On this blog we’ve discussed the importance of digestive health in many ways. A lot of them have covered bloating, which, while uncomfortable is a relatively easy thing to deal with. But there are times when that bloating doesn’t go away, the discomfort seems to get more intense and you’re at your wit’s end trying to figure out some way, ANY way, to heal your upset stomach.
If this sounds familiar then you may be suffering from a common problem many people face. Leaky gut syndrome.
It sounds pretty gross, but it’s an important enough problem to consider. There are several leaky gut symptoms to be aware of, which is particularly important since leaky gut is associated with dozens of related conditions and diseases.
The good news is that this is completely treatable! Leaky gut syndrome is typically caused by poor diet choices, chronic stress, toxic overload and bacterial imbalance.
But what exactly IS Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Scientifically known as intestinal hyperpermeability, leaky gut syndrome is a condition in which the intestinal lining becomes increasingly porous, resulting in larger, undigested food molecules escaping from the digestive tract. Along with those food particles are yeast, toxins, and other forms of waste, all of which are able to flow uninhibited through the bloodstream.
When this happens, the liver must work overtime to combat the invaders. Soon the overworked liver isn’t able to keep up with the demand and its functionality is compromised. The troublesome toxins can make their way into different tissues throughout the body, leading to inflammation. Chronic inflammation has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and even Alzheimer’s disease.
While it might not be the sexiest of topics to discuss, leaky gut syndrome has gained a lot of attention in the media lately due to a growing body of research linking it to various health concerns and chronic diseases.
So, now that we know what it is, how do we know if WE have it?
Well, the most common symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome are bloating, constipation, gas, chronic fatigue, and food sensitives. But other symptoms—like ongoing diarrhea, joint pain, and constantly getting sick due to an overexerted immune system—can also indicate something’s up with your gut.
Just because you’re experiencing these symptoms doesn’t mean you are definitely suffering from Leaky Gut Syndrome, it’s always best to check with your doctor, but if you’ve tried everything under the sun and just can’t get any relief what have you got to lose by looking into this condition?