Your digestive system is VITAL for your overall health. It is within your digestive system where most of the nutrients you take in are absorbed. In addition, your upper gastrointestinal tract contains most of your entire body’s immune system cells – roughly 80%! When the digestive system is weak, such as in the case with leaky gut, it brings to the weakness in other organs.
Leaky gut is a specific condition that occurs when microscopic holes form in the digestive tract.
When a person has a leaky gut, tiny particles that should not get into the bloodstream are able to pass through. This process inevitably leads to acute inflammation.
Leaky gut symptoms can include:
- Stomach cramping
- Food sensitivities
- Headaches + minor aches and pains
- Mood swings and low energy
- skin problems, such as acne, rashes, or eczema
- joint pain
- difficulty concentrating.
In many cases, the leaky gut is caused by your diet. So, making certain dietary changes may help people manage these symptoms. Leaky gut can also be caused by medications including antibiotics, steroids or over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin and acetaminophen, which can irritate the intestinal lining and damage protective mucus layers.
Thus, various risk factors can disrupt the gut microbiota and contribute to increased IP. The main examples include:
- poor nutrition
- alcohol consumption
- autoimmune disorders, such as lupus
Research also indicates that leaky gut may contribute to a range of health conditions.
- irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- celiac disease
- chronic liver disease
- food allergies and sensitivities
To decrease your risk of leaky gut syndrome, focus on improving your gut health by eating a healthy diet and also limiting your use of NSAIDs, because the long-term use of NSAIDs like ibuprofen contributes to leaky gut syndrome.
At our center, we know that your gastrointestinal health has an enormous impact on your overall health. Our experienced staff offers a health improvement strategy that will restore the health of your gut swiftly.