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7 Signs and symptoms that you have leaky gut

You would be surprised at how many health conditions are a result of having leaky gut. The father of modern medicine Hippocrates said “All disease begins in the Gut” and research has now proven he was absolutely right.

Essentially, leaky gut syndrome is condition that happens as a consequence of intestinal tight junction malfunction. These “tight junctions” are the gateway between your intestines and what is allowed to pass into the blood stream.  Your tight junctions keep things out like toxins, microbes and undigested food particles. But having leaky gut is essentially like having the gates broken from your intestines to your blood stream so many of these particles that should never have been able to enter have now gotten through.  When this happens it causes inflammation throughout your body leading to a variety of diseases.

 

So how do you know if you have a leaky gut?

  • Food Sensitivities – People affected by food sensitivities oftentimes find that leaky gut is to blame. Because of the onslaught of toxins that enter the bloodstream, the immune systems of people with intestinal hyper-permeability are on overdrive mass-producing various antibodies, which makes their bodies more susceptible to antigens in certain foods (especially gluten and dairy).
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Elevated gut permeability is oftentimes localized to the colon in people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis. For Crohn’s disease patients, leaky gut is prevalent in a majority cases.
  • Autoimmune Disease – The key to understanding how leaky gut can cause an autoimmune disease is through the research done on a protein known as “zonulin.” Eating gluten can oftentimes trigger this dangerous cascade.
  • Thyroid Problems – One of the autoimmune diseases that leaky gut syndrome may directly affect is Hashimoto’s disease. Also known as “chronic thyroiditis,” this disorder can lead to hypothyroidism, impaired metabolism, fatigue, depression, weight gain, and a host of other concerns.
  • Malabsorption – Various nutritional deficiencies resulting from leaky gut include vitamin B12, magnesium and key enzymes that help digest food. It is recommended that people with leaky gut supplement with a whole foods based multi-vitamin and live probiotic to not only help digest the food that they eat, but to make sure that they get the vital nutrition that they need.
  • Inflammatory Skin Conditions – Intestinal hyper-permeability can cause a slew of skin conditions; particularly acne and psoriasis.  Generally, dangerous creams and drugs are prescribed for these skin disorders, yet they can oftentimes be fixed by healing the gut!
  • Mood Issues – Leaky gut has been shown to cause various neurocognitive disorders. For example, the inflammatory response characteristic of intestinal hyper-permeability triggers the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines and other chemicals that induce depression.

 

How do you repair leaky gut?

  • Remove foods and factors that damage the gut
  • Replace with healing foods
  • Repair with specific supplements
  • Rebalance with probiotics

 

Knowing about leaky gut and how to treat it will be putting you in good stead. If you are still not too sure if you might suffering from leaky gut, it is advisable to get in touch with your local practitioner. Do not try to self-diagnose!

If you are still unsure about the causes and cures for intestinal problems then you need to contact the expert in the field, Dr Alain Sanua. As a doctor of homeopathy, Dr Alain Sanua will ensure that you are treated the natural way. Go and visit one of Dr Alain Sanua’s wellness clinics to find out more about his different healing methods or visit his website www.homeopathjohannesburg.co.za

 

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