Your Leaky Bowels
Leaky gut syndrome is a condition that many doctors do not consider a real health concern primarily because it is not tackled in medical school. This condition is sometimes referred to as leaky bowels.
Believe it or not, quite a number of them are even unaware of the existence of leaky bowels. In spite of this, there are still plenty of medical professionals who have knowledge of the condition and its broad array of seemingly unrelated symptoms.
Also known as increased intestinal permeability, leaky bowels are due to inflammation and irritation of the intestines, thereby compromising its lining. Normally, the lining of the intestine acts as a barrier that blocks it contents from escaping to the bloodstream.
Damage to it turns the bowel porous, allowing toxins like bacteria, fungi, parasites, undigested particles of food, fat, and waste to contaminate the blood. Your autoimmune system reacts and symptoms start to manifest.
Your body’s autoimmune response can cause food sensitivities or allergies. Antibodies attack the particles of food that leaked to your bloodstream. They recognize the food the next time you eat it, attack once again, and as a result, trigger an allergic reaction.
Because of your continuously active autoimmune response, the immune system gets tired. Majority of your immune system is found in and around your digestive system. They are known as gut-associated lymphatic tissues or GALT, located in the lining of the digestive tract and in the intestinal mucous.
Abdominal bloating, cramps and excess gas are examples of symptoms brought about by leaky bowels. And because your immune system is worn out from battling the toxins, exhaustion, sleep that doesn’t refresh you, failure to cope with stress, difficulty concentrating, and reduced digestion are experienced.
Symptoms of leaky bowels are not limited to the gastrointestinal system alone. It can also manifest in the different systems of the body.
There are reported cases of poor immunity, recurrent bladder and vaginal infections, skin rashes, incontinence and chronic joint and muscle pain. More serious complications like fibromyalgia, gluten intolerance, acne, pancreatitis, septicemia, dermatitis, and even cancer may arise.
Once diagnosed with leaky gut syndrome, measures can be taken to overcome it. A simple change in diet can go a long way when it comes to managing leaky bowels. This can be done by removing certain foods from your diet for a period of one month.
The foods to avoid when you have leaky bowels are those that are known to induce stomach problems. Examples include bananas, strawberries, citrus fruits, peanuts, caffeine, chocolate, yeast-containing foods, milk and milk products.
But treatment of leaky bowels is not all about eliminating foods, it also requires incorporating foods in your diet that will help lead you to recovery. These foods include apples, apricots, beets, carrots, figs, grapes, lettuce and spinach. Nuts, seeds and other high-fiber foods such as pine nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, brown and wild rice and kale should be incorporated to your diet in the first month.
Much like other syndromes, the best way to remedy it is to eliminate cause. And since it is food that caused the leaky bowels, it only makes sense that food is also a cure.
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