Do you have Leaky Gut Syndrome?
The majority of people have never heard of leaky gut syndrome, let alone know what causes it or what symptoms are as a result of it. It is probably one of the single most important factors that determines your overall health. It is something I have suffered from myself, and like many of you I had no idea what it was, what had caused it or what to do about it until I was diagnosed.
Your gut is the place where your food is digested and absorbed, and where 80% of your immune system resides. If your gut isn't healthy then you aren't healthy either and you will very likely be experiencing various symptoms that you may not be relating to the health of your gut.
Leaky Gut Syndrome
So what is leaky gut syndrome, how does it happen and what can you do about it? The good news is, it is possible to prevent leaky gut and it is also possible to heal it once it has happened.
Causes of Leaky Gut
- One of the main causes of leaky gut is a product called gluten. Gluten is found in almost all flours and it is very damaging to the gut wall. Over time it causes small holes to appear in the gut wall causing it to be porous (hence the term leaky gut) Particles of undigested food, toxins, and yeasts can pass through the gut wall into the blood stream and can be responsible for a whole host of allergic reactions, inflammation and other unpleasant symptoms.
Leaky gut is also caused by
- prescription medications
- a diet high in refined sugar and processed foods
How to Heal a Leaky Gut
If leaky gut syndrome is primarily caused by gluten it might be reasonable to suppose that eliminating gluten would solve the problem. Unfortunately for many people this doesn't necessarily happen. There are many people who have been diagnosed either celiac or gluten intolerant, wnd who have embarked on a gluten free diet only to find that they are still experiencing some unpleasant symptoms. Although eliminating gluten is vitally important, it isn't the whole story.
So why might this be??
In the following video you will hear a doctor explaining the reasons why a gluten free diet may not be enough to heal the gut and what you need to do in addition to eliminating gluten, to heal your leaky gut.
In my book Really Healthy Gluten Free Living I discuss in more detail what constitutes a healthy gluten free diet and I explain why your diet may not be aiding your full recovery and what you need to do about it. I also include several healthy gluten free recipes for you to try and recipes that are specifically aimed at healing the gut.
Leaky Gut Syndrome is one of those conditions that creeps up on you when you are least expecting it. One day all is well, the next day you are starting to suffer from gut related problems and related allergies. Don't leave it until it is too late. The sooner you follow the really healthy gluten free living protocol, the sooner your leaky gut will heal and the sooner you will be on the road to recovery and optimal health.
Over the next few weeks I will be adding some gluten free recipes to my blog that aren't in my book – so watch this space