Getting to the bottom of things is the best way to deal with a problem. Once you recognize that you have a lingering health concern, it’s only but natural or necessary to find out what caused it. The same thing goes with Leaky Gut Syndrome. In this day and age, many factors both known and new to you can be probable culprits. The good thing about modernity on the other hand, is that information travels faster and is readily accessible to you (from the comforts of your own home) should you decide to take a course of action and deal with the problem accordingly.
Being informed is a valuable tool for healing. With the right knowledge, anyone can resolve a complex malady the best way he/she sees fit. I’ve compiled some of the most common causes or drivers of the leaky gut syndrome to give you a great head start. Read through them and take action. Don’t let this condition control your life. Root it out while you still can.
- You are what you eat and in this case, your poor eating habits might be causing that pesky leaky gut. Processed food, artificial flavoring/coloring, alcohol, caffeine, soda and refined flour and sugar just to name a few should be minimized or completely avoided if at all possible. All of them are discerned by the body as toxins and they overwhelm the immune system, irritate the intestinal lining and overexert the liver.
Vitamin and Nutrient Deficiencies:
- The most abundant amino acid l-glutamine is a vital source of fuel for cells along the intestinal wall and facilitates the healing/restoration process of the gut.
- Vitamin B-6 and zinc help maintain a robust immune system and intestinal wall as well as the production of hydrochloric acid which is necessary for proper digestion.
- Also known as retinol, vitamin A helps maintain a healthy stomach by interacting and ensuring that the cells along the mucosal lining of the intestines function properly.
- NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) especially pain relief medications such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen and aspirin.
- Laxatives and Antacids
- Birth control pills
Some Disorders and Diseases:
- Candidiasis or thrush
- Celiac, colitis, pancreatitis and Crohn’s disease or any other inflammatory condition of the intestine. All of which have been known to drive the leaky gut syndrome.
- Liver disorder/disease
- Food allergies that trigger immune responses especially in the gastrointestinal tract.
- AIDS/HIV and their corresponding medications.
- Gastrointestinal cancers (e.g. cancer of the stomach, esophagus, rectum, colon, small intestine, anus, biliary system, liver, pancreas and gallbladder.)
- Heavy drinking
- Stressful lifestyle or the lack of proper techniques to deal with physical and mental demands of everyday life. Stress compromises the overall health of the gastrointestinal tract and should be minimized as much as possible.
Free Radicals and Microorganisms:
- Free radicals are very unstable organic molecules that are responsible for tissue damage, various diseases and aging. A diet rich in anti oxidants is one of the ways of mitigating their effects and preventing diseases.
- Bacteria, mycotoxins, mold and various parasites have been known to not only damage the intestinal lining, they also interact with undigested food matter in the gut; generating chemicals, toxic waste materials and gas that are then distributed to the rest of the body via the bloodstream triggering immune responses in the process.
Knowing is only half the battle. Now, it’s up to you to make meaningful changes that would cure if not prevent the leaky gut syndrome from taking over your life. Healing is a process but it can only start once you know the root causes of the problem. There isn’t a magic pill that would cure everything that ails us. There are however, valuable information where which we can establish workable strategies around that would jump start the mending process. The good news is that the leaky gut syndrome is perfectly curable and even preventable. Start with the basics. Know the driving forces behind it and you’ll be guided accordingly.