More About Leaky Gut Syndrome
You may have heard the term being bandied about here and there. It’s a debilitating and chronic condition that can leave you tired, exhausted and depleted in energy reserves. It can also obstruct your capacity to work, function and enjoy life.
What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Leaky gut is a gut or intestinal condition that is becoming more common because of the kind of diet many westerners now partake in.
According to the British Leaky Gut website, “the syndrome affects millions of people worldwide. It is a chronic and debilitating condition that often goes undiagnosed by the mainstream medical profession, as many doctors do not provide the testing for leaky gut (increased intestinal permeability) or acknowledge that the condition exists. Many people are not even aware they are suffering from it.”
Basically it is a condition that results in an increased permeability and inflammation of the gut wall. This means that large spaces or cavities can develop in these pockets and these are then filled by food, bacteria, toxins and problem substances that are then absorbed up into the bloodstream.
The microvilli that line the intestinal wall become damaged and cease enzyme production that is key to breaking down the food travelling through the intestinal tract. The system breaks down and the backup of the bad materials begins.
Some of the symptoms of leaky gut include:
- Chronic abdominal pains
- Bloated stomach
- Fluid retention
- Mood swings
- Difficult with exercising
- Memory problems/ fuzzy brain
- Brittle hair and nails
- Liver dysfunction
- Anal irritations including haemorrhoids
- Chronic fatigue
- Skin conditions
- Weakened immune system
There are many treatments available for leaky gut syndrome. A good naturopathy clinic and an insightful naturopath will be able to guide you fully on an individualised course of treatment. However, there are a few natural products and natural remedies that can help to restore health to your intestinal tract and these can be researched and sourced online or through your natural remedies practitioner.
Firstly, you will need to develop a new dietary approach. You may have to say goodbye to some tried true food friends! Here’s a list of some of the offending foods that will be exacerbating your Leaky Gut symptoms.
Foods to avoid:
- Sugar, alcohol, vinegar, bread, fruit or any foods associated with Candida
- Fizzy drinks and carbonated waters as they disrupt the pH balance of the stomach
- Dried fruits, canned fruits
- Dairy products such as milk, yoghurt, custard etc
- Packaged and processed foods
Supplements you may want to consider taking include:
- A good multivitamin
- An enzyme therapy DHEA
- B Supplement
- Milk Thistle
You may also want to take a good detoxification cleanse. These are available online or from A Natural Self Website or your local naturopath.