Leaking Gut
 
   

Leaking Gut

 

 
 
What is Leaky Gut and How Does It effect you?
 

The gut is naturally permeable to very small molecules in order to absorb these vital nutrients. In fact, regulating intestinal permeability is one of the basic functions of the cells that line the intestinal wall. In sensitive people, gluten can cause the gut cells to release zonulin, a protein that can break apart tight junctions in the intestinal lining. Other factors like infections, toxins, stress and age, can also cause these tight junctions 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 throughout your body via your bloodstream. Your immune system marks these "foreign invaders" as pathogens and attacks them. This can cause auto immune diseases, such as hives, eczema, mental fog, fatigue, joint pain, swelling, or arthritis.

 
 
 
What causes leaky gut?
 

The main cause are foods, infections, and toxins. Gluten is the number one cause of leaky gut. Other inflammatory foods like dairy or toxic foods, such sugar and excessive alcohol. The most common infectious causes are candida overgrowth, intestinal parasites, and small intestine bacterial overgrowth.

 

Toxins also come in the form of medications like: Motrin, Advil, steroids, antibiotics, acid-reducing drugs and environmental toxins like mercury, pesticides and BPA from plastics.

 
 
 
Health problems that can indicate a leaky gut:
 
Digestive problems such as gas, bloating, diarrea or irritable bowel syndrome.
Seasonal allergies or asthma.
Hormonal imbalances such as PMS or PCOS.
Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, lupus, psoriasis or celiac disease.
  Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia.
 
Mood and mind issues such as depression, anxiety, ADD or ADHD.
Skin issues such as acne, rosacea, or eczema.
Diagnosis of candida overgrowth.
Food allergies or food intolerances.
 
 
 
How do you heal a leaky gut?
 

First of all remove the bad. The goal is to get rid of things that negatively affect the environment of the GI tract, such as inflammatory and toxic foods, and intestinal infections. Get rid of processed foods, recreational drugs, cigarettes and coffee.

 

Then replace it with the good. Add back the essential ingredients for proper digestion and absorption, such as digestive enzymes, hydrochloric acid and bile acids.

 
 
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