Leaky Gut Syndrome causes and treatments
Leaky Gut Syndrome
This is a term that is becoming more prevalent daily in our society. It is still a mystery to western medicine and most physicians don’t recognize that it is even a thing. It is something that, I believe, needs to be addressed on a deeper level during medical care. There is accumulating research that is proving that this Syndrome is connected to many autoimmune disorders and a whole host of medical problems. Leaky Gut Syndrome, if addressed and treated early, can potentially prevent medical problems from even occurring in the first place. I feel strongly that if addressed properly and at the first sign of symptoms we may not have as many health issues that we have. Our guts are where our immunity lies and keeping it sealed and healthy is vital to our successful fight of disease.
I have referenced leaky gut in several of my other posts and wanted to take the time to make sure that the basics of it are fully understood. Education and understanding about these kind of health problems are the first line of defense that we have in fighting against them. It is key to know what is happening in our bodies!
What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Leaky Gut Syndrome is essentially the Gut wall becoming thin, or passable. It can also be called intestinal permeability. This means that the Gut wall allows substances, which could be anything from toxins to actual food particles, to pass through it and into the blood stream. This can cause adverse reactions to the person with the syndrome and in turn can lead to many health problems or diseases down the road. If you read my full story (found here) you can see my progression and my initial symptoms of what I believe was leaky Gut. This is a perfect picture of what this is and how I could have prevented it. All I want to accomplish here is to maybe help someone who is headed down the same road as me to avoid all I am currently going through. Therefore, this is one of the most important posts that I will write.
What Causes Leaky Gut?
Leaky Gut can be caused by environmental factors as well as physical issues. Toxins that we ingest can cause intestinal wall breakdown. Medications that we take, such as antibiotics, can cause intestinal wall permeability. Gluten has been sited as a molecule that can cause intestinal permeability as well. We also could be predisposed to having a weaker bowel lining or a chronic bowel condition or maybe having a gastrointestinal bug as some point in our lives can weaken our gut lining. All of these factors plus the fact that our food has become so over processed and hard to digest put strain on our guts causing them to breakdown and allow substances to pass through. Stress is also a big factor that can affect the permeability of our intestines.
What are the symptoms of Leaky Gut?
There many symptoms of leaky Gut. The whole body’s immune system begins in the Gut. We are built around it. It is even linked to our brains and can effect our moods and everything we do. Keeping our guts healthy is so important and something that I am passionate about teaching other to do! I only wish that I had this information before I got sick.
Anyway, some symptoms are
- Digestive problems! including gas or bloating
- Anxiety or concentration issues
- Food allergies
- Thyroid problems
- Frequent illness
And many more! Symptoms of leaky gut syndrome can often times be passed off as related to something else, and they very well may be. But it doesn’t hurt to consider that these symptoms could be affected by our guts and taking some steps to help our intestines will go a long way to helping us overcome these symptoms.
How do I treat Leaky Gut?
Leaky Gut Syndrome can be tricky and difficult to treat. However, the process is totally worth it. Having a healthy gut can change your life for the better.
Treating leaky gut syndrome by first removing the offensive factors is essential. Taking out the things that are causing the breakdown is the first and most important step. Then you must find ways to heal the damaged gut lining and support the healthy functioning of your gut with supplements and probiotics and eating whole foods. This sounds daunting but is totally doable. Taking it a step at a time makes it easier and keeping focused on the reason why you are doing this is essential to keep motivated.
There is a wealth of information out there on the World Wide Web about leaky Gut Syndrome! So, do some deeper digging and learn about how to prevent or treat this growing problem.
“There will be a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something that defies logic, upsets your plan or may seem crazy to others, when that happens. You do it. Listen to your instincts and ignore everything else. Ignore logic. Ignore the odds. Ignore the complications and just go for it.”
– Judith McNaught