WHAT IS LEAKY GUT?

One of the most crucial and underestimated components of our health, The gut, can affect everything from our digestion to our mental health. Are you experiencing health issues like arthritis, thyroid problems, diabetes, fatigue? From your mood, immune system and metabolism, your gut wields a powerful influence on all these areas.

The microbiome:

The microbiome is made up of the different yeast, bacteria, parasites and protozoa which have a symbiotic relationship with your body.

Functions of the microbiome.
1: Manages inflammation & your immune system throughout the body.
2: Plays a large role in maintaining the intestinal lining.
3: Manufactures important chemicals for the entire body including the brain.
4: Helps digest & assimilate your food.

Understanding the GUT / Gastrointestinal system:

The gastrointestinal system, also referred to as the gastrointestinal tract, digestive system, digestive tract, or gut, is a group of organs that includes the mouth, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, small intestine, colon, and rectum.

Your gut is like a switchboard. It has connections to all the different parts of the body & can send signals to & fro. Those signals can either be health-promoting or disease-promoting & that is controlled by the level of functioning of the gut itself. When we optimise the functioning of the gut by re-balancing the microbiome, decreasing the inflammation, & restoring integrity to the intestinal lining we create an environment that is health-promoting!

Mouth and teeth break down food and start the digestive process

Esophagus pushes food down into the stomach

Stomach creates acid and peptic enzymes which help further break down food and kill off the majority of bacteria. This takes about 1-5hours for the food to be broken down and emptied from the stomach into the small intestine.

Small intestine is a narrow tube where the major food groups, protein, fat and carbohydrates are broken down into amino-acids, sugars and fatty acids. It can take between 2 – 4 hours for the meal to be absorbed from the small intestine into the blood stream.

Colon or large intestine breaks down unabsorbed sugars, starches and proteins from the small intestine to short chain fatty acids, which may be utilised as a source of energy. The waste is then discarded through the rectum.

Pancreas is a digestive gland that secretes an alkaline juice, containing powerful enzymes that break down protein, fat and carbohydrates. It is also the source of the hormone insulin.

Liver receives blood from the gut, filters it, removes toxins, stores nutrients and synthesizes proteins for various purposes including blood clotting. It also synthesizes bile.

Gall bladder stores and concentrates bile, and after a meal squeezes it into the small intestine, where it helps to digest fat.
According to research, the cause of your food allergies, low energy, joint pain, thyroid disease, autoimmune conditions and slow metabolism could be the cause by the progression of leaky gut symptoms.

What is leaky gut?

A digestive condition in which bacteria and toxins leak through the intestinal wall.

Causes of Leaky gut:

  • Lectins are found in many foods, not just grains, and consumed in smaller amounts, your body will do just fine with them. But foods that have large amounts of lectins are more problematic. Some of the lectins and foods that cause leaky gut include wheat, rice, spelt and soy. Once your gut is healthy, you can add back in grains that have been fermented and sprouted to eat occasionally.
  • GMO foods tend to be the highest in lectins since they have been modified to fight off bugs.
  • Conventional cows milk is another food that can cause leaky gut. There are two types of Cows dairy. Either A1 casein or A2 casein. The component of dairy that will harm your gut is the protein A1 casein. Conventional dairy is also pasteurized, which destroys vital enzymes, making sugars like lactose very difficult to digest.
  • Sugar is another substance that will wreak havoc on your digestive system. Sugar feeds the growth of yeast, Candida and bad bacteria, which can damage your gut. Bad bacteria actually creates toxins called exotoxins that damage healthy cells and can eat a hole into your intestinal wall.

How Do You Know If You Have Leaky Gut?

Partially digested protein and fat can seep through your intestinal lining, making their way into your bloodstream and causing an allergic response.

This allergic response doesn’t mean you’ll break out in a rash all over your body, but it can lead to various symptoms:

  • Bloating
  • Food sensitivities
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Skin issues like rosacea and acne
  • Digestive problems
  • Weight gain

If left unrepaired, it can lead to more severe health issues like inflammatory bowel disease, IBS, arthritis, eczema, psoriasis, depression, anxiety, migraine headaches, muscle pain and chronic fatigue. Another problem with leaky gut is that it can cause malabsorption of vital minerals and nutrients, including zinc, iron and vitamin B12.