Have you ever had a feeling that something within your body just isn’t working the way it should? Perhaps you are now sensitive to certain foods that previously didn’t bother you. Maybe you keep gaining weight, even though you have been dieting and exercising. Well, it could be that your gut is the problem.
Leaky gut syndrome (also called increased intestinal permeability) is a condition that a growing number of people around America are struggling with every day. This condition can explain symptoms like bloating, digestive problems, fatigue, food sensitivity, headache, joint pain, metabolic syndrome, skin problems, thyroid issues, and weight gain. Here’s what happens when a person has leaky gut syndrome:
Food enters your stomach, beginning the digestion process. Normally, this food will go through your digestive tract and, in the end, nutrition is extracted while toxins are excreted. However, if you have leaky gut, this process is interrupted because the lining of your digestive tract has become porous.
Think of your digestive tract’s lining like a net with tiny holes in it that only allow specific things to pass through. This lining keeps larger particles inside the tract because they can harm the rest of your system. But, when you have leaky gut, this “net” is damaged. Larger holes develop and harmful particles that normally would be kept inside your digestive tract can pass into your system. Some of the things that can move through your damaged digestive tract lining into the rest of your body include gluten, bad bacteria, and undigested food particles. Other toxins can also leak through and get into your bloodstream.
All of this creates inflammation throughout your body. Leaky gut shows up most commonly as multiple food sensitivities.
The Effects of Inflammation
Inflammation is your body’s response to outside and internal threats. Anything from stress, infection, disease or toxins can cause internal or external inflammation. You have seen inflammation happen when you sprain an ankle or have an infected cut. This is perfectly natural and even beneficial as a normal part of the healing process.
The problem occurs when inflammation becomes chronic. In this case, immune cells are trying (and failing) to heal something that is broken. The longer the problem exists, the more white blood cells and nutrients your body will throw at the problem. If the problem is something your body cannot heal without your help – you will have chronic inflammation.
Inflammation can cause many of the symptoms listed above for leaky gut. If these symptoms continue, the issue can become dangerous to your heart and brain health. This is because your body is constantly pulling resources to try to heal the affected area, using up your stores of nutrients and white blood cells.
Causes of Leaky Gut
Leaky gut is commonly caused by:
- Poor diet
- Chronic stress
- Bacterial issues called dysbiosis
The above causes are usually treated through diet, probiotics, and stress reduction techniques. One of the main dietary changes that we recommend is the removal of foods containing GMOs and gluten and replacing these foods with sprouted and fermented grains. Additionally, eating probiotic-rich foods can help heal dysbiosis, which is simply an imbalance between the beneficial and harmful bacteria that resides in your gut.
Here at Change for the Health of It, we provide a non-invasive Bio Meridian Assessment which measures your organ health and determines imbalances within the body. This test can help identify issues like leaky gut – and from there we can get you onto a healing program which addresses your health needs.
Contact us today if you are experiencing the symptoms of leaky gut. We can help!