Leaky Gut Syndrome is one of those things that sound terrifying and you wished wasn’t a common ailment and turn puts. The condition is rapidly affecting a growing number of people, millions at a time.
Leaky gut syndrome is said to have symptoms including bloating, gas cramps, food sensitivities, and aches and pains.
Leaky gut syndrome is indeed more common than we think and is caused by our daily habits usually. It not only originate and damage the digestive system but infect other organs and organ system as well. This can result in various combinations of health concerns.
According to the researcher’s common ailments such as joint pains, thyroid issues, metabolic problems, headaches and nausea that are reoccurring, autoimmune disorders, digestion and sleep issues and even mood patterns can all be identifiers of the progression of leaky gut syndrome.
The lining of the digestive tract is textured like a furry carpet, and all these little fronds and the tissues it’s made out of help filter out food and nutrient particles along with bacteria. This lining acts as a protective net, this filter should not allow larger particles to pass through for this will damage organs.
Leaky gut syndrome is when this filter net gets damaged spots and larger particles that sholdn’t come through can now pass. The substances that pass through are proteins like gluten which is good at clogging things, other food particles which is basically poison in the wrong spot and bad bacteria. All this potential toxic waste can indeed leak into the bloodstream, the blood getting poisoned is a red alert signal for the body and can cause an autoimmune reaction.
This can all lead to inflammation and other symptoms such as bloating, easier weight gain, joint pain, headaches, fatigue, food sensitivities or heightened allergies, skin acting out and digestive problems. One of the main symptoms is food sensitivities, this is because partially digested protein and fat can seep through the bloodstream and start an autoimmune or allergic response. This kind of allergy does not make you break out in rashes.
If left untreated it can cause more intense versions of the symptoms. It all begins with a good diet and just good habits in general to avoid all this. It is suspected that leaky gut may be one of the leading causes of Type 1 Diabetes.
Leaky gut syndrome directly leads to malabsorption of nutrients since particles pass through anywhere easier, you could be losing precious b12 vitamins or calcium.
Poor diet, chronic stress, toxin overload and bacterial imbalance are the 4 most common cause of leaky gut.
The most common components of food that can damage your intestinal lining are the proteins found in un-sprouted grains, sugar, GMO’s and conventional dairy. The problem with un-sprouted grains is that they contain large amounts of anti-nutrients or nutrient blockers called phytates and lectins. Lectins are sugar-binding proteins that act as a natural defense system for plants that protect them from outside invaders like mold and parasites.
Your digestive lining is covered with sugar-containing cells that help break down your food. Lectins gravitate toward this area and when they attach to your digestive lining, it damages your gut and causes inflammation.
Lectins are found in many foods, not just grains, and consumed in smaller amounts, your body will do just fine with them. But foods that have large amounts of lectins are more problematic. Some of the lectins and foods that cause leaky gut include wheat, rice, spelt and soy.
Sprouting and fermenting grains reduces phytates and lectins, making these foods easier to digest. GMO and hybridized foods tend to be the highest in lectins since they have been modified to fight off bugs. Also, gluten–containing grains will damage your intestinal lining and cause leaky gut syndrome.
So while you are working to heal leaky gut and cure autoimmune disease, stay away from all grains, especially ones that contain gluten like wheat. Once your gut is healthy, you can add back in grains that have been fermented and sprouted to eat occasionally.
Conventional cows milk is another food that can cause leaky gut. The component of dairy that will harm your gut is the protein A1 casein. Also, the pasteurization process will destroy vital enzymes, making sugars like lactose very difficult to digest. For this reason, I only recommend buying dairy that is raw and from A2 cows, goats, sheep, or buffalo.
Sugar is another substance that will wreak havoc on your digestive system. Sugar will feed the growth of yeast, candida and bad bacteria, which will further damage your gut. Bad bacteria actually creates toxins called exotoxins that damage healthy cells and can eat a hole into your intestinal wall.
Other Factors that Cause Leaky Gut
Chronic stress: It weakens your immune system over time, which cripples your ability to fight off foreign invaders like bad bacteria and viruses, leading to inflammation and leaky gut. To reduce stress, I recommend getting more sleep, schedule fun into your week, rest one day a week, meditate on scripture, and hang out with positive, uplifting people.
Toxins: 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, tap water, aspirin and NSAIDS. I recommend buying a high-quality water filter to eliminate chlorine and fluoride and look to natural plant-based herbs to reduce inflammation in your body.
Dysbiosis: 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. For many, this imbalance can begin at birth because of a C-section or because the mother didn’t have a healthy gut herself. The overuse of prescription antibiotic drugs, tap water with chlorine and fluoride, and the lack of probiotic-rich foods contribute to this imbalance of good and bad bacteria.