Hippocrates, the father of Modern Medicine, once suggested that “all the diseases begin in the gut.” Long after this idea, researchers have now evidence that this concept might have a basis.
Various studies are discussing our widening understanding of gut function, immunity and how our modern lifestyles, and specifically our diets, can adversely contribute to our overall health by causing damage to our digestive system.
Health experts today have suggested that leaky gut syndrome affects more than 80% of the population, though there are still studies that are being conducted to verify the true number. This digestive condition can be hard to diagnose but is expected to emerge as one of the most significant medical concepts of the modern era.
What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Medical studies have indicated that a lot of our chronic and autoimmune diseases emerge from gastrointestinal complications. A significant portion of the studies has centered around damage to the protective lining of the intestines, or what is commonly known as a leaky gut syndrome (intestinal permeability).
The leaky gut syndrome occurs the gut lining’s permeability allows bacteria, toxins, undigested food particles, and other harmful substances to pass through in your bloodstream, where they don’t belong. The intestinal leaks pose danger to your overall health.
The foreign substances entering the blood can lead to inflammation and may trigger autoimmune and chronic diseases. It may also cause allergic reactions including eczema, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel, arthritis, and migraines.
With the leaky gut syndrome, the damaged cells in the intestines are not able to produce the enzymes needed to perform the proper digestive process.
Consequently, because of poor digestion, your body is not able to absorb all the essential nutrients it needs. This can lead to hormonal imbalances which in turn can compromise your immune system.
The Causes of Leaky Gut
In most cases, leaky gut syndrome can be attributed to your diet. Certain foods including soy, dairy, and gluten can trigger an immune response. Your body can treat these foods as foreign and produce antibodies to fight them off, resulting in inflammation and allergic reactions and condition like headaches, diarrhea, fatigue, and joint pain.
The leaky gut syndrome can also be triggered by the medication that you are taking. Medicines like aspirin, pain relievers, antibiotics, or steroids can irritate your intestinal lining and as a result damage the protective mucus layers. This intestinal irritation can start or continue the inflammation cycle that causes intestinal permeability.
1. Pro-inflammatory foods cause inflammation in the GI tract and damage the cells in the epithelial tissue (gut tissue), thus causing holes in the gut lining.
- Legumes and lentils
- Processed vegetable oils
- Refined sugar and carbohydrates
- Preservatives and additives in processed foods
- Non-organic animal products
2. Chronic stress and exposure to high-stress conditions can cause chronic inflammation by weakening your body’s immunity. When your immune system is compromised, it cannot properly defend itself against foreign bacteria, viruses, and other harmful pathogens in the environment. They will have the opportunity to attack your body and contribute to inflammation which then causes a leaky gut.
3. A lack of healthy gut bacteria – factors such as chronic stress, consuming the wrong kind of food, and antibiotic use can all contribute to depleting your body’s natural supply of good bacteria.
Common Signs of Leaky Gut Syndrome
- Chronic diarrhea, bloating, or constipation
- Memory loss, brain fog
- Cravings for sugar or carbs
- Anxiety, depression, ADD, ADHD
Since the leaky gut syndrome is primarily caused by your diet, the key to healing it also lies in changing your diet and eliminating irritant foods. You can start to try eliminating common food triggers such as gluten, refined sugar, caffeine, soy, and alcohol. Eat more fresh vegetables and fruit and avoid over-processed foods. You can also include healthy fats (fish, coconut, olive oil, flax, avocado) and increase your consumption of probiotics and L-glutamine, an amino acid that can rejuvenate your intestinal wall lining. Living a well-balanced, stress-free, and active life will also benefit your overall well-being.
ANF Therapy® Helps Leaky Gut Syndrome
A leaky gut is a condition that is not typically diagnosed but could be affecting the health of many people. Irritation can start or continue the inflammation cycle in the gut leading to intestinal permeability.
ANF Therapy®addresses the root cause of this problem by removing invisible inflammation, toxins, and free radicals.
“I used to have pain in the gut area.
After the first treatment, I already felt much better.
Now, after the third one, I am feeling so good, and I believe we are done.”