Leaky Gut

What Is Leaky Gut?

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Our gut has a lining which has over 4,000 square feet of surface area. One function of this intestinal covering is to not allow the substances inside the intestine into the bloodstream and vice versa. Intestinal permeability or leaky gut is a condition where the intestinal walls of the digestive tract become more permeable, weak and sometimes gets holes because of damage, causing the transfer of substances from the gut into the bloodstream. This causes a host of issues. For example, it compromises the proper nutrient absorption within the gut. Or undigested food may find its way into the bloodstream and be identified by our body as a foreign object, activating the emergency response which results in inflammation all over the body. The body may be able to digest the food, but if you have food sensitivities, there will be difficulties for your digestion process. By consuming what you are sensitive, you can irritate your gut’s lining, causing inflammation throughout the whole body.

Frequently Asked Questions.

A lot of people say, “I don’t have a food allergy.” Most people do, but don’t know that they have it. There are two types of allergies—delayed and immediate. Immediate allergies are easy to recognize because you see your reaction, such as through hives, vomiting, or diarrhea within few minutes to few hours after eating what you are are sensitive to. However, with delayed response, it is harder to spot. It can take up to 72 hours for your body to start its response and once it does, it can continue by disrupting your hormones or cause chronic issues such as indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, fatigue, brain fog, congestion, joint pain or autoimmune diseases. Therefore, knowing what food you are sensitive to is not just to know what to eat or what not to eat. It is actually for keeping your whole system in check and in health.
Leaky gut creates food sensitivities. Undigested food materials permeates and crosses the gut barrier into the bloodstream. Once there, the body tags it as a foreign substance, and starts initiating an immune response assault. When the immune system starts working like that, the body goes out of balance. Symptoms such as fatigue, brain fog and inflammation is experienced. The weight gain starts right here.
Instead, we recommend avoiding what has caused inflammation in the first place. The body has an innate restorative system. It is constantly in the process of healing itself and taking care of any inflammation that is going on in the body. By avoiding those inflammatory substances, we are giving it a break from constantly supplying it with inflammatory items and allowing it to regenerate, restore and heal. On the other hand, if we try to heal the inflammation by taking supplemental remedies, we are meddling with this self-restoring process of our bodies. No matter how natural or medicinal the anti-inflammatory substances are, we will be putting extra pressure on the body because it has to try to get rid of this extra substance trying to interfere with its own innate healing abilities. In some cases, the body even has to work harder to work with the substance or get rid of it, causing our overall system to become weaker and the inflammation to fail to be addressed well. After a short while, the body gets tired of fighting with these anti-inflammatory agents and stops its own healing action, making us think the medicine has worked, while, in fact, the anti-inflammation process has been stopped prematurely and the problem has not been completely addressed. The toxin and toxic reactions are still there, continuing to disrupt our body’s mechanisms; we just don’t feel it until it shows up as another problem in the body. Allow your body to do its job. You can do your part by not feeding it inflammatory substances, agents and foods.
  1. Inflammation of tissues causes pain. In order to stop the effect of an inflammation response, the body tries to release cortisol, an anti-inflammatory hormone. However, with increased cortisol, blood sugar levels are also increased. This causes weight gain, which can lead to insulin resistance and even diabetes.
  2. With cortisol also being responsible for controlling fat storage, it starts storing fat around the mid-section.
  3. With an escalated immune response, the body develops further food sensitivities. The body feels it is under attack by a foreign material, so it starts holding onto its supplies and fluids. This can cause different parts of the body to get malnourished and be bloated.
  4. Because an inflamed gut wall, which leads to lack of gut bacteria, the body cannot properly absorb nutrients. This results in decreased metabolism and weight gain. And, because the immune system is overactive, it uses the available nutrients to better assist its function, not leaving much to be used for metabolic function and weight control.
  5. With food sensitivity, the gut’s inflammatory response causes decreased levels of serotonin in the body. This causes the person to experience cravings that are satisfied by going for carbohydrates or sugar, increasing the blood sugar, which results in weight gain.
  6. Also, low levels of serotonin leads to depression and loss of enthusiasm to engage in activities related to weight loss, such as healthy dieting and exercise.

Serotonin is the main hormone that impacts the whole body by helping with cellular communication between the nervous system and brain cells. It also stabilizes mood and assist the body with sleep, digestion and eating, and overall well-being.
Too little or too much serotonin in the body causes a whole host of effects. When the gut is reacting to food sensitivities, it lowers the serotonin level.

Too little serotonin will:

  • Lead to depression
  • Cause Inflammation
  • Decrease bowel function and consequently decrease detoxification of the body
  • Affect sleep and wakefulness
  • Slow down wound healing
    Impact bone’s health

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