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Leaky gut

leaky gut

All about leaky gut:

Leaky gut, also known as increased intestinal permeability, is a condition that occurs when the lining of the intestinal walls become more porous, allowing substances such as toxins, bacteria and undigested food particles to leak into the bloodstream. This leakage can trigger an immune response and potentially lead to various health problems. The Intestinal lining is designed to act as a barrier selectively, allowing nutrients to be absorbed into bloodstream while keeping harmful substances. Leaky gut syndrome is a theory that intestinal permeability is not only a symptom of gastrointestinal disease, but an underlying cause that develops independently. If your intestinal marriage is impaired, it may be letting toxins into your bloodstream. These toxins may trigger an inflammatory response that may manifest as various diseases. In Autoimmune conditions, Intestines get inflamed. To know more on Autoimmune disorders, read my article,

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To begin with understanding about bacteria. Over 2000 strains of bacteria living inside and on us. In addition, more bacterial cells than human cells in our body. Let us understand first, functions of the bacteria. Studies have shown that people who have certain gastrointestinal diseases have leaky guts that let larger molecules through potentially toxic ones.

Functions of bacteria:

  • Breaking down food.
  • Metabolizing medicines.
  • Helping detoxification.
  • Regulating immune system.

Now move ahead with Gut dysbiosis. when potential harmful bacteria outnumber “Good” bacteria, termed as gut dysbiosis. Next, we will understand about leaky gut, when gut dysbiosis occurs for a longer time, integrity of intestinal lining becomes compromised and no longer works effectively as a barrier known as leaky gut.

Signs of leaky gut:

  • Anxiety.
  • Brain fog.
  • Digestive issues.
  • Food sensitivity.
  • Frequent infections.
  • Nutrient deficiencies.
  • Skin disorders.

Some tests can indicate presence of leaky gut:

  • Zonulin Testing.
  • Lactulose/ mannitol testing (An elevated lactulose to mannitol ratio in the urine).
  • IgG food intolerance testing.
  • Complete blood panel.

5 triggers of leaky gut:

  • Dietary trigger; – Gluten and Gliadin in wheat, Lectins- For example – grains, raw legumes, dairy, eggs and nightshades, Alcohol, processed foods, Emulsifiers and zinc deficiency.
  • Gut dysbiosis.
  • Stress.
  • Environmental toxins. For example, alcohol, pollution, lead, mercury, fuel and cigarettes.
  • Frequent antibiotics usage and ongoing use of (NSAIDs) non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

5 phases protocol to heal leaky gut:

  • Elimination phase; – Eliminate potentially inflammatory/ irritating foods. For example- gluten, dairy, sugar, grains, raw legumes, nightshades, eggs, alcohol and processed foods.
  • Stress-relief phase; – Incorporate relaxing activities. For example- pursuing hobbies, massage, yoga, walk or earthing, taking sunlight and focus on social interaction.
  • PNS phase; – Focus on “How to eat” and chewing food properly. Enjoy the process of eating and eat slow.
  • Support phase; – Replace lacking digestive supports through prebiotics and digestive enzymes. For example, ganglion roots, garlic, oats, onions and supplements. In addition, add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a small glass of warm water with half of a squeezed lemon before meals. Use straw to protect your teeth. Moreover, use digestive bitters to stimulate enzymes production. Furthermore, supplementing with amino acids like L- glutamine to support gut lining.
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  • Restore phase; – Add quality probiotics rich foods. For example- yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut. Additionally, consider supplements to repair gut. For example- Omega 3 fatty acid, Licorice root, curcumin, vitamin A, D and collagen.
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It is important to note that while leaky gut is a topic of interest and ongoing research, some aspects of it are still not widely accepted or fully understood within the medical community. If you suspect you have a leaky gut or related health issues, it is advisable to consult with a doctor, who can evaluate your symptoms, provide appropriate diagnosis and recommend treatment options based on your individual circumstances. To know more about gut health, good bacteria and bad bacteria, read my latest book, the magical ways for sparkling lifestyle.

Dr.Hetal Patel


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