WHAT EXACTLY IS A LEAKY GUT?
The food that you consume is broken down and the nutrients that it contains are absorbed by your body in the digestive system. Having said that, it is capable of a great deal more. This is due to the fact that your digestive tract houses around 80% of your immune system.
Your digestive system is the entry point for everything that you take into your body, including bacteria, viruses, mould, and poisons. Because of this, the intestinal system is an important part of the body’s defense against possible dangers.
The contents of your bloodstream are determined by the chemicals that are able to cross the barrier created by the walls of your intestines. Tight junctions are the names given to the small spaces in the walls of your intestines that are large enough to allow nutrients to pass through them.
When these tight connections become loose, there is less control over what is able to pass through the barrier that is provided by the gut wall. This lets pathogens, poisons, and bigger pieces of food that haven’t been digested get into the bloodstream.
This condition, also known as intestinal permeability, is referred to as a “leaky gut.” The release of these compounds into the bloodstream promotes inflammation, which in turn might stimulate an immune system response and lead to an attack. Your immune system can cause food intolerances and food allergies if it attacks food particles that haven’t been digested. This can also cause food intolerances.
What Is the Cause of Your Gut Leaking?
There are a great number of factors that can play a role in increasing intestinal permeability. As was covered in this article, your digestive tract is controlled not only by the food you eat but also by the probiotic bacteria that are naturally present in your gut microbiota.
Additionally, the gluten protein that is found in wheat is known to cause inflammation in the digestive tract. Gluten is responsible for increasing intestinal permeability because it induces the release of zonulin. A protein known as zonulin is responsible for regulating the tight junctions that are found in the digestive system.
Other factors that can contribute to the development of a leaky gut include the following:
- Use of NSAIDs like ibuprofen
- Excess sugar intake
- Excess alcohol intake
- Yeast overgrowth (such as candida),
- Environmental toxins
- Poor gut health (low amounts of probiotics)
Improve the health of your gut
By paying attention to your nutrition to improve intestine health. You can either avoid developing a leaky gut or even heal one that already exists.
- Consume a diet rich in fruits and vegetables to encourage the growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestines. To improve the health of your digestive tract, even more, eat foods like kefir and fermented vegetables.
- Steer clear of items that can cause inflammation, such as gluten, as well as food intolerances, which can set off your immune system. Using a food sensitivity test can allow you to identify the foods that cause inflammation in your body.
- You might need the help of a doctor who specializes in functional medicine to treat any infections that may have grown in your gut.
Include digestive enzymes in your routine so that you can assist your body in the process of breaking down food while it is healing and improving digestion.
- Assist your body in reestablishing the beneficial bacteria that live in your gut and contribute to the essential repairs. Consume foods that are high in probiotic content and/or take a high-quality probiotic supplement.
- Consuming bone broth will provide your gut with the critical nutrients, such as l-glutamine and collagen, that it needs to heal. Here’s a simple way to make bone broth soup, which can help your body make new cells and heal cells in your digestive tract.
If you are interested in learning more, the following is a list of three articles that I wrote while I was recovering from Hashimoto’s disease and that discuss the connection between a leaky gut and my autoimmune condition:
- A Gluten-Free Diet May Be Beneficial for Patients with Hashimoto’s
- The Relationship Between a Leaky Gut and the Healing of Hashimoto’s
- My Hashimoto’s Disease Was Caused by a Leaky Gut.
A leaky gut is no laughing matter and can put one at risk for major health problems in the future.
It is important for your health that you create new, healthy habits and that you educate yourself. Starting with changes that aren’t too big can make it easier to make bigger changes later.