Sucks; doesn't it!?
You're stressed out, you have an eating disorder or you just have a leaky gut and don't know why 🙁
So whilst I don't have a leaky gut, or any of the team at Health Form, the chief editors mother has symptoms very similar to this and so he knows exactly how depressing it can be to have this condition.
Often you will find that by changing your diet, you see a terrific boost in the way you feel and how your gut acts.
What Is a Leaky Gut Syndrome AKA Increased Gut Permeability?
it is somewhat different to other issues surrounding the gut, in that it is to do with nutritional leakage and intestinal permeability, rather than a specific irritant to the bowl.
It is likely that a diet heavy is gluten is responsible for this.
How Is Gluten Responsible For Leaky Gut Syndrome?
In folks who are very sensitive to gluten, it can create a protein called zonulin which is pretty nasty in that it actively helps to hurt the tight turns ad folds in the intestinal lining...and I don't know if you've seen a diagram of the intestine recently but it is basically full of folds to help increase the surface area to absorb chemical for food.
Is Leaky Gut real?
There has been some debate around whether or not this is a real condition, in part because it has symptoms related to other considtions such as IBS etc.
However the general consensus is that it is something that many normal people are afflicted with and whilst there is serious debate going on...people are suffering without knowing the full facts.
We at Health Form | Healthy Living always try to present the facts about certain conditions, to that end and after our own research, we decided to write this post.
As with anything health related, we recommend seeing your primary health care physician before embarking on any health routine.
What Else Might Cause This Digestive Disorder?
There are other factors at play that could potentially cause leaky gut syndrome, including but not limited to:
- Infections - There are a few infections that cause this pretty horrid problem, such as (click on each if you are curious!):
- Toxins - The main culprit being gluten
- Stress - This actually is the cause of a great many issues regarding our helth. If you are curious we suggest checking out the gut-brain connection.
- Age - it happens to us all...the rich the poor, the worthy the devils. No one can escape it and unfortunalty old age has a habit of exacerbating small issues and bringing them to the forefront.
Sign & Symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome
We will first list some of the most common signs that you might be suffering from, then go through each one to give a bit more detail.
- Embarrassing gas, bloating, diarrhea or other digestive problems could be part of something much more than you think it is.
- Allergies like asthma or hayfever
- Issues with your thyroid, thus createing some serious imbalances with your hormones
- Correct, doctor (non Google!) diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
- Acne, rosacea, or eczema
- Candida overgrowth
- If you are allergive to certian foods
It is all too easy to dismiss certain gastric problems, especially the more embarrassing ones such as flatulence, as something minor.
Unfortunately, in the West we have made this a taboo subject and therefore we don't pay enough attention to what our body is telling us.
Other countries like Germany and Japan don't really share these concerns and so often live much healthier lives as a result.
I get pretty bad hay fever during the summer months, but I usually do what most people do in this situation; head directly for the anti histamines, don't pass go, don't stop to collect your $200!
Gut health is incredibly important for your overall health and it just might be the case that certain allergies are from this condition disrupting your usual bodily functions.
How Are Allergies Caused by Leaky Gut?
Essentially, because many unprocessed toxins are leaking from your intestine into your bloodstream, your immune system is going wild trying to track down and eliminate what it considers to be foreign bodies invading your body.
When this happens, inflammation increases and has a knock on effect, namely creating allergy like symptoms.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
This a condition that might be of a result of having bacteria leak away from your gut.
But let's just briefly explain what it is and how it is related:
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
This is essentially one of the more mysterious issues in the medical world, and for those suffering from it; an extremely frustrating problem.
Characterized by always being extremely tired throughout the day, no matter how much sleep you get or even the quality of sleep.
Its frustrations are usually compounded by those people around the sufferer not understanding it and possibly even thinking a sufferer is lazy or worse.
How Is It Connected With LGS?
The connection occours as a result of your guts bad bacteria leaking into the bloodstream and casuing an immune response by your body to try and fix it.
This then causes an inflammatory response which creates these cytokines thereby creating a feeling of tiredness.
The more that your gut leaks away its bacteria, the more inflammation is produced and therefore the more tired you will become.
In order to understand the connection to GI problems, (not just leaky gut), you first need to know what it is.
What is Fibromyalgia?
Another frustrating medical problem that causes a great many people a great amount of discomfort and pain.
Characterized by a whole raft of impediments such as:
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Fatigue as a result of the pain
- Sleeping disorder
- Memory problems
- Mood swings
A possible cause is from brain signals intensifying some already existing problems.
How Does it Connect with Intestinal Hyperpermeability?
Whilst it is only a theory right now, it has been hypothesized that it is connected to gut dysfunction.
The studies below show some interesting correlations:
- A 2008 study found a relationship between changes to intestinal flora and fibromyalgia.
- Researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, found that out of 42 fibromyalgia patients studied, 100% had small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).
- This study of 40 patients, 70% had intestinal permeability, indicating a possible causality.
Certain skin disorders are another warning sign that you may have gastrointestinal problems.
Acne and other skin problems can sometimes come about as a symptoms of your body trying to purge itself of harmful toxins.
As a result of the harmful bacteria leaking into your blood stream; your body is going into full alert mode and trying to get rid of it any way it can.
This is similar to the other allergies possibly caused by it.
In the same way that the inflammation causes your body to work in overdrive; your body is also rejecting perfectly fine foods because it is associating them with dangerous foreign bodies.
Leaky Gut Breakfast Ideas
We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so we will give yo a few ideas to start your day in a gut healthy way 🙂
- Breakfast Smoothies: Full of vitamins and minerals to help to get your gut flora back into shape and working correctly - Check out some smoothie ideas here.
- Rice cakes: I know they are the boring diet food fad that people go nuts for, but they are filling and very delicate on your stomach. You can add in some healthy peanut butter (stay away from the cheap stuff that is full of trans fat and sugar).
- Pancakes: Easy to make, filling and delicious. You can also decide on what fillings you want with them.
- Cereals: Might seem odd, but you can actually get some super healthy, vitamin rich cereals. Look out for the ones that are aimed at celiacs as they are going to be lighter on your tummy.
- Hard boiled eggs: The mainstay of most breakfast ideas! Just make sure you are eating the yolk as well as the whites and don't get too caught up in the whole bad cholesterol bs. (Note: Health Form is a big proponent of animal welfare so please try to buy free range eggs...better for the chicken and better for your soul).
- Anything with avocados: Seriously, have you not heard of their amazing health benefits yet?
9 Leaky Gut Supplements
- High quality probiotics: Help to balance out your intestinal bacteria to return it to an equilibrium state
- Fiber supplement: Your fancy probitoc tablets won't have much effect without high quality fiber to digest them.
- Full spectrum enzymes: These will help to break down proteins, complex sugars and starches which in turn, will reduce inflammation.
- L-Glutamine: Utilized by your body as a fuel for your cells and helps to repair the delicate gut lining.
- DGL Licorice Root: Helps to maintain the mucous lining of your stomach, thus strengthening it and hardening it against the corrosive effects of stress.
- Collagen Powder: Helps your stomach to produce the correct amount of juices responsible for a whole raft of health benefits.
- N-acetyl glucosamine (NAG): Another powerful anti inflammatory.
- Quercetin: Very important supplement for leaky gut syndrome, as it strengthens the gut lining stopping harmful toxins from "leaking out" in the first instance.
- Natural Anti-Fungals: One such option you can try is oil of oregano. These will basically help to balance the flora and take away some of the strain that your gut is facing in trying to do so.
Let's wrap this up because it is getting a bit long and I am pretty sure you have found what you are looking for so far!
If you have any questions and would like to talk further, then please go ahead and either comment below or contact us directly.