Leaky gut

Your body has several traps. This is to prevent objects foreign and unwelcome into your body. Your tonsils for example is one such trap. Another trap in your body is your gut itself. It has a thin lining that allows particles to pass through. Unwanted? Stay out says your gut. If this ability is impaired you develop something called a leaky gut syndrome. This is also known as increased intestinal permeability. Essentially, stuff that should not be getting through is now doing so. Once this develops, it can lead to a host of ailments such as headaches, food sensitivity, joint pains and weight gain. For example, the wrong food can leak into your bloodstream and cause allergies.

A leaky gut is caused by poor diet, chronic stress or fatigue or an over load of toxins. Your poor body is unable to cope and essentially gives up fighting. The most common reason for a leaky gut is unsprouted grains and sugar. These contain something called lectins. Lectins bind sugar in plants but can end up causing harm in the human body. This is the reason grandma advises you to ferment many grains before you eat them. Fermenting reduces the danger of lectin. Similarly, sugar can create havoc in your gut. Sugar promotes the growth of yeast, candida and bacteria which aggravates your leaky gut.

If you have a leaky gut, there are several steps you can take. The first is to eliminate the foods causing it in the first place. Once you do this, give your gut time to heal. This will help address the harm already caused. Depending on how severe it is, it can take weeks or even months. In the interim, eat good quality foods like fermented vegetables and sprouted seeds. Add supplements such as digestive enzymes, licorice to your meals. Your gut will forgive. It likes you that much.



Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.