4 Common Causes Of A Leaky Gut
Written by: Kavata Kithome
I recently spoke about chronic inflammation and how it affects your overall health. The father of medicine, Hippocrates, said centuries ago that “all disease begin in the gut” and finally we are all catching up with the antiquity.
I have talked about my transformation many times. One of the issues I had going into my transformation was food sensitivities and allergies and, while I did not go to a doctor for a professional opinion, it was likely caused by leaky gut syndrome.
This condition is as bad as it sounds; it is when there is damage to the intestine’s protective lining, making it more permeable, which allows bacterial toxins and undigested foods particles to pass through into the bloodstream. This can cause inflammation throughout the body and even trigger larger issues like food sensitivities and allergies and worse, chronic and autoimmune diseases.
How can you get leaky gut? Here are 4 common ways and bonus what to do about each:
At Fitlife, we are very conscious of what we eat; this is because we view food as medicine. Food can either heal or hurt your gut health. Processed and sugary foods that are lacking nutrients can damage your intestinal lining. Gluten and soy can also cause inflammation to the gut and increase permeability.
|What to do: At Fitlife we ask our clients to avoid sugar, dairy, gluten and soy for this exact reason. I like to call this an elimination liveit (get it, live it?) and it is a great way to discover which foods do not work for your body and begin healing your gut.
I suffered from severe aura migraines and they are the worst; suffice it to say, I took a lot of Excedrin to help with my migraines. But as you know, all medication has side effects, for me it was inflammation in my gut.
|What to do: Thanks to my transformation, I hardly get migraines and now I used natural alternatives that help my body. I am not advocating to stop taking your medications, it is important to consult your doctor before doing so. With that said, opt for natural alternative for things like a headache before reaching for a painkiller.
3. Microbiome Imbalances
It is important to note that, just because you are not experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms, it does not mean that there are no underlying microbiome problems. Chronic gut infections and overgrowths of yeast or bacteria can contribute to low-grade, systemic inflammation that can lead to leaky gut syndrome.
|What to do: Taking probiotics is a great way to balance your microbiome. Eating foods that support your microbiome like asparagus is also a great way to restore and balance your microbiome.
We all know that prolonged stress negatively affects your health. Things like poor sleep and overtraining at the gym increase the body’s production of cortisol and can be stressful to the body and are ways that can damage the gut.
|What to do: This is the mindset piece of the 90-day transformation, we ask our clients to consistently practice mindfulness. You can try mindfulness meditation and yoga as great ways to reduce stress.
How do you find out you have leaky gut?
One way to find out if you might have leaky gut syndrome is to have a blood test run to measure antibodies:
- Zonulin And Occludin Antibodies: These are the proteins that govern gut permeability. Antibodies could indicate damage to the intestinal tight junctions.
- Actomyosin Antibodies: This could indicate there was destruction of healthy gut lining.
- Lipopolysaccharides (LPS) Antibodies: LPS are bacterial endotoxins in your gut. If antibodies are found in blood this could indicate leaky gut syndrome.
Now that you know, what’s next? This is where the work begins. Every case is different and leaky gut syndrome can cause many different factors throughout the body. With the help of your doctor, try to find a way works for you.
A health coach can help you pinpoint the weakness in your diet to help create the best strategic menu plan for you. One way I know that works is taking natural medicines like L-glutamine and my favourite, bone broth to heal the gut.
What are your experiences with leaky gut? Share with us in the comments below!
Kavata Kithome is an advocate for living your best life, full of health and longevity. While working closely with gym owners and personal trainers, she was able to sculpt a well-rounded view of fitness and understands how to incorporate it with a healthy balanced diet. She is a regular contributor to the One More Step Lifestyle brand.
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