What is Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS)?
Leaky Gut Syndrome is a term used to represent excessive or hyper permeability to ones intestines. Essentially there are holes in the gut that interfere with the proper vitamin and mineral absorption from ingested food and drink. Instead when the gut is leaky, things like toxins, yeast, undigested food particles, and other wastes seep into the bloodstream and move throughout your body. These substances to the bloodstream are labeled as foreign and attacked as intruders causing persistent inflammation.
Leaky Gut Syndrome is not a disease, it is an accumulation of diet, medications, and lifestyle.
Leaky Gut Symptoms
Symptoms of leaky gut include:
- Mental issues such as Depression, Anxiety, ADD, ADHD, Brain Fog, Memory Loss, Anxiety
- Digestive issues such as Constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Diarrhea, Gas, Bloating
- Headaches and Migraines
- Skin Rashes
- Candida (yeast) Overgrowth
What Causes LGS?
There is much evidence and many ideas in place for the causes of Leaky Gut Syndrome. There is, however, an agreement within the medical community on the basic origins of LGS or Leaky Gut Syndrome.
- Inflammation – persistent inflammation can be triggered by an overgrowth of yeast (Candida), an overgrowth of bacteria, low stomach acid, infection, excessive food and environmental toxins. Inflammation is a common theme amongst many of the Leaky Gut Syndrome causing agents.
- Diet – Eating a diet consisting of what the body sees as toxic. These toxic contaminants could be refined sugars, refined flours, processed foods, and preservatives. The toxic build-up triggers inflammation resulting in a permeable gut or Leaky Gut Syndrome.
- Excessive Stress – keeps your immune system at bay. When the immune system is weak bad bacteria begins to wreak havoc. This causes Leaky Gut Syndrome.
- Candida – When there is an overgrowth of Candida, the yeast begins to multiply and attach itself to the intestinal lining. While establishing it’s foundation, Candida makes holes in the intestinal lining causing it to me more permeable.
- Medications – Prescribed medicine and over the counter medicines with Aspirin or Acetaminophen also are a detriment to the gut. They damage the intestinal lining and accelerate damage previously present from bacteria, digestion problems, and yeast.
Health Risks of Leaky Gut Syndrome
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) – Profound fatigue, sleep abnormalities, pain, and other symptoms that are made worse by exertion.
Rheumatoid Arthritis – Inflammation of the joints especially in fingers, feet, wrists, and ankles that causes painful deformity
Asthma – A condition when a person’s airways become inflamed. They also narrow and swell, producing extra mucus.
Fibromyalgia – Muscle pains and tenderness
Vasculitis – Inflammation of the blood vessels. This occurs when your body’s immune system attacks blood vessels by mistake.
Chron’s Disease – Cobblestone like surfaces form on the walls of the GI tract. Can cause pain, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, poor growth, and mouth ulcers.
Addison’s Disease – A disease where the adrenal glands don’t produce enough hormones
Lupus – An inflammatory disease prevalent when the immune system attacks its own tissues.
Malnutrition – The body lacks sufficient nutrients
Malabsorption – Abnormality with absorption of ingested food and drink
How to Cure Leaky Gut
Healing a leaky gut can be accomplished by…
A change in eating habits. Sugars, processed foods, artificial ingredients, pesticide ruined meats and produce, and alcohol all play a negative role in damaging the precious gut. In the western diet today, we are constantly enticed by fast food restaurants, with convenience stores, sodas and vending machines, sweets and desserts. Reducing these everyday foods will give your leaky gut the chance to restore its lining and decrease its permeability.
If financial means meet, do your part in reaching for the organic whole foods at your local markets or grocery stores. Natural organic whole foods give you the proper nutrition intended for the body.
There is much to do with yeast (Candida) overgrowth as well. When you restrict sugars, starches, and grains you actually starve the yeast and decrease intestinal inflammation.
Limit over-the-counter and prescription drugs. These too, degrade the lining in your gut and increase permeability.
Supplementing with an effective multivitamin is also a way to reignite the gut healing process. Namely, Vitamin D, Zinc, as well as fish oil will have profound effects on restoring the gut lining.
Another great way to begin combating a leaky gut is with the help of probiotics. Probiotics, meaning pro life, are the good bacteria that have the power to correct an unhealthy gut. Not to mention, provide maintenance for a lifelong healthy gut.
Special Leaky Gut Diet
A few foods to consider during the gut healing process are a handful of vegetables like garlic, avocado, onion, cabbage, spinach, kale, and asparagus. Avoid starchy veggies like potatoes, corn, and squash.
Beef, lamb, poultry, and eggs are all a-go especially if they are organic and even grass fed. Do your due diligence in staying away from the processed, pesticide and steroid ridden meats. Beware of bacon as well because of this additions of nitrates and nitrites. These will do a number to the gut.
Live yogurt cultures are great in that they offer a probiotic touch to the ingredients. Yogurt is good but beware of the sugar content associated with these gut helpers. Too much sugar can feed the candida yeast in the stomach and set the healing process back.