If you have a leaky gut, you know how disrupting it is in your day to day life. In a healthy gut, only healthy nutrients pass through into the bloodstream. A leaky gut is when the lining of your small intestine becomes thin or damaged, causing undigested food particles, toxic waste products and bacteria to “leak” into the bloodstream alongside the nutrients.
This can cause inflammation and autoimmunity, and may contribute to the development of several health conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, chronic liver disease and celiac disease.. Here are five signs that may indicate a leaky gut, and what you can do about it.
A leaky gut can share some symptoms of other conditions, so it can be hard to narrow down. But one tell is that if you suffer from chronic gas, diarrhea, bloating, constipation or other digestive issues, then you may have a leaky gut.
Poor immune system
If your immune system is weaker than the average person, this could be a sign of a leaky gut. Signs of a weak immune system include:
- High stress levels
- Always have a cold
- Chronic stomach aches/pains
- Cuts and bruises heal slowly
- Always lethargic
Autoimmune disorders may also occur in your body if you have a leaky gut. This is when your body’s natural immune response is compromised, causing it to fight against itself and attacks all those particles that leak from your intestines, whether it be good or bad.
Poor nutritional diet
A poor diet has been linked to many conditions out there, and a leaky gut is one of them. When your body can’t get the nutrients it needs to keep functioning, it starts to degrade. This is where a lot of conditions may start from and it will continue to do more harm than good. An integrative GP in Sydney can help you in identifying what your diet lacks, and plan the perfect diet for you. This is one of the most popular leaky gut treatments out there, and fixing your diet may also improve other aspects of your health.
Food allergies & sensitivities
If you’ve suddenly felt more sensitive to certain foods, or feel sick after eating foods you used to love, it could be a sign of a leaky gut. Undiagnosed food allergies may have developed from a leaky gut and will continue to cause discomfort when left untreated. One way to help calm these symptoms come from the benefits of integrative medicine, which focuses on long-term healing of the mind, body and spirit.
The gut can also influence your skin quality. A leaky gut can cause or worsen the effects of acne, rosacea and eczema, and reduce the “glow” of your skin.
If you believe you’ve experienced one or more of these conditions for a long time or very recently, we strongly recommend talking with Dr. Peter Dobie today on how to calm inflamed intestines, discussions of leaky gut treatments and more.