The way your gut functions has everything to do with how you feel and the strength of your immune system. Leaky gut syndrome, along with major gastrointestinal distress, makes you more susceptible to inflammatory and allergic reactions like skin problems, mental health issues, respiratory complications, and many other health conditions.
It may be hard to believe that physical ailments that seem to be located nowhere near your intestines could possibly be influenced by your gut, but the digestive tract is a powerful part of your body. If you neglect the health of your gut, your body can suffer the consequences.
What Is Leaky Gut?
Leaky gut is also known as intestinal permeability. When the lining of the small intestine – which is normally joined tightly together – is damaged or loosened, it is unable to produce the enzymes that are needed for proper digestion. The permeability of the intestine also prevents the body from absorbing essential nutrients, leading to a weakened immune system.
Leaky gut permits harmful substances such as undigested food particles, bacteria, and toxins to move out of the intestine and “leak” into the blood stream and the rest of the body. The result is an autoimmune response by the body that can present as:
- Anxiety or depression
- Celiac disease
- Chronic fatigue
- Crohn’s disease
- Food allergies
- Hormonal imbalances
- Irritable bowel
How does the damage to the intestines occur? The answer often lies within what you put in your body.
Causes of Leaky Gut
The causes of leaky gut depend on the person, their overall health, DNA, and lifestyle. There are many ways you can put yourself at risk for leaky gut:
- Excessive intake of refined sugars.
- A reliance on antibiotics or over-the-counter pain relievers.
- High alcohol consumption.
- Nutritional deficiencies.
Candida overgrowth in the digestive tract is considered a major player in some health problems, like mood disorders, sinus infections, recurring UTIs or vaginal yeast infections, and chronic fatigue. Leaky gut is a serious consequence of candidiasis.
Signs and Symptoms of Leaky Gut
Close to 75 percent of your immune system is in your gut, so when you have a problem with your digestive system, the likelihood of developing an immune-related illness increases.
While the symptoms of various gastrointestinal problems overlap, discomfort like the following can be an indication of leaky gut:
- Chronic diarrhea or constipation.
- Chronic gas or bloating.
- Skin rashes.
- Chronic fatigue.
- Sugar cravings.
- Joint pain.
Find Out if You Have a Leaky Gut and Start Healing
If you’re tired of living with a chronic condition, having low energy, or feeling like something just isn’t right, take the time to find out if leaky gut is interrupting a happy, productive life. You can be the person you want to be. Through enzyme nutrition, diet and lifestyle adjustments, your body can relearn how to work in a healthy way.
Give us the opportunity to identify what’s going on with your gut. At Ann Arbor Holistic Health, it is our honor to help you get a new lease on life. After comprehensive testing and diagnosis, we address leaky gut at the source, using a customized care plan to remove what isn’t right, rejuvenate the lining of your intestinal wall, restore healthy bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract, and give you your life back.
Contact us today to schedule your comprehensive nutritional evaluation and consultation. Allow us to help your body heal.