According to Web MD, “Leaky gut syndrome” is said to have symptoms including bloating, gas, cramps, food sensitivities, and aches and pains. But it’s something of a medical mystery.
The gut is naturally permeable to very small molecules in order to absorb these vital nutrients. In sensitive people, gluten can cause the gut cells to release zonulin, a protein that can break apart tight junctions in the intestinal lining. Other factors, infections, toxins, stress and age, can also cause these tight junctions to break apart.
Once these tight junctions get broken apart, you have a leaky gut. When your gut is leaky, things like toxins, microbes, undigested food particles, and more can escape from your intestines and travel throughout your body via your bloodstream. Your immune system marks these “foreign invaders” as pathogens and attacks them. The immune response to these invaders can appear in the form of any of the 7 signs you have a leaky gut.
According to Dr Josh Axe, here are 7 signs you have leaky gut:
1. Food sensitivity
2. Inflammatory bowel disease
3. Autoimmune disease
4. Thyroid problems
6. Inflammatory skin conditions
7. Mood issues and Autism
Side note: Dr. Josh Axe is a wellness physician, popular radio show host, and coveted national speaker committed to setting people free from their health problems so they can live their lives to their fullest potential.
The top foods to remove from your diet if you have a leaky gut are sugar, grain, conventional meat, conventional dairy and GMO foods.
Here are five foods to heal your leaky gut:
1. Bone broth
2. Raw cultured dairy ( pastured kefir, yogurt)
3. Fermented vegetables (sauerkraut, kimchi, kvass)
4. Coconut products
5. Sprouted seeds (chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds)
I know this is a lot of information and a bit overwhelming. But changing your diet a little can’t hurt, right?