If you experience excessive fatigue, bloating, joint pains, skin problems, and have strong cravings for sugar and carbs, chances are you have a leaky gut, especially when you suddenly become sensitive to certain foods.
What Is Leaky Gut?
Imagine your gut is a house and your gut lining acts as a “gatekeeper,” with tight junctions in place to prevent unnecessary or potentially harmful particles from entering your bloodstream. When leaky gut occurs, it’s as if the gatekeeper skipped town and left the gate open for anything to pass through.
When the tight junctions in your gut lining break down and become more permeable, random particles can enter your bloodstream. Since these substances aren’t meant to leave your digestive tract, your body will set off “alarm bells” to tell your immune system that foreign invaders have entered your bloodstream— much like how a house alarm would call the police if someone broke into your house.To get these particles out of your body, your immune system reacts aggressively and attacks these particles by eliciting an immune response. While this is intended to protect you, each time an immune response is triggered, it causes inflammation. This is a problem because chronic inflammation is one of the leading causes of many chronic health conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes.
Leaky Gut Syndrome Symptoms
As a condition that has a thousand and one symptoms, determining whether or not you have leaky gut can be tricky. However, there are a few telling signs of a leaky gut which include:
Developing new food sensitivities
Inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, or eczema
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD)
Hormone imbalances such as low thyroid
Mood disorders such as depression
How To Figure Out if You Have Leaky Gut
The easiest way to check if you have leaky gut is to pay attention to your body and focus on how you feel, keeping an eye out for leaky gut syndrome symptoms. When in doubt, a leaky gut test will help address it quickly. Contact our office to get your Leaky Gut Test.
JAS Wellness Center (678) 797.1104
Watch Dr. Scott Perlman on JAS Wellness TV talk about the new The Gut Health Kit that is a great source of healing for those dealing with Leaky Gut Issues.