What is Leaky Gut? 11 Signs and Symptoms
Leaky Gut, also known as intestinal permeability is a condition in which the lining of the small intestine is damaged and becomes more porous.
Your gut is naturally permeable to very small molecules in order to absorb vital nutrients from food. However, when the cells lining the intestinal wall become damaged, undigested food particles, toxic waste products and bacteria are able to “leak” through the intestines and flood the bloodstream. Your immune system marks these foreign substances as pathogens and attacks them. The immune response to these invaders can appear in the form of any of the eleven signs you have a leaky gut, which are listed below.
11 Symptoms of a Leaky Gut
- Digestive upset – chronic gas, diarrhea, constipation or bloating
- Brain fog and memory loss
- Excessive fatigue
- Hormonal imbalances
- Cravings for sugar and carbohydrates
- Skin rashes and problems such as acne, eczema or rosacea
- Arthritis or joint pain
- Depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD
- Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, celiac disease or Crohn's
- Poor immune system
- Nutrient deficiencies
What Causes Leaky Gut?
In many cases leaky gut is caused by food, medications, and infections. Inflammatory foods like gluten, dairy, sugar, and alcohol are the culprits most of the time. The intestinal lining can be further irritated by the use of medications including antibiotics, steroids, pain relievers and acid reducers. The most common infectious causes are candida overgrowth, intestinal parasites, and small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).
How do I Heal Leaky Gut?
Don’t worry! The human body is an amazing machine that is designed to heal itself. You can restore the damage to your intestinal lining. Gut Garden's GoodGut Program was designed using the functional medicine approach to gut health to help you do just that. We've been there, and we can help you get back to feeling your best again!