Leaky gut is defined as increased intestinal permeability. This means that the tight junctions in the gut, which control what passes through the lining of the intestine, don’t work properly. This leak could let substances enter into the bloodstream that normally would not be allowed in the blood. Once these tight junctions get broken apart, you have a leaky gut. Toxins, microbes, undigested food particles, and more can escape your intestines and travel through your body via your bloodstream. Your immune system marks these as “foreign invaders” as pathogens and attacks them.
Some causes of Leak Gut Syndrome:
• Food sensitivities (dairy, gluten)
• Excessive sugar and processed foods
• Too much alcohol
• Infections (bacterial, viral, fungal, parasitic)
• Medications (ibuprofen, NSAIDS, steroids, antibiotics, aspirin, long-term contraceptives, acid-reducing drugs
• Toxins (heavy – metal, pesticides, BPA, phthalates, etc.)
• Chronic stress
The symptoms often associated with Leaky Gut Syndrome are:
Digestive issues (gas, nausea, bloating), food sensitivities, fatigue, muscle or joint pain, headaches, skin issues (eczema, acne, or other rashes), elimination problems, and weight gain.
Leaky Gut syndrome has been linked with many conditions such as, MS, asthma, chronic fatigue, IBS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, psoriasis, and bowel cancer, just to name a few.
It is important to identify if you are dealing with Leaky Gut Syndrome or some of the causes. Ayurveda teaches us to be attuned to our mind and our bodies in each moment. If you want to learn more about how to deal with Leaky Gut Syndrome come to our workshop this Saturday, November 11th 2017 from 10-1pm. We will teach you a protocol to heal your gut starting with restoring, removing, replacing, reinoculating, and repairing your systems. It will be a blend of Western medicine and Ayurveda. Just a few of the topics covered: how to identify leaky gut syndrome, tips to improve your gut flora, optimizing your elimination, supporting your liver function, and enhancing detoxification!