What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome My Rebellious Colon

Introduction

Many of you are suffering from an autoimmune disorder. Whether you know it or not, that autoimmune disorder is the extreme result of what’s called Leaky Gut Syndrome.

I didn’t know it at the time, but right before my daughters birth in 2008, I had been losing weight. My wife, family, and co-workers all said to me at one time or another, “Have you lost weight?”. I thought they were crazy until I decided to weigh myself. I had lost more than 10 pounds and didn’t even know it. It kept coming off in 2008 until January of 09′ when I decided it was time to see the doctor. I was showing the classic symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s, IBS and multiple other GI disorders. I was diagnosed shortly after with Crohn’s Disease.

If I had only known the information I’m about to share with you, I would have been able to skip medicating the symptoms and jump right to healing the cause. My poor diet, stress from life and work, and toxin overload over the years had built up internally to make the perfect cocktail for a leaky gut.

What is Leaky Gut?

Leaky Gut Syndrome is now known to be affecting millions of people and they don’t even know it. You might think Leaky Gut only affects the GI but in fact, it is also the cause of many other health conditions.

According to research, it could be the cause of your food allergies, low energy, joint pain, thyroid disease, autoimmune conditions and slow metabolism to name a few. See Autoimmune Disorders Caused by Leaky Gut Syndrome.

So what is it? The best description I’ve heard is from Dr. Perlmutter, Neurologist and author of Grain Brain describe it as follows…

“Think of your digestive tract as a net with extremely small holes in it that only allow specific small particles to pass through. Your gut lining works as a barrier keeping out bigger particles that can damage your system”.

When someone has leaky gut (often referred to as increased intestinal permeability) the “net” in your digestive tract gets damaged, resulting in inflammation which causes even bigger holes to develop in your net, so things that normally can’t pass through, are now able to.

Some of the things that can now pass through include proteins like gluten, bad bacteria, and undigested foods particles. Toxic waste can also leak from the inside of your intestinal wall into your blood stream causing an immune reaction.

When your “net” is damaged the symptoms that follow are…

  • Bloating
  • Food sensitivities
  • Thyroid conditions (ie: Hashimoto’s disease)
  • Fatigue
  • Brain Fog
  • Joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Skin irritations like rosacea and acne
  • Digestive issues
  • Weight gain
  • Syndrome X
  • Hair loss
  • Allergies & asthma

Some of you might be thinking, “I don’t have any of those, so leaky gut isn’t my issue.” Well, not so fast my friend. Take this survey and then ask yourself again.


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Once the proteins and fats seep through your compromised intestinal lining they make their way into the bloodstream which causes an allergic response. One of the biggest warning signals your body will use is experiencing multiple food sensitivities.

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You’re not going to necessarily break out into a rash, although some will, but you’ll have one or more of the symptoms listed above. If not properly repaired, it can lead to more severe health issues like inflammatory bowel disease, depression, anxiety, IBS, arthritis, muscle pain, chronic fatigue and more.

In 2008, the Journal of Diabetes published their findings and presented strong evidence pointing to leaky gut as a major cause of autoimmune diseases including Type 1 Diabetes. [3]

Leaky gut can also cause malabsorption of crucial vitamins and nutrients like zinc, iron and vitamin B12.

Keep in mind folks, your doctor or GI specialist, at least not one of the five I saw, will ever mention Leaky Gut Syndrome as the cause of your issues. Why would they? There’s no money in that business to enable people to heal themselves. Instead, they do what they were trained to do in medical school which is treat and medicate the symptoms.  I am not a doctor, but if you’re wondering who you should trust or talk to, then look for a local holistic and/or wellness doctor. I recommend Maximize Living doctors. Find one in your area.

Instead of being left for dead by medications that will only lead you to more medications like an experimental lab rat, treat the source of the issue, the core of it. Heal that leaky gut and get rid of all these symptoms you are living with. I did and my quality of life is no longer depressing and knocking on death’s door.

I suggest reading What Causes Leaky Gut Syndrome next to further inform you about this epidemic and how to begin healing.

Symptoms and Conditions of Leaky Gut Syndrome

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**Note: I am not paid or affiliated with Maximized Living.

References

  1. http://drhedberg.com/
  2. http://draxe.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/leaky_cycle.jpg
  3. Journal of Diabetes – http://diabetes.diabetesjournals.org/content/57/10/2555.short