Let’s talk more about leaky gut. If you remember and go back to the screen door analogy, leaky gut occurs when your small intestine gets damaged and you start punching holes through your screen door – this is when particles can leak into the bloodstream.
A ‘leaky gut’ means that the permeable intestinal lining which is the gatekeeper of what comes in and what stays out is compromised. This means that those tight knit junctions we talked about are not so tight anymore. Large particles (such as undigested food proteins, yeast, toxins, waste etc.) are then able to get through into your bloodstream. From there, it’s possible to spread throughout the body (where it shouldn’t be).
There are many things that can influence this 1-cell layer thick barrier and cause it to become “leaky.” Four main causes include:
- poor diet
- chronic stress
- toxin overload
- bacterial imbalance
I will address these further in future posts.
When this barrier is compromised – it’s easy to see why the immune system can be affected. Did you know – up to 80% of the immune system resides in the gut? Yes, that is correct! How can your immune system work properly if the very place where most of it is housed is damaged? Therefore, it’s super important to keep your gut barrier healthy.
Most people think of digestive issues when they think of leaky gut, which can be true, however symptoms can manifest as much more!
Symptoms of leaky gut you may not know include the following: seasonal allergies, chronic sinus congestion, asthma, autoimmune diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, hashimoto’s thyroiditis, lupus, etc.), chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, headaches, mood issues (depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, mental fogginess), skin issues (acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis), food sensitivities/intolerances, and more!
If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms you do not need to learn how to just “live with it.” I would love to help you get on the right track towards increasing your health potential!