Have you ever had a gut feeling that something was off? Your gut can be a significant indicator of what is going on inside of you.
Your gut mainly consists of the intestinal lining, covering over 4,000 square feet of surface area inside your digestive tract. This lining is the barrier that separates what gets absorbed into your bloodstream. It is also somewhat permeable, meaning small particles can pass through it.
While a permeable gut is good, a leaky gut is not. The problem begins when the natural small holes in the gut lining become too large or extra cracks are formed. The extra holes and cracks allow bacteria, toxins, and undigested food to enter the bloodstream. When these toxins pass through, it causes a disbalance, decreasing proper digestion and increasing inflammation.
Systemic inflammation is harmful to our bodies, and when left untreated, has long-term effects. Often what begins as a digestive problem turns into a chronic disease that reduces the quality of life.
Leaky gut syndrome can be due to genetic predispositions, but more commonly is due to lifestyle choices.
Eating habits are a significant source of the problem. Diets with high sugar, unhealthy fat intake, and low fiber consumption can be a catalyst. High rates of alcohol consumption and increased stress levels also increase the chance of disruption.
The everyday dietary choices have led to chronic illness for some. Celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, and irritable bowel syndrome are three leading diseases linked to a leaky gut, but could it go beyond just digestion? Studies are starting to reveal that a leaky gut could be the primary link to autoimmune diseases, chronic fatigue syndrome, and even mental illness.
If you are suffering from an invisible illness that appeared out of nowhere, it could be traceable back to your stomach due to leaky gut syndrome.
Trust your gut, and don’t settle for suffering. We can help!