“Leaky gut” has become one of the latest buzz words in the health community. The official term for “leaky gut” is intestinal permeability. Thanks to recent studies from notable sources, such as WebMD and John Hopkins, more awareness has been raised as to the validity of this concept and its effects upon our lives.
I encouraged my fifth-grade son to write a research paper on “leaky gut.” We have suspected for a little while that he has this issue. I thought, rather than trying to tell him why he needs to adjust his dietary habits and creating frustration, that I should educate him as to what is happening in his body, why, and then to find the solutions.
During our research, the thought that was impressed upon my heart was that we live in a toxic world. We feed toxic foods into our bodies. We externally apply toxic chemicals to our bodies. We are surrounded by toxic chemicals in our environments. Living in this world makes it impossible to fully avoid the toxicity.
Our bodies though are amazing organisms that are able to handle a lot of the junk — particularly if good foods and nutrients are being fed back into the body and if regular detoxing is occurring.
Research has led me to conclude that detoxing is necessary to the body’s ability to heal and defend itself against the harmful effects of toxicity.
I couldn’t help but think how this applies to our lives spiritually as well. We live in a world that is toxic. Deception, imitation, hatred, pride, bitterness, greed, and every evil thing we can imagine does occur in this world. We may try to avoid the toxicity as much as possible, but it is impossible to fully avoid exposure when we live in this world.
Just as physical toxicity strains our bodies’ ability to deal with the overload; so, our souls become “burdened” and depleted.
One great mineral that helps our bodies detox is magnesium. The problem is that our bodies are not only on toxic overload and exposure, but our bodies are often correspondingly deficient of magnesium which helps to detox.
In the spiritual/soul realm of our bodies, we have a similar problem. Not only are we often being “fed” a “spiritual” diet of toxicity in this world, but we are correspondingly often deficient in the truth and in the “fruits of the Spirit” (love, joy, peace, kindness, etc…).
Another great “tool” to help our bodies with toxic overload is to restore a healthy balance of good bacteria/enzymes to our digestive systems. Probiotics is the “tool” that restores a healthy balance between good and bad bacteria in our bodies. They help our bodies fight off the bad bacteria in our guts and enable our bodies to heal.
As I study probiotics, I am finding that there are lot of advertised products that are not what they claim to be. They have inferior enzymes or are only 20% productive by the time they reach the digestive tract. They are missing important ingredients that help to penetrate the tough exoskelotons of the Chitin, surrounding the Candida (bad yeast in the gut).
Spiritually, it works the same way. There are plenty of “products” that are “advertised” to help us avoid “toxicity” and to find peace and happiness. The problem is that a lot of these “advertisements” are false. They don’t have the ability to penetrate through the tough exteriors of hate, greed, bitterness, pride, fear, lust. They may produce the Placebo affect of happiness for a time, but they are inefficient to deal with the “root issues.”
Temporary relief can feel good, and we are a culture that loves a quick fix. We pop more pills to cover the symptoms. We pay massive amounts of money to distract us. The problem is the underlying “root issues” are still there and left unattended, create greater havoc.
Autoimmune diseases, depression, thyroid disease, IBS, Crohn’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, allergies, asthma, skin issues… All of these are indicators that our bodies are on toxic overload.
What do we in do in response? We often look for the quick relief of the symptoms — rather than finding the underlying causes.
It takes fortitude to commit to finding the solution rather than covering the problem or distracting ourselves from it. It takes a willingness to sometimes feel even greater discomfort while we allow our bodies to heal.
Sometimes, things get “worse” before they get better.
When your body is detoxing physically, the symptoms will often exacerbate. This can be discouraging. If you know though what is happening, it helps to deal with the temporary discomforts. It helps you to commit to the cause of finding healing.
Spiritually, when we are confronted with “ugliness” in our own souls, it can be very uncomfortable. No one likes to realize that it is NOT truth, grace, love, true freedom, and forgiveness that is influencing their thoughts and actions. No one wants to acknowledge that the framework of their very belief system, thought processes, or lifestyle is built upon reactions, deceptions, hurts, bitterness, pride, and fear.
How do we detox from all of the spiritual toxicity?
So often, we think if we can eliminate the bad, we can heal.
In our physical bodies, we cannot kill the Candida and other toxins on our own until we restore the balance by reintroducing good enzymes and minerals, such as magnesium, back into our bodies.
In the spiritual realm, it is similar. Only the truth, true love, forgiveness, grace, and true peace can replace and rid our souls of toxicity.
I believe that these qualities are only found in a perfect, loving, forgiving, and truthful God — not the false representations of Him. There are many inferior imitations of Him, but they are false!
Today, let’s not just work on avoiding and eliminating the “toxic,” but let’s replace the toxic with the authentic and potent. It’s time we see some healing in our physical and spiritual lives!
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
1 John 4:10
10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation [forgiveness] for our sins.
1 John 4:21
21 And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.