Gut Health

A healthy inside is key to a healthy outside!

 

One of the biggest causes of eczema, is a poorly functioning intestinal tract. Where the cell walls in the intestine have become porous and are now allowing undigested food particles to leak into the bloodstream.  The immune system assesses these food particles to be a threat and starts attacking itself, resulting in inflammation breaking out across the outer dermis.

This all happens for two reasons.  The first is because of the types of foods that are being eaten, such as refined carbohydrates, processed foods and a diet rich in sugar and salt.  All of which feed the bad bacteria whilst destroying the good bacteria and weakening your immune system’s ability to function correctly.

The second reason for this is because of the spread of a yeast infection called Candida.  This destructive bacterial yeast infection ends up colonising the gut with bad bacteria allowing yeast cells to start growing on the inside of your intestinal walls.  These yeast particles act like a rot as they damage your intestinal wall making it porous and leaky. 

Therefore the best way to keep your gut healthy is by populating it with good bacteria, by consuming prebiotic and probiotic foods in your diet.  Prebiotics are high fibre foods, like asparagus, artichokes, bananas, onions and leeks that act as fuel for the probiotics.  SEE CHART for list of Prebiotics & Probiotics.

You could also kick start repairing your digestive tract by eating L-glutamine supplements to increase your guts healing abilities.  L-glutamine helps gut function, the immune system, and other essential processes in the body, especially in times of stress.  You could also reduce the antibiotics and immunosuppressant drugs you take.  They act like carpet bombs. When they enter your system they wipe out all the good and bad bacteria without discrimination taking away any advantage or gains you may have worked hard to build.

Something I make for Dillon and myself is called Bone Broth. The reason I make this is because its full of collagen and loads of other important nutrients that help keep your skin cells renewing and repairing normally. Collagen is full of amino acids which also help heal damaged cell walls whilst soothing the guts lining and replacing damaged connective tissue. The recipe I use can be found above.