Why Does My Stomach Hurt?
Gastrointestinal problems are more common than not. The GI condition known as "leaky gut syndrome" has been gaining a lot of attention lately. It is surprising how many health conditions are a result of leaky gut syndrome. A large number of research has linked leaky gut to a number of "seemingly unrelated" health concerns and chronic disease. As more Americans are affected by poor diet choices, chronic stress, toxic overload and bacterial imbalance, leaky gut has reached epidemic proportions.
What is Leaky Gut
Leaky gut syndrome is a condition of hyper-permeable intestines that happens as a consequence of intestinal tight junction malfunction. These "tight junctions" are the gateway between your intestines and what is allowed to pass into the blood stream. Your tight junctions are keeping things out like toxins, microbes and undigested food particles. Basically, the intestinal lining has become more porous. More holes have developed in the intestinal lining that are larger in size therefore allowing undigested particles, toxins, bacteria, etc. to leak into the bloodstream. When this happens it causes inflammation throughout your body. This then causes a systemic inflammation which impairs brain health, degrades the blood-grain barrier, alters neurochemicals in the GI tract, inflames the brain, and triggers autoimmune reactions.
The intestinal lining is the first mechanism of defense of our immune system.
Signs That You May Have Leaky Gut Syndrome
Inflammatory Bowel Disease - Chronic diarrhea and constipation
Poor Immune System
Headaches, brain fog, memory loss
Inflammatory Skin Conditions such as skin rashes and problems such as acne, eczema or rosacea
Cravings for sugar or carbs
Arthritis or joint pain
Autoimmune Diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, celiac disease or Crohn's Disease
Inflammatory Skin Conditions
Mood issues such as depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD
What Causes Leaky Gut
The standard American diet (SAD) high in fast foods, processed foods, excessive alcohol consumption, gluten, and dairy with little consumption of fresh fish, raw nuts and seeds and vegetables is the main cause of leaky gut. Chronic stress is another factor in developing leaky gut. The constant release of stress hormones suppresses immunity and inhibits blood flow and oxygenation of the intestines. Always being on a deadline or struggling with personal or financial concerns increases your risk for leaky gut, as does lack of sleep or physically over training. Unhealthy relationships, bad jobs, and other negative life situations can also influence stress.
Now a days the most common cause of intestinal permeability is a sensitivity to gluten and casein in milk, or some other food intolerance. Read more about gluten.
How Do You Repair Leaky Gut?
If you think that you might have leaky gut, you do not have to suffer any more because there is hope! It is important to follow a restricted diet at first, take nutritional compounds and herbs that help reduce intestinal inflammation and repair the intestinal membranes. Doing a Liver and Gallbladder Cleanse is important to kick-start you back to health.
You will need to follow the diet religiously. I admit these gut-repair diets can be difficult and make you feel left out and deprived. However, many people struggling with chronic autoimmune disease whose quality of life is seriously compromised have found it's a small price to pay for getting their health back.