What is Leaky Gut Syndrome and Do You have it?

September 14, 2017

 

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

With so many different health issues to cypher through, you might be wondering what is leaky gut syndrome and how do you know if you have it. To put it simply, leaky gut syndrome is "hyperpermeable intestines" which means that the lining of your intestine is porous and allows substances to leak through. This causes harm because of the toxic substances entering your body that are normally protected by the intestinal lining, such as: yeast, toxins, bacteria, and waste. 

 

What Causes Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Generally, leaky gut syndrome is caused by your diet. Eating foods with high amounts of refined sugar, refined flour, processed foods, and preservatives are all causes of leaky gut. In addition, stress and medication may also lead to leaky gut. 

 

How does Leaky Gut Syndrome Affect You?

When your intestinal lining allows toxins to flow into the blood stream, it causes many other health issues. This can affect you by causing food sensitivity, headaches, bloating, cramps, fatigue, rashes, joint pain, and more. Common symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) are often confused with leaky gut, but in reality, many people have both syndromes simultaneously. 

 

How to know if you have Leaky Gut Syndrome

You should always pay attention to your body and take note of how you feel. If you find that you have become sensitive to foods you once ate normally or find that you're often not feeling well, you should consider leaky gut and take a look at the list of symptoms below to compare with your symptoms. 

 

What are some Leaky Gut Symptoms?

If you start to notice or feel the symptoms below, you might have leaky gut syndrome, especially if the symptoms are new. 

- asthma

- food sensitivities

- autoimmune disease

- hormone imbalances (low thyroid)

- mood disorders (depression)

- irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

- irritable bowel disease (IBD)

- chronic diarrhea 

- excessive fatigue

 - memory loss

 

How do I treat Leaky Gut Syndrome?

By adjusting your diet, you can treat leaky gut and reduce the symptoms greatly. You should restrict certain foods from your diet including gluten, sugars, grains, starches, GMO foods, dairy, and and processed foods. In addition, reducing chronic stress can help heal leaky gut. Consuming certain foods can help as well. Foods such as: bone broth, vegetables, raw dairy, and healthy fats are good foods to eat. You can naturally supplement your body with Vitamin D and Zinc while also taking L-glutamine, an amino acid that synthesizes in your muscles. 

 

If you have any more questions or are still wondering what is leaky gut, feel free to reach out to me here or give me a call at (310) 795-2236. 

 

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