You’ve been eating bananas your whole life but suddenly it gives you a rash. You never had a problem with diary before, but now it gives you an instant post-nasal drip. Is it just one of those weird things or could it be a sign that you’ve developed a leaky gut?


Leaky gut syndrome, also known as hyper permeable intestines, is a condition in which your intestinal lining develops small holes that may get bigger. Your porous gut allows undigested food particles as well as other ‘baddies’ like yeast to enter your blood stream and the effect on your health is pure chaos.


At first, your liver will step up to help detoxify your body, but it won’t be able to keep up, so your immune system goes on the war path, resulting in chronic inflammation. While your body makes putting out this ‘fire’ it’s focus, it ignores ‘lesser issues’ like fighting bad bacteria in your gut, but these eventually become big problems. Another effect of the ongoing inflammation? It can lead to autoimmune diseases like fibromyalgia and Hashimoto’s.


A slew of symptoms

The most common symptom of leaky gut is the onset of several food sensitivities. This is caused by undigested food particles entering your blood stream, a place they’re really not meant to be, so your body identifies them as ‘enemies’. Suddenly, you’re reacting to things that never used to bother you before.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the only symptom. There are many and a sufferer might have one or several, which can make diagnosing leaky gut a little tricky. These include diarrhoea, constipation, stomach cramps, ulcers, rashes, headaches and fatigue while your immune system goes into overdrive to stop the inflammation, a reaction to all those ‘enemies’ flowing through your veins. Over time, your immune system will weaken so you might find yourself catching every cold and flu virus on the block and then struggling to shake them off.

Due to your gut’s inability to properly absorb nutrients, it’s likely that you’ll also develop an overgrowth of yeast and nutritional deficiencies that deliver their own set of symptoms, so again, diagnose gets tricky. For example, cramps and fatigue could be attributed to a magnesium deficiency alone.


Your plan of attack

Fixing a leaky gut isn’t as simple as popping a pill. Your best bet at beating what can be a crippling condition is to take a multifaceted approach. This means giving your diet a serious makeover and investing in high quality supplements. Essentially, you want to eliminate all inflammatory foods while starving the yeast overgrowth in your gut.

As far as supplementation goes, your doctor will be able to prescribe what you need but it’ll probably include probiotics to replace the ‘bad’ yeast as well as vitamins and minerals like vitamin D and zinc which will be helping in regulating your intestinal lining. You’ll also benefit from anti-inflammatory digestive enzymes that can help you break down your food.

Another fantastic way to supplement is to bypass your gut completely via IV infusion therapy which delivers nutrients directly to your bloodstream.

If you suspect you’re suffering from leaky gut make an appointment with one of the doctors at Health Renewal. They can perform a series of tests that can confirm the condition and prescribe a treatment plan that will help get you back in good health.

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