I wonder if you and I have anything in common in our health journeys? I’ve experienced many many years of food intolerances, food sensitivities and a sore gut. My stomach has bloated more times than I can count, and my body has reacted adversely to countless foods. While my focus was on what not to eat, I realized it was my intestines themselves which needed the attention. The lining of my intestines was damaged, inflamed, and in need of some real help! Because of suffering for years with my digestion, other adverse symptoms appeared. My muscles had started to ache – deeply and fiercely. For the last five years, on top of the intestinal discomfort, irregularity and questioning every food I put in my mouth, my muscles were reacting to years of suffering from leaky gut and malnutrition. I was never diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, but I wonder if that pain is similar to what I have experienced. The aching was in my legs, feet, back, radiated down my arms, and I never knew where or when it would show itself. I couldn’t pinpoint the triggered that I was desperate to eliminate from my life, and the gnawing ache in my muscles left me feeling defeated. I tried tons of supplements (not all at once) and elimination diets. I tried seeing naturopaths, medical doctors, chiropractors, and a neurologist. Does any of this sound familiar to anyone?
After hours of research and years of countless doctor visits, I am feeling better. Thank God! I would love to share with you some of the things which have been vital in strengthening my intestinal health and in turn, left me in MUCH less pain. While I have learned so much from each doctor, the catalyst for my healing came from my research and determination for a better quality of life.
Over the last couple of years, we’ve been hearing more and more about Leaky Gut Syndrome. The day I read an article about it, I knew that was me. Our gut makes up over 80% of our immune system. If it isn’t healthy, the body isn’t healthy. Makes sense, right?! So my mind was made up – treat myself as if I had Leaky Gut and go on a Leaky Gut Protocol diet. Although my progress was slow, I saw results. This is the longest I’ve gone without the ache in my muscles in 5 years. It’s imperative to heal and seal the gut, and the three things I list below are masters in this type of healing. I incorporate them into my lifestyle regularly, if not daily.