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What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

The leaky gut syndrome is a rapidly growing condition that people from the world over are experiencing of late. Although problems begin with your digestive system if you have the leaky gut syndrome, it affects other aspects of your health as well.

Your gut is lined by a wall, which is similar to a net with small holes in them. These small holes act as filters and enable the passage of certain substances only. It acts as a shield to keep out the bigger, harmful substances from entering your body. 

 

When someone has a ‘leaky gut’, it means that the gut lining is damaged and cannot optimally function as a barrier any longer. The smaller holes become larger and allow harmful substances like gluten, bad bacteria, and undigested food particles to enter your system and cause considerable damage to health.

What Causes Leaky Gut Syndrome?

 

There are 4 main reasons for the leaky gut syndrome:

 

  1. Dysbiosis, or bacterial imbalance, is a leading cause of the leaky gut syndrome. It means an imbalance between helpful and harmful species of bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract
     

  2. Poor diet, comprising proteins found in unsprouted grains, sugar, genetically-modified foods (GMO), and dairy products.
     

  3. Prolonged exposure to stress, which can weaken your immune system and inhibits your body’s ability to eliminate harmful bacteria and viruses, resulting in inflammation and leaky gut.
     

  4. Toxin overload, that can lead to the leaky gut syndrome. We come across more than 80,000 chemicals and other toxic substances on a daily basis. However, the main culprits are antibiotics, pesticides, aspirin, and contaminated tap water.

Here are the 11 signs and symptoms of leaky gut syndrome:

 

  1. Digestive system changes like bloating, diarrhoea, gas, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Read more here.
     

  2. Seasonal allergies or asthmatic symptoms.
     

  3. Hormonal imbalances like PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) and PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome).
     

  4. Autoimmune diseases like Rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, lupus, psoriasis, or celiac disease.
     

  5. Chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia.
     

  6. Mental health issues like depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorder (ADD), and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Learn more about mental health here.
     

  7. Skin conditions like acne, rosacea, or eczema.
     

  8. Candida overgrowth, which is a fungal infection in humans.
     

  9. Food allergies, sensitivities, or intolerances.
     

  10.  A Weak or poor immune system.
     

  11.  Arthritis or joint pain.

The leaky gut syndrome is a fast-growing health condition. Maintaining a healthy diet with Powerstrum colostrum and right mix of exercise or physical activity can ensure your digestive system is healthy in the long run.

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