Are you always falling sick? Do you suffer from new food allergies? Does your metabolic rate feel sluggish? Are you bloated? Do you feel any joint pain? If you answered yes to any of these questions, or also suffer from symptoms such as low energy, thyroid disease, hormonal imbalances and autoimmune conditions, you may be suffering from a leaky gut.
What Is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
A leaky gut is sometimes referred to as an increased intestinal permeability. It is a syndrome that occurs when the thin wall of your intestinal tract gets damaged by poor eating habits or exposure to harmful substances which can create tiny holes. This causes toxins, proteins such as gluten, bad bacteria and undigested food particles that are being processed in the gut, to leak out into your bloodstream causing an immune reaction.
Your gastrointestinal tract houses about 70% of your immune system, so a leaky gut also has a profound effect on your immunity. When leaks happen, the gut flora alerts our immune system to ‘fight’ the breach. If these breaches occur all the time as a result- a leaky gut, your immune system is constantly fighting fires and has little resources left to look after the rest of your body.
How Did I Get A Leaky Gut?
- Junk Diet
Our modern diet is high in sugar, processed, packed with fat, and low in fibre. This nutrient-poor food causes the wrong bacteria to flourish and the good bacteria to starve, leading to an imbalanced and damaged ecosystem.
- Medication Overuse
Regular and long term intake of anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, acid blocking drugs and steroids damage the gut and block its normal digestive function.
- Untreated Infections
An infection may lead to gut imbalances, including small intestinal bacteria overgrowth (SIBO), yeast overgrowth and parasites.
- Toxin Overload
Too much toxic material such as mercury or mould toxins may contribute to a leaky gut.
- Inadequate Digestive Enzymes
Stress and acid-blocking medications as well as a zinc deficiency may contribute to a poor digestive enzyme function in your gut.
Chronic stress alters your gut’s nervous system, creating a leaky gut and changing the balance of bacteria.
Rebalancing Your Gut
Rediscovering balance is possible and you may heal a leaky gut by investing in these practical solutions:
- Eat Well
The foundation of good gut health is your diet. Focus on eating fibre-rich food, vegetables, low-sugar fruits and gluten-free options.
Free your system of impurities by cleansing your gut with therapies such as colonic hydrotherapy, chelation therapy, coffee enema or ozone therapy.
Take fish oil to ease systemic inflammation or get on a good probiotic – these live microbial food supplements improve the balance of your inner garden of bacteria.
Find out more about how you can fix your leaky gut at Santé Sanctuary.