So your gut barrier isn’t doing what it’s supposed to do and there’s a pretty good chance that you helped cause this problem. The trouble is Leaky Gut isn’t like having a cut on your knee; you know that your bleeding from a gash on your knee and you need to clean it out, put some Neosporin on it, and give it an environment to heal well in (aka put a band aid on it and let it rest in a moist environment).
Leaky Gut is a little more complicated. You could have one symptom that appears to be linked to something else, you could have multiple symptoms that seem COMPLETELY unrelated to each other, or maybe you have multiple symptom groupings that seem related to various separate problems. To make it more complicated, your symptoms may actually be unrelated to Leaky Gut.
So before we get to how to treat (and hopefully cure!) abnormal intestinal permeability, you’ll need to be able to recognize the major predictors that your gut may not be its happy, properly digestive, pathogen killing, body helping self.
Clues That You May Have Leaky Gut
1. Anxiety, depression, attention-deficit disorder, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
2. Food allergies or digestive issues after certain foods are consumed
3. Other common digestive issues like gas, bloating, diarrhea and less common digestive issues like Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Inflammatory Bowel Disease
4. Autoimmune diseases like Celiac Disease or Type 1 Diabetes
5. Hormonal issues like Polycycstic Ovary Syndrome or Premenstrual Syndrome
6. A pattern of heavy fatigue
7. Widespread muscle pain or tenderness
8. Skin Problems like acne or eczema
Most, if not all, of these are commonplace in our current society. And just because someone has one or more of these maladies does not mean that their gut isn’t performing normally. Chancing it, however seems like a really bad idea. Taking steps to protect your gut means taking steps to protect your overall health and wellness. At the end of the day, it’s worth it. Tomorrow we go through the steps to reclaim a healthy gut.