I had never heard of leaky gut before our youngest son exposed to deadly Stachybotris mold at the age of 4. We didn’t know what happened to our son and had to find a way to help him. He was losing weight from being unable to absorb foods properly and wailing with stomach pain. He developed a severe case of eczema, and his jammies stuck to his legs in the morning from the seeping at night. And worst of all, he started having behavioral problems from what the allergies did to him on a chemical/cellular level.
We needed intervention and visited a well-known complimentary medical doctor I trusted. I had some ideas and asked her to run stool tests. The results showed no ‘good’ bacterial flora such as lactobacillus acidophilus…none. He did have a terrible overgrowth of ‘bad’ bugs; Klebsiella, a powerful, damaging gram-negative bacteria; and overgrowth of candida albicans. She explained that his immune system had taken a terrible hit with the mold and the bacteria was able to grow unchecked, damaging the gut whole lining from the stomach through the small intestines. It was wreaking havoc on his ability to absorb foods and grow.
That was the first time I heard the words ‘leaky gut’.
What is a Leaky Gut?
The gut (mostly small intestine) is naturally permeable to very small molecules in order to absorb vital nutrients. And actually, regulating intestinal permeability is one of the basic functions of the cells that line the intestinal wall. Infections, toxins, molds, stress and age can cause tight junctions in the intestinal lining to break apart.
Once these tight junctions get broken apart, you have a leaky gut. When your gut is leaky, things like toxins, microbes, undigested food particles, and more can escape from your intestines and travel into your bloodstream. Your immune system marks these “foreign invaders” as pathogens and attacks them. It is an autoimmune response to protect the body.
The healthy food I fed our son began to be his enemy.
With diagnosed allergies to 64 foods, the doctor said we should stop testing. There wasn’t much more we could test for. He’d have to eat everything on a 4-day rotation in order to eat anything at all. We ended going to an 8-day rotation when he failed to thrive…and that lasted for three years! I earnestly prayed and researched day and night to find things that would help him.
For 6 years he did not grow significantly. No growth spurts.
Real Food Medicine: Coconut Oil to the Rescue
It took us several years to realize one of the most helpful things we could use was virgin coconut oil. It was not expensive compared to the other things we did, and it had no side-effects. Coconut oil soothes and helps heal stomach and intestinal lining including irritable bowel syndrome. The saturated fats present in coconut oil have anti-microbial properties and help in dealing with various bacteria, fungi (including Candida), and parasites. Coconut oil also helps with absorption of nutrients in the gut.
I feel it was a BIG key to his healing and eventual turnaround.
Coconut oil is a superfood no one should be without. The healthy saturated fats are an integral part to healing your gut. Lauric, capric and caprylic acids in coconut oil have antimicrobial, antifungal and antiviral properties. This is a real food medicine way to gently clean your GI system. Coconut oil should be organic, extra virgin and cold pressed.
We also used cod liver oil, mega-Omega-3 fish oil, and real organic butter or butter oil to help heal the gut. We rotated them like his food. Cod liver oil and a good quality fish oil are anti-inflammatory, helping to “cool” the “heat” of inflammatory situations like candida and leaky gut.
Coconut Oil Also For Diabetics and Pre-Diabetics
Health Impact News Daily (cutting edge medical news you will not hear in the mainstream press) article states:
- Virgin Coconut oil has a measurable effect on blood sugar levels.
- Information is finally making its way into the mainstream media that type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle and diet issue and can be reversed without drugs.
- Coconut oil’s ability to control hunger and cravings is well documented.
How Do You Get It Into Your Diet?
It is the base of our own amazing chocolate mixture sweetened with our own raw honey (and a bit of sea salt) to satisfy our sweet tooth healthfully.
We use it to sauté zucchini and peppers and to caramelize onions and ‘pan-fry’ potatoes and steaks.
We add Coconut Cream Concentrate to fruit and greens smoothies.
Often, we take it straight from the spoon, though that takes a bit of getting used to.
After it helped restore our sons G.I. tract and his immune system, we all started taking/eating it. It is wonderful for 60-year-old facial skin, too.
I do want to take a moment to give glory to God with a thankful heart! He answered my prayers for wisdom and understanding in this and in so many things, physical and spiritual. He has always been faithful even when I experienced defeat and doubt!
Today, our son is in his twenties and runs our organic farm. Once his gut healed, he filled out again and grew another robust 2+ (I’ve lost track) feet to be taller than his dad and me! Thankfully the gut pain, eczema and behavioral issues only lasted several years. We look back on that time as a blessing of learning and testing. We came out stronger for it.
“And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.” ~Psalm 9: 10
Coconut oil is a true treasure of God’s handiwork. We can see results in the health of out family when we use unrefined and unprocessed foods as God intended from reputable sources. I usually get my virgin coconut oil from Tropical Traditions, but you can also find good quality elsewhere like this one.
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