No Love for Leaky Gut
You may have sprung a leak and don’t even know it, or you know it and are trying to fix it, or the worst is you know it and you’re just “living” with it. I use quotes around living because let’s be real here, living with food allergies, problematic skin, upset stomach, constipation and/or diarrhea just isn’t living my friends.
Let’s get into the science but of course laced with sarcasm and topped with a dash of sass™. Delicious by Chanelle’s simple recipe of keeping stuff not so sciency that you fall asleep. It’s science made.. Digestable.
What is leaky gut?
Trust me, leaky gut is as nasty as it sounds. Here’s the cliff notes version. Leaky gut syndrome (“intestinal hyperpermeability”) is a condition that happens as a consequence of intestinal tight junctions malfunctioning or becoming compromised.
You maybe thinking. “English terms please!!”
Your gut lining has been compromised resulting in larger, undigested food molecules and other bad stuff… like toxins, yeast and other forms of junk that your body normally doesn’t allow through, to flow right into your bloodstream. The results? Depressing.. literally!!
Here’s a breakdown of each part of the GI tract that I’m talking about.
Intestinal Tight Junctions: The human intestinal epithelium is formed by a single layer of epithelial cells that separates the intestinal lumen from the underlying lamina propria. The space between these cells is sealed by tight junctions (TJ), which regulate the permeability of the intestinal barrier.
Intestinal Mucosal Barrier: The intestinal mucosal barrier consists of the layer of epithelial cells lining the intestine. Crucial for forming an effective barrier is the precise control of the paracellular pathway (a route for translocation of molecules between cells).
What are the signs and symptoms?
Chronic diarrhea, constipation, gas or bloating
Poor immune system
Headaches, brain fog, memory loss
Skin rashes and problems such as acne, eczema or rosacea
Cravings for sugar or carbs
Arthritis or joint pain
Depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD
Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, celiac disease or Crohn's
How does it happen?
Have you ever been stressed? Stressed for days in a row? Ya we call that systematic stress and it’s the numba one cause of leaky gut. We’re stress balls with legs these days. The stress hormones are part of our fight or flight responses. When you have to run away from a Sabor Tooth tiger or a village idiot for example.
Nowadays our daily stresses are a little different but causes the same fight or flight responses. Stressed at work? Welp you’re probably not punching your boss in the face or running around the office and if you are, you better put that on YouTube.
When we’re stressed we sit and watch Netflix, snacking on a pint of ice cream or just insert your snack of choice. Some go sit at a bar and drink. Sitting around with a group of friends complaining. The point is there is a lot of sitting around going on which isn’t allowing your stress hormones to be “burned off”. This creates some serious stress on your GI tract. Ever get ulcers due to tons of stress? Yep there you have it folks we need to manage our stress better. Stop your eye rolling. I swear it’s possible. For ideas check out this post.
Now that’s not the only thing that causes gut hyperpermeability. We also have diets filled with genetically modified foods, poor digestion of proteins that don’t allow for rebuilding of the gut lining and a whole host of other issues.
How do I know if I have it?
The most common leaky gut test is called the Lactulose/Mannitol Test. You can also take the Intestinal Antigenic Permeability Screen.
Or a much cheaper option & still wildly effective is filling out my Check Yoself assessment. It’s broken down into questions that are specifically related with different systems and associated problems. It pretty much sums up all your bodies baggage so you know which areas to really focus on. It’s like a body report card.
Check Yoself here.
Note: Leaky gut cannot be found with an endoscopy or colonoscopy, and does not show on standard blood work, so it is missed by most practitioners.
How can I prevent it?
It may sound simple but you can’t get down with stress. You just have to say NO. Say NO to things that you don’t have time for. Say NO to adding unnecessary commitments onto an already filled plate. Say YES to meditation. Say YES to yoga, to heart pumping exercises and say YES to you time. The YOU time that might involve a bubble bath, netflix and a facial.
How can I fix it?
Not all is lost! You’re body is like a magical unicorn but you need to sprinkle on the fairy dust. You give it what it needs and let it create the magic. I’ve created The Delicious Detox Gut Refresh™ the protocol that can help you to live symptom free within six months.
A totally holistic approach to healing.
Here are the five steps to healing Leaky Gut: