It's amazing to me how gut health is responsible for overall body health. If the gut is suffering, other areas of the body will be too. Therefore, it's imperative that we learn to optimize gut health so that it's functioning at its optimum.
Lab work is a wonderful objective method to discern the state of the gut. In fact, this is one big element I use when working with patients so that we can get a non-negotiable look into the state of the intestinal milieu.
There are also symptomatic correlations we can use to get an idea of whether or not someone is dealing with intestinal permeability. I will address these in a minute, but first let's address the mechanism of leaky gut.
A leaky gut means that the tight junctions of the gut wall have become compromised to the point where they have opened up. This means that toxins, undigested food particles and antigens can escape the gut and enter the bloodstream. Once they get in the bloodstream they can travel anywhere in the body and cause allergic responses and trigger inflammation.
There are a variety of causative factors. One is an inflammatory diet, which consists of gluten-containing grains, conventional dairy products, industrial seed oils (hydrogenated) and artificial sugars. Having these regularly in the diet can directly contribute to leaky gut and cause major inflammation in the body. Additionally, stress is a major contributor to leaky gut as well. Prolonged elevated cortisol and epinephrine harm the integrity of the gut lining. Being sedentary, stressed and worried, getting poor sleep and using mainstream cosmetics or cleaning with conventional cleaning products are other contributors.
Inflammatory foods to the human body that contribute to leaky gut syndrome.
Lets explore some symptomatic expressions of a leaky gut. Here is a list of some of the most common symptoms:
- bloating/digestive issues
- thyroid conditions
- joint pain
- weight gain
- skin problems
- autoimmune conditions
- hormonal imbalances
- fibromyalgia and muscle pain
- mood instabilities
All of these symptoms have their origin rooted in gut compromise. Addressing the gut is imperative to overcome these issues.
I have a gut health checklist that I think can provide value to you if you're trying to optimize your gut health. I'll leave a link below for you to check out.
I hope you found some value from this article and came to the realization that focusing on the gut is a critical element to experience healing.
Dr. Seamus Allen
DC, CFMP, DACBN