So you eat clean. You have ditched the junk food, and eat all natural, grown-from-the-ground food, and you still have gut problems. Or, maybe you realized you had gut problems when you began to eat clean. There are many issues that can arise once your system is cleaned out and you can really tell what is going on. Below are the top 4 gut problems that you can have – even if you eat 100% clean.
Leaky Gut Syndrome
When your intestinal lining is damaged, undigested food particles and bacterial endotoxins called lipopolysaccharides (LPS) can pass through the gut lining, leading to systemic inflammation throughout your body – or Leaky Gut Syndrome. While eating a clean diet is a great start to combat Leaky Gut Syndrome, there are other things that you must do. First, visit your doctor for a complete set of blood tests to see what is going on. Also, perhaps you need to avoid nutrient-rich foods such as bone broth and kale, as these have been shown to inflate inflammation in those with Leaky Gut Syndrome.
The delicate balance of your gut garden is essential for health. Conditions like small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and other bacterial dysbioses are linked to numerous health problems. Anxiety and depression have been linked to lower levels of Lactobacillus helveticusand Bifidobacterium longum, and weight gain was linked to higher amounts of Firmicutes. When you decide to eat healthier with these issues, it can cause more issues. You need to consider a FODMAP intolerance as the source of your issues. These fruits, veggies, herbs, and spices are not tolerated by many, and your doctor (or Google) can help you find solutions to this problem.
Histamine intolerance occurs when there is a dysfunction or deficiency of the enzymes that break histamines — chemicals produced during an allergic reaction — down. Without the enzymes to effectively get rid of excess histamine, the overflow can cause a lot of problems. There are also foods that naturally contain histamine, or trigger the release of histamine in the body. This can often occur in those who eat clean, because many whole, natural foods contain high amounts of histamine. Fermented foods and legumes, for example, should be eliminated from your diet if you think this may be your issue.
We all have a small amount of yeast in our system, but when it gets out of hand, many problems can arise. Candida albicans can cause chronic low-grade inflammation and immune stress. People with an already weakened immune system or autoimmune problem can find a candida overgrowth to be a trigger for more health problems. While many say to turn to fermented foods to help eliminate excess candida, it isn’t the solution for all, especially if you are sensitive to the foods. A probiotic supplement is your best choice – and they are commonly found in big-box stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, and online.