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A leaky gut is the culprit behind a number of conditions, for instance chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple sclerosis.

 

What is a leaky gut?

It is also called intestinal permeability or hyperpermeability. This results from a malfunction of the mucosal barrier inside the bowel. The barrier controls the absorption of nutrients into the bloodstream and prevents large molecules and germs from getting into your bloodstream. When the barrier does not function properly, molecules and substances get absorbed into the bloodstream, causing symptoms.

 

What are the symptoms?

There are a number of symptoms of a leaky gut:

Food sensitivities, fatigue, headaches, digestive problems, syndrome X, bloating, thyroid conditions, joint pain, skin issues, for instance, acne and rosacea, and weight gain.

Sometimes, a leaky gut can alleviate conditions like autism, bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety. When the large molecules get to the brain, they will act like an opioid drug, causing mood swings.

 

What causes a leaky gut?

Many symptoms of a leaky gut result from an immune system reaction to toxins, germs and other substances that may have been absorbed into the bloodstream through the ‘leaky’ bowel.

Some of the causes of a leaky gut include some drugs, for instance painkillers, alcohol, treatments for celiac disease, HIV/AIDS, and type 1 diabetes, chronic stress, Toxin overload, Dysbiosis (a condition where there is an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the body), and a poor diet.

 

How do you treat a leaky gut?

There are a number of options to treat a leaky gut. It includes getting rid of foods that damage your gut and replacing them with healthy foods.  Taking probiotics.

 

Probiotics and a leaky gut

Probiotics replenish the good bacteria in the body and minimizes bad bacteria. This helps in optimizing immune function. You should take supplements that contain probiotics and take foods rich in probiotics as well. A leaky gut results from a malfunction of the mucosal barrier inside the bowel. These malfunction can also result from an inflammation of the mucosal barrier.

Probiotics reduce the inflammation and malfunction of the mucosal barrier. They also regulate hypersensitive reactions to substances and molecules wrongly absorbed into the bloodstream. They mediate genes in the cells found in the mucosal barrier, leading to production of more protective mucous. They break down bacteria and viruses, regulating the inflammation of the mucosal barrier. They also boost the immune system.

Here are some supplements that will alleviate a leaky gut:

  • L-Glutamine
  • Quercetine
  • Licorice root (DGL)
  • Digestive Enzymes
  • Lactobacillus plantarum (a probiotic found in fermented foods)

Foods:

  • Raw cultured dairy, for instance, yogurt, butter, raw cheese, kefir, and amasai
  • Fermented vegetables, for instance, kimchi and kvass
  • Coconut products
  • You can also consume anti-inflammatory foods, for instance, lamb, salmon, and grass-fed beef.

 

Conclusion

Probiotics can treat a leaky gut. Ensure that you take both foods that contain probiotics and supplements as well.

 

 

References

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/leaky-gut-syndrome/Pages/Introduction.aspx

http://draxe.com/4-steps-to-heal-leaky-gut-and-autoimmune-disease/

http://www.prescript-assist.com/intestinal-health/leaky-gut-probiotics/

http://www.drperlmutter.com/consider-lactobacillus-plantarum/?hvid=5qELg2

 

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