Ten Signs You May Have Leaky Gut
First of all, what is “leaky gut”? Leaky gut, also known as intestinal permeability, begins in the small intestine. The majority of the vitamins and minerals in the foods you eat are absorbed there. The outer layers of intestinal cells are connected by structures called tight junctions. At the tips of these cells are the microvilli, which absorb properly digested nutrients and transport them into the bloodstream.The nutrients are then moved and deposited all around the body by the blood. The wall of the intestine is considered to be semipermeable, which means only certain things are allowed to enter the bloodstream and other things are blocked from entering the bloodstream. In other words your intestinal wall acts like a net to keep things in.. As an example, certain small molecules and nutrients are allowed to pass through but toxins and large undigested food particles are blocked. During digestion, the tight junctions stay closed forcing all molecules to effectively be screened and only pass into the blood stream through the mucosa cells. When you have a leaky gut these tight junctions become “open” or permeable allowing un-screened molecules to go directly into the bloodstream, much like a fishnet with holes. With Leaky Gut, the damaged microvilli along the intestinal lining cannot manufacture the digestive enzymes they need to break down the food for proper digestion. This allows food molecules to get into the bloodstream that have not been completely broken down into the nutrients your body needs.
Your body sees these unwanted particles that are leaking through as foreign invaders. Your body’s first reaction is to attack. Your body’s immune system will begin to produce antibody soldiers designed to fight against these foreign objects such as the casein protein from the milk you’re drinking, or proteins in nuts, grains, or eggs). Sugar and toxic chemicals now found in our food will trigger immune responses. Our immune system tries to build up antibodies to protect itself. The problem is in doing so, it attacks your healthy cells, too. This is how food allergies and autoimmune disorders start.
The three main causes of leaky gut are foods, infections, and toxins. Gluten is the number one cause of leaky gut. Inflammatory foods like dairy or toxic foods, such sugar, processed food and excessive alcohol can cause leaky gut as well. The most common infectious causes are candida overgrowth, intestinal parasites, and small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). Toxins come in the form of medications, like Aspirin or Acetaminophen, Motrin, Advil, steroids, antibiotics, and acid-reducing drugs, and environmental toxins like mercury, pesticides and BPA from plastics.
Ten Signs You May Have Leaky Gut
Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, crohn’s or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Seasonal allergies or asthma
.Food allergies or food intolerances.
Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s, lupus, psoriasis, or celiac disease.
Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia.
Diagnosis of candida overgrowth.
Hormonal imbalances such as PMS or PCOS.
Mood and brain disorders such as depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD, autism and alzheimer’s..
Skin issues such as acne, rosacea, or eczema.
How you can fix leaky gut:
Remove the things that damage the environment of the GI tract, such as inflammatory and toxic foods (sugars, starches, grains), and intestinal infections.
Replace these with healing foods (Bone Broth, Raw Cultured Dairy like kefir, yogurt and raw cheese , Fermented Vegetables like sauerkraut and kimchi, Coconut Products like coconut oil and coconut kefir, Sprouted seeds such as chia seeds, flaxseeds, and hemp seeds) and digestive enzymes.
Restore beneficial bacteria with probiotics ( especially Lactobacillus Acidophilus) to reestablish a healthy balance of good bacteria.
Repair your gut with nutritional supplements such as a good multi-vitamin, large amounts of vitamin D, and Zinc, L-glutamine, Licorice Root, Quercetin and fish oil.
Change your diet, get moving and add the right supplements to your diet and you will be on your way to healing your leaky gut for good. You will definitely notice an improvement in how you feel! you would like to read more about gluten go here.