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What is Leaky Gut and How Do I Heal It?

Leaky gut is a new term that has been growing in attention from doctors, scientists, and patients. The term is also known as an increase of intestinal permeability. The digestive tract is where food is broken down and nutrients get absorbed into the body. This means that if the intestinal walls become permeable, bacteria and toxins can leak through the wall of the intestines, and penetrate the body. Scientists have found that when these toxins enter the body, it can create inflammation and/or an immune response from the body. 

Although doctors and scientists continue to study the effects of leaky gut, they suggest that leaky gut can affect several aspects of the body. Studies have shown connections of Leaky Gut with autoimmune diseases and food allergies/sensitivities.

Possible Symptoms of Leaky Gut: 

  • Gas, Bloating, Digestive Issues
  • IBS, Irritable Bowel Disease, Crohn’s Disease
  • Fatigue and Brain Fog
  • Skin Issues, such as eczema and acne
  • Malabsorption of vitamins and minerals
  • Food allergies

Ways to Improve Leaky Gut:

  • Take a probiotic
  • Limit added-sugar
  • Choose high-fiber foods
  • Get adequate sleep
  • Limit gluten intake
  • Increase fermented food in the diet

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, or would like to learn more about leaky gut, please reach out to the Wellness Developmental Center.  

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