What Are The Causes And Symptoms Of Leaky Gut Syndrome?
One of the most common gastrointestinal conditions is leaky gut syndrome.
Your intestines perform many functions, including absorption of nutrients. Before nutrients are delivered throughout your body via the bloodstream, the intestinal lining acts as a filter to prevent toxins and other substances that your body doesn’t need, from passing through. When the intestinal lining is damaged, toxins, along with an abnormal growth of bacteria, can build up in your body. The toxins can irritate the intestinal lining and cause it to become inflamed. Small holes appear in the lining, and as the holes grow bigger, toxins can pass through the lining and into the bloodstream.
Some common causes of leaky gut are:
Inflammation: Any kind of inflammation in the alimentary canal can cause leaky gut syndrome. The inflammation could be the result of low stomach acid, yeast or bacteria overgrowth, infection, or excessive environmental toxins.
Diet: Eating a diet that is high in refined flours and sugars, processed foods, and preservatives, can create a build-up of these items in the body over time. The build-up can be irritating to the intestinal wall, and can trigger the body to view the presence of these sugars and preservatives as toxins. Over time, this toxic build-up can cause inflammation.
Stress: Chronic stress can lead to a weakened immune system that cannot perform its essential functions. Eventually, the immune system may be overcome by pathogens, which increases the risk of inflammation in the intestines.
Medications: Any prescribed or over-the-counter medications that contain aspirin or acetaminophen can irritate the intestinal lining and cause inflammation.
Widely recognized symptoms of leaky gut syndrome include:
1. Digestive issues, such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
2. Seasonal allergies or asthma.
3. Hormonal imbalances, which can cause conditions such as PCOS.
4. Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, lupus, psoriasis, or celiac disease.
5. Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia.
6. Mood issues, such as depression, anxiety, ADD or ADHD.
7. Skin issues, such as acne, rosacea, or eczema.
8. Food intolerances or sensitives.
If you think that you may be suffering from leaky gut syndrome and you would like to discuss strategies for healing, please contact me.