Kombucha. Sauerkraut. Kimchi. What do all of these foods have in common?
Besides that they are all the rage these days (even the Los Angeles Airport has Kombucha on tap! ), these foods are fermented and are effective at helping to heal symptoms associated with leaky gut.
I know what you’re thinking: That’s great, but what the heck is leaky gut and why do I keep hearing about it?
Simply put, leaky gut occurs when your intestinal lining gets damaged and food particles leak into your bloodstream.
It’s thought that many people have some sort of leaky gut.
Symptoms of leaky gut can show up as:
- Skin conditions like acne, rosacea, eczema or psoriasis
- Thyroid issues like Hashimoto’s, hypothyroidism, or Graves
- Joint pain like arthritis
- Frequent colds
- Depression or anxiety
The primary causes of leaky gut are:
- Poor diet
- Processed sugars
- Refined oils (like canola oil or vegetable oil)
- GMO Foods
There are a few steps to maintaining a healthy gut, starting with removing the aforementioned foods and replacing with nutrient-rich whole foods. In addition, adding fermented rich foods like kombucha, sauerkraut*, or kimchi is a great start. (And maybe soon, beer!)
*Make sure you look for sauerkraut and kimchi that is lacto-fermented, meaning made with salt and water (not vinegar!). You can find the sauerkraut and kimchi in the refrigerator section!