“Leaky Gut” you’ve heard of it but what is it?
It’s when the lining of your gut is damaged and allows certain allergens and toxins to get into your body which can cause joint aggravation, skin disorders, bowel issues, and even “brain fog”.
Watch E dive into leaky gut syndrome!
Leaky Gut Syndrome: What It Is and How to Heal the Gut
We all know that feeling. You’ve had a few too many drinks and the next day you’re hit with a pounding headache, nausea, and an overall sense of feeling like crap. Well, imagine if that feeling persisted long-term and you couldn’t seem to shake it no matter what you did. Unfortunately, for many people, this is a reality due to a condition known as leaky gut. Don’t know what leaky gut is? Read on to learn what it is, what causes it, and how to heal it.
What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Okay, you probably have heard about the leaky gut syndrome. But what exactly is it? First, we need to understand our gut has a barrier, which has a super important job. It’s so important that it uses 40% of our body’s energy.
The Gut Barrier – Our First Line of Defense
When we eat our food, our intestinal wall has these TIGHT JUNCTIONS that create a wall between your food and your bloodstream. It’s a gate that only allows certain things to go through. It has small gaps that allow water and nutrients to go through, but the gaps are not big enough to let certain proteins, bacteria, and pathogens go through.
Think of it like a water filter that you hook up with your faucet. The filters separate the bad stuff from getting into your water while retaining the natural nutrients.
The body can loosen the barriers when needed. But if they are loose for too long or too wide. Things leak through and that’s why it’s called a leaky gut syndrome.
What Happens When You Have a Leaky Gut
Over time, this leak of “bad stuff’ will cause a host of diseases. Some of them are going to cause discomfort while some can lead to chronic illnesses.
Your Belly Becomes More Sensitive
If you are eating foods that your body is not used to, such as gluten or dairy, you may experience cramping, gas, and diarrhea. These symptoms indicate that your gut lining is becoming more permeable and that toxins are seeping into your bloodstream. When this happens, your immune system becomes activated, leading to inflammation throughout the body.
Okay, so you might say, “I’m still going to eat all the things. I’m just going to take TUMS.”
The bad news: Those cramping and occasional diarrhea are just warning bells.
Leaky Gut Causes Inflammation
When your intestines become inflamed, they can’t do their job properly and start to leak toxins into your bloodstream. This can cause all sorts of problems throughout your body, from autoimmune diseases to skin conditions.
- Worsening seasonal allergies and asthma
- Autoimmune diseases like Rheumatoid arthritis
- Hormonal imbalances like PCOS
- Chronic fatigue and myalgia
- Skin issues, including eczema, acne rosacea, psoriasis
Leaky Gut Also Affects Your Mental Health
New research has shown that leaky gut signs are linked to mood imbalances such as depression and anxiety. This is because your body’s inflammation response in reaction to the leakage causes a variety of neurocognitive disorders, including high levels of stress hormones like cortisol or adrenaline which can lead to even more cognitive decline over time if not treated properly!
Okay, so you might start getting scared that those bloating and belching are more serious than you originally thought.
Disruptions in the Gut Barrier
So, now you might be wondering: What causes leaky gut syndrome? The short answer is that many things can cause or contribute to the development of the leaky gut syndrome. But, some of the most common causes are food sensitivities, intestinal infections, and toxins.
This includes but is not limited to:
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Viruses like stomach flu or food poisoning
- Prolonged exposure to stress
- Toxin Overload (pesticides, mold)
- Toxins from Poor Diet (high sugar intake, alcohol)
- Inflammatory Foods (dairy products, gluten)