Leaky Gut Syndrome is one of those things that sound terrifying and you wished wasn’t a common ailment and turns out- it is! And it is not necessarily as terrifying as it could be if you haven’t fallen so deep the rabbit hole and can still catch up on your health. This condition is rapidly affecting a growing number of people, millions at a time.
Leaky gut syndrome is indeed more common than we think and is caused by our daily habits usually. It is widely affecting millions of individuals now and does not only originate and damage the digestive system but infect other organs and organ systems as well. This can result in various combinations of health concerns.
Researchers claim that common ailments such as joint pains, thyroid issues, metabolic problems, headaches and nausea that are reoccurring, autoimmune disorders, digestion and sleep issues and even mood patterns can all be identifiers of the progression of leaky gut syndrome. We will discuss what leaky gut syndrome is all about, what causes it and how we can prevent it.
The lining of the digestive tract is textured like a furry carpet, and all these little fronds and the tissues it’s made out of help filter out food and nutrient particles along with bacteria. This lining acts as a protective net, this filter should not allow larger particles to pass through for this will damage organs.
And that is exactly is how leaky gut is, the image in your head of damaged digestive lining is never pleasant. Leaky gut syndrome is when this filter net gets damaged spots and larger particles that shouldn’t come through can now pass. Just a few scary examples of what substances could pass through what unwelcome hole are proteins like gluten which is good at clogging things, other food particles which is basically poison in the wrong spot and bad bacteria- need I say more? All this potential toxic waste can indeed leak into the bloodstream, the blood getting poisoned is a red alert signal for the body and can cause an autoimmune reaction.
This can all lead to inflammation and other symptoms such as bloating, easier weight gain, joint pain, headaches, fatigue, food sensitivities or heightened allergies, skin acting out and digestive problems of course.One of the main symptoms is food sensitivities, this is because partially digested protein and fat can seep through the bloodstream and start an autoimmune or allergic response.This kind of allergy does not make you break out in rashes but you experience symptoms like the ones we’ve discussed earlier.
If left untreated it can cause more intense versions of the symptoms we’ve discussed, the stomach almost always gets extra sensitive and you can suffer from IBS because you didn’t mind that you had leaky gut syndrome or you didn’t know and thought you just had food sensitivities. It all begins with a good diet and just good habits in general to avoid all this. It is suspected that leaky gut may be one of the leading causes of Type 1 Diabetes. And you’ve probably guessed that leaky gut directly leads to malabsorpotion of nutrients since particles pass through anywhere easier, you could be losing precious B12 vitamins or Calcium.
* Poor diet, chronic stress, toxin overload and bacterial imbalance are the 4 most common causes of leaky gut
The most common components of food that can damage your intestinal lining are the proteins found in un-sprouted grains, sugar, GMO’s and conventional dairy.The problem with un-sprouted grains is that they contain large amounts of antinutrientsor nutrient blockers called phytates and lectins. Lectins are sugar-binding proteins that act as a natural defense system for plants that protect them from outside invaders like mold and parasites.This is good news for plants but bad news for your body. Your digestive lining is covered with sugar-containing cells that help break down your food.
Lectins gravitate toward this area and when they attach to your digestive lining, it damages your gut and causes inflammation. Lectins are a type of carbohydrate-binding protein that binds to other cell membranes, they are macromolecules that are specifically for the set of parts that make up sugar molecules. It sticks itself to cell bodies without getting the immune system involved which can influence cell-to-cell interaction. Lectins are found in many kinds of foods but are evident in wheat, rice, spelt and soy. Food that has been tampered with like GMO-rich foods and hybridzed ones have higher amounts of lectin to ward off bugs. Of course it is not good to blame gluten and other certain food molecules for your weak stomach due to genetics, lack of care or an allergy. Everything is fine in moderate amounts but leaky gut sufferers should beware these grains, everyone should train their stomachs and whole bodies to be stronger to be able to take more. Remember that turning your lifestyle around and doing things as daunting yet affordable as changing to a healthier diet and exercising will greatly increase your body’s healing capacity, metabolic rate and muscle mass. Also not to mention making yourself feel good and being generally kind to the deserving and civil to everyone else lowers your stress hormones like you’ll never expect. So stop overeating the wrong things at the wrong times then laying over your gut instead of being active so that the big ood molecules get squished around your guts, thus damaging them and causing leaky gut.
Sprouting and fermenting grains are great food but should be given a time out during the worst days of you trying to cure leaky gut. Something good can still damage your intestinal lining and cause leaky gut syndrome consumed in high amounts at the wrong time.So while you are working to heal leaky gut and cure autoimmune disease, disallow all form of grains from your diet especially gluten-rich wheat and wheat products. Once your gut is healthy, you can add back in grains that have been fermented and sprouted or even back to unsprouted grains depending on the level of severity of your condition.
A1 casein the protein member and culprit in conventional cow’s milk that causes tummy discomforts and encourages leaky gut. But also, the pasteurization process does destroy vital enzymes, making sugars like lactose very challenging to digest. Certain individuals are so sensitive due to genetics and environmental issues combined. If one’s family has had a history of milk sensitivity and has stayed away from certain milk for generations than surely it is hard to train such a stomach to take regular milk. In this extreme case A2 milk is nice to have at hand, other than this route just stay away from certain milks and settle for more vegan substitutes and/or slowly train yourself to take small amounts of milk. In short it is said that majority of cows today especially in the USA have an odd, irregular gene mutation that creates an A1 chain instead of all A2. This odd chain causes instability and causes a chemical reaction due to this protein being weak and being unable to bind to other amino acids. This breaking off creates a new chain group of 7 amino acids called casomorphins which have opiod or narcotic effects and are difficult to digest for some people.
Sugar wreaks havoc and everyone should know it, it is one of the leading causes of diseases thus death and is highly addictive and completely unnecessary to have so many servings of. It is more destructive than excessive amounts of protein fat, butter and salt. Sugar will feed the growth of yeast, candida and bad bacteria and it greatly slows down your metabolism and makes your weight gain very clingy and hard to lose, which will further damage your gut. IT even changes your palate, the way you taste things. Too much sugar can warp your taste buds and make you crave even more junk food that tastes mediocre. All this bad bacteria that comes from sugar actually creates toxins called exotoxins that damage healthy cells and creates walls in digestive linings. Natural plant sugar is more the way to go, and honey too. Processed sugar is the devil in the diet I tell you, not even a barbeque and mash potato indulgence.
Leaky gut can be caused by tons of combinations of factors.And do notice that most of these are due to bad habits.Yes, your own personal faults probably such as…
Chronic stress: this is so scarily effective in bringing down your immune system, stress hormones are real and they really do affect your body’s abilities to function properly and fight off invaders in a negative way.Life is already so convenient compared to how it was before, it is all about perception. You get better when you want to. Get more sleep even just 30-60 minutes more and keep adding from there, take 2-3 days off work to get great rest and great meals as well, do some stretching with scented candles even, take a week off work for a planned vacation with a loved one or your good ol self. Massage parlors are plentiful and good food is cheap, find a friend and a café for tea, etc.
Toxins: This is a no-brainer and we come in contact with thousands and thousands, bombarded rather, with different toxins every year. Good test of common sense and additional online research can really save your life and others I kid you not. I think it is agreeable that all you need to do to make you and your whole family healthier is to exercise regularly, eat moderately healthy and being in high spirits.
Dysbiosis: This term simply means an imbalance of your stomach’s sort of pH level but with good bacteria and bad bacteria. This amount of imbalance can be caused by a number of reasons such as general lack of care for gut health and diet, infections from abdominal surgeries, certain excesses in diets, ignored ailments, etc. Yogurt, vitamins, lean meat and definitely a wide assortment of veggies and fibre-rich grains that are easier to digest will help your tummy. And of course maybe you should switch to alkaline water which also stabilizes the stomach of sufferers of gastritis.
When your body does not accept gluten properly it can also lead to mood swing or instability and heightens such outburst in pre-existing syndromes. This is why this substance is linked to bipolarity, depression, mood swings, anxiety disorders and such. But it is all about diet choice in general.
Take note of these no-nonsense health tips to prevent leaky gut and other related ailments.
Get rid of junk foods, sodas, watch the fat but most of all watch the sugar and whole grains and breads. Replace all these with healthy foods, snacks and drinks but the drinks should be mostly water. Exercise well and stretch your whole body most of all and do a bit of cardio to also help snap your organs back into place. Digestive supplements and probiotics do wonders, go for yogurt, cultured milk drinks, organic supplements, whole foods, etc.
Doctor check-ups are fine but many doctors are just out to take your money and prescribe expensive, harmful medicine at times so just do your research, listen to your body and as much as possible resort to the most natural, organic way.
Anything rich in collagen is good for you in general. It strengthens your hair, nails, skin and your stomach lining as well. Omega-3 in lamb, fish and beef is great too. Chia and flaxseeds should be taken into account like any superfood such as goji berry, acai, guava, malunggay, and many others.Alkaline water and A2 milk is a pretty good move in lifestyle change but nothing works like good habits from the start such as exercise and everything practiced in moderation.