Our gut is a place where the outside world and the interior of our body meet. What happens in the gut is a delicate balance between allowing certain things in (like nutrients) and keeping other things out (like bacteria).
But what happens when this doesn't work? What happens when thing get in that shouldn't? What happens when our gut leaks?
This is called leaky gut syndrome. It is when the lining of our gut has gaps where bacteria, viruses, yeast, and undigested food particles can enter your body. These are things that should not be entering your body, so they trigger a massive immune response. This leads to a variety of symptoms:
- abdominal pain, especially after eating
- diarrhea or constipation
- brain fog
- joint pain
- skin rashes
- and more
The worst part of leaky gut is that it can lead to more serious conditions. It can lead to autoimmune diseases, multiple food sensitivities, fibromyalgia, neurological issues, and chronic fatigue.
What causes leaky gut?
Leaky gut can be triggered by many different things. For most of us, it starts with the stress of our everyday lives. Stress slows down our digestive function. This can lead to bad bacteria flourishing and these bacteria will produce inflammatory molecules that damage our gut. Other factors that can cause or contribute to leaky gut are:
- food sensitivities
- low stomach acid
- dietary toxins & irritants from processed foods
- high sugar diet
- certain medications
- nutritional deficiencies that weaken the lining of the gut
How do I heal leaky gut?
The basic approach to healing leaky gut involves removing irritating agents. This involves identifying foods, toxins, medications and other substances that are irritating the gut lining and modifying the diet accordingly. Typically, people have to follow a somewhat restrictive diet for a short period of time. The second step is to eradicate any bad gut bacteria that are causing or contributing to the problem. The next phase involves providing the necessary nutrients to heal. This may involve further dietary modifications and supplementation with vitamins & herbs or other natural products. Once the gut cells are healed, it is important to make sure that there are plenty of healthy gut bacteria present. This may involve supplementation with probiotics or eating certain fermented foods. The last phase is to modify certain lifestyle factors to prevent a recurrence of leaky gut. This typically focuses on stress management and balancing the nervous system to optimize digestive function.
If you think leaky gut may be at the center of your health concerns, then talk to a naturopathic doctor today. You can book a 20 minute Introductory Consultation with me to discuss how I can help you.
I'm Dr. Carly and my mission is to create a health revolution. I believe that another prescription is not the answer. I believe in using natural therapies that go beyond the symptoms. And I believe that doctors should spend way more than 7 minutes with a patient