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Leaky Gut - What is it?

Leaky Gut - What is it? - Spectrum Care Plus

How does a healthy digestive system become a leaky gut?

The digestive tract is a twisted tube, from mouth to anus.  The only thing that separates the digestive system from the bloodstream is the lining of the gut and stomach. This lining serves as a barrier to selectively permit certain crucial nutrients to pass into your bloodstream but does not permit other things to pass through.

When the delicate lining is damaged it begins to allow particles through the gut into the bloodstream that aren't supposed to be there. This condition is referred to as increased intestinal permeability, or "leaky gut."

A regimen of soda, donuts, antacids, antibiotics, toxins and processed food could lead to trouble. The unhealthy aspects of these, along with a host of other junk many of us consume, can lead to this leaky gut.

Undigested food particles leaking into the gut contain chains of amino acids. which look like viruses, bacteria or other microscopic parasites to the immune system and an immune response is initiated.

Because the lining is undernourished, it continues to leak, and the immune system continues to attack. Inflammation is always part of an immune response.

Scientific research has shown that bad gut health is tied to several metabolic and chronic disorders.

How Can You Know If You Have Leaky Gut?

If you believe you or someone in your family could have a leaky gut, there are a number of signs to keep an eye out for.

Symptoms that can indicate leaky gut include:

  • GI discomfort, including chronic diarrhea, constipation, and bloating
  • Skin conditions such as eczema or acne
  • Joint pain
  • Inflammation
  • Headaches, fatigue, or difficulty concentrating
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Hormonal or mood imbalances.

How to Treat a Leaky Gut

The main way to repair the damage is to promote healthy gut bacteria.

You can promote healthy gut bacteria by working on adding the following foods to your diet:

  • Fiber. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily from organic vegetables (not processed grains).
  • Veggies. Consume an abundance of veggies daily. Try to fill your plate three-fourths full with non-starchy veggies for each meal. Try to eat organic whenever possible.
  • Include plenty of prebiotic foods such as Jerusalem artichoke, garlic, onions, leeks, dandelion greens, jicama, chicory root, and asparagus.
  • Probiotic foods. Incorporate plenty of probiotic foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles, fermented soy, unsweetened yogurt or kefir, miso, natto, and camel milk.
  • Bone broth. Incorporate grass-fed bone broth for a gut-healing boost.

Over 1,500 years ago, Hippocrates said that "all diseases begin in the gut." He was right then, and the data shows he's still right today.

What is a Good Diet?

There’s so much false information circulating today about what one should eat to achieve one’s health goals.

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