Dr Oz: Do You Have A Leaky Gut?
There’s one part of the body that a lot of people don’t know about but it causes more ailments than any other. It’s right inside one of the largest organs in your body, your small intestine. A condition could be happening right inside the walls of your small intestine called “leaky gut.” According to Dr Oz, it’s one of the most misunderstood concepts in medicine.
Fortunately, Dr Oz had an easy to take quiz to help his viewers determine whether they have a leaky gut and if it’s the cause of bloating and exhaustion. Dr Taz Bhatia joined Dr Oz with some solutions for how to get rid of your leaky gut.
Dr Oz: Symptoms Of A Leaky Gut
Dr Bhatia explained that a leaky gut is all about the small intestine, which contains 2/3 of our immune system. The small intestine is responsible for packing and processing anything that goes through the intestinal lining. When you have leaky gut, it’s like having a trash bag with a bunch of holes because anything can get through. Molecules can get through like gluten, inflammatory proteins, toxins, and more. That can then set up inflammation and trigger an immune response, causing a variety of symptoms like the following:
- Joint pain
- Food sensitivities
- Abdominal cramps
Dr Oz: Could You Have A Leaky Gut?
To determine whether you could have a leaky gut, answer yes or no to the following questions:
- Does your poop float?
- Do you have joint pain and red, fiery skin rashes?
- Do you have bad breath and/or a coated tongue?
If you answered yes to even just one of those questions, you could have a leaky gut. So what can you do about it?
Dr Oz: What Causes A Leaky Gut?
First, Dr Oz explained the theory of why your intestines may be leaking. It all comes down to the basics of the immune system and how it protects you. As Dr Oz explained, everything we eat and drink has both big and small molecules. Your intestine reacts differently to those molecules, absorbing the small ones but not the large ones. But once you have a leaky gut, those larger molecules are allowed through as well. Your body doesn’t like those big proteins so it begins to fight it, causing a “civil war” inside your gut. When that happens for too long, it starts to attack any part of your body, including your joints. But you can put an end to your leaky gut.
Dr Oz: Get Rid Of Inflammatory Foods
The first part of Dr Bhatia’s plan is to get rid of some of the inflammatory foods that make your gut leak in the first place. The biggest inflammatory food is sugar and Dr Bhatia suggested replacing it with Stevia. Next, try cutting out dairy because it’s hard on the leaky gut, given that it’s hard to digest. Dr Bhatia suggested removing dairy and replacing it with coconut milk because it’s anti-inflammatory and easy on the gut.
Finally, try switching out tomato sauce, which is acidic, for butternut squash because it has a similar texture and tastes delicious. Plus it still allows you to enjoy the creamy pasta dishes you love. Night shade vegetables and raw tomatoes can be hard on the gut, so if you have a leaky gut it’s likely best to avoid them.
Dr Oz: Pineapple & Papaya Shot With Digestive Enzymes
Dr Bhatia further explained that one of the problems with leaky gut is that we lack digestive enzymes, which can cause us to gain weight. There are a lot of foods, fortunately, that contain digestive enzymes. Dr Bhatia suggested starting each morning with a “P shot.” Blend the following ingredients together and drink 1.5 ounces of it every morning with breakfast to consume prebiotics and digestive enzymes.
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/2 C mango
- 1/2 C water
- 1 banana
- 1/2 C pineapple
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
You can also add probiotics into the mix for an extra boost.