Leaky gut syndrome affects millions of people. Many people struggle with it and don’t realize. Leaky gut syndrome does not only impact the digestive system. If it is not addressed it can lead to many other health conditions. Research has shown that allergies to foods, low energy, joint pain, autoimmune conditions, metabolic disorders and thyroid issues may actually be progression of leaky gut syndrome. Because this can be a confusing condition, Lets talk about what leaky gut is and how you can heal it to begin dealing with these issues.
What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
The digestive tract has a lining that is permeable. It has small holes that are designed to allow certain substances to pass through it. This barrier keeps larger substances in the digestive tract so that these harmful things are excreted as waste. Leaky gut can be referred to medically as increased intestinal permeability. It develops as the digestive tract becomes damaged, and large holes show up allowing toxic substances to pass through the gut lining. Common toxins that sneak through can be gluten, bad bacteria and undigested foods particles and toxic waste. These leak through the intestinal wall into the bloodstream, presenting as an immune reaction.
Symptoms and Progression
Persistent leaky gut leads to inflammation. The systemic inflammation can cause symptoms like:
• Weight gain
• Thyroid conditions
• Joint pain
• Skin issues
• Digestive problems
• Food sensitivities
One of the biggest red flags can be allergic type symptoms. These may not be completely obvious symptoms, they may get more pronounced over time. If we continue to ignore them, they eventually lead to more significant issues like inflammatory bowel disease, IBS, Type 2 Diabetes, arthritis, eczema, psoriasis, depression, anxiety, and chronic fatigue.
There are a few causes of leaky gut; nutrition, chronic stress, toxin exposure, gut microbiome imbalance.
A diet that is full of gluten, sugar, GMO’s, and conventional dairy can damage your intestinal lining. Try substituting with sprouted grains, Non-GMO products and dairy products from cows that have been grass fed.
Managing stress is another very important component of healing a leaky gut. Our gut is our second brain, and chronic stress is very hard on it. Some easy ways to learn to manage stress are through breathwork, meditation, mindfulness and exercise. For more information on these tools check out these blogs here.
Reduce Toxin exposure. We are overwhelmed with toxicity all around us, from our cell phones ot our cleaning products to our foods. It can feel overwhelming, but you can do small things to help reduce your exposure and heal your gut. Click here to learn more about limiting toxins in your environment.
Here are some Foods to add into your routine to help begin to heal your leaky gut:
- Bone broth
- Fermented veggies or foods
- Coconut products
- Sprouted grains and seeds
These are just some starting points. If you are experiencing these symptoms it would be best for you to find an integrative or functional medicine provider who can look at various labs and tests to determine where your imbalance may lie for provide information for specific supplements or vitamins an diet recommendations specific for you.
Because bowel disorder and systemic inflammation are often found in pelvic floor dysfunction we provide a full nutritional screen and recommend healthy options to help heal your gut. Working to get the muscles, fascia and nerves functioning better can also hep the gut heal. Our bodies are amazing and bringing a holistic approach to these types of disorders are very important.