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Leaky Gut Overview

"Leaky gut" is a term used to describe the condition of intestinal malabsorption. It is not readily recognized by the mainstream medical industry as a diagnosable condition, however its existence is widely recognized within the holistic and alternative medical communities because it is the underlying condition of many digestive disfunctions, autoimmune diseases, and general disharmony throughout the body. Symptoms of leaky gut syndrome can be widely varied, though significant indications of having a leaky gut can be having multiple food sensitivities or intolerances, food allergies, nutrient deficiencies, chronic fatigue, oral thrush, chronic yeast or fungal infections, joint pain or inflammation, chronic depression and/or anxiety and mood disorders, a diagnosed autoimmune disease such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, lupus, or general digestive disturbances that are chronic in nature.

Causes of Leaky Gut

Leaky gut is a condition that literally means one's gut is leaky, or porous. The lining of the intestines are literally perforated with microscopic holes that allows undigested food, bacteria, or microbes to slip through the lining and into the blood stream, where it is not supposed to be. The presences of these molecules stimulates the body to produce an autoimmune response, where antibodies are formed against these substances and thus causes allergies and sensitivities, as well as systemic inflammation. A person develops leaky gut by a variety of external and internal factors. Consuming processed foods high in sugar and carbohydrates, as well as gluten containing foods, damage the gut wall, feeds pathogenic bacteria as well as kills the beneficial ones, and weakens immunity. This is proven in particular with the case of gluten and Celiac's disease. In addition, taking antibiotics disrupts the intestinal balance of microflora, killing off the beneficial bacteria as well as the bad. When this happens, pathogenic bacteria, such as Candida Albicans, are given an opportunity to flourish. If a diet rich in carbohydrates, sugar, processed food and gluten is consumed, this is the perfect feeding ground for candida to grow and take hold. Their growth is rapid, and they literally develop tentacle-like projections that root themselves in the lining of your intestines, causing the little holes in your gut to form. These holes are what allows the undigested food particles to leak through the intestines and into the rest of the body, and thus the whole cycle of ever growing bad bacteria, inflammation, and autoimmunity proliferates.

Good Diets For Those Diagnosed With Leaky Gut

Leaky gut is a condition that causes systemic inflammation and havoc throughout the entire body, resulting in multiple symptoms, diseases, and conditions that can be difficult to keep track of and treat all at once. However, if you address the leaky gut first and foremost, you will find that over time many of your symptoms and issues will resolve on their own once the root cause is fixed. In order to heal leaky gut, it is necessary to seal the lining of your intestines in order to stop the chain reaction of undigested foods and bacteria leaking into your system. Sealing your gut with proper diet is a necessary measure, and can be done if one commits to making the healthy changes. All food must be digested 100% in order to heal your gut. This is done by first eliminating all sources of inflammation and pathogenic bacteria feeding foods: sugar, processed foods, artificial sweeteners, chemicals, gluten, and in most cases, even gluten free grains because these are still difficult to digest in leaky gut patients and will still serve as food for bad bacteria. Beginning the SCD diet, GAPS diet, or Paleo AutoImmune is also a great measure for starting the healing process of leaky gut. A porous, leaky gut requires lots of vital nutrients, amino acids, vitamins and minerals to heal. Bone broth, meat stock, and homemade soups and stews provide your inflamed gut with all the nutrient it needs to heal. In addition, probiotics are essential in the form of home fermented yogurt, kefir, or fermented vegetables like sauerkraut or pickles. Store bought dairy should be avoided as it is pasteurized, so the probiotic content is generally not what it says on the label because the pasteurization process destroys the beneficial bacteria, and in addition there is usually much sugar and artificial thickeners or preservatives added. Consuming plenty of organic meats, fish, and vegetables is an important aspect of a leaky gut diet. Leaky gut patients also generally have low stomach acid as a result of their digestive disfunction, so supplementing with HCL and Pepsin is beneficial before consuming a meal. Also, a broad spectrum digestive enzyme supplement is integral because leaky gut sufferers have a hard time producing these vital enzymes on their own. It is also very important to supplement with a therapeutic strength probiotic in order to help establish beneficial gut flora. Taking L-Glutamine, or other natural supplements such as slippery elm, marshmallow root, and ginger are all great for healing the gut lining specifically. It is also important to support detoxification throughout the body by avoiding all chemicals in household or skin care products, as well as by partaking in regular colon cleansing through either enemas or colon hydrotherapy. Seeking other alternative therapies such as in traditional chinese medicine or homeopathy may also help to speed the process of healing as well as strengthen your immunity.

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