Using sea moss (referred to by some as Irish Sea moss) for fixing leaky gut is bringing positive results to sufferers of leaky gut syndrome. Irish Moss has helped to heal irritation through improving the capacity of the gut to heal. This is aided by the presence of the lysozymes and immunoglobulins.
Consisting of typically of as much as 15% mineral dense matter and 10% protein, tropical seaweeds like sea moss, which is more accurately known as Eucheuma Cottonii (or Kappaphycus Alvarezii), are also rich in naturally occurring organic sulfur, which helps reduce inflammation, and iodine .
When prepared correctly, sea moss can be turned into a smooth viscous liquid that can easily set into a gel. This is due to the abundance of polysaccharides that are found in the structure of the cell walls of the seaweed. It’s full of amazing minerals and even has an impressive volume of collagen, and that’s great for your gut and organ functions.
Some tips on preparation of Sea Moss
Some people will suggest that you need to boil your sea moss to get the gel effect to take place, but this is not the case. Keep in mind that (I firmly believe) if you cook it, you kill the energy.
With thorough washing to get rid of surface sand, salt, and any other debris (like small parts of shells or other seaweed) you will be able to address much of the sea like smell and taste which is common with this product when it is fresh out of the packet.
Soaking your sea moss for between 24 and 48 hours, depending upon the species and how dehydrated it is, will give you the best results. This will help ensure that the energetic properties of the seaweed are maintained.
However, studies have indicated that minerals present can remain intact and are not dramatically depleted or changed through the heating process. So this is really up to you, if you don’t believe that there is any value from the energetic properties of the sea moss, cook away.
But, consider this; if healing is an energetic process, then isn’t there more value to be gained from keeping as much of that energy in the thing you are looking to get the healing from? Just energetic food for thought…
When you blend the soaked Irish Moss with some of the water that it was soaking in it will become a smooth paste. I’ll share a little tip with you; be careful not to add too much of the water.
Adding too much water will cause your sea moss gel to become very runny compared to if you add the water in smaller amounts. Keep adding the water until you get this to the texture that you desire. This way you have a better chance at ending up with a gel and not a sauce.
Helpful bonus Sea Moss tips
Keep any excess water left over from the soaking process in a bottle in the fridge. This is great to use in cooking where you need to add more fluid. I’ve found that this will be fine for about a week in the fridge. After that, it can become a little smelly but the taste doesn’t change. Not that it lasts that long in our house – it’s normally gone within a day or two.
As you can tell, I prefer to never ‘cook’ my sea moss, and will use this water in smoothies or juices. Once you have prepared your sea moss gel, keep in in the fridge in a resealable jar. This will have a shelf life of around two weeks. After that time it can take on a slightly different smell, which some people may describe as a bit ‘beachy’ or ‘sea like’.
When preparing your Irish Moss, only use about 10 to 15 dried grams in each batch. This will expand to fill a 500ml jar quite easily. It’s better to make your Irish Moss gel more frequently than in one big batch. After all, fresh is best.
How does Sea Moss help fix leaky gut?
Healing or fixing leaky gut naturally is possible, but you need to line a few things up first. So, let’s take a look at some of the foundations that you might not have been shown before. First up, what is it that sea moss brings to the table?
Being a rich source of minerals and full of helpful prebiotics, sea moss is a great cornerstone to a healthy diet. In fact, some people choose to undertake sea moss fasts where all they consume for a period of time is water and sea moss. This is understood to help take digestive pressure off the gut, while delivering the needed elements through the sea moss for healing.
Before embarking on a fast of any kind it is worth discussing your circumstances with your trusted Doctor or Dietitian.
Sea moss supports specific healthy bodily functions, which in turn helps to improve gut health. Being Polyphenol-rich and playing a key part in promoting healthy cellular division and growth while limiting abnormal cellular growth and division, sea moss also supports wound healing.
So this is great for understanding how sea moss can help with the healing process. But what about after that when it comes to supporting a healthy gut environment? This is where we will touch upon the prebiotic side of things a little more. After all, a healthy gut environment is one that has a healthy bacteria balance.
Why is bacteria necessary to have good gut health?
For the best part of thirty-five years I can speak on having an awareness of the part that good bacteria have to play in promoting good gut health. Right back to when I first found out about probiotics like lactobacillus acidophilus, good gut health was something that had been around for quite some time before I became conscious of it. But it’s not just about probiotics.
There is a need to provide the good gut bacteria in your system with food so they can thrive. This is found in the prebiotics that sea moss can offer. Being high fibre and non-digestible, this source of food for your good gut bacteria prevents them from looking for alternative food sources, which typically ends up being the mucus lining found in your gut.
So feeding these little critters what they need to stop them from going rogue is pretty important. It’s a bit like forgetting to feed your cats to find out that when you get home they have torn apart the kitchen. A source of prebiotics for your good gut bacteria can greatly reduce the risk of Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS) and leaky gut.
“If someone wishes for good health, one must first ask oneself if he is ready to do away with the reasons for his illness. Only then is it possible to help him.” ~ Hippocrates
A case of poor gut health is often a reflection of an imbalance in the diversity of good gut bacteria. This is normally identified by the individual as a problem with dairy, wheat or something else in their diet. Typically showing up as a lactose or gluten intolerance. Making sea moss a part of your diet could help to increase the diversity of bacteria that aid effective digestion.
But what do these ‘good’ gut bacteria do? If they are likely to turn on you and eat the lining of your gut, are they really ‘good’ after all? They play a key part in helping with the digestion process. Not everything you eat will be digestible as it stands. It will need these good gut bacteria to step in and help handle the load.
What these bacteria tend to do is produce acids (lactic acid) which help with the assimilation and absorption of various minerals in the gut. Without them, the uptake of things like iron, copper, calcium, magnesium and zinc is a lot lower than what is needed to maintain good functioning bodily health.
Improving your gut health with Sea Moss
The more we research seaweed as a food source, the clearer it becomes that of the 35,000+ species on the planet, we are looking at a very real substitute for terrestrial food sources in the future. Being naturally high in fibre, seaweed, pound for pound, is a better source of fibre than any other fruits or vegetables.
The complex sugar structures in seaweed are known as sulphated polysaccharides. These polysaccharides are key to supporting the growth of good gut bacteria also. But that’s not all that sulphated polysaccharides do, they are also very effective at increasing the creation of short chain fatty acids. SCFAs as they are known, help maintain the health of your digestive system through being a source of nourishment to the cells found in the lining of the gut.
So, fixing leaky gut suddenly doesn’t seem like such a challenge. All it could take is the introduction of sea moss and a balanced approach to other aspects of a healthy life. Highly processed foods tend not to support a healthy gut, and when the little critters inside you aren’t fed, they feed on you. So give them the food they need to do the best job they can in your gut, for you.