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Leaky Gut Syndrome
HOW TO HEAL LEAKY GUT SYNDROME
“You are what you eat”—but only if you can digest it properly!
Leaky Gut Syndrome (Hyperpermeable Intestines) is a condition that millions of people struggle with and don’t even know it. According to research, Leaky Gut can cause food allergies, joint pain, arthritis, thyroid disease, autoimmune conditions—including type 1 diabetes, skin rashes, obesity, headaches, memory loss and excessive fatigue.
Your digestive tract is like a net with extremely small holes that only allow specific substances to pass through. The lining of your intestines acts as a barrier to keep out bigger particles that can damage your system.
When someone has leaky gut (often referred to as increased intestinal permeability), the “net” in your digestive tract gets damaged, which causes even bigger holes to develop in your net, so things that normally can’t pass through, are now be able to do so.
Some of the things that can now pass through include proteins like gluten, bad bacteria and undigested foods particles. Toxic waste can also leak from the inside of your intestinal wall into your blood stream causing an immune reaction. If left un-repaired, it can lead to more severe health issues like inflammatory bowel disease, IBS and more.
LEAKY GUT CAN AFFECT THE BRAIN. If you’ve ever seen a child with autism experience a mood swing, this can be caused by intestinal permeability. Gluten-free and casein-free diets have proven effective for many children with autism because these proteins can leak through the gut and then recirculate and act on the brain similarly to an opioid drug.
This is also why leaky gut syndrome has been linked to other psychological disorders such as anxiety, depression and bipolardisorder. So, in many cases, when you can heal the gut, you can heal the brain.
What Causes Leaky Gut?
There are four main causes of leaky gut which include:
The most common components of foods that cause leaky gut are:
Gluten, especially in wheat, but also other grains
Sugar (which feeds the growth of yeast, candida and bad bacteria, which creates toxins called exotoxins that damage healthy cells and can eat a hole into your intestinal wall.)
Conventional dairy that has been pasteurised.
Chronic stress almost always results in a suppressed immune system. A weakened immune system gets overrun with pathogens very quickly and increases overall gut inflammation.
We come into contact with over 80,000 chemicals and toxins every single year, but the worst offenders for causing leaky gut include antibiotics, pesticides, aspirin and NSAIDS.
Finally, one of the leading causes of leaky gut is a condition called dysbiosis, which means an imbalance between beneficial and harmful species of bacteria in your gut. The overuse of prescription antibiotic drugs, water with chlorine and fluoride, and a lack of probiotics contribute to this imbalance of good and bad bacteria.
Heal Leaky Gut
The good news is there’s a solution to healing leaky gut
REMOVE foods and factors that damage the gut starting with gluten.
REPAIR with specific supplements such as glutamine, zinc and colostrum
REBALANCE with high quality probiotics that contain a wide variety of strains of good bacteria.