Intestine permeability or "leaky gut" occurs when the junctions in the intestinal walls that keep your gastro-intestinal lining tight become "loose", allowing food proteins, bacteria, yeast, and viruses to enter the bloodstream. Additionally, some people have blunted/atrophied villi, (the small hair-like projections that absorb nutrients) which means they can't absorb foods properly. So even if they're getting plenty of vitamins and minerals in their diet, they may become deficient in them. This can lead to a wave of inflammation and troublesome symptoms that could trigger or worsen health problems and autoimmunity.
These are some of the most common symptoms:
- Bloating & gas
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Heartburn and acid reflux
- Stomach aches and indigestion
- Food sensitivities
- Malabsorption of nutrients
- Hair loss and brittle nails
- Thyroid and adrenal conditions
- Autoimmune disorders like Hashimoto's, IBS, Lupus, or Fibromyalgia
- Type 2 Diabetes / Insulin Resistance
- Joint pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Memory issues / Brain fog
- Skin issues: eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, or acne
- Unexplained weight loss
- Weight gain (no matter what you eat or how much you exercise)
Do some or many of these symptoms feel familiar? Then it is very probable that you are suffering from a leaky gut. The good news is that you can work to fix the problem with a protocol that Functional Nutrition called "The 5 Rs":
Identify and remove foods that are producing sensitivities and inflammatory foods. Along with getting rid of gut infections, bacteria, and parasites that require treatment.
Replace certain elements that are key to digestion that you might be lacking, such as stomach acid, bile, and digestive enzymes. Add also nutrients like vitamins and minerals, that you may be deficient in.
Repopulate the "good" bacteria of the microbiome with prebiotic and probiotic foods and supplements.
the intestinal cells and mucosa, reduce inflammation and help your microbiome by supporting its processes, thanks to the proper balance of macronutrients (protein, carbs, fats), foods high in vitamins, and amino acids.
changing and incorporating new beneficial aspects of your lifestyle to support the nervous systems through nutrition, movement, stress management and sleep.
NOTE: Leaky gut syndrome is not very recognized in the medical community yet, however, there is a vast body of research that has already been conducted proving its existence, and many functional and integrative medicine practitioners have a good understanding about this condition.
If you enter the reputable database of the National Library of Medicine (National Center for Biotechnology Information): PUBMed, you will find more than 500 scientific pieces of research explaining this condition and its implications for inflammatory bowel diseases, autoimmunity, and the brain. Check it out yourself through the link below:
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