Is Your Gut Leaking?

nutrition Nov 18, 2014

I want you to take a moment right now and think about your top 3 health complaints.

If you’re like most of us, then you are probably dealing with something related to at least one of these 5 problems:

  1. PMS
  2. Digestive problems
  3. Being overweight
  4. Fatigue
  5. Depression

While all of these conditions seem to be unrelated, they are actually quite connected.

As Hippocrates stated years ago, “All disease begins in the gut.” If your gut isn’t healthy, then your body isn’t healthy.

The gut serves many purposes, and it’s quite important.

It’s our first line of defense. 70-80% of your body’s immune system is in your gut.

The gut is also considered the mother of the body because it feeds everything from our brain to our skin.

If you are struggling with an chronic ailment, an autoimmune condition, or digestive issues, it’s very likely that you also have leaky gut syndrome.

Even if you don’t experience digestive symptoms, it does not mean that your gut is doing okay. Leaky gut affects each person differently, and it can affect different parts of the body such as your brain, skin, joints, and muscles.

What is Leaky Gut?

A normal small intestine is lined with cells that act as a barrier. They let certain things get through the wall such as nutrients from our food. They keep other things from getting through the barrier such as toxins, bacteria, and large food particles. This protects us by keeping the bad guys out and letting the good guys in.

Intestinal permeability, or leaky gut, happens when the barrier doesn’t function properly, and the toxins, bacteria, and large food particles start getting through the lining into the bloodstream.

This causes all sorts of problems throughout the body and makes your life miserable.

Signs that You Have Leaky Gut

Below is a comprehensive list of common leaky gut symptoms:

Gut symptoms

  • IBS
  • IBD (Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis)
  • food sensitivities
  • constipation/diarrhea
  • reflux
  • gas
  • bloating

 

Autoimmune conditions

If you have an autoimmune disease, that means that your body is attacking itself. Your immune system is attacking healthy tissue in your body.

Dr. Fasano, who is globally recognized for his research in the fields of Celiac and gluten intolerance has claimed that “you cannot have autoimmune disease without first having leaky gut”. 

Autoimmunity can happen anywhere in your body- gut, skin, brain, joints, etc.

Some examples of common autoimmune conditions are Hashimotos, Celiac, Graves, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Sjogren’s, Lupus, and Type 1 Diabetes.

Skin Problems

  • acne
  • eczema
  • rashes
  • rosacea
  • itchy skin

 

Brain symptoms

  • depression
  • headaches
  • anxiety
  • ADHD
  • brain fog

 

Feeling crappy

  • seasonal allergies
  • chronic fatigue
  • difficulty gaining/losing weight
  • arthritis/joint pain
  • muscle pain

If you have more than one of these symptoms, then you are at HIGH risk of having leaky gut.

 

What Causes Leaky Gut?

There are many things in today’s society that are common leaky gut triggers. Below are a few:

  • medications- NSAIDs, antibiotics, steroids, acid-suppressing drugs
  • mercury filling/ heavy metals
  • traumatic injury
  • c-section birth
  • gut dysbiosis- bacterial infection, parasite, SIBO, candida
  • hormone imbalances
  • inflammation
  • vitamin and nutrient deficiences- vitamin A, zinc, magnesium, Vitamin D, calcium help maintain intestinal barrier
  • gluten and grains
  • GMO’s 
  • sugar
  • omega 6 – omega 3 ratio
  • industrial seed oils

Now, you’re probably wondering how you treat leaky gut. My friends, Jordan and Steve at SCD Lifestyle have created an amazing, online program that will walk you step by step through healing your leaky gut and restoring your health.

I used this exact same protocol to restore my health, and I now use this technique for my private clients. 

This isn’t some magic pill or quick fix. You’re not going to get better overnight. Remember, you didn’t get sick in a day, and it will take some time to heal your body. But you can heal. 

Click here to discover more about the Solving Leaky Gut Program and get access to a FREE informational webinar.

If you’re ready to heal your gut, improve your sleep, reduce your anxiety, boost your mood, and restore your health, then now is the perfect time to commit to healing.

Click here for details.

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