You’ve probably heard the term “leaky gut” thrown around lately. Although the term has been in the ‘alternative’ fields of medicine for some time now, it’s becoming accepted by more Western doctors. In very simple terms, a leaky gut means that the tight junctions in your gut lining aren’t as tight as they used to be, and therefore are letting unusual substances enter your body. This can happen for various reasons including stress, medications, inflammatory foods, chemicals, infections, etc. Left unattended, a leaky gut can lead to more serious issues. Good news is it can often be fixed with diet, supplements, and proper care. Do any of the following apply to you (or maybe more than one)? If so, dig in to 5 Ways to Repair and Heal Leaky Gut and start the healing process.
You Have Food Sensitivities
If you find yourself sensitive to a lot of foods, including (but not limited too) gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, corn and many of the foods you eat on a daily basis, chances are that proteins from these foods are leaking through your intestinal lining and causing havoc!
You Have Skin Irritations
Rashes, eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis are commonly linked to digestive issues and leaky gut.
You Have an Autoimmune Disease
If you have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease such as Celiac, Rheumatiod Arthritis, Fibromyaglia, Hashimoto’s or other AI conditions it is very likely that you also have a leaky gut – often the root cause.
Your Brain is Feeling Off
Have you noticed brain fog or had a hard time concentrating? Maybe you are feeling more mood swings, depression or anxiety than usual? These can also be a symptoms of a leaky gut – they do call the gut the “second brain.”
Your Gut is Acting Up
Which brings us to the digestion. Since we are talking about the gut here – it is of course very common to experience one or several of these symptoms; bloating, IBS, constipation, diarrhea, or other discomfort. If you have had any of these for an extended period of time, it could lead to leaky gut.