We’re wrapping up the current podcast series covering all things gut health this week, and Christa has put together a free educational video series to help you understand how pathogens and bad bugs can be responsible for so many health challenges. I hope you’ll check it out, because the info she explains is part of the “missing link” for so many struggling with health issues.
Understanding Leaky Gut and Autoimmune Disease
As Hippocrates said, “all disease begins in the gut,” and this is becoming increasingly evident as we uncover the link between autoimmunity and leaky gut. In this episode, I’m joined once again by Christa Orecchio, founder of TheWholeJourney.com and the Gut Thrive in 5 program. She’s a TEDX speaker, author and TV show host who has helped thousands of people reclaim their health.
Does Leaky Gut Cause Autoimmunity?
Christa describes leaky gut as a brick wall that’s missing connective mortar. The mucosal lining in our intestinal tract is critical for protecting against harmful pathogens. Leaky gut means that there are small tears in the mucosal lining, causing food particles, bacteria and toxins to escape into our bloodstream.
She explains part of the process of how leaky gut leads to autoimmune disease:
- The spleen and liver get overworked trying to purge the body of toxins
- Because detoxing isn’t happening through the bowels, it happens through the skin which causes eczema and psoriasis
- The body can’t deal with infections properly, which leads to a domino effect of our weak genetic links. Lupus, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and fibromyalgia could result, among other disorders.
How to Help Heal the Gut Lining
It’s a popular belief that simply taking probiotics will heal the lining of the gut. But as Christa points out, “You can’t plant flowers in a junkyard.” There has to be a weeding of pathogens before a reseeding of good bacteria can be effective. This relies on a supportive diet, specialized supplements to weed out improper amounts of bad bacteria, and a careful reseeding process with specialized probiotics and enzymes to reactive the gut.
Once that process takes place, Christa recommends taking several strains of probiotics in very specific amounts:
- Lactobacillus: the “marines,” taking the first assault on bad bacteria in the gut.
- Bifidobacterium: the “engineers” that build infrastructure to heal and seal the leaky gut.
- Bacillus: the “special forces unit,” able to withstand the harsh environment of stomach acid and can be your front line defense for pathogens.
Christa also recommends these specific (temporary) dietary changes for those struggling with leaky gut:
- Eliminate gluten from your diet
- Eliminate dairy from your diet
- Eliminate sugar from your diet
- Have raw food in moderation (only 20% of your diet)
- Start consuming bone broth
- Consume healing teas
Autoimmunity: Long-Term healing
After the process of purging pathogens and reseeding the gut, Christa explains how to sustain gut health and protect against autoimmune disease for long-term health. Christa says the first important step is to optimize hydrochloric acid.
Hydrochloric acid provides the fence between you and other pathogens in the outside world so it can protect you. As the saying goes, “good fences make good neighbors!.” This may require supplementation in the short term but hopefully the body will be able to produce adequate amounts in the long term.
The next aspect of long-term healing is terraforming. This is when you add in non-starch pre-biotics, which feed that newly establishing gut flora. It’s going to create a new operating system within the gut that’s consistently attracting all the different strains of bacteria from the air, the water and the food. At this stage, people will notice their food sensitivities fading away!
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Don’t Forget Bone Broth
Until May 30th, you can get 5% off organic pre-made bone broth from The Brothery, both mine and Christa’s recommended bone broth resource, simply by going to WellnessMama.com/broth and using the code WellnessMama5.
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