Do you feel tired all of the time, even when you’ve just woken up? Many of us chalk it up to our busy schedules; however, what if this symptom was something deeper and an indication of something out of order within your body? While chronic fatigue is one symptom of leaky gut syndrome, there are several others that can not only leave you feeling unwell but can lead to multiple harmful diseases.
Most of us know that the digestive tract works to break down food and absorb nutrients, but few of us realize that it actually protects the body from harmful substances. It acts as a natural barrier controlling what items can enter the bloodstream and therefore reach the organs. The intestines contain small gaps in their wall to allow water and nutrients to flow through while also working to block those substances that can cause harm.
When these usually tight junctions become loose, the digestive tract becomes more permeable. This allows for bacteria and toxins to pass or “leak” into the bloodstream causing leaky gut, or what is also known as increased intestinal permeability. When this occurs, the body may experience widespread inflammation or a reaction from the immune system resulting in many negative side effects.
So, apart from extreme fatigue, what are some of the other symptoms of leaky gut syndrome? These may include:
Some also believe that this increased intestinal permeability may be the cause of other major issues like migraines, thyroid abnormalities, mood swings, autism, fibromyalgia, and multiple sclerosis.
While the cause of this condition remains somewhat of a mystery, there is a known protein that controls intestinal permeability called zonulin. When this protein is activated in people who are genetically more susceptible, increased intestinal permeability may occur. Two factors that initiate the release of zonulin are bacteria found in the intestines, as well as gluten which can be found in wheat and other grains.
There are also other factors that are believed to cause leaky gut syndrome, including:
As mentioned, there are several diseases that are believed to be associated with this condition. These include:
If you or someone you know are experiencing symptoms of a leaky gut, it’s time to take action. Important steps to start incorporating include:
Now that you know what leaky gut syndrome is, it’s time to get the help and support you need. At The Gut Authority in Pensacola, Florida, we seek to educate and support our clients in lifestyle changes needed to tackle this harmful condition. It is our desire to see everyone we work with not only survive but to thrive. Please call.