thyroid, and Aspergers/Sensory Processing Disorder. Could this all be related to Gut Health?
Leaky Gut and Autoimmune Issues
Our gut was designed to be the ultimate food digesting machine. Foods are meant to be broken down into usable, absorbable nutrients for the body. As food goes into the stomach, the pancreas releases insulin and enzymes to digest sugar and some compounds, the liver and gall bladder release other enzymes to digest other components. Sometimes, due to toxic overload or genetics these systems don’t function the way they should. Sometimes our diet is deficient in enzymes which are necessary in digesting food. Fresh fruit and vegetables give us natural enzymes to help our bodies digest. If the body does not digest foods well, due to lack of enzymes, allergies, or toxins, the undigested food will be absorbed in the blood and cause autoimmune problems.
When invaders enter the land, the army will be sent to protect. Our bodies protection system is our white blood cell warriors. White blood cell warriors will attack anything that looks foreign, and undigested food looks foreign. In the case of Type 1 Diabetes, those white blood cells attack the very pancreas they should be protecting. Systematically, they may attack other parts of the body as well. This attack is often causes damage and inflammation to organs, joints, and particularly the digestive tract in stomach pain, gas, mental or emotional fatigue, anxiety, add/adha/sensory processing/Asperger, disruptions in sleep and more. Enzymes can be a Game Changer! Adult and Children Enzymes at the Bottom of Page.
You might have Leaky Gut if you have:
- Food Allergies
- Eczema; Skin Issues; Acne
- Digestive Problems: Stomach Ache, Vomiting (spitting up as baby), Diarrhea, Constipation, IBS, Chrons, Celiac
- Anxiety, Depression, Learning Disabilities
- Joint Pain, Kidney Problems
- Diabetes, Thyroid issues, Lupus
Some may say, “That’s sounds like just about everything!” YES!
Healing Leaky Gut 1st: Non-Radical Family Method
- Take Enzymes and you can eat a more realistic healing diet
- No Gluten; What? How do I do that? It is possible!
- Avoid Sugary Items. Use Honey, Maple Syrup, and Coconut Sugar sparingly
- Drink Bone Broth. Incorporate it into meals. Use Bone Broth Collagen in smoothies. Use it to make rice or grits.
- Ditch Milk; use Coconut or Almond milk instead. Yogurt and Cheese may be OK. Listen to your body.
- Add squeezed lemon/lime slice to every glass of water.
- Eat lots of Colorful Fruits and Veggies, especially green. Cook hard veggies (and fruits) like carrots, squashes, potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, apples, and more. These are hard to digest with a leaky gut.
- Meats for Meat Eaters: Organic Bison, Chicken, Eggs, Lamb, other. All Organic
- Add Probiotic Slaw, Kim chi, or Probiotic Pickles for in between meal snacks. These have more probiotics than many probiotic supplement capsules. I heard one statistic that one teaspoon Probiotic Slaw has more probiotics than a bottle of probiotic capsules.
- Gluten Free Carbs: Potato, Sweet Potato, Rice, Grits, Gluten Free Crackers, Bread, Pasta, Gluten Free Baking Mixes, Make sure you buy Organic
- Healthy Fats: Butter, Avocado, Coconut/Olive Oil, Goat Cheese, Full Fat Raw Organic Milk (loaded with living enzymes), Natural Cheeses, Chia, and Dark Chocolate. You can eat these FATS confidently!
Watch your own Food Sensitivities: Nuts, Dairy, Soy, Eggs, Gluten. When you repair your gut, you may be able to include some of these back. If nut allergy, I would always avoid.
When I think of the typical day my kids used to have, I wish I had known. They started their day with waffles with Syrup or Pop Tarts. They had a sandwich with peanut butter and sugary jam for lunch, or maybe Kraft Mac and Cheese. We then might have Steak with Bread and Potatoes, or Pasta with a side of Bread. It was all considered normal, and it’s not bad, unless you have gut issues. If you have gut issues, the above could be disastrous (unless you take enzymes). Try these options instead:
Breakfast (take Enzyme)
- Smoothie with Berries, Coconut Milk, Bone Broth Powder, 1 Banana
- Overnight Oats: Oats, Greek Yogurt, Berries, Soaked Chia, Cinnamon (Tons of recipes online)
- Gluten Free Pancakes with Eggs and Bacon
Lunch (take Enzyme)
- Bone Broth Soup with Chicken, Ginger, Garlic, and Scallions,
- Bone Broth mixed with Can Tomato Sauce, Cream, Spices, Dash Maple and Gluten Free Grilled Cheese
- Organic Meat and Cheese, Gluten Free Crackers,
- Salmon/Chicken and Avocado over Spinach and Arugula, Oil/Balsamic Dressing
Dinner (take Enzyme)
- Bison Burgers, Gluten Free Bun, Avocado, Mushroom and Onions, other topping
- Gluten Free Chicken Strips and Mashed Potatoes
- Organic Chicken/Apple Sausage over Organic Potatoes (German Potato style)
- Probiotic Pickles or Kraut
- Cheese with Gluten Free Crackers
- Fruit – Berries, Watermelon, Banana, Cherries, Grapes, other
- Dark Chocolate
- POM Juice with teaspoon of Chia
- Gluten Free Chips with Avocado
- High Fat/Low Sugar Dessert
In summary, the majority of health issues begin with gut issues. If you are noticing any Leaky Gut symptoms, you should be taking Enzymes with your main meals, and probiotics in between meals. Avoid Gluten and Sugar while you are healing your gut. Try some meal ideas above. Stay Organic, include Super Foods, and go for minimally processed items! Look online for more recipes. As a mom, I have slowly incorporated more and more of this style of eating into my household. I try to make what they love using healthier options.
Give this a try – SUPER FOOD ME STYLE!