Do you have leaky gut?
If you suffer from headaches, allergies and fatigue, or you’ve put on weight and you don’t know why – it might be leaky gut.
The stomach is regarded as the gatekeeper of the body; it is responsible for letting the good things in – like nutrients from your food – while keeping the bad things out – like undigested food proteins (ie gluten) and harmful bacteria. In the case of leaky gut these foreign substances ‘leak’ into your blood stream, triggering body-wide inflammation.
So what causes leaky gut?
Chronic stress, toxins, antibiotics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (ie aspirin or ibuprofen) have been linked to leaky gut, but gluten may also play a role. In one study researchers found that gliadin, a protein in gluten, increased intestinal permeability. When these proteins leak through the gut lining they can trigger an immune response that might manifest as a mood issue; according to a study published in the journal Neuro Endocrinology Letters, leaky gut has been linked to depression. To avoid this happening? Cut down on inflammatory – and acidic - foods like gluten and feed your brain with good fats like these (healthy fats for your body and brain).
Do you have it?
Symptoms include fatigue, joint pain, headaches, skin conditions and digestive problems like IBS. If you suspect you have leaky gut you can take an intestinal permeability test, which measures the ability of two sugar molecules to pass through the gut lining. Click here for more details.
Healing Leaky Gut
Replacing potentially damaging foods – like gluten – with healthier alternatives (Blueberry courgette muffins anyone?) and replenishing the stomach with healthy bacteria and enzymes will go a long way to restoring the health of your stomach.