If you have leaky gut, don’t neglect this key nutrient!
0:00 What is leaky gut?
0:20 What causes leaky gut?
1:15 The vagus nerve and leaky gut
2:30 How to support the vagus nerve
3:16 Share your success story!
Let’s talk about intestinal permeability or “leaky gut.” This is a situation where there are holes in your intestine. Your food particles get into these holes and into the lymphatic system causing your immune system to react. This can lead to allergies, inflammation, and scar tissue. Certain foods and medications can destroy the gut lining causing leaky gut.
The vagus nerve is like a huge communication network between the gut and the brain. The vagus nerve helps to maintain the intestinal barrier to prevent pathogens and other things from crossing over into the body.
The vagus nerve is a part of a division of the autonomic nervous system called the parasympathetic nervous system, which has to do with “rest and digest.”
There is a key nutrient that supports the vagus nerve called thiamine. Thiamine comes from grains, but you don’t want to get thiamine from grains because grains contain gluten, which can harm your gut. Consuming grains also creates a deficiency of thiamine (vitamin B1).
A few great sources of vitamin B1 (thiamine) are nutritional yeast and sunflower seeds.