The wall of the small intestine is semi-permeable, which means that certain substances, like nutrients and molecules, can pass through to the bloodstream. Proteins like gluten, toxins and large undigested food particles remain inside the intestine to continue the digestive process. But when the intestinal wall is abnormally permeable, Leaky Gut Syndrome occurs.
This means the pores are large enough to allow undigested food particles and toxins into the bloodstream. Since these items are not supposed to be in the bloodstream, they can cause the immune system to go into attack mode—attacking food particles and healthy cells alike. This can introduce food allergies and more serious autoimmune disorders.
What are the long-term effects of leaky gut?
If left untreated, Leaky Gut Syndrome can lead to malabsorption of vital minerals and nutrients including zinc, iron and vitamin B12. Many severe health issues are associated with Leaky Gut Syndrome, including inflammatory bowel disease, anxiety, migraine headaches, muscle pain and chronic fatigue syndrome. According to the Journal of Diabetes, there is also strong evidence that leaky gut syndrome is a major cause of Type 1 Diabetes.
What symptoms are associated with Leaky Gut Syndrome?
- Weight gain
- Joint pain
- Skin rashes and acne
- Thyroid conditions
- Food allergies
- Digestive problems
What are the causes?
Leaky Gut Syndrome has been linked to several medical conditions, including Crohn’s and celiac diseases. Physicians say that poor eating habits can play a major role in Leaky Gut Syndrome. Other causes can include:
- Chronic stress
- Chronic constipation
- Poor water quality
- Gut flora imbalance (good bacteria versus bad)
- Poor or high-sugar diet
- Toxin overload
- GMO foods
- Insecticides, pesticides and antibiotics
- Chronic inflammation
- Lectin-rich foods like wheat, rice, spelt and soy
- Conventional meat and dairy products
Are there any natural cures?
There are a variety of ways to improve Leaky Gut Syndrome the natural way. Removing the foods and factors that damage the gut, and making healthy choices every day will make you feel better about yourself, and could result in higher energy levels overall. To help alleviate the symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome, consider these healthful tips:
- Reduce stress levels naturally by drinking green tea and exercising regularly
- Stay hydrated and reduce constipation by drinking water throughout the day
- Correct gut flora imbalances with probiotics
- Eat a balanced, low-sugar diet to limit toxins
- Incorporate healing foods, like bone broth, and fermented foods like non pasteurized sauerkraut, kombucha and kimchi
- Choose organic, non-GMO foods whenever possible
- Take steps to reduce inflammation
- Consider restorative supplements like digestive enzymes and licorice root
Restoring your system and improving your wellbeing can be that simple.