Leaky Gut: The Common Condition That Can Be Felt Throughout The Body
In the famous words of Hippocrates: “All disease begins in the gut.”
The condition known as “leaky gut syndrome” has been getting a lot of attention in recent years, as more and more people are dealing with this condition and it is now being linked to a wide range of health concerns and chronic diseases. It is also becoming more widely accepted within the medical profession that this condition exists!
So what is leaky gut and why do we need to know about it?
Leaky gut is when the tight junctions in our intestines, which normally are very selective with what is able to pass through the intestinal walls into the bloodstream, become weakened and begin allowing other things through. Things like toxins, undigested food particles, and microbes can enter into the blood stream and then cause inflammation throughout the body. This inflammation can lead to a wide variety of conditions and chronic diseases, including autoimmune disease, IBS, skin conditions, and mood problems.
Because poor diet, chronic stress, and environmental toxins are so common, the prevalence of leaky gut is growing and the conditions it can cause continue to rise.
Here are some common signs that you may be dealing with leaky gut:
You have multiple food sensitivities. When undigested food particles enter into the blood stream, this can often cause sensitivities to certain foods, most commonly dairy and gluten. If you are finding that more and more foods don’t agree with you or you have a variety of unexplained symptoms like headaches, mood problems, joint pain, asthma, acne, brain fog, or fatigue, leaky gut may be at the root of your problems.
You’ve been diagnosed with IBS, Crohn’s disease, or another digestive condition. Leaky gut is very common in those with other digestive disorders. Restoring balance to the digestive tract requires a holistic approach.
You have an autoimmune condition. The inflammation caused by leaky gut can upset the body’s immune response and lead to autoimmune diseases, which can affect almost any part of the body.
You have acne, psoriasis or other inflammatory skin conditions. Skin conditions are very commonly linked to digestive disorders, and notably leaky gut. Working on gut health is one of the best ways to improve the health and appearance of the skin.
What you can do to restore balance and strengthen your gut:
One of the most important parts of improving gut health is to eliminate food triggers that can be contributing to inflammation. The most common triggers include dairy and gluten, and many people experience a large improvement just by eliminating these two foods.
It is also crucial to supply your body with the healing foods and supplements that it needs. Bone broth and fermented foods are two of the most popular gut-healing foods. Supplemental L-Glutamine, probiotics, and digestive enzymes are also highly recommended.
Improving you gut health is one of the best things you can do for your overall health – and with the rise of autoimmune disease and the unavoidable stressors and toxins of life, taking care of our gut is more important than ever!
By: Ali MacBoudreau
Ali is a Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant. Her mission is to help you discover just how vibrant and amazing you can feel, by giving you the tools you need to make lasting changes. (Hint, it involves delicious food!) To learn more about Ali and holistic nutrition please visit her website https://www.holisticali.com/about