The gut is the gateway to health, as Hippocrates once said, “all disease begins in the gut”. “Leaky gut” occurs when the intestines malfunction, which can lead to autoimmune disorders. Leaky gut, or “intestinal permeability” is a condition in which the lining of the small intestine becomes damaged. This causes undigested food particles, toxic waste and bacteria to leak through the intestines and into the bloodstream. Because the body does not produce the enzymes needed for proper digestion, the substances entering the body cause an autoimmune response, including food intolerances which manifest as migraines, chronic fatigue or irritable bowel. This contributes to a weakening of the immune system and the downward spiral of general health. If you need to manage your leaky gut symptoms, consider speaking with a registered dietitian who specializes in eliminating anti-inflammatory foods.

Causes of Leaky Gut

In many instances, your diet causes a leaky gut. Excessively consuming certain foods, such as gluten, soy and dairy become foreign invaders to the body. When eating these inflammatory foods, the body produces antibodies, which trigger an immune response from migraines to diarrhea. Consider taking a food sensitivity test with a certified therapist to understand which foods trigger an inflammatory response. By eliminating the foods that your body treats as toxicity, you can heal a leaky gut. 

Another cause of leaky gut is toxicity. We come into contact with over 80,000 chemicals and toxins each year. Specifically, these are antibiotics, pesticides, contaminated tap water, aspirin, and NSAIDs. With more exposure to antibiotics, we are at risk of developing a leaky gut. Consider buying a high-quality water filter.  One of the leading causes of leaky gut is the condition dysbiosis. This is an imbalance between good and bad bacteria in the gut. For many, the imbalance begins at birth and may be dependent on the balance of gut bacteria in the mother. The overuse of prescription antibiotics can change the gut bacteria and cause an imbalance as well.

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