Leaky Gut Syndrome is a lesser known digestive disorder, and medical doctors are skeptical of its existence, but it is often the root cause of many illnesses. Leaky gut is not taught in medical school, so traditional doctors are usually not familiar. The good news is that times are changing and Leaky Gut Syndrome is beginning to be recognized in the medical community. Linda A. Lee, MD, a gastroenterologist and Director of the Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine and Digestive Center says “We don’t know a lot but we know that it exists.” Below I will discuss the 5 top signs you may have Leaky Gut Syndrome and how to address it and rid your symptoms.
Because there is no standard to diagnosis Leaky Gut, there are no treatments or specific therapies to address it. Most medical doctors prescribe drugs like Prevacid or antacids.
What Is Leaky Gut?
The lining of our gut serves as a barrier function. This barrier has tiny holes that allow nutrients and certain other substances that are small enough to fit through. Larger particles are kept out. These tiny holes or ‘tight junctions’ are what keeps the contents of your intestines from the blood stream. These tight junctions keep out the toxins, large undigested food particles, and bacteria. When these small holes become larger it is called “increased intestinal permeability” or Leaky Gut Syndrome, and now larger substances can pass through and into the blood stream.
When your tight junctures become not so tight, it’s like the floodgates have been opened from your intestines to your bloodstream. Particles that never should be in your blood stream have now gotten through. Your body responds with inflammation throughout your whole body, leading to the onset of a variety of diseases.
5 Top Signs Of Leaky Gut
Removing The Triggers
- The first thing you need to do is cut refined sugar out of your diet. Refined sugar contributes to inflammation. Inflammation damages the gut lining leading to wider juncture openings.
- Try going dairy free for a week and see if your symptoms get better.
- One of the most important things you can do is to take wheat out of your diet. Wheat is highly inflammatory and has been shown in studies to open the tight junctures of your gut lining. Changing Habits offers a 6 week No Wheat Program
- Remove alcohol
How To Heal
Eating fermented foods is a great way to start the healing process.
Take L-glutamine to heal the gut lining. Studies show L-glutamine heals the gut lining.
Drink bone broth. Bone broth contains calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon sulphur and other beneficial minerals that reduce inflammation and your body can readily absorb.
Take a high quality Vitamin D supplement that contains vitamin K. Vitamin D deficiency is common in people with Leaky gut, celiac and IBS and supplementing has been shown to ease symptoms.
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