The gut is the gateway to health. If your gut is healthy, chances are that you’re in good health. However, there’s a condition called leaky gut that can lead to a host of health problems.
What is leaky gut?
Naturally, the gut is permeable to very small molecules, in order to absorb these essential nutrients. The main function of the cells that line the intestinal wall is to regulate intestinal permeability. In people’s bodies who are sensitive, the gluten can make the gut cells to release a protein called zonulin, which can break out the intestinal junctions. These junctions can be also broken by stress, toxins, or some infections. When the junctions broke, you have a leaky gut.
While you have leaky gut, all these toxins can escape from your intestines and travel around your body via your bloodstream. The immune system marks these toxins as pathogens and is attacking them. The immune response to these invaders can appear in the form of any of the nine signs you have a leaky gut, which are listed below.
What causes leaky gut?
Leaky gut can be caused by toxins, infections, or some type of foods. The main reason is Gluten. Other reasons are toxic foods, alcohol, and sugar. Infections that cause leaky gut are candida overgrowth, intestinal parasites, and some bacteria. Toxins come in a form of medications such as antibiotics, NSAID’s, steroids, antacids etc. They can also present in the form of environmental toxins like plastic, pesticides, mercury, and some other. The last reasons are stress and aging.
If you suffer from some of the following conditions, you might have a leaky gut.
9 signs you have a leaky gut
-Allergies or asthma
-Hormonal imbalances such as PMS or PCOS
-Food allergies and intolerances
-Problems on skin (rosacea, eczema, acne)
-Depression and anxiety
-Diarrhea and bloating
-Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, psoriasis, and celiac disease
Treating and healing a leaky gut
Here is a 4-steps program, which will help you heal your leaky gut:
Remove the unhealthy foods from your life. Also, remove foods which are inflammatory and contain many toxins that have a negative impact on your life.
In your diet, add the healthy and essential ingredients for good digestion, and replace the food which is ruining the digestion. Some of these ingredients are bile acids, hydrochloric acids, and enzymes.
You should reestablish a healthy balance of good bacteria.
You should provide the necessary ingredients, which will help in healing the gut, and also for healthy digestion. One of these ingredients is the amino acid called L-glutamine, which helps to rejuvenate the lining of the gut wall. If you use this ingredient, and still have problems, I would recommend you to work with some doctor and to order a comprehensive stool test.