Leaky Gut Syndrome: What It Is And How To Fix It
Leaky gut syndrome is a medical mystery. Although the condition exists, medical science is unsure of the cause or the cure. Your intestinal lining is permeable, which allows moisture and nutrients to pass from the intestines into your bloodstream, where they are absorbed by the body. Sometimes the intestinal lining develops holes. This allows particulate matter, which is undigested food and metabolic toxins, to pass from the intestine into the bloodstream. Since your body isn’t designed to function with these substances, problems ensue.
Your metabolism is unique to you, so your symptoms might be entirely different than another person’s and you may have a few, several, or all of the following symptoms:
Allergies or allergic reactions
- Autoimmune disorders, such as arthritis or celiac
- Crohn’s disease
- Food sensitivities
- BD, or inflammatory bowel disease
- Lethargy or fatigue
- Moodiness or depression
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Skin conditions, such as acne or psoriasis
- Stomach pains
- Thyroid disorder
- Weight gain
Each of these symptoms can be caused by a chemical imbalance in your system, which can be directly related to a leaky gut. For example, intestinal hyperpermeability releases cytokines into your bloodstream, and that can cause depression. Your body may interpret particulate matter in your bloodstream as an invader and attack it, thus leading to food sensitivities and allergies.
Modern life is thought to be responsible for the onset of this condition. Most of us eat a poor diet due to fast food and ready-to-eat foods that are high in preservatives and chemicals. Much of the food we eat has been genetically enhanced, which dramatically decreases its nutritive value, and very few meals are prepared at home.
Stress is another contributor to leaky gut syndrome. The responsibilities of one or more jobs, children, parents, spouses, pets, and a household can tax even the most Herculean among us. When you get stressed, your stomach turns a bright, angry red and acid levels increase, which aggravates your organs and causes a chemical imbalance.
Bacterial imbalance can precipitate a leaking gut. Your body, specifically your stomach, should have beneficial bacteria in it. Antibiotics, alcohol, and other common substances, such as fluoridated water, can dramatically reduce the level of good gut bacteria in your body.
Your diet and lifestyle probably include lots of toxins, even if you try to live healthily. For example, most food has been sprayed with pesticides. Most dairy comes from animals that have been fed genetically modified food. Household cleaners, personal care products, even air fresheners and fabric softeners, are full of chemicals that your body was never designed to process. These can all contribute to developing symptoms of a leaking gut.
The stress of our fast-paced lifestyle and the increase of genetically modified foods contribute to the increase in this problem. In the past, life had a slower pace because people were not accustomed to our instant-gratification society. We are no longer accustomed to waiting for anything, everything needs to be done yesterday, and we get impatient when it isn’t.
We are glued to our cell phones and computers so that we don’t miss out on the latest of anything. This contributes to an increased amount of stress and a decrease in the amount of proper self care that is necessary to maintain a healthy body.
Is there a cure?
In order to restore your gut to a non-leaky status and restore the level of good gut bacteria, it’s necessary to revise your diet, your outlook, and your lifestyle.
The first step is to slow down and calm down. Reducing your stress level will greatly benefit all of your body. Reassess your life and delegate responsibility where possible. Set your limits and maintain them. Exercising good self care is the first step to restoring gut health.
The second step is to remove anything that can damage your gut, whether it’s processed food, cleaning products, or personal care products. Products of all types are available that have only natural ingredients in them. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, don’t use the product. Inhaling fumes from a product can damage your system as surely as if you applied it to your skin.
Next, replace those items you removed with items that are beneficial to you. Buy organic, pesticide-free food, natural cleaners, personal products, and so forth. Consider cooking your meals rather than buying ready-to-eat meals. Many programmable cookers are available that will enable you to have a meal ready when you get home. You can also set aside a few hours to prepare meals for a week and freeze them. Although it may seem inconvenient, you’ll probably spend less time than you would getting take-out.
If necessary at this point, consider using probiotic products. Probiotics help your body restore its natural level of good bacteria and can help you heal faster. As with any product, however, don’t overdo the probiotics and make sure that your probiotic is appropriate for you. Eating natural foods, especially fruits and vegetables, can significantly restore your body to health because of the antioxidants and nutrients contained in them.
For instance, black cumin seed has been shown to help with colon cancer, diabetes, and much more, including the gut. Figs contain amino acids, antioxidants, and antifungals that help the body to combat various types of infection and illness. Raw figs are very high in nutrients and dried figs are exponentially higher in nutrition.
Once you’ve revised your eating habits and your lifestyle, make sure you don’t slip back into your old habits. Refined sugar, highly processed grains, dairy from commercially raised cows, and genetically modified foods are all contributors to an unhealthy digestive tract and a compromised immune system.
You may find that once you begin eating real foods, especially fruits, rather than flavor-enhanced, chemically-preserved artificial food, that you’ll have lost your taste for the cookies, cakes, and snack foods that you once craved.
If you eat meat, be sure to purchase meat raised without hormones and antibiotics, from sustainable farms. If you’re vegetarian, be sure to consume enough nuts and seeds to supply your daily requirement for amino acids; not all nuts and seeds supply all amino acids.
You Can Have a Healthy Gut
These steps have helped others heal their leaking gut and they can help you as well. You can restore your gut to health and improve your overall health in the process.