What exactly is a Leaky gut and do I have one?

Think of the gut as a cheesecloth with really tiny holes. These tiny holes are the regular avenues in which nutrients enter our body. Now enlarge the holes of this cheesecloth and that’s basically what leaky gut syndrome is. A result of having a leaky gut is when our stomach lining allows through more than just the nutrients meant for the body. The stomach lining is built one cell thick and cells are attached side-to-side like velcro. 

When we have a leaky gut, more things start coming through because the velcro starts loosening up. This is due to the increase of hormones like Zonulin coming through the stomach lining. Zonulin is a messenger molecule that tells the cells to let go and this is how the holes in the cheesecloth (your stomach) become bigger. This then allows things like yeast, protein and basically things that should not be on that side of the gut barrier to pass through the gut lining. 

As you can see, there are many knock-on effects as a result of having a leaky gut.

Symptoms of a leaky gut include:

  • Chronic diarrhoea, constipation, gas or bloating
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Poor immune system
  • Headaches, brain fog, memory loss
  • Excessive fatigue

From the above information, you can see why it's important to encourage good bacteria growth and maintain a good gut microbiome. Your gut microbiome is the base building block of your immune system. If your base is failing you, everything else will as well. You need to fix this system first before trying to fix any other problems that you might be having issues with. 

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