Reduce Symptoms of Leaky Gut by Supporting Your Gut Health
Leaky gut and its associated symptoms can be a cause of pain in the digestive system, but also affect other areas like joints or skin. To improve the symptoms of leaky gut, it’s not necessary to try and address all those individual problems. Leaky Gut syndrome can basically be seen as a side effect from an imbalance in your body’s health which leads you having issues with digestion over time; if this were resolved, people would stop experiencing these chronic stomach-related ailments!
What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Leaky gut is a condition where the lining of your digestive system becomes permeable, allowing food particles and toxins to pass through into other parts of the body. This can cause all sorts of symptoms throughout your body, from merely feeling sick with stomach aches to constipation, and much worse.
A leaky intestine isn’t just unpleasant, it is also dangerous because what goes in doesn’t get absorbed properly, so any medication or vitamin supplementation taken will not do its job. It is common to experience reactions when you eat certain foods like gluten/wheat, dairy, and more.
Symptoms of Leaky Gut
The immune system’s response to a leaky gut can lead to many different digestive and non-digestive symptoms. The most common symptoms include:
- Gas and Bloating
- Diarrhea or Constipation
- Heartburn or Acid Reflux
Symptoms also include more serious digestive conditions such as:
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
One such symptom is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) which involves abnormal muscle contractions in your intestines, with no coordination between them; this causes cramping-like pain when you eat food or drink fluids.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
A second sign may be chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) where one has difficulty getting rid of sleepiness. Chronic fatigue syndrome is a complicated disorder characterized by extreme tiredness that lasts for at least six months and can’t be fully explained by underlying medical conditions. The exhaustion tends to get worse with physical or mental activity but doesn’t go away on its own even after some rest.
Chronic fatigue syndrome persists despite normal laboratory tests; fulfilling work demands; reasonable social schedule length; adequate sleep durations per night.
Much of the above symptoms and digestive disorders caused by leaky gut are related to the bacteria or other microorganisms that reside in our intestines and can cause inflammation.
We know that leaky gut is a condition where the intestinal wall becomes damaged, thus allowing undigested food particles and bacterial fragments to enter your bloodstream. This can lead to symptoms elsewhere in body as the immune system tries to eliminate them. When the immune system functions properly, it releases inflammatory cytokines for the purpose of causing inflammation. Wherever this inflammation arises you often experience a variety of symptoms.
Non-Gut Related Symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome
As stated above, what passes through the leaky gut into the body can cause the immune system to create inflammation (using cytokines) almost anywhere. Here are some of the most common non-gut related symptoms of leaky gut syndrome:
- Skin Irritation, Lesions, Acne, Rashes
- Joint Pain
- Brain Fog
- Nutritional Deficiencies (e.g. anemia)
- Food sensitivities and allergies
- Food cravings (e.g. carbs)
- Fatigue (e.g. after eating)
- Anxiety, Depression
Dr. Conners’ Presentation on Leaky Gut
Dustin has been passionate about holistic health since he met his wife, Dr Mallory Ranem (Conners) almost 20 years ago. As the Digital Media Manager, he coordinates content across Conners Clinic’s large online presence, including written, video, and audio.