Is Your Gut In A Rut?
About two years ago, I was diagnosed with a syndrome that didn’t sound very appealing.
You may have heard of it – it’s commonly called “leaky gut syndrome”.
Basically, that’s a medical term to describe when an individual has holes in their gut.
While it’s still a bit early for scientists to really understand leaky gut syndrome, we have come up with some important medical understanding around this painful, uncomfortable, and incredible common ailment.
Do you have leaky gut syndrome?
Scary enough – you may not even know if you do?
It’s a condition that can lead to several serious ailments and diseases, so read this quick article carefully to see what you can do to alleviate a leaky gut.
What Is Leaky Gut?
When an individual suffers from leaky gut syndrome, they have tiny holes in their digestive tract.
These cluster in the tract and create a miniscule opening, which can accommodate the transmission of various substances.
The lining of your gut serves as a protective wall.
Breaking down this barrier, however, can cause significant damage to your digestive tract and other areas of the body.
How Can A Leaky Gut Cause Weight Gain?
It may not make sense yet, but let’s get into the details on how leaky gut syndrome can actually result in the influencing of weight gain.
Leaky gut causes bad bacteria, undigested food particles, pathogens, and toxic waste to pass through and enter into your bloodstream. Eew!
Your body defends against these particles, with the result being the production of antibodies to fight off the particles.
You may become sensitive to the foods that your body develops these antibodies against.
Your body will, in turn, see these as foods that are “bad” for you, and you’ll develop sensitivities to these foods.
This can result in bloating, fatigue, anxiety, and various other health issues that may contribute towards weight gain.
What Can Trigger Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Many of the causes of leaky gut syndrome are actually supportive of a weight gain as well.
Some possible causes include:
- Sugar has become an epidemic in our society and is said to be added to 80% of our food supply. What’s more, it leads to problems with your mind and your body. What’s more, sugar tends to be pretty hard on the gut. It supports the overdevelopment of bad bacteria, candida, and yeast. This results in additional damage to the gut, which influences the chain of events that ultimately cause weight gain.
Lectins and Phytates
- Lectins and phytates can reduce the absorption of nutrients, causing them to cling onto the lining of the intestines. This is something that influences inflammation. While small consumption of lectins and phytates through grains and legumes may be fine, less is usually better. Also, soaking or fermenting prior to consumption would make them easier to digest and less damaging to the intestines.
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
- As GMOs have toxins and glyphosate in them, consuming anything with GMOs will lower the quality of digestion. They will also cause dysbiosis within the gut and ultimately trigger impermeability of the intestines.
- Any dairy products containing A1 casein protein being consumed can influence damage to the intestines. As the pasteurization of dairy destroys the lactase enzyme, the body is not able to digest lactose as easily, which is the milk sugar that is usually tough on the digestive system. These are the main dietary causes of leaky gut syndrome.
Okay, this is all pretty scary…
What Can I Do?
- Adding L-Glutamine supplementation into your diet will help to protect the gut. It is a type of essential amino acid, known for lowering inflammation. It is also essential to help with the building and reparation of mucosal walls.
- It is recommended that digestive enzymes are used supplementary to meals. Typically, taking the digestive enzymes prior to starting the meal is best. This helps make sure the body is able to digest the foods easily. With this treatment method, there are no concerns over proteins or undigested food particles causing problems with the lining of the gut. An alternative pre-meal method would be drinking a little apple cider vinegar. I hate the taste of Apple Cider Vinegar so I like to take it in capsule form.
- This is an easy way to treat and relieve the digestive tract. It’s effective at this, just like it is for treating burns. It’s also effective at treating other health issues associated with leaky gut syndrome, such as ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome. Plus, aloe vera can be consumed through liquid form for instant relief. My favorite aloe vera does NOT have added sugar, tastes a bit funky, but is fully raw and organic. Find it at Whole Foods – the brand is, “AloeForce”. I hate the taste but I put it in smoothies and slug it, with something to wash it down with! Some people don’t mind the taste as much – but I thought I’d warn you that there are a lot of ‘aloe’ drinks that are really nothing more than sugary goop. Get real aloe – take it one shot per day – and you’ll see some amazing changes to your body, and your brain!
- One of the most important things to do when treating leaky gut syndrome is replenishing the gut of flora. You will want to find a probiotic that contains a minimum of 50 billion bacteria in every serving, and also that covers a number of different strains. I like to swig a “Bio-K” organic drink when I go to the store, and I take Dr. David Williams’ probiotics or Bio-K capsules. The other amazing probiotic food I consume (which is said to be the MOST effective) is sauerkraut. Every day – two teaspoons on an empty stomach. It REALLY is effective!
How Can I Tell If I Have Leaky Gut?
It’s not a medical condition in the traditional sense, but it’s still significantly hampering and potentially influential towards a weight gain. So, if you are running out of reasons as to why you aren’t able to easily lose weight or avoid a weight gain, then it’s possible that leaky gut syndrome is to blame.
I highly recommend finding a doctor who can test your body with a comprehensive analysis. A great doctor will get blood, stool, and saliva samples to find out what your gut is doing and which foods you’re not doing well with. This is how I found out about my gluten allergy (it’s severe! 47 out of 50!)
Find a great doctor (mine was Austin Integrative Medicine, Dr. Manzanero) and get your beautiful body on the path to a healthy gut today.