As more and more attention is being brought to our gut health, so is the same for this term 'leaky gut'. Sounds disgusting, I know right?! Another term for 'leaky gut' is increased intestinal permeability. Whatever you want to call it, understanding what it is will help you understand more about why your gut health is so important and why you need to give it the utmost care. Your gut lining is supposed to be permeable, this is how we receive nutrition into our blood stream, and when working properly it will control what gets absorbed into the blood stream. With leaky gut, however, there may be cracks or holes in our intestinal lining that is allowing other things like toxins and partially digested food into the blood stream, triggering an inflammatory response by your immune system. That chronic inflammation plays a role in a whole host of diseases, get ready cus this list is LONG:
◦Infant Colic ◦Cradle Cap ◦vaginal yeast infections ◦severe P.M.S. ◦urinary tract infections ◦body rashes (including diaper rash) ◦Difficulty falling or staying asleep ◦Eczema ◦Acne ◦oral thrush ◦allergies to foods, dust, molds, fungus, yeast, inhalants, and chemicals ◦Repeated bouts of bronchitis, sinusitis, tonsillitis, and strep or staph infections ◦RSV ◦Mononucleosis ◦Pneumonia ◦Gas (infant or adult) ◦Unexplained tooth decay ◦Bad breath and body odor
◦Mastitis/core ◦Bladder weakness ◦Spotty skin discoloration (white or brown) also know as liver or sun spots ◦Cravings for alcohol ◦Cravings for sugar ◦Rectal itching ◦Persistent cough ◦Belching ◦heartburn ◦Unexplained weight gain or inability to keep weight on ◦Ear infections, unexplained ear discharge, tinitis (ringing of the ears) ◦Chronic ◦Headaches (including Migraine) ◦Extreme fatigue ◦Psoriasis ◦Nail infections ◦Muscle aches ◦Joint pain ◦Arthritis ◦fibromyalgia ◦Ulcers ◦Infant or adult reflux ◦Casein or gluten intolerance/celiac ◦Ulcers ◦Endometriosis ◦Jock itch ◦Dizziness/vertigo ◦Bladder infections/UTI
◦Inability to concentrate ◦not being able to read or follow a television program or carry on a hobby ◦serious forgetfulness ◦memory loss ◦mental confusion ◦not being able to think of the words to say something ◦switching around of words and letters when trying to speak and/or write ◦loss of previous skills (such as how-to-type or how-to-play-the-piano, etc.) ◦Irrational thoughts ◦Unusual fears ◦phobias ◦Panic/anxiety attacks ◦Muscle twitching ◦irritability ◦Violence ◦depression ◦Aggressive behavior ◦Epileptic seizures ◦Thoughts of death or suicide ◦Infertility ◦Crohn’s disease ◦IBS ◦Leaky Gut Syndrome ◦Diabetes ◦Hypoglycemia ◦Thyroid disorders
◦adrenal gland failure ◦Endocrine System failure ◦Severe vomiting ◦severe constipation ◦Total muscle weakness ◦Hives ◦Boils ◦The Circulatory System may be swamped with so much yeast that the capillaries are clogged, causing HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, NUMBNESS OF EXTREMITIES, and EASY BRUISING. ◦The person may run a low-grade fever, but the hands and feet will often be very cold. ◦tachycardia (palpitations, irregular beats, mitral valve problems or heart murmur). ◦In the Respiratory System, the alveoli (air sacs) of the lungs may be packed with yeast so that the person cannot get adequate breath aka asthma. ◦Alzheimer’s ◦ADD/ADHD ◦Autism ◦AIDS ◦Lupus ◦Multiple Sclerosis ◦Osteoporosis ◦Schleroderma ◦The complete failure of the Immune System leaves the body defenseless against all enemy bacteria, viruses, and disease conditions–including cancer.
As you can see SO many things. Being proactive is truly key. And if you are battling any of these symptoms- take action now to heal your gut and body.
Eat probiotic rich foods. Take time to de-stress. Cut out sugars & processed foods. Drink plenty of water (1/2 your body's weight in ounces)
Last but definitely not least, take a quality probiotic. Everyone's bodies need all the help in this area they can get. This one is THE best one I have found.