What Is It?
Leaky Gut syndrome is a digestive condition that affects the lining of the intestines. It occurs when small holes in the intestinal walls allow for bacteria and other toxins to enter and pass into the bloodstream. Typically, the firm openings inside the intestinal walls, allow water and nutrients into the bloodstream whilst keeping out harmful toxins. However, imbalances in the intestinal gut microbiota caused by a diet high in processed foods or added sugars, can ultimately decrease the good bacteria in your gut. Eventually, this can cause increased intestinal permeability, meaning that substances can easily leak out of the intestines and travel into the bloodstream.
Some of the most common causes of the syndrome include having poor nutrition, increased alcohol consumption, autoimmune disorders such as Lupin and even stress. It has also been widely linked to other conditions such as Irritable bowel syndrome, Diabetes, Crohns disease and Celiac disease.
What Symptoms Should You Be Looking Out For?
Leaky Gut has been attributed to the following symptoms:
- Chronic diarrhoea, constipation or bloating
- Inflammation throughout the body
- Skin conditions such as eczema, or rashes
- Food sensitivities
- Abdominal pain
- Persistent nausea and vomiting
- Experiencing blood or pain when passing stools
Tips For Prevention And What Treatment Options Are Available.
In order to prevent Leaky Gut Syndrome and improve your gut health, it is integral to make lifestyle changes. This starts with your diet. Maintaining a nutritious diet that is high in fibre-rich foods, and unprocessed food such as legumes, vegetables and fruits, is crucial. It is also important to reduce your intake of refined carbohydrates such as excessive sugar consumption. Likewise, limit your alcohol intake and other bad habits such as smoking, as this can trigger intestinal problems. Other suggestions include practicing mindfulness or exercising regularly to avoid stress. If there is heavy inflammation alongside being diagnosed with the syndrome, it is also recommended to take anti-inflammatory medicines to ease pain and inflammation.