I know what you’re thinking…how do I know if I suffer from leaky gut?
Would you be surprised to know that leaky gut affects millions of people, most of whom don’t even know they have it? Guess what else? Leaky gut affects more than just your digestive system. According to a recent study, 50% of chronic complaints stem from Leaky Gut. Do you suffer from autoimmune conditions, eczema, IBS, food allergies, anxiety, depression, low energy, or joint pain? Many of these conditions are symptoms of leaky gut.
So, what is Leaky Gut?
When the lining in your digestive tract allows particles to flow through it, aka, intestinal permeability. When your gut functions properly, it only allows very specific particles to pass through its walls. When it becomes leaky, particles such as gluten, undigested food, and toxic particles pass into the blood stream. This wreaks havoc on your body.
Causes of Leaky Gut?
Chronic stress, poor diet, antibiotics/drugs, and dysbiosis to name a few. With working hours constantly on the rise and technology only an arm’s length away, we are under stress more than we realize. Poor diet is another cause. Foods such as gluten and dairy can contribute to leaky gut.
The food we eat literally becomes the basis of our cells, which regenerate every 2-3 weeks in your gut. Our gut also contains 80% of our immune cells and 400-500 times more serotonin and melatonin than our brain. When we connect the dots, we can see why the gut is called the second brain and why there is a direct correlation between our food and our mood. When you have leaky gut, the immune system activates an inflammatory response, leading to chronic autoimmunity (immune response of your body against your own cells and tissues).